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

Middle East

Syrian war: All you need to know about the Astana talks

As key players in Syria's war meet in the Kazakh capital, can the establishment of 'de-escalation zones' calm violence?

Syrian war: All you need to know about the Astana talks

Asia

Kazakhstan to switch from Cyrillic to Latin alphabet

President announces commission to oversee gradual transition to Latin-based script by 2025

Kazakhstan to switch from Cyrillic to Latin alphabet

Syria's War

Syria talks in Astana aim for lasting ceasefires

Representatives of government and opposition meet again in Kazakh capital with focus primarily on de-escalation zones.

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.