The road to the summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was a torturous one, and many have wondered whether it was worth the effort.
Delegates at the OSCE's two-day summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, had hoped for a breakthrough deal on a new OSCE action plan to strengthen the organization in the future.
With many world leaders and representatives in Astana for the 2010 OSCE summit, security in the Kazakh capital is extra tight.
The OSCE's first summit in more than a decade wraps up today in Kazakhstan, with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev saying that something should be done to prevent the organization from losing its "potential."
The two-day event is aimed at reinvigorating the role of the world's largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raised the issue of imprisoned journalists in Kazakhstan as she arrived in the capital, Astana, ahead of an OSCE summit scheduled to start on December 1.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is in favor of adding more members to the UN Security Council.
Human rights activists and journalists from Kazakhstan and other countries are urging OSCE member states to "increase the efficiency of [their] dialogue" with Kazakh officials about human rights in Kazakhstan.
Prime ministers from Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states have wrapped up an annual meeting by vowing to strengthen ties.
A woman has been arrested for allegedly snatching a newborn baby boy from a hospital in the Kazakh city of Almaty.
A newborn baby has been reported stolen from an Almaty maternity hospital.
Kanat Mukhambetkaliev, 23, was brought to the maximum-security Kushmurun prison in Qostanai Oblast on September 28 and died at a hospital on October 6. An official autopsy cited kidney failure as the cause of death.