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China ‘world’s biggest debt collector’ as poorer nations struggle with its loans

Country, estimated to be owed up to $1.5trn, is increasing penalties for late payments and cutting back on infrastructure projects China has become the world’s biggest debt collector, as the money it is owed from developing countries has surged to betw…

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Gangs forcing hundreds of thousands of people into cybercrime in south-east Asia, says UN

Organised criminals use threats, torture and sexual violence to coerce victims to work in international scamming operations Hundreds of thousands of people have been trafficked and forced to work for online scamming operations in south-east Asia run by…

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‘Everywhere is broken’: how land grabs in Cambodia are demolishing lives

The government has a ‘masterplan’ for the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk, with tourist meccas built on land given to elite families while the poor and powerless face the bulldozersPhotographs by Cindy Liu for The GuardianSitting on the veranda of a…

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