Afghanistan’s pine nuts are in demand, with China signing a 5-year deal worth US$2.2 billion. BBC Afghan editor Shoaib Sharifi tells us about the importance of this tiny but valuable nut.
Picture: Pine nut harvest in Afghanistan.
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Behind the tragic headlines
The first funerals of the victims of human trafficking were conducted in Vietnam this week. 39 people died in the back of a lorry trailer discovered in Grays, Essex. The victims were initially thought to be Chinese, but BBC Vietnamese journalists Giang Nguyen and Khue Luu Binh were among the team who confirmed they were Vietnamese and pieced together their stories.
Image: Candles for the Vietnamese lorry dead
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What’s the secret of a happy and active old age?
The Nicoya peninsula is a “blue zone”, where people live much longer than average. The BBC's Rafael Rojas joined an inspiring group of people aged 100 plus to find out the secrets of their longevity.
Image: Nicoya peninsula, Costa Rica.
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Inside the Taliban prison
Block Six of Afghanistan’s Pul-e-Charkhi prison is where the Taliban prisoners are held. BBC Afghan’s Zuhal Ahad was part of the team given rare access to their cells to see how they live, and discover what views they now hold.
The peace corridor of Kartarpur
The Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan is one of Sikhism's holiest sites, but since Partition between India and Pakistan in 1947, Indian Sikhs have been unable to visit. This weekend an historic arrangement will allow Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the Shrine visa-free. Umer Draz Nangiana of BBC Urdu has been covering the story.