Kazakhstan's former Economy Minister Quandyq Bishimbaev has been detained in an alleged bribery case, officials said.
World oil prices have plummeted over concerns that a deal to curb production reached between OPEC, Russia, and other producers will not hold for much longer.
Kazakh oil company workers extended their hunger strike into a fifth day, as they seek to overturn a court decision to close their union. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)
The head of Kazakhstan's Unified Pension Fund and the director of the fund's financial department have been arrested on corruption charges.
Kazakhstan says it has lifted visa requirements for citizens of countries of the European Union (EU) and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as a number of other states.
Authorities in Kazakhstan say that at least nine people were killed when a residential building in the central town of Shakhan, about 200 kilometers southeast of the capital, Astana, partially collapsed.
This past year in Central Asia proved every bit as interesting as it was predicted to be. (The views expressed in this blog post do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL.)
Oil prices saw their biggest annual gain in seven years in 2016 after OPEC joined with Russia and other major producers outside the cartel to curb a supply glut that weighed down the market.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Syrian government and its opponents have signed an agreement on a nationwide cease-fire and a declaration expressing willingness to begin peace talks.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has replaced the country's foreign and economy ministers.
A Kazakh court has sentenced a man to three years in prison for posting critical social-media comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the leaders of several former Soviet republics in St. Petersburg on December 26, a day after the 25th anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.