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Jordan Trail: A trek through history via ancient villages and wild wadis (CNN Travel)

Amman, Jordan -- Picture the Appalachian Trail in the United States, or the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Then draw a route through more than 10,000 years of history, covering Neolithic ruins, Biblical sites, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, and russet landscapes that wouldn't look out of place on Mars.

That's the Jordan Trail, and only a slice of it.

Macho men: Tough-guy leaders usher in controversy and questions across global politics (Bangkok Post)

A handful of unabashedly macho politicians have begun to redefine global politics through their partiality for blunt pragmatism over political correctness. From Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines and Prayut Chan-o-cha in Thailand to Donald Trump in the United States and Vladimir Putin in Russia, the modus operandi of these tell-it-like-it-is tough guys more closely resembles …

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