Kazakhstan’s interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev shakes hands with former president Nursultan Nazarbayev: snap presidential election is due in June. Photograph: Mukhtar Kholdorbekov

Kazakhstan’s ruling party Nur Otan has nominated interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to stand at a snap presidential election in June, virtually g(...)

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was named Kazakhstan’s interim president   after the surprise resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev after 30 years. Photograph: AP

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was sworn in as interim president of Kazakhstan on Wednesday as the former Soviet central Asian nation prepared to celebrate the(...)

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(...)

 Chinese premier Li Keqiang, Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe and German chancellor Angela Merkel, who delivered a blistering critique on Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ vision.   Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Fifty one EU and Asian leaders on Friday sent out a defiant alternative vision championing global co-operation and commitment to common international (...)

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Russia Vladimir Putin  and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow   in Kazakhstan,  August 12th. Photograph:  Epa/Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin/Pool

Iran and four ex-Soviet states, including Russia, agreed in principle on Sunday how to divide up the potentially huge oil and gas resources of the Cas(...)

Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev recently ordered that his country’s language dump its modified Cyrillic script in favour of the Latin alphabet. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Endangered apostrophe

These are uncertain times for the humble apostrophe – those suspended squiggles rejected by George Bernard Shaw as “uncouth bacilli” and dismissed by (...)

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(...)

Uzbek president Islam Karimov is believed to have had a stroke. Some journalists citing reliable sources say he is dead and succession plans are secretly being made. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/AFP/Getty Images

Since emerging from the ruins of the Soviet Union a quarter of a century ago, central Asian states have rarely, if ever, marked their sovereignty amid(...)

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