In the nuclear arms race against the US, the former Soviet Union performed more than 450 nuclear tests in an area known as the Semipalatinsk Test Site — also known as the Polygon — from 1949 to 1989. Winds blew the nuclear fallout and radioactive dust into neighboring villages, affecting anywhere between 500,000 to 1 million people.
Kazakhstan's president is betting that transforming the alphabet will help his country bolster its national identity, ditch its Russian and Soviet colonial past and better integrate itself in the modern world.
Writer and wildlife biologist Douglas Chadwick has returned season after season to the Gobi Desert to track the Gobi grizzly, a tiny and mostly unknown population of grizzly bears, notable for their coats of bright gold fur.
A new state-sponsored movie in Russia commemorates the sacrifice of “Panfilov's 28” in the WWII battle for Moscow. Their story is as iconic for Russians as the flag-raising over Iwo Jima is for Americans. The only problem is, it's not quite true.
With its simple menu and casual atmosphere, the Training Cafe looks like many other local eateries in Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty. But unlike the others, its 40-person staff is exclusively composed of patients from local psychiatric institutions.
Today's answer is Kazakhstan. Lance Armstrong announced today he'll be returning to the cycling world as part of Kazakhstan's Team Astana. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Daniel Benson, managing editor at cyclingnews.com
For our GEO QUIZ today we're looking for the STANS; seven countries that end with the suffix ?stan.? Anchor Jeb Sharp tells us about an EIGHTH ?stan? that can't be found on a map. It's an idealized world created by Lebanese businessman Michel Eleftriades.
A couple hundred head of cattle boarded a jumbo jet out of Fargo, ND on a 22 hour flight. The shipment is part of an agricultural deal to send a couple thousand hardy cows to Kazakhstan. For the Geo Quiz we ask, where did they land?
Two students from Kazakhstan remain in prison on charges of obstruction of justice in the Boston marathon case. They're accused of conspiring to destroy, conceal or cover up objects belonging to their college classmate, suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.