History of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, the largest segment of the Eurasian Steppe, was the home and crossroads for numerous groups of people throughout history. Human activity in the region began with the extinct Pithecanthropus and Sinanthropus 1 million – 800,000 years ago in the Karatau Mountains, as well as the Caspian and Balkhash areas. Neanderthals were present 140,000 – 40,000 years ago in the Karatau Mountains and Central Kazakhstan. Modern Homo sapiens appeared 40,000 – 12,000 years ago in Southern, Central, and Eastern Kazakhstan. After the end of the last glacial period, 12,500 – 5,000 years ago, human settlement spread across the whole of Kazakhstan, eventually leading to the extinction of large animals (mammoth, woolly rhinoceros). The hunter-gatherer communes invented bows and boats, and used domesticated wolves and traps for hunting.

The Neolithic Revolution was marked by the appearance of animal husbandry and agriculture, giving rise to the Atbasar,Kelteminar, Botai, Mokanjar, Ust-Narym, and other cultures. The Botai culture (3600–3100 BCE) is credited with the first domestication of horses. Ceramics and polished stone tools also appeared during this period. The 4th – 3rd millennia witnessed the beginning of metal production, manufacture of copper tools, and use of casting molds. In the 2nd millennium, ore mining developed in Central Kazakhstan.

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Chinese vice premier attends forums in Kazakhstan

Sina 17 May 2019
He said that under the guidance of the two heads of state, the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Kazakhstan has been developing rapidly, their political mutual trust has been deepening and bilateral cooperation has reached the highest level in history....
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Feature: "The Composer" -- a legend of exiled war-time Chinese musician pulling at heartstrings of numerous viewers

Xinhua 17 May 2019
In China, he is remembered as Xian Xinghai, one of the country's greatest composers; in Kazakhstan, he was known as Huang Xun, a refugee with remarkable talent; in Singapore and France, he was Sinn Sing Hol, a poor student with insatiable passion for music ... The Composer became the first movie jointly produced by China and Kazakhstan....
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Roundup: Chinese vice premier attends forums in Kazakhstan

China.dot.org 16 May 2019
He said that under the guidance of the two heads of state, the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Kazakhstan has been developing rapidly, their political mutual trust has been deepening and bilateral cooperation has reached the highest level in history....
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Central Asia baggage tempers transition bets

Asiatimes 09 May 2019
Kazakhstan’s 9% gain through end-April lagged the core emerging-market index, despite president Nursultan Nazarbayev’s decision to turn over power to a successor after decades in office, and the prospect of large-scale state enterprise privatizations through the stock exchange after years of preparation....
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After cover-ups, Moscow's doping lab makes quiet return

Beaumont Enterprise 03 May 2019
That's despite not being fully accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency ... Another major source of samples is the national anti-doping agency of Kazakhstan, a country with a prolific history of Olympic doping violations, which said it sends "no more than 100" samples each year ... Unlike urine, blood samples degrade quickly. Under .......
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After cover-ups, Moscow’s doping lab makes quiet return

Federal News Radio 03 May 2019
That’s despite not being fully accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency ... Advertisement ... Another major source of samples is the national anti-doping agency of Kazakhstan, a country with a prolific history of Olympic doping violations, which said it sends “no more than 100” samples each year ... ___. More AP sports ... All rights reserved ... ....
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BC-OLY--Russian Doping-Lab's Quiet Return

Waco Tribune-Herald 03 May 2019
BC-OLY--Russian Doping-Lab's Quiet Return,833. After cover-ups, Moscow's doping lab makes quiet return. AP Photo XAZ115, XAZ114. Eds. With AP Photos ... Another major source of samples is the national anti-doping agency of Kazakhstan, a country with a prolific history of Olympic doping violations, which said it sends "no more than 100" samples each year....
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The Ends of Arms Control

CounterPunch 03 May 2019
My first trip to Washington, DC to do something other than protest on the streets was to interview for a Herbert Scoville Jr ... It was a high point for the arms control movement ... The Swerve ... Among other results of the program, the new states of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus became the first countries in history to abandon their nuclear weapons ... ....
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Kazakhstan may get its first-ever female presidential candidate

EurasiaNet 26 Apr 2019
The presidential election in Kazakhstan scheduled for June may, for the first time in the nation’s history, feature a female candidate ... She then noted that women in Kazakhstan had also never been involved in high-level corruption cases ... Then again, women in Kazakhstan have tried to run for president before, but been denied the opportunity....
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Kazakhstan’s acting leader to run for president

Centre Daily Times 23 Apr 2019
... Nazarbayev, who ruled Kazakhstan throughout its post-Soviet history, along with Nazarbayev's elder daughter....
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Kazakhstan's acting leader to run for president

Beaumont Enterprise 23 Apr 2019
MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan's ruling party has nominated the interim president to run in the presidential election later this year ... Tokayev, former speaker of the upper house of parliament, was considered a possible successor for Nazarbayev, who ruled Kazakhstan throughout its post-Soviet history, along with Nazarbayev's elder daughter ... .......
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Scotland fires coach after 1 of worst results in its history

The Malta Independent 19 Apr 2019
Scotland has fired coach Alex McLeish after one of the worst results in the national team's history....
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Chelsea, Arsenal make Europa League last 4

The Japan News 19 Apr 2019
GLASGOW (AP) — Scotland has fired coach Alex McLeish after one of the worst results in the national team’s history. A 3-0 loss to Kazakhstan in a European Championship qualifier last month was highlighted by the Scottish Football Association when the governing body announced the departure of McLeish on Thursday....
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