Latest Kazakhstan News

Kazakhstan's acting leader to run for president

Apr. 23, 2019 3:36 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan's ruling party has nominated the interim president to run in the presidential election later this year. The Nur Otan party on Tuesday voted to nominate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who became acting head of state after the long-time leader Nursultan Nazarbayev abruptly resigned...

Golovkin to return June 8 at Madison Square Garden

Apr. 16, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gennady Golovkin will fight for the first time since losing to Canelo Alvarez when he meets Canadian Steve Rolls on June 8 at Madison Square Garden. Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) has been out of action since Alvarez edged him in their rematch last September in Las Vegas. The longtime...

Kazakhstan to have early presidential vote in 2 months

Apr. 9, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan's interim president on Tuesday ordered an early presidential election for June 9 following the unexpected resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev last month. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who became the acting head of state when Nazarbayev resigned, said in a televised address to the nation...

Russian supply ship reaches space station in record time

Apr. 4, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — 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 leader Tokayev in Moscow for 1st foreign visit

Apr. 3, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — 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...

Correction: Trump Investigations-Sater-Lawsuit story

Mar. 27, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story March 26 about Felix Sater, an associate of President Donald Trump, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of a company named in a lawsuit against Sater. The company that was sued is Bayrock Group Inc., which is owned by Sater, not Bayrock Group LLC, a real estate...

13 killed in military helicopter's crash in Kazakhstan

Mar. 27, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Officials in Kazakhstan say a military helicopter has crashed on a training flight, killing all 13 people on board. The Defense Ministry said the helicopter went down Wednesday in the Zhalagash region in southern Kazakhstan, east of the Aral Sea. It added that the Mi-8 helicopter was part of...

Lawsuit: Sater looked to launder cash through Trump projects

Mar. 25, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Soviet-born convicted felon who worked on real estate deals with President Donald Trump was accused in a lawsuit Monday of plotting to use Trump-branded skyscrapers to launder money allegedly stolen from a Kazakhstan bank. BTA Bank and the City of Almaty, Kazakhstan, allege Felix Sater...

World Cup role reversal as Germany wins, Croatia struggles

Mar. 24, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

Germany is winning again, and Croatia is struggling. The World Cup feels like a long time ago. After a year of problems off the field — and humiliation on it — the new Germany is finally starting to look like the old Germany. Grit, determination and Nico Schulz's 90th-minute winner earned the...

Kazakh capital changes name to honor longtime leader

Mar. 23, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan has renamed its capital to Nur-Sultan, in honor of the country's longtime leader who resigned this week. The order to change the city's name from Astana was issued Saturday by interim President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who took power after Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned on Tuesday....