Poachers sentenced to life for murder of Kazakh antelope defender | AFP

A court in Kazakhstan sentences three poachers to life in prison for beating to death a state ranger charged with protecting the endangered saiga antelope. In a high-profile case that shook the Central Asian nation, a group of poachers attacked two rangers on duty in January last year. One of the rangers, 52-year-old Yerlan Nurgaliyev, died of his injuries in a hospital.

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Kazakh violence puts spotlight on Chinese Muslim minority | AFP

Residents of the Dungan village of Masanchi in Kazakhstan clean up after the February 7 rampage, which resulted in 11 deaths, and saw hundreds of ethnic Kazakh assailants set fire to dozens of homes, shops and livestock in the village inhabited by ethnic Chinese Muslims. The bloody clashes have highlighted underlying tensions in a region where many ethnic groups live side by side, and have left some in the Dungan community wondering what the future holds for them.

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Record breaking US astronaut returns to Earth from ISS | AFP

Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, American astronaut Christina Koch and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano land in the Kazakh steppes as they return to Earth from the International Space Station. Christina Koch of NASA is returning to earth after shattering a spaceflight record for female astronauts by spending almost a year aboard the ISS. IMAGES of the Soyuz capsule returning to earth

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ISS crew return safely to Earth | AFP

A three-man crew including an Emirati who became the first Arab to reach the International Space Station return to Earth safely in good shape. Hazzaa al-Mansoori of the United Arab Emirates touched down in the Kazakh steppes at 1059 GMT along with NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, who both survived a failed launch to the ISS last year.

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Police detain hundreds at Kazakh election protests | AFP

Hundreds of opposition protesters are arrested and bundled into police vans in Kazakhstan, where the first presidential election is held without the participation of its historic autocrat Nursultan Nazarbayev. IMAGES

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Disenchanted youth demand Kazakh ‘wake-up’ ahead of polls | AFP

On Sunday, Kazakh citizens will vote in the first presidential polls in the country’s history not to feature long-reigning strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev as a candidate, but Asya Tulesova, a 34-year-old political activist, says that there are no independent elections in the Central Asian country. Tulesova started a wave of creative, youth-driven protests in Kazakhstan after a court sentenced her and another activist to two weeks in prison in April for unfurling a banner during a marathon in Almaty. The banner’s slogan, “You can’t run from the truth”, became a meme overnight across social media.

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Former Muslim detainee tells of China camp traumas

Omir Bekali, an ethnic Kazakh says he spent several weeks in a Chinese re-education camp in Xinjiang before fleeing to Turkey a year ago. UN experts say China holds one million Muslims in camps in the heavily policed Xinjiang region where most of the country’s ethnic Uyghur, the largest Muslim minority live. But for Omir, his experience in the camp was more about trauma than education.

Rescue mission after Soyuz MS-10 crew emergency landing in Kazakh steppe

Video by Russian Ministry of Defence shows the first moments after the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft performed emergency landing in the Kazakh steppe near the city of Zhezqazghan. Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin & US astronaut Nick Hague emerged from the capsule unhurt, and have since returned to Baikonur. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9ga0

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Kazakhstan embraces Latin script in break with past

Number 76 is one of several pilot schools in the city where a Latin alphabet consisting of 32 letters is being test driven for the country’s state language, Kazakh, which has been written in Cyrillic for nearly 80 years. The long-planned return to Latin, which Kazakh was briefly written in from 1927 after the Bolsheviks phased out Arabic scripts for a number of non-Slavic languages, should be completed by 2025.

Astronauts return to Earth from ISS amid US-Russia tensions

Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut return to earth wrapping up a six-month mission at the International Space Station as tensions between Washington and Moscow threaten a rare area of cooperation. NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos touched down on steppe land southeast of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan at the expected time of 1145 GMT.

Kazakh families torn apart in China’s Xinjiang crackdown

When he looks back on his youth in China’s far-west Xinjiang region, Akikat Kaliolla, an ethnic Kazakh, recalls the place’s natural beauty and the big, colourful weddings typical of his majority-Muslim community. But now Emin County where he grew up is a sealed-off pocket in a region experiencing a security crackdown against what Beijing calls separatist elements.

Kazakh leader touts port on China’s ‘Silk Road’

Speaking at the Caspian port of Kuryk, Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev hails a newly modernised Caspian Sea port which the ex-Soviet country hopes will link up to China’s massive “Belt and Road” infrastructure project.

Cannes: Team behind Dvortsevoy’s “Ayka” walks the red carpet

The team behind Kazakh director Sergey Dvortsevoy’s “Ayka” walks the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. Dvortsevoy — who won many fans and prizes for his 2009 debut “Tulpan” — is vying for the Palme d’Or prize with his new docu-drama about a young homeless single mother adrift in the post-Soviet Central Asian state. IMAGES

‘Example of resilience’: Boy born without legs fulfills football dream by playing with Maradona

Argentine World Cup winner Diego Maradona made a Kazakh boy’s dream come true. Ali Turganbekov, who was born without legs, was invited by his football icon to take part in a training session.

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Instant karma? Wolf ‘rises from dead’ to take revenge on hunter [Warning: Graphic footage]

Watch the moment a wolf that hunters thought was dead suddenly comes back to life to take its revenge: These Kazakh hunters were filming a ‘boastful’ video featuring a wolf they thought they had shot dead, when the animal suddenly ‘resurrected’ to attack them. The animal knocked down one of the hunters but later reportedly died. The video has caused outrage online with many commentators condemning the hunters’ actions.

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Mice eat cash in Kazakh ATM…How much did lunch cost?

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Zones of Hope: Russia, Iran & Turkey agree on Idlib Province de-escalation zone

Deir ez-Zor, Syria has spent 3 years under an ISIS siege, which is now almost over. Humanitarian convoys are delivering aid to the people who have been suffering there.
As the Syrian government regains territory, peace talks being held in the Kazakh capital, Astana have also seen progress.
RT’s Murad Gazdiev reports.

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Russian astronaut Oleg Novitskiy lands in Kazakhstan

A Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft carrying French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy landed on the Kazakh steppe Friday, ending their marathon 196-day mission to the International Space Station. IMAGES OF NOVITSKIY (COMPLETES VID1037241_EN and VID1037284_EN)

Russian, French astronauts back on Earth from ISS

A Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft carrying French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy landed on the Kazakh steppe Friday, ending their marathon 196-day mission to the International Space Station. IMAGES (COMPLETES VID1037241_EN)

Emmanuel Macron watches French astronaut land in Kazakhstan

A Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft carrying French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy landed on the Kazakh steppe Friday, ending their marathon 196-day mission to the International Space Station. French President Emmanuel Macron watched the capsule landing live. IMAGES

Russian, French astronauts back on Earth from ISS

A Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft carrying French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy landed on the Kazakh steppe Friday, ending their marathon 196-day mission to the International Space Station. IMAGES

‘Going to be questionable how US intends to respond’ – ex Pentagon officer on Syria safe zones

The Russian-proposed safe zones in Syria were agreed by the guarantor-states (Russia, Iran and Turkey) during negotiations in the Kazakh capital, and came into force May 5.
Michael Maloof, former Pentagon officer, shares his thoughts on the matter, with RT.
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Syrian armed opposition & Assad govt reps meet for peace talks in Astana

Negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition groups, which include Jaysh al-Islam, a major armed group, have kicked off in the Kazakh capital of Astana as part of an initiative led by Russia, Turkey, and Iran.

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