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Robert Mugabe resigns, celebrations erupt in the streets of Harare

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Zimbabwe's end of an era

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'The End of German Stability'

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'Bad news for Merkel is bad news for Europe'

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Zimbabwean MPs set to start impeachment proceedings against Mugabe

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US government sues to block AT&T-Time Warner merger

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ACCESS ASIA

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 : 2017-10-26

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 cure for indigestion or impotence. But these perceived benefits may be outweighed by the costs. Betel nuts are carcinogenic: in fact, around nine out of 10 oral cancer patients in Taiwan have a habit of chewing them.

Also, be it a nuclear threat from North Korea, or a natural disaster like an earthquake or tsunami, some people in Japan are preparing for the worst. Sales of nuclear shelters, air purifiers and gas masks are soaring in the country.

Meanwhile, in Thailand, the price of rubber continues to soar due to a shortage in supply. While that's bad news for motorists, Thailand's rubber farmers are raking in the profits.

Finally, we head to Indonesia, where the province of Papua has shown an uncanny ability to produce great football players. Is it cultural, the high altitude, or something in the water? Either way, its people have earned a reputation they are proud of.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Gaëlle ESSOO

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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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2017-10-10 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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