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Astragal is an unashamed fan of Borat, the Kazakh TV presenter invented by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. So it's not hard to imagine the glee which met a statement from Kazakh information service Kazinform regarding Foster's pyramidal Palace of Peace and Consent, currently nearing completion in the central Asian country.

The headline: 'Kazakh PM Satisfied with Construction Speed of the Palace of Peace and Consent' is followed by a line that would make Baron Cohen proud, on the scheme's commitment to opening 'in the first decade in September'.

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