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A book for the road: Moscow train stations get electronic libraries

A number of train stations in Moscow have become home to virtual libraries as part of the A Book for the Road project.

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This Belarusian collagist creates dreams out of reality

  • This Belarusian collagist creates dreams out of reality

    From Seven Dreams series by Lesya Pchelka

  • This Belarusian collagist creates dreams out of reality

    From Seven Dreams series by Lesya Pchelka

  • This Belarusian collagist creates dreams out of reality

    From Seven Dreams series by Lesya Pchelka

  • This Belarusian collagist creates dreams out of reality

    From Seven Dreams series by Lesya Pchelka

  • This Belarusian collagist creates dreams out of reality

    From Seven Dreams series by Lesya Pchelka

  • This Belarusian collagist creates dreams out of reality

    From Seven Dreams series by Lesya Pchelka

  • This Belarusian collagist creates dreams out of reality

    From Seven Dreams series by Lesya Pchelka

  • This Belarusian collagist creates dreams out of reality

    From Seven Dreams series by Lesya Pchelka

  • This Belarusian collagist creates dreams out of reality

    From Seven Dreams series by Lesya Pchelka

  • This Belarusian collagist creates dreams out of reality

    From Seven Dreams series by Lesya Pchelka

  • This Belarusian collagist creates dreams out of reality

    From Seven Dreams series by Lesya Pchelka

  • This Belarusian collagist creates dreams out of reality

    From Seven Dreams series by Lesya Pchelka

  • This Belarusian collagist creates dreams out of reality

    From Seven Dreams series by Lesya Pchelka

  • This Belarusian collagist creates dreams out of reality

    From Seven Dreams series by Lesya Pchelka

Artist Lesya Pchelka is based in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Her collages, however, are escapes into surreal worlds of slumber. 

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Croatia considers ban on red star

(Image: sundeviljeff under a CC licence)

Earlier this week Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced a possible ban on all totalitarian symbols, including the red star.

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St Petersburg wins big at 2016 World Travel Awards

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg (Image: Rob under a CC licence)

The 2016 World Travel Awards have named St Petersburg the World's Leading Cultural City Destination.

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If you’re 55 or over, Uzbekistan is happy to have you

Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand, Uzbekistan (Image: Fulvio Spada under a CC licence)

Uzbekistan has announced it will grant visa-free travel for citizens of 27 countries. But there's a catch — for 12 of those countries, you must be 55 or over to qualify.

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Spectral: Budapest in Netflix starring role

  • (Spectral | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix / Netflix US & Canada / YouTube)

The Hungarian capital is set to leap onto our screens tomorrow as Netflix releases Spectral, a new sci-fi thriller.

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English for beginners: watch the Polish advert touching hearts overseas

  • (Czego szukasz w Święta? | English for beginners / Allegro / YouTube)

Online retailer Allegro has released a touching advert about a Polish grandfather grappling with English vocabulary just to spend Christmas with his family in London. Heartwarming yet funny, the ad went viral on YouTube and gained more than six million views in just one week.

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Memorial: Russian human rights organisation fined under “foreign agents” law

Russian human rights group Memorial International has fallen foul of Russia's notorious “foreign agents” law, with the organisation now facing a fine.

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Ukrainians and Georgians get closer to visa-free EU travel

(Image: Pete Jelliffe under a CC licence)

The European Union has come to an agreement to grant Ukrainian and Georgian citizens visa-free travel.

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Tbilisi table manners: Georgian officials cause controversy with etiquette lessons

Are you in your element at formal occasions? Do you know how to avoid the worst dinner party faux pas? There might be just the job for you in the Georgian capital — the mayor's office recently announced that it is looking for someone to train 38 members of staff in table manners.

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