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Nov 5, 2013

Tajik leader Rakhmon set to extend long rule

DUSHANBE (Reuters) – Tajikistan’s President Imomali Rakhmon is set to win a new seven-year term on Wednesday in a country facing security threats from neighboring Afghanistan and located on a major heroin trafficking route from Kabul to Russia and Europe.

The former head of a state farm, who has been in power since 1992, is running against five little-known, mainly loyal candidates who pose no threat. The only genuine opposition candidate was unable to run.

Oct 18, 2013

Kyrgyz crowd attacks Australian gold miner’s office

ALMATY (Reuters) – A crowd of about 200 people on Friday attacked the local office of Z-Explorer, an Australian company developing a gold field in southern Kyrgyzstan, in what appeared to be another violent conflict over the privatization of the country’s resources.

A subsidiary of Australian-listed Manas Resources, Z-Explorer discovered the Shambesai deposit in 2010 and this year received a license to develop the field, which holds estimated gold reserves of 8.8 tons.

Oct 17, 2013

Kazakh mobile firm KCell says profit falls on dividend payment

ALMATY, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s largest mobile phone
operator, KCell , said its net profit for
January-September fell 2 percent from the same period a year
earlier to 45.13 billion tenge ($294 million).

The decrease in the company’s net profit was due to a
special dividend payment, KCell Chief Executive Officer Ali Agan
told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Sep 5, 2013

Kazakhstan eyes bigger buy for its pension savings on world stage

ALMATY, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Oil-rich Kazakhstan, merging its
private pension funds into a state-run entity, plans to invest
20 percent of the assets abroad in 3 to 5 years, its central
bank governor, Grigory Marchenko, said in an interview.

It compares with today’s 10 percent, he told Reuters. The
money would be invested in listed foreign shares, but not in
private equity or with hedge funds.

Jul 2, 2013

Russia loses $200 mln satellites as launch ends in flames

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (Reuters) – A Russian rocket carrying three navigation satellites worth around $200 million crashed shortly after lift-off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan on Tuesday after its engines suddenly switched off.

The accident led to a large spill of heptyl, a highly toxic rocket propellant, but there were no reports of casualties or of any immediate threat to nearby settlements.

Jul 2, 2013

Unmanned Russian rocket crashes after launch in Kazakhstan

ALMATY, Kazakhstan, July 2 (Reuters) – An unmanned Russian
rocket carrying three navigation satellites crashed shortly
after lift-off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility
in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, spilling its highly toxic propellant.

State-run Rossiya-24 television showed footage of the
Proton-M booster rocket veering off course seconds after
lift-off. It fell apart in flames in the air and crashed in a
big ball of fire near the launch pad.

Jun 3, 2013

Wife of runaway Kazakh oligarch under investigation: prosecutor

ALMATY (Reuters) – The wife of fugitive Kazakh oligarch and dissident Mukhtar Ablyazov is under investigation for involvement in a crime, prosecutors said on Monday, after she and her daughter were deported from Italy last week.

Ablyazov, whose whereabouts are unknown, has accused Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev of ordering the “kidnapping” of his wife and daughter, who are now staying with relatives in the Central Asian state’s commercial capital Almaty.

Jun 1, 2013

Runaway oligarch says Kazakh leader takes revenge on his family

ALMATY (Reuters) – Fugitive Kazakh oligarch and dissident Mukhtar Ablyazov said on Saturday Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev had “kidnapped” his wife and daughter after Italy deported them for passport offences.

Ablyazov, 50, fled the oil-rich Central Asian state after his bank BTA was nationalized and declared insolvent in 2009. The former government minister, who says his life is in danger, was granted political asylum in Britain in 2011.

May 14, 2013

Starman falls to Earth after five-month space odyssey

, May 14 (Reuters) – The Canadian
astronaut who became a music sensation when his zero-gravity
version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” went viral on the web
returned to Earth along with two crewmates on Tuesday after a
five-month stint on the International Space Station.

Chris Hadfield landed safely in central Kazakhstan with his
American and Russian colleagues. Their Soyuz space capsule
descended under an orange parachute and raised clouds of dust as
it ignited an engine to cushion its landing about 150 km (90
miles) southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan.

May 14, 2013

Space trio lands in Kazakhstan after five months in orbit

, May 14 (Reuters) – The first
Canadian astronaut to command the International Space Station
landed safely in Kazakhstan with two crewmates on Tuesday,
wrapping up a five-month mission aboard the International Space

A Soyuz capsule under an orange parachute raised clouds of
dust as it ignited an engine to cushion its landing some 150 km
(90 miles) southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan in central
Kazakhstan at 8:31 a.m. (0231 GMT), Russian television showed in
a live broadcast.