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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
Aral Sea poses threat to the world: Nazarbayev

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has addressed the problem of the Aral Sea during the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.

Aral Sea poses threat to the world: Nazarbayev
Hong Kong wishing tree draws tens of thousands of hopefuls
Hong Kong wishing tree draws tens of thousands of hopefuls

Carnivals and fireworks are Hong Kong's trademark Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations.

Hong Kong wishing tree draws tens of thousands of hopefuls
Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan. Photo courtesy of Akorda
Kazakhstan enters New Year 2015 with a constructive action plan: Nazarbayev

In his New Year address on December 31 President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulated his nation on the New Year Holiday.

Kazakhstan enters New Year 2015 with a constructive action plan: Nazarbayev
Illustration @Tengrinews
Spectacular fireworks to take place in Astana on New Year's night

Kazakhstan’s capital city Astana will celebrate the New Year 2015 with spectacular fireworks.

Spectacular fireworks to take place in Astana on New Year's night
Still of the video that captured performance by the Military Band
Military band surprises mall visitors in Astana

Military Bank of the Ministry of Defense has made a surprise to unsuspecting mall visitors.

Military band surprises mall visitors in Astana
Photo courtesy of strategy2050.kz
New Year weather in Kazakhstan to be snowy and frosty

On New Year holidays Kazakhstan is to expect snow and falling temperatures.

New Year weather in Kazakhstan to be snowy and frosty
©Alisher Akhmetov
Santa parade takes place in Almaty

A parade of a thousand Santas has taken place in Kazakhstan's Almaty ahead of the New Year's celebrations.

Santa parade takes place in Almaty
Vocal band Mezzo perform 10 Kazakh hits of 2014
10 Kazakh hits in 5 minutes for New Year's celebration

Kazakh band Mezzo has created a medley of the 10 most popular domestic hits.

10 Kazakh hits in 5 minutes for New Year's celebration
China horses fight in Lunar New Year battles
China horses fight in Lunar New Year battles

Hooves clash in mid-air, a stallion bites his opponent while delighted spectators cheer wildly -- in southern China some saw in the Year of the Horse by watching the animals fight.

China horses fight in Lunar New Year battles
Asia rings in Year of the Horse with fireworks, festivities
Asia rings in Year of the Horse with fireworks, festivities

Fireworks illuminated the skies across Asia and millions of families gathered together to usher in the Year of the Horse.

Asia rings in Year of the Horse with fireworks, festivities
Revellers walk amongst lanterns during ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations at the Marina Bay in Singapore January 29, 2014. ©Reuters/Edgar Su
Singapore PM urges more babies in Year of the Horse

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday urged young couples to get off to a "galloping start" in the Year of the Horse by having more babies to boost flagging birth rates.

Singapore PM urges more babies in Year of the Horse
Money and pride keep families apart at China New Year
Money and pride keep families apart at China New Year

As millions join the world's largest annual human migration, some in China will not return home for the Lunar New Year, fearing the rising costs of seasonal gifts and ridicule from their families.

Money and pride keep families apart at China New Year
China's Baidu paints New Year travel map from mobiles
China's Baidu paints New Year travel map from mobiles

Pale blue, fibre-optic-like lines linking dots in an outline of China emerging from darkness -- technology giant Baidu has launched an astronomical chart-style image of the country's New Year travels.

China's Baidu paints New Year travel map from mobiles
China gears up for peak New Year travel period
China gears up for peak New Year travel period

China was gearing up Saturday for the peak travel period of the world's largest annual human migration as the Spring Festival national holidays draws near.

China gears up for peak New Year travel period
©Reuters/China Daily
Chinese New Year travels to top 3.6 billion: official

A total of 3.6 billion trips are expected to be made during the Chinese New Year holiday, officials said Tuesday, as workers head home in the world's largest human migration.

Chinese New Year travels to top 3.6 billion: official
Photo courtesy of nnm.ru
70 people injured by fireworks in Almaty

Around 70 people were injured by fireworks on the New Year’s night in Almaty.

70 people injured by fireworks in Almaty
Park proposes new family reunions with N. Korea
Park proposes new family reunions with N. Korea

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Monday proposed fresh reunions of families separated by the Korean War after a previous bid was cancelled by Pyongyang, and promised increased humanitarian aid to the impoverished North.

Park proposes new family reunions with N. Korea
Tokyo fire stops bullet trains, strands holidaymakers
Tokyo fire stops bullet trains, strands holidaymakers

A fire near a central Tokyo station threw parts of Japan's bullet train system into chaos on Friday, as tens of thousands of passengers tried to return home from New Year holidays.

Tokyo fire stops bullet trains, strands holidaymakers
Dollar gains on euro as new year opens
Dollar gains on euro as new year opens

The dollar rose against the euro Thursday as investors pushed back into the greenback and sent US bond yields lower.

Dollar gains on euro as new year opens