bernama.com. “Halal Food And Lilting Dombra Tunes”-With its idiosyncratic buildings and freezing temperatures, Astana may come across as a city out of a sci-fi movie, but later proves its humanity like any other living, throbbing urban centre where people love their religion, their food and their music.
oilandgasnewsworldwide.com. “The thirsty dragon is beating the thirsty elephant” - China has brought its financial armoury to bear twice in the past year to trump India in bids for two mega-projects. In September CNPC saw off Indian competition to buy an 8 per cent stake, in Kazakhstan’s massive but troubled Kashagan oilfield.
foxnews.com. “Russia says it's ready to deal with new Ukraine president” - Russia's foreign minister said Monday that Moscow was ready for a direct dialogue with Ukraine's new president, without Western mediation. Sergey Lavrov spoke as early returns showed that billionaire candy tycoon Petro Poroshenko appeared to have won a decisive victory in Sunday's election.
cnn.com. “MH370: Transport safety chief says next phase of underwater search months away” - The underwater search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane will effectively be put on hold this week, and may not resume until August at the very earliest, according to Australia's top transport safety official.
rt.com. “Hollywood director’s son murders 6 before killing himself” - A 22-year-old gunman, who killed six people before taking his own life in California, was the son of a Hollywood director. Elliot Rodger stabbed three people to death and then shot another three near the campus of the University of California.