Business Insider - Kazakhstan Economy: Laying The Golden Egg - KAZAKHSTAN'S capital, Astana, celebrated its 15th anniversary on July 6th with a petrodollar-fuelled party. It happened also to be the 73rd birthday of the country's strongman president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who commissioned this epitome of surreal bombast rising from the Central Asian steppe.
IHS Jane's - Kazakhstan mulls A400M, orders more C295s - Kazakhstan is considering the acquisition of two A400M military transport aircraft and establishing a maintenance and service facility for Airbus Military aircraft, the Kazakhstani defence ministry announced in early July.
UNICEF - Kazakhstan on track to achieve Millennium Development Goal to reduce child mortality - The preliminary estimate of UN IGME indicates that the under-five mortality rate of Kazakhstan declined by 65% from 54.1 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 18.7 in 2012. The data show that Kazakhstan is on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goal target to reduce the under-five mortality rate by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015.
Eurasianet - Kazakhstan: Astana and Fugitive Banker Argue over Fate of Wife - Astana and fugitive oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov are engaged in an escalating war of words after Italy expressed contrition for deporting his wife and daughter to Kazakhstan.
The Moscow Times - Kazakhstan Won't Let Oligarch's Wife Return to Italy - Kazakhstan has said the wife of fugitive former minister and oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov could not leave the country because she was under investigation, and Ablyazov said his wife and daughter were in danger.