Asia

Syrian opposition refuses to attend Astana talks

The first day of the Astana talks on the six-year-old Syrian war wrapped up without the participation of the armed opposition.

Middle East

Syria rebels cast doubt on attending Kazakhstan talks

Accusing Russia of failing to implement ceasefire, rebels say they might attend talks only if progress is seen soon.

Syria rebels cast doubt on attending Kazakhstan talks

Middle East

Accusations fly at testy Syria talks in Astana

Government and rebel delegations trade barbs over details of shaky nationwide truce during first day of talks in Astana.

First day of Astana summit ends without breakthrough

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan confirms H5 bird flu in wild swans

Two swans were found dead in the coastal city of Aktau in the west of the country, Kazakh agriculture ministry says.

Kazakhstan confirms H5 bird flu in wild swans

Environment

The Aral Sea springs back to life

Successful recovery efforts have brought back the sea and new hope for devastated Aral Sea communities in Kazakhstan.

The Aral Sea springs back to life

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan: 17 killed in series of 'extremist' attacks

Unlike its Central Asian neighbours, oil-rich nation of 18 million has rarely seen attacks by religious hardliners.

Kazakhstan: 17 killed in series of 'extremist' attacks

Kazakhstan

Gunmen launch series of deadly Kazakhstan attacks

Three soldiers and three civilians killed in separate attacks in the mostly Muslim Central Asian nation, officials say.

Gunmen launch series of deadly Kazakhstan attacks

Wild Animals

Did climate change kill over 200,000 Kazakh antelopes?

Scientists say unseasonal rains could have caused the mass deaths of Kazakhstan's endangered saiga antelope.

Politics

Dozens detained in Kazakhstan over land reform protests

Police block protests in major cities over reforms the opposition says will lead to foreigners acquiring too much land.

Dozens detained in Kazakhstan over land reform protests

Opinion

Islamic summit must not fail the Ummah's expectations

Kazakhstan foreign minister calls for unity in tackling Islamic world issues.

Erlan Idrissov

by Erlan Idrissov

Erlan Idrissov

Kazakhstan

Will Kazakh autocrat's daughter succeed him?

Leader says Asia is about "family relations" not democracy as he vows to turn Kazakhstan into a parliamentary republic.

Will Kazakh autocrat's daughter succeed him?

Politics

Kazakhs go to polls with ruling party set for easy win

No hope of change in Kazakhstan as all six parties participating in the poll support the republic's long-serving leader.

Kazakhstan's ruling party set for easy election victory

Reporter's Notebook

Crackdown on dissent in Kazakhstan as economy slumps

Activist jailed for inciting social hatred on Facebook, then released after apology, as dropping oil prices hit hard.

Counting the Cost

Crude reality: Winners and losers in the oil crisis

We explore the demise of oil, from production companies in the North Sea to a former Caspian tiger fallen on hard times.

Business & Economy

Global oil glut leaves Kazakhstan reeling

Many struggling to make ends meet in main city of Central Asian nation whose economy is heavily dependent on oil.