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PHOTO GALLERY: What Is Killing Off Kazakhstan's Rare Antelope?

Photogallery Saiga Antelope Death Toll In Kazakhstan Reaches 85,000

The death toll in a mysterious mass deaths of critically endangered saiga antelopes has risen sharply to 85,000, according to authorities in Kazakhstan who are still unsure of the cause. More

Tajik Prosecutor-General Yusuf Rahmonov

Tajik Lawmakers Back Tajik-Chinese Extradition Deal

Tajikistan's parliament has unanimously approved a Tajik-Chinese agreement on the mutual extradition of suspected and convicted felons. More

The total saiga population was thought to have fallen as low as around 21,000 in 2003, when the species was declared critically endangered.

Kazakh Saiga Die-Off Reaches 20,000

The death toll in a sudden die-off of critically endangered saiga antelope is nearing 20,000, according to authorities in northern Kazakhstan who are still unsure of the cause. More

The Stalin statue being boxed up for storage on May 16.

Kazakh Villagers See Restored Stalin Statue Fall Again

A group of Kazakh villagers lovingly restored their hometown's crumbling Stalin statue, but local authorities didn't let it stand for long. More

The saiga antelope is listed as critically endangered, with an estimated 50,000 or so roaming the Eurasian steppe after years of unrestricted hunting following the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union.

Antelope Deaths Top 10,000 In Kazakhstan

The toll in a startling die-off of saiga antelope went above 10,000 after authorities in Kazakhstan found thousands of carcasses of the critically endangered species in a northern region. More

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Still One Big Obstacle To Turkmen Gas To Europe

“The Caspian Sea is a sea of peace and friendship.” Top officials in the five Caspian littoral states -- Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan -- have been repeating that line for two decades. This mantra is about to be put to the test. More

Brutal Assault Galvanizes Kazakh Public

In a contribution to Qishloq Ovozi, Matthew Kupfer looks at the strong reaction of people in Kazakhstan, and further afield, to the brutal beating of a young man in the Kazakh capital. More
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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.

New Chinese Bank Becomes Major Headache For U.S.

China's decision to establish a new China-led development bank for Asia is causing major headaches in Washington. As countries -- including, now, Russia -- rush in to join the bank before a March 31 deadline, the United States looks increasingly isolated.

U.S. Reassesses Central Asia Strategy

The State Department says it has completed a review of U.S. policy toward Central Asia at a time of economic and political uncertainty in the region.

Kazakhstan Suspends Measles Vaccination Campaign After Many Students Fall Ill

A compulsory measles-vaccination campaign has been suspended in Kazakhstan after some 100 teenagers reportedly fell ill after being inoculated. Despite protests by parents, however, health authorities are determined to resume the campaign within days.
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