Russian president Vladimir Putin:  “We would not let anyone destabilise the situation at our home and implement so-called colour revolution scenarios.” Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/EPA/Sputnik/Kremlin pool

Vladimir Putin has claimed the unrest in Kazakhstan last week that killed at least 164 people was the result of foreign meddling, and said a Russian-l(...)

Russian military vehicles move along an airfield in Almaty, Kazakhstan. About 2,500 mostly Russian troops have been sent to Kazakhstan as peacekeepers. Photograph: Russian defence ministry/AFP via Getty Images

Kazakhstan’s authorities said on Sunday the situation was stabilising after the worst political unrest in 30 years of independence, and that troops fr(...)

Protesters clash with Kazakh security forces during a demonstration in the country’s largest city Almaty. Photograph: Alexander Platonov/AFPTV/AFP via Getty

Kazakhstan’s president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has ordered security forces to “shoot to kill” as they quell anti-government protests that he described a(...)

Protesters take part in a rally over a hike in energy prices in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photograph:  Abduaziz Madyarov/AFP via Getty

Russian troops have started arriving in Kazakhstan on a mission to stabilise the Central Asian state amid an unprecedented wave of anti-government pro(...)

Local residents clean a street after it was hit by a missile in Gandja, Azerbaijan near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh province’s capital Stepanakert as fighting continued between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

Major powers have intensified diplomatic efforts to end fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the province of Nagorno-Karabakh, as dea(...)