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Kazakh film 'Ayka' makes Oscar shortlist for best foreign-language film

Kazakh film 'Ayka' makes Oscar shortlist for best foreign-language film

The film tells the story of a Kyrgyz woman working illegally in Moscow, who abandons her child at first but then does everything she can to find him.

In photos: A New Year's winter fairy tale in the streets of Kazakhstan

In photos: A New Year's winter fairy tale in the streets of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan's cities are dressed up for the upcoming New Year, with preparations under way to say good bye to the old year and to welcome 2019.

Kazakhstan's success against poverty seen as key part in radicalisation fight

Kazakhstan's success against poverty seen as key part in radicalisation fight

A major drop in poverty in Kazakhstan over the past two decades has helped limit the effectiveness of terrorist recruiters.

In photos: Uzbek food festival in Astana shows off national dishes

In photos: Uzbek food festival in Astana shows off national dishes

Hundreds of Astana residents and other guests visited the exhibition to listen to Uzbek pop performers and to taste a different national cuisine.

Astana showcases Kazakh culture with 'Land of the Great Steppe' festival

Astana showcases Kazakh culture with 'Land of the Great Steppe' festival

The main goal of the event is to preserve historical values and transfer them to new generations, said the Astana government.

In photos: Residents, tourists marvel at Astana's street art

In photos: Residents, tourists marvel at Astana's street art

The artwork has 'enlivened the city', said one comment online.

Central Asians drop Russian names: 'We have our own culture'

Central Asians drop Russian names: 'We have our own culture'

Many residents see no reason to keep names ending in '-ov' or '-ev' 27 years after the fall of the Soviet Union.

High hopes in Kyrgyzstan for upcoming World Nomad Games

High hopes in Kyrgyzstan for upcoming World Nomad Games

The 3rd iteration of the event is expected to draw 60,000 people this year, and officials hope the games will boost the country's image abroad.

In photos: Kazakhstan celebrates 20th anniversary of Astana's capital status

In photos: Kazakhstan celebrates 20th anniversary of Astana's capital status

Citizens last Friday celebrated the 'Day of the Capital' with concerts, dance performances, patriotic events and a fireworks display.

In photos: Astana hosts international nomadic festival

In photos: Astana hosts international nomadic festival

The International Festival of Nomadic Culture 'Koshpendiler Alemi' put the spirit of nomadic culture and pastimes on display.