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Kazakhstan to boost president's 'ruler-for-life' status

Astana - Kazakhstan's parliament on Wednesday passed a bill that would cement its veteran ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev's status as the country's top power broker even if he decides to retire as president.

Diplomatic efforts on Syria sag in Kazakh capital Astana

Astana - Talks on Syria spearheaded by Russia in Astana failed to edge the seven-year conflict closer to a political settlement Tuesday and cast the future of diplomatic efforts to end the crisis into uncertainty.

Russia slams US for snubbing Syria peace talks in Astana

Astana - Russian chief negotiator Alexander Lavrentyev on Monday upbraided the United States for not sending a delegation to observe the latest round of Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan.

Two Americans, one Russian blast off for ISS from Kazakhstan

Baikonur - Two astronauts, a cosmonaut and a ball set to be used in the forthcoming football World Cup in Russia blasted off Wednesday for a two-day flight to the International Space Station.

Russia will 'of course' expel British diplomats after UK move: Lavrov

Astana - Moscow will expel British diplomats in response to London's move to kick out 23 Russian officials over the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

Iran, Russia and Turkey hold Syria talks in Astana

Astana - The foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey were locked in talks on Syria in Kazakhstan Friday, almost a month after the Moscow and Tehran-backed regime began pounding an opposition enclave just outside of Damascus.

Cosmonaut, two US astronauts return to Earth from ISS

Dzhezkazgan - Two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth on Wednesday, rounding off a mission of more than five months aboard the International Space Station.

52 people killed in Kazakhstan bus fire

Astana - Fifty-two people were killed Thursday when the Russia-bound bus they were travelling on caught fire in Kazakhstan, the central Asian nation's emergency services ministry said."On January 18 at 10:30 am (0430 GMT), a bus caught fire ...

Major powers seek to hold Syria peace congress in late January

Astana - Major powerbrokers agreed Friday to hold a peace congress for Syria in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi in late January after previous attempts to hold the conference collapsed.

Syria talks focusing on planned 'congress' in Russia

Astana - The main powerbrokers in Syria's nearly seven-year conflict were heading towards a second day of negotiations in Astana as uncertainly loomed Thursday over a Moscow-driven plan to quickly reach a political settlement.

New peace talks on Syria begin in the Kazakh capital

Astana - A new round of Syria peace talks backed by powerbrokers Russia, Iran and Turkey kicked off in Kazakhstan's capital Astana Thursday, the Central Asian country's foreign ministry said.

Two rookie astronauts, cosmonaut blast off to ISSĀ 

Baikonur - A three-man space crew featuring American and Japanese rookie astronauts as well as an experienced Russian cosmonaut blasted off on Sunday for a six-month mission at the International Space Station.

Kazakhstan to hold new Syria talks next week

Astana - A fresh round of Syrian peace talks is scheduled for next week in Astana, Kazakhstan said Monday, as part of a Moscow-led push to end the six-year conflict.

Russia, Turkey and Iran agree to plan for Syria 'congress'

Astana - Russia, Turkey and Iran pledged Tuesday in Kazakhstan to bring the Syrian regime and its opponents together for a "congress" to help nudge peace efforts towards a more lasting political settlement.

Fresh Syria talks open in Astana

Astana - A fresh round of peace talks seeking to end Syria's war opened in the Kazakh capital Astana on Monday, as part of a Moscow-led push supported by Iran and opposition backer Turkey.

Next round of Syria talks at end October: Kazakhstan

Astana - Fresh talks on the Syria conflict will be held in Astana at the end of the month, Kazakhstan said Thursday, as part of a Moscow-led push to end the six-year conflict.

Russia, Iran, Turkey to police Syria Idlib safe zone

Astana - Russia, Iran and Turkey struck a deal Friday to jointly police a fourth safe zone around Syria's Idlib province as part of a Moscow-led plan to ease the six-year conflict.

A guide to the Syria peace talks in Astana

Astana - Key players in the Syrian war on Friday thrashed out more details of a Russian-led plan to ease six years of violence at the latest round of talks in Kazakhstan's capital Astana. Here is a quick look at who was there and what they discussed.

Russia, Iran, Turkey to police Syria Idlib safe zone

Astana - Russia, Iran and Turkey on Friday agreed a deal to jointly police a fourth safe zone around Syria's Idlib province as part of a Moscow-led plan to ease the six-year conflict.

Russia says deal 'very close' on fourth safe zone in Syria

Astana - Russia's envoy for Syria said Thursday that an agreement was "very close" on a fourth safe zone in the country as a new round of talks began in Kazakhstan on ending the six-year war.
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