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Turkey Warns Kazakhstan Over Schools Linked To Turkish Cleric Gulen

Turkey's ambassador to Kazakhstan has warned the Central Asian nation over its schools linked to Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim cleric whom Turkey accuses of being behind a failed coup attempt earlier this month. More

Kerry To Meet With Central Asian Counterparts

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is set to hold a joint meeting with foreign ministers of five Central Asian states in Washington on August 3, a State Department official says. More

Organizers say some 700 workers took part in the protest on the morning of July 28. 

Kazakh Oil Workers Go On Strike

Hundreds of oil industry workers have staged a two-hour strike in the western Kazakh town Zhanaozen protesting what the organizers described as impending pay cuts. More

Russian weightlifter Natalya Zabolotnaya (L) after receiving her silver medal in the London 2012 Olympics poses with Belarus's Iryna Kulesha (R), the bronze medalist, and gold medalist Svetlana Podobedova from Kazakhstan (middle).

Ex-Soviet State Weightlifters Suspended

Three Russian Olympic medalists are among 11 weightlifters, mostly from ex-Soviet states, who tested positive for banned drugs in retests of samples from the 2012 London Games. More

Turkmenistan Closes Border With Kazakhstan

Turkmen officials have closed the border with Kazakhstan for five days in line with increased security measures. More

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Zhanaozen: It's More Than Just A Word

The name means more than just an oil town in western Kazakhstan. To people in Kazakhstan, especially government officials, Zhanaozen is synonymous with civil unrest, protest, and bloodshed. More

Kazakhstan -- In The Absence Of Official Information

In Kazakhstan, it has been difficult to receive accurate information -- or sometimes even any information -- from media and officials, especially from the country’s president, while dramatic events unfold. More
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Features & Commentary

Video In Wake Of Blown Coup, Turkey Takes Global Aim At Gulen Movement

As Turkey cracks down hard on perceived enemies like the Gulen movement at home, it also looks set to escalate the controversy over the global Islamic education movement by pressing other countries to follow suit.

No Rest For Controversy Over Costly Plans To Honor Prominent Kazakh Dead 

Ordinary Kazakhs can think of better ways to spend public money upon hearing about plans to house the graves of prominent citizens in a pricey pantheon.

Kazakh Minister's Remarks Spark Anger In Kyrgyzstan

Kazakhstan's culture minister has sparked resentment with remarks about neighboring Kyrgyzstan and its turbulent recent history.

Kazakh Clampdown On Land Protests Leaves 'People's Bard' Behind Bars

One of the most outspoken opponents of Kazakh plans to dispense with huge swaths of land is a folksy singer who's not afraid to pick a fight with the government.

Kazakh Authorities Make Rare Concessions To Tamp Down Land-Sale Protests

Rattled by widespread protests against a government land-sale proposal, Kazakh authorities continue to take steps aimed at tamping down public anger.

Kazakh Authorities Take To SMS, Facebook To Ward Off Protests

Many Kazakhs checking their smartphones on May 6 might have been surprised to find a cautiously contrite SMS message from an unlikely source.
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