KAZINFORM: The Security Council's Work Programme for January was presented on the first working day of Kazakhstan's presidency over the UN Security Council. In the morning, a working breakfast of the Permanent Representatives of the UNSC Member States was held at the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan, during which they discussed the key points of the work programme, Kazinform reports with reference to the Kazakh MFA press service.
Achieving a world free of nuclear weapons, and eliminating the threat of a global war and settling local conflicts are among priorities of the Kazakh UNSC presidency.
By Ali Mustafayev – Trend: Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan should expand the volume of bilateral trade, with an increase in mutual trade to $1 billion by 2020, said the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev during a meeting with the President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Zheenbekov held in Astana, the press service of the the Kazakh president said in a message.
With Edwards relocating to Central Asia experts warn of inevitable instability in Kyrgyzstan. This would benefit the US and hinder China's economic expansion to the east. What’s more, this move infuriates Russia, which does not need a hotbed of instability at its southern borders. After all, there is no guarantee that the flames of unrest would not spread from Kyrgyzstan to the neighboring countries.
Astana is hosting another two-day meeting attended by representatives from Russia, Turkey and Iran, the guarantor states that brokered a cease-fire in Syria in December 2016, leading to the Astana peace talks running parallel to the Geneva talks.
About 40 languages are disappearing every year. Contemporary researchers estimate that both Europe and Asia already lost more than 70 languages, and more than a hundred languages are extinct in the US. Almost 200 languages are under the threat of extinction only in India. The figures are rather terrifying, to say the least. However, if one can understand the reason, then everything becomes clear. After all, according to experts, although the causes of disappearance of languages among all ethnic groups are different, there is one common and the most important reason – inability to adapt to the new changing trends.
"Our state does not claim to be a great power, like the United States or Russia," Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev said in one of his speeches. "But we, as much as possible, we want to influence the course of events in the world, to mediate conflicts, to reconcile the parties, and we put forward initiatives for regional integration that allow us to preserve peace and provide opportunities for peaceful development.
Kazakhstan’s airline, Air Astana, plans to expand its routs network to Uzbekistan. This was announced by the regional representative of the Kazakh airline Yevgeniy Krutov at a conference dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Kazinform reported.
Ablyazov has shown many times that nothing would stop him from executing his own personal vendetta against the government of Kazakhstan, where he embezzled billions of dollars.
rferl.org: BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan says it plans to withdraw a complaint it filed with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Kazakhstan’s moves to step up controls on the border, which preceded a two-month bottleneck.