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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 animals, plants and local communities. Our France 2 colleagues report, with France 24's Ellen Gainsford.

Plus, we meet the billionaire shrimp farmers of Vietnam. More and more farmers in the Mekong Delta are changing their strategy, as climate change threatens rice production.

And as attitudes towards gay rights slowly improve across Asia, Burma has allowed its first ever LGBT festival. Though homosexuality remains illegal in the country, activists say the event is a step in the right direction and a sign of growing public support.

By William HILDERBRANDT , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Camille FEVRIER , Sonia BARITELLO

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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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