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Life after IS group: Young Iraqis learn to live together in Kirkuk

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Cannes 2017: Robert Pattinson stars in Safdie brothers heist 'Good Time'

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Trump on 'learning curve' but poll numbers 'will go up'

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Is Venezuela on the verge of anarchy?

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Donald Trump meets Emmanuel Macron: Can they get on?

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Manchester bomber 'fits profile of other terrorists'

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OPEC looks set to extend production cut

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Cannes 2017: Could Sean Baker's movie be the best at the fest?

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A frosty Vatican reception?

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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 : 2017-05-09

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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2017-05-22 Afghanistan

Afghanistan's new TV channel by and for women

In Afghanistan, watching women on TV is nothing out of the ordinary. But a channel run by women for women is something new, especially in a society dominated by men. Operating...

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2017-04-24 Thailand

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...

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2017-02-27 Pakistan

Pakistan: Despite rights gains, transgender community still at risk

This week, we meet the transgender women fighting for equality and protection in Pakistan, the world's only Muslim country to formally recognise the existence of a "third...

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2017-04-10 Afghanistan

The painful journey home: Returning to Afghanistan

This week, we take a look at the asylum seekers returning to Afghanistan after being deported by European authorities. An agreement signed between the European Union and Kabul...

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