Central Asia & Caucasus

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan abolishes death penalty

President Tokayev signed a law on ratification of the second optional protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, with the purpose of abolishing the death penalty.

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Renewable energy booms in Afghanistan

In addition to emerging solar projects, Afghanistan’s national utility company Da Afghanistan a $43 million wind power project will soon be launched in Herat province.

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Kazakhstan declares independence from the Soviet Union

Following the August 1991 aborted coup attempt in Moscow, Kazakhstan declared independence on 16 December 1991, thus becoming the last Soviet republic to declare independence. Ten days later, the Soviet Union itself ceased to exist.

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