Remote Turkmen desert yields ancient riches

Apr 19, 2013

Remote Turkmen desert yields ancient riches

Over four millenniums ago, the fortress town of Gonur-Tepe might have been a rare advanced civilization before it was buried for centuries under the dust of the Kara Kum Desert in remote western Turkmenistan. After being uncovered by Soviet archaeologists in the last century, ...

Oil cash helps Turkmenistan turn capital into marble marvel

Feb 26, 2013

Oil cash helps Turkmenistan turn capital into marble marvel

In an extraordinary construction boom, the isolated Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan is spending billions of dollars on remodeling its capital, Ashgabat, into a gleaming white showpiece where even the curbs are made of marble. The gas-rich desert country says that the massive spending ...