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June 18 2015

Reports: Belgium Seizes Russian State Assets In Yukos Lawsuit

Russian media reports say Belgian authorities have seized Russian government assets in connection with a $1.8 billion lawsuit filed by former shareholders of the now-defunct Russian oil firm Yukos.

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​The $10 Bill Will Finally Put A Female Face On U.S. Dollars

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced on Wednesday (June 17) that a woman's face will be featured on the $10 bill in the year 2020 — to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which afforded women the right to vote.

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China 'Hogwarts' Students Embrace Ancient Tradition at Graduation

A Chinese university has earned comparisons with Harry Potter's Hogwarts due to its bizarre castle campus, but local traditions supplied the magic at a Confucian-style ceremony for its degree graduates.

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86 teens committ suicide in 5 month in Kazakhstan

Prosecutor General's Office has reported 86 suicide cases among teenagers in Kazakhstan.

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June 17 2015

India rejects Kazakhstan's offer for Abai oil field

Nearly two years after Kazakhstan blocked India's $5 billion deal to buy stake in the Kashagan oilfield, ONGC Videsh Ltd has said the offer of an alternative mid-sized Abai oil block in Caspian Sea is not attractive enough.

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North Korea drought 'worst in a century'

Amid an ongoing food shortage, North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century. Fears are growing over the crisis as state constraints have caused international aid to simultaneously fall.

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Kazakhstan will not be compensating for expenses to replace pipes at Kashagan: Prime Minister

Kazakhstan's Government will not be compensating the international consortium of companies developing the giant Kashagan oilfield for expenses related to replacement of faulty pipes, the country's Prime Minister Karim Massimov announced today.

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Buried warrior of Oguz period uncovered in Atyrau

A buried warrior of Oguz period was uncovered in Terekty area of Atyrau region.

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​NATO accuses Moscow of dangerous 'sabre-rattling'

NATO's chief Jens Stoltenberg has said Russia's President Vladmir Putin was engaging in destabilizing and provocative activities. Moscow has announced it would add dozens more missiles to its nuclear Arsenal.The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) chief Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday condemned Putin's announcement to add nuclear missiles to his arsenal, saying Moscow was engaging in potentially provocative activities.

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​Kazakhstan to amend legislation to implement ambitious Plan of Nation

Government has addressed the parliament with a request to adopt amendments to the legislation for the implementation of "100 steps of the Head of State" before the end of 2015, this was informed by Prime Minister Karim Massimov at a joint session of the both chambers of the parliament.

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​Fire at local landfill

On June 17, at 7:00am fire broke out at a city landfill in Atyrau.

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Mister Kazakhstan selected in Almaty

The most beautiful young man of Kazakhstan has been selected in Almaty, Tengrinews reports. 19-year-old Bairam Ismailov outstripped other participants and clinched the first place in the contest, becoming Mister Kazakhstan-2015.

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Prosecutor's office started investigation of SCAT plane fire in Aktau

Mangistau transport prosecutor's office began pre-judicial investigation of SCAT airline plane ignition case that took place in the evening on June 16 at Aktau airport.

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Trump jumps in: The Donald's latest White House run is officially on

The real estate mogul and TV reality star launched his presidential campaign Tuesday, ending more than two decades of persistent flirtation with the idea of running for the Oval Office.

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June 16 2015

Death sentence upheld against Egypt's Morsi

Cairo's Criminal Court on Tuesday also confirmed death sentences on a number of leading members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group, including its general guide Mohamed Badie.

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Two banks complete simultaneous transfer of assets in Kazakhstan

JSC Kazkommertsbank (“KKB" or “the Bank") (LSE: KKB; KASE: KKGB), one of the largest banks in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, and JSC BTA Bank (“BTA") today announce they have signed an Agreement on the simultaneous transfer of assets and liabilities (“the Agreement") between the two banks.

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​Kazakhstan and Italy plan to make movie about Marco Polo's travels to Central Asia

Minister of Culture and Sport of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly and Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Italy to Kazakhstan Stefano Ravagnan held a meeting in Astana. The representatives of the two countries discussed the issues of cooperation in the sphere of culture, art and archeology.

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Hate and extremism 'not Islam', says French PM

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stressed today there was no link between extremism and Islam, as he opened a conference aimed at improving ties with France's large Muslim community.

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Greek PM urges creditors to get 'realistic'

Athens will stand its ground until its creditors become "realistic", Greece's premier said Monday, a day after last-ditch debt talks collapsed and raised fears of a Greek default and exit from the eurozone, AFP reports.

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Hard Rock Cafe comes forward in Almaty; will Astana be next?

Hard Rock Cafe has finally flung open its doors in Almaty this weekend. After making a soft entrance in November and becoming the only location of the international brand in Kazakhstan and the entire Central Asia, the iconic American restaurant was finally ready to announce: “We are officially in the city and everyone should know about us."

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Kashagan: ​And now the weather

We published several articles about incredibly favorable attitude of the consortium towards its foreign contractors working at Kashagan project and who, despite serious failures in their activities, again and again become bid winners.

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​Timur Bekmambetov - Director of BEN-HUR's remake visited his home town Atyrau

Famous director and producer who was born in Atyrau and graduated from school named after Kirov, once left to study at the university and later became famous outside of Kazakhstan. Occasionally he returns to his small homeland to visit his numerous relatives and to honor the memory of his mother who is buried here. He also visited the office of “Atyrau Zharyk" (local power company) where his father worked for many years. Power engineering specialists established a memorial board in memory of his father - Nuruakhit Bekmambetov and showed it to his famous son.

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Almaty gaining in bid for 2022 Winter Games

Almaty, the former Kazakhstan capital that has been cast as a huge underdog to Beijing in the two-horse race for the 2022 Winter Games, apparently gained considerable ground with its presentation at last week's International Olympic Committee executive board meeting in Switzerland, where approximately four-fifths of the full membership was present.

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Jeb Bush announces presidential bid in Miami

Florida's former governor Jeb Bush formally joined the 2016 presidential field on Monday in Miami.

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Nepal reopens historical sites following deadly earthquakes

Monday, June 15, marked an important and significant moment for Nepal. Less than two months after two devastating earthquakes struck the Himalayan nation, hundreds of damaged monuments were reopened at heritage sites.

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