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Killers of Kazakhstan's Olympic ice skater get 18 years in jail

Almaty - Kazakhstan on Thursday sentenced two men accused of killing Denis Ten, a figure skater who won bronze at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, to 18 years in a penal colony.

Kazakhstan says dozens of 'hostages' evacuated from Syria

Almaty - Kazakhstan on Wednesday said dozens of its citizens, including children, had been evacuated from Syria after being held "hostage" in the country.

Olympic figure skater's murder trial opens in Kazakhstan

Almaty - The trial of two men accused of murdering a male figure skater who won bronze at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 has begun in Kazakhstan, two local news agencies reported Thursday.

Soyuz heads to ISS on first manned mission since October failure

Baikonur - A Soyuz rocket carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts took off from Kazakhstan and reached orbit on Monday, the first manned mission since a failed launch in October.

Astronauts say look forward to space launch after Soyuz accident

Baikonur - Astronauts set to board the first manned space mission since an unprecedented accident aboard Russia's Soyuz, on Sunday brushed aside safety concerns, saying they were ready to take risks.

Outgoing UN envoy rues 'missed opportunity' at Astana Syria talks

Astana - The United Nations envoy on Syria signed off from his posting Thursday ruing "a missed opportunity" to help end the country's long conflict at talks in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.

Syria talks on fragile Idlib truce begin in Kazakhstan

Astana - Negotiators from Iran, Russia and Turkey met in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on Wednesday, the Kazakh foreign ministry said, for two days of talks aiming to preserve a fragile 10-week-old truce in northern Syria.

Russia probes ISS rocket failure

Baikonur - Russian investigators have launched a probe into why a Soyuz rocket failed shortly after blast-off, in a major setback for Russia's beleaguered space industry.

'That was a short flight': crew of failed rocket keeps cool

Baikonur - Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin retained an enviable sang-froid Thursday as he realised while travelling at thousands of miles an hour that his spacecraft would have to make an emergency landing. "An accident with the booster, 2 minutes, 45 seconds....

ISS astronauts return to Earth amid US-Russia tensions

Astana - Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth on Thursday wrapping up a six-month mission at the International Space Station as tensions between Washington and Moscow threaten a rare area of cooperation.

Astronauts return to Earth from ISS amid US-Russia tensions

Astana - Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth Thursday wrapping up a six-month mission at the International Space Station as tensions between Washington and Moscow threaten a rare area of cooperation.

Kazakh families torn apart in China's Xinjiang crackdown

Almaty - When he looks back on his youth in China's far-west Xinjiang region, Akikat Kaliolla, an ethnic Kazakh, recalls the place's natural beauty and the big, colourful weddings typical of his majority-Muslim community.

Kazakhstan man jailed for anti-presidential online comment

Astana - Kazakhstan on Thursday sentenced a man to three years in prison for inciting hatred on social media after he took a swipe at the country's septuagenarian leader and his kinsmen.

Kazakh leader replaces key aide amid succession talk

Astana - Long-ruling Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed a new chief of staff Monday, sending a loyalist into retirement in what could be interpreted as a move towards a managed succession.

Five Caspian Sea states sign landmark convention

Aktau - The leaders of the five states bordering the resource-rich Caspian Sea signed a landmark deal on its legal status on Sunday in the Kazakh city of Aktau, easing regional tensions and potentially facilitating lucrative oil and gas projects.

The Caspian Sea: rich in oil and gas and caviar

Aktau - The leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan are meeting in the Kazakh port city of Aktau on Sunday to sign a landmark deal on the Caspian Sea.

Caspian Sea nations sign landmark deal

Aktau - The leaders of the five states bordering the resource-rich Caspian Sea signed a landmark deal Sunday on the legal status of the inland sea which boasts a wealth of oil and gas reserves and sturgeon.

Kazakh court spares Chinese 're-education camp' whistleblower

Zharkent - A Kazakh court on Wednesday freed a Chinese citizen who gave testimony on a secretive network of Chinese "re-education camps" during her explosive immigration trial.

Kazakh Olympic figure skater stabbed to death at 25

Astana - Kazakh figure skater Denis Ten, who won bronze at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, died on Thursday aged 25 after being stabbed, Kazakhstan's culture and sports ministry told AFP.

Chinese 'reeducation camps' in spotlight at Kazakh trial

- Secretive "re-education camps" allegedly holding hundreds of thousands of people in a Muslim-majority region in western China are the focus of an explosive court case in Kazakhstan, testing the country's ties with Beijing.
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