12 killed, dozens hurt after jetliner crashes in Kazakhstan

Europe 12/27/19, 11:43

A jetliner with 98 people aboard struggled to get airborne and crashed shortly after takeoff Friday in Kazakhstan, killing at least 12 people, authorities said. The Bek Air jet, identified as a 23-year-old Fokker 100, hit a concrete wall and a two-story building soon after departing from Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city ...

Kazakhstan to have early presidential vote in 2 months

Asia & Pacific 04/09/19, 06:08

Kazakhstan's interim president on Tuesday ordered an early presidential election in two months' time.Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who became the acting head of state after last month's unexpected resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev, said in a televised address to the nation that the vote will be held on June 9.Tokayev hasn't yet announced ...

Russian supply ship reaches space station in record time

World 04/04/19, 12:50

An unmanned Russian spacecraft carrying more than three tons of cargo has set a record time for a trip to the International Space Station, docking with the orbiting outpost in three hours and 21 minutes.The Progress freighter blasted off Thursday from the Russian launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, and docked ...

Kazakhstan leader Tokayev in Moscow for 1st foreign visit

Europe 04/03/19, 09:09

Kazakhstan's interim president is making his first foreign visit since being appointed two weeks ago, meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, formerly the speaker of the upper house of Kazakhstan's parliament, was named the country's leader after the unexpected resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had been in ...

Hazard scores in 100th game as Belgium beats Cyprus

Europe 03/24/19, 17:09

Eden Hazard scored in his 100th international game for Belgium on Sunday, helping his team to a 2-0 win over Cyprus in European Championship qualifying.Hazard curled the ball into the top corner in the 10th minute after receiving a pass from Michy Batshuayi, who held off three Cypriot defenders as ...

20 detained at protests in Kazakhstan

Asia & Pacific 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 ...

Update: Outgoing Kazakh leader’s daughter named speaker

Asia & Pacific 03/20/19, 06:23

The Latest on the change of president in Kazakhstan (all times local):2:20 p.m.The eldest daughter of the outgoing leader of Kazakhstan has been named speaker of the upper chamber of parliament.The Kazakh Senate voted on Wednesday to appoint Dariga Nazarbayeva after the previous speaker was sworn in as interim president.Nursultan ...

New Kazakh president sworn in after longtime leader resigns

World 03/20/19, 02:00

Kazakhstan has sworn in Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as interim president a day after longtime leader Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned.Tokayev, a career diplomat who had been senate speaker, can serve the remainder of Nazarbayev's term ahead of scheduled elections next year.Nazarbayev surprised many by announcing in a televised address Tuesday that he would ...

Kazakhstan’s president steps down after 30 years

Europe 03/19/19, 08:33

Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has ruled the oil-rich ex-Soviet nation of Kazakhstan for nearly three decades, has announced his resignation.Nazarbayev said in a televised address to the nation Tuesday that he has taken the "difficult" decision to terminate his authority as president, effective on Wednesday. He did not give a specific ...

US-Russian crew blasts off to International Space Station

Europe 03/14/19, 14:22

A Russian-American crew of three has blasted off to the International Space Station, making a second attempt to reach the outpost after October's aborted launch.A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch along with Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as planned from the Baikonur cosmodrome in ...

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

Asia & Pacific 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 ...

Boxing faces breakaway threat ahead of 2020 Olympics

Sports 02/09/19, 07:37

Amateur boxing faces a breakaway threat ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after its international federation elected a president accused of ties to organized crime.The federation, known as AIBA, says a "rogue group" led by unnamed "Kazakhstani individuals" has asked national boxing federations to write to the International Olympic ...

Japan’s Kihira rallies for ladies’ title at Four Continents

Sports 02/09/19, 02:16

Japan's Rika Kihira put together a flawless free skate and landed a triple axel to win the ladies' title on Friday night at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championship.Kihira was fifth after Thursday's short program but scored 153.14 points in the free skate and finished with 221.99 points, easily outdistancing ...

China allowing 2,000 ethnic Kazakhs to leave Xinjiang region

Asia & Pacific 01/09/19, 01:00

China is allowing more than 2,000 ethnic Kazakhs to abandon their Chinese citizenship and leave the country, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said, in a sign that Beijing may be starting to feel a mounting backlash against its sweeping crackdown on Muslims in the far west region of Xinjiang.The detention of ...

Switzerland stuns Sweden 2-0 to reach world junior semis

Hockey 01/02/19, 18:47

Luca Hollenstein made 41 saves and Switzerland stunned Sweden 2-0 on Wednesday to advance to the world junior hockey semifinals.Yannick Bruschweiler scored in the first period and Luca Wyss connected in the second in the final second of a power play.Sweden lost after winning all four of its Group B ...

Russia beats Switzerland 7-4 in world junior hockey

Hockey 12/30/18, 23:52

Kirill Slepets broke a tie short-handed early in the third period and Russia added three more goals to beat Switzerland 7-4 on Sunday night in the world junior hockey championship.Russia kept pace with Canada at 3-0 in round-robin play, setting up a showdown Monday night against the defending champion Canadians ...

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