20 detained at protests in Kazakhstan

World 03/22/19, 04:26

Media reports say that more two dozen people have been detained in Kazakhstan's capital over a proposed name change.The parliament in this Central Asian nation voted earlier this week to change the name of the capital Astana to Nursultan after the outgoing long-time president. The new president will have to ...

Kazakhstan beats Scotland 3-0 as European qualifying starts

Sports 03/21/19, 12:03

Scotland's hopes of returning to major-tournament football after a 22-year absence suffered a heavy blow Thursday with a 3-0 loss to Kazakhstan in the first qualifier for next year's European Championship.The Kazakhs scored twice in the opening 10 minutes and added another goal in the 51st minute.Scotland — one of ...

Kazakh activist complains of pressure by authorities

Europe 03/14/19, 03:56

A prominent activist from Kazakhstan who is campaigning for the release of ethnic Kazakhs in China says he was forced to sign blank documents under house arrest.Serikzhan Bilash, head of the advocacy group Atajurt, was accused of "inciting ethnic hatred" and placed under house arrest in the Kazakh capital of ...

Kazakh activist campaigning against Chinese camps arrested

World 03/10/19, 05:39

A prominent activist campaigning for the release of ethnic Kazakhs caught in a sweeping crackdown on Muslims in China has been arrested in the Kazakh city of Almaty, his wife and a lawyer said Sunday.Leila Adilzhan told The Associated Press by phone that her husband, Serikzhan Bilash, head of the ...

Kazakhstan says 4-time Olympian arrested in doping raids

Sports 02/28/19, 03:26

The Kazakhstan Olympic Committee says four-time Olympian Alexei Poltoranin is among five skiers arrested in Austrian police raids targeting an alleged doping network.Poltoranin, who has won two world championship medals, was a non-starter at the world championship 15-kilometer race after Wednesday's raids.Samal Nauryzova, a spokeswoman for the Kazakh cross-country ski ...

Syria: West should lift sanctions to help refugees return

Europe 11/29/18, 08:58

Syria's U.N. ambassador on Thursday urged Western powers to lift crippling economic sanctions against the war-torn country if they are serious about helping millions of Syrian refugees to return to their homeland.Bashar Ja'afari spoke in the Kazakh capital of Astana where Russia, Turkey and Iran are holding talks with the ...

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