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Uighurs from China's troubled far-western region of Xinjiang. ©Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha
China offers cash in Xinjiang for tips on beards

Authorities in China's restive Xinjiang region are offering cash to informants who report on neighbours with excessive facial hair, state media has reported.

China offers cash in Xinjiang for tips on beards
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Sri Lanka bars Australian luxury hotelier in flag spat

Sri Lankan authorities barred the Australian owner of one of the world's most exclusive hotels from returning to his adopted homeland Tuesday for flying the national flag upside down, officials said.

Sri Lanka bars Australian luxury hotelier in flag spat
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Facebook, Microsoft reveal US data requests

Internet giants Facebook and Microsoft say they received thousands of requests for data from US authorities last year but are prohibited from disclosing how many related to national security.

Facebook, Microsoft reveal US data requests
Former British Former Chief of Staff Jonathan Powell. Photo courtesy of peoples.ru
Powell tells Kazakhstan officials of ways to remove unwanted staff

Jonathan Powell gave a lecture in Kazakhstan President’s State Management Academy in Kazakhstan.

Powell tells Kazakhstan officials of ways to remove unwanted staff
Law-enforcement authorities. Photo by Danial Okassov©
Interior Ministry is most expensive authority in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Interior Ministry turned out to be the most expensive state authority by direct and indirect capital expenditures.

Interior Ministry is most expensive authority in Kazakhstan
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'Horse lasagne' sparks new British food scare

British authorities warned the public Thursday not to eat beef lasagne sold by the Findus brand and made in France after tests found it contained up to 100 percent horse meat.

'Horse lasagne' sparks new British food scare
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China bans ads on gift-giving to officials: media

China has banned ads that encourage giving luxury gifts to authorities, state media said Thursday, the latest push against official extravagance since new leaders took charge vowing better governance.

China bans ads on gift-giving to officials: media
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Kazakhstan Army to be used against swinging situation inside the country

President Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed to study the existing capacities of the country's Armed Forces and set several tasks to the law-enforcement authorities.

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Kazakhstan Army to be used against swinging situation inside the country
Military aircraft. Photo by Danial Okassov©
Kazakhstan needs aviation regiment

Former Kazakhstan Vice-Minister of Defense supports the suggestion of the Majilis to transfer the whole military aviation fleet to one authority.

Kazakhstan needs aviation regiment
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S. Korea to crack down on sexy performance by minors

South Korea authorities said Wednesday they were taking steps to curb over-sexualised performances by teenaged stars of the country's thriving K-pop scene.

S. Korea to crack down on sexy performance by minors
Decade on, Iraq to replace iconic Saddam statue
Decade on, Iraq to replace iconic Saddam statue

Nearly a decade after Saddam Hussein's statue was pulled down in an iconic moment seen globally, Baghdad will finally replace it with new artwork to mark its selection as the 2013 Arab Capital of Culture.

Decade on, Iraq to replace iconic Saddam statue
Rappers lead underground monitors at Angola polls
Rappers lead underground monitors at Angola polls

Through an unmarked door, down a passageway and behind a padlocked metal gate lies a room littered with cell phones that is the nerve centre of an underground effort by Angolan rappers to monitor Friday's vote.

Rappers lead underground monitors at Angola polls
US migrants sign up to Obama deportation deferral
US migrants sign up to Obama deportation deferral

Long lines of undocumented immigrants sprang up across the US on Wednesday as thousands took advantage of President Barack Obama's decision to grant many of them temporary residency.

US migrants sign up to Obama deportation deferral
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Armed US man arrested at Batman screening: police

US authorities said Tuesday they arrested a man at a screening of the latest Batman movie with a bag full of weapons in a case that evoked a recent rampage in Colorado that claimed a dozen lives.

Armed US man arrested at Batman screening: police
Nouri al-Alabbar, Chairman of the Electoral Commission National Congress. ©REUTERS/Ismail Zetouni
Libya's interim rulers to hand over power

Libya's interim authorities said they will hand over power to a newly elected congress on Wednesday, less than a year after its fighters overthrew the regime of Moamer Kadhafi.

Libya's interim rulers to hand over power
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Chile McDonald's patron finds mouse tail in burger

Health authorities in Chile on Tuesday confirmed what one man has claimed for weeks: that he found a mouse tail in his McDonald's hamburger.

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Chile McDonald's patron finds mouse tail in burger
New drug tunnels found under US-Mexico border
New drug tunnels found under US-Mexico border

US and Mexican authorities have unearthed a 240-yard-long drug smuggling tunnel under their joint border in the state of Arizona, the latest such find in the violence-scarred region.

New drug tunnels found under US-Mexico border
Assembling an assembly: democracy is built in Libya
Assembling an assembly: democracy is built in Libya

Out of sight, in a large hall lit by welding sparks, workers in Libya are rushing to build an assembly fit for the country's first elected authorities since the ouster of Moamer Kadhafi's regime.

Assembling an assembly: democracy is built in Libya
Photo by Nazymgul Kumyspayeva©
Every fifth high-ranking employee of law-enforcement authorities failed re-assessment tests

Kazakhstan performs an unscheduled assessment of its law-enforcement authorities.

Every fifth high-ranking employee of law-enforcement authorities failed re-assessment tests
Almaty-1 Railway station. Photo courtesy of railways.kz
Kazakhstan railway stations will have Wi-Fi hubs

High-class Kazakhstan railway stations will be equipped with Wi-Fi hubs, luggage and exchange offices, mother’s room and service centers.

Kazakhstan railway stations will have Wi-Fi hubs