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Latest update : 2017-11-08

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, at least for Japan, goes beyond the rockets, missiles and nuclear bombs. The two leaders also discussed the decades-old issue of Japanese citizens being abducted by North Korean agents.

Meanwhile, in India, farmers outside Jaipur have been angry at government plans to acquire their land for a housing project. The Rajasthan officials plan to build around 10,000 houses in the area, but the leader of the protest argues the government has offered insufficient compensation. Gaelle Faure, from the FRANCE 24 Observers desk, tells us more about this unusual protest movement.

And more and more university graduates in China think that plastic surgery could boost their employment prospects. This year, some 14 million Chinese are expected to have cosmetic surgery, a whopping 42 percent surge from last year.

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

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2018-05-15 China

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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2018-04-30 Uzbekistan

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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2018-04-16 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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