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Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev waves to audience during a rally in  April, 2015. File photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, announced his resignation on Tuesday saying the oil-rich central Asian nation he has ruled for 30 y(...)

Lydia Boylan of the Ireland team competes in the Women’s Omnium Scratch Race at UCI World Cycling in Hong Kong in April 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

The first of eight Northern Irish riders will line out in the Commonwealth Games on Friday, getting their campaign under way in the Anna Meares Velodr(...)

Erden Kazhybek, the head of Kazakhstan’s Institute of Linguistics, illustrates different spellings of one sound in the Kazakh language in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photograph: Andrea Bruce/New York Times

In his 26 years as Kazakhstan’s first and only president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has managed to keep a resurgent Russia at bay and navigate the treach(...)

 A sculpture  in front of the buildings of sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna in Astana, Kazakhstan. Photograph:   Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov

The largest and richest country in Central Asia, Kazakhstan is opening an embassy in Ireland to expand trade between the two countries, learn how to a(...)

Former  Uzbek president Islam Karimov:  The Soviet-era strongman who had ruled Uzbekistan since before the fall of the Berlin Wall has no official successor. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP

Uzbekistan’s veteran dictator Islam Karimov has died, leaving central Asia’s most populous country in a state of turmoil and political uncertainty. T(...)

World and Olympic champion Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan. Photograph: Getty Images.

After the disappointment of that kick-about in Glasgow on Friday, a change of sporting pace was required over the weekend, one where you wouldn’t be q(...)

Jason Quigley celebrates beating Artem Chebotarev of Russia in their World Championships middleweight semi-final bout in Almaty, Kazakhstan as coaches Zuar Antia, left and Billy Walsh, second left, are interviewed. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Even the austere Kazak guards permitted a small security breach yesterday. Conor Quigley, Jason’s father, was ushered through to meet his son as he wa(...)

Joe Ward (left)  exchanges punches with Julio Peraza of Cuba in their AIBA World Boxing Championships Almaty 2013. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Ireland’s Joe Ward bowed out of the World Championships in Almaty to a slick Cuban, Julio Peraza. A World champion from Baku 2011, Peraza was almost u(...)

Jason Quigley and Joe Ward relaxing in their team hotel ahead of their semi-final bouts today. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho Jason Quigley and Joe Ward relaxing in their team hotel ahead of their semi-final bouts today. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. And here we are, generally lost, on the streets of Almaty, a camera crew(...)

Light-heavyweight Joe Ward after he stopped Russian opponent Nikita Ivanov early in the bout to record a technical knockout. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If the emotional currency of Irish coach Billy Walsh is equilibrium and a clear mind you might say that on days like yesterday at the World Championsh(...)

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