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Kazakhstan Education Minister critical of quality of new schools

A school in south Kazakhstan was commissioned in January 2012. A month later the floor caved in and the heating system broke down.

Kazakhstan Education Minister critical of quality of new schools
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Moscow expels US journalist

US journalist David Satter, a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been banned from the country in one of the first such expulsions since the Cold War.

Moscow expels US journalist
Carrie Underwood starred as Maria von Trapp, "The Sound of Music". ©Reuters/Harrison McClary
Live 'Sound of Music' woos TV viewers, disappoints critics

US television network NBC's one-night live revival of the venerable Broadway musical "The Sound of Music" pulled a respectable 18.5 million viewers, but it failed to thrill the critics.

Live 'Sound of Music' woos TV viewers, disappoints critics
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Morocco Islamists under fire over women abuse bill

A long-awaited law to combat violence against women is currently under study in Morocco, but the Islamist-led government has had to revise its proposals after sharp criticism from rights groups.

Morocco Islamists under fire over women abuse bill
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Kazakhstan Embassy in Britain on the move to new building

The Embassy of Kazakhstan in Great Britain will be move to a new building soon.

Kazakhstan Embassy in Britain on the move to new building
Depardieu's Rasputin rubbished in Russia
Depardieu's Rasputin rubbished in Russia

It was the movie role that won Gerard Depardieu a Russian passport. But the actor's turn as the demonic priest Rasputin who mesmerised the Tsar's family has had a critical mauling in Russia.

Depardieu's Rasputin rubbished in Russia
Jung Chang and 'the concubine who launched modern China'
Jung Chang and 'the concubine who launched modern China'

Jung Chang says she does not enjoy arguments, but the latest book from the writer whose works are banned in China is proving to be typically contentious.

Jung Chang and 'the concubine who launched modern China'
Outrage in Indonesia over school's genitalia survey
Outrage in Indonesia over school's genitalia survey

Indonesia's education ministry Thursday strongly criticised officials in a small town in Aceh province for asking children to assess the size of their private parts in a graphic school survey.

Outrage in Indonesia over school's genitalia survey
Mugabe blasts 'insane' US for vote criticism
Mugabe blasts 'insane' US for vote criticism

President Robert Mugabe on Thursday rebuked the "insane" US for criticising his push for elections without key reforms and told it to keep its "pink nose" out of Zimbabwe's affairs.

Mugabe blasts 'insane' US for vote criticism
A picture of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky is seen on his grave. ©REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresensky
US disappointed by Russia conviction of dead lawyer

The United States on Thursday voiced disappointment at a Russian court's posthumous conviction of late Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky for tax evasion.

US disappointed by Russia conviction of dead lawyer
US, China clash over Snowden but see trade progress
US, China clash over Snowden but see trade progress

The United States reprimanded China for not handing over fugitive leaker Edward Snowden, but the two powers saw progress elsewhere in ties including on reaching an investment treaty.

US, China clash over Snowden but see trade progress
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Stalin police criticism sparks anti-Semitism row in Russia

A explosive comparison made by a liberal Russian politician between Stalin's agents and Hitler's secret police has provoked a storm of abusive criticism in Russia that has been tinged by anti-Semitism.

Stalin police criticism sparks anti-Semitism row in Russia
Pulitzer-winning US film critic Ebert dies at 70
Pulitzer-winning US film critic Ebert dies at 70

Film legend Martin Scorsese and President Barack Obama led tributes to US movie critic Roger Ebert, the first cinema pundit to win a Pulitzer Prize who died Thursday from cancer aged 70.

Pulitzer-winning US film critic Ebert dies at 70
Oleg Boretskiy. ©Yaroslav Radlovskiy
Kazakhstan's Shal movie is worth an Oscar: Boretskiy

Boretskiy is sure that Kazakhstan would have had more chances to get the Oscar if the country had submitted Shal movie of Yermek Tursunov.

Kazakhstan's Shal movie is worth an Oscar: Boretskiy
Ted Nugent scratches his Obama itch after speech
Ted Nugent scratches his Obama itch after speech

As promised, rocker and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent was on his best behavior at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, but he let loose with some colorful criticism afterward.

Ted Nugent scratches his Obama itch after speech
US safety board finds clue to Boeing fire, faults FAA
US safety board finds clue to Boeing fire, faults FAA

The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday criticized the government's certification process for the Boeing 787 and said it had pinpointed how a battery fire occurred on one of the planes.

US safety board finds clue to Boeing fire, faults FAA
Concerns over media freedoms in Morsi's Egypt
Concerns over media freedoms in Morsi's Egypt

The Cairo cafe is packed with patrons in stitches as television host Bassem Youssef fires his caustic criticism at President Mohamed Morsi, but post-revolution media freedoms have proved no laughing matter for some.

Concerns over media freedoms in Morsi's Egypt
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How the US shapes the military's big screen image

The CIA and the Pentagon pulled out all the stops for the creators of "Zero Dark Thirty," staging interviews with officials and a Navy SEAL for an inside account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

How the US shapes the military's big screen image
US criticizes Google chairman's N. Korea visit
US criticizes Google chairman's N. Korea visit

The United States on Thursday criticized a planned visit to North Korea by Google chairman Eric Schmidt, calling it ill-timed in the wake of Pyongyang's widely condemned rocket launch last month.

US criticizes Google chairman's N. Korea visit
Outcry in Taiwan over calls to terminate Chinese 'Oscars'
Outcry in Taiwan over calls to terminate Chinese 'Oscars'

A Taiwanese lawmaker's call to scrap a top film festival because it made Taiwan too reliant on China's movie industry sparked heated criticism on Wednesday from film veterans and fans.

Outcry in Taiwan over calls to terminate Chinese 'Oscars'