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Kazakh authorities to monitor wages for foreign workers better

 Kazakh authorities will improve monitoring of wages paid to foreign workers in the country, as stated by Minister for Labour and Social Protection Serik Abdenov.The minister noted that many facts of labour disproportion had been registered in 2012. A round up of monitoring this year will be carried out in late March.

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Kazakhstan to issue licenses to investors to develop 20 new fields

 The Kazakhstan Sovereign Wealth Fund, Samruk-Kazyna, is preparing a list of fields where licenses for development will be issued to potential investors after lifting a moratorium on the development of hydrocarbon fields, told chairman of the Kazakhstan Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna, Umirzak Shukeyev, told a meeting of the Fund Board with the participation of Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov.He said about 20 fields will be included in this list.

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 Six mediators of the Iranian nuclear program will have a new round of talks in Alma-Ata on February 26, IRIB reports.Ali Bageri, an assistant of Secretary of the Iranian Supreme Council for National Security Sayid Jalili, and Helga Schmidt, an assistant of EU Chief Diplomat Catherine Ashton, agreed to meet.They held the previous talks in Istanbul on July 24, 2012.

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Speaking at the 49th Munich Security Conference on Monday, the Turkish minister proposed the formation of 5+3 group in the talks over Iran’s nuclear energy program with the inclusion of Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Press TV reports.Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday that the next round of comprehensive talks between Iran and the the six international powers including China, Russia, France, Britain, the US and Germany will be held in Kazakhstan on February 25, 2013.

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Putin and Nazarbayev to meet in Moscow on 8 February

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Moscow on February 8, as was agreed today in a telephone conversation between the two heads of states.The press service of the President of Kazakhstan reports that the presidents will discuss questions regarding collaboration within the Common Economic Space and the Eurasian Economic Union.

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Kazakhstan to build new nuclear power plant

Kazakhstan plans to build a new nuclear power plant. Kristina Podshivalova of the Kazatomprom National Atomic Company says that a southern region will most likely be chosen for the facility, Trend reports.She said that the president had ordered composition of a map for energy balance in the country. It will be used to decide where to build the power plant.Aktau is one of the platforms for construction. Its BN 350 reactor was shut down in 1999. The local nuclear power plant was used for purification of water.

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Iran and 5+1 talks to be held in Kazakhstan late February

The new round of the talk between Iran and the 5+1 group (the USA, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) concerning the Iranian nuclear programme will be held in Kazakhstan on February 25, the Islamic Republic's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said today at the International Security Conference held in Munich."We have always supported the idea of continuing talks. We believe in drafting a joint declaration that will be acceptable for all parties," the official said.

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Hurriyet published an article by Mustafa Akyol entitled 'From European Union to club of dictators?' "Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan initiated yet another public discussion last week with an unexpected remark. During a TV interview focusing on foreign policy, he suddenly said: “Recently during my visit to Russia I joked with Putin. I said, ‘You poke fun at us, occasionally asking what business we have in the EU. Then let me poke fun at you. Include us in the Shanghai Five and we will give up on the EU,’” the article reads

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