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Russian rocket crashes in flames after take-off

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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