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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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2018-01-13 unemployment

Fighting unemployment: Millions of Indians face layoffs amid shrinking job market

For several years now, India has been selling its wares as one of Asia's biggest economies. But despite the government's claims that things are getting rosier, there's been no...

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2017-12-18 Funeral

Japan offers world's first drive-through funerals

In Japan, paying your final respects to your nearest and dearest needn't be a long, drawn-out affair. You can now bid your last farewells to loved ones without ever unbuckling...

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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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