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25-year independence anniversary bittersweet for Central Asia

- In 1991, as one provincial Kazakh town embarked on a journey through independence that would see it transformed into a state-of-the art capital, another hurtled towards collapse.

Three astronauts blast off to ISS

Baikonur - A trio of astronauts soared into orbit aboard a Soyuz spacecraft Friday as they headed to the International Space Station for a six-month mission.

Foie gras, saxophone blast into space with astronauts

Baikonur - A trio of astronauts soared into orbit Friday bound for the International Space Station, with their Soyuz spacecraft delivering some fancy French food, a saxophone and the future female commander.

Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS

Baikonur - Two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut soared into orbit in a Soyuz spacecraft Wednesday at the start of a two-day journey to the International Space Station.

Golovkin likely to face Jacobs before overdue clash with Canelo

Gennady Golovkin has given up the idea of facing Canelo Alvarez this year as he is about to finalize a deal to face mandatory challenger Daniel Jacobs on Dec. 10 following Alvarez' statement that he is done with boxing this year due to injury.

Last Soviet boss standing, Kazakh leader still lacks heir

Astana - As he laid flowers recently at the grave of Uzbek strongman Islam Karimov, neighbouring Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev could have been forgiven an extra pause for thought.

Kell Brook suffers first career defeat against Gennady Golovkin

Unbeaten British IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook succumbed to Gennady Golovkin's awesome punching power after his corner threw in the towel in the fifth round of their middleweight title fight Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Uzbekistan interim leader rules out military alliances

Almaty - Ex-Soviet Uzbekistan's new interim president Shavkat Mirziyoyev has ruled out military alliances, the government said Friday, following the same course as the late veteran strongman Islam Karimov.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev: Uzbekistan's chosen one?

Almaty - As ex-Soviet Uzbekistan waits anxiously for a presidential vote following the death of Islam Karimov, one man has a clear lead in the race to succeed the long-reigning autocrat.

Uzbekistan appoints PM Mirziyoyev as interim president

Almaty - Uzbekistan's parliament approved Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev as acting president on Thursday, a government website reported, in the clearest sign yet he could take over long term after the death of veteran strongman Islam Karimov.

Op-Ed: Kell Brook likely to pull off the upset over Gennady Golovkin

Before plunging into his rigorous training for the Golovkin fight, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook had a little to no chance at all to win because of the disparity in their individual career records and the huge difference in their fighting weights.

Kazakhstan cafe kicks stigma with mentally disabled staff

Almaty - With its simple menu and casual atmosphere, the Training Cafe looks like many other local eateries in Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty.But unlike the others, its 40-person staff is exclusively composed of patients from local psychiatric institutions.

Kazakhstan arrests 21 suspected of plotting 'terrorist' attacks

Almaty - Kazakhstan said Wednesday it had arrested 21 members of radical groups plotting terror attacks in public places, after two deadly attacks that fuelled fears of rising extremism.

Canelo Alvarez suffers backlash for picking easy fight

Less than three weeks before his ring date with IBF light middleweight titlist Liam Smith, Mexican boxing star Canelo Alvarez continues to suffer backlash from boxing fans about his decision to pick Smith over Gennady Golovkin for his next fight.

Op-Ed: Why Kell Brook won't survive Gennady Golovkin's punching power

IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook is moving up two weight classes to land a lucrative fight against knockout artist Gennady Golovkin on Sept. 10 at The O2 Arena in London, England.

Kell Brook could be competitive against Golovkin at 160 pounds

IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook has been tagged as the underdog in his upcoming fight against unbeaten unified middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin but halfway to his training he believes he would be fiercer as he moves up to the 160 pounds limit.

Turkey warns Kazakhstan over Gulen-linked schools

Astana - Turkey's ambassador to Kazakhstan on Friday warned the Central Asian country over its schools linked to US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom the Turkish government blames for this month's coup attempt.

Oil-rich Kazakhstan shaken by attacks

Almaty - Two multiple-target attacks in as many months have shaken Kazakhstan's reputation for stability and led to fears that home-grown radicalism could be on the rise in the ex-Soviet republic.

Five dead in Kazakhstan 'terror' attacks on police

Almaty - Security forces in Kazakhstan arrested two men suspected of gunning down five people in attacks on a police station and a security building on Monday in the country's largest city Almaty.

Op-Ed: Why Kell Brook could suffer first career defeat against GGG

In the blink of an eye, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook of England found himself facing WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in the ring on Sept. 10 at the The O2 Arena in London, England.
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