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Vladivostok flash mob turns ice sheet into giant paddle board

20 March 2017 · Vladivostok · Russia
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  • (Vostok Media / YouTube)

This weekend a group of intrepid paddle boarders from the city of Vladivostok took their sport to a new level — why buy a board, when you can use nature's own?

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Savour the slopes at the Georgian ski resort crafted from shipping containers

20 March 2017 · Georgia
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  • (Image: Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort / Facebook)

  • (Image: Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort / Facebook)

  • (Image: Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort / Facebook)

  • (Image: Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort / Facebook)

  • (Image: Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort / Facebook)

Georgia's new Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort has caught the attention of winter sports fans and architecture buffs alike — the boutique hotel, set in the popular skiing spot of Gudauri, is made entirely from repurposed shipping containers.

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Kinoteka Polish Film Festival begins tonight in London

17 March 2017 · Poland
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Still from The Last Family (2016, dir. Jan P. Matuszyński)

The 15th edition of the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival opens tonight in London, bringing an exciting programme of screenings and workshops to the city.

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Check out the eerie Czech “Black flying house”

17 March 2017 · Czech Republic
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Walkers wandering through the woodland near the Czech city of Pardubice might be surprised to stumble across this tiny dwelling, suspended beneath a disused railway bridge.

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New Russian licence law could hit streaming services hard

17 March 2017 · Russia
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Still from 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016, dir. Dan Trachtenberg), which recently became available on Netflix Russia

Industry experts are predicting that online streaming services will suffer as the result of a new requirement, introduced by the Russian Culture Ministry, which will obligate video streaming sites to acquire exhibition licences for all films and TV programmes.

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Zagreb illuminated in first Festival of Lights

17 March 2017 · Zagreb · Croatia
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The Croatian capital's first Festival of Lights opened last night, with an array of impressive light displays illuminating central Zagreb.

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Swap the battlefield for the ballet with military service in Novosibirsk

17 March 2017 · Novosibirsk · Russia
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Are you more dancer than destroyer? If you're a young Russian dreading the draft, you could be in luck – the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre is now included in the list of places where it is possible to complete alternative military service in Russia.

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Ukrainian TV set to get language quota

16 March 2017 · Ukraine
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Still from Ukrainian TV series Sluha narodu (Servant of the people), dir. Oleksiy Kiryushchenko

A law establishing a quota for Ukrainian-language programming on television has passed its first reading in Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

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NATO says Russian comedy show is propaganda tool

16 March 2017 · Russia
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Russian President Vladimir Putin at the KVN 50th anniversary show in 2011 (Image: premier.gov.ru)

A report from NATO's Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, released online yesterday, has accused the Kremlin of using TV comedy shows as tools of “strategic communication”.

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Outrage over proposed Albanian ban on communist film

16 March 2017 · Albania
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Still from The Happy Couple (Çifti i lumtur), 1975, dir. Piro Milkani, starring Tinka Kurti

Could communist-era film soon be banned in Albania? A proposal to this effect from the state-funded Institute for Communist Crimes (ICC) has sparked public outrage and debate on decommunisation.

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