The massive project takes its place alongside other record-breakers, but is it really what the country needs?
Plus, Tajikistan bans under-35s from making the pilgrimage to Mecca, and Internet giants reportedly begin transferring data to Russian servers.
Plus, Bulgaria and Westinghouse restart talks on nuke plant upgrade; Tajikistan asks allies for more help on restive Afghan border.
Plus, Tajikistan steps up a crackdown on suspected extremists, and a CIA detainee’s lawyer seeks Polish probe files.
Plus, Spain refuses to extradite a Kazakhstani dissident and speculation about a political murder plot galvanizes Albania.
Plus, Poland becomes the latest Russian neighbor to revive military conscription, and Tajikistan tries a go-easy approach with Islamic State fighters.
Plus, Ukrainian pilot Savchenko begins eating again to save her life, and a Croatian general faces a new trial for crimes against Serb civilians.
Plus, more outbreaks of mystery diseases in Kazakhstan and traces of a dictator vanish from a Russian gulag camp where thousands toiled on his orders.
Parties face sex tape scandals, rape allegations, even imprisonment as the 1 March election approaches.
Plus, Poland’s president rejects his foreign minister’s Auschwitz remark and the Paris attacks cloud Romania and Bulgaria’s Schengen hopes.
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