The Christian Science Monitor - Lifting the 'oil curse' for resource-rich nations - Venezuela's squandering of its oil wealth has left its economy in tatters while leaders merely blame the US. As more resource-rich nations learn to dodge the 'oil curse,' Venezuela can do the same.
The Hollywood Reporter - Controversial Kazakh Film 'Harmony Lessons' Wins Top Award at Moscow's 2Morrow Film Fest - Emir Bagazin's directorial debut also won a Silver Bear at the Berlinale in February for best cinematography.
Machinery Market - Gas pipeline contract for Rolls-Royce - Rolls-Royce has won a contract worth £111.5 million to supply equipment and services for a gas pipeline between Kazakhstan and China.
Upstreamonline - Kashagan flows again - Production is up and running again at Kazakhstan’s giant Kashagan oilfield following a gas leak that shut in flows not long after first oil.
The New York Post - NY pedicabbies still using foreign driver’s licenses - City pedicab drivers have been picking up fares without ever having taken a New York state road test — operating with foreign driver’s licenses from countries like Turkey, Uzbekistan and Burkina Faso, The Post has learned.
RFE - Latvia To Limit Schengen Visa Rights For Foreign Investors - For three years, wealthy Russians, Chinese, Kazakhs, and others seeking the visa-free travel rights of Europe's Schengen zone have been buying the privilege by investing at least 71,000 euros ($96,000) in Latvia.
The Economist - Ukraine and the European Union: West or east? - ITS very name means “borderland”. Ukraine has long been on the edge between east and west. Now this country of 46m people is poised to tilt westward by signing an association agreement with the European Union next month that also promises freer trade. But Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, is putting pressure on Ukraine instead to join Belarus and Kazakhstan in a Eurasian customs union that has become his pet project.
DW - Romanian stray dog law draws cries of overkill - Thousands of people are bitten by dogs in Romania every year, but a new law allowing the mass killing of strays has been met with criticism both at home and abroad. Animal rights groups say there's another option.
RT - 'British extremists use Syria as training ground before returning home' - British Home Secretary Theresa May has warned that extremists “of a Jihadi mindset” are using the Syrian civil war “as a nursery” before returning to Britain as trained terrorists.