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Latest update : 2017-06-20

Philippines: Meeting residents of Marawi who fled fighting

We focus on life under martial law in the Filipino city of Marawi. Many people have died as the government fights militants linked to the Islamic State group. Most of the city's 200,000 residents have fled. Rescuers fear that hundreds of people may still be trapped as fighting continues, and that many of them face starvation or have been killed in the crossfire.

Also, more than 100 countries are attending the World Expo in Kazakhstan. While the former Soviet state is eager to show off how far it's come, the country ranks among the worst in terms of press freedom.

And the producer of an Afghan TV show says: "In a country full of tragedies, we make people laugh". Despite receiving threats, the creators believe laughter really is the best medicine for a country ravaged by war.

By Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Will HILDERBRANDT

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2018-06-13 Camille FEVRIER

India struggles to fight against child marriage

In the Indian state of Rajasthan, several NGOs are fighting against the tradition of child marriage. The practice is most often seen in families keen to marry off their daughters...

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2018-05-29 Shona BHATTACHARYYA

Kim Jong-un impersonator roams Singapore streets

In Singapore, a doppelganger of North Korea's Kim Jong-un has tourists doing double takes. Between selfies, the Chinese-Australian impersonator said he was there to encourage...

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2018-05-17 Camille FEVRIER

China introduces 'social credit score' for citizens

China has begun a controversial experiment to get to know its people better. The government is tracking its citizens' behaviour, from smoking on a train to jaywalking. If a...

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2018-05-02 William HILDERBRANDT

Uzbekistan seeks to expand Silk Road tourism

Uzbekistan isn't high on many holidaymakers' lists of must-see destinations. But its reform-minded government is opening up the country, easing travel restrictions for dozens of...

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2018-04-17 Camille FEVRIER

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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