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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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2018-05-15 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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