The Taj Mahal – In Bangladesh?

Wealthy movie director Ahsanullah Moni has built in 5 years what it took the Mugal Emperor Shah Jahan 20 years to build in the 1600s, The Taj Mahal.  Moni’s replica is located about 20 miles northeast of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.  With a pricetag of approximately £38M ($56.8 M USD) Moni has has imported marble and granite from Italy, diamonds from Belgium and used 160kg of bronze for the dome.

The Indians are not pleased at Moni’s replica of the Taj Mahal and are hoping to sue for copyright infringement.

Via Sky News. Video from Reuters.  More information and pictures can be found here.

Roman descendants in China?

Are residents of Liqian, a remote village in Northwestern China descendants of Roman legions lost in the area in 53 BC?  Blood samples have been taken from 93 people in and around Liquian and DNA tests will be run to determine if this link to Romans, as suggested by historian Homer Dubbs in 1957, is true.

Check out the full story in the Telegraph.

(Telegraph via Metafilter)