A school in south Kazakhstan was commissioned in January 2012. A month later the floor caved in and the heating system broke down.
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.
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.
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.
The Embassy of Kazakhstan in Great Britain will be move to a new building soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The United States on Thursday voiced disappointment at a Russian court's posthumous conviction of late Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky for tax evasion.
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.
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.
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.
Boretskiy is sure that Kazakhstan would have had more chances to get the Oscar if the country had submitted Shal movie of Yermek Tursunov.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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