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Kazakhstan breaks up protest against devaluation

Kazakh police on Saturday detained protesters at an unsanctioned rally in Almaty against the devaluation of the national currency, the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency reported. Around 50 protesters gathered on the main Republic Square in Almaty for a rally against the energy-rich Central Asian country's decision to devalue its currency, the tenge, against the dollar. On Tuesday, the central bank decided to devalue the tenge by about 19 percent against the dollar, prompting widespread panic with some exchange points running out of hard currency.

Water shortage in Kazakhstan can grow 3 times by 2050

The shortage of water in Kazakhstan can increase significantly by 2050, Minister of Environmental Protection Nurlan Kaparov stated at the conference "Building a green economy in Kazakhstan.""The shortage of water in Kazakhstan will grow. Our country is already dependent on transboundary waters. Today, more than half of our water comes from neighboring states ...

URGENT ¥¥¥ Iran minister says Kazakhstan to host nuclear talks Feb 25

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday that talks with world powers on Iran's nuclear drive would be held in Kazakhstan on February 25. "I have good news, I've heard yesterday that 5+1 or EU3+3 will be meeting in Kazakhstan 25th of February," Salehi said during a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference. kjm/txw
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