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Latest Kazakhstan News

Kazakhstan Formally Joins WTO

The WTO General Council has approved oil-rich Kazakhstan's membership on July 27, finalizing almost 20 years of negotiations. More

Graft Hearing Starts Against Kazakh Ex-PM

A Kazakh court began a preliminary hearing on July 27 in a case against former Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov, who faces corruption charges. More

HRW Denounces ‘Climate Of Fear’ For LGBT People In Kazakhstan

A leading human rights group has criticized Kazakhstan for failing to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people from violence, discrimination, and abuse. More

People examine a car damaged by the landslide in Almaty.

Hundreds Evacuated In Almaty Outskirts After Mudslide

Hundreds of residents on the outskirts of the southeastern Kazakh city of Almaty have been evacuated after a mudslide hit the area. More

South African Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu is honorary chairman of the U.S.-based nonprofit group and had pleaded with committee members to reverse their previous vote and give the group access to UN premises and conferences.

Freedom Now Wins UN Bid Despite Russian, Kazakh Opposition

The United Nations has approved accreditation for Freedom Now, which works to free prisoners of conscience around the world, in a victory for the United States and a defeat for Russia, Kazakhstan, and other opponents. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Audio Are The Central Asians The Losers In SCO Expansion?

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) added its first two new members at a summit on July 10 -- India and Pakistan. Some of the leaders at the summit were pleased to point out that the member states of their organization now accounted for nearly half the world's population. More

Kazakhstan: Economic Crisis, State Companies, And The Nation’s Image

As Central Asia’s regional economic crisis deepens, the Kazakh economy has started to crack and it's led the Astana government to take a series of steps designed to mitigate the effects of the crisis. More
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Features & Commentary

'IS Babies' -- The Chilling New Trend Among Islamic State Militants

The sharing of baby and toddler photos has become a disturbing new phenomenon among Islamic State recruits who've come from the Russian Federation and Central Asia.

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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