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Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's president on Friday

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The refugees of Manus Island

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EYE ON AFRICA

Tsvangirai says he hasn't been asked to be part of Zimbabwe's new government

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Palestinian reconciliation: Will Fatah, Hamas agreement succeed?

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Could Pakistan be your next holiday destination?

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Defeated presidential candidate Fillon bids farewell to French politics

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Charles Manson: Murderer and cult leader dies after 47 years in prison

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Bricks vs. clicks: Will e-commerce finish off the high street shop?

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Eastwood & Gainsbourg: Can the children of geniuses step out from their famous shadows?

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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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2017-11-20 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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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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