The events of April and May 2016 were a shock to many inside and outside the Kazakhstan who had come to believe that such massive demonstrations of discontent were no longer possible there.
The U.S.-based democracy monitor Freedom House says only 13 percent of the world’s population live in countries with a free press.
The press rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is warning that media freedom is increasingly threatened under authoritarian regimes as well as in countries regarded as models of democracy.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has called for a legal ban on types of Islamic dress that he says are not compatible with Kazakh traditions.
Heavy floods have hit regions across northern Kazakhstan, destroying hundreds of buildings, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people, and leading to accusations of a botched state response.
American astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin are to spend five months at the International Space Station.
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian and an American reached the International Space Station on April 20, completing the first two-man flight to the ISS in more than a decade.
China, which is hosting a summit on its New Silk Road plan next month, announced on April 18 a list of mostly Asian leaders who will attend.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has begun a two-day visit to neighboring Kazakhstan.
A six-year prison term handed down to former Kazakh Journalists' Union chief Seitqazy Mataev has been shortened by two years and eight months.
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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has ordered the authorities to come up with a Latin-based alphabet for the Kazakh language by the end of 2017, marking a major shift after nearly 80 years with a Cyrillic-based alphabet.