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Sacha Baron Cohen as  Borat promoting his first film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, in 2007. Photograph:   Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Kazakhstan, the home country of the fictional Borat Sagdiyev, has adopted the brash, moustachioed character’s catchphrase – “Very nice!” – for a new t(...)

Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo (L) and his players hug after their Europa League clash against Olympiakos in Wolverhampton, Britain. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Wolves will be forced to play with a depleted squad if they qualify for Europe next season, after being found in breach of financial fair play (FFP) r(...)

Chinese epidemic control workers  hold up signs as a non-national woman and her child arrive to a residential compound as part of quarantine measures, in Beijing. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

More than 7.96 million people have now been reported to have been infected by the new coronavirus globally, and 433,292 have died, according to the la(...)

Rescuers working at the site of an airplane crash near Almaty airport, some 20km from the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday. Photograph: Handout/EPA

A passenger jet carrying 98 people crashed into a building shortly after take-off from Almaty International Airport in Kazakhstan on Friday morning, k(...)

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(...)

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