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    1. May 9, 2016

      Kazakh language schools shift from English to Chinese

      “China is the key for your future,” reads a notice pinned to the wall, jostling for attention alongside a toy panda,...

    2. May 9, 2016

      China seeking to revive the Silk Road

      The ancient trade in silk, spices and slaves between China and Europe turned central Asian oases into wealthy business...

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    1. May 9, 2016

      New Silk Road will transport laptops and frozen chicken

      If the ancient Silk Road developed to enable trade in fine cloths and spices, the new one will transport computer...

    2. May 9, 2016

      Map: Connecting central Asia

      China’s “One Belt, One Road” project aims to make central Asia more connected to the world, yet even before the...

    3. May 9, 2016

      China plans to invest $1.9bn in Kazakh agriculture

      Chinese companies are in talks to invest $1.9bn in 19 agricultural projects across Kazakhstan in an expansion of...

    4. Fast FT

      May 6, 2016

      Glencore mulls further stake sale in agriculture unit

      Glencore, the miner and commodity trader is considering selling a further chunk of its agricultural business, as part...

    5. Fast FT

      May 5, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: Another cautious day

      A cautious mood looks set to prevail in Asia following declines on Wall Street and in Europe as investors worked their...

    6. May 3, 2016

      Glencore considers Kazakh gold mine sale to cut debt

      Glencore is exploring options for its biggest gold mine — which could include a $2bn sale — as it steps up its efforts...

    7. Fast FT

      May 3, 2016

      Glencore explores sale of Kazakh gold mine

      Glencore is exploring options for its biggest gold mine – including a $2bn sale – as the Swiss resources group steps...

    8. beyondbrics

      May 3, 2016

      Kazakhstan after Nazarbayev: are the winds of change finally blowing?

      Kazakhstan’s 25 years of political stability owe much to the leadership of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, making the...

    9. April 20, 2016

      Google and McKinsey to mine Kazakh data

      Kazakhstan has signed a deal with Google and McKinsey to harness the power of “big data” analysis and improve...

    10. April 19, 2016

      Polymetal International on the hunt for more deals

      Polymetal International is on the lookout for further acquisitions after its second deal this year to increase its gold...

    11. Fast FT

      April 13, 2016

      What analysts expect from the Doha oil meeting

      Crude prices have jumped to their highest level for the year amid speculation that major oil producers, representing...

    12. April 4, 2016

      Anglo-American and Glencore sell off marginal mines

      Anglo American and Glencore, two of the world’s largest mining companies, have agreed fresh sales of marginal mines as...

    13. April 1, 2016

      VimpelCom: shrink to grow

      The one thing that always goes up in a bear market is correlation. Despite operations in 12 countries, VimpelCom has...

    14. FT Photo Diary

      March 16, 2016

      Preparing Soyuz for lift-off

      Russian Soyuz TMA-20M rocket booster is moved for installation at the launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan....

    15. March 14, 2016

      Currency pegs in focus after Egypt devalues

      Egypt abandoned its longstanding struggle to hold the value of its currency against the dollar, a shift that could...

    16. Fast FT

      March 14, 2016

      Kazakhstan holds key interest rate at 17%

      The National Bank of Kazakhstan has kept its benchmark interest rate on hold at 17 per cent, after a stabilisation in...

    17. March 9, 2016

      Chevron says world will need big oil

      There are those who will tell you that this is a bad time to be running a big oil company. John Watson, chief executive...

    18. FT Photo Diary

      March 2, 2016

      Returning to Earth

      Ground personnel help International Space Station (ISS) crew member Scott Kelly of the U.S. to get off the Soyuz...

    19. FT Photo Diary

      March 2, 2016

      Touch down

      Soyuz TMA-18M space capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew members prepares to land in a remote...

    20. Fast FT

      March 1, 2016

      Lord Rothschild: we may be in 'eye of a storm'

      Lord Jacob Rothschild has become the latest finance grandee to warn of the considerable risks facing the global economy...

    21. February 29, 2016

      Marxists’ gifts to the markets

      Business leaders and stock market investors tend not, as a rule, to be staunch supporters of hardline communism. But...

    22. Fast FT

      February 25, 2016

      Kaz Minerals leaps 10.3% after eking out profit

      Shares in Kaz Minerals have leapt 10.3 per cent this morning to 159 pence after the Kazakhstan-focused copper miner...

    23. Fast FT

      February 25, 2016

      No divi, mounting debts, but a flip to profits for Kaz Minerals

      A tight grip on costs helped Kazakhstan-focused copper miner and processor Kaz Minerals eke out a $12m pre-tax profit...

    24. February 23, 2016

      Tajikistan and IMF in talks over bailout

      Tajikistan, one of the world’s poorest countries, is discussing a possible International Monetary Fund bailout...

    25. Fast FT

      February 1, 2016

      Kazakhstan raises rates 100bps to 17%

      The National Bank of Kazakhstan has raised its benchmark interest rate by a full percentage point to 17 per cent as the...

    26. FT Alphaville

      January 29, 2016

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Friday, - Balancing. - Why is Martin Shkreli still talking? - Shocking news: Trader Sarao might not have...

    27. January 28, 2016

      KAZ Minerals jumps 16% after hitting production targets

      Shares in KAZ Minerals have surged more than 16 per cent this morning, as the Kazakhstan-focused miner hit copper...

    28. Fast FT

      January 28, 2016

      KAZ Minerals production dips amid lower quality ores

      Kazakhstan-focused copper miner KAZ Minerals mined three times as much copper ore last year as in the previous year,...

    29. January 22, 2016

      Oil climbs as exit from bearish positions begins

      Traders have started to increase bets on a recovery in oil by the end of the year, backing the view that recent selling...

    30. Fast FT

      January 18, 2016

      CDS pressure suggests downgrades loom

      The credit default swaps of 110 investment grade companies are currently priced at levels that imply junk status,...

    31. January 18, 2016

      Kazakh tenge trounced amid Iran export angst

      The Kazakh tenge is getting hammered today amid fears that the lifting of sanctions on Iran will intensify the oil glut...

    32. January 17, 2016

      Kazakh wealth fund fires senior executive

      Sovereign wealth funds are notoriously secretive. Contact 10 for a story and you are guaranteed that most, if not all,...

    33. January 14, 2016

      Delayed oil projects total nears $400bn

      Energy groups have shelved nearly $400bn of spending on new oil and gas projects since the crude price collapse,...

    34. Fast FT

      January 11, 2016

      Oil and China tug Kazakh tenge to new low

      The Kazakh tenge has slumped to a fresh record low this morning, as oil prices keep sliding and angst surrounding...

    35. January 8, 2016

      Kazakh sovereign wealth fund is latest victim of oil price fall

      Kazakhstan’s $64.2bn sovereign wealth fund has become the latest victim of the collapse in the price of oil and is...

    36. December 15, 2015

      Tim Peake reaches International Space Station

      Tim Peake became the UK’s first official astronaut, when he reached the International Space Station on board a Russian...

    37. FT Photo Diary

      December 15, 2015

      Peake performance

      The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-19M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS,...

    38. FT Photo Diary

      December 15, 2015

      Peake prepares for liftoff

      Dmitry Lovetsky/Reuters British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International...

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