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Latest update : 2017-04-25

Prostitution in Pattaya: Cleaning up Thailand's 'Sin City'

It's known as Sin City: Thailand's hedonistic paradise Pattaya is home to tens of thousands of sex workers and attracts hordes of foreign sex tourists. But this is exactly the type of reputation the country's ruling junta is trying to clean up. Police and soldiers are now on the alert, as growing reports of underage prostitution, drug abuse and organised crime further muddy Pattaya's name.

But first, Burmese hopes of a democratic government falter as authorities step up their crackdown on dissent online, threatening freedom of speech.

And a new home for China's ageing national treasures - we find out where elderly pandas go after they've retired from life in the public eye.

By Julia KIM , Stéphane BERNSTEIN , Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO

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2017-12-04 North Korea

North Korea: Global sanctions hit Pyongyang’s ‘experiment in capitalism’

In North Korea, the port city of Rason has a special status as an economic zone. Attracting foreign businesses in manufacturing, tourism and transportation, some even speculate...

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2017-11-20 Indonesia

Indonesia: New orangutan species found in Sumatra

For the first time in almost a century, the great ape family has a new member. Scientists have confirmed the existence of a new species of orangutan in northern Sumatra,...

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2017-11-06 North Korea

The painful history of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea

Donald Trump has made his first visit to Japan as US president and met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The top talking point was the rising threat from North Korea. But that threat,...

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2017-10-23 Taiwan

Taiwan tackles dangerous betel nut addiction

Around one-tenth of the world's population chews betel nuts. The stimulant is hugely popular in Asia: it is used as a pick-me-up like coffee, but is also a symbol of love and a...

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2017-10-10 Thailand

Thailand's Thammasat Massacre: Historians unearth memories of 1976 tragedy

It's one of the darkest chapters in Thailand's history. On October 6, 1976, state forces and far-right militants killed dozens of pro-democracy students who had protested the...

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