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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 : 2017-12-05

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 that Rason might be a North Korean experiment in limited capitalism. One thing does appear certain though: The wellbeing of the economic hub is at odds with the communist regime's nuclear ambitions.

And in India, it's been five years since the fatal gang rape of a young woman who was attacked by six men on a bus in New Delhi. The attack caused global outrage and prompted thousands to protest an increase in the country’s sex attacks, calling for new laws, more enforcement and raising a long-overdue debate over gender-based hate crimes. Five years on, The Thomson Reuters foundation recently named the Indian capital, along with Brazil's Sao Paulo, as the world's worst megacity for sexual violence against women.

Although Hong Kong has one of the world's most recognisable skylines, the view from atop its skyscrapers may change your perspective of the city. In a city so densely populated, space is at a premium. Rooftops provide a setting for anything from death-defying stunts to slums that have a better view than a penthouse.

By William HILDERBRANDT , Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO , Tamara PAVAN

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2018-02-05 China

China's 'Great Green Wall': Country battles large-scale desertification

Decades ago, China began building a so-called "Great Green Wall" to halt desertification. Despite this, some 3,000 square kilometres of land are lost every year, ravaging...

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2018-01-22 Hong Kong

Why Hong Kong produces 200,000 tons of electronic waste per year

Where do your computers, tablets and smartphones go to die? Electronic waste is an environmental problem throughout Asia, but nowhere more so than in Hong Kong. For a long time...

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2018-01-13 unemployment

Fighting unemployment: Millions of Indians face layoffs amid shrinking job market

For several years now, India has been selling its wares as one of Asia's biggest economies. But despite the government's claims that things are getting rosier, there's been no...

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2017-12-18 Funeral

Japan offers world's first drive-through funerals

In Japan, paying your final respects to your nearest and dearest needn't be a long, drawn-out affair. You can now bid your last farewells to loved ones without ever unbuckling...

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