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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.

Police detain 26 at anti-government protests in Kazakhstan

Almaty - Police detained more than two dozen people on Saturday in Kazakhstan's main cities for participating in protests called by a banned opposition group where they criticised the government and Chinese expansion.

First Arab on ISS set for Earth return

Almaty - An Emirati who made history as the first Arab to reach the International Space Station is set to return to Earth on Thursday following an eight-day mission that sparked euphoria in his homeland.

Emirati becomes first Arab to reach ISS

Baikonur - An Emirati has made history as the first Arab to reach the International Space Station, after blasting off from Kazakhstan.

Rocket carrying Emirati, Russian, American blasts off for ISS

Baikonur - A rocket blasted off from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan on Wednesday with an Emirati on board who will be the first Arab on the International Space Station.

Dozens detained as Kazakhs protest against former president, China

Almaty - Police detained dozens of protesters in Kazakhstan Saturday for rallying against Chinese economic expansion and former strongman president Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is still a powerful force in the former Soviet nation.

Kazakhstan court frees anti-Beijing activist

Almaty - A rights activist in Kazakhstan who faced seven years imprisonment over his outspoken opposition to neighbouring China was unexpectedly freed Friday as public and international pressure over his case mounted.

Kazakhstan court frees renowned anti-Beijing activist

Almaty - A rights activist in Kazakhstan who faced seven years imprisonment over his outspoken opposition to neighbouring China was unexpectedly freed Friday as public and international pressure over his case mounted.

American, Italian, Russian blast off for ISS

Baikonur - US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

American, Italian, Russian blast off for ISS

Baikonur - US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Space crew to blast off for ISS on moon landing anniversary

Baikonur - US, Italian and Russian astronauts are set to blast off into space Saturday in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Kazakh disabled woman detained for protest: reports

Almaty - Kazakh police on Tuesday detained a woman with cerebral palsy as she protested against the daughter of former strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev for calling people with disabilities "freaks", local media reported.

Russian, North American astronauts return to earth

Dzhezkazgan - The first crew to blast off to the International Space Station following a launch accident that deepened doubts over Russia's space programme returned to earth safely on Tuesday.

Russian, Canadian, American astronauts to return to earth

Almaty - The first crew to blast off to the International Space Station following a launch accident that deepened doubts over Russia's space programme is set to return to earth Tuesday.

Successor to longtime Kazakh ruler is sworn in as president

Astana - Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the hand-picked successor to Kazakhstan's longtime ruler, was inaugurated as president Wednesday after winning an election marred by a police crackdown and slammed by foreign monitors for "voting irregularities".

Successor to longtime Kazakh ruler is sworn in as president

Astana - Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was inaugurated as only the second elected president in Kazakhstan's history Wednesday, after winning polls marred by a police crackdown and slammed by foreign monitors for "widespread voting irregularities.

Hand-picked successor sweeps Kazakh vote criticised by monitors

Astana - The hand-picked successor of Kazakhstan's longtime ruler won a sweeping victory in presidential elections that monitors said Monday had shown "scant respect" for democracy.Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took 70.

Kazakhstan elects new leader as hundreds arrested in protests

Almaty - Kazakhstan on Sunday elected the hand-picked successor of former president Nursultan Nazarbayev with 70 percent of the vote, exit polls showed, as police arrested hundreds of opposition protesters.

Kazakhs hold first presidential vote without three-decade strongman on ballot

Almaty - Kazakhs went to the polls Sunday to elect their first new leader in 30 years following the departure of ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev with his handpicked successor set for victory.

Disenchanted activists demand Kazakhs 'wake up' before presidential vote

Almaty - In a country tightly run by one man for three decades, even small protests are a rarity.
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