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Key powers fail to nail down Syria safe zones plan

Astana - Powerbrokers Russia, Turkey and Iran failed Wednesday to iron out the details of four safe zones in war-torn Syria after two days of peace talks in Kazakhstan.

Fifth round of Kazakh Syria talks focuses on safe zones

Astana - Powerbrokers Russia, Iran and Turkey on Tuesday focused on shoring up a plan for safe zones in Syria at a fifth round of talks they are pushing in Kazakhstan to help end the six-year conflict.

Fifth round of Syria talks begins in Kazakhstan

Astana - A fifth round of talks on ending the six-year Syrian conflict began in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, focused on shoring up a plan for safe zones in the war-torn country.

Airport in Kazakh capital renamed after president

Astana - The airport in oil-rich Kazakhstan's capital Astana has been renamed after long-reigning President Nursultan Nazarbayev, state media reported on Wednesday, citing a government resolution that will fuel accusations of a leadership cult.

Kazakh man dies in fire after Russian rocket launch

Astana - A Kazakh man died and another was hospitalised after they were caught in a fire on the steppes triggered by falling debris from a Russian space launch, Russian and Kazakh authorities said Thursday.The blaze, reaching 15 kilometres (9.

Astronauts return after marathon ISS mission

Astana - The Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft carrying astronaut Thomas Pesquet undocked from the International Space Station on Friday, marking the beginning of the Frenchman's journey back to Earth after 196 days in orbit.

Alvarez bags Golovkin fight after beating Chavez via UD

Mexican boxing star Canelo Alvarez bags the long-awaited fight against Gennady Golovkin after scoring a lopsided victory over Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Saturday night at the T. Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Russia, Turkey, Iran sign deal to set up Syria safe zones

Astana - Russia, Iran and Turkey on Thursday signed an agreement on setting up four safe zones in Syria that the United Nations described as a promising step to wind down the brutal six-year war.

Syria rebels 'suspend' participation in Astana peace talks

Astana - Syrian rebels on Wednesday said they were suspending their participation as a latest round of peace talks began in Kazakhstan, with the warring sides set to discuss a plan to create safe zones.

Putin calls for boosting Syria truce ahead of Astana talks

Astana - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called for shoring up Syria's frail truce as Russian-led peace talks involving Syrian rebels and regime officials are set to begin Wednesday in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.

Two Russians, one American land back on Earth from ISS

Dzhezkazgan - Two Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut touched down safely in central Kazakhstan Monday following a 173-day mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Trial of fugitive banker Ablyazov begins in Kazakhstan

Almaty - The trial in absentia of Mukhtar Ablyazov, a fugitive banker and Kazakh opposition figure wanted on embezzlement charges by Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine began Friday, a court in the Central Asian country said."The process began on March 17 at 10.

Syria, key powers meet in Astana for talks without rebels

Astana - The Syrian regime and key powerbrokers on Tuesday tried to shrug off the absence of rebel groups as they gathered for talks on the six-year conflict, but the opposition's refusal to attend appeared a body blow for any hopes of progress.

Kazakh leader limits his powers, but keeps firm grip

Astana - Kazakhstan's autocratic President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Friday signed off on constitutional changes limiting the powers of his office, though he is expected to retain supreme authority in the Central Asian country.

Key powers push Syria truce as regime, rebels make no progress

Astana - Syrian regime and rebel representatives failed Thursday to make any breakthroughs at talks in Kazakhstan, as key powerbrokers Russia, Turkey and Iran sought to shore up a shaky ceasefire.

Syria talks delayed due to 'technical reasons': Kazakhstan

Astana - Kazakhstan said Wednesday a new round of Astana talks on the Syria conflict led by Russia, Turkey and Iran scheduled to begin February 15 would be delayed by a day due to unexplained "technical reasons".

Kazakhstan seeks to leap onto ballet world stage

Astana - In the snowy foreground of a brand new steel and glass building in Kazakhstan's capital Astana, a dancer in national dress stands frozen in a dramatic flourish, her body arching towards the sky.

Russia says draft of new Syria constitution handed to rebels

Astana - Russia has given rebels a draft version of a new constitution for Syria drawn up by Moscow to speed up political negotiations to end the conflict, the Kremlin's envoy said Tuesday.

Three-way bid to boost Syria truce after Astana talks

Astana - Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed Tuesday to bolster a fragile truce in Syria but rebels and Damascus made no progress towards a broader settlement to end the war after two days of talks.

UN Syria envoy says Astana talks 'not far from final declaration'

Astana - The UN envoy for Syria said Tuesday that a final declaration was close to being achieved at indirect talks between Syrian rebels and Damascus in the Kazakh capital Astana."We are not far from a final declaration," Staffan de Mistura said.
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