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Transcontinental republic in Asia and Europe

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Kazakhstan: Transcontinental republic in Asia and Europe
Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is the world's largest landlocked country, and the ninth largest in the world, with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometres (1,052,100 sq mi). It is a transcontinental country largely located in Asia; the most western parts are in Europe. Kazakhstan is the dominant nation of Central Asia economically, generating 60% of the region's GDP, primarily through its oil and gas industry. It also has vast mineral resources.

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Kazakh president rejects calls for parliamentary republic

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Friday rejected calls for a switch to a parliamentary republic made by opposition activists at recent public protests, but promised to give the Central Asian..
Reuters - Published

Dozens protest against Chinese influence in Kazakhstan

Kazakhs protesting against the construction of Chinese factories held public rallies in three Kazakh cities on Wednesday, demanding a ban on an initiative which the Central Asian nation's government..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Kazakhstan

Russia launches humanoid robot to space station [Video]Russia launches humanoid robot to space station

Russia has sent a humanoid robot to the International Space Station as part of tests on a new rocket that is expected to replace the current launch vehicle. The Soyuz capsule, which typically carries a..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:43Published

Robot clenches Russian flag during space launch [Video]Robot clenches Russian flag during space launch

NASA TV showed footage from inside the descent module of an un-piloted Soyuz spacecraft, where a humanoid robot grasped a Russian flag during its journey to the International Space Station. Rough cut..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:46Published

Syrian army resumes bombardment in rebel-held Idlib [Video]Syrian army resumes bombardment in rebel-held Idlib

Reports of heavy bombardment in Syria's last rebel-held province as ceasefire agreed in Kazakhstan talks collapses.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:38Published

Syrian army to resume operations in rebel-held Idlib [Video]Syrian army to resume operations in rebel-held Idlib

Announcement carried by state media comes day after truce was brokered in Kazakhstan after weeks of deadly bombardment.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:25Published

Syrian Government and opposition agree to truce in Idlib [Video]Syrian Government and opposition agree to truce in Idlib

Conditional ceasefire announced during thirteenth round of peace talks in Kazakh capital.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published

 

Adopting softer stance, Kazakhstan allows small-scale protests

Kazakhstan's government allowed pro-democracy youth activists to hold small-scale public rallies demanding constitutional reform on Friday, signaling more tolerance for its critics.
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Google, Mozilla block Kazakh surveillance moves

Alphabet Inc's Google and Firefox browser maker Mozilla took action on Wednesday to block the Kazakhstan government from creating an internet surveillance system using their respective browsers.
Reuters - Published

Kazakh advocate of Muslim rights in China set free in plea bargain

A Kazakh rights activist who campaigned against the detention of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in special camps in China has pleaded guilty to a hate speech charge in exchange for securing his..
Reuters - Published

Dozens of protesters arrested at rallies on Kazakh leader's birthday

Kazakh police detained dozens of protesters who took to the streets of major cities on Saturday to mark the 79th birthday of veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev by demanding he cede power, Reuters..
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Dozens hurt, town evacuated after Kazakh munitions depot blasts

The Kazakh government ordered the evacuation of a town of 44,000 on Monday after a series of blasts at a nearby munitions depot injured 31 people, the Central Asian nation's authorities said.
Reuters - Published

Scores more Kazakh protesters arrested despite dialogue call

Kazakh police rounded up about 150 people on Wednesday as protests continued against President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev despite his call for dialogue after a disputed election.
Reuters - Published

Kazakh president calls for dialogue, more protests planned

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev invited critics on Wednesday to join a new public council after days of protests over his election, while state prosecutors warned against further rallies and..
Reuters - Published

Kazakh activists call for more protests over presidential vote

Anti-government activists called on Monday for more protests in Kazakhstan against what they said was a rigged presidential election result, as police warned they would crack down on any dissent.
Reuters - Published

Nazarbayev's handpicked successor Tokayev elected Kazakh president

Kazakhstan's interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, chosen successor of veteran ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev who retains sweeping powers, has won a snap presidential election which observers say was..
Reuters - Published

Kazakh vote tarnished by violations of fundamental freedoms: OSCE

Kazakhstan's presidential election was tarnished by violations of fundamental freedoms such as a crackdown on public protests and voting irregularities, observers from the Organisation for Security and..
Reuters - Published

Tokayev elected Kazakh president, police disperse fresh protests

Kazakhstan's interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, chosen successor of veteran ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev who retains sweeping powers, has won a snap presidential election with nearly 71% of the..
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Tokayev elected Kazakh president with 71% of vote: early results

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has won Kazakhstan's presidential election with 70.76% of the vote, the Central Election Commission said on Monday, citing the preliminary results of Sunday's vote.
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Exit poll gives Tokayev 70% of vote in Kazakh election

Kazakhstan's interim president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, has won 70.13% of the vote in Sunday's presidential election, according to an exit poll carried out by local pollster Kogamdyk Pikir Institute.
Reuters - Published

Nazarbayev ally set to win Kazakh vote as hundreds protest

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the interim president of Kazakhstan hand-picked by veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev as his successor, will confirm his position on Sunday in an election triggered by..
Reuters - Published

Nazarbayev ally set to win Kazakh presidential election

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the interim president of Kazakhstan hand-picked by veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev as his successor, will confirm his position on Sunday in an election triggered by..
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Kazakhstan set to confirm veteran leader's choice for president

Kazakhstan's interim president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, looks set to be confirmed in the job in Sunday's election after being hand-picked for the post by former leader Nursultan Nazarbayev who ran the..
Reuters - Published

Russia's Putin may discuss Belarus-Kazakh oil proposal next week: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko may discuss the latter's proposal for Belarus to buy oil from Kazakhstan when they meet next week in the Kazakh city of..
Reuters - Published

Hundreds demand election boycott in Kazakhstan

Hundreds of Kazakhs rallied in their two main cities on Wednesday, calling for a boycott of June presidential elections that they dismissed as a cover for an orchestrated handover of power.
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Kazakhs, foreign investors puzzled by power-sharing leaders

The new Kazakh president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, flies a modest Airbus A321 jet. His predecessor and patron Nursultan Nazarbayev moves around on a much bigger wide-body Airbus A330-200.
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China and Kazakhstan have faster internet than Australia

Australia is ranked behind New Zealand, China, Kazakhstan, and a host of other countries, when it comes to fixed broadband speed.
SBS - Published

With energy exports depressed, Turkmens turn to towel smuggling

Beset by economic hardship, enterprising Turkmens have found a way to supplement their incomes - smuggling towels and bed linen into neighboring Kazakhstan.
Reuters - Published

Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev backs Tokayev for president

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Tuesday secured veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev's backing to run in the June 9 snap presidential election, virtually guaranteeing Tokayev's victory.
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Kazakhstan to hold June election, Tokayev favorite

Kazakhstan's interim president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, called a snap presidential election for June 9 on Tuesday and looked to be in pole position to continue ruling the oil-rich Central Asian nation.
Reuters - Published

Kazakhstan to hold early presidential election on June 9

Kazakhstan's interim president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, called a snap presidential election on Tuesday, citing the need to eliminate political uncertainty in the oil-rich Central Asian nation.
Reuters - Published

Kazakh leader to address nation amid snap election speculation

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev will make a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, his office said, amid speculation that the oil-exporting nation is headed towards an early presidential..
Reuters - Published

China thanks Kazakhstan for support on Xinjiang de-radicalization scheme

The Chinese government's top diplomat has thanked Kazakhstan for its support for a controversial de-radicalization program in China's far western region of Xinjiang, and said others should follow..
Reuters - Published

Kazakh military helicopter with 13 people on board crashes

A Kazakh military helicopter with 13 people on board crashed on Wednesday in Kazakhstan during exercises, the Defence Ministry said.
Reuters - Published

Kazakhstan renames capital Nur-Sultan in honor of veteran leader

Kazakhstan renamed its capital Astana as Nur-Sultan on Saturday in honor of veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, who unexpectedly resigned this week after almost 30 years in power.
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Kazakh police detain dozens at opposition rallies after president quits

Police arrested dozens of opposition supporters staging rallies in Kazakhstan's two major cities on Friday, three days after the surprise resignation of veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, according..
Reuters - Published

Police in Kazakhstan detain dozens of anti-government protesters

Police detained dozens of anti-government protesters at rallies in Kazakhstan's two major cities on Friday, days after the surprise resignation of veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, Reuters..
Reuters - Published

In sign of new dual rule, Kazakh leaders sticking together

Nursultan Nazarbayev remains omnipresent in Kazakh politics days after his surprise resignation, hinting he will effectively retain a share of power with the loyalist parliament speaker who..
Reuters - Published

Kazakh police disperse protest against renaming of capital

Kazakh police detained about 20 people on Thursday who protested against the renaming of the Central Asian country's capital city after ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev, the first decision taken by..
Reuters - Published

Widowed opera singer daughter of 'Papa' - Kazakhstan's next president?

Dariga Nazarbayeva's ex-husband was found hanged in an Austrian prison cell four years ago after a court in her native Kazakhstan convicted him of plotting to overthrow her father, the president.
Reuters - Published

'Grandpa has quit!': Kazakhs left reeling by veteran leader's resignation

When Nursultan Nazarbayev announced he was stepping down as president of Kazakhstan, many people in the ex-Soviet state, where more than half the population have known no other leader, did not know how..
Reuters - Published

In succession clue, Kazakh leader's daughter elevated after his resignation

Kazakhstan took a step closer to a carefully choreographed dynastic succession on Wednesday as the daughter of its long-serving ruler was named to a post that put her in line for the presidency a day..
Reuters - Published

New Kazakh leader hands Nazarbayev's daughter key post

Kazakhstan's new president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev handed the key post of senate speaker on Wednesday to a daughter of his predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev, who unexpectedly resigned a day earlier after..
Reuters - Published

Nazarbayev's daughter gets Kazakhstan's No.2 role

Dariga Nazarbayeva, the eldest daughter of former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, was elected speaker of the upper house of parliament on Wednesday, the No.2 position in the Central Asian..
Reuters - Published

Tokayev sworn in as Kazakh president, pledges continuity

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev assumed the post of Kazakhstan's president on Wednesday, promising to continue the policies of veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, who unexpectedly resigned a day earlier after..
Reuters - Published

Kazakhstan's leader Nazarbayev resigns after three decades in power

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday after three decades in power, in what appeared to be the first step in a choreographed political transition that will see..
Reuters - Published

Senior Russian lawmaker says Kazakh leader's resignation is unexpected: agencies

Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, said on Tuesday that the resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, was unexpected and very..
Reuters - Published

President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, resigns

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, said on Tuesday he was resigning as the Central Asian nation's leader after three decades in power.
Reuters - Published

Russian space rocket lifts off with astronauts who survived rocket failure

A Russian-made Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, carrying three astronauts into space, two of whom survived a mid-air rocket failure in October.
Reuters - Published

Kazakhstan suspends Boeing 737 Max flights

Kazakhstan's civil aviation committee suspended Boeing 737 Max flights starting from Wednesday, it said in a statement, following two fatal crashes involving the aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
Reuters - Published

Kazakhstan puts campaigner against Chinese camps under house arrest

A Kazakh court has placed an activist who campaigned on behalf of ethnic Kazakhs in China under house arrest on the charge of calling for a "jihad" against the Chinese, state prosecutors said.
Reuters - Published

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