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Dissident Kazakh oligarch Ablyazov held in France: sources

LONDON/CANNES, France (Reuters) - Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh businessman accused of embezzling $6 billion from his former bank, BTA, has been arrested on the French Riviera, two sources said on Wednesday. Full story

Kazakh ambassador denies pushing Italy to deport dissident's wife

ROME (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's ambassador to Rome on Wednesday denied his government had pressured the Italian interior minister to deport the wife and daughter of a dissident oligarch in a case that threatened to bring down the fragile coalition government. Full story

Kazakhstan says oligarch's wife could return to Italy: newspaper

ROME (Reuters) - Kazakhstan will let a dissident oligarch's wife return to Italy as long as she is returned for trial if necessary, an Italian newspaper reported on Tuesday, the latest twist in a case that has strained relations in Italy's fragile coalition. Full story

Italy minister faces more pressure over Kazakh case

ROME (Reuters) - The deputy head of Italy's fragile ruling coalition faced growing pressure on Wednesday to resign over the expulsion of a dissident Kazakh oligarch's wife and daughter, posing a threat to the stability of Prime Minister Enrico Letta's government. Full story

Italy's interior minister faces political storm over Kazakh expulsion

ROME (Reuters) - A leading Italian newspaper on Monday urged the deputy of head of Italy's fragile ruling coalition to resign over the expulsion of the wife and daughter of dissident Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov. Full story

Kazakhstan won't let oligarch's wife return to Italy

ASTANA (Reuters) - Kazakhstan said on Saturday the wife of fugitive former minister and oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov could not leave the country because she was under investigation, and Ablyazov said his wife and daughter were in danger. Full story

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  US military plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan

An American military tanker refueling plane has crashed in the rugged mountains of Kyrgyzstan. NBCNews.com’s Dara Brown reports.

  Turkmenistan's leader gets tossed from horse

The President of Turkmenistan fell off his horse just after he crossed the finish line in a race on Sunday. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

  Counterterrorism officials investigate possible jihadi ties

NBC’s Richard Engel reports that officials are examining possible links between the Boston bombers and the Islamic Jihad Union of central Asia.       

  American, Canadian, Russian head to ISS

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a crew of three took off from Kazakhstan on Wednesday. The trio is expected to arrive at the International Space Station on Friday.

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