OpenDemocracy - Berlusconi’s l’amico Nursultan, and the Shalabayeva affair - Silvio Berlusconi has had lots of friends, or so he says – l’amico George (Bush), l’amico Tony (Blair), and now l’amico Nursultan (Nazarbayev) of Kazakhstan. The Shalabayeva affair has exposed the cost of this particular friendship.
RIA Novosti - Russian Soyuz-U Supply Rocket Placed on Launch Pad - A Soyuz-U rocket carrying a Progress M-20M space freighter has been installed on the launch pad at the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan in preparation for a supply mission to the International Space Station, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said Thursday.
Radio Free Europe - Jailed Pastor Goes On Hunger Strike In Kazakhstan - A jailed Christian pastor in Kazakhstan accused of using mind-altering drinks to pry donations from a member of his congregation has gone on hunger strike to protest his treatment by authorities.
UK PRwire - Tea in Kazakhstan - Sociological studies show that 99% of Kazakhstan's population drinks tea and half of these consumers drink more than four cups per day.
The Independent - Kazakh leader renews friendship with David Cameron - A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister and President Nazarbayev discussed how they could build on the PM’s visit to Kazakhstan and continue to strengthen relations, especially commercial ties, between both countries.
“They also discussed a number of foreign policy issues, including Iran, Syria and Egypt.”
ANSA - Kazakh refugee status not visible to Italy, says Interpol - Italian authorities could not have known that an Kazakh dissident had been granted refugee status by Britain, Interpol said Wednesday.
Bonino says Italy won't risk Kazakh relations - Protecting a Kazakh dissident's family is a priority but Italy won't take measures that will damage its relations with the oil-rich state, Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said Wednesday.