Inside Story

Why did Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev resign?

Nursultan Nazarbayev ruled Kazakhstan for almost three decades but he has resigned, surprising many.

Kazakhstan

New Kazakh president: Astana should be renamed to 'Nursultan'

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposes renaming capital Astana to 'Nursultan' in honour of ex-leader Nursultan Nazarbayev.

New Kazakh president: Astana should be renamed to 'Nursultan'

Nursultan Nazarbayev

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev steps down - or did he?

With Nursultan Nazarbayev giving up some of his powers, questions are arising as to who will succeed him.

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev steps down - or did he?

Europe

Kazakh president resigns after three decades in office

Nursultan Nazarbayev announces shock resignation in televised address, hands over power to speaker of upper house.

Asia

Russia, Turkey and Iran hold talks on Syria in Astana

Moscow is pushing for breakthrough on UN constitutional committee that it can sell to the West.

Syria's War

Russia, Turkey, Iran to hold Syria talks next week

Two-day Astana conference to begin on November 28 with participation of 'guarantor countries' and Syrian delegations.

Russia, Turkey, Iran to hold Syria talks in Astana next week

Kazakhstan

Soyuz crew in lucky escape after mid-air rocket failure

The space travellers landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan after a Russian booster rocket failed.

Environment

An unprecedented Uzbek techno festival on the Aral Sea

A Soviet-era story explains how the Aral Sea became a ship graveyard. Young Uzbeks are now trying to revive the water.

Deserted Aral Sea hosts electro gig with environmental twist

ISIS/ISIL

Do Central Asian leaders use ISIL threats for political gain?

Analysts say opposition is purged in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan whenever there is a perceived threat.

Do Central Asian leaders use ISIL threats for political gain?

Inside Story

Will the Caspian Sea deal hold?

Five countries have agreed to share resources of the oil-rich, but landlocked, Caspian Sea.

Will the Caspian Sea deal hold?

Europe

Five-nation deal paves way for tapping Caspian riches

Five states sharing Caspian shoreline sign deal on legal status of inland body of water, agreeing to keep it exclusive.

REWIND

Silent Bombs: Kazakhstan's Polygon Legacy

Decades of nuclear bomb testing by the Soviet Union have left a damaging fallout in Kazakh children generations later.

Asia

Dozens killed in Kazakhstan bus inferno

Bus en route to Russia bursts into flames in Kazakhstan's Aktobe region, killing 52 Uzbek citizens.

Bus fire kills 52 Uzbeks in Kazakhstan

War & Conflict

Syrian opposition doubts new Astana talks will bring real change

A final session of the seventh round of talks aimed at ending Syria's six-year war has taken place in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana.

Syria's War

Syria's warring sides meet for fresh talks in Astana

Seventh round of Syria peace talks brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran have begun in the Kazakh capital Astana.

Syria's warring sides meet for fresh talks in Astana