Residents of a village in Kazakhstan are being relocated because of a mysterious illness that has been causing people's brains to "switch off" and go into comas.
Kazakhstan's president is worried the final syllable of the country's name is scaring off tourists and investors; Edward Snowden was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian lawmakers who may have felt slighted by Obama's choice of ambassador to Oslo; and now there is an app for Google Glass that will identify you at a glance. These discoveries and more after the jump.
The name Frank Giustra may not ring any bells with those outside the international mining industry, but Thursday's New York Times brings Giustra (pictured with Clinton) out of relative obscurity into sharp focus with its startling report about the Canadian entrepreneur, who boldly inserted himself into the uranium business in Kazakhstan (!) and into Bill Clinton's inner circle.
Just after launching an initiative to combat international kleptocracy, President Bush is scheduled to meet with the leader of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, a man who stands accused in U.S. courts of high-level bribery and who runs his country as a repressive despot.
The movie trailer is out for Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan." Watch an American rodeo crowd roar in approval (and then disgust) as Cohen's Borat mocks America's "war of terror" and arrogance.