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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.

Romania's Senate speaker charged with lying in fraud probe

Bucharest - Romania's anti-corruption prosecutor announced Tuesday that Senate speaker and former prime minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu has been charged with making false statements under oath about real estate fraud that cost the state 135 million euros ($150 mi...

Ex-Soviet Kazakhstan halts land reform after rare protests

Astana - Energy-rich Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Thursday halted a controversial proposal to amend land laws that had sparked rare anti-government protests in the Central Asian state.

Prehistoric Siberian 'unicorn' rhino challenges scientists

Tomsk - Scientists have long been fascinated with this bizarre-looking rhinoceros that likely had an enormous horn, earning the creature the nickname "Siberian unicorn." It was previously thought this huge rhinoceros became extinct 350,000 years ago.

Ruling party seals expected victory in Kazakhstan vote

Astana - The ruling party of energy-rich Kazakhstan's ageing autocrat President Nursultan Nazarbayev secured a landslide victory in parliamentary elections, results showed Monday, a poll OSCE observers said failed to meet international democratic standards.

Ruling party secures victory in Kazakh parliamentary polls

Astana - Projected results showed energy-rich Kazakhstan's ruling party claiming a comfortable win in early parliamentary polls on Sunday that never threatened to trouble autocrat President Nursultan Nazarbayev's long reign.

Armchair Traveler: The mysterious sunken forest in Lake Kaindy

Nestled in the southeastern Tien Shan Mountains of Kazakhstan, not too far from the bustling city of Almaty, is an obscure lake called Lake Kaindy, known for its ethereal, brooding and pole-like remnants of trees.

Former Kazakh PM sentenced to 10 years in prison

Astana - Kazakhstan has sentenced former prime minister Serik Akhmetov to 10 years in prison, a court said Saturday, the first time a former official of such stature will serve jail time in the country.

Supersized Kazakhs battle to drop pounds in hit TV show

Almaty - Gulmira Jumagulova, a 125-kilogramme (275-pound) contestant on a popular Kazakhstan fat camp reality show, is still haunted by the words of a boyfriend who dumped her mid-pregnancy."He told me 'I could never introduce you to my relatives.

Kasparov urges France to cancel extradition of Kazakh opponent

Paris - Chess legend Garry Kasparov on Tuesday appealed to French President Francois Hollande to annul a decree to extradite exiled Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia, where he says he faces torture and rights abuses.

France to extradite Kazakh opposition figure to Russia

Paris - The French government has given the green light for the extradition of Kazakh tycoon and opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia, where he is accused of embezzling billions of dollars, his lawyer told AFP Monday.

Kazakhstan marks 550 years of 'statehood' despite economic pain

Astana - Kazakhstan is rolling out colourful pageantry to celebrate 550 years of statehood, defying an economic downturn that has battered a country viewed as a post-Soviet success story.
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