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  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arriving in Beijing with his wife Ri Sol Ju last month. Ms Ri's media exposure has risen since then, in what is seen as a move by Mr Kim to establish the two of them as a "power couple".
North Koreans have a "respected First Lady" to call their own, as the wife of third-generation leader Kim Jong Un hogs the global limelight with her demure elegance and stylish fashion sense.

FEATURES

BORACAY • In all the years she has lived on Boracay, Ms Rebecca Baco has not seen days as bleak as those she is seeing now.
  • A Grade 3 class at Daeseong-dong Elementary School, which has 35 pupils, some of whom come from the neighbouring town of Munsan. Teenagers must attend school outside the village because there is no middle or high school. A view from the rooftop of Da
  • A Grade 3 class at Daeseong-dong Elementary School, which has 35 pupils, some of whom come from the neighbouring town of Munsan. Teenagers must attend school outside the village because there is no middle or high school. A view from the rooftop of Da
For the 194 residents of Daeseong-dong, or Freedom Village, freedom exists only in so far as it can be protected by armed guards.
  • Bird's eye view of a sub-divided unit.
The rise of elfin units, typically under 200 sq ft each, comes amid a 23-month surge in property prices - the longest for a property bull market in 25 years.
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  • Women of the Yao tribe, an ethnic minority in China, grooming themselves by the river in Huangluo Yao village in Guilin, Guangxi in southern China, as part of their celebration of the Double Third Festival yesterday. The Yao women, known for their tr
Women of the Yao tribe, an ethnic minority in China, grooming themselves by the river in Huangluo Yao village in Guilin, Guangxi in southern China, as part of their celebration of the Double Third Festival yesterday.

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