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Detailed Maps of North Korea Now on Google Maps

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- The world's most reclusive country is officially on the map -- at least on Google Maps.

The tech giant unveiled its most detailed view of North Korean streets on Tuesday, offering a rare glimpse into the hermit kingdom.  Pyongyang hospitals, golf courses and restaurants are on the map, as well as the Kim Il Sung statue, Kim Il Sung stadium and Kim Il Sung University.

Google relied on a group of outsider "citizen cartographers" who used the Map Maker software and satellite images to piece roads and landmarks together.

North Korea was the last country virtually unmapped by Google.

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Google Maps Shows Mysterious White Lines in China Desert

Keith Bedford/Bloomberg via Getty Images(BEIJING) -- Just what are those lines? And what are they doing in the middle of nowhere, out in the Gobi desert of northwestern China?

They were spotted on Google Maps, and over the last few days they’ve taken on something of a viral quality. The array in the image included here is about a mile long and 3,000 feet across (there are several in the area), and it’s set off speculation from sources across the web:

Gizmodo: “Perhaps it’s some kind of targeting or calibrating grid for Chinese spy satellites? Maybe it’s a QR code for aliens? Nobody really knows.”

New Scientist: “Conspiracy theorists pounced immediately. Were these some sort of alien markings or the remains of a lost civilisation?”

The Mirror: “One photograph, which depicts 16 perfect squares spaced out in a block, shows what appear to be burnt-out trucks, supporting the claim that the sites are targets.”

Charles Vick of, which watches military and space issues, said, “This is indeed a mystery that requires a much closer examination up close but my best guess is a calibration ground facility for imaging and radar imaging systems in earth orbit.”

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Google Nearly Starts a War

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MOUNTAINVIEW, Calif.) -- Errors by Google Maps have in the past week reignited a territorial dispute in North Africa and nearly caused a war in Central America.

In the latter instance, Nicaraguan forces crossed a disputed border last week and raised their flag in territory that was long considered part of Costa Rica after the military commander on the scene looked up the area on Google Maps to determine how far he could deploy his troops.

Costa Rica has responded with heavily armed police (the country abolished its army decades ago), and its president has called the move an invasion. Nicaragua so far has refused to withdraw its soldiers.

The Organization of American States has been called in to mediate, and the regional body will consider a proposed solution whereby Nicaragua removes its forces and the two sides sit down to map out the border. Both sides have so far rejected the plan.

In a separate incident this week, Google Maps mistakenly attributed to Morocco a tiny island (more of a large rock) a few hundred yards off its coast and then changed it, again erroneously, to Spain. The problem is the uninhabited island (save for a few goats), which Spain calls Isla de Perejil (“Parsley Island”) and Morocco calls Leila (“Night”), has been a disputed territory for years and the two countries nearly fought over it in 2002.

Google has acknowledged its errors and promised to fix them, pledging to remain neutral in the Morocco/Spain dispute and fix the border line in the Nicaragua/Costa Rica one.

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