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