Eurasianet - Kazakhstan Joins European Football Elite - The 5-3 aggregate victory over Albanian champions KF Skënderbeu on August 6 guarantees Shakhter Karagandy, champions of Kazakhstan's Premier League for the past two seasons, a place in the group stages of UEFA’s Europa League. If Shakhter makes it through the playoff round at the end of August, it could even advance to the exclusive Champions League.
Why Are Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan So Split on Foreign Mining? - Tajikistan likes to brand itself as the last Central Asian Eldorado, a place that (once the deep-pocketed foreigners get over their corruption concerns) will be swimming in hydrocarbon and mineral wealth – or at least look something like Kazakhstan.
Group Leisure - New tours to Turkmenistan with Cox & Kings - Cox & Kings is to launch a new escorted tour to Turkmenistan in central Asia; a ten-day holiday comprising a train journey through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
ABC News - Fake Kazakh Millionaire Suspect in Heiress Jewelry Theft - A man posing as a millionaire from Kazakhstan and who traveled in a chauffeured Bentley is believed to have swiped $750,000 worth of jewelry while pretending to want to buy the luxurious London home of Petro Ecclestone.
The Diplomat - A “Little Africa” in Southern China - Guangzhou, one of China’s largest cities and a main manufacturing hub in the Pearl River Delta, is home to over 20,000 Africans who hail from West African countries such as Nigeria, Mauritania, Mali, and Guinea.