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Dozens held over Kazakh political prisoner protest

Almaty - Police in Kazakhstan detained dozens of protesters on Sunday who were calling for the release of political prisoners in line with a resolution passed by the European Parliament.

Achilova: A Turkmen reporter who persists despite attacks

Almaty - Soltan Achilova, who found her calling late in life, may have fallen into one of the hardest jobs in the world: being a reporter in secretive and repressive Turkmenistan.

Kazakhstan vote lacked 'genuine' competition: observers

Astana - International election monitors on Monday said a weekend parliamentary poll in Kazakhstan lacked any real competition and they raised concerns over freedom of assembly after riot police detained opposition protesters.

Ruling party dominates opposition-free vote in Kazakhstan

Astana - Kazakhstan's ruling party swept to victory in an opposition-free parliamentary election Sunday, cementing the Central Asian country's authoritarian trajectory despite promises of reform.

Kazakhs despair for relatives missing in Xinjiang

Uzynagash - When Bikamal Kaken's husband vanished during a 2017 visit to Xinjiang in northwestern China, she had good reason to believe he would not be returning home to Kazakhstan anytime soon.

Three-man US-Russian crew returns to Earth from ISS

Almaty - An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts touched down safely on the Kazakhstan steppe on Thursday, completing a 196-day mission that began with the first launch under lockdown conditions.

Three-man US-Russian crew returns to Earth from ISS

Almaty - An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts touched down on the Kazakhstan steppe on Thursday, completing a 196-day mission that began with the first launch under lockdown conditions.

New crew reaches ISS in record time

Almaty - A three-person crew successfully reached the International Space Station on Wednesday aboard a Russian rocket after the fastest ever journey from Earth of just over three hours.

Russia launches fresh crew to ISS on fast-track journey

Almaty - Two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut blasted off on a high-speed journey to the International Space Station Wednesday, in the first such launch aboard a Russian capsule since SpaceX's game-changing debut manned flight from US soil.

Tajik 'leader of nation' seeks to extend 28-year rule

Almaty - Tajikistan's president Emomali Rakhmon, who is running for re-election Sunday, led his country out of civil war in the 1990s and is tipped to become the longest-ruling head of a former Soviet state.

Kazakh 'Leader of the Nation' Nazarbayev, 79, has coronavirus

Astana - Kazakhstan's 79-year-old former president and official 'Leader of the Nation' Nursultan Nazarbayev has tested positive for the coronavirus, his website said Thursday, as officials warned of a potential second lockdown to curb a rise in cases.

Kazakh leader Nazarbayev, 79, has coronavirus: official website

Astana - Kazakhstan's 79-year-old former president and official 'Leader of the Nation' Nursultan Nazarbayev has tested positive for the coronavirus, a statement on his official website said Thursday.

Astronauts land back on Earth transformed by pandemic

Almaty - Two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut on Friday made a safe return from the International Space Station to find the planet transformed by the coronavirus pandemic.

No press, no family: Space crew set for launch during pandemic

Almaty - A three-man space crew finished preparations on Wednesday for a mission to the International Space Station, which is going ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Kazakhstan detains around 200 opposition protesters in largest city

Almaty - Police in Kazakhstan detained around 200 people Saturday as two opposition groups called for anti-government demonstrations in the oil-rich Central Asian country.

Kazakhstan detains up to 100 opposition protesters

Almaty - Police in Kazakhstan detained up to 100 activists Saturday after two opposition groups called for anti-government protests in the oil-rich Central Asian country.

US astronaut returns to Earth after longest mission by woman

Almaty - NASA's Christina Koch returned to Earth safely on Thursday after shattering the spaceflight record for female astronauts with a stay of almost 11 months aboard the International Space Station.

Record-breaking US astronaut returns to Earth

Almaty - NASA's Christina Koch returned to Earth safely Thursday having shattered the spaceflight record for female astronauts after almost a year aboard the International Space Station.

Pompeo says carries 'perfect message' of press freedom in Kazakhstan

Astana - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday during a visit to Kazakhstan that he carried a "perfect message" of global press freedom, following a bitter feud with US media.

Pompeo condemns China's Xinjiang crackdown during Central Asia tour

Astana - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on countries to offer asylum to ethnic minorities fleeing China's troubled Xinjiang region during a visit Sunday to oil-rich Kazakhstan -- a country that borders the region.
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