A guide to the New East


St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg to be transferred to Orthodox Church

(Image: Geevee under a CC licence)

St Petersburg's governor, Georgy Poltavchenko, has announced that St Isaac's Cathedral — officially a museum — will be handed over to the Russian Orthodox Church.

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Photo of the week: dive into the crystalline waters of this deceptive Adriatic island

From <em>Imported Desert</em> by Bojan Mrđenović

We're nearly halfway through January, and with “blue Monday” fast approaching (reportedly the saddest day of the year), your mind is no doubt dreaming of cocktails by a crystalline sea, like that captured by Croatian photographer Bojan Mrđenović — our photo of the week. 

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You shall go to the ball: Bosnian shoemaker gets Trump invite

Melania Trump on the campaign trail with her husband (Image: Marc Nozell under a CC licence)

Marinko Umičević, a Bosnian shoemaker who created two pairs of custom-made shoes for Melania Trump, has received an invite to attend one of Donald Trump's inauguration balls.

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Journalist departures spark concern in Albania

The departure of several journalists and editors from major Albanian media outlets has drawn criticism from the country's opposition party, the Democratic Party, amid fears that opposition voices in the mainstream media are disappearing.

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Construction starts on Poland’s tallest building

(Image: Foster and Partners)

British international architecture studio Foster and Partners has begun construction on the skyscraper that is set to be Poland's tallest building — Varso Tower will rise above Warsaw at 310m tall.

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Imaginary friends: Polish minister in non-existent nation gaffe

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has recently found himself the butt of many geography and diplomacy-related jokes. His mistake? Apparently claiming to have a productive meeting with officials from an imaginary country is a bit of a faux pas.

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Ukraine bans independent Russian channel TV Rain

(Image: TV Rain / Facebook)

Ukraine's National Council for Television and Radio has banned independent Russian television channel TV Rain from broadcasting in Ukraine.

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World’s longest train line hailed “New Silk Route”

  • (China launches its first goods train to London / NYOOOZ TV / YouTube)

The world's longest train line, which runs from the Chinese city of Yiwu to east London's Barking Rail Freight Terminal, has been dubbed the “New Silk Route”.

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Unwind to Kedr Livanskiy’s beautifully chilled winter mix

Kedr Livanskiy (Image: Kedr Livanskiy / Facebook)

Kedr Livanskiy, the musician hailed as the queen of Russian underground electronica, has published a new mix to keep away the winter blues. 

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Uzbekistan postpones visa-free travel

Samarkand, Uzbekistan (Image: Bobyrr under a CC licence)

Disappointment for those in the midst of planning a Silk Road adventure — Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has postponed plans to grant visa-free travel for citizens of 27 countries by nearly four years.

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