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Russia marks Victory Day

Russia is marking the 68th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany and end of the Great Patriotic War. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu is viewing the parade on the Red Square. Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces Lieutenant-General Vladimir Chirkin commands the parade. 2000 veterans were invited to watch it. Russian President Vladimir Putin observes the parade.

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KazTransOil head calls Kazakh oil transfers through Azerbaijan priority

 KazTransOil head Kayrgeldy Kabyldin (Kazakhstan) has called transfers of Kazakh oil from the Kashagan Field through Azerbaijan a priority. He called the route an achievement of Azerbaijani National Leader Heydar Aliyev, Trend reports.Prime Minister Nurlan Balgimbayev and President Heydar Aliyev said that Kazakh oil should be transported through Azerbaijan to the world markets. Kabyldin reminded that construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline enforces stability and security of oil shipments.

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Kazakhstan marks Defender of Fatherland Day

 Kazakhstan is marking the Defender of the Fatherland Day. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev set the day in October 2012.The bill on formation of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan was signed on May 7, 1992. Order N1085 was signed to improve the Armed Forces, separating the ground Forces, Air Forces and Navy. Aeromobile Forces were formed later.Kazakhstan has four command centers: Astana, East, West and South.

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 Siberian customs officers have initiated a criminal case for transporting Mi-26 helicopters from Kazakhstan, ITAR-TASS cites spokeswoman of their customs office Asya Molodtsova.The helicopters were made by the USSR Defense Ministry in the 1980s and were left in Kazakhstan after the collapse of the Soviet Union. They were moved to Novosibirsk without license.People responsible for transporting the helicopters illegally may get 3-7 years of prison. 

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3 more suspects in Boston bombing case detained

Three additional suspects have been detained in the United States in connection with the April 15 bombing of the Boston Marathon, RIA Novosti cites the Boston Police Department as saying on Twitter.

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Nazarbayev to pay an official visit to Croatia at the end of the year

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev will pay an official visit to Croatia at the end of this year, Croatia's First Deputy Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Joško Klisović said. "We had a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and the Vice Minister for the Economy. During these discussions, I confirmed Croatia's approval to create a joint commission on the promotion of economic relations.We plan to start this commission as soon as possible.

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 Turkey has become a dialogue partner of the SCO, according to a memorandum signed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and SCO Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev in Alma Ata today, RIA Novosti reports.Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are members of the SCO, an organization founded in 2001. Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan are the observers of the organization. Turkey, Belarus and Sri Lanka are its dialogue partners. 

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 Turkish Prim Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Kazakhstan to discuss the Afghan problem with his Kazakh counterpart Yerlan Idrisov and meet Secretary General of the SCO Dmitry Mezentsev.A council of higher-ranking officials was hosted in Alma Ata within the framework of the Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process of Afghanistan on April 25 to discuss the Alma Ata Declaration and other documents on April 26. 

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Iran agrees to continue talks with Ashton

Iran has confirmed its intention to continue negotiations with the six international mediators. "We are waiting for Lady Ashton to call Supreme National Security Council Secretor Saeed Jalili, " the deputy of Jalili said, Reuters reports citing the statement of the representative of Iran.

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Caspian states to compare maps

 The special work group for development of the Caspian convention compared maps of the sea at the 32nd session concluded in Tehran yesterday. Deputy foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan attending the meeting made new proposals and announced compromise formulas on some points of the convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, the Russian Foreign Ministry reports.

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 The special work group for development of the Caspian convention compared maps of the sea at the 32nd session concluded in Tehran yesterday. Deputy foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan attending the meeting made new proposals and announced compromise formulas on some points of the convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea.

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 Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at the 11th Eurasian Media Forum in Astana that Kazakhstan will never join an organization limiting its independence.He reminded that Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan were building the Eurasian Economic Union. The president emphasized that comparisons of the new integration structure and the USSR were absurd. 

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MiG-31 crashes in Kazakhstan

 A MiG-31 interceptor crashed in the Karaganda Region of Kazakhstan at 10.41 pm on April 23, 2013, RIA Novosti reports.Crew commander Col. Marat Yedigeyev died, Maj. Ruslan Galimzyanov was hospitalized.The jet was repaired at the 514 aviation factory in Rzhev in December 2012 and had 42 hours of flight.The jet made three flights during the day and one during night. 

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 Ukraine will become an observer at the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in late May, RIA Novosti cites Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov.The PM noted that discussions of technical aspects of the process with Kazakhstan and Belarus were almost accomplished. Ukraine will have an office at the Eurasian Economic Commission.Ukraine’ membership in the Customs Union is one of the conditions Gazprom has in order to sell cheaper fuel to Ukraine.

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 The Kazakh National Committee has made a bid this year to host the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Astana in 2017, the KazEnergy Association Executive Director Ramazan Zhampiisov said.   "The Kazakh National Committee has made a bid this year to host the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Astana in 2017," Zhampiisov said at a regular meeting. The U.S. city of Houston is Astana's rival on this issue. It held the 12th World Petroleum Congress in spring of 1987. 

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 A Russian drone crashed near Balkuduk in the Kurmangazi District of the Atyrau Region of Kazakhstan, Kazinform reports.The drone exploded and split into three parts. It was probably launched from the Ashuluk military range. 

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