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Madrid takes control of Catalan public broadcaster

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Seoul: 'Time running out to prevent a nuclear N. Korea'

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City power: The growing clout of big urban areas

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Was Chilean poet Pablo Neruda murdered?

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Music show: To 'Joon Moon' and back

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Japan's stocks on record winning streak after Abe's election victory

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The pine cone line: A train ride through rural Provence

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Glyphosate: Should the EU re-authorise the weedkiller chemical?

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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 : 2017-06-06

The “soft power” of the panda

Giant pandas are known as China's national treasures. But they are much more than just cuddly creatures. For decades, Beijing has made the most of the pandas' "soft power" to help foster relationships with other countries. As part of conservation efforts to boost dwindling numbers of them, some 400 pandas live in zoos around the world. We bring you more on this so-called "panda diplomacy".

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, public anger boils over amid worsening security following a devastating blast in Kabul, one of the deadliest in years.

And a second chance at life for India's abandoned babies. We look at the country's moves to save millions of unwanted children from death, or from falling into the hands of traffickers and smugglers.

 

By Richelle HARRISON PLESSE , Stéphane BERNSTEIN , Sonia BARITELLO , Xavier CHEMISSEUR

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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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