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Shymkent. Photo courtesy of vesti.kz
Governor tells about plans to turn Shymkent into metropolis

Akim (Governor) of South Kazakhstan Oblast told about the plans to transform Shymkent city into a metropolis.

Governor tells about plans to turn Shymkent into metropolis
Talgat Yermegiyayev. Photo courtesy of ortcom.kz
Yermegiyayev speaks of Bus Rapid Transit cost

The head of Astana EXPO-2017 National Company Talgat Yermegiyayev has commented on the cost of Bus Rapid Transit for Astana.

Yermegiyayev speaks of Bus Rapid Transit cost
The new concert hall design. Photo © MAG-innovation
Piano-shaped concert hall to be built in Almaty

The new concert hall design has been presented in Almaty.

Piano-shaped concert hall to be built in Almaty
Bike-friendly Copenhagen faces cyclist backlash
Bike-friendly Copenhagen faces cyclist backlash

In one of the world's best cities for bicycles, Copenhagen cyclists are earning a reputation for recklessness and arrogance, prompting calls for politicians to back-pedal on plans to further boost bike traffic.

Bike-friendly Copenhagen faces cyclist backlash
The design of a retail complex. Photo courtesy of Almaty Architecture and City Planning Department
Several flea markets demolished in Almaty

Several flea markets are being demolished in Almaty.

Several flea markets demolished in Almaty
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr (C) addresses the media during a news conference to detail the more than $300 million aid package for Detroit. ©Reuters/Rebecca Cook
White House offers over $300 mn for bankrupt Detroit

The White House offered more than $300 million in aid and support to bankrupt Detroit on Friday, as the crumbling, bankrupt Midwestern city struggles to survive.

White House offers over $300 mn for bankrupt Detroit
First President Park in Almaty. ©Yaroslav Radlovsky
Almaty residents select Top 7 attractions

Almaty youth has been polled to identify the Seven 'Wonders' of Almaty city.

Almaty residents select Top 7 attractions
Detroit becomes largest US city to file for bankruptcy
Detroit becomes largest US city to file for bankruptcy

Detroit on Thursday became the largest city in US history to file for bankruptcy protection after decades of decline and mismanagement rendered the home of the nation's auto industry insolvent.

Detroit becomes largest US city to file for bankruptcy
The ancient Roman city Pompeii. ©REUTERS/Ciro De Luca
Italy promises UNESCO it will not abandon Pompeii

Italy's culture minister assured UNESCO on Sunday that efforts were being made to restore the long-neglected Roman city of Pompeii, after the United Nations organisation urged the country to speed up repairs.

Italy promises UNESCO it will not abandon Pompeii
©REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir
Highway plan sparks fear for Beirut heritage

A new highway touted as a way to ease Beirut's notorious traffic has angered residents and activists who say it will destroy rare old houses that survived Lebanon's 15-year civil war.

Highway plan sparks fear for Beirut heritage
Crisis-hit Italians swap cars for bikes despite perils
Crisis-hit Italians swap cars for bikes despite perils

Bikes are outselling cars in cash-strapped Italy but while cyclists in Milan say their city is ready for a two-wheel lifestyle, there are daily nuisances for riders on Rome's trafficked streets.

Crisis-hit Italians swap cars for bikes despite perils
Ancient mysteries revealed in Turkmen desert sands
Ancient mysteries revealed in Turkmen desert sands

Over four millennia ago, the fortress town of Gonur-Tepe might have been a rare advanced civilisation before it was buried for centuries under the dust of the Kara Kum desert in remote western Turkmenistan.

Ancient mysteries revealed in Turkmen desert sands
Google reveals views of Japan's nuclear ghost town
Google reveals views of Japan's nuclear ghost town

Google on Thursday began offering the chance for people to wander virtually through an abandoned town deep within the exclusion zone around Japan's crippled nuclear plant.

Google reveals views of Japan's nuclear ghost town
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China city searching for 'modern Marco Polo'

A Chinese city is searching for a foreign traveller to become a "modern Marco Polo", with a 40,000 euro ($52,000) salary on offer to the winner.

China city searching for 'modern Marco Polo'
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19 tourists killed as balloon explodes at Egypt's Luxor

A hot air balloon caught fire and exploded as it was flying over Egypt's ancient temple city of Luxor on Tuesday, killing 19 tourists.

19 tourists killed as balloon explodes at Egypt's Luxor
©REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Britain braces for fresh Eastern European immigration wave

Coils of Polish sausages glisten on shop counters and vodka bottles line the shelves. In this corner of the English countryside, much of the chatter is in Latvian or Lithuanian.

Britain braces for fresh Eastern European immigration wave
Tallinn first EU capital to give residents free ticket to ride
Tallinn first EU capital to give residents free ticket to ride

Tallinn is the first EU capital to offer its residents free public transport, and though the move aimed at driving down car pollution is proving popular, visitors feel let down and others are accusing City Hall of a campaign gimmick.

Tallinn first EU capital to give residents free ticket to ride
French-led troops close in on Timbuktu
French-led troops close in on Timbuktu

French-led troops were closing in on Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu after capturing a string of other towns in their offensive against Islamists in the north of the country.

French-led troops close in on Timbuktu
Ecologist Mels Yeleussizov. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Almaty should not have been expanded to the current size: Yeleussizov

Almaty population should not have exceeded 700 thousand people, whereas it has reached 2 million already: ecologist.

Almaty should not have been expanded to the current size: Yeleussizov
Marseille hopes for image makeover with culture year
Marseille hopes for image makeover with culture year

Long plagued by a reputation for gang crime and lawlessness, France's port city of Marseille is hoping its year as the European Capital of Culture will finally give its image a makeover.

Marseille hopes for image makeover with culture year