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North Korea ‘sentences Trump to death’ for insulting Kim Jong-un

Regime-run newspaper says US president is ‘hideous criminal’ after he said North was a ‘cruel dictatorship’ and Kim ‘short and fat’

North Korea’s state media has criticised Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-Un, saying the US president deserved the death penalty and calling him a coward for cancelling a visit to the inter-Korean border.

An editorial in the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun focused its anger on Trump’s visit to South Korea last week, during which he denounced the North’s “cruel dictatorship” in a speech to legislators in Seoul.

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Donald Trump trails ‘major statement’ on return to White House from Asia tour

US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to promise he will make a “major statement” from the White House upon his return to Washington, DC.

Trump is heading home today from the Philippines, the final leg of his two-week tour of Asia.

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Tibet Facing Double Environmental Disasters As Climate Change Is Melting Glaciers And Tibet Population Growth Spurs Pollution

Tibet is facing a double-whammy of disasters. China’s western so-called autonomous region is getting warmer and wetter, just as rampant population growth is creating pollution problems.

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Best Places to visit in Kashmir

Kashmir

A land of anomalies, Kashmir is most definitely a paradise on earth with its snow-capped mountains and scenic landscape. Despite the politically-induced territorial division, Kashmir sees a healthy influx of tourists from all over the world. With an eclectic mix of tourist attractions comprising of beautiful gardens, lakes, valleys, and much more, Kashmir remain one of the most celebrated tourist spots in the world – and as Led Zeppelin quotes- it still remains the Shangri-la for most Kashmiris.

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The cheapest places around the world to buy a plane ticket

With the tidal wave of low-price air carriers sweeping through Asia, airfares in the region look pretty attractive.

According to flight search engine Skyscanner, the cost of flying is lowest for travel originating in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka (this includes both domestic and international travel). Seven of the 10 cheapest countries for travel by air are in Asia:

The world’s most expensive country to travel in is Monaco, where it costs $316 on average to travel 100 kilometers by air.

That’s nearly 40 times the cost of air travel in the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia, (in southeast Asia, budget carriers now account for more than half the aviation market).

Greenland is the second most expensive country in Skyscanner’s rankings; there it costs $119 to travel as far. Also high in the tally of expensive air travel countries are North Korea, Venezuela, and Hungary.

In Asia, cutthroat competition between carriers is as important a factor in airline pricing as what customers can afford to pay.

Viewed in this context, many of the countries that appear to be the cheapest air travel hubs in dollar terms are actually the costliest, based on the relative wages of their consumers.

So while affluent travelers in places like India and China benefit from cheaper flights, extreme wealth inequality makes those airfares out of reach for much of the population.

Stunning Floating Markets in Asia

A floating market is a market where goods are sold from boats. Originating in times and places where water transport played an important role in daily life, most floating markets operating today mainly serve as tourist attractions, and are chiefly found in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. The sellers often gather at 3:00 and come back at 11:00.

The following are stunning analogue photos of daily life in floating markets in Asia.

Fascinating Infographic Conceptualizes the World as 100 People

What if the world’s population only had 100 people? That small of a number definitely makes it easier to put things into perspective. Out of 100, 60 of them would live in Asia; 70 would not have access to the internet; and the gender divide would be split at 50/50.

Jack Hagley designed this fascinating infographic that uses data from the recently-updated 100 People statistical chart.

The world’s actual population has climbed to over seven billion people. That’s a harder number to conceptualize than 100, and this graphic gives us an easier-to-digest perspective in circular form.

 

And, because of the smaller sample size, the chart also shows remarkable changes. The 100 People Foundation points out that seven people would have a college education.

 

But, in 2006 only one person would have obtained a degree. It’s a reminder of how quickly the world can change in a relatively short period of time.

Jack Hagley website