Projecting its military might, Kazakhstan hosts a military parade for the first time since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
May 7 is also a new bank hoilday celebrating the Armed Forces — Defenders of the Fatherland Day.
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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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A gold medal win by an ethnic Chinese weightlifter competing under the Kazakh flag has stirred controversy in China, CNN reports
Kazakhstan sends humanitarian aid to Tajikistan — Asia Plus