• I just read in the BBC that though it's become one of this country's top visitor attractions, its president has ordered that the perpetually firey gas-drilling Darvaza crater in the Karakorum Desert be finally extinguished for environmental and health reasons, as well as part of an effort to increase gas exports. It's been tried before - can they pull it off this time? Read the article here.

    Turkmenistan plans to close its 'Gateway to Hell'
    The site, a fire burning for decades in a huge desert gas crater, is a popular tourist attraction.
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