Russian rocket crashes in flames after take-off

A screenshot of the failed launch from Russian television.

A Russian rocket carrying three navigation satellites worth around US$200 million crashed shortly after lift-off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan on Tuesday after its engines suddenly switched off.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

CNPC to pay over US$5b in Kashagan oil stake

An artificial island at the Kashagan oil project in the Caspian Sea. Photo: Reuters

Chinese state oil firm CNPC will buy a stake in Kazakhstan’s giant Kashagan oil project, through back-to-back deals with Kazmunaigaz through which ConocoPhillips will exit, the Kazakh state oil firm said.

2 Jul 2013 - 10:42am

Veteran Hong Kong broker Tony Espina to take charge of Kazakhstan lender

Tony Espina, former chairman of the Securities Association, is owner of the local brokerage firm Goldride Securities. Photo: David Wong

Low market turnovers have forced many share brokers to look overseas for new opportunities, but few have ventured abroad as far as Tony Espina, who will take charge of a Kazakhstan lender next month.

Espina, a former chairman of the Hong Kong Securities Association and owner of local brokerage firm Goldride Securities, will become chief executive of ATF Bank, a lender in Almaty.

17 Apr 2013 - 4:56am

Kazakh aristocrat gives struggling French label Vionnet a new life

Goga Ashkenazi has big plans for Vionnet. Photo: Nora Tam

For years, the fashion industry has been ruled by the Big Boys' Club, a group of powerful men that includes the likes of LVMH chief Bernard Arnault, Tod's owner Diego Della Valle, Only the Brave's Renzo Rosso and Kering's François-Henri Pinault.

15 Apr 2013 - 9:59am

Sinopec to buy overseas assets from parent

Sinopec's profits fell last year.

China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec) is to expand its overseas investments by acquiring oil and gas exploration assets in Kazakhstan and Russia from its parent for close to US$3 billion.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:33am

Iran announces nuclear talks, open to ‘authentic’ US meet

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran has never pulled back from negotiations on its nuclear plans. Photo: AP

Iran on Sunday announced fresh talks with world powers on its nuclear drive and said it was open to an offer from the US for two-way discussions if Washington’s intention was “authentic”.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said the six world powers planned to resume talks in Kazakhstan on February 25, and he insisted that Iran had never pulled back from the negotiations.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Kazakhstan military plane crash kills all 27 on board

Kazakhstan An-72 military transport jet, the same model as the plane crashed yesterday near Shymkent. Photo: AFP

All 27 people on board a Kazakh military jet that crashed while carrying the Central Asian state's top border guard officials have died, the state security service said yesterday.

The victims included the acting head of the Kazakh federal border service Turganbek Stambekov and his wife.

27 Dec 2012 - 3:57am

Russian Soyuz space capsule touches down in Kazakhstan

US astronaut Joseph Acaba (left) and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin pictured shortly after landing near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan. Photo: AFP

An international three-man crew onboard a Russian-made Soyuz capsule touched down successfully on the cloudless central Kazakhstan steppe on Monday morning after 123 days at the International Space Station.

A fleet of Russian Mi-8 helicopters deployed from towns near the landing site ahead of the capsule’s arrival early Monday morning to ensure swift interception.

17 Sep 2012 - 4:52pm

Air Astana direct flights to Kazakhstan boost HK links to Central Asia

Air Astana direct flights to Kazakhstan boost HK links to Central Asia

Tourism and business links between Hong Kong, South China and Central Asia have been strengthened following the launch last week of direct flights by Air Astana between Hong Kong and Kazakhstan.

8 Sep 2012 - 2:28am

The Chinese girl who gave Kazakhstan a Games lift

Chinese sports fans were left to rue the one that got away yesterday after Olympic weightlifter Zulfiya Chinshanlo claimed the women's 53kg clean-and-jerk gold medal for Kazakhstan at the London Games.

Chinshanlo, who won by breaking her own world record with a lift of 131kg, was born and bred in China under the name Zhao Changling, according to Xinhua.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

HK score a double whammy

Rugby's expedition into the heartland of Kowloon ended in a double-edged victory for the game. On the field they hammered Kazakhstan into submission with a 55-0 victory and, off it, the fans turned up in sizeable numbers to mark a successful homecoming to Mong Kok Stadium.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

HK ring changes in bid to beat Kazakhstan again

If a week is a long time in politics, a year can be a lifetime in rugby as Hong Kong will realise as they run out to meet Kazakhstan in their final encounter in the 2012 HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition at Mong Kok Stadium today.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am

Win sets UAE up for Top Five next year

The United Arab Emirates celebrated their maiden win at the HSBC Asian Five Nations when the newly formed union scored a 24-10 upset win over Kazakhstan in Abu Dhabi.

1 May 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong open Five Nations with victory in Almaty

Hong Kong began their HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition on a winning note by defeating 13-man Kazakhstan 23-10 in Almaty yesterday.

Tries from new captain Tom McColl and Peter McKee helped Hong Kong pull off a stunning victory over the hosts, who finished runners-up to Japan last year.

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong face hard slog in Kazakhstan

A gruelling 13-hour journey to Almaty was just the beginning of the hard slog that awaits Hong Kong in their opening encounter in the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition today.

New captain and outside centre Tom McColl knows they can expect no favours from Kazakhstan, who will be determined to make the trip back to Hong Kong even more painful for the visitors.

23 Apr 2011 - 12:00am