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Little-Known City May Become World's Next Hot Spot

2017 world's fair has begun in Kazakhstan capital of Astana

(Newser) - For many people, Kazakhstan is probably best known as the home of fictional newscaster Borat, who made a mockery of the former Soviet republic in the hit 2006 comedy film named after him. But while the country's capital, Astana, may not currently rank as one of the great travel... More »

Armstrong Lives Strong for Kazakhstan?

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong’s return to cycling is great and all, but it’s a bit of a buzzkill to see him wearing the blue-and-yellow Astana Cycling Team shirt, writes David Roth of The New Republic. Armstrong’s basically made himself a rolling advertisement for the oppressive government of Kazakhstan, and... More »

Rivalry Grows Between Armstrong, Teammate

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong is in third place going into the 10th stage of the Tour de France today—eight seconds behind the leader, and just two seconds behind Astana teammate Alberto Contador. The two cyclists have faced endless questions about a rift, reports the BBC, and it's unclear who will lead... More »

Armstrong Plays Second Fiddle to Teammate

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong suffered a late setback today as a teammate made a last-minute push in the seventh stage of the Tour de France, the New York Times reports. Armstrong's Astana teammate Alfredo Contador didn't win the longest stage of the Tour—Brice Feillu did—and Rinaldo Nocentini still holds the... More »

Team's Strong Showing Puts Armstrong in 2nd Place

Fabian Cancellara hangs onto jersey

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong missed taking the yellow jersey by two-tenths of a second today as his Astana team hammered its rival in the Tour de France’s fourth-stage time trial, AFP reports. Though Astana beat Saxo Bank by 40 seconds, Fabian Cancellara held onto the lead. “It’s a little... More »

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