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MOSCOW | Kazakhstan president fires govt over low living standards

MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan’s president fired the government Thursday over what he called its failure to raise living standards and diversify away from oil and gas in the Central Asian nation. President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has ruled since the country became independent after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, said he will soon propose … Continue reading MOSCOW | Kazakhstan president fires govt over low living standards

NASA News: NASA Astronaut, Crewmates Returns to Earth After 197-Day Mission in Space

WASHINGTON DC – Three members of the International Space Station’s Expedition 57 crew, including NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, returned to Earth Thursday, safely landing at 12:02 a.m. EST (11:02 a.m. local time) in Kazakhstan. Auñón-Chancellor and her crewmates, Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) and Soyuz Commander Sergey Prokopyev, launched June … Continue reading NASA News: NASA Astronaut, Crewmates Returns to Earth After 197-Day Mission in Space

United States | Kazakhstan’s Independence Day

United States – On behalf of the American people, I warmly congratulate the people of Kazakhstan as you celebrate 27 years of your nation’s independence on December 16. Following President Nazarbayev’s trip to Washington, which charted a path forward for increased cooperation between our two countries, the United States and Kazakhstan have embarked on an … Continue reading United States | Kazakhstan’s Independence Day

United States | U.S.-Kazakhstan Enhanced Strategic Partnership Dialogue

United States – Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Ambassador Alice Wells will travel to Astana, Kazakhstan December 8-12 for the U.S.-Kazakhstan Enhanced Strategic Partnership Dialogue. Ambassador Wells will lead the U.S. delegation, which will include representatives from the National Security Council, USAID, and the State Department’s Bureau … Continue reading United States | U.S.-Kazakhstan Enhanced Strategic Partnership Dialogue

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | The Latest: Soyuz with 3 astronauts docks with space station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — The Latest on the launch of crews to the International Space Station (all times local): 11:45 p.m. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts has successfully docked with the International Space Station following a launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan six hours earlier. NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the … Continue reading BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | The Latest: Soyuz with 3 astronauts docks with space station

TOKYO | Race on: It’s Stockholm vs. Milan-Cortina for 2026 Olympics

TOKYO— After finding it difficult to sell the 2026 Winter Olympics, the IOC finally has two countries that are all in: Sweden and Italy. It’s Stockholm, the capital of Sweden and the self-described capital of Scandinavia, up against a joint Italian bid of Milan — a global fashion capital— and the ski resort of Cortina … Continue reading TOKYO | Race on: It’s Stockholm vs. Milan-Cortina for 2026 Olympics

BAKU, Azerbaijan | 3 crewmembers die on board Iranian ship, 8 hospitalized

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Azerbaijani health officials say three members of an Iranian ship crew have died from acute poisoning and another eight have been hospitalized. The ship contacted Azerbaijani authorities to request assistance while approaching its destination, the port of Baku. An Azerbaijani coast guard boat delivered the ill members of the crew to the … Continue reading BAKU, Azerbaijan | 3 crewmembers die on board Iranian ship, 8 hospitalized

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The NASA astronaut who survived last week’s failed launch and emergency landing says he knew he needed to stay calm. Air Force Col. Nick Hague on Tuesday publicly described his close call. Hague and Russian Alexei Ovchinin were two minutes into their flight last Thursday from Kazakhstan to the International Space … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

MOSCOW | US, Russian crew in Russian space center after failed launch

MOSCOW— A U.S. astronaut and his Russian crewmate arrived Friday at the Russian space center for medical checks following a failed launch that led to an emergency landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan. NASA’s Nick Hague and Roscosmos’ Alexei Ovchinin blasted off to the International Space Station from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on … Continue reading MOSCOW | US, Russian crew in Russian space center after failed launch

MOSCOW | US, Russian astronauts reach Russia after emergency landing

MOSCOW — A U.S. astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut on Friday arrived in the Moscow region following a failed launch to the International Space Station that forced an emergency landing. NASA’s Nick Hague and Roscosmos’ Alexei Ovchinin blasted off to the orbiting lab on Thursday but had to make an emergency landing in their capsule … Continue reading MOSCOW | US, Russian astronauts reach Russia after emergency landing

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | The Latest: NASA exploring flying space station without crew

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan  — The Latest on the failed space launch carrying two astronauts (all times local): 11:00 p.m. NASA says it’s dusting off its plans for flying the International Space Station without a crew after the aborted launch of a Russian rocket taking two astronauts toward the station. Kenny Todd, a space station manager, said … Continue reading BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | The Latest: NASA exploring flying space station without crew

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | US, Russian astronauts land safely after rocket failure

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan— The problem came two minutes into the flight: The rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed Thursday, triggering an emergency that sent their capsule into a steep, harrowing fall back to Earth. The crew landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan, but the aborted mission dealt another … Continue reading BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | US, Russian astronauts land safely after rocket failure

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | The Latest: Space station astronauts kept informed on launch

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — The Latest on the failed space launch carrying two astronauts (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Flight controllers kept the three space station residents abreast of the situation after Thursday’s aborted launch. “The boys have landed,” Mission Control assured the crew consisting of one American, one German and one Russian. Two astronauts from … Continue reading BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | The Latest: Space station astronauts kept informed on launch

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | The Latest: Astronauts to be flown to Moscow after emergency

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan— The Latest on the failed space launch carrying two astronauts (all times local): 5:20 p.m. NASA says two astronauts from the U.S. and Russia will be flown to Moscow after they made an emergency landing. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos‘ Alexei Ovchinin landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan Thursday following the failure … Continue reading BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | The Latest: Astronauts to be flown to Moscow after emergency

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | US, Russian astronauts blast off to space station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — A duo of astronauts from the U.S. and Russia has blasted off for a mission on the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos‘ Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled at 2:40 p.m. (0840 GMT; 4:40 a.m. EDT) Thursday from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster … Continue reading BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | US, Russian astronauts blast off to space station

MOSCOW | Soyuz capsule carrying 3 crew land safely in Kazakhstan

MOSCOW — A Russian space capsule with three men onboard has safely landed in a barren steppe in Kazakhstan after a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. The Soyuz MS-08 carrying Russia’s Oleg Artemyev and NASA’s Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold touched down at 5.44 p.m. Kazakh time (1144 GMT). The two Americans performed … Continue reading MOSCOW | Soyuz capsule carrying 3 crew land safely in Kazakhstan

LAS VEGAS | Golovkin meets an angry Alvarez for middleweight title

LAS VEGAS  — Gennady Golovkin wanted to make Canelo Alvarez angry and perhaps throw him off his fight plan. It worked for the weigh-in, but Alvarez vows he will be in control of his emotions Saturday night in their clash for the middleweight title. Alvarez lunged briefly at Golovkin at the weigh-in on Friday, saying … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Golovkin meets an angry Alvarez for middleweight title

WARSAW, Poland | Poland bans Ukraine activist from Europe, raising questions

WARSAW, Poland— Poland has used its powers as a European Union member to ban a Ukrainian human rights activist from all 26 countries in Europe’s Schengen area, saying she poses a security threat. Critics are accusing the government of misusing the system to intimidate its opponents. The activist, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, and her Polish husband Bartosz … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Poland bans Ukraine activist from Europe, raising questions

U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On July 25, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov on the margins of the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. Deputy Secretary Sullivan and Foreign Minister … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov

U.S. Department of State News: C5+1 Working Group Meetings a Success in Almaty, Tashkent

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement:   From July 20-23, U.S. government officials met with senior delegations from the five Central Asian republics in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to discuss progress under the three C5+1 Working Groups — Environment, Economic Connectivity, and Security.  The C5+1 is the primary regional … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: C5+1 Working Group Meetings a Success in Almaty, Tashkent

U.S. Department of State News: Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh Travels to Greece, Turkey, and Kazakhstan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh will travel to Athens, Greece; Istanbul, Turkey; and Almaty, Kazakhstan, July 16-20. On July 16 in Athens, the Assistant Secretary will meet with government counterparts to discuss U.S. economic priorities and explore means … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh Travels to Greece, Turkey, and Kazakhstan

U.S. Department of State News: United States and China Host Regional Counter Nuclear Smuggling Workshop

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The United States and China jointly hosted a regional workshop on Counter Nuclear Smuggling from July 10 – 12, 2018, at the China National Nuclear Security Center of Excellence outside of Beijing. This collaboration reaffirmed the commitment of both nations to partner together against … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: United States and China Host Regional Counter Nuclear Smuggling Workshop

DZHEZKAZGAN, Kazakhstan | Russian space capsule with 3 crew lands in Kazakhstan

DZHEZKAZGAN, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts from the International Space Station has landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan. The capsule landed at 6:39 p.m. (1239 GMT) on Sunday without apparent problems, descending under a red-and-white parachute. Aboard were Russian Anton Shkaplerov, American Scott Tingle and Japan’s Norishige Kanai, ending … Continue reading DZHEZKAZGAN, Kazakhstan | Russian space capsule with 3 crew lands in Kazakhstan

Serena Williams set for 1st-round match at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. /March 07, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Serena Williams makes her return to the pro tour after a 14-month absence with a first-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday. She will play Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in a night match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Williams has played just one Fed Cup doubles … Continue reading Serena Williams set for 1st-round match at Indian Wells

Canelo Alvarez tests positive for banned drug, blames meat

LOS ANGELES/March 05, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Middleweight boxer Canelo Alvarez has tested positive for a banned drug, and his promoters blame contaminated meat. A voluntary test showed Alvarez had traces of clenbuterol. A statement from Golden Boy Promotions said the amount was consistent with meat contamination that has impacted athletes in Mexico and China. Daniel … Continue reading Canelo Alvarez tests positive for banned drug, blames meat

52 people die in bus fire in Kazakhstan

MOSCOW/January 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A bus fire in Kazakhstan killed 52 people on Thursday in a vast snow-covered steppe, officials said. The tragedy happened near the village of Kalybai in the northern Aktobe region, the Emergencies Department of the former Soviet nation in Central Asia said. Authorities said that only five of 57 people on the … Continue reading 52 people die in bus fire in Kazakhstan

NASA astronaut and 2 Russian cosmonauts return to Earth

MOSCOW (AP)(STL.News) — Three astronauts from the International Space Station have successfully landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan — two from Russia and one from the United States. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Russia’s Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko touched down at 5:20 p.m. local time Monday after spending 173 days in space. NASA’s Peggy … Continue reading NASA astronaut and 2 Russian cosmonauts return to Earth