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Kazakhs push PH spikers down to battle for 7th

Aug 31, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The Philippine women's volleyball team absorbs a five-set heartbreaker against Kazakhstan in the 2018 Asian Games classification round

HIT. Mylene Paat tries to get one past the Kazakh's defensive wall. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Clarkson-less Gilas crushes Kazakhstan in Asian Games

Aug 16, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Stanley Pringle fuels the Philippines' early breakaway against Kazakhstan at the start of men's basketball action

KEY COG. Stanley Pringle plays a key role on both ends. Photo from Asian Games website

Guiao: Even sans Clarkson, PH 'ready' vs Kazakhstan

Aug 15, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Bunched with powerhouse China in Group D, the winner between the Filipinos and the Kazakhs will likely determine who will advance into the quarterfinals

WAITING GAME. Filipinos will have to wait for a few more days to witness NBA player Jordan Clarkson make his Philippine team debut. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


5 Caspian Sea states sign landmark convention

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) The deal will settle a long-lasting dispute on whether the Caspian is a sea or a lake, which means it falls under different international laws

Locator map of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan

Suspect held over Olympic figure skater's murder

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:22 PM

A suspect has been detained for the fatal stabbing of 2014 Sochi Olympics bronze medalist Denis Ten

GREAT LOSS. Kazakh skating star Denis Ten died in the hospital after medics fought to save his life following the attack.Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Olympic figure skater stabbed to death

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The 25-year-old Denis Ten, who won a bronze in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, was fatally attacked by car thieves

TRAGEDY. Family, friends and fans across the world mourn the death of Kazakh skating star Denis Ten. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Canelo Alvarez is a dope cheat, says middleweight king Gennady Golovkin

Mar 21, 2018 - 10:52 AM

In explosive comments at his secluded mountain training camp in Big Bear, Golovkin says Alvarez enjoys preferential treatment throughout his career by authorities in Nevada

ACCUSER. In this file photo, Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan shows his title belts following his WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship fight with Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

Alvarez, Golovkin promise fireworks in May 5 rematch

Feb 28, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Both fighters vow that judges will not be a factor when they climb into the ring again at Las Vegas's T-Mobile Arena in what is likely to be one of the fights of the year

CLASSIC. Boxers Canelo Alvarez (left) and Gennady Golovkin take part in a news conference at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live to announce their upcoming rematch on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Canelo Alvarez to face Gennady Golovkin in middleweight title rematch

Jan 30, 2018 - 4:22 PM

The sensational sequel puts Golovkin's World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Council crowns up for grabs

REMATCH. In this file photo, Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan shows his title belts following his WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship fight with Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. John GURZINSKI / AFP

52 people killed in Kazakhstan bus fire

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:52 PM

(UPDATED) All those who died are believed to be Uzbek nationals, an interior ministry official tells Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency. Kazakh media meanwhile report they were migrant workers travelling to Russia.

BUS FIRE. A handout picture provided by the Kazakh emergency situations ministry on January 18, 2018 shows a charred bus on a road in the region around the city of Aktobe.  Handout photo by Kazakhstan's emergency situations ministry/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Follow Rappler’s blog for live updates on the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA Asia Champions Cup match-up on Friday, 9:45 pm!

Golovkin puts titles on the line in Vegas debut

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:11 AM

Gennady Golovkin says It is the biggest fight of my career

UNBEATEN Gennady Golovkin overcame the toughest challenge of his career to retain his middleweight belts. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

The fight goes on for PH volleyball after Asian Seniors stint

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The Philippine volleyball team has nothing to be ashamed of after giving Kazakhstan a tough fight in their final match at the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship

ON TO MALAYSIA. “Meron pa tayong SEA Games, bawi lang nang bawi. Laban lang nang laban," says Alyssa Valdez. Photo by Jerrick Esguerra/Rappler

Philippines falls to Kazakhstan again, finishes 8th in Asian Seniors

Aug 17, 2017 - 12:33 PM

The Philippine team wraps up the country s hosting of the Asian tourney with an 8th place finish

SPIKED. Kazakhstan tops the Philippines for the second time in the tournament, relegating the Philippines to eighth place. Photo by Jerrick Esguerra

Vicente proud of PH team for showing heart against seasoned Kazakhstan

Aug 12, 2017 - 4:16 PM

The Philippine coach believes exposure against top teams like Kazakhstan will help the squad in future tournaments

PROUD. Despite the loss, Philippine coach Vicente says he's still proud of the team for their determined effort against Kazakhstan. Photo by Jerrick Esguerra/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - Asian Senior Volleyball Championship

Aug 11, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Relive the Philippine national volleyball team s stand against the higher ranked Kazakhstan crew

Photos by Jerrick Esguerra/Rappler

PH volleyball team falls to Kazakhstan in Asian Seniors

Aug 11, 2017 - 7:04 PM

The Philippines still qualifies for the tournament s quarterfinals and the 2018 Asian Volleyball Cup

SPIKED. Mika Reyes and Kim Fajardo attempt to block a Kazakh player's spike. Kazakhstan handed the Philippine squad its first loss of the tournament. Photo by Jerrick Esguerra/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship 2017

Aug 10, 2017 - 6:54 PM

The Philippines looks to remain unbeaten when the national team faces Kazakhstan on Friday August 11 at 5:30 pm

3-man crew reaches International Space Station

Jul 29, 2017 - 2:09 PM

The crew from Italy Russia and the United States boosts the ISS back to full capacity

LIFTOFF. In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 52-53 crew members Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency (left), Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Randy Bresnik of NASA (right) pose for pictures in front of the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft. Photo by Andrey Shelepin/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center/NASA

Strong export demand to lift Asian economies – ADB

Jul 20, 2017 - 1:31 PM

Surging global demand for Asian exports and low oil prices will help China and the region s developing economies grow faster than expected this year and next

LOADING CARGO. In this file photo, a worker (C) monitors as containers are lifted onto a trailer at Keppel port terminal in Singapore on January 18, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Kazakh man dies in fire after Russian rocket launch

Jun 15, 2017 - 5:37 PM

The blaze reaching 15 kilometers 9 5 miles across is unleashed by parts of a rocket that fell to earth on Wednesday after a launch from the nearby Baikonur cosmodrome

Russia launches space freighter to ISS

Jun 14, 2017 - 7:13 PM

The cargo ship carrying more than two tons of essential supplies including fuel air and equipment and parcels for astronauts is due to dock with the ISS on Friday at 1142 GMT

PROGRESS IN FLIGHT. The Progress cargo ship in flight thanks to a Soyuz-2.1A booster rocket on June 14, 2017. Screen shot from YouTube.

India, Pakistan join China and Russia-led security bloc

Jun 09, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Leaders of the largely symbolic body – including Russia s Vladimir Putin and China s Xi Jinping – formally sign off on the sub continent duo s accession at the annual SCO summit in Kazakhstan s capital Astana

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Kazakhstan's Astana on June 9, 2017. Photo by AFP.

Rebisco-PSL Manila falls to Vietnam, finishes 8th in Asian Club Championships

May 31, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Jaja Santiago remains the top scorer for the Philippine club anchoring the offense with 10 markers all off spikes to go with 5 excellent digs

8TH PLACE. Rebisco-PSL Manila finishes in 8th place at the 2017 Asian Women’s Club Championships. Photo from Asian Volleyball Confederation website

Syria, key powers meet in Astana for talks without rebels

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:05 AM

The third round of negotiations sponsored by regime allies Russia and Iran and rebel backer Turkey come as other diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed have proved fruitless

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 peace talks close to final declaration

Jan 24, 2017 - 3:49 PM

UPDATED Rebel spokesman Yehya al Aridi says the rebels would not sign a final declaration coming out of the talks saying it would be issued by their sponsors

Representatives of the Syria regime and rebel groups along with other attendees take part in the first session of Syria peace talks at Astana's Rixos President Hotel on January 23, 2017. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Syria peace talks off to rocky start

Jan 23, 2017 - 12:40 PM

3rd UPDATE Rebel spokesman Yehya al Aridi says the opposition backed out of the first round of direct talks because of the regime s continued bombardment and attacks on a flashpoint area near Damascus

SYRIA TALKS. UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (C) meets with an Iranian delegation prior to the first session of Syria peace talks at Astana's Rixos President Hotel on January 23, 2017.  Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/ AFP

Syria regime, rebels name delegation heads to Astana talks

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:45 AM

UPDATED Talks on the nearly six year old conflict organized by Turkey Russia and Iran are set to begin on January 23 in the Kazakh capital Astana

25-year independence anniversary bittersweet for Central Asia

Dec 20, 2016 - 11:37 AM

25 years since gaining independence from the Soviet Union complaints of an ever widening gulf between capitalism s winners and losers and the mismanagement of state funds echo throughout the graft riddled countries in the region

LOOMING PRESENCE. A picture taken on December 14, 2016 shows a statue of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin in the town of Arkalyk, central Kazakhstan. Stanislav Filippov/AFP

US, Russian, Japanese astronauts return from ISS

Oct 30, 2016 - 1:10 PM

Their journey home marks the first complete mission at the orbital lab for a new generation of Soyuz spacecraft with upgraded features

International Space Station Expedition 48/49 astronaut Kate Rubins of NASA, Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Takuya Onishi. Credits: NASA

WATCH: Mac Belo drops tournament-high 30 points in Gilas win vs Kazakhstan

Sep 13, 2016 - 7:05 PM

Check out the highlights of Mac Belo s scintillating performance in the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge

SIZZLING. Mac Belo leads Gilas Pilipinas to its first win in the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge. Photo from FIBA

Belo on fire as Gilas rips Kazakhstan for first win in FIBA Asia Challenge

Sep 13, 2016 - 3:50 PM

The Philippines wins its first game after 3 straight losses in the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge

SIZZLING. Mac Belo leads Gilas Pilipinas to its first win in the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge. Photo from FIBA

4 killed in attacks in Kazakhstan's financial capital Almaty

Jul 18, 2016 - 3:37 PM

UPDATED Three police officers and one civilian are killed following armed attacks on a police station and a national security service building in the country s largest city Almaty

3 astronauts blast off for ISS in upgraded Soyuz craft

Jul 07, 2016 - 10:02 AM

First time astronauts Kathleen Rubins of NASA and Takuya Onishi of the Japanese space agency set off for a 4 month mission at the ISS with two time Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin

The Soyuz-MS01 lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, July 7, 2016. Image courtesy Roscosmos

Chevron announces $36.8B Kazakh oil expansion

Jul 06, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Kazakh energy minister Kanat Bozumbayev says the project will create more than 20 000 new jobs and boost oil production

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 29, 2015 shows the Chevron logo displayed at a Chevron station in San Rafael, California.  US oil giant Chevron announced July 5, 2016 a $36.8 billion expansion project in Kazakhstan, the first major investment in petroleum production to be greenlighted since the oil-price rout. The expansion of the massive Tengiz project will increase production by about 260,000 barrels a day of oil-equivalent to reach about one million barrels a day, said Chevron, which holds 50 percent of Tengizchevroil company.  / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / JUSTIN SULLIVAN

Italy, Netherlands offer to share UN council seat

Jun 29, 2016 - 12:52 AM

3rd UPDATE The two European countries reach a compromise after getting 95 votes each Meanwhile Kazakhstan defeats Thailand to win the seat reserved for Asia

THE UNITED NATIONS. United Nations Headquarters' General Assembly Building (L) and Secretariat Building (R) in New York City, New York, USA, September 24, 2015. File photo by Matt Campbell/EPA

Europeans, Asians battle for UN Security Council seats

Jun 28, 2016 - 2:21 PM

Five non permanent seats are up for grabs in the vote at the UN General Assembly but two are all but decided

CENTER OF POWER. A session of the United Nations Security Council, September 2014, United Nations, New York. Mark Garten/UN Photo

Ruling party set for win as Kazakhstan votes

Mar 20, 2016 - 10:02 PM

The country s Central Election Committee CEC says that by 1200 GMT more than 75 of nearly 10 million voters had cast their votes in a ballot featuring 6 parties mostly supportive of Nazarbayev

VOTING. People vote at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in the village of Kordai, some 250 km south of Almaty, Kazakhstan, March 20, 2016. Photo by Igor Kovalenko/EPA

Sore – but no taller – astronaut Scott Kelly adjusts to Earth

Mar 05, 2016 - 10:41 AM

One of the effects of spending such a long time in the absence of gravity was that Kelly s spine expanded temporarily making him grow 1 5 inches only to shrink as he returned to Earth

ADJUSTMENTS. International Space Station (ISS) crew member Scott Kelly of the U.S. reacts after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, March 2, 2016. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/EPA

Former Kazakh PM sentenced to 10 years in prison

Dec 12, 2015 - 5:18 PM

The court finds Akhmetov guilty on 4 corruption related charges including embezzlement and abuse of power

Soyuz rocket with 3 astronauts blasts off for ISS

Sep 02, 2015 - 6:13 PM

The take off also marks the 500th launch from the Gagarin launchpad in Kazakhstan named after the Soviet space pioneer

LIFTOFF. The Soyuz TMA-18M during liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 2, 2015. NASA TV

Perlas Pilipinas wins OT thriller for best FIBA Asia finish

Sep 02, 2015 - 11:47 AM

Merenciana Arayi explodes for 13 points in overtime as Perlas Pilipinas defeats Kazakhstan to finish group play with a 4 1 record

PERLAS SHINE. Merenciana Arayi was an unstoppable force for Perlas Pilipinas in the late stages of their match with Kazakhstan. Photo from FIBA.com

Rocket carrying Russian, Japanese, US crew docks with ISS

Jul 23, 2015 - 7:51 AM

UPDATED Scientists and space enthusiasts around the world are watching the launch closely and with some concern since the mission had been delayed by two months because of a Russian rocket failure

LIFTOFF. The Soyuz TMA-17M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, July 23, 2015 carrying Expedition 44 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren of NASA, and Flight Engineer Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) into orbit to begin their five month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Aubrey Gemignani (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

Three astronauts land in Kazakhstan after ISS return

Jun 11, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Both Russian mission control and NASA showed a capsule carrying Russian Anton Shkaplerov Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Terry Virts of the United States landing in the steps of Kazakhstan

Mass deaths of rare antelopes in Kazakhstan stir conservation fears

May 30, 2015 - 2:04 PM

Scientists struggle to put their finger on the exact nature of the disease that has felled entire herds but say findings point towards an infectious disease caused by various bacteria

SAIGA ANTELOPES. A taxidermied saiga antelope is displayed at the exhibition 'Ice Age Hunters - Life in Paradise - Europe 15,000 Years Ago' in Bonn, Germany, 22 October 2014. Oliver Berg/EPA

Russia flexes Central Asia military might amid Afghan fears

May 17, 2015 - 11:53 AM

The uptick in Afghan fighting has rattled Moscow s ex Soviet allies in Central Asia and some have looked towards Russia for reassurance

MILITARY MIGHT. Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Day Parade in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. RIA Novosti/Pool/EPA

Victims of the Germanwings 4U 9525 plane crash

Mar 25, 2015 - 11:37 PM

UPDATED Here is what is known so far about the victims

Astronauts return to Earth on Russian Soyuz spaceship

Mar 12, 2015 - 1:53 PM

Yelena Serova Alexander Samokutyaev and Barry Wilmore landed in snowy Kazakhstan just after sunrise March 12

BACK ON EARTH. Expedition 42 Cosmonaut Elena Serova of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Alexander Samokutyaev of Roscosmos, and NASA Astronaut Barry Wilmore of NASA sit in chairs outside the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft just minutes after they landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, 12 March 2015. Bill Ingalls/NASA/EPA

Ministers end Ukraine talks without summit date

Jan 13, 2015 - 8:06 AM

Foreign ministers from Ukraine Russia Germany and France are only able to affirm their strong commitment to a swift and comprehensive peaceful solution of the current crisis including a sustainable political process

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, (2-L), points as he, welcomes his counterparts from France, Laurent Fabius (R), Russia, Sergei Lavrov (L), and Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin (2-R), in Berlin, Germany, 12 January 2015 for a meeting on the situation in Ukraine. Michael Sohn/Pool/EPA