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Latest Kazakhstan News

Kazakhstan Raises Interest Rates

Kazakhstan's central bank raised its key interest rate from 12 percent to 16 percent on October 2 as it continues to try to bolster its oil-dependent currency, the tenge. More

Kazakh Jailed For Joining Islamic Group

A court in Kazakhstan's central city of Temirtau has sentenced a local resident to three years in jail for being a member of a banned Islamic group. More

Obama, Nazarbayev Discuss Nuclear Nonproliferation

U.S. President Barack Obama and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed nuclear non-proliferation and the conflict in Ukraine at a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly September 29, the White House said. More

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev made his remarks at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Nazarbaev Calls For Nuke-Free World

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev has urged the world to abandon nuclear weapons by the UN centenary in 2045. More

Astana Calls For Unity Against IS

Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov has urged world leaders to unite efforts to combat the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) group. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Goodbye Dollar, Hello Altyn? In Ex-Soviet Union, Possible Future Currency Has Rich Past

For months, there have been calls in Russia for the creation of a single currency for the Eurasian Economic Union, which comprises Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. The proposed name: the "altyn." More

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
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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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