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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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nursultan_Nazarbayev

Taliban urge U.S. to exit Afghanistan or face Soviet-style defeat

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:53 PM

The Taliban's warning comes hours after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw about half of the 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan

WARNING. The Taliban urges the United States to leave the war-torn country, noting that any future relations must be based on 'sound diplomatic and economic principles' instead of conflict. File Photo by Shah Marai/AFP


Russia turns up uninvited to major NATO wargames

Nov 04, 2018 - 6:30 AM

Russia has already made clear its displeasure at NATO's Trident Juncture exercises, the largest by the alliance since the end of the Cold War

LARGEST EXERCISE. Around 50,000 participants from NATO and partner countries, some 250 aircraft, 65 ships and up to 10,000 vehicles take part in the Trident Juncture exercise. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

British woman dies after exposure to Novichok nerve agent

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:18 AM

Novichok is a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War

NERVE AGENT. Police officers stand guard near barriers across Rollestone Street, outside the John Baker House Sanctuary Supported Living in Salisbury, southern England, on July 8, 2018. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Dog star: Scientist recalls training Laika for space

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:32 PM

The Soviet Union sent Laika, a former street dog, up to space in a satellite on November 3, 1957 – sixty years ago – to make history as the first living creature to orbit the earth, blasting off on a one-way journey

Bulgarian pilots refuse to fly MiG-29s over safety concerns

Oct 24, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Out of a fleet of 16, Bulgaria's air force currently has just seven aging MiG-29 aircraft in good flying order

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

Ukraine to mark 30 years since Chernobyl shook the world

Apr 20, 2016 - 10:22 AM

30 years later the number of people who died in those chilling days and subsequent years from radiation poisoning remains a matter of intense dispute

DANGER ZONE. A general view shows the old protective shelter (R), which was mounted in 1986 over the remains of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and the new one (L) in Chernobyl, Ukraine, April 11, 2016. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Putin defends notorious Nazi-Soviet pact

May 11, 2015 - 12:24 AM

A deal that agreed to divide up eastern Europe in 1939 had significance for ensuring the security of the USSR says Vladimir Putin who had in the past condemned the pact as unethical

Lithuania joins eurozone to seal ties with West

Dec 31, 2014 - 8:16 PM

For a nation scarred by decades of Soviet occupation eurozone entry is an important step and symbol of deeper economic and political integration with the West Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite says

A picture of Euro coins is screened in a shop window of a bank in Vilnius on December 27, 2014, as Lithuania will adopt the Euro on January 1, 2015. Lithuania hopes joining the eurozone will boost its security amid anxiety over Russia, but many in the Baltic state fear the currency switch will also bring price hikes. AFP PHOTO/ PETRAS MALUKAS

Cuba's private sector braces for US tourism boom

Dec 23, 2014 - 10:01 AM

Cuba s nascent private sector braces for an influx of visitors should the US embargo ease but many businesses in the communist country appear unprepared for a torrent of tourists

OPPORTUNITY. A Cuban couple eats at a private restaurant in Havana, on December 21, 2014. Photo by Yamil Lage / AFP

US-Cuba thaw could spell end for island's iconic cars

Dec 22, 2014 - 12:47 AM

These cars have one thing in common: they survived the Cuban Revolution the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union

CLASSIC. An old American car is seen in a street of Havana, on December 19, 2014. Photo by Yamil LAGE/AFP

Gorbachev allies feel betrayed by West, 25 years on

Nov 07, 2014 - 6:33 AM

Former top Soviet officials now say 25 years on they feel stabbed in the back by the West

EUPHORIA. A file photo dated 10 November 1989 shows people celebrating the opening of the border between East and West Germany on the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. Stringer/EPA

AIDS conference in shock at Malaysia plane tragedy

Jul 19, 2014 - 10:43 AM

Among those who died was Dutchman Joep Lange a pioneer of cheap anti retrovirals for the poor and a prominent AIDS researcher

Russia reports successful launch of new rocket

Jul 09, 2014 - 10:00 PM

Russia successfully test launches its new Angara rocket on Wednesday July 9 after a planned maiden flight overseen by President Vladimir Putin had to be aborted last month

RUSSIAN ROCKET. Designed to succeed Proton and other Soviet-era launchers, the Angara is billed as the first rocket to have been completely built after the collapse of the Soviet Union

Russia to make fresh attempt to launch new rocket

Jul 06, 2014 - 12:41 AM

Designed to succeed Proton and other Soviet era launchers the Angara is billed as the first rocket to have been completely built after the collapse of the Soviet Union

RUSSIAN ROCKET. Designed to succeed Proton and other Soviet-era launchers, the Angara is billed as the first rocket to have been completely built after the collapse of the Soviet Union

Easter Sunday in history

Apr 20, 2014 - 1:01 PM

From triumphs to new beginnings here are historical events that took place on an Easter Sunday

Obama expresses deep concern on Ukraine, may skip G8 summit

Mar 01, 2014 - 8:20 AM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama says any violation of Ukraine s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing

'DEEPLY-CONCERNED'. US President Barack Obama says they will continue communicating directly with the Russian government on the crisis. File photo from the White House

December 25 in history

Dec 25, 2013 - 8:00 AM

December 25 in the past years was a period of greatness triumph and celebration for many reasons

Boeing jet crashes in Russia

Nov 18, 2013 - 2:39 AM

The Tatarstan Airlines plane hit the runway and burst into flames Local news agencies reported the plane had tried to land three times before crashing

Where did Syria's chemical weapons come from?

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:22 PM

There is intriguing evidence pointing at long ago help from Moscow and help from Western European countries

GOING BACK TO SYRIA. Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now en route to Syria. The logo of the OPCW is pictured outside its building in The Hague, The Netherlands, August 31, 2013. EPA/Evert-Jan Daniels

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin flawless in biopic

Jun 20, 2013 - 7:36 PM

The First Man in Space is portrayed at last in film amid the Russian government s campaign to foster patriotism through cinema

FIRST MAN IN SPACE. A 1991 postage stamp of cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934-1968)

Stalin fails to inspire horror in Russia 60 years after death

Mar 03, 2013 - 12:58 PM

In a country where tough and autocratic rulers – from Ivan the Terrible to Nicolas I and arguably right up to Putin himself – remain admired rather than criticized Russia never turned entirely against Stalin

FAST FACTS: The world's nuclear powers

Feb 12, 2013 - 10:54 PM

Key facts about the other countries which are either known to or believed to possess nuclear weapons

'Even the captain didn't know': veteran recalls Cuba crisis

Oct 11, 2012 - 3:36 PM

It was only 30 years later that I understood that it was in those hours that our secret services stuffed the cargo with explosives which their agents could detonate in the case of an American attack

Venus, the planet of twilight beauty and broken dreams

Jun 03, 2012 - 11:00 AM

Venus has caused more grief than any other planet in the Solar System