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  1. July 21, 2014

    Tony Blair urges Labour to remain party of the centre ground

    Former UK prime minister Tony Blair has urged Labour leader Ed Miliband to stick to the political centre ground, warning...

  2. July 17, 2014

    Tony Blair to advise on Azerbaijan gas project

    Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, has been hired to advise a BP-led consortium on the export of natural gas...

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  1. beyondbrics

    July 14, 2014

    Pemex reform: is Mexico getting it right?

    As secondary legislation to enact Mexico’s historic energy reform chugs through Congress and the clock ticks towards a...

  2. July 8, 2014

    Three cities on shortlist to host 2022 Winter Olympics

    Beijing, Oslo and Almaty have been shortlisted to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the three remaining cities in a bidding...

  3. July 6, 2014

    Leading Kazakh bank eyes foreign expansion

    Kazkommertsbank, Kazakhstan’s largest bank by assets, is planning an international expansion after closing a deal to take...

  4. beyondbrics

    July 1, 2014

    Devaluation helps Kazakh trade figures - for now

    Kazakhstan’s surprise devaluation of its currency earlier this year appears to be paying off. The central Asian nation...

  5. June 27, 2014

    China and Russia seen to affect growth of Kazakhstan’s economy

    A tap on the shoulder from grey-suited Yermek, followed by a series of probing questions about what I am photographing,...

  6. June 23, 2014

    TBA belies its name as Blair Inc oils into new markets

    A consultant visits Tony Blair Associates to advise on new offices overseas*. Blair: What’s your thinking? Consultant:...

  7. June 17, 2014

    Kazakhmys short sellers squeezed again

    Kazakhmys short sellers were squeezed again on Tuesday as confidence grew that the miner will be able to spin off its...

  8. June 15, 2014

    European oil majors: petrol pumps

    Eni’s new chief executive Claudio Descalzi has had a good first month. He has renegotiated a key gas contract with Gazprom...

  9. June 13, 2014

    Kyrgyzstan: democracy under pressure

    When I travelled to Kyrgyzstan during the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, the capital city had a handful of private...

  10. June 13, 2014

    Kazakhstan to extend contract for $50bn Kashagan oil project

    Kazakhstan has signed a deal with the oil companies developing the huge Kashagan oilfield in the Caspian Sea that paves the...

  11. June 9, 2014

    Russia’s neighbours: Primary colours

    In the Palace of Independence in Astana, the post-Soviet capital of Kazakhstan, the three heads of state rose to their feet...

  12. June 6, 2014

    Volga puts itself up for sale

    Shares in Volga Gas hit a 52-week high of 135p on Thursday after the company, which holds licences in the Volga region of...

  13. June 5, 2014

    Opec focus switches to supply challenge

    When Opec last met six months ago the discussion in and around its secretariat building in central Vienna centred on how the...

  14. May 29, 2014

    Dry weather threat to wheat crop in key regions

    Continuing dry weather in the key wheat-growing regions of Russia and Kazakhstan is putting commodities traders on high...

  15. FT Photo Diary

    May 29, 2014

    Heading to the International Space Station

    Dmitry Lovetsky/AP The Soyuz TMA-13M space ship launches atop the Soyuz-FG rocket booster at the Russian leased Baikonur...

  16. May 29, 2014

    Japanese head of ADB welcomes rival Chinese fund

    The president of the Japan-dominated Asian Development Bank has cautiously welcomed a proposal by China to set up a rival...

  17. beyondbrics

    May 23, 2014

    France's Total breaks with Russia censure to do Lukoil deal

    As western governments impose sanctions on Russia, international majors with interests in the country have stayed out of the...

  18. May 22, 2014

    Platinum jumps on South Africa strike fears

    Platinum has risen to its highest level since September on concerns that a crippling four-month strike at South African...

  19. May 22, 2014

    Polymetal buys Kazakh gold project for $600m

    Polymetal International is to pay at least $619m for a gold project in Kazakhstan, ending a search for deals with an asset...

  20. May 21, 2014

    Kazakhs battle to stave off chill blowing in from Russian steppe

    It is after 8pm and Kazakhstan’s parliament in the futuristic capital of Astana is practically deserted. Yet Bakytzhan...

  21. May 19, 2014

    Europe has lost the ability to shape its neighbours

    In America, they have Super Tuesday. Europe is about to have a Super Sunday, with elections for the European Parliament...

  22. May 15, 2014

    IEA says Opec oil supply could fall short

    Opec, the oil-producing cartel, will need to increase production significantly in the second half of the year in order to...

  23. FT Photo Diary

    May 14, 2014

    Astronaut Koichi Wakata lands on Earth

    Dmitry Lovetsky/Reuters International Space Station crew member Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata is helped by ground...

  24. The A-List

    May 14, 2014

    Tiny Kyrgyzstan feels the heat from the Ukraine crisis

    The five central Asian republics, tied to Russia’s overlordship through a welter of economic and social ties, are all...

  25. beyondbrics

    May 12, 2014

    Guest post: the secrets of Pakistan's economic upsurge

    By Gavin Bowring, Asean Confidential It’s rare to hear of Pakistan as Asia’s best performing stock market. But over the last...

  26. beyondbrics

    May 7, 2014

    Guest post: how will China's regional development bank work?

    By Gavin Bowring of Asean Confidential in Astana, Kazakhstan One of the biggest talking points on the sidelines of the...

  27. May 2, 2014

    Weaker oil prices and output disruption hurt Chevron profits

    Chevron, the US oil group, suffered a 27 per cent drop in post-tax profits in the first quarter, hit by weaker oil prices...

  28. April 27, 2014

    Further blow for $50bn Kashagan oil project

    The $50bn Kashagan oil project in Kazakhstan is likely to be delayed by two more years while 200km of pipeline is replaced,...

  29. April 27, 2014

    Fresh troubles dog Kashagan oilfield

    On October 8 last year, eight years late and tens of billions of dollars over budget, the giant Kashagan field in the...

  30. April 23, 2014

    UK court orders delay in asylum decision on former Kazakh banker

    The UK cannot take further steps until next month to cancel the asylum status it granted in 2011 to Mukhtar Ablyazov, a...

  31. April 16, 2014

    UK to revoke asylum status of Kazakh banker-activist

    The UK has decided to revoke the asylum status it granted in 2011 to Mukhtar Ablyazov, a former banker accused of fraud and...

  32. beyondbrics

    April 15, 2014

    Sinopec in $1.2bn deal with Lukoil as China moves deeper into Central Asia

    Lukoil has agreed to sell its stake in several oil projects in Kazakhstan to Sinopec for $1.2bn, in the latest of a string...

  33. April 15, 2014

    Eni: any difference?

    An axiom for the oil business: drill for the stuff where you’ve found it before. Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi’s...

  34. April 9, 2014

    Former Kazakh banker wins appeal against extradition from France

    Mukhtar Ablyazov, a fugitive former Kazakh banker and political activist, has won his appeal against a decision by a French...

  35. FT Alphaville

    April 2, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian stocks joined a global rally following gains on Wall Street, where stocks notched record highs to begin the...

  36. FT Alphaville

    April 1, 2014

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING -”When is it ethical to hand our decisions over to machines? And when is external automation a step...

  37. April 1, 2014

    Russian threat to retaliate over JPMorgan block

    Russia has threatened to retaliate against US diplomatic missions after JPMorgan Chase blocked a money transfer from a...

  38. March 26, 2014

    Egypt and Russia to boost trade ties as US influence wanes

    Egypt is discussing a trade agreement with the customs union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, in the latest sign that...

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