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Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan. ©akorda.kz
Last Soviet boss standing, Kazakh leader still lacks heir

76-year-old Nazarbayev is now the last surviving Soviet-era leader to still be in charge of one of the countries that emerged from the USSR.

Last Soviet boss standing, Kazakh leader still lacks heir
Turkmenistan changes constitution to extend leader's rule
Turkmenistan changes constitution to extend leader's rule

Turkmenistan passed constitutional changes to prolong the presidential term of office.

Turkmenistan changes constitution to extend leader's rule
Strongman's death stirs uncertainty in Uzbekistan and region
Strongman's death stirs uncertainty in Uzbekistan and region

The death of Uzbek leader Islam Karimov after 27 years in charge with no clear successor lined up plunges his homeland into uncertainty.

Strongman's death stirs uncertainty in Uzbekistan and region
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Kazakhstan arrests 21 suspected of plotting terrorist attacks

Kazakhstan has arrested 21 members of radical groups plotting terror attacks in public places.

Kazakhstan arrests 21 suspected of plotting terrorist attacks
Goat polo, tug-of-war as Central Asia readies for Nomad Games
Goat polo, tug-of-war as Central Asia readies for Nomad Games

In a melee of hooves and hands, a scrum of horseriders on the plains of Central Asia wrestle to get control of the ball.

Goat polo, tug-of-war as Central Asia readies for Nomad Games
Olympics: Kazakh boxing golden boy has scar to show for it
Olympics: Kazakh boxing golden boy has scar to show for it

The fourth Kazakh boxer in a row to win Olympic welterweight gold says a deep cut that will scar him for life will be a satisfying reminder of his Rio exploits.

Olympics: Kazakh boxing golden boy has scar to show for it
Kazakhstan's Daniyar Yeleussinov, boxer. ©Reuters
Olympics: Kazakh Yeleussinov wins welterweight gold

Kazakhstan's Daniyar Yeleussinov defeated Uzbekistan's Shakhram Giyasov to win welterweight Olympic boxing gold in Rio.

Olympics: Kazakh Yeleussinov wins welterweight gold
Russia announces first Syria strikes from Iran base
Russia announces first Syria strikes from Iran base

Russian warplanes on Tuesday flew a bombing run from an Iranian airstrip against jihadist groups in war-torn Syria.

Russia announces first Syria strikes from Iran base
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo courtesy of tccb.gov.tr
Russia-Turkey feud: from jet downing to making up

Turkish President Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin hold their first meeting after Ankara's downing of a Russian warplane.

Russia-Turkey feud: from jet downing to making up
Shifting from Russia, Ukraine strikes US nuclear fuel deal
Shifting from Russia, Ukraine strikes US nuclear fuel deal

Ukraine said Thursday it had reached an agreement with the US-based electric giant Westinghouse to build a nuclear fuel production unit.

Shifting from Russia, Ukraine strikes US nuclear fuel deal
Gold medal of Rio Olympics. Photo courtesy of news.e23.cn
Olympics: Weightlifting's doping crackdown for Rio

Overshadowed by the Russian Olympic doping scandal, the sport of weightlifting has been waging its own battle against drug cheats.

Olympics: Weightlifting's doping crackdown for Rio
Almazbek Atambayev. ©RIA Novosti
Kyrgyzstan's president backs referendum on constitution

Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev supported proposed constitutional changes that would limit the power of his office while expanding the mandate of the prime minister.

Kyrgyzstan's president backs referendum on constitution
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Police, cyber firms tackle 'ransomware' hacking threat

Dutch police, Europol and a coalition of cyber security firms launched a new website Monday to fight a surge in "ransomware".

Police, cyber firms tackle 'ransomware' hacking threat
Kazakhstan, Sweden, Bolivia, Ethiopia win UN council seats
Kazakhstan, Sweden, Bolivia, Ethiopia win UN council seats

Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrissov said 'we are very proud to be the first Central Asian country to serve on the council'.

Kazakhstan, Sweden, Bolivia, Ethiopia win UN council seats
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Kazakhstan weightlifting team facing Rio ban over doping

Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus are to be suspended for one year by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

Kazakhstan weightlifting team facing Rio ban over doping
Talgat Ermegiyayev  (С). ©Tengrinews
Kazakhstan jails international expo organiser for corruption

Kazakhstan sentenced a former minister to 14 years in prison for embezzling millions while heading Kazakhstan's preparations for EXPO-2017.

Kazakhstan jails international expo organiser for corruption
Xinjiang residents must submit DNA for passports
Xinjiang residents must submit DNA for passports

Residents of a border district in China's mostly Muslim region of Xinjiang must now provide DNA samples when applying for passports.

Xinjiang residents must submit DNA for passports
Tennis: Putintseva makes first Grand Slam quarter-final
Tennis: Putintseva makes first Grand Slam quarter-final

Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at the French Open.

Tennis: Putintseva makes first Grand Slam quarter-final
Hairatan. Photo courtesy of fglkabul.com
No work, no trade on empty Silk Road in northern Afghanistan

Hairatan, the only crossing between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, is an ominous bellwether of economic activity in northern Afghanistan.

No work, no trade on empty Silk Road in northern Afghanistan
Kyrgyz Parliament. Photo courtesy of platforma.kg
Kyrgyz parliament confirms new PM, government

Kyrgyzstan's parliament unanimously endorsed a new government led by the country's sixth prime minister.

Kyrgyz parliament confirms new PM, government