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MOSCOW - American Express may call one of its cards the Gold Card, but a bank in Kazakhstan is announcing plans to issue an exclusive new bank card it claims is the world's first made entirely of gold, diamonds and pearls. Sberbank-Kazakhstan announced plans to issue a limited edition Visa Infinite Exclusive card, made with pure gold, 26 diamonds, and inlaid mother of pearl, according to a press release posted on the bank's website.
The bank also produced a video highlighting the card's luxurious components.
A spokeswoman for the bank told ABC News it will cost $100,000 to obtain the gold card. About $65,000 of that goes into minting the card itself (customers will receive a plastic version as well), and the remaining $35,000 will remain in the user's account. After the first year it will also carry a $2,000 a year fee.
But for all that, card holders can expect top tier perks, including life and health insurance worth over $250,000, lounge access at airports, concierge service, discounts at hotels and restaurants, car hire, and more.
Springsteen performed 29 songs, playing for more than three hours with several special guests as part of the Hard Rock Calling concert series. The set was already 30 minutes past its 10:30 p.m. curfew when Springsteen began the Beatles hit "Twist and Shout" with Paul McCartney. Before the song ended, the microphones had already been turned off.
Video shot by one of the 76,000 concertgoers, who braved rainy conditions, and posted on YouTube, showed the singers attempting to thank the crowd at the end of the show, but they could not be heard. Several in the crowd booed.
Steven Van Zandt, the lead guitarist for Springsteen's E Street Band, vented on Twitter after the concert ended.
"One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?" he tweeted.
"Is there just too much fun in the world? We would have been off by 11 if we'd done one more. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?" he added, suggesting that the police focus on fighting crime instead of cracking down on noise violations.
In a statement posted on the Hard Rock Calling website, a spokesman for concert promoter Live Nation apologized to fans.
MOSCOW - A lawmaker in St. Petersburg has a message for Madonna: keep your pants on. Literally.
City councilman Vitaly Miranov warned the pop star not to step out of line during her upcoming concert there on Aug. 9.
"We are warning the organizers of her concert to make it as decent as possible. Otherwise we will use the harsh laws against them. I heard that during the concerts of this tour she has taken off her pants. We do not need that here," Milanov said, according to Russia's Interfax news agency.
The Material Girl caught Miranov's ire earlier this year after she vowed to speak out from the stage against a harsh new anti-gay law which would make it a crime to discuss homosexuality around minors. He threatened to fine her if she did and said in March that he would was willing to "personally suffer" through her concert in order "to control its moral content."
TOMILINO, Russia - Artyom Saleviev's mischievous grin quickly fades when asked about the five months he spent in the United States.
"I do not want to talk about this," he said quietly, as he looked down at the floor. Asked if he would ever go back he said nothing and emphatically shook his head no.
In 2010 Artyom made headlines around the world after his American adoptive mother Torry Hansen put the then seven-year-old boy back on a plane to Russia alone with a letter that said she didn't want him anymore.
Artyom's new foster mother still cannot believe what happened to him.
"It's inhumane," Vera Egorova told ABC News in an interview in the home where she cares for him and several other children. Artyom is her 17th foster child.
"He should have been accompanied by adults and not just sent like a package by plane with his documents. It's bad. As a woman and a mother I could have never done this," she said.