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A Wet and Warm Spring, Then 200,000 Dead Saigas
Scientists identified bacteria that caused a mass die-off of the endangered antelopes in Kazakhstan in 2015. But the mechanism that made the bacteria so deadly is not understood.
Kazakhstan Cheers New Alphabet, Except for All Those Apostrophes
A switch from the Cyrillic to Roman script is wildly popular in Kazakhstan. But in a country where almost nobody challenges the president, his policy on apostrophes is being assailed from all sides.
A Visa-Free Zone Welcomes Your Wallet. But Maybe Not Your Beard.
Itâs unusually easy to enter a special economic development zone between China and Kazakhstan, unless your garb suggests you have Islamist leanings.
Chinaâs Ambitious New âPortâ: Landlocked Kazakhstan
In a wilderness of frozen desert, China and Kazakhstan are reviving a Silk Road land bridge between Asia and Europe, reshaping trade and geopolitics.
Kazakhstan Prizes Its Cowboys, but Few Want to Saddle Up for Harsh Life
Kazakh cowboys, while proud of providing their rapidly modernizing nation with a link to its nomadic past, rarely want their children to follow them onto the frigid steppes.
A Radioactive Cloud Wafts Over Europe, With Russia as Chief Suspect
High levels of a substance called ruthenium 106 detected over the Continent have prompted concern about a possible cover-up by Moscow.
Can a Giant Science Fair Transform Kazakhstanâs Economy?
With Expo 2017, the former Soviet Republic is trying to wean itself from oil and create a new global financial hub.
Russia Reaches Deal for Syria Safe Zones, but Some Rebels Scoff
The top United Nations envoy for Syria said the deal was a âpositive step.â But some rebels said it left too many loopholes for the government.
âTurkish Trump,â a Hotel Plan and a Tangle of Foreign Ties
President Trump pledged that his business would avoid overseas deals during his tenure. But his company is pursuing a hotel project with a firm with deep foreign connections.
Kazakh Capital, a Post-Soviet Creation, Is Growing Real Roots
In 1993, Kazakhstanâs president moved the capital to what is now Astana, blending elements of its Islamic roots with a dose of a personality cult.
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