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Kazakh president wins fifth term with nearly 98% of votes

Astana - Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Monday extended his grip on power in the oil-rich, ex-Soviet nation with 97.7 percent of ballots in an election slammed by Western observers as deeply flawed.

Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan's moderniser with an authoritarian streak

Astana - A shepherd's son who counts former British prime minister Tony Blair and Russian President Vladimir Putin among his admirers, Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbayev has overseen two decades of change in his Central Asian country, while remaining entrenched ...

Crushing re-election extends Kazakh president's quarter-century rule

Astana - Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev extended his quarter-century rule over the oil-rich, ex-Soviet republic with a crushing 97.7 percent of ballots in an election where opposition parties did not field a candidate, officials said Monday.

Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev 'wins fifth term by a landslide'

Astana - Energy-rich Kazakhstan's incumbent strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev scored a crushing victory in Sunday's one-sided presidential ballot, taking 97.5 percent of the vote to win a fifth consecutive term, an exit poll showed.

Kazakhstan strongman Nazarbayev heads for poll victory after record turnout

Astana - Kazakhstan's Central Election Commission (CEC) claimed a record turnout of over 95 percent in Sunday presidential polls almost certain to re-elect 74-year-old strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Kazakh elections Sunday set to extend Nazarbayev's rule

Astana - Citizens in energy-rich Kazakhstan will head to the polls Sunday for early elections almost certain to extend the quarter-century rule of incumbent 74-year-old President Nursultan Nazarbayev by another five years.

Putin calls for currency union with ex-Soviet allies

Astana - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called for a single currency with the Kremlin's closest ex-Soviet allies despite fraying ties in the region which is struggling with the fallout from Moscow's economic crisis.

Kazakhstan president calls early elections

Astana - Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday set early elections for April 26 in a move that will almost certainly see the septuagenarian leader re-elected for another term in the energy-rich state."In the interests of the people...

New Yorkers charged over IS extremist plot

New York - Two New York Muslims were arraigned in federal court charged with plotting to join Islamic State extremists in Syria and threatening to carry out attacks in the United States.FBI agents arrested Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, at John F.

Kazakhstan ruling party calls for early presidential vote

Astana - Kazakhstan's ruling Nur Otan party on Monday called for early presidential polls in a move that will almost certainly see President Nursultan Nazarbayev re-elected for another five-year term in the former Soviet republic.

Cancelled Ukraine summit to go ahead at 'end of January'

Astana - Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko agreed Thursday that the delayed talks on the Ukraine conflict with leaders of Russia, France and Germany will take place at the end of the month, Kazakhstan said Thursday...

New Year brings Eurasian Economic Union into force

Moscow - On January 1, the Eurasian Economic Union(EEU) came into force, linking Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and now Armenia as well.

French court authorises extradition of Kazakh tycoon Ablyazov

Lyon - A French court on Friday authorised the extradition of exiled Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia and Ukraine, despite concerns over his safety if the move goes ahead.

Russia ratifies economic union with Belarus and Kazakhstan

Moscow - Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, signed a law that commits the country to the Eurasian Economic Union. The agreement comes into force on the first of January 2015 creating an economic union among Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

Russian and American astronauts return to Earth

Moscow - Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut returned to Earth on Thursday after spending more than six months working together aboard the International Space Station, as tensions between their countries soared over the Ukraine crisis.

Radioactive material goes missing in Kazakhstan

Astana - Authorities in Kazakhstan are on high alert after a container holding the highly radioactive and dangerous substance caesium-137 disappeared in the west of the country, police said Tuesday.

Russia forms Economic Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan

Astana - On Thursday (May 29) Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia agreed to form an Eurasian Economic Union The agreement will come into effect in January of 2015.

Russia clinches economic union with Belarus, Kazakhstan

Astana - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed a deal creating an economic union with ex-Soviet states Belarus and Kazakhstan, with Ukraine conspicuously absent after it turned its back on Moscow.

Russian, German and U.S. astronauts dock with ISS

Moscow - A crew of Russian, German and US astronauts docked with the International Space Station Thursday as space cooperation between Moscow and the West continues despite their worst standoff since the Cold War.

Putin to seal new post-Soviet union with Belarus, Kazakhstan

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday arrived in the Kazakh capital where he was set to sign a deal with his Kazakh and Belarussian counterparts creating a new economic union championed by Moscow.

French court blocks Kazakh tycoon's extradition to Russia

Paris - A French court on Wednesday blocked the extradition of exiled Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, an opposition figure wanted on embezzlement charges by Russia and Ukraine.

Russians up in arms at ban on lacy panties

Moscow - Russia and two of its ex-Soviet neighbours are set to impose a ban on certain types of lace panties, sparking public fury and even a lingerie-themed street protest.Coming under a complete ban this summer in Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus are lace or ne...

Kazakhstan breaks up protest against devaluation

Almaty - Kazakh police on Saturday detained protesters at an unsanctioned rally in Almaty against the devaluation of the national currency, the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency reported.Around 50 protesters gathered on the main Republic Square in Almaty for a ra...

Kazakh mathematician claims to have solved $1 million puzzle

Mukhtarbay Otelbayev, a Kazakh mathematician from the Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan, is claiming to have solved a math problem worth one million dollars. The claims are hard to evaluate because the problem wasn't written in English.

Fugitive Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov arrested in France

Mouans-sartoux - A Kazakh oligarch who went on the lam after being accused of embezzling $6 billion from his former bank has been arrested in France.

Video: Gas tanker explodes wreaking huge damage in Kazakhstan

Almaty - A gas tanker exploded in the center of Almaty, Kazakhstan, causing an eight-story building to catch fire and massive damage to cars in the area.

World Cup Qualifying: Germany vs Kazakhstan Preview

Nuremberg - When Team Germany takes to the pitch today in Nuernberg against Kazakhstan, Die Mannschaft courts an impressive five point lead in UEFA Group C, with 13 points over second place Sweden. Germany defeated Kazakhstan 3-0 in Astana on Friday.

Op-Ed: World Cup Qualifying-Kazakhstan vs Germany Preview

Astana - The Bundesliga is taking a break this weekend to make way for World Cup 2014 qualification. Germany will face Kazakhstan in two matches, the first one on March 22 in Kazakhstan, the other in Germany on March 26. Germany is the favorite of experts.

Video: Musical crew flies on Soyuz to International Space Station

The Russian Soyuz TMA07 spaceship took off on Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This time the craft is carrying a musical crew of three astronauts to the ISS.

Photo, Video of ISS Expedition 33 crew returning to earth

Three members of the the Expedition 33 crew returned to earth on Monday after spending 127 days in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
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Photo of the Kazakh city of Almaty.
Photo of the Kazakh city of Almaty.
ISS Expedition 33 crew return to earth
ISS Expedition 33 crew return to earth
A gas tanker exploded in Almaty  Kazakhstan causing huge damage.
A gas tanker exploded in Almaty, Kazakhstan causing huge damage.
A gas tanker exploded in Almaty  Kazakhstan causing huge damage.
A gas tanker exploded in Almaty, Kazakhstan causing huge damage.