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Kyrgyzstan refuses $100 million Kazakhstan aid amid growing tensions

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev signed a parliamentary resolution on Thursday to refuse $100 million in aid from oil-rich neighbour Kazakhstan amid an escalating spat between the two Central Asian countries.

Next round of Syria talks set for Sept. 14-15: Kazakhstan

Astana - A new round of talks on the conflict in Syria will be held in Astana on September 14-15, Kazakhstan announced Friday, with key powers looking to shore up safe zones on the ground.

Kazakhstan inaugurates IAEA-backed nuclear fuel bank

Astana - Kazakhstan inaugurated Tuesday a new internationally-controlled uranium fuel bank seen as potentially important in curbing nuclear proliferation and reducing regional security tensions.

Fifth round of Kazakh Syria talks focuses on safe zones

Astana - Powerbrokers Russia, Iran and Turkey on Tuesday focused on shoring up a plan for safe zones in Syria at a fifth round of talks they are pushing in Kazakhstan to help end the six-year conflict.

Fifth round of Syria talks begins in Kazakhstan

Astana - A fifth round of talks on ending the six-year Syrian conflict began in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, focused on shoring up a plan for safe zones in the war-torn country.

Airport in Kazakh capital renamed after president

Astana - The airport in oil-rich Kazakhstan's capital Astana has been renamed after long-reigning President Nursultan Nazarbayev, state media reported on Wednesday, citing a government resolution that will fuel accusations of a leadership cult.

Fresh Syria talks set for July 10 in Astana

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Monday that the next round of Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan's capital Astana will be held on July 10.

Kazakh man dies in fire after Russian rocket launch

Astana - A Kazakh man died and another was hospitalised after they were caught in a fire on the steppes triggered by falling debris from a Russian space launch, Russian and Kazakh authorities said Thursday.The blaze, reaching 15 kilometres (9.

Putin pushes Syria safe zone plan

Sochi - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday pushed a plan to set up safe zones in Syria that could see planes grounded but details remained hazy as a latest round of Kremlin-backed peace talks on the six-year war floundered.

Syria rebels 'suspend' participation in Astana peace talks

Astana - Syrian rebels on Wednesday said they were suspending their participation as a latest round of peace talks began in Kazakhstan, with the warring sides set to discuss a plan to create safe zones.

Putin calls for boosting Syria truce ahead of Astana talks

Astana - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called for shoring up Syria's frail truce as Russian-led peace talks involving Syrian rebels and regime officials are set to begin Wednesday in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.

Trial of fugitive banker Ablyazov begins in Kazakhstan

Almaty - The trial in absentia of Mukhtar Ablyazov, a fugitive banker and Kazakh opposition figure wanted on embezzlement charges by Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine began Friday, a court in the Central Asian country said."The process began on March 17 at 10.

Kazakh leader limits his powers, but keeps firm grip

Astana - Kazakhstan's autocratic President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Friday signed off on constitutional changes limiting the powers of his office, though he is expected to retain supreme authority in the Central Asian country.

Iran requests 950 tonnes of uranium from Kazakhstan

Tehran - Iran's nuclear chief said Saturday that the country had asked to buy 950 tonnes of uranium concentrate from Kazakhstan over the next three years to help develop its civil reactor programme.

Syria talks delayed due to 'technical reasons': Kazakhstan

Astana - Kazakhstan said Wednesday a new round of Astana talks on the Syria conflict led by Russia, Turkey and Iran scheduled to begin February 15 would be delayed by a day due to unexplained "technical reasons".

Kazakhstan seeks to leap onto ballet world stage

Astana - In the snowy foreground of a brand new steel and glass building in Kazakhstan's capital Astana, a dancer in national dress stands frozen in a dramatic flourish, her body arching towards the sky.

Russia stays mute on possible US invitation to Syria talks

Moscow - The Kremlin on Friday declined to confirm whether it would invite the United States to Syria peace talks later this month after Washington was excluded from brokering a recent truce in the war-torn country.

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.

Kazakh ex-banker Ablyazov wants to topple president

Paris - Exiled Kazakhstan opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, who has just been released from custody in France, has told AFP he is aiming to topple the autocratic Kazakh regime within three years.

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.

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.

Russia jails leader of banned nationalist group

Moscow - A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced ultranationalist politician Alexander Belov, a former leader of a banned anti-immigration movement, to seven and a half years in prison for extremism and money laundering.

Russia, Turkey agree in Tashkent talks to normalise ties: report

Istanbul - Russia and Turkey clinched a deal to normalise relations in secret talks in the Uzbek capital Tashkent following mediation by figures including a prominent Turkish businessman and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, a report said Tuesday.

Shifting from Russia, Ukraine strikes US nuclear fuel deal

Kiev - Ukraine said Thursday it had reached an agreement with the US-based electric giant Westinghouse to build a nuclear fuel production unit that would help reduce its reliance on Russia.

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.

Kazakh President blames attacks on radical islamists

Astana - Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Friday blamed radical islamists for deadly shootings that left seven dead in the west of the oil-rich Central Asian state.

Kazakhstan accuses protesters of trying to oust government

Astana - Oil-rich Kazakhstan on Friday accused organisers of anti-land reform demonstrations last week of trying to overthrow the Central Asian country's government.
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