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Tajikistan bans trees, decorations in schools during festive season
Tajikistan bans trees, decorations in schools during festive season

Tajikistan has tightened restrictions on celebrations of the traditional festive season in schools in the Central Asian country, banning Christmas trees and gift-giving.

Tajikistan bans trees, decorations in schools during festive season
©Yaroslav Radlovsky
Most popular gifts for Women's Day in Kazakhstan

A list of the most popular gifts for March 8 -- the International Women's Day -- in Kazakhstan has been made.

Most popular gifts for Women's Day in Kazakhstan
Denis Ten and Almaty's Akim Akhmetzhan Yessimov. ©almaty.kz
Almaty Mayor awards Denis Ten with car for Olympic bronze

The Mayor of Almaty has presented a car to the Kazakhstan figure-skating Denis Ten for the bronze medal that he won in the Sochi Olympics.

Almaty Mayor awards Denis Ten with car for Olympic bronze
Queen Elizabeth II. ©Reuters/John Stillwell/Pool
Weird and wonderful world of British royal gifts revealed

A garden gnome, a chocolate royal coach and a falconry glove were among the gifts presented to Britain's royal household last year.

Weird and wonderful world of British royal gifts revealed
©Reuters/Michaela Rehle
Amazon to compensate customers for late gifts

Amazon Thursday said it would give $20 gift cards and pay shipping costs for customers affected by problems at UPS and FedEx that delayed some Christmas package deliveries.

Amazon to compensate customers for late gifts
Merry Christmas! Two winning tickets announced in $636 mln US lottery
Merry Christmas! Two winning tickets announced in $636 mln US lottery

Who needs Santa Claus when you hold one of two winning tickets announced in the $636 million Mega Millions lottery in the United States?

Merry Christmas! Two winning tickets announced in $636 mln US lottery
Australia gifts Prince George a baby crocodile
Australia gifts Prince George a baby crocodile

Australia's tropical Northern Territory presented an unusual gift to Britain's new royal baby, Prince George, a crocodile.

Australia gifts Prince George a baby crocodile
Photo courtesy of ferretfamily.net
Bats could help fight mosquitos in Astana

Kazakhstan naturalist Atygai Yesenkulov offered to supply bats to Astana city to help it harness the mosquito population.

Bats could help fight mosquitos in Astana
Hermes golf bag, statues among Obama gift list
Hermes golf bag, statues among Obama gift list

A luxury golf bag, a statue of Abraham Lincoln and an Australian rules football jersey formed part of a treasure trove given to US President Barack Obama in 2011.

Hermes golf bag, statues among Obama gift list
Photo courtesy of restlus.com
Sensational $1-bln art gift 'transforms' New York Met

Cosmetics billionaire Leonard Lauder has given New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art an astonishing, no-strings-attached collection of Cubist art that he assembled over four decades.

Sensational $1-bln art gift 'transforms' New York Met
Photo courtesy of donnafremonpowell.com
Mystery gold gifts for tsunami-wracked Japan port

A Japanese city devastated by the 2011 tsunami has received anonymous gifts of gold worth more than $250,000 in a phenomenon dubbed a "goodwill gold rush" ahead of the second anniversary of the disaster.

Mystery gold gifts for tsunami-wracked Japan port
Photo courtesy of alibaba.com
China bans ads on gift-giving to officials: media

China has banned ads that encourage giving luxury gifts to authorities, state media said Thursday, the latest push against official extravagance since new leaders took charge vowing better governance.

China bans ads on gift-giving to officials: media
Serik Sapiyev. ©REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Serik Sapiyev to get Toyota Land Cruiser from Karaganda oblast administration

Boxer Serik Sapiyev will get Toyota Land Cruiser-200 from Karaganda oblast for his gold medal at London Olympics.

Serik Sapiyev to get Toyota Land Cruiser from Karaganda oblast administration
Olga Rypakova drove around Ust-Kamenogorsk in cabriolet. Photo courtesy of yk-news.kz
Olga Rypakova did not get a cabriolet

The information that the Mayor of East-Kazakhstan oblast gave a cabriolet to Olympic champion Olga Rypakova turned out to be not true.

Olga Rypakova did not get a cabriolet
Nursultan Nazarbayev and Barack Obama. Photo courtesy of Kazakhstan President's administration
Charm given to Obama by Nazarbayev was made by Uralsk designers

The Tumar that Nursultan Nazarbayev gave to Barack Obama was made by the artistic group Woman Art Design from Uralsk.

Charm given to Obama by Nazarbayev was made by Uralsk designers
The sculpture, presented to Almaty by Tuscon residents. ©Dmitry Khegay
PHOTO: American Tucson gifted an apple-cactus to Almaty

Residents of Tucson, AZ, gifted to Almaty a sculpture that represents close relationships between the two sister cities.

PHOTO: American Tucson gifted an apple-cactus to Almaty

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