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Almaty beats all Asia in Top 10 cities to visit in 2014

Almaty is the most 'alluring city' in Kazakhstan and number 7 of the Top 10 cities to visit in 2014 according to The Rough Guide.

Almaty beats all Asia in Top 10 cities to visit in 2014
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
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies answers a question at a news conference in Beijing November 21, 2013. ©Reuters/Jason Lee
North Korea admits holding US citizen

North Korea has acknowledged that it is holding another American, but has so far barred Western officials any access to the detainee, a US official said Friday.

North Korea admits holding US citizen
©Reuters/Gleb Garanich
West disappointed after Ukraine scraps EU deal

Ukraine on Friday faced accusations from the West it had missed a historic opportunity and caved into Kremlin pressure after the government scrapped plans to sign a deal to deepen trade and political ties with the European Union.

West disappointed after Ukraine scraps EU deal
©Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
1.6 billion people on social networks: study

An estimated 1.61 billion people, more than one in five globally, will log in to social networking sites at least monthly this year, the research firm eMarketer said Tuesday.

1.6 billion people on social networks: study
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Almaty has new Swedish competitor in 2022 Winter Olympic bid

Sweden has put forth Stockholm in a bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

Almaty has new Swedish competitor in 2022 Winter Olympic bid
©Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann
ABBA mulls possible 'Waterloo' reunion

Legendary Swedish pop group ABBA could reunite next year to mark the 40th anniversary since they won the Eurovision Song Contest and were catapulted to global stardom, singer Agnetha Faltskog revealed on Sunday.

ABBA mulls possible 'Waterloo' reunion
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Anti-Semitism on rise in Europe: survey

Anti-Semitism has worsened in Europe in the past few years with abuse increasingly widespread on the Internet, a survey by the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) showed Friday.

Anti-Semitism on rise in Europe: survey
©Reuters/Susana Vera
Swedish far right seeks to ban foreigners from begging

The far-right Sweden Democrats party on Wednesday proposed forbidding foreigners from begging in the country under penalty of jail time or expulsion.

Swedish far right seeks to ban foreigners from begging
Empty chair to represent China's Ai Weiwei at Sweden film fest
Empty chair to represent China's Ai Weiwei at Sweden film fest

When the Stockholm Film Festival opens Wednesday, the jury will include world-famous Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei -- in spirit only, represented by an empty chair he designed himself.

Empty chair to represent China's Ai Weiwei at Sweden film fest
©Reuters/Tomas Bravo
Gym not for you? Easy home tasks also help heart: study

Mowing the lawn or washing the car are among simple activities that can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by almost 30 percent in people over 60.

Gym not for you? Easy home tasks also help heart: study
Chemical weapons watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize
Chemical weapons watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize

The watchdog now overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal has won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to rid the world of the devastating weapons.

Chemical weapons watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize
Malala, Congolese doctor among Nobel Peace favourites
Malala, Congolese doctor among Nobel Peace favourites

Teenage Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and a Congolese doctor dedicated to helping rape victims are the two most-hyped figures among pundits ahead of Friday's Nobel Peace Prize announcement.

Malala, Congolese doctor among Nobel Peace favourites
Cellular breakthrough earns trio Nobel for medicine
Cellular breakthrough earns trio Nobel for medicine

A trio of American scientists won the Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday for pioneering work on the body's cell transport system.

Cellular breakthrough earns trio Nobel for medicine
'God Particle' in focus as Nobel season kicks off
'God Particle' in focus as Nobel season kicks off

The Nobel season kicks off Monday amid expectations that the physics prize will honour the discovery of the "God Particle", while a Pakistani girl who was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban could receive the peace prize.

'God Particle' in focus as Nobel season kicks off
Alfred Nobel. Photo courtesy of qz.com
Last will and testament of Alfred Nobel, prize creator

Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), who made a vast fortune from his invention of dynamite in 1866, ordered the creation of the Nobel prizes in his will.

Last will and testament of Alfred Nobel, prize creator
New climate report an 'alarm clock moment': UN
New climate report an 'alarm clock moment': UN

An imminent scientific summary on climate change will serve as an "alarm clock moment" for the world.

New climate report an 'alarm clock moment': UN
©REUTERS/Toru Hanai
New study points finger at climate in mammoth's demise

A wide-ranging probe into woolly mammoths has added to evidence that the towering tusker was wiped out by climate change.

New study points finger at climate in mammoth's demise
Rare ABBA recording sells for nearly 5,000 euros
Rare ABBA recording sells for nearly 5,000 euros

A rare ABBA recording was sold Sunday for nearly 5,000 euros, in an online auction of a vast collection of the Swedish pop group's memorabilia.

Rare ABBA recording sells for nearly 5,000 euros
©REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Volvo trucks reports profit drop but sees sales pick up

Swedish heavy truck and construction equipment maker Volvo reported that profits plunged in the second quarter.

Volvo trucks reports profit drop but sees sales pick up