20 November 2015
Kazakh President-for-Life Urges Civil Servants to Retire at 63
Longtime leader tells his cabinet that for some officials, “it’s time to go.”
3 November 2015
Kerry Urges Central Asia Regimes to Respect Rights

Washington tries to strike uneasy balance between human rights and pragmatism in the region.

3 November 2015
Ancient Monuments Mapped on Kazakh Steppe

Giant designs traced out by earth mounds could be thousands of years old.

29 October 2015
Kazakhstan Closes Magazine on Technicality

Few independent voices remain after years of official moves against the press.

19 October 2015
CIS Leaders Agree to Extend Military Cooperation Premium

Leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have signed 17 agreements on military cooperation.

14 October 2015
Kazakh Police Arrest Prominent Activists Premium

Authorities jail two opposition leaders for alleged ‘insults against ethnic honor and dignity.’

13 October 2015
France to Extradite Kazakh Banker to Russia Premium
Mukhtar Ablyazov, an opposition figure, is accused of embezzling $6bn.
29 September 2015
Ban Nuclear Weapons, Kazakh Leader Tells UN Premium
Russia, Ukraine snub each other in an eventful 70th anniversary General Assembly session.
28 September 2015
Kazakhstan Schoolbook: Crimea is ‘Russian’ Premium

Ukraine’s Embassy in Astana demands explanation from Kazakh ministers.

14 September 2015
Kazakhstan Celebrates Statehood, Counters Putin’s Slight Premium
President Nazarbayev installs his daughter as apparent 'heir to the throne'.



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