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Iran plans to buy Kazakh uranium ore, seek Russia help to make nuclear fuel.

DUBAI - Iran plans to buy 950 tonnes of uranium ore from Kazakhstan over three years and expects to get Russian help in producing nuclear fuel, its top nuclear official said in remarks published on Saturday.

- Reuters - US

Iran requests 950 tons of uranium from Kazakhstan.

Iran's nuclear chief said Saturday that the country had requested to buy 950 tonnes of uranium concentrate from Kazakhstan over the next three years to help develop its civil reactor program

- The Daily Star - LB

Iran requests 950 tonnes of uranium from Kazakhstan.

The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation says purchase is supposed to happen within three years The post Iran requests 950 tonnes of uranium from Kazakhstan appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Kazakhstan's import of jewelry falls.

- Today.Az - AZ

New hydro power plant to appear in Kazakhstan.

- Today.Az - AZ

President: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan ties dynamically developing.

- Today.Az - AZ

President: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan ties dynamically developing.

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyayev hailed the positive dynamics in the development and strengthening of the Uzbek-Kazakh strategic partnership relations, including in trade and economic areas.

- AzerNews - AZ

New hydro power plant to appear in Kazakhstan.

New hydro power plant with a capacity of 24.9 MW will be built on Turgusun river in the East Kazakhstan region, Development Bank of Kazakhstan said in a message.

- AzerNews - AZ

Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan agree to expand transport connection.

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are keen to use the transit potential more effectively and improve the transport connection between the two countries.

- AzerNews - AZ

Ski jumper Nakamura soars to victory in large hill individual event.

Naoki Nakamura led Japan to a 1-2 finish in the men's large hill individual event at the Asian Winter Games on Friday. Nakamura posted jumps of 141.5 and 123 meters at Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium to earn 255.3 points ahead of compatriot Yuken Iwasa and Kazakhstan's Marat Zhaparov. “I love Okurayama hill and I thought ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Kazakhstan: Police Crack Down on Pickets for Jailed Editor.

Police in Kazakhstan have acted quickly to prevent any public gestures of solidarity with the jailed editor of an independent newspaper, whose supporters fear is being subjected to ill-treatment in prison. On February 23, political activist Yerlan Kaliyev announced his intent to hold a one-man picket in support of Zhanbolat ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Unicase holds subsoil use in Kazakhstan event

Yelyubayev Zhumageldy Sakenovich, managing legal counsel of Eurasia Business Unit of Chevron Corporation,professor of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, andpresident of Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers Association ,ledUnicase's business-breakfast event on subsoil use in Kazakhstan. His practical expertise and ...

- The Lawyer - US

Kazakh Ups Oil Output Forecast for 2017

Kazakhstan's oil output forecast for 2017 jumped up to 81 million tons on Thursday after the Economy Ministry revised its yearly forecast based on 2016 outcomes. The ministry's earlier statistics predicted 79.5 million tons of production for the current year. In 2016, Kazakh oil and gas output reached 78.04 million tons. ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Speed Skater Lee Seung-hoon Wins 4th Gold Medal at Asian Games

Speed skater Lee Seung-hoon won the men's mass-start race on Thursday to claim his fourth gold medal at the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Obihiro, Japan.He became the first Korean to bag seven gold medals in the Asiad, after grabbing three gold medals in Astana, Kazakhstan in 2011.In the mass-start eve...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

Kazakhstan reveals oil production forecast for 2017

- Today.Az - AZ

Kazakhstan reveals oil production forecast for 2017

Resource-rich Kazakhstan has set its oil production forecast for 2017 at the level of 81 million tons. Economy minister of the country Timur Suleymanov said that the increase is mainly due to expansion of production at Kashagan field, the world's largest discovery in the last 30 years, Kazakhstan Today reported.

- AzerNews - AZ

Uzbek president to visit Kazakhstan in March

Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev plans to pay the first state visit as head of state to Kazakhstan in March, said Uzbek First Deputy Prime Minister Achilbay Ramatov.

- AzerNews - AZ

Japan women clobber Kazakhstan to claim bronze medal in curling

Japan cruised past Kazakhstan 17-0 in the women's curling bronze-medal match on Thursday at the Asian Winter Games. A day after suffering a 6-5 defeat to China in the semifinals, Japan ended the tournament by trouncing Kazakhstan, scoring four points in an end twice before the sides shook hands following the eighth end. ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Oil production from Kazakhstan on the rise

Daniel J. GraeberFeb. 23 -- Production from part of the Kashagan oil field in the Kazakh waters of the Caspian Sea should reach capacity by the end of the year, an operating company said.

- UPI - US

Russia successfully launches space freighter after crash

Moscow Feb 22, 2017 Russia on Wednesday successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft taking food and equipment to the International Space Station after the previous such ship crashed to Earth shortly after launch in December. A Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress cargo ship lifted off on schedule at 05:58 GMT from Baikonur ...

- SpaceDaily.com - US

Unsatisfied With Oil Prices, Iraq Calls For New OPEC Meeting

Iraq thinks that OPEC should hold a new meeting to discuss the cartel's oil production cuts, given the fact that the current oil prices are still below expected levels, according to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The price of oil is still below the level that is needed to replenish the budget deficit of Iraq, Kazakh ...

- OilPrice.com - US

The growing economy of Kazakhstan - The Baltic Times

In Kazakhstan, starting of the programme Digital Kazakhstan that will promote development of communications and ensure country-wide access to fi......

- The Baltic Times - US

Kazakhstan expects decrease in inflation

Kazakh National Bank forecasts inflation rate in the country to decrease to 6.5-7 percent in 2017, and to begin to smoothly enter the target range of 5-7 percent in 2018, the bank said in a message on February 22.

- AzerNews - AZ

Russia launches Progress MS-05 cargo mission to ISS

Moscow Feb 22, 2017 The Progress MS-05 space freighter has separated from a Soyuz-U carrier rocket, a spokesperson of Russia's Mission Control Center told Sputnik on Wednesday. Russia launched the Progress MS-05 space freighter to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome earlier in the day. It was the ...

- SpaceDaily.com - US

Kazakhstan: Authorities Resurrect Costly Mausoleum Project

In the teeth of opposition from the public, the government in Kazakhstan has revived costly plans to build what it is billing as a national pantheon' — a mausoleum to house the remains of the country's great and good and dead. Finance Minister Bakhyt Sultanov announced on February 21 that just one phase of the project ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kazakhstan: Jailed Editor Claims He Has Been Beaten

Supporters of a jailed journalist in Kazakhstan have said he has been targeted for physical mistreatment since being detained last week. Authorities accuse Zhanbolat Mamay, editor of Tribuna newspaper, of involvement in fraudulent schemes with fugitive banker and government foe Mukhtar Ablyazov. Mamay's lawyer, Zhanara ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Russian space craft lifts off for international space station

ALMATY - A Russian Progress cargo space craft blasted off for the International Space Station from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, the first such mission since a failed launch in December.

- Reuters - US

Kazakhstan: Rights Groups Harassed

– Kazakhstan's authorities have been abusing tax issues to harass human rights groups, Human Rights Watch said today. Two prominent human rights organizations, the International Legal Initiative Foundation and Liberty, have had tax audits, and the tax authorities appear to be targeting both because of their work ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Kazakhstan's ambassador reiterates stance on Kosovo

Bilateral cooperation is developing successfully between Serbia and Kazakhstan, "and there are no outstanding issues." Serbia's First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and Kazakhstan's ambassador to Serbia based in Budapest, Nurbahom Rustemov, said this during their meeting in Belgrade on Tuesday.

- B92 - SK

Nazarbayev OKs amendments to state budget for 2017-2019

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed the amendments to the republican budget for 2017-2019.

- AzerNews - AZ

Semifinalists decided for men's curling tournament

Taiwan advanced to the semifinals of the men's curling tournament at the Asian Winter Games with a 13-2 victory over Kazakhstan on Tuesday evening. China improved to 5-0 with a 14-5 win over already eliminated Qatar, while Japan lost 8-4 to South Korea. Wednesday's semifinals will see Taiwan's curlers take to the ice at The ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Offensive onslaught: Japan women's hockey squad sets Asian Games record with 46-0 rout of Hong Kong

A drained South Korea fell 1-0 to Kazakhstan to suffer its second straight tough loss in the Asian Winter Games women's ice hockey tournament Tuesday. In the evening's final affair, Japan beat Hong Kong 46-0, an Asian Games record for most goals scored in a single game. China set the previous mark in 2003 with The post ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Kyrgyzstan: President's Remarks Ruffle Feathers in Kazakhstan

Unguarded comments made by Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev in remarks to Euronews while on a visit to Brussels have been greeted with dismay in neighboring Kazakhstan. The flare-up has once again illustrated the persisting underlying tensions within the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union trade bloc, which has to ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Astana talks: Opposition says Syrian government attacks are sabotaging ceasefire

Syrian rebel groups who have participated in peace talks said on Sunday that an upsurge in pro-regime army shelling and bombing was wrecking the prospects of maintaining a Russian-Turkish-brokered ceasefire. Copyright © Saudi Research and Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

- Albawaba - UK

Kazakhstan sees fall in food exports

- Today.Az - AZ

Syrian rebels say army attacks wrecking ceasefire efforts | Reuters

AMMAN Syrian rebel groups who have participated in peace talks said on Sunday that an upsurge in Syrian army shelling and bombing was wrecking the prospects of maintaining a Russian-Turkish-brokered ceasefire.The rebel groups, mostly backed by Turkey, who attended two rounds of talks in the Kazakh capital Astana said they ...

- Firstpost - IN

Kazakh synchro pair wins gold at Baku World Cup

- Today.Az - AZ

Kazakh synchro pair wins gold at Baku World Cup

Kazakh gymnasts Pirmammad Aliyev and Danil Mussabayev have won gold medals in synchronized pairs' event at the World Cup in Trampoline Gymnastics and Tumbling in Baku.

- AzerNews - AZ

Whale-Themed 'Suicide Groups' Present Opportunity for Internet Crackdown in Central Asia

Despite no clear link to actual suicides in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, authorities are dreaming up restrictions.

- Global Voices - US

Japan women overpower Kazakhstan in Asian Winter Games ice hockey opener

Japan got in a good workout on Saturday, knocking off defending gold medalist Kazakhstan 6-0 in the opener of the Asian Winter Games women's ice hockey tournament. Smile Japan, which six days earlier qualified to play in next year's Pyeongchang Olympics and is looking for is first Asian Games gold, dominated the ice, ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Can Kazakhstan Look to Uzbekistan for Economic Dynamism?

Central Asia's borders and Stalin; radio in the region and more; recommended links.

- The Diplomat - US

Russia finds after failed talks in Astana that brokering Syria peace trickier than waging war

With its show of military force, Russia changed the tide of the Syrian civil war. It is finding the next phase , brokering an end to the fighting , a tougher proposition. A round of Syria peace talks sponsored by Russia ended on Thursday with no joint communique, usually the minimum outcome of any diplomatic

- Ya Libnan - US

Watch the Throne: Trans-Caspian Pipeline Meets Succession Politics in Kazakhstan

Pipelines and politics, both foreign and domestic.

- The Diplomat - US

OPEC Ready To Cut Deeper

OPEC is finding itself backed into a corner: the group, it appears, is prepared to extend the oil production cut agreement that is set to expire at the end of June and also increase the cuts, if inventories fail to drop to a specified level, sources from the group told Reuters. The agreement, which also involves 11 non-OPEC ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Kazakhstan: Security Services Set to Boost Corruption-Busting Role

Kazakhstan's National Security Committee, or KNB, is set to receive more powers. Under a government-initiated draft bill now under consideration, the KNB could be authorized to investigate suspected cases of corruption by certain government departments, including the anti-corruption services and the military. First deputy ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Start of Syria talks in Kazakh capital delayed one day

ASTANA - Talks on the Syrian crisis involving Russia, Iran and Turkey that were due to start in the Kazakh capital Astana on Wednesday have been delayed by one day, Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry said without giving the reason.

- Reuters - US

Central Asians See NATO More as Threat than Protection

Central Asians are more likely to see NATO as a threat rather than as a source of protection, according to a new survey. The survey, by the American firm Gallup, polled residents of all the ex-Soviet republics except for Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. All of the Central Asian states saw NATO as more of a threat than as ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kazakhstan: Authorities Arrest Editor of Last Independent Newspaper

Press ReleasesKazakhstan: Authorities Arrest Editor of Last Independent NewspaperFebruary 13, 2017Mamay was arrested February 10 on charges of using his position at the Tribuna newspaper to launder money allegedly embezzled from BTA Bank by business tycoon Mukhtar Ablyazov.

- Freedom House - US

Kazakh Banks Mull Mergers, Lose Licenses in Major Restructuring

With a major merger pending, Kazakh banks are rapidly restructuring, getting ready for tougher competition.

- The Diplomat - US

Assad bows to Russian demand for prisoner swaps with rebels

February 13, 2017, 12:43 PM The Assad regime has finally bowed to Moscow’s demand for prisoner exchanges with the rebels as a confidence-building measure ahead of the coming Syrian peace conference in Astana on Feb. 15-16. DEBKAfile reports that until now, the Syrian government stood adamantly against this concession, ...

- DEBKAFile - IL