bbc.omc. "Five ways to stay in power in Central Asia" - Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are both expected to re-elect their leaders this spring. Few will be surprised if Nursultan Nazarbayev keeps his job in Kazakhstan - though he's yet to announce he is running again - or if Islam Karimov stays president in Uzbekistan. Both have been in charge since Soviet times and are two of the longest serving leaders in the world. Here are five tried and tested tactics they have used to keep themselves in power.
todayszaman.com. “The future of Kazakhstan being re-designed” - I'm hanging out with some journalists in Almaty. The capital of Kazakhstan may be Astana, but the intellectual and trade center of this country is Almaty. Aside from the daily paper Aikyn, all other Kazakh papers come out once a week. As for Aikyn, it is actually only published five days a week. Kazakhstan is large and the winter is long and tough. Distribution of publications is difficult, which is why most of the papers only come out once a week here.
9news.com.au. “Moist towelette found on WA beach being tested by MH370 investigators” - A Malaysian Airlines hand wipe found on a beach in Western Australia could potentially be a clue in the search for missing flight MH370. An unwrapped moist towelette bearing the Malaysia Airlines logo that washed up on a West Australian beach has been examined in the hopes it could provide a clue to the final resting place of MH370.
reutres.com. “Three French sports stars die in Argentina helicopter crash” - Three French sports stars -- Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat, yachtswoman Florence Arthaud and boxer Alexis Vastine -- were among 10 people killed when two helicopters collided in Argentina on Monday during the filming of a reality TV show. Authorities said it was still unclear what caused the accident in the rugged western province of La Rioja near the Andes mountains.