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January 19 2016

China's economic growth slumps to 25-year low

World's second-largest economy grew 6.9 percent in 2015 with further declines expected as global tumult continues. China's economy grew 6.9 percent in 2015, GDP figures released on Tuesday showed, the lowest level of growth in 25 years.


January 18 2016

​Mysteries of the Milan speed boat and the secrets of one building

At the session of Atyrau regional maslikhat (local representative body) on January 8, the regional Governor Baktykozha Izmukhambetov admitted that special purpose building intended for Internal Affairs Department has been constructed in Nursaya residential district – (see “About sheriff, paid parking, building for police and Italian speed boat", “Police headquarter hasn't been built, but you can sail a million dollar Italian boat …"). Today you will learn all about this “special purpose" building and how much cheaper you can buy any Italian motorboat.


March 1 will be Day of gratitude in Kazakhstan

On this day, Kazakhstan People's Assembly was established.


Chechen Ombudsman did not find in the words of Kadyrov’s threats to opposition

Earlier the head of Chechnya stated that off-system opposition is not interested in the prosperity of Russia and is trying to cash in on the difficult economic situation. Ramzan Kadyrov called on to judge such people for “Subversion".


SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from California

An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Sunday to test upgrades before commercial satellite launch services begin later this year.


Kazakhstan official claims Trans-Caspian route is not aimed at bypassing Russia

Development of a new route to deliver goods from China to Europe via Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine (the Trans-Caspian international transport route) is not aimed at bypassing Russia, First Deputy Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev said on Friday, reports TASS.


Goldman Sachs predicts oil production decline in Kazakhstan

US Goldman Sachs analysts predict a decrease in oil production up to 1.605 million barrels per day (bpd) in Kazakhstan in 2016 and 2017, the bank's report obtained by Trend said.


SpaceX's next few rocket landing attempts will be at sea

SpaceX will be going back to sea landings for a while, despite successfully landing its Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground in December, a company spokesperson confirmed today. That means after the next few Falcon 9 rocket launches, the vehicles will attempt to land upright on one of the company's autonomous drone ships in the ocean.


Financial Times wants Berik Otemurat to find a job abroad

Financial Times warns about the future of Berik Otemurat, ex-chief executive of National Investment Corporation (NIC) of National Bank of Kazakhstan, whowas fired for raising the right question for the country and tend to help to find a job abroad offering his CV.


January 17 2016

Kazakhstan plans oil development in Caspian Sea

Kazakhstan starts to develop oil and gas fields in the Caspian Sea in this year. The Energy Ministry of Kazakhstan Vladimir Shkolnik told that they need analytical research to the development of Kalamkas-Sea oil field which located in the Caspian Sea.


US Treasury imposes new ballistic missile sanctions on Iran

The US Treasury says it is imposing new ballistic missile sanctions on Iran after Tehran released five American prisoners. The move also comes less than a day after some of the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program were removed by the US and EU.


January 15 2016

​13 mln tons of oil to be extracted at Kashagan after 2017

The Kashagan oil field to be launched in Kazakhstan this year, Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Vladimir Shkolnik told at the CCS press conference.


Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and Die Hard actor, dies aged 69

Actor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69, his family has said.


Kazakhstan will mine less oil in 2016

Kazakhstan mined 79,4 million tons of oil in 2015, at the plan of oil production for 79 million tons. Slightly our oil industry companies tried to be ahead of schedule. For 2016, we plan to take into account the exhaustion of fields and mine 77 million tons, Minister of Energy Vladimir Shkolnik told in the briefing held in Central Communications.


Ukraine To Ship Goods To Kazakhstan, Bypassing Russia

Ukraine says it will for the first time ship goods to Kazakhstan along a route bypassing Russia, due to the Kremlin's trade embargo on Kyiv.


Police identify Jakarta attackers

Police in Indonesia have identified four out of five of the Jakarta attackers. Two were previously convicted militants.


About sheriff, paid parking, building for police and Italian speed boat

On January 8 the session of Atyrau regional maslikhat (local representative body) took place.


January 14 2016

Kazakh Company Showcases ‘World’s Most Expensive Chocolates’

They're described as “the most expensive chocolates in the world" – and with a price tag of $14,000 for a collection of six, that title may be entirely justified.


Deputy Speaker of Senate of Kazakhstan elected

Sergey Gromov has been elected today at the plenary session of the Senate of the Kazakh Parliament as the Deputy Chairman of the upper parliamentary house.


Kazakhstan Wealth Fund manager fired

The chief executive of Kazakhstan's National Investment Corp., which was set up to help manage the country's $64 billion oil fund, has been fired.


Kazakhstan Facing An Outflow Of Foreign Investments

In the third quarter of 2015, Kazakhstan recorded an outflow of foreign investments from a number of fields of economic activities. As announced by the National Bank of the Republic on January 11, the sector of oil and gas faced an outflow of net foreign investments in the amount of $118.8 million.


WHO declares end of Ebola epidemic in West Africa

The world breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as a two-year Ebola epidemic that killed 11,000 people and triggered a global health alert was declared over, with Liberia the last country to get the all-clear.


Winning tickets sold in historic $1.5bn US Powerball lottery

The draw has taken place in the US for the biggest single single lottery jackpot in history - $1.5bn (£1.04bn).


Deadly car bomb hits police HQ near Diyarbakir, Turkey

A car bomb blast has hit a police headquarters in south-eastern Turkey, killing five people and injuring at least 39, officials say.


Kazakhstan To Receive $88 Million For Stimulating Productive Innovation

During the recent Astana-based expanded meeting of the Committee on Science and Socio-Cultural Development under the Senate of Kazakhstan, the deputies considered and approved for further consideration a new draft law “On ratification of the Agreement on the loan for stimulating productive innovation concluded between Kazakhstan and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development."


Jakarta attacks: Bombs and gunfire rock Indonesian capital

A series of bomb blasts have rocked the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, with continuing gunfire and reports of further explosions.


January 13 2016

EU launches probe into new Polish laws

The European Commission has opened an unprecedented inquiry into whether new Polish laws break EU democracy rules.


Kazakh company buys Russian operators

The Kazakh broadcaster Alma-TV is understood has acquired a number of operators based in Moscow region.


​International construction consortium of oil projects to be created in Kazakhstan

The international construction consortium of oil projects will be created in Kazakhstan, said Serbolat Shorayev, member of the council of business chamber in Atyrau Oblast.


​Big secret of such a small company

Criminal case against foreign employees of Atyrau branch of BMT ARGOS BV, two British engineers without proper education and appropriate qualification has been suspended.

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North Korea threatens to WIPE OUT the whole of America after hydrogen bomb launch

NORTH Korea has threatened to “wipe out the whole of the US all at once" after “successfully" testing out its hydrogen bomb.


​Italy the first country to be visited by Iranian President Rouhani after landmark nuclear deal

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said he will seize the opportunity to be provided by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's forthcoming visit to Rome to de-escalate Iran-Saudi Arabia tensions.


Lower house of Kazakh Parliament votes for early Parliament elections

Members of the Mazhilis (lower house) of the Parliament of Kazakhstan have unanimously approved an appeal to President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on holding of early parliamentary elections during their plenary session on Wednesday.


Turkey's Erdogan says Russia preparing ground for 'boutique' Syrian state

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once again criticized Russia for its intervention inSyria, a move that he says lays the groundwork to create a "boutique" Syrian state around the northern province of Latakia.


Two US navy boats seized by Iran

The US is seeking the return of two navy boats along with 10 sailors captured by Iran, according to the Pentagon.