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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.

Russian cosmonaut back after record 879 days in space

Astana - Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka returned safely to Earth with two other astronauts from the International Space Station Saturday with the record for having spent the most time in space.

Kazakhstan president makes daughter deputy prime minister

Astana - Energy-rich Kazakhstan's 75-year-old President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed off on daughter Dariga's appointment as deputy-prime minister Friday, in a move that could be linked to the ex-Soviet republic's looming succession issue.

Deaths of 60,000 saiga antelopes still confounds scientists

In May, 2015, a mysterious illness killed off half of the world's saiga antelopes, a critically endangered species that roam the steppes of central Kazakhstan.

Russian, Danish, Kazakh astronauts blast off for ISS

Baikonur - A Soyuz spacecraft with three astronauts on board, including the first Dane to fly into space, blasted off towards the International Space Station on Wednesday.

Russia eyes Kazakh cosmonaut as space tourist

Moscow - Russia on Monday proposed sending a Kazakh cosmonaut to the International Space Station in place of a space tourist in September after a Japanese candidate formally dropped out.

Kazakh man attempts to sit exam dressed as his girlfriend

A male student in Kazakhstan tried to help his girlfriend pass an important exam - by wearing a dress, wig and blouse, and trying to take the test for her.

Second Boston bomber friend jailed 3.5 years

New York - A second college friend of convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to jail on Friday for obstruction and conspiracy that impeded the FBI investigation into the 2013 attacks.

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.
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Saryarka - Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan comprises two protected areas: Naurzum State Natu...
Saryarka - Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan comprises two protected areas: Naurzum State Nature Reserve and Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve totalling 450,344 hectares. This scene is from a research trip in 2013. The saiga antelope appear to be healthy.
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A gas tanker exploded in Almaty, Kazakhstan causing huge damage.
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ISS Expedition 33 crew return to earth
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A gas tanker exploded in Almaty, Kazakhstan causing huge damage.
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Half of endangered saiga antelope died this month
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Kolsai Lake, Kazakhstan.
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A male student in Kazakhstan tried to help his girlfriend pass an exam by wearing a dress, wig and blouse, and trying to take the test for her.
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