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Goat polo, tug-of-war as Central Asia readies for Nomad Games
Goat polo, tug-of-war as Central Asia readies for Nomad Games

In a melee of hooves and hands, a scrum of horseriders on the plains of Central Asia wrestle to get control of the ball.

Goat polo, tug-of-war as Central Asia readies for Nomad Games
Bogan, ranga, rurosexual added to Australian dictionary
Bogan, ranga, rurosexual added to Australian dictionary

Heading Down Under where locals are "dry as a dead dingo's donger" and beachgoers don "budgie smugglers"?

Bogan, ranga, rurosexual added to Australian dictionary
Scottish islanders don helmets for Viking fire festival
Scottish islanders don helmets for Viking fire festival

Residents of Scotland's remote Shetland Islands brandishing swords and shields celebrated their Nordic roots in a fest that culminated in burning of a Viking ship replica.

Scottish islanders don helmets for Viking fire festival
Japanese monks karate chop, chant in funeral contest
Japanese monks karate chop, chant in funeral contest

Japanese Buddhist monks strutted their stuff in a contest highlighting sutra chanting skills, giving funeral sermons and loud karate chops.

Japanese monks karate chop, chant in funeral contest
Photo ©EK/Ilyas Omar
Central Asian countries sign Joint Declaration of Partnership and Cooperation with USA

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the USA have issued the Joint Declaration of Partnership and Cooperation.

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Central Asian countries sign Joint Declaration of Partnership and Cooperation with USA
Principal Dancer of the Mariinsky Ballet Oksana Skorik
Principal dancers of Mariinsky Theater perform in Astana Opera

Principal dancers of world famous Mariinsky Theater Oksana Skorik and Yevgeniy Ivanchenko came to Astana.

Principal dancers of Mariinsky Theater perform in Astana Opera
Photo © Jacob Crawfurd
Noreum Machi bring traditional Korean music to Astana Opera on October 4

NoreumMachi, a South Korean musical band, is performing at Astana Opera for the first time as a part of the International Silk Way Festival.

Noreum Machi bring traditional Korean music to Astana Opera on October 4
Microbrew trend in Holy Land turns water to hummus beer
Microbrew trend in Holy Land turns water to hummus beer

In an industrial zone among the hills of Galilee in northern Israel, a ponytailed sociologist with an intolerance for gluten explained what he was up to: beer made with chickpeas and dates.

Microbrew trend in Holy Land turns water to hummus beer
Fans flock to honour queen of crime fiction Agatha Christie
Fans flock to honour queen of crime fiction Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie fans have descended on her hometown of Torquay on the English Riviera for the 125th anniversary of the murder master's birth.

Fans flock to honour queen of crime fiction Agatha Christie
Whisky, clubs, music: Karachi's nightlife behind closed doors
Whisky, clubs, music: Karachi's nightlife behind closed doors

Karachi, Pakistan's biggest and most diverse city, was once home to a famous nightclub scene where alcohol flowed freely and luminaries from the world of jazz played to packed crowds eager for a taste of Western culture.

Whisky, clubs, music: Karachi's nightlife behind closed doors
Photo © Yaroslav Radlovskiy
Almaty among Top 100 liveable cities: Economist Intelligence Unit

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) rated 140 cities by livability. Kazakhstan's Almaty got the 100th place.

Almaty among Top 100 liveable cities: Economist Intelligence Unit
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Kazakh folk ensemble to perform in Paris

Kerbez folk ensemble of Semey Phillarmonic Hall named after Amre Kashaubayev in eastern Kazakhstan will perform in Paris.

Kazakh folk ensemble to perform in Paris
Personal file photo.
Traveler from Kazakhstan tells about his trip around the world

He has been to 25 countries over these last six months. Arman Aubakirov told Tengrinews about his adventures and impression from the trip as well as gave advices on how to plan the journey..

Traveler from Kazakhstan tells about his trip around the world
Photo © Raul Garifulin
Kazakhstani Bear Buddy promotes peace and tolerance in Kazan

Kazakhstani Buddy Bear has appeared at The Minis United Buddy Bears exhibition in Kazan, Russia.

Kazakhstani Bear Buddy promotes peace and tolerance in Kazan
Still from Adilkhan Yerzhanov's "Realtors."
Festival films at the heart of cultural controversy in Kazakhstan

Kazakh cinema is on the high wave but not everyone in the country is happy.

Festival films at the heart of cultural controversy in Kazakhstan
Japan's Meiji industrial sites win UN world heritage status
Japan's Meiji industrial sites win UN world heritage status

The UN's cultural body conferred world heritage status on a number of new sites including some seen as representative of Japan's industrial revolution.

Japan's Meiji industrial sites win UN world heritage status
Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky. ©RIA Novosti
Russian scoops prestigious Tchaikovsky piano award

Russian Dmitry Masleyev won first prize for the piano at the prestigious Tchaikovsky international music competition in Moscow.

Russian scoops prestigious Tchaikovsky piano award
Chyltys. Photo © Nikolay Kolessnikov
Mysteries of Mountain Shoriya meets Kazakh electro at The Spirit of Tengri 2015

Throat singing from Mountain Shoriya has met Kazakhstani electro at The Spirit of Tengri 2015.

Mysteries of Mountain Shoriya meets Kazakh electro at The Spirit of Tengri 2015
Photo courtesy of espanarusa.com
Nazarbayev slams social networks, Internet, pseudo-culture

President of Kazakhstan speaks harsh words about the current state of culture, in which social networks and the Internet undermine moral principles and spirituality.

Nazarbayev slams social networks, Internet, pseudo-culture
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New fountain opened in Almaty on Lovers Day

A fountain called Su Peri (in English, Mermaid) has been opened in Almaty on the Lovers Day or Kozy Korpesh and Bayan Sulu Day that Kazakhstan celebrates on April 15.

New fountain opened in Almaty on Lovers Day