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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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2018-04-16 Myanmar

Myanmar builds over destroyed Rohingya villages

In Myanmar's Rakhine state, military and local officials are building over the area where 700,000 Rohingya were forced to leave their homes behind. The stateless Muslim minority...

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2018-04-02 cricket

Australian cricket under mounting scrutiny amid ball-tampering scandal

In Australia, cricket is reeling from a ball-tampering crisis. Skipper Steve Smith and senior batsman David Warner have been banned from the sport for 12 months. The scandal has...

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2018-03-19 India

India's missing women: The dark legacy of sex selection

In India, officials say the population is missing more than 60 million women, equivalent to the entire population of the UK. It's the result of a decades-old preference in India...

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2018-03-05 Maldives

Trouble in paradise: Political crisis deepens in Maldives

The Maldives may be best known for its white beaches, but recently the nation's been engulfed by political turmoil. The president declared a state of emergency last month,...

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2018-02-19 North Korea

Korea's divided families: Hopes for a reunion after decades apart

The freezing temperatures at the Winter Olympics in South Korea couldn't stop a thaw in relations with the North. But what will it mean beyond the Games? Thousands of families...

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