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Latest update : 2017-05-09

Tourists swim with gentle giants in the Philippines

The Philippines has one of the largest concentrations of whale sharks in the world. Weighing up to 20 tons, the biggest fish in the ocean are a huge draw for tourists and have brought economic prosperity to coastal towns like Donsol. But for locals, these gentle giants are like family, and protecting them is essential for development.

But first, we look at an identity card push that privacy advocates are calling the world's largest mass surveillance project. The Indian government's plans to expand its Aadhaar scheme could have far-reaching implications for its citizens.

And move over Switzerland: North Korea is offering up its top-notch ski resort to foreigners and locals alike. We take a look at this unexpected tourist attraction in the world's most isolated nation.

By Julia KIM , Stéphane BERNSTEIN , Narimène LAOUADI , Sonia BARITELLO

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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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2017-08-28 India

India: Where old clothes go to get a new life

Cheap labour and global fashion trends mean that people are consuming and disposing of an ever greater amount of clothing. But in India, these tattered rags are reincarnated....

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2017-08-14 India

India: Cows at heart of political debate

In India, the humble cow is proving the cause of controversy. With numbers of bovines on the up, authorities are facing a headache over what to do with them. And that's not all,...

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