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Nazarbayev, Obama Discuss Ways to Advance Peaceful Solution for Ukraine Crisis

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev held a late night telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama on Jan. 21 at the initiative of the American side, the Akorda presidential residence announced. The two leaders talked about the situation in the south-eastern Ukraine. According to the Akorda, Obama assured...

KazPost Issues New Stamps Designed by Orphans

ASTANA – A new series of postage stamps designed by orphans to be used by Kazakhstan’s postal service were unveiled on Jan. 14 during a ceremony at the Children’s House orphanage. The four stamps titled “Paintings of Children,” which were produced under the subject heading “Heroes of Kazakh Fairy...

Mazhilis Delegation to Visit Germany, Seek Support for UN Security Council Non-Permanent Seat

ASTANA – Deputy Chairperson of the Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) of Kazakhstan Dariga Nazarbayeva has announced plans to visit Germany in the near future, according to the Mazhilis press service. The news was made public after Nazarbayeva’s Jan. 21 meeting with Ambassador of Germany to Kazakhstan Guido Herz...

Canadian and Longtime Kazakhstan Resident Seek Fitness Success in Astana

GAITHERSBURG, MD – Astana’s newest gym bucks the city’s spa and health centre trends to focus tightly on exercise – and on the city’s underserved middle class. Founder Kevin Freake, a Canadian longtime resident of Kazakhstan, told The Astana Times on Jan. 21 that he opened Xpress Fitness “because...

Almaty to Host Feb. 23-24 Kazakhstan Oil and Gas Summit

Almaty will be hosting the 2015 Kazakhstan Oil and Gas Summit on Feb.23-24 dedicated to developments and opportunities arising across all aspects of the country’s oil and gas sector. The two-day event, consisting of a conference and workshops on current and future oil and gas projects across the state,...

Eurasian Symphonic Orchestra to Tour Spain, Germany, South Korea in 2015

ASTANA – Professor and Rector of the Kazakh University of Arts and founder of Eurasian Symphony Orchestra Aiman Mussakhodzhayeva spoke about the orchestra’s plans for the 2015 at a briefing organised by the Central Communications Services last month. This year, continuing its tradition of promoting Kazakhstan’s image through music,...

Eurasian Economic Union Comes into Force Jan 1, Promising Benefits from Integration

The treaty creating the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) took effect Jan. 1, 2015, with economic borders between Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia becoming significantly thinner. Kyrgyzstan is scheduled to join by May, according to the documents signed in Moscow on Dec. 23. Kazakhstan has been one of Eurasian integration’s biggest proponents. President Nursultan Nazarbayev first…

Astana to Host Feb. 28-March 1 ISU World Sprint Skating Championship

ASTANA – The 46th International Skating Union’s (ISU) World Sprint Skating Championship will be held at Astana’s Alau Ice Palace from Feb. 28 to March 1. “Most likely, Yekaterina Aidova will skate at the tournament because she is uncontested in Kazakhstan,” Head Coach of the Kazakhstan National Team Vadim...

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