When it comes to relations between the United States and Georgia, outsiders usually focus on what the US has done for its tiny South Caucasus ally. But, now, it looks like Georgia might have a valuable item for the US – a super bee that could provide some much-needed variety to dwindling American bee colonies.
The Eagle Festival in Bayan Ulgii, Mongolia, is an opportunity for residents of the province, which is overwhelmingly Kazakh, to celebrate their distinct culture. The Kazakhs of western Mongolia are considered to have preserved these traditions better than Kazakhstan itself, and Bayan Ulgii can feel like a different country from the rest of Mongolia.
Across Mongolia young boys work hard on their horse racing skills during the weeks leading up to the country's summer Naadam festivals. The jockeys, some as young as 11, often work and live with a horse trainer in the countryside, taking care of the horses and practicing for the big day, when the stocky equines charge across the steppe for up to 29 kilometers (18 miles).
KADEX 2010, Central Asia's first defense expo, was not just an opportunity for Kazakhstan's military and defense industries to do deals, it was also a chance for the country to show off its armed forces.