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From the air, this southern island and the other surrounding isles of the Sulu archipelago look idyllic with hectares of verdant forest surrounded by white sandy beaches.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Billion-dollar islands being built off the coast of Dubai offer wealthy tourists a chance to leave the world behind, but environmentalists say the Gulf's delicate marine ecosystem is paying the price for this perfect escape.
B>T/B>HE moon is a brilliant orb in the inky sky, the ocean is glassy and calm. Occasional swells cause the seawater to slap against the wooden bottom of the sampan as the weathered old fisherman lights the torch. It only takes a few minutes before gleaming shoals of fish and translucent squid swarm towards the sampan. The night's catch is in.
GULONG, China (Reuters) - In a large concrete yard covered with two-foot-high rows of star anise seeds, farmers shovel the pungent spice into boxes for export.