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KAZAKHSTAN BOOMING ALMATY

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People wait for a bus in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on June 5, 2006. Almaty, the former capital of this central Asian country, is booming with wealth from oil money as new high-end fashion boutiques open, European sports cars prowl the streets, modern skyscrapers rise into the sky and the choice of fine-dining restaurants grows. But while a small minority can enjoy these luxuries and pleasures, many people are still unemployed and live in poverty.
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People wait for a bus in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on June 5, 2006. Almaty, the former capital of this central Asian country, is booming with wealth from oil money as new high-end fashion boutiques open, European sports cars prowl the streets, modern skyscrapers rise into the sky and the choice of fine-dining restaurants grows. But while a small minority can enjoy these luxuries and pleasures, many people are still unemployed and live in poverty.