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Nursultan Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan's authoritarian modernizer

Mar 20, 2019 - 8:08 AM

As ruler of Kazakhstan for almost 30 years, he is responsible for turning the Central Asian country into an energy powerhouse while governing with little tolerance for opposition

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nursultan_Nazarbayev

Still standing beneath Washington, remnants of the Cold War

Apr 28, 2018 - 12:03 AM

It was under Oyster-Adams School, just 2.5 kilometers north of the White House, that a nuclear fallout shelter was built to protect more than a hundred people in the event of a catastrophic strike

COLD WAR ERA. A sign marks the location of a former Civil Defense fallout shelter beneath the Oyster-Adams School in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Going home to Chernobyl ghost town 32 years on

Apr 27, 2018 - 12:01 AM

All the inhabitants of Pripyat, a town of nearly 50,000 built just two kilometers from the plant to house its employees, were evacuated the day after the world's worst nuclear disaster

GHOST TOWN. Natalia Shevchuk stands near a radioactive sign on April 23, 2018 in the ghost town of Pripyat, as she is revisiting her childhood home 32 years after the Chernobyl disaster. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Easter Sunday in history

Apr 20, 2014 - 1:01 PM

From triumphs to new beginnings here are historical events that took place on an Easter Sunday

Where did Syria's chemical weapons come from?

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:22 PM

There is intriguing evidence pointing at long ago help from Moscow and help from Western European countries

GOING BACK TO SYRIA. Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now en route to Syria. The logo of the OPCW is pictured outside its building in The Hague, The Netherlands, August 31, 2013. EPA/Evert-Jan Daniels

Stalin fails to inspire horror in Russia 60 years after death

Mar 03, 2013 - 12:58 PM

In a country where tough and autocratic rulers – from Ivan the Terrible to Nicolas I and arguably right up to Putin himself – remain admired rather than criticized Russia never turned entirely against Stalin