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Kazakhstan is preparing for a more urban lifestyle

By Amir Khaidar

ASTANA –By the end 2050, more than 70 percent of humanity is expected to be living in urban areas. Half of Kazakhstan’s 18 million citizens currently live in cities and the nation is expected to reach the global average by mid-century. Kazakh cities will play a crucial role in the country’s economic and social development.

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Kazakhstan: breeding ground of boxing champions

By Amir Khaidar

Kazakhstan has a rich tradition of amateur boxing dating to Soviet times, with more than 30,000 athletes engaged in the sport, according to the Kazakh Boxing Federation (KFB). The nation’s boxers have won at least one gold medal in every Olympics since 1996, boasting 22 men’s and women’s medals. The rise of its professional boxers

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Bukhtarma – accidentally created holiday spot

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

The long, Z-shaped Bukhtarma Reservoir was created in the 1960s by damming the Irtysh River east of Ust-Kamenogorsk. While the main purpose was to provide energy for a 675-megawatt hydropower electric station, the reservoir has become a very popular holiday spot for locals who like fishing in its waters or sunbathing and grilling meat on its

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Kazakhstan’s path to digital transformation, while bumpy, should lead to dramatic change

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

Digital technology plays an increasingly important role in today’s world, as more than 51 percent of the global population has access to the Internet. In 2015, the International Telecommunication Union estimated approximately 3.2 billion people, or almost half of the world’s population, have access to the web. Approximately two billion are from developing countries. (photo top

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Kazakhstan 2017: Maintaining today’s stability, tomorrow’s security

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova

This has been an eventful year for Kazakhstan. The country began its duties as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), welcomed 115 states and 22 global organizations to the three-month long EXPO 2017 and hosted the first Islamic summit dedicated to science and technology. From the de-escalation zones in Syria agreed upon in

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Preparing for steppe winters is a Kazakh household tradition

By Assel Satubaldina

Kazakhs recalling their childhood often remember preparations for winter started well before December came to the nation. In many households, it has been a tradition to arrange for the season of scarcity well in advance. Traditions such as sogym (preserving meat throughout the winter season) trace to the times when Kazakhs were nomads traversing the

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Kazakhstan’s nuclear disarmament efforts advance, as ICAN wins Nobel Peace Prize

By Assel Satubaldina

If you think of a country with a vast experience in nuclear non-proliferation, Kazakhstan will certainly be on the list. The Central Asian nation, with a territory nearly the size of Western Europe and a population of 18 million, voluntarily dismantled its nuclear arsenal that it had inherited following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Young researcher eager to discover mysterious world of science

By Dmitry Lee

Being a scientist is often considered to be having an unconventional lifestyle. Constant researching, sleepless nights and chasing the unknown are typically the routine. Is anyone really up to the challenge? Is it a skill or rather a calling? EdgeKz sought answers to those questions in an interview with 30-year-old Yerbol Burashev, a researcher at

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Positive US-Kazakh Relations to Continue under Trump

By Tom Michael

When Erzhan Kazykhanov, Kazakhstan’s new ambassador to the United States, met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in April to present his credentials, Trump was unequivocal in his optimism about the U.S.-Kazakh relationship. The American president presented Kazykhanov with a letter praising Kazakhstan’s peaceful society and its global leadership in nuclear non-proliferation. He

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Summer in Astana: Sun Fountain and Water Parks

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

ASTANA – The phrase “Endless Summer” can be used to describe some of the Kazakh capital’s entertainment spots for residents and guests. While certain ones are only open in warm weather, others offer a touch of summer during long, cold days the rest of the year. Above Oasis Beach Club Photo Credit: weproject.kz One summer-only

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