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Slovakia's steel hub Kosice dusts off its creative side
Slovakia's steel hub Kosice dusts off its creative side

Known mainly for its steelworks, the gritty industrial hub of Kosice in east Slovakia is hard at work reforging itself as a centre of creativity and the arts as it enters 2013 with the tag "European Capital of Culture".

Slovakia's steel hub Kosice dusts off its creative side
The Shard pierces London's skyline -- and skewers critics
The Shard pierces London's skyline -- and skewers critics

The Shard -- western Europe's tallest skyscraper -- opens its viewing platform to the public on February 1, giving unrivalled views over London and defiantly snubbing critics of the gigantic tower.

The Shard pierces London's skyline -- and skewers critics
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Cosmetics giant L'Oreal opens huge Indonesia plant

Cosmetics giant L'Oreal on Wednesday opened its biggest factory in the world in Indonesia, as it seeks to profit from strong demand for beauty products in fast-growing Asia.

Cosmetics giant L'Oreal opens huge Indonesia plant
Olympics: Medals up for grabs as London Games open
Olympics: Medals up for grabs as London Games open

Medals are up for grabs in cycling and swimming on Saturday after a spectacular opening ceremony to the London Olympics was watched by more than one billion TV viewers.

Olympics: Medals up for grabs as London Games open
Olympics: London 2012 in numbers
Olympics: London 2012 in numbers

From the 10,490 athletes heading to London, to the flock of 70 sheep taking part in the opening ceremony on July 27, AFP takes a look at the 2012 Olympic Games in numbers.

Olympics: London 2012 in numbers
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FIDE wants to build Chess Academy in Astana

FIDE (World Chess Federation) will open a chess academy in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan.

FIDE wants to build Chess Academy in Astana
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'All the Bells' to ring out start of London Olympics

Church bells, bicycle bells, handbells, ship's bells, and even mobile phones will sound across Britain in a "cacophonous, amazing sound" to mark the start of the Olympics.

'All the Bells' to ring out start of London Olympics
Almaty subway. ©Vladimir Prokopenko
Nazarbayev to take part in Almaty subway opening on December 1

Kazakhstan President will arrive in Almaty on December 1.

Nazarbayev to take part in Almaty subway opening on December 1
Church for disabled to open in Kostanay
Church for disabled to open in Kostanay

A new dome will be installed in an old church in Kostanay and this church will be targeted on disabled people.

Church for disabled to open in Kostanay
The figure of the First President in the centre. ©Vladimir Dmitriyev
Photo: Nazarbayev monument opened in Almaty

A new monumental statuary composition called Kazakhstan was opened in Almaty First President’s Garden.

Photo: Nazarbayev monument opened in Almaty