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Kazakh-Iran economic and trade cooperation to ease tension in the region

Iranian Deputy Minister Valiola Afkhami visited Astana to meet with his Kazakhstani counterpart at the 3rd sitting of the Kazakh-Iranian Working Group on Trade and Economic Cooperation.

Kazakh-Iran economic and trade cooperation to ease tension in the region
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Kazakh song of gestures stole American heart

The story starts with Aaron Bean who volunteered in 2011 to be a part of Peace Corps in Kazakhstan and fell in love with a deaf Kazakh girl Botagoz Usenova.

Kazakh song of gestures stole American heart
Qatar leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of sporting success
Qatar leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of sporting success

Increasingly under the international spotlight after earning the right to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to become a sporting super-power.

Qatar leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of sporting success
Mining threatens unique culture of Sweden's Samis
Mining threatens unique culture of Sweden's Samis

As winter approaches, the Samis of northern Sweden move thousands of reindeer down from the snow-covered mountains for lowland grazing. They have done so for centuries, but they wonder how much longer they can continue.

Mining threatens unique culture of Sweden's Samis
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
Film spotlights pop culture inspired by Mexican drug gangs
Film spotlights pop culture inspired by Mexican drug gangs

A new documentary shines a worrying and grisly light on a growing Latino pop culture phenomenon in the United States inspired by the deadly drug violence which has ravaged neighboring Mexico.

Film spotlights pop culture inspired by Mexican drug gangs
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Evening of Choral Music in Astana Opera

On December 4, Astana Opera theater will have an evening of choral music.

Evening of Choral Music in Astana Opera
'Priceless' ancient Korean seals seized in California
'Priceless' ancient Korean seals seized in California

US customs agents said Wednesday they have seized a horde of "priceless" ancient Korean artifacts, brought to California by US a serviceman deployed in the Korean War six decades ago.

'Priceless' ancient Korean seals seized in California
Chunk of 'Nazi art trove' may be returned to Munich man: report
Chunk of 'Nazi art trove' may be returned to Munich man: report

German authorities think a good number of the paintings found in an art trove largely looted by the Nazis may ultimately be returned to the Munich man in whose apartment they were discovered.

Chunk of 'Nazi art trove' may be returned to Munich man: report
U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Kazakhstan John M. Ordway. ©Yaroslav Radlovsky
John Ordway discusses Kazakhstan-US relations with Marat Tazhin

Kazakhstan Secretary of State Marat Tazhin received the US Charge d'Affaires John Ordway.

John Ordway discusses Kazakhstan-US relations with Marat Tazhin
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Kazakhstan to exhibit Saka treasures in China

The Days of Kazakhstan Culture in China will be held in three cities of China - Beijing, Shanghai and Urumchi - on November 5-8.

Kazakhstan to exhibit Saka treasures in China
China temple fresco 'restored' with cartoon-like paintings
China temple fresco 'restored' with cartoon-like paintings

Chinese authorities have "restored" ancient Buddhist frescos in a temple by painting them over with cartoon-like figures from Taoist myths.

China temple fresco 'restored' with cartoon-like paintings
The French actor Gérard Depardieu. ©e-kyzylorda.gov.kz
Gerard Depardieu to shoot film about Kazakh folklore

French actor Gérard Depardieu met Kyzylorda Oblast Akim (Governor) Krymbek Kusherbayev after visiting Baikonur.

Gerard Depardieu to shoot film about Kazakh folklore
Over 200 languages lost in diverse India, study finds
Over 200 languages lost in diverse India, study finds

More than 200 languages have vanished in India over the last 50 years, a new study says, blaming urban migration and fear among nomadic tribes of speaking their traditional tongues.

Over 200 languages lost in diverse India, study finds
Austrians go lederhosen-loopy in rural revival
Austrians go lederhosen-loopy in rural revival

"When I was 15 I didn't wear lederhosen, it just wasn't cool," says Markus, 26, resplendent in his traditional Alpine leather shorts.

Austrians go lederhosen-loopy in rural revival
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
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More than 2mn Tibetans rehoused, relocated: rights group

More than two million Tibetans in China have been forced to change homes or relocate in a government-sponsored programme that is damaging their traditional culture and rural lifestyle.

More than 2mn Tibetans rehoused, relocated: rights group
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Porn star's calligraphy sparks art debate in China

Calligraphy by Japanese porn star Sola Aoi has sparked a culture war in China, where she has a huge fan base, with purists dismissing the work as "unskilled" after it was reportedly auctioned for $95,000.

Porn star's calligraphy sparks art debate in China
Nauryz holiday. Photo courtesy of www.akorda.kz
Kazakhstan suggests including Nauryz in UNESCO cultural heritage

Kazakhstan National Commission for UNESCO suggested including Nauryz holiday and hawking in the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Kazakhstan suggests including Nauryz in UNESCO cultural heritage
Beyonce, Jay-Z's Cuba trip was legal: US Treasury
Beyonce, Jay-Z's Cuba trip was legal: US Treasury

Pop diva Beyonce and hip-hop star Jay-Z's controversial trip to Cuba was part of a cultural exchange and did not violate the economic embargo imposed on the island by the US.

Beyonce, Jay-Z's Cuba trip was legal: US Treasury