akpress.org. “Two Uzbeks, one Kazakh arrested in New York for attempt to join ISIS” - Two young men living in Brooklyn were arrested on Wednesday and charged with plotting to travel thousands of miles to fight under the banner of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, the U.S. Department of Justice said 25 February. A third Brooklyn man was charged with helping organize and fund their activities.
hrw.org. “Kazakhstan: Journal Loses Shutdown Appeal” - Court Ruling a Blow to Media Freedom. Kazakh authorities have closed and suspended critical media outlets one after the other. Protecting and upholding the right to freedom of speech means ensuring that even the most provocative media are able to carry out their work free from undue interference and fear. The February 26, 2015 decision by an Almaty appeals court to uphold an order to close a media outlet known for its critical articles weakens media pluralism in Kazakhstan. ADAM bol (“Be A Person”), an independent weekly, is the latest media outlet to be shuttered in Kazakhstan since late 2012, when authorities began a concerted crackdown on free speech and critical voices in the country.
inform.kz. “Kazakhstan to introduce PIAAC” - Kazakhstan is set to introduce the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) in the nearest future. "One of the directions of our cooperation with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is the sphere of education and science. Currently, we implement a number of projects on assessment of students' achievements, such as PISA, TIMSS," Vice Minister of Education and Science Takhir Balykbayev told the journalists in the Akorda presidential residence.