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Russian company launches Orthodox smartphone

(Image: Gresso)

Russian luxury brand Gresso has launched a line of Orthodox smartphones.

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Serbian director Emir Kusturica to open film school

Still from Kusturica’s 1995 film Underground

Celebrated Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica is set to open his own school of acting and directing.

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Perestroika puns: CIA declassifies collection of Soviet jokes

(Image: Dennis Skley under a CC licence)

The CIA doesn't just deal with serious stuff — the intelligence service has declassified a document containing an extensive collection of Soviet-era jokes in English.

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Meet the youth movement trying to stop Budapest’s Olympic bid

Momentum campaign poster reading: “Say no to the Olympics, say yes to our future!”

Not everyone in Budapest is excited about the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics — Hungarian anti-establishment youth movement Momentum has launched a campaign to stop the bid.

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Kiev blanketed in layer of toxic smog… or is it fog?

  • Kiev blanketed in layer of toxic smog… or is it fog?

    (Image: Niels Ackermann)

  • (Video: Novostik Channel / YouTube)

  • (Video: DRONARIUM Ukraine / YouTube)

“Did you hear the story about the smog?” — “You don't have to tell me, it's all over town.”

Whether Kiev residents had recourse to such high quality jokes to ease their concern is as yet unknown, but many have reported unpleasant smells and breathing difficulties in the face of a layer of haze hanging over the Ukrainian capital in recent days.

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Photo of the week: get your head around this strangely unsettling image

From <em>Null Hypothesis</em> by Jan Cieślikiewicz

Our photo of the week by Polish-born New York-based photographer Jan Cieślikiewicz asks questions about the human need for explanation and truth. 

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Enter the madcap fictional world of Lithuanian illustrator Egle Zvirblyte

  • Enter the madcap fictional world of Lithuanian illustrator Egle Zvirblyte

    Home Away, Egle Zvirblyte

  • Enter the madcap fictional world of Lithuanian illustrator Egle Zvirblyte

    Squatting doggo, Egle Zvirblyte

  • Enter the madcap fictional world of Lithuanian illustrator Egle Zvirblyte

    Dinner Party for Noblerot, Egle Zvirblyte

  • Enter the madcap fictional world of Lithuanian illustrator Egle Zvirblyte

    Babe on the Beach, Egle Zvirblyte

  • Enter the madcap fictional world of Lithuanian illustrator Egle Zvirblyte

    Three Reyos, Egle Zvirblyte

  • Enter the madcap fictional world of Lithuanian illustrator Egle Zvirblyte

    Taking cheetahs for a walk, Egle Zvirblyte

Step into the eccentric universe of Lithuanian illustrator Egle Zvirblyte, where primary colours, bold shapes and absurdity reign.

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Budapest-based Philosophy magazine unveils first print issue

  • Budapest-based Philosophy magazine unveils first print issue

    (Image: Philosophy magazine)

  • Budapest-based Philosophy magazine unveils first print issue

    (Image: Philosophy magazine)

  • Budapest-based Philosophy magazine unveils first print issue

    (Image: Philosophy magazine)

First founded as a digital publication in 2013 by a group of friends in Budapest, independent contemporary art, photography and fashion magazine Philosophy is launching its first print-based issue.

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Inversia: the first audiovisual festival north of the Arctic Circle

Night in Murmansk (Image: Inversia / Facebook)

2 — 4 February will see musicians and artists gather in Murmansk, located in Russia's Extreme North, for Inversia — the first digital and media art festival above the Arctic Circle.

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World first as baby born using new “three-person IVF” in Kiev

A baby girl has been born in Ukraine using a new kind of “three-person IVF”.

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