Landmark Caspian Sea deal signed by five coastal nations

Convention seen as vital to break Irans sense of economic isolation after US sanctions Vladimir Putin gratified the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, on Sunday at the close of a dramatic week in which each had been threatened with punishing economic sanctions by the US. But they were not meeting to publicly concur a united response […]

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Ice fishing in one of the world’s coldest cities

( CNN) On the frozen Ishim River that runs through Astana, Kazakhstan, anglers wait patiently for a bite. They encompass themselves with plastic bags, forming an nearly dome-like structure to shield themselves from the wind and Astana’s freezing temperatures. “It’s almost like they’re in a meditative country, ” photographer Aleksey Kondratyev said.

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