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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.

Ice build-up may have caused Kazakh air crash

Astana - A build-up of ice may have caused a passenger plane crash in Kazakhstan last month in which 12 people died but dozens survived, a state commission said on Friday.

Kazakhstan observes day of mourning after fatal jet crash

Almaty - Kazakhstan observed a national day of mourning on Saturday after 12 people died when an airliner crashed shortly after takeoff and slammed into a house.

Kazakhstan observes day of mourning after fatal jet crash

Almaty - Kazakhstan observed a national day of mourning on Saturday a day after 12 people died when an airliner crashed shortly after takeoff and slammed into a house.

12 killed as plane crashes in Kazakhstan but many survive

Almaty - Twelve people died when a plane carrying 100 passengers and crew crashed shortly after takeoff in Kazakhstan on Friday and collided with a house, but many onboard survived without serious injury.

Plane crashes into house in Kazakhstan killing 14

Almaty - At least 14 people died Friday when a passenger plane carrying 100 people crashed into a house shortly after takeoff from Kazakhstan's largest city, authorities said.

Plane crashes in Kazakhstan killing nine: govt

Almaty - Nine people died Friday when a passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Almaty airport in Kazakhstan, the government said.

IS claims deadly Tajik attack as doubts swirl

Almaty - The Islamic State group on Friday claimed responsibility for a deadly attack against a Tajik border post this week, but Central Asia watchers cast doubt on the jihadists' claim as well as official Tajik statements on the incident.
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