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Why the cost of real estate in the crowded, slum-packed city of Dhaka rivals Manhattan

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Grimy, slum-packed and astonishingly crowded, Bangladesh's capital rarely comes out on top in comparisons with global cities like New York or London. Except, it seems, when it comes to real estate. Along Gulshan Avenue in the city's central business district, the price of an acre of land is equivalent to $75 million, said Ahsan Mansur, a housing analyst at the Policy Research Institute. That's approximately $1,700 per square foot. By comparison, land in Manhattan averaged $400 per square foot in the first half of last year, according to New York brokerage firms.

The most likely outcome of India’s election is unmitigated chaos

NEW DELHI — Foreign investors seem confident that Narendra Modi will become India’s next prime minister in the elections that began April 7. They’ve shown their approval by pouring about $4.4 billion into India since March — roughly around when Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) began stretching its poll lead over the ruling Congress party. Indian investors, however, see things differently.

These candidates for Indonesia's election are hotter than your candidates

When voters go to the polls for legislative elections on April 9, they'll notice that several of the female candidates pictured on their ballot papers have something in common: they're all, well, babes. It's no coincidence. Indonesia has a name for such balloted beauties: caleg cantik, or "gorgeous candidates." Critics accuse political parties of including them on their lists despite their glaring lack of chops in the cynical hope that Indonesians will vote not with their heads but their... er... eyes.

Ah, sunny Spain. Perfect weather for drones

MADRID — An industry providing drones for civil applications has taken off across Spain in recent years, despite the ongoing economic crisis, as developers capitalize on the wide open spaces and almost perpetually sunny weather of the country’s south — perfect conditions for flying and testing.

Maori warriors get cheeky with Will and Kate in New Zealand

The royal couple is on a tour of New Zealand and Australia, along with Prince George.

Scientists say Australia's Tony Abbott is engineering an 'environmental train wreck'

LONDON — Leading environmental scientists say that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has introduced, in less than one year in office, changes that could result in irreversible damage to some of the world’s most fragile ecosystems.

This is the biggest swarm of genetically modified mosquitoes ever set free

JACOBINA, Brazil — In this Brazilian farm town where legions of people have suffered from dengue fever, a campaign is fighting back, releasing swarms of mosquitoes engineered to wipe out their own species.

Oscar Pistorius gives game-changing testimony

Pistorius, who is on trial for the Valentine's Day murder of his girlfriend in 2013, took to the witness box Monday for the first time and in a high, shaky voice told the story of a scared and vulnerable boy growing up in South Africa.
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