Sunday 2 December 2012
December 01, 2012
Kazakhstan Marks Day Of The First President
For the first time, Kazakhstan is marking the Day of the First President on December 1 to commemorate the election of Nursultan Nazarbaev in 1991. Among the many events leading up to the holiday was an exhibition to mark the inaugural Day of the First President in the Central National Museum in Almaty.
November 26, 2012
Russian Inmates' Protest Spills Outside Prison Gates
An inmate protest against harsh prison conditions in Russia's Chelyabinsk region turned into a full-scale uprising over the weekend. Convicts accused prison authorities of extortion and torture, and families and other supporters of the inmates gathered outside Prison No. 6 in Kopeysk. Russian authorities said they eventually quelled the unrest, but not before bloody clashes between police and the crowd outside resulted in 38 arrests, local media said.
November 21, 2012
Blasts Rock Kabul
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the Afghan capital, Kabul, early on November 21. Police say two Afghan guards were killed and two others wounded in the attack, near a U.S. base. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing. The area where the attack took place is home to many high-ranking Afghan officials, international organizations, and the headquarters of the international military coalition.
November 20, 2012
Aluminum: Tajikistan's Key Export
The Tajikistan Aluminum Company's smelter complex, known as TALCO, is based in the town of Tursunzade, some 50 kilometers west of the Tajik capital, Dushanbe. Tajikistan, the poorest of the 15 former Soviet republics, relies heavily on the smelter's earnings. Official data shows that aluminum accounted for 57 percent of all Tajik hard currency export revenues from January-October of 2012.
November 19, 2012
Skopje's Controversial Facelift
Since 2010, Macedonian authorities have been revamping the capital, Skopje, after decades of neglect. The Skopje 2014 project should give the city plenty of new municipal buildings, including museums, theaters, and concert halls. Dozens of new statues are also being erected to commemorate the nation's heroes. Although supporters of the initiative claim it will inject some new life into Skopje's rather drab socialist atmosphere, critics say a country as poor as Macedonia could find better uses for the tens of millions of dollars being spent on the overhaul. (13 PHOTOS)
November 16, 2012
Serbia Produces World's 'Most-Expensive' Cheese…From Donkeys
One of Serbia's most famous nature reserves, Zasavica, will be producing donkey cheese at 1,000 euros ($1,272) per kilogram -- reportedly making it the most expensive cheese in the world. Zasavica farmers will also produce donkey milk, which was said to be one of Cleopatra's beauty secrets. (9 PHOTOS)
November 14, 2012
Hamas Military Chief Killed In Israeli Strike
Israel has confirmed the chief of the Islamic movement Hamas's military wing has been killed in an air strike in the Gaza Strip. Hamas said Ahmed al-Jaabari, who ran the organization's armed wing, the Izz el-Din al-Qassam, died along with a passenger after their car was targeted by an Israeli missile.