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Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett at final Obama ball
Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett at final Obama ball

Pop diva Lady Gaga and veteran crooner Tony Bennett spanned the generations Tuesday as President Barack Obama offered a final thank you to his army of campaign volunteers at his last inaugural ball.

Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett at final Obama ball
African diva aims for 'Marilyn moment' at Obama inauguration

South Africa's Lira will be one among many performers at Barack Obama's inaugural celebrations Monday, but she is determined to be remembered for a performance to rival Marilyn Monroe's wooing of John F. Kennedy.

African diva aims for 'Marilyn moment' at Obama inauguration
Honduras leader regrets embassy orgy
Honduras leader regrets embassy orgy

Honduran President Porfirio Lobo said Monday that a pre-Christmas party at the country's embassy in Colombia that included prostitutes was a "sad incident."

Honduras leader regrets embassy orgy
Giant rubber duck brings Sydney festival to life
Giant rubber duck brings Sydney festival to life

A gigantic, bright yellow rubber duck floated into Sydney's Darling Harbour on Saturday as part of the Australian city's annual arts festival, a celebration where high-art meets popular entertainment.

Giant rubber duck brings Sydney festival to life
Thousands of Mexicans devour enormous king cake
Thousands of Mexicans devour enormous king cake

Tens of thousands of Mexicans wolfed down a 1.9-kilometer (1.2-mile) long king cake on Thursday, polishing it off in less than half-an-hour during the traditional feast in downtown Mexico City.

Thousands of Mexicans devour enormous king cake
Globe greets 2013 in rolling New Year's party
Globe greets 2013 in rolling New Year's party

A million people crammed into New York's Times Square on Tuesday to greet the New Year in a global party that kicked off in Australia before rolling around the world in a non-stop chain of firework displays.

Globe greets 2013 in rolling New Year's party
World to welcome in New Year with a bang
World to welcome in New Year with a bang

Sydney will Monday kick off a wave of dazzling firework displays welcoming in 2013 from Dubai to Paris and London, with long-isolated Yangon joining the global pyrotechnics for the first time.

World to welcome in New Year with a bang
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One third Kazakhstan companies spend up to 500 thousand tenge on New Year staff parties

According to 31 percent of the polled representatives of Kazakhstan companies, their New Year staff party costs from 300 to 500 thousand tenge.

One third Kazakhstan companies spend up to 500 thousand tenge on New Year staff parties
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Kazakhstan residents to have 4 days off on New Year

Kazakhstan Prime-Minister Serik Akhmetov signed a government decree moving the day off from Saturday December 29 to Monday December 31.

Kazakhstan residents to have 4 days off on New Year
Amazingly, world survives Maya 'apocalypse'
Amazingly, world survives Maya 'apocalypse'

A global day of lighthearted doom-themed celebration and superstitious scare-mongering culminated Friday at the temples of the Mayan people, whose calendar sparked fears of apocalypse.

Amazingly, world survives Maya 'apocalypse'
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej. ©REUTERS
Thais pack Bangkok for king's birthday celebration

Tens of thousands of Thais crowded central Bangkok on Wednesday for a rare address by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch, as part of celebrations for his 85th birthday.

Thais pack Bangkok for king's birthday celebration
Crowds celebrate Obama victory at White House
Crowds celebrate Obama victory at White House

Chanting "Four more years!" and "USA, USA!," a crowd of well-wishers danced and celebrated outside the White House late Tuesday after Democratic President Barack Obama swept to re-election.

Crowds celebrate Obama victory at White House
'There'll be no Eid in Syria.' Bleak holiday in Aleppo
'There'll be no Eid in Syria.' Bleak holiday in Aleppo

Like many Syrians living on the frontline of the war, Abu Hamid is not slaughtering a sheep this year and not celebrating Eid al-Adha. The only thing he's worried about is staying alive.

'There'll be no Eid in Syria.' Bleak holiday in Aleppo
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Kazakhstan will celebrate Eid on October 26

One of the most significant Muslim holidays Eid will be celebrated on October 26 this year.

Kazakhstan will celebrate Eid on October 26
A big aport apple. Photo courtesy of yvision.kz
1 kg apple presented on City Day in Almaty

Almaty citizens celebrated the City Day on Sunday, September 16.

1 kg apple presented on City Day in Almaty
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Kazakhstan is celebrating Constitution Day

Kazakhstan is celebrating the Constitution Day this Thursday, August 30.

Kazakhstan is celebrating Constitution Day
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Kazakhstan Olympic winners will be honored with fireworks in Astana

А fireworks show in honor of Kazakhstan London Olympic athletes will be held today, on August 17, in the city of Astana.

Kazakhstan Olympic winners will be honored with fireworks in Astana
Obama in warm defense of Clinton's Muslim aide
Obama in warm defense of Clinton's Muslim aide

US President Barack Obama offered a warm personal tribute to Hillary Clinton's close aide Huma Abedin, who some conservative Republicans claim has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Obama in warm defense of Clinton's Muslim aide
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Frail Nelson Mandela turns 94

South Africa's Nelson Mandela turns 94 on Wednesday, but he is unlikely to attend a host of celebrations as the frail anti-apartheid icon has increasingly vanished from the public eye.

Frail Nelson Mandela turns 94
The concept-yurt. ©Arman Baymukhanov
PHOTO: Solar battery yurt present on Astana City Day

Astana city has been presented with an innovative version of yurt (nomadic tent) called Nomad before the Capital Day.

PHOTO: Solar battery yurt present on Astana City Day