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South Korean 'Flower Men' Buy 20% of the World's Cosmetics for Men

Sky View/Photodisc/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Nearly 21 percent of global sales of men's cosmetics, a total of $495.5 million, were sold in South Korea last year, according to Euromonitor International, a global market research firm.

That makes the country the largest market and by far the largest in terms of per capita -- only 19 million men -- as well.

Marketers make a point that the new consumers of cosmetics are straight men who are embracing a new version of handsome.

The whopping sales figures are expected to increase by 79 percent this year, reaching $885 million, according to South Korea's largest cosmetics company, Amorepacific.

The market has been so vibrant that SKII, an upscale luxury Japanese cosmetics brand, launched its global men's line of products for the first time in South Korea.  SKII's best selling facial treatment essence is priced at $140 a bottle.  Their boutique spa, like many other spas in Seoul, have seen the number of male clients increase at a fast pace in recent years who pay $224 for a facial and $453 for a facial and body treatment.

In the affluent district of Gangnam in Seoul, where plastic surgery and dermatology clinics have opened shop in almost every street block, Korean men are going further than simply maintenance.

"Most popular is nose surgery.  Men consider their noses as symbol of sexuality.  So they like higher nose bones to look more attractive like Westerners," said Dr. Byung-Gun Kim, director of BK Plastic Surgery Hospital.

The standard of beauty has evolved from strong masculine to a softer look with small and slender face features.

"They're called 'flower men' referring to good looking guys in Korean dramas or movies with feminine features," Kim said.

These flower men are certainly trending.  In the bustling shopping district of Myungdong -- its main street nicknamed "cosme road" for the dozen of local and foreign cosmetics brand shops that are lined up -- advertisements are filled with handsome male celebrities posing as models with phrases like "Bright skin completes a man!"

"Men who don't care about their appearance are actually deemed as being lazy," said Jaejin Lee, producer of a cable television show for men called Get it Beauty HOMME.  The show, launched this week, offers everyday tips on men's skin care, hairstyling and even mustache grooming.

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China's Census Shows Growing Gender Gap

George Doyle/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- The figures are in from China's 2010 census and the results are conclusive: China's gender imbalance is getting worse.

There were 118.08 males for every 100 females last year, up from 116.9 males for every 100 females in 2000, according to the 2010 census.

At the current rate, there will be 20 million more men than woman within the next couple of decades, officials said.

"The gender ratio imbalance can be attributed to multiple causes, including a traditional preference for sons, the practice of arranging for sons to take care of elderly parents, illegal sex-selective abortions and other factors," Deputy Minister of Health Liu Qian said at a news conference this week.

It has been 30 years since China introduced its one child policy, which restricts urban couples to having just one child.  The government says that strict family planning has helped prevent roughly 400 million additional births.

While the policy has helped China rein in explosive population growth, it has brought a new set of problems with it.  China's elderly population is expanding rapidly, while the younger labor force will start shrinking within a few years.

And then there's the gender imbalance, the result of a traditional preference for boys in China.  Sex-selective abortion is a huge problem across the country but now authorities are cracking down.

Earlier this week, the government released its new "Outline for the Development of Chinese Children (2011-2020)" which says that steps should be taken to "eliminate discrimination against girls" and to promote gender equity.

"Using ultrasonic techniques to conduct non-medical sex determination" should be strictly prohibited, it says, adding that doctors who are discovered to be carrying out sex-selective abortions will have their licenses stripped.

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Nine Men in UK Accused of Conspiracy to Cause Explosions

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- After a series of arrests organized by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, nine men have been charged with conspiracy to cause explosions in the UK with terrorism offenses, say the West Midlands Police.

The men appeared Monday morning at the City of Westminster Magistrates Court where Sue Hemming, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division, recommended the men be charged.

"I have today advised the police that nine men should be charged with conspiracy to cause explosions and with engaging conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism with the intention of either committing acts of terrorism, or assisting another to commit such acts," Hemming said. 

Hemming also said that she had reviewed the evidence provided by the West Midland Counter Terrorism Unit and is satisfied that it will make for a realistic prospect of conviction and is in the best interest of the public to charge all nine men.

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Police Arrest 12 Somalis on Terror Charges

File photo. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands) -- Dutch police have reportedly arrested a dozen Somalis suspected of plotting a terrorist attack in the Netherlands.

Prosecutors say the men - aged between 19 and 48, and mostly from the Rotterdam area - were arrested based on intelligence that alleges they were in the process of preparing an attack in the country.

A number homes were searched, but no weapons or explosives have been found.

Authorities continue to question the men.

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