Paradise found In Myanmar's Mergui archipelago, all the beach brochure clichés actually apply: powdery sand, turquoise waters and forbiddingly thick, verdant jungles are in abundance. Shielded for decades by Myanmar's status as international pariah, the island chain is one of the last holdouts against the dual onslaught of globalisation and tourism.
It might be hard to come to terms with, but Bangladesh is an ageing society. The number of elderly people in the country - that is, those aged 60 and above - is growing at a faster rate than the number of people below the age of 18. We're getting old.
newsweek: The residents of a town on Canada's Newfoundland island fear a blue whale carcass that washed up on its boardwalk last week could explode at any time. The 25m (81ft) whale on Trout River's rocky beach is one of several believed to have died in heavy ice weeks ago.
Bangkok, Thailand - Just north of the Thai capital, in a relatively quiet section of Bangkok's concrete sprawl, buildings belonging to three key ministries sit side by side. In front of these offices, there are no protesters or barricades. Nevertheless, the gates are chained and padlocked, and no-one goes in or comes out.