Prince Andrew out in the cold: KPMG pulls £100,000-a-year sponsorship of Duke's Dragons' Den-style start up scheme as other leading business including Aon and AstraZeneca also review relationship

© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince Andrew (pictured, during a 2015 Pitch@Palace meeting) is facing a backlash over his Epstein interview

Leading businesses and charities are deserting Prince Andrew over the Epstein scandal as the future of his main charitable project he repeatedly mentioned in his BBC car crash interview is in jeopardy today.

Kazakhstan: Confidence low in government trust-building exercise

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Over the past two decades, the president’s office has instituted at least six ad hoc commissions to defuse some kind of political impasse. The latest is not off to an auspicious start.

Tribunal Grants WWM US$50M for Claims Against Kazakhstan Under Soviet Treaty

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World Wide Minerals Ltd. ("WWM") and Mr. Paul A. Carroll, QC, WWM's President and CEO, have been vindicated in an arbitral award, which held that the Republic of Kazakhstan breached international law and the Canada-U.S.S.R. Bilateral Investment Treaty ("BIT") over 20 years ago.

Inside the decaying mansions abandoned in UK’s most expensive wasteland

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New footage has emerged from the decaying multi-million pound London mansions left derelict in ‘one of the most expensive wastelands in the world’. 

HRW Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Kazakhstan


Kazakhstan’s poor human rights record has regretably deterioriated since its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in October 2014.

A Spy Case Exposes China’s Power Play in Central Asia

A view ofthe presidential palace in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. PHOTO: JUSTYNA MIELNIKIEWICZ FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Kazakhstan’s leaders struggle to balance hungerfor Chinese investment with fears of encroachment by their giant eastern neighbor

Kazakh Xinjiang Activist’s Trial Begins With Relocation, Incitement Charges Linger

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 A judge quickly agreed to send the case to Almaty; Serikzhan Bilash is charged with inciting violence against Chinese.

Will life imitate art? Steppe queen movie makes Kazakhs wonder


An ageing central Asian leader grooms his daughter to succeed him, and she then overcomes suspicion from her patriarchal society to unite her people.

BTA Bank Wins Sanctions Against Ex-Chairman in Theft Lawsuit

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A federal judge in New York ordered former BTA Bank JSC chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov to pay the Kazakh lender’s legal fees for the discovery process after he failed to hand over evidence in a lawsuit accusing him of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. real estate.

Kazakhstan is in the middle of a political transition. So is its social media humour.

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Fear is subsiding and the jokers are out in force
Just one of the many jokes at new President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's expense. Widely shared.

Russians Flock to EU Court in Long-Shot Bids to Topple Sanctions

Russians Flock to EU Court in Long-Shot Bids to Topple Sanctions

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Dictators’ funds in Switzerland – the biggest scandals

Dictators’ funds in Switzerland – the biggest scandals

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The Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Implications for Kazakhstan’s Energy Sector

The Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Implications for Kazakhstan’s Energy Sector

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