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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 : 2017-10-11

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 return of military rule. Today, 41 years later, no one has been held responsible for the Thammasat University massacre. But a group of Thai academics is hoping to change that - we find out more.

Meanwhile, thousands of Vietnamese women are looking for love in South Korea. It's a top destination for women trying to escape poverty. Many of the marriages are arranged illegally, but the brides are undeterred by the prospect of tying the knot with a complete stranger.

Also, in China, the country hasn't forgotten its Communist history. We take a look at the Red Culture Camp, a three-day retreat run by the ruling party. The camp is run in Jinggangshan, considered the "cradle of the Chinese revolution". Its aim is to ignite the Communist spirit in China's younger generations.

And finally, we take a look at the industry of essential oils in India. Just a couple of drops can relieve headaches, back pain or rashes. They are a popular alternative for treating common health complaints, and sales here in France have jumped by 20 percent annually in the past few years.

By Stéphanie CHEVAL , Stéphane BERNSTEIN , Gaëlle ESSOO , Julia KIM

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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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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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