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U.S. Export Bank, Expiring June 30, May Be Revived In Senate Vote

The supporters of the U.S. Export-Import Bank have enough votes in the Senate to revive it and will get a chance to do so, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said June 29. More

A debut presentation of the new Russian news agency Sputnik in Moscow on November 10, 2014

Russian Soft Power In Central Asia

The Kremlin surprised many with the media machine it unleashed on the world after pro-Moscow Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in 2014. How is it working in Central Asia? More

U.S. Loans For Big Eurasian Projects May Soon Dry Up

A crucial source of financing may soon no longer be available for purchasing expensive equipment needed for farming in Ukraine, earth-moving in Kazakhstan, and oil and gas operations in Russia and Iraq. More

A protester wearing a mask of Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in a rally in protest against Russian actions in Crimea in St. Petersburg in March 2014.

Video U.S. Rights Report Slams IS Militants, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Among Others

In a new report, the U.S. State Department strongly criticizes Islamic State (IS) militants -- as well as the Russian, Iranian, and Azerbaijani governments -- for human rights abuses. More

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev (file photo)

Nazarbaev Hails End Of WTO Talks

President Nursultan Nazarbaev has hailed the "new horizons" opening up to Kazakhstan after the country completed 20 years of talks on joining the World Trade Organization. More

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Dead Or Just Deadbeat? Kazakh IS Widows In Limbo After Husbands' 'Martyrdoms'

While the relatives of Kazakh men reported killed in Syria say government officials won't give "IS widows" benefits because they don't have official documents proving their husbands are dead, officials say it is the wives themselves who won't step forward to confirm their husbands are missing in Syria. More

Kazakh IS Militant Shows Himself Burning His Passport

An Islamic State (IS) militant who claims to to be from Kazakhstan has posted photographs of himself on social media burning a Kazakh passport that he says is his. More
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Features & Commentary

Videos Lift Veil On Bride-Snatching

Two compelling videos posted online appear to show instances of bride-snatching in Kazakhstan, where legislation does not prohibit the practice.

Photogallery What Is Killing Off Kazakhstan's Rare Antelope?

Herds of one of Central Asia's most iconic animals, Kazakhstan's saiga antelope, are dwindling rapidly and no one seems to know why.

Postcommunist Kids Are No Know-It-Alls, After All

The survey's results appear to dash the widely held assumption about the former communist countries of Europe that while they performed poorly in many areas, at least students there were well educated in math and science.

For Victory Day, Post-Soviets Show Their Colors -- Just Not Orange And Black

Red, purple, pink, blue-and-gold. Many people in post-Soviet countries are choosing any color, it seems, for their Victory Day symbols -- just not the orange-and-black of Russia's St. George ribbon.

Quality, Not Just Quantity, For Kazakh Hero Moms

Having a large family is cause for celebration, but Kazakhstan is no longer rewarding hero moms unless they can prove they are good parents.
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