Firefighters in the Kazakh capital Astana were on Tuesday battling to put out a blaze at a 32-storey skyscraper dubbed the "cigarette lighter". Flames and smoke could be seen pouring out of the building, which houses the ex-Soviet Central Asian state's transport and communications ministry.
United States millionaire scientist Gregory Olsen and a two-man, Russian-American crew returned from the International Space Station to Earth early on Tuesday in a lightning-swift, bone-jarring descent. The Russian Soyuz space capsule touched down on the cold, wind-swept steppes of northern Kazakhstan.
Complete with epic battles, fancy camerawork and breath-taking stunts, "Nomad" could be the latest, blood-drenched historical blockbuster coming to a cinema near you... from Kazakhstan. In its bid to take on Hollywood, the film from the ex-Soviet Central Asian state boasts international stars, spectacular crowd scenes and a $33-million production budget.
Forget images of germ-free processed space rations. The crew of the international space station will now be able to feast on a range of Italian delicacies, Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori revealed in Kazakhstan on Thursday as he prepares to blast off. "One of the particularities of this mission is that we'll be taking Italian food with us," he said.