The New York Times writes a silky story on why negotiators involved in trying to unlock the Iran nuclear talks chose Almaty as their host.
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Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev has appointed Yermukhamet Yertysbayev, one of his main political advisers, as ambassador to Georgia.
When advising the president, Mr Yertysbayev had often floated potential policy ideas to test public reaction to them.
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Kazakhstan will open an embassy in Stockholm later this year, Kazakh foreign minister Yerlan Idrissov said on a trip to the Swedish capital.
Over the past few years, Kazakhstan has invested in its diplomatic service by opening up a series of embassies across the world.
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Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev has made a low-key visit to Israel, the presidential press service has reported.
During a meeting with Israeli president Shimon Peres, Mr Nazarbayev discussed improving economic links between the two countries.
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Kazakhstan plans its first ever military parade for May 7, reports the Tengrinews website.
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In a clear nod that it sees itself as being a global diplomatic player, Kazakhstan will host a new round of talks between Iran and its US-lead rivals later this month.
Feb. 25 is the date scheduled for the new round of on-off talks between Iran and the US, Russia, China, the EU, France and Britain over the Iranian nuclear programme.
WTO chief Pascal Lamy says that Kazakhstan may join the WTO later this year.
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Less than a month after the head of Kazakhstan’s border guards service died in a plane crash, President Nursultan Nazarbayev has appointed a successor.
2012 was a tough year for the border guard agency. It had to deal with the murders of 14 of its soldiers and then the plane crash which killed many of its senior staff.
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A military plane has crashed near Shymkent in southern Kazakhstan reportedly killing 27 people, including the acting head of the border guard service.
News agencies reported that the plane had been flying from Astana when it crashed about 20km from the city of Shymkent near the border with Uzbekistan.
Witnesses said that the weather had been bad.
Twenty military officals, including the head of the national border guard agency Turganbek Stambekov, and seven crew were killed.