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Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Kazakhstan will withdraw from interstate organizations threatening its independence: Nazarbayev

Our economy needs new markets, that’s why we strive for economic integration, not a political one: Kazakhstan President.

Kazakhstan will withdraw from interstate organizations threatening its independence: Nazarbayev
East Timor bids farewell to peacekeepers after 13 years
East Timor bids farewell to peacekeepers after 13 years

The UN ends its peacekeeping mission in East Timor Monday after 13 years of boots on the ground in Asia's youngest nation following a bloody transition to independence.

East Timor bids farewell to peacekeepers after 13 years
Hillary Clinton congratulated Kazakhstan people on Independence Day on behalf of U.S. President
Hillary Clinton congratulated Kazakhstan people on Independence Day on behalf of U.S. President

I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Kazakhstan as you celebrate your Independence Day this December 16: Clinton.

Hillary Clinton congratulated Kazakhstan people on Independence Day on behalf of U.S. President
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Zhanaozen town in Mangistau oblast will not be celebrating the Independence Day December 16

Last year Zhanaozen and Shetpe village in Mangistau oblast were a scene to riots resulting in 15 deaths, with more than 100 people badly injured.

Zhanaozen town in Mangistau oblast will not be celebrating the Independence Day December 16
Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. ©RIA NOVOSTI
First new political party formed in Turkmenistan in 20 years

A new political party was formed for the first time in Turkmenistan since the isolated ex-Soviet state won independence in 1991.

First new political party formed in Turkmenistan in 20 years
Indian PM pledges to attract more foreign investment
Indian PM pledges to attract more foreign investment

Indian PM Manmohan Singh used his Independence Day speech on Wednesday to promise to improve conditions for foreign investment in the country after a sharp downturn in economic growth.

Indian PM pledges to attract more foreign investment
A painting of Mahatma Gandhi as part of Independence Day celebrations. ©REUTERS/Babu Babu
India buys Gandhi archive to halt auction

The Indian government has stepped in to buy a collection of thousands of letters, papers and photos relating to Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi ahead of its planned auction in London.

India buys Gandhi archive to halt auction
US congratulates SSudan on a year of independence
US congratulates SSudan on a year of independence

The United States on Sunday sent its congratulations to South Sudan as the African nation was set to mark its first year of independence, but said "significant challenges" lay ahead for Juba.

US congratulates SSudan on a year of independence
Obama hails Americans, military on Fourth of July
Obama hails Americans, military on Fourth of July

President Barack Obama hailed the selfless dedication of the US military's "9/11 generation," on a scorchingly hot July 4 holiday Wednesday as Americans gathered to celebrate Independence Day.

Obama hails Americans, military on Fourth of July
South Sudan's Vice President Riek Machar. ©REUTERS/Mike Segar
Conflict, economic woes, in tough first year for South Sudan

The world's youngest nation South Sudan has had a rough first year: border wars with the North, internal violence and shutdown of the oil production its economy depends on.

Conflict, economic woes, in tough first year for South Sudan
Algeria celebrates anniversary with musical, fireworks
Algeria celebrates anniversary with musical, fireworks

Algerian celebrations to mark 50 years since gaining independence from France kicked off on Wednesday with a giant open air performance inspired by the liberation struggle, followed by nationwide fireworks displays.

Algeria celebrates anniversary with musical, fireworks
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Kazakhstan 'placed' in North America

An Independence Day poster has been hang in Atyrau Oil and Gas Institute.

Kazakhstan 'placed' in North America
Difficult decades are coming: Nursultan Nazarbayev

The world will face a new technological revolution in the coming 10-15 years: Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Difficult decades are coming: Nursultan Nazarbayev
Photo by Danial Okassov©
Triumphal arch opened in Astana

Triumphal arch called Mangilik Eli opened in Astana on December 16.

Triumphal arch opened in Astana
Kazakhstan Senate speaker Kairat Mami
Foreign leaders congratulated Kazakhstan on Independence Day

Senate speaker Kairat Mami read the greetings to Nursultan Nazarbayev and the audience in the Independence Palace.

Foreign leaders congratulated Kazakhstan on Independence Day
Beshbarmak dish. Photo from culinary website
Astana Beshbarmak aims for Guinness Book

Astana cooks will make beshbarmak on the Independence Day aiming to get into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Astana Beshbarmak aims for Guinness Book
20 years of Kazakhstan's independence medal. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Over 20 thousand people will receive 20 Years of Independence medals in Kazakhstan

Creation of the anniversary medal called 20 Years of Kazakhstan’s Independence was initiated by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Over 20 thousand people will receive 20 Years of Independence medals in Kazakhstan
Almaty. ©RIA Novosti
Life of most of Almaty residents improved during independence years

Over 80 percent of Almaty residents say that their life has improved during the years of independence.

Life of most of Almaty residents improved during independence years
Photo by Danial Okassov©
Kazakhstan takes 4 days off on the Independence Day

Kazakhstan residents will have 4 days off for Independence Day this year.

Kazakhstan takes 4 days off on the Independence Day
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Astana sells patriotic cactuses prior independence anniversary

One of the florist's shop in Astana started selling cactuses of patriotic colors.

Astana sells patriotic cactuses prior independence anniversary