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Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrisov (left) and Yukiya Amano, head of the IAEA, pose after signing an agreement to establish a bank of low-enriched uranium in Kazakhstan on August 27.

Kazakhs To Host First Nuclear Fuel Bank

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Kazakhstan have signed an agreement to create the world's first bank of low-enriched uranium in the ex-Soviet nation to ensure fuel supplies for power stations and prevent nuclear proliferation. More

Astana In Champions League Group Stages

Astana has become the first Kazakh soccer team to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League, Europe's premier club competition. More

Pakistani Prime Minister Due In Kazakhstan

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is due to arrive in Kazakhstan on August 25 at the start of a two-day visit. More

China is the world's second-largest economy and a major engine of growth for commodity producing countries from Russia and Kazakhstan to Iran, Iraq, and Brazil. (file photo)

Global Stocks Plunge Further On China Economic Woes

A nearly 9 percent dive in China shares sent world stocks and commodity prices plummeting on August 24, with Wall Street suffering its worst day in four years. More

Kazakh Currency Recovers A Bit

The Kazakh national currency has recovered some of its massive losses against the dollar with a 15 percent rise, despite the country's stock-market slump. More

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Audio Central Asia's Economic Crisis Arrives

When the price of oil started falling and Russia's economy began to weaken in 2014, it was clear the five Central Asian states would face economic difficulties. But Kazakhstan's recent devaluation, coupled with China's sudden downturn, herald the start of the bad economic times the region has been dreading. More

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
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Features & Commentary

The Rise And Rise Of FC Astana

Soccer fans burst into the streets of the Kazakh capital to celebrate after FC Astana became the first Central Asian team to advance to the group stage of Europe’s Champions League, the most exclusive club tournament in the world.
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Hard Times: Why Are Commodity-Exporting Countries In Trouble?

As commodity-exporting countries worldwide face problems, Kazakhstan is the latest to feel the economic pain.
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Tenge Fever: Kazakhs Anxious Despite Slight Rebound In National Currency

Ordinary Kazakhs express dismay and criticize their government following Astana's decision to abandon a fixed exchange rate to devalue the national currency, the tenge.
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Photogallery By The Numbers: Almaty's Winter Olympics Bid

What would make Almaty's hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics a historic milestone? How many minutes would it take athletes to travel to most competition areas? Here's a rundown of the answers to these and other questions ahead of the July 31 decision on whether Almaty or Beijing will host the games.
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Photogallery Mixed Feelings About Almaty 2022 Bid

As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decides between Almaty and Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, many Kazakhs are excited about the prospect. But others say the investment required to sell Almaty as a suitable site would be better spent improving living standards.
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'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.
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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.
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