Trains and Koreans in the bustling Russian Far East

Nikolsk’s first train, now Ussuriysk, crossed the Russo-Manchurian border. [HUNGARIAN EMBASSY] ━ Hungarian engineer writes about Tsarist railroad in Manchuria From 1897, a young Hungarian railway engineer spent years in the Russian Far East and Manchuria and played an important role in the construction of local railways. According to his …

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Restaurateur Sam Fox building luxury hotel in Arizona

For years, famed Arizona restaurateur Sam Fox has said he plans to pivot his passion for hospitality into the hospitality industry. Today, the 11-time James Beard Award semi-finalist brings that vision to life by starting construction of an internationally-inspired luxury hotel concept in Phoenix. Called on Global Ambassador, Fox said …

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Vlad’s Patisserie Ipswich – what’s on the menu?

What looks like a donut … but isn’t a donut? These pretty Paris-Brest choux buns expertly prepared by Ipswich chef Vlad Zdarsky – what are they. The beautifully decorated pastries are featured, alongside pies and other pastries, on the menu at Vlad’s Patisserie – a passion project put together by …

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Houstonian Ralph Eads launches into French wine

Shortly after the turn of the century, the Houstonian Ralph Eads began to explore the possibility of launching their own wine label. Although he is a Francophile, he first made a mandatory visit to Napa Valley. “I have concluded two things,” he said. “They weren’t all viable businesses. Many were …

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Belarus drops Ryanair Flight Carrying Journalist

In Russia – where state media described last year’s uprising against Mr Lukashenko as a Western plot – the arrest met with approval from Mr Putin’s supporters. Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of the pro-Kremlin RT television network, written on twitter that Mr Lukashenko “played it wonderfully”. And Vyacheslav Lysakov, a deputy …

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