Kazakh leader headed for huge election victory, exit polls show

Kazakh leader headed for huge election victory, exit polls show

ALMATY, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was headed for a landslide victory in a snap election on Sunday, according to exit polls, solidifying his grip on power less than a year after he sidelined his long-ruling predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev. The former diplomat, who came to power in 2019 as Nazarbayev’s hand-picked successor … Read more

Kazakhstan struggles to accommodate Russians fleeing war

Kazakhstan struggles to accommodate Russians fleeing war

ALMATY, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan is struggling to accommodate tens of thousands of Russians who have fled their homeland since Moscow announced a military mobilisation last week, officials say, but the Almaty government has no plans to close its border. Russian men, some with families, started crossing the world’s second-longest land border en masse … Read more

Kazakhstan says it won’t recognise referendums in eastern Ukraine

Kazakhstan says it won’t recognise referendums in eastern Ukraine

Members of an electoral commission wait for voters near a destroyed residential building on the third day of a referendum on the joining of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) to Russia, in Mariupol, Ukraine September 25, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register ALMATY, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan, … Read more

Russian call-up sparks exodus by some men as air fares soar

Russian call-up sparks exodus by some men as air fares soar

Air tickets from Moscow sell out Heavier traffic at Russia’s land borders ‘Panic demand’ for air tickets – source TBILISI/VAALIMAA, Finland, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Some Russian men rushed for the borders on Thursday after President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilisation, with traffic at frontier crossings with Finland and Georgia surging and prices for … Read more

India’s Modi assails Putin over Ukraine war

India’s Modi assails Putin over Ukraine war

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Modi says now is not the time for war Xi cautions on foreign meddling The world has changed, Putin says Iran calls for SCO to work against U.S. SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday … Read more

Pope says supplying weapons to Ukraine is morally acceptable for self defence

Pope says supplying weapons to Ukraine is morally acceptable for self defence

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Thursday said it was morally legitimate for nations to supply weapons to Ukraine to help the country defend itself from Russian aggression. Speaking to reporters aboard a plane returning from a three-day trip to Kazakhstan, … Read more

Kyrgyz-Tajik border conflict escalates with use of heavy weaponry

Kyrgyz-Tajik border conflict escalates with use of heavy weaponry

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Tajik civilian killed, authorities say Kyrgyz authorities evacuate villages Kyrgyzstan says Tajik troops have entered Kyrgyz village Both countries’ presidents attend summit BISHKEK, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan accused each other on Friday of using tanks and mortars in an escalating border conflict that … Read more

China’s Xi skips dinner with Putin, allies as COVID precaution -source

China’s Xi skips dinner with Putin, allies as COVID precaution -source

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping stayed away from a dinner attended by 11 heads of states at a regional security summit in line with his delegation’s COVID-19 policy, a source in the Uzbek government told Reuters on Friday. Xi, who is … Read more

Xi and Putin meet for first time since invasion of Ukraine

Xi and Putin meet for first time since invasion of Ukraine

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Xi on first trip since COVID pandemic Xi and Putin to discuss Ukraine and Taiwan SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping met Vladimir Putin on Thursday in Uzbekistan, their first meeting since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, triggering the biggest confrontation between … Read more

God does not back war, pope says in apparent criticism of Russian patriarch

God does not back war, pope says in apparent criticism of Russian patriarch

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NUR-SULTAN, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Wednesday that God does not guide religions towards war, an implicit criticism of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, who backs the invasion of Ukraine and has boycotted a conference of faith leaders. On his second day in Kazakhstan, … Read more