ULAANBATAAR, MONGOLIA - OCTOBER 21: Shoppers are seen inside the Central Tower shopping plaza on October 21, 2012 in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia. Some 100 years ago, Mongolia gained independence from Qing ... more 
ULAANBATAAR, MONGOLIA - OCTOBER 21: Shoppers are seen inside the Central Tower shopping plaza on October 21, 2012 in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia. Some 100 years ago, Mongolia gained independence from Qing China, and more than 20 years ago it removed itself from the Soviet Bloc. Since then, the country has been undergoing massive social, economic and political changes. Mongolia is a land of amazing contrasts and is the most sparsely populated country on earth, with fewer than 3 million people. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) less 
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