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US State Secretary John Kerry and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©Presidential Press Service
US State Secretary John Kerry meets Kazakh President and PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for the first time in Astana as part of his official tour of five Central Asian countries.

US State Secretary John Kerry meets Kazakh President and PM
Talks at Akorda. President’s Press Service ©
President Nursultan Nazarbayev meets US Secretary of State John Kerry in Astana

It is the first visit to Central Asia for John Kerry and the first ever visit to all the five Central Asian states on a single trip for a US Secretary of State.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev meets US Secretary of State John Kerry in Astana
Turar Kazangapov ©
Kazakhstan isn’t going to mass-produce cosmonauts: head of KazKosmos National Space Agency

However, plans are afoot to keep on training prospective astronauts, including female astronauts.

Kazakhstan isn’t going to mass-produce cosmonauts: head of KazKosmos National Space Agency
Photo courtesy of jogmec.go.jp
Japan and Kazakhstan to explore rare earth metals in Karaganda and Kostanai regions

JOGMEC and Kazgeologiya National Geological Exploration Company are expecting to start exploration works in spring 2016, primarily in territories rich in yttrium in Karaganda and Kostanai regions.

Japan and Kazakhstan to explore rare earth metals in Karaganda and Kostanai regions
US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit Kazakhstan as part of his official tour around Central Asia
US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit Kazakhstan as part of his official tour around Central Asia

It will be the first visit to Central Asia for John Kerry and the first ever visit to all the five Central Asian states on a single trip for a US Secretary of State.

US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit Kazakhstan as part of his official tour around Central Asia
Akorda.kz ©
Kazakhstan’s President invites Japanese companies to partake in privatization of Kazakhstan companies

For the last 10 years the inflow of Japan’s FDI made up about $ 5 billion. The trade turnover between the two nations for the last 7 years totaled $10 billion.

Kazakhstan’s President invites Japanese companies to partake in privatization of Kazakhstan companies
Akorda.kz ©
Japan to construct nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan

January 23,2015 Tengrinews.kz reported that Kazakhstan had started talks with Toshiba, owner of Westinghouse, to construct its first nuclear power plant.

Japan to construct nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan
Photo courtesy of legacy.fox48tv.com
LGBT human rights: freedom or infringement in Kazakhstan?

Article 19, the UK's human rights organization proposed introducing a concept of an anti-LGBT crime to the Kazakhstani Criminal Code.

LGBT human rights: freedom or infringement in Kazakhstan?
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Launch of Balkhash thermal power plant might be postponed

We expected the power plant to be launched in 2018. However, with modernization of the already operating power plants and a decrease in consumption, the actual demand for the Balkhash power plant capabilities will be seen around 2022: Vice Minister of Energy.

Launch of Balkhash thermal power plant might be postponed
Photo courtesy of novostienergetiki.ru
Kazakhstan to define location and strategic partners for its first nuclear power plant in 2-3 years

The actual need for a nuclear power plant will be felt around 2025 given the current power generation and consumption figures: Vice Minister of Energy Bakhytzhan Dzhaksaliyev.

Kazakhstan to define location and strategic partners for its first nuclear power plant in 2-3 years
Turar Kazangapov ©
President Nazarbayev’s Press Office on President’s forthcoming visits

For ten days President Nazarbayev is to visit Doha, Qatar, London, Paris and receive PM of Japan and US Secretary of State in Astana.

President Nazarbayev’s Press Office on President’s forthcoming visits
Turar Kazangapov ©
Kazakhstan’s Central Bank Governor on tenge prospects

We believe the current exchange rate of 277 tenge for USD1 reflects the true market value and is the one the country’s economy benefits from: Kairat Kelimbetov.

Kazakhstan’s Central Bank Governor on tenge prospects
Reuters ©
Standard & Poors no longer takes Kashagan into account when assigning ratings to Kazakhstan

The project is likely to be regarded as ad addition to the current economic growth model that has been recently shaped: S&P’s Associate Director Karen Vartapetov.

Standard & Poors no longer takes Kashagan into account when assigning ratings to Kazakhstan
Akorda ©
We are approaching a more severe crisis than the one we faced back in 2007-2009: President Nazarbayev

According to him, due to falling global prices for hydrocarbons, budget revenues have dropped by 40%. Besides, global prices are falling for major Kazakhstan’s commodities.

We are approaching a more severe crisis than the one we faced back in 2007-2009: President Nazarbayev
Elizabeth Tursynbayeva
Kazakhstan's young figure skater Elizabeth Tursynbayeva wins Skate Canada Autumn Classic

15-year-old figure skater representing Kazakhstan Elizabeth Tyrsynbaeva has come first among ladies at the Skate Canada Autumn Classic.

Kazakhstan's young figure skater Elizabeth Tursynbayeva wins Skate Canada Autumn Classic
Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux. Photo courtesy of ringnews.com
Boxing: Unbeaten Golovkin from Kazakhstan pummels Lemieux to unify titles

Gennady Golovkin from Kazakhstan knocked out David Lemieux in the 8th round, now he wants to rule the middleweight division and make boxing history.

Boxing: Unbeaten Golovkin from Kazakhstan pummels Lemieux to unify titles
Photo © Zhiger Abenov
Kazakhstani boxers at World Championship in Doha

World Boxing Championship 2015 has taken place in Doha, Qatar.

Kazakhstani boxers at World Championship in Doha
Golovkin vs Lemieux. Photo courtesy of vk.com/ggolovkin
Golovkin-Lemieux face off and final press conference

Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs), WBA Super, IBO and WBC Interim middleweight champion has taken part in the final press conference with the IBF titleholder David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) in New York.

Golovkin-Lemieux face off and final press conference
Iran and China to join construction of Kazakhstan's oil refinery
Iran and China to join construction of Kazakhstan's oil refinery

Kazakhstan is to construct its fourth oil refinery in cooperation with Iran and China.

Iran and China to join construction of Kazakhstan's oil refinery
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Denis Ten training in USA for upcoming season

Kazakhstani figure skater Denis Ten is training for the upcoming season in the USA.

Denis Ten training in USA for upcoming season

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