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Kazakhstan, said on Tuesday, it was interested in establishing a new export route to carry its growing surplus of oil across the South Caucasus and the Black Sea to Europe.

BTA Bank , the second-largest bank in Kazakhstan, sought bankruptcy protection in the United States to protect itself from U.S. creditors while it restructures $11.6 billion of debt at home.

Sauat Mynbayev, Kazakhstan's energy minister, questioned the need for the Central Asian country to maintain its world leadership in uranium production.

aloijev160Das Mittelalter scheint noch nicht überwunden zu sein: Anno 2004 wird eine junge Frau und Mutter namens Anastasiya Novikova von Wien nach Beirut gebracht und in ein als Folterkammer umgebautes Zimmer gesperrt.

14012010With attacks against journalists around the world on the rise, it is no surprise that Central Asian journalism is becoming ever more dangerous.

mapkazThe Kazakh Prosecutor-General's Office has formally asked legal experts to rule on whether media reports about the lease of agricultural land to China were defamatory, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

 

ahmadinejadIran has described as "baseless" a report that it is seeking to clandestinely import 1,350 tons of purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan.

 

yadertabletKazakhstan has taken on a new role as the world in uranium production -- and the achievement could not have happened at a worse time. (photo: A worker at Kazakhstan's Ulba Metallurgical Works shows nuclear fuel pellets.)

 

ekipajHuman Rights Commissioner of Kazakhstan has sent a letter to the Ombudsman of the Kingdom of Thailand in which he asks to provide assistance in ensuring all-round and objective consideration of the incident connected by arrest of four Kazakh pilots.

 

ablyazov2It is like Doctor Faustus' pact with Mephistopholes: immediate benefit to be paid for in treacherous longer-term loss. But should the pact, preliminarily agreed upon between the current state-controlled board of BTA Bank, materialise, those who created the current mess will still be in charge of the process getting out of it. A mere glance at BTA's figures still looks very much like an anti-Hamlet scenario - with the Danish royalty surviving, Duncan holding the strings from abroad and no Fortinbras available to make a fresh re-start. Will the rest be silence...?