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Trouble in paradise: Political crisis deepens in Maldives

The Maldives may be best known for its white beaches, but recently the nation's been engulfed by political turmoil. The president declared a state of emergency last month, raising the spectre of authoritarian rule. We bring you an undercover report on the crackdown on dissent.

Also, India continues to grapple with face-offs between humans and elephants. Rampant urbanisation in the south of the country has increased the number of incidents, and the encounters sometimes turn violent.

Over in Indonesia, the Citarum has been dubbed the world's dirtiest river. Every day, an estimated 2,000 textile factories dump 280 tons of chemical waste into it, but tens of millions of people depend on the water for their survival.

To finish, we head to China, where more and more people are admitting failure in the kitchen. That's led to a surge in food delivery, thanks to smartphone apps.

By Will HILDERBRANDT , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Camille FEVRIER

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2018-06-13 Camille FEVRIER

India struggles to fight against child marriage

In the Indian state of Rajasthan, several NGOs are fighting against the tradition of child marriage. The practice is most often seen in families keen to marry off their daughters...

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2018-05-29 Shona BHATTACHARYYA

Kim Jong-un impersonator roams Singapore streets

In Singapore, a doppelganger of North Korea's Kim Jong-un has tourists doing double takes. Between selfies, the Chinese-Australian impersonator said he was there to encourage...

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2018-05-17 Camille FEVRIER

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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2018-05-02 William HILDERBRANDT

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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2018-04-17 Camille FEVRIER

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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