December 29, 2006 -- The Almaty administration today said it is prepared to render aid to victims of the earthquake in Kyrgyzstan earlier this week.
Drug-resistant TB continues to spread in the former Soviet Union, and experts fear the emergence of "extreme drug-resistant" strains.
December 27, 2006 -- The daily newspaper "Izvestiya Kazakhstan" reports today that the country's security service has broken up the Stepnogorsk zhamaat terrorist group that was active in the northern part of the country.
From fighting in Chechnya, Iraq, and Afghanistan to repression in Uzbekistan, Iran, and Belarus, human rights took a beating in 2006.
The Otan party has dominated the political scene since it was founded in early 1999, and as it absorbs other pro-presidential parties, this seem unlikely to change.
December 22, 2006 -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev is cutting short a visit to China due to the death of Turkmenistan's President Saparmurat Niyazov, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reported.
December 20, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Azamat Zhetpisbaev, a correspondent working with RFE/RL's Kazakh Service, has been taken into custody in Kazakhstan.
Geography and economics are increasingly pulling Astana and Beijing closer together.
December 15, 2006 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki today said the next summit of the five Caspian Sea states would take place in Tehran in the first quarter of 2007.
Kazakhstan remembers a bloody crackdown on protesters in the early days of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika reforms.
December 14, 2006 -- Kazakh Foreign Minister Qasymzhomart Toqaev said today President Nursultan Nazarbaev would visit Iran at a date that remains to be determined.
December 14, 2006 -- Kazakhstan and Ukraine today said they were interested in developing joint nuclear projects.