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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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2017-12-04 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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