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Kazakhstan changes its alphabet – again

Image copyright Kazakh Presidency Image caption In with the new: Accents replace apostrophes Kazakhstan is changing its alphabet for the second time in a year after the previous one proved highly unpopular, it’s reported. President Nursultan Nazarbayev has issued a decree amending last October’s decision to move from the Cyrillic alphabet to a Latin one, […]

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Major Russian mafia trial opens in Spain

Image copyright AFP Image caption Alleged crime boss Gennady Petrov was arrested in Spain in 2008 but later fled to Russia A Russian MP, Vladislav Reznik, and 17 other suspects have gone on trial in Madrid accused of massive money-laundering for a Russian mafia gang. The alleged gang bosses Gennady Petrov and Alexander Malyshev are […]