Kazakhstan sharpshooter Mariya Dmitrienko stood with her hand on her heart and a gold medal around her neck expecting to hear her country's national anthem at an international shooting championship in Kuwait Friday.
It all got started with some fourth-generation North Dakota ranchers wanting to sell cattle. One of them was Dan Price, a 6-foot-3 cowboy who never seems to take off his hat, and who can make roping a calf at 15 paces, even after a few drinks, look easier than drawing a breath.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed Tuesday in Astana, Kazakhstan, to begin a four-day trip abroad as the publication of classified U.S. State Department cables by the WikiLeaks site makes headlines around the world.
On the eve of a conference here Thursday on Afghanistan, NATO has signed an agreement with the foreign minister of Kazakhstan allowing transit through Kazakhstan of supplies for NATO and coalition forces.
Given the extraordinary anticipation swirling around "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," the follow-up to the 13 million-unit-selling military shooter game from 2007, living up to the hype might seem like an impossible mission.
The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq is swiftly dwindling as security and stability return to the country, and by January only the United States and five other nations are likely to remain, according to a top military officer.
For years, top college grads and ambitious middle managers sought fortune and upward mobility in places like California's Silicon Valley, London or Hong Kong. Today, the crème de la crème might be better off booking a flight to Kazakhstan or Canada.
It is a baking hot Saturday in southeast Kazakhstan, and I have joined a group of scientists, diplomats, businessmen and a ballerina aboard a Russian-built, nine-seater four-wheel-drive van to escape the city of Almaty and its mountainous backdrop.
No question: It's been a long time since the American public was fascinated by farm news. But with sticker shock at the checkout, the passage of a controversial $300 billion farm bill, and the increasingly skeptical coverage of the ethanol boomlet, people sure are interested now. Such news turns a spotlight on Deere & Co. Founded in 1837, it is the world's largest maker of farm equipment and a major builder of construction equipment (2007 revenues: $24.1 billion).
The clock is chasing down 1 A.M. It's late for dinner - or for interviews - in Almaty, Kazakhstan's former capital. But self-made Kazakh uranium czar Moukhtar Dzhakishev is just hitting his stride. Between spoonfuls of Beluga caviar and bites of ruby-colored tuna flown in from Dubai, he is explaining that his small state-owned company, Kazatomprom, will soon rule the global nuclear energy industry. "I don't think there will be any competitors," he says softly. "I will eat them."
Kyle Okposo was one of five different players to score as Team USA earned a 5 -1 victory over Kazakhstan today in the opening game for both teams of the preliminary round of the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.
Russia has revoked the right of Lufthansa's cargo unit to fly over its airspace, forcing the German-based airline to divert its flights to Kazakhstan, a company spokesman said Friday, as government negotiators from both sides met to resolve the dispute.
Borat Sagdiyev is sexist, racist and anti-Semitic. He is also the main character played by Sacha Baron Cohen, in the recently released film, "Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has refuted claims by the opposition in Kazakhstan that Washington's primary concern is oil, followed by the war on terrorism, and not democracy as she claimed in a speech.