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Kazakhstan: Country in Central Asia
Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a transcontinental country mainly located in Central Asia with a smaller portion west of the Ural River in Eastern Europe. It covers a land area of 2,724,900 square kilometres (1,052,100 sq mi), and shares land borders with Russia in the north, China in the east, and Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan in the south, while also adjoining a large part of the Caspian Sea in the southwest, it does not border Mongolia, although they are only 37 kilometers apart.


'Very Nice!' Kazakhstan uses Borat to woo tourists [Video]

'Very Nice!' Kazakhstan uses Borat to woo tourists

Kazakhstan has found itself the center of the joke once again with the release of another movie featuring fictional journalist Borat. However, this time the ex-Soviet state is embracing the joke and..

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Soyuz landing brings astronauts back to Earth [Video]

Soyuz landing brings astronauts back to Earth

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts landed by parachute on Thursday (October 22) morning in Kazakhstan, a NASA TV broadcast showed.

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Russia blasts off U.S. astronaut: end of an era? [Video]

Russia blasts off U.S. astronaut: end of an era?

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, in what is the last scheduled Russian flight..

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Kazakhstan tightens restrictions in biggest city on fears of coronavirus second wave

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Kazakhstan has locked down several towns and villages and tightened restrictions in one of its provinces following a spike in fresh COVID-19 cases, authorities said on Thursday, a month after ending a..
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Kazakh police detain dozens of anti-government protesters

Police in Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty detained dozens of anti-government protesters who took to the streets on Saturday even as a new, more liberal law on demonstrations was expected to come into..
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Kazakhstan to ease lockdown next week

Kazakhstan will take down police checkpoints between its regions next week and reopen kindergartens and gyms as it moves to ease its coronavirus lockdown, the government said on Friday.
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Rare snow leopards spotted near Kazakh city amid lockdown

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Kazakhstan, Turkey may resume flights in late June

Kazakh and Turkish airlines may resume passenger flights between the two countries in late June, Kazakhstan's Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development has said, if the novel coronavirus..
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Kazakhstan to reopen mosques, hotels, restaurants, passenger trains

Kazakhstan will reopen places of worship, hotels, and small cafes and restaurants from May 18, the government said on Wednesday, two months after the Central Asian nation began a coronavirus lockdown.
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Kazakhstan ends state of emergency; provinces to oversee lifting of lockdown

Kazakhstan allowed a coronavirus state of emergency to lapse on Monday, authorising cities and provinces to begin lifting lockdown measures depending on their success in curbing the spread of the..
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Kazakhstan keeps lockdown in place as state of emergency ends

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Kazakhstan says spread of coronavirus has slowed

The spread of the novel coronavirus in Kazakhstan has slowed in recent days, the Central Asian nation's government said on Wednesday, indicating it could exit a state of emergency next week.
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Daughter of former Kazakh leader leaves key Senate post

The daughter of Kazakhstan's powerful former president has left her position as speaker of the Senate, a role that led some observers to tip her as a possible candidate for the presidency.
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Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan evacuate thousands over flood

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Kazakhstan summons Chinese ambassador in protest over article

Kazakhstan's foreign ministry summoned the Chinese ambassador on Tuesday to protest over an article saying the country was keen to become part of China, the ministry said.
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Kazakhstan says foils Islamic State bomb attack

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