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WATCH LIVE: Manchester United vs Astana UEFA Europa League game

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Bookmark this page to catch the UEFA Europa League opener of Manchester United and FC Astana live for free

RETURN. Manchester United faces the returning FC Astana in their Champions League opener. File photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Kazakhstan renames capital as new president takes office

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:59 PM

(UPDATED) The Central Asian nation's senate also appoints ex-leader Nursultan Nazarbayev's eldest daughter Dariga as speaker, setting her up as a potential contender to succeed her father

INTERIM PRESIDENT. Kazakhstan's Senate chairman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev takes the oath as Kazakh interim president during a ceremony in Astana on March 20, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Nursultan Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan's authoritarian modernizer

Mar 20, 2019 - 8:08 AM

As ruler of Kazakhstan for almost 30 years, he is responsible for turning the Central Asian country into an energy powerhouse while governing with little tolerance for opposition

Syria demands 'immediate' withdrawal of Turkey troops

Oct 15, 2017 - 12:11 AM

Turkish troops entered Idlib on October 12 as part of efforts to enforce a so-called 'de-escalation zone' agreed by rebel backer Ankara and regime allies Russia and Iran

TURKEY MILITARY. Turkey-backed Syrian rebels are preparing for an operation to oust jihadists from the northwestern province of Idlib. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

'Sorriest team I ever played against': Netizens rage after Astana import bashes PH team

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:47 PM

BC Astana import Justin Carter didn't exactly endear himself to basketball fans in the Philippines.

LOW BLOW. Justin Carter calls Chooks to Go the 'sorriest team' he'd ever played against, but it was Carter who shot 3-of-21 from the field. Photo from Carter's Facebook

Ravena, Austin lead Chooks to Go comeback over Kazakhstan in FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Team Philippines opens up the tournament with a 73-65 win over BC Astana.

STRONG START. Isaiah Austin posts a double-double of 17 points, 18 rebounds and 6 huge blocks in the win while Kiefer Ravena led the team in scoring with 22 points. File photo from Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

U.S., Russia agree on ceasefire in southwest Syria

Jul 08, 2017 - 10:03 AM

The agreement includes areas that have seen Israel retaliate for stray fire into the Israeli occupied Golan Heights from recent clashes between Syrian regime forces and rebel fighters

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (C-R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C-L) hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Erdogan: Turkish army close to taking ISIS-held town

Feb 12, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says it is only a matter of time before the alliance of Turkish forces and rebels takes control of Al Bab

Turkey-backed-opposition fighters advance in an armoured personnel carrier on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of al-Bab in a bid to enter the city and retake control of it from the Islamic State (IS) group on February 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Saleh ABO GHALOUN

Three-way bid to boost Syria truce after Astana talks

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:44 PM

UPDATED Russia Turkey and Iran also backs the participation of the armed rebel groups at a new round of peace talks set to be hosted by the United Nations in Geneva next month

Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov (C) reads a final statement on Syria peace talks as UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (R) looks through his papers in Astana on January 24, 2017. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Syria rebels vow to keep fighting if talks fail

Jan 23, 2017 - 8:22 PM

UPDATED If the negotiations succeed then we are with the negotiations rebel spokesman Osama Abu Zeid says If they don t succeed unfortunately we ll have no choice but to continue fighting

ASTANA TALKS. Spokesman for Syrian armed opposition groups Osama Abu Zeid looks on as he addresses a press conference in Ankara on December 29, 2016. File photo by Adem Altan/ AFP

Syria regime, rebels set for first face-to-face at Astana

Jan 21, 2017 - 4:26 PM

The objective is to consolidate the ceasefire and to involve rebel field commanders in the political process to end the bloodshed

MURAL. Syrian artist Aziz al-Asmar works on a mural depicting the war in his country ahead of the start of the Astana peace talks, on January 19, 2017, in the Syrian rebel-held town of Binnish, on the outskirts of Idlib. Photo by Omar haj kadour/AFP

30 dead in ISIS assault on east Syrian city

Jan 15, 2017 - 12:10 AM

The brutal attack in Deir Ezzor comes as the political opposition said it supported upcoming peace talks in Astana Kazakhstan

Moscow threatens payback for blocked funds transfer

Apr 02, 2014 - 3:58 PM

Moscow threatens retaliation against US diplomats after JP Morgan a US bank blocked a transfer of funds by a Russian envoy

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