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Hollywood stars in town for Eurasia International Film Festival

ASTANA – With Hollywood stars like Adrien Brody, Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich in attendance, this year’s Eurasia International Film Festival has attracted quite a bit of attention. The largest film festival in the region, which opened July 22, will run through July 28. The event, typically held in Almaty, is …

Medical trains provide treatment for 28,000 residents in regions nationwide

ASTANA – The Salamatty Kazakhstan and Densaulyk medical train teams provided medical examinations for approximately 28,000 residents including more than 5,193 children during a 96-day period, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) national railway company’s press service reported July 20. The medical campaign covered 95 railway stations in the Karaganda, Mangistau,...

Japan Day at EXPO 2017 gives visitors glimpse of Japanese culture, energy conservation efforts

ASTANA – The EXPO 2017 Japan pavilion gave expo visitors during the July 22 Japan Day a glimpse of Japanese culture. The event was titled “Become a Samurai of Green Energy” and featured traditional Wagakki music, demonstrated a colourful Osaka parade, dances of geishas and performances of samurais and...

Astana to become most attractive city in Eurasia by 2020, says mayor

ASTANA – Urban leaders gathered for the 25th International Assembly of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) Capitals and Major Cities July 13-14 to discuss a new programme of sustainable development as a response to global challenges. Akim (Mayor) Asset Issekeshev spoke on the first day about specific plans for...

Centennial of first attempt to create modern-type Kazakh government reason to reflect on national statehood

The centenary of the Russian Revolution is rightly a major event in the global calendar this year. Tsar Nicholas II’s overthrow and the eventual emergence of the Soviet Union was a seismic event not just for Russia itself, but the entire world. The reverberations from this momentous episode continue to be felt around the globe…

Morocco’s first Ambassador to Kazakhstan focuses on political dialogue, economic relations

ASTANA – Morocco established its first embassy in Kazakhstan at the end of 2016, almost 25 years after diplomatic relations were first established. Morocco’s first Ambassador to Kazakhstan Abdeljalil Saubry, recently discussed his priorities in an interview with The Astana Times “The fact of the opening of the Moroccan...

Kazakhstan creates online platform for wholesale trade in Central Asian region

ASTANA – Entrepreneurs from Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries will no longer need to travel to China, Kyrgyzstan or Uzbekistan to purchase goods, as Central Asian region trade routes will now converge in Kazakhstan. The National Association of Trade Enterprises together with Kyrgyz colleagues is launching a unique...

EIB provides Kazakhstan half $1 billion clean energy financing over last five years

ASTANA – The European Investment Bank (EIB) provided more than 500 million euros in loans to Kazakhstan for its renewable and clean energy initiatives over the last five years, EIB Secretary General Klaus Trömel reported July 24 as he addressed participants of the Future Energy Forum in Astana. With...

FC Astana passes first round of UEFA Champions League qualifications, to meet Legia Warsaw

ASTANA – FC Astana, Kazakhstan’s Premier League title holders, overcame resistance in two matches with FK Spartaks Jurmala to reach the next qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. Few expected the Latvian club could eliminate the Kazakh champions. Through decent performances in the last two seasons, FC Astana...

Hollywood stars in town for Eurasia International Film Festival

ASTANA – With Hollywood stars like Adrien Brody, Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich in attendance, this year’s Eurasia International Film Festival has attracted quite a bit of attention. The largest film festival in the region, which opened July 22, will run through July 28. The event, typically held in...

New Alakol Lake airport opens, meant to boost tourism

ASTANA – A new airport opened July 21 in Usharal to make Alakol Lake more accessible for tourists. The airport is the latest effort to boost tourism at the lake. “Today is a special historical day for the Almaty region. During the visit to our region in 2014, President...