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President Robert Mugabe emerges from house arrest

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Harassment and hypocrisy in Washington

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Military pressures Robert Mugabe to step down, Macron mediates Lebanon crisis

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France raises a glass to tourism

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France's newest political party accused of 'old' methods

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Hear me roar: The growing economic power of older women

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The future of surgery

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The tiny parasite threatening your salmon sushi

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Director Joachim Trier: True horror is a 'lack of self-acceptance'

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Exclusive reports, features and analysis on political and social events from across the Asian continent. Every Monday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

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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2017-11-06 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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2017-09-28 Burma

Burma: Monks with an ultranationalist agenda

With the UN accusing Burmese authorities of targeted persecution of the country's Rohingya Muslim minority, our correspondent went to meet the ultranationalist Buddhists who...

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2017-09-11 music

Korean violinist Hyung Joon Won on building harmony through music

This week, we're joined on the set by Hyung Joon Won, an acclaimed violinist from South Korea. He has the resume of a musician - he trained at Julliard and has performed around...

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