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Sting cancels Kazakh concert over oil worker dispute

LONDON (Reuters) – British singer Sting has canceled a concert in the Kazakh capital Astana scheduled for Monday after human rights group Amnesty International informed the former Police frontman about what it described as a “crackdown” on oil workers there. Several thousand workers at UzenMunaiGas, a unit of London-listed oil…

Kazakh man attempts to hijack plane, reroute to Tripoli

ROME (AFP) – Cabin crew overpowered a Kazakh man Sunday after he tried to hijack a Paris-Rome plane and have it land in Tripoli by threatening an air hostess, Italy’s ANSA news agency reported. Valeriy Tolmashev, who appeared very agitated, tried to hijack the Alitalia flight around 1930 GMT. The…

Kazakhstan plans homegrown ‘Borat’ sequel: report

ALMATY — A director in Kazakhstan is set to shoot an unofficial sequel to British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s unflattering 2006 send-up of the ex-Soviet state, media reported on Saturday. Filmmaker Erkin Rakishev will direct “My Brother, Borat”, a follow-up to Baron Cohen’s hugely successful mockumentary “Borat: Cultural Learnings of…

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