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Kazakh President Sounds Nuclear Warning

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has voiced concern about what he calls the "possible end of cooperation between the world's leading nuclear powers." More

Italian Refugee Status For Kazakh Family

Italy has granted refugee status to the wife and daughter of Mukhtar Ablyazov, the former head of one of Kazakhstan's largest banks who is wanted for embezzlement. More

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Kazakh Magazine's Hitler Issue Slammed

A celebrity magazine in Kazakhstan is under fire for devoting its latest issue to Adolf Hitler. More

The April 17 meeting in Dushanbe included secretaries of the Security Councils of SCO member states China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

SCO Discusses Afghan Withdrawal

Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have met in the Tajik capital to discuss regional security in the wake of the withdrawal of most foreign combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. More

Father Of Friend Of Accused Boston Bomber Accuses Investigators

The father of a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber says investigators are doing everything they can to delay his son's trial. More

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Hitler Issue Lands Kazakh Magazine In Hot Water

A Kazakh tabloid magazine has come under criticism after dedicating its latest issue to Adolf Hitler. More

The Wait Goes On At Kashagan

Kashagan has proven an elusive prize. The field contains an estimated 13 billion barrels of recoverable oil reserves, one of the largest oil fields discovered in the last 50 years. More
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Features & Commentary

Putin Pledges To Protect All Ethnic Russians Anywhere. So, Where Are They?

Millions of Russians -- particularly in former Soviet countries -- could come under the umbrella of the Putin Doctrine now that the Russian president has pledged to protect ethnic Russians anywhere in the world. But how did these Russians get there to begin with?

In UN Vote, Russia's 'Sphere of Influence' Hedges Its Bets

The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly this week in favor of a resolution condemning Russia's annexation of Crimea. But perhaps more harmful for Moscow, only two of its former-Soviet neighbors voted against it.

Afghans Criticize Government’s Handling Of International Norouz Event

The Afghan government has angered many Afghans by ditching a plan to hold an international Norouz festival in a multimillion-dollar castle specifically built for the event.

Russia's Actions In Crimea Stir Bad Memories In Former East Bloc

From former Soviet republics in the Baltics and Central Asia to the ex-communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, there is renewed wariness about Russia as a result of the Kremlin's military incursion into Crimea.

Central Asian Migrants Feel Pinch Of Kazakh Devaluation

The effects of Kazakhstan's currency devaluation reach far and wide, as migrant workers whose family members depend on remittances have come to find out.

Video Kazakh Bank Run Apparently Latest To Be Fueled By Social Media

Nervous savers have flocked to three banks in Kazakhstan after rumors on social networks said the banks could soon collapse. The incident underlines again the power of social media to move hundreds of people with just a few words, true or false

Interview: 'The Tenge Follows The Ruble'

The devaluation of Kazakhstan's tenge comes close on the heels of the devaluation of another major regional currency, the ruble. Is there a connection? RFE/RL correspondent Charles Recknagel speaks with Alex Nice, a Central Asia expert at the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit.

Money For Medals: How Sochi Athletes Stand To Cash In

It's not just glory that's on offer at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Countries are promising cash awards of up to half a million dollars to athletes who bring home the gold.

In Kazakhstan, Court To Consider Landmark Torture Case

An appeal this week pits authorities in northern Kazakhstan against a local court's unprecedented decision awarding compensation to a construction worker who says he was brutally tortured by police.
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