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'New right', old ideas? A closer look at the far right in Germany

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Art Deco: France's love affair with the Roaring Twenties

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India's vanishing women workers

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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 : 2017-04-25

Prostitution in Pattaya: Cleaning up Thailand's 'Sin City'

It's known as Sin City: Thailand's hedonistic paradise Pattaya is home to tens of thousands of sex workers and attracts hordes of foreign sex tourists. But this is exactly the type of reputation the country's ruling junta is trying to clean up. Police and soldiers are now on the alert, as growing reports of underage prostitution, drug abuse and organised crime further muddy Pattaya's name.

But first, Burmese hopes of a democratic government falter as authorities step up their crackdown on dissent online, threatening freedom of speech.

And a new home for China's ageing national treasures - we find out where elderly pandas go after they've retired from life in the public eye.

By Joanna COCKERELL , Julia KIM , Sonia BARITELLO , Stéphane BERNSTEIN

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2018-11-14 Access Asia

Chinese 're-education' camps: Muslim Uighurs speak out

Every five years, each UN member state's human rights record is examined at a meeting in Geneva. This time around, China was criticised for its so-called "re-education" camps....

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2018-10-31 Access Asia

Deported and devastated: A painful homecoming for Afghan migrants

There is concern that the EU is returning asylum seekers to the very instability they fled in the first place. In early October the bloc reached a deal with the Afghan government...

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2018-10-17 Access Asia

Uighurs and Kazakhs held in re-education camps in China

In western China, officials say they are fighting extremism by opening so-called "vocational training centres". But human rights groups argue these are actually mass detention...

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2018-10-09 Access Asia

Indonesia tsunami: Survivors describe ordeal

On September 28, the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was rocked by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that triggered a tsunami. Hundreds of people lost their lives in the twin disasters,...

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2018-09-18 Access Asia

Iwao Hakamada, the Japanese boxer still fighting... for his life

In Japan, 82-year-old Iwao Hakamada spent half a century on death row before being released. But the former professional boxer is still locked in a legal back and forth. Today he...

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