Latest Kazakhstan News

Dozens detained in anti-government protest in Kazakhstan

Jul. 6, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — More than one hundred people have been detained at anti-government rallies in Kazakhstan on Saturday amid a continuing wave of public discontent over a perceived orchestrated handover of power. Protests first rocked this Central Asian nation in the spring, when long-time President Nursultan...

Brawl in Kazakhstan oil field leaves 30 Arabs wounded

Jun. 30, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A brawl between Kazakh workers and their Arab colleagues in one of Kazakhstan's largest oil fields has left 30 people wounded and led to an outcry in Lebanon and Jordan, a news agency said Sunday. Videos of the attacks on Arab engineers and workers were widely circulated on social media in...

Canadian, Russian, American back on Earth from space station

Jun. 25, 2019 12:39 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Three astronauts safely returned to Earth on Tuesday after spending more than six months aboard the International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule with astronauts from Canada, Russia and the United States landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 8:47 a.m. (0247GMT), less than a minute ahead of...

3 astronauts head to Earth from International Space Station

Jun. 24, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Soyuz spacecraft carrying astronauts from Canada, Russia and the United States has undocked from the International Space Station and is headed back to Earth. The Soyuz separated without incident from the orbiting laboratory at 2325 GMT (7:25 p.m. EDT) Monday. It is to land in the steppes of...

Arsenal fire in Kazakhstan injures 46, prompts evacuation

Jun. 24, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A fire engulfed a sprawling ammunition depot in Kazakhstan Monday, causing powerful explosions that injured at least 46 people and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands. Authorities in Kazakhstan also halted railway traffic in the area following Monday's explosions at the depot near the...

Kazakhstan updates tally of protest arrests to nearly 4,000

Jun. 18, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Police in Kazakhstan arrested nearly 4,000 people during protests before and after a June 9 presidential election, and 700 were detained for several days, the country's interior minister reported Tuesday. Protests took place in Kazakhstan on election day and continued for several days over...

Kazakh opposition leader vows continued efforts

Jun. 14, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The opposition figure who placed second in Kazakhstan's presidential election says he will work to solidify what he sees as a rising desire to challenge authorities in the country. Amirzhan Kossanov polled only 16% in Sunday's vote, which elected a loyalist of Kazakhstan's longtime leader....

New Kazakh president plans to stay on predecessor's course

Jun. 12, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The new president of Kazakhstan promised during his inauguration Wednesday to continue the course set by his predecessor, who led the Central Asian country since it gained independence in 1991. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took the oath of office three days after an election that took place among...

Kazakhstan: Tokayev named winner of presidency amid protests

Jun. 10, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An ally of Kazakhstan's former president was named winner of the presidential election on Monday in a vote marred by a police crackdown on protesters who criticized the result as an orchestrated handover of power. The Central Election Commission in the Central Asian country said final results...

Preliminary results in Kazakhstan's presidential election show ally of former president win by landslide.

Jun. 10, 2019 2:35 AM EDT
MOSCOW (AP) — Preliminary results in Kazakhstan's presidential election show ally of former president win by landslide.