Roads into White Gold: stunning pictures from Ethiopia’s ancient salt trails
One of the hottest places on earth, northern Ethiopia holds long-used roads for caravans of camels to collect salt through a sun-blasted desert basin. In the “Danakil Depression”, the average temperature is 94 degrees Fahrenheit.
A paved road is being built to make it easier for industrialized companies to access the salt flats, which could put the ancient camel caravans out of business.
“Most of the people who live here are dependent on the salt caravans, so we are not happy with prospective salt companies that try to set up base here,” said Abdullah Ali Noor.
Read our in-depth report of the salt trails.
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A tour of the Barbie Dreamhouse in Berlin, Germany:
The life-sized Dreamhouse offers visitors the chance to try on Barbie’s clothes in her walk-in closet an enjoy a tour of the living room and kitchen.
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- Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman’s ‘Rubber Duck’ floats, deflated, in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, this morning. It is not immediately known why the duck, scheduled to float outside Ocean Terminal inTsim Sha Tsui until 9 June deflated. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder faced questions over the Justice Department’s decision to seize telephone records of the Associated Press, a move denounced by critics as intrusion into freedom of the press.
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