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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.

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.

US praises Kazakhstan over Uighur rights

Washington - The United States on Thursday praised Kazakhstan for not turning back Uighurs fleeing neighboring China, which has rounded up an estimated one million people from the mostly Muslim ethnic group.

Loyalist diplomat on track for Kazakh presidency

Astana - Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who is on track to become only the second elected president of ex-Soviet Kazakhstan since its independence, has always appeared to prize loyalty over political ambition.

Kazakhs set to elect new leader, little hope for opposition

Almaty - Kazakhs go to the polls on Sunday to elect their first new leader in 30 years, although ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev's influence will likely continue as his handpicked successor heads for all but certain victory.

Kazakhstan detains 3 women protesters for extremism ahead of vote

Almaty - Three women who took part in an anti-government protest are under house arrest on suspicion of belonging to an extremist organisation, police said Sunday, a week ahead of elections in the authoritarian state.

Kazakhstan registers opposition politician to run for president

Astana - A prominent opposition politician and journalist on Monday won his bid to challenge a trusted ally of strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev in Kazakhstan's presidential polls next month.

Loyalist diplomat handpicked by Kazakh ruler for president

Astana - The career diplomat who is a shoo-in to become only the second president of ex-Soviet Kazakhstan since its independence has always appeared to prize loyalty over political ambition.

Longtime Kazakh ruler backs loyalist for presidential vote

Astana - Kazakhstan's founding president Nursultan Nazarbayev on Tuesday proposed loyalist interim successor Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as the ruling party's candidate for a snap presidential vote.

Ruling party, longtime leader back loyalist for Kazakh presidency

Astana - Kazakhstan's ruling party nominated a loyalist to the country's longtime leader as its presidential candidate on Tuesday, setting the stage for a smooth handover of power in the Central Asian nation.

Seoul seeks to capitalise on Stalin's Korean deportations

Seoul - South Korean president Moon Jae-in meets ethnic Koreans in Central Asia this week as he looks to capitalise on the enduring legacy of Joseph Stalin's mass deportations more than 80 years ago.

New Kazakhstan president calls snap elections for June

Astana - Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Tuesday called a snap election for June as the Central Asian nation seeks a new leader following the shock resignation of its longtime ruler.

Putin, new Kazakh leader talk up military, nuclear cooperation

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kazakhstan's new president discussed Wednesday boosting political and military cooperation as the two leaders met after the shock resignation of strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Disabled Kazakhs fight for rights amid Paralympics push

Almaty - In a gym in Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty, Paralympic weightlifter Alina Solodukhina's slight shoulders are feeling the strain under more than 60 kilogrammes of cast iron.Solodukhina, who has dwarfism and is 125 centimetres (4.

Kazakhstan's new president: a loyalist diplomat

Astana - The political insider who replaced long-reigning Nursultan Nazarbayev as president of Kazakhstan on Wednesday is a somewhat unusual figure in Kazakhstan's elite.

Kazakhstan renames capital 'Nursultan' after ex-president

Almaty - Kazakhstan's parliament on Wednesday voted to rename the country's capital in honour of long-time ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev, a day after he resigned as president.

'Generation Nazarbayev' jokes, hopes after Kazakh leader resigns

Almaty - People under 30 in Kazakhstan have only known one leader -- Nursultan Nazarbayev, who announced his resignation this week after shepherding the country from the Soviet era.

Kazakhstan renames capital as new president takes office

Almaty - Kazakhstan's new president was sworn in Wednesday following the shock resignation of the country's long-time ruler and in his first official act renamed the capital after his predecessor.

New Kazakh president sworn in, proposes renaming capital

Astana - The head of Kazakhstan's senate was sworn in as interim president in a pomp-filled ceremony Wednesday, and immediately proposed renaming the country's capital after his predecessor.

Veteran Kazakh leader 'not going anywhere' after resignation

Almaty - Nursultan Nazarbayev may have resigned as president of Kazakhstan but analysts say the longest-serving post-Soviet leader will hardly be easing into retirement.

Nursultan Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan's authoritarian moderniser

Astana - Nursultan Nazarbayev ruled Kazakhstan for almost 30 years and turned the Central Asian country into an energy powerhouse while governing with little tolerance for opposition.

Kazakh president resigns after three decades in office

Astana - Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his shock resignation on Tuesday, 29 years after taking office."I have taken the decision to resign from the post of presidency," the 78-year-old said in a speech broadcast on state television.

Kazakh rights defender arrested over Xinjiang activism

Almaty - Kazakh police on Sunday arrested an activist who has campaigned for victims of China's re-education drive in Xinjiang, sealing his informal group's office and taking its computers.

From camps to factories: Muslim detainees say China using forced labour

Almaty - As Gulzira Auelkhan toiled stitching gloves in a factory in China's troubled Xinjiang region, her managers made no secret of where her production would be sold.

Kazakh leader appoints new PM after sacking government

Astana - Kazakhstan's long-ruling President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed a new prime minister on Monday, his office said, after dismissing the government over a lack of economic development.
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