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"EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut", "Kazakh Defense Minister Fired After 6 Months", “KZ to introduce biometric passport monitoring from 2015”, “KZ develops ties with U.S. state of Pennsylvania”, "KZ plans to remove its remaining airlines out of EU black

October 24 2014, 10:03

bbc.com. "EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut" - EU leaders have reached a landmark deal to cut greenhouse emissions by 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. The binding decision came after heated discussions at a summit in Brussels, as some members had argued that their varied interests should be protected.

eurasianet.org. "Kazakhstan's Defense Minister Fired After Six Months On Job" - Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has removed the country's defense minister Serik Akhmetov after only six months in service, replacing him with the current mayor of Astana, Imangali Tasmagambetov. Nazarbayev gave no explanation for the move, but analysts and inside sources seem to suggest two explanations for the reshuffle: Akhmetov's connection to a corruption scandal and Tasmagambetov's ability to steer the military in what is becoming a difficult time. 

cyclingnews.com. “Kazakhstan to introduce biometric passport monitoring from 2015” - Changes follow doping cases at Astana. In response to three positive doping tests by Kazakhstan riders, the country’s National Anti-Doping Centre along with the Kazakstan Cycling Federation will introduce biometric passport monitoring of domestic professional cyclists from 2015. Astana riders Maxim Iglinskiy and Valentin Iglinskiy both tested positive for EPO while Astana stagiaire Ilya Davidenok tested positive for anabolic androgenic steroids at the Tour de l'Avenir while riding for the continental team. As a result, Astana's WorldTour licence is now under review by the UCI.

akipress.kg. “Kazakhstan develops ties with U.S. state of Pennsylvania” - Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the U.S. Kairat Umarov visited October 21 Lancaster County of Pennsylvania, USA, at the invitation of the state's Congressman Joe Pitts. The sides eyed Kazakh – U.S. bilateral cooperation issues and Mr. Umarov briefed on the latest initiatives of the President of Kazakhstan aimed at improving the investment opportunities in the country.

"Kazakhstan plans to remove its remaining airlines out of EU black list in 2015" - Aviation authorities of Kazakhstan plan to take the domestic airlines out of the EU black list in 2015, according to the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan.

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