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President Nazarbayev said he had been watching Cameron and praised him for 'the way he protects the interests of the British people all over the world'

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David Cameron defends controversial Kazakhstan trip with pledge to secure UK jobs

Pressure groups have called on the PM to raise human rights  issues with the regime

David Cameron shaking hands with the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev

David Cameron under pressure to raise human rights in Kazakhstan

Mr Cameron will be the first serving British Prime Minister to visit the former Soviet republic

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It should be both easy and timely for Cameron to publicly raise concern about human rights abuses and the imprisoned opposition leader at the highest levels

Kazakh muscle to succeed in lowball bid for stricken ENRC

The government of Kazakhstan last night looked set to take the scandal-struck mining giant ENRC off the London Stock Exchange in the hope of stemming the tide of negative publicity it has brought the mineral-rich nation.

Oligarchs set to put in lower bid for ENRC

The scandal-riven oligarchs behind mining group ENRC today looked poised for success in their attempts to buy the company for a knockdown price of £3 billion after they secured the reluctant backing of its biggest shareholder, and rival, Kazakhmys.

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You’ve failed your exams – and you get an F in cheating: French mum dresses as daughter to take end of year English test

It was the perfect crime. The French newspaper Le Parisien reported that a 52-year-old Frenchwoman had been apprehended for impersonating her own daughter in an English exam.

Kazakhstan's president Nursultan Nazarbayev invited Mr Cameron to visit when he was at the Olympics

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PM to visit dictatorship that is expected to play key role in Afghanistan military withdrawal

Future of ENRC in the melting pot

A fraud inquiry, a dearth of information at the agm and a bid still swirling. Where next for the blue-chip miner that's 'more Soviet than City'?

The Soyuz rocket with Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineers: Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency and Karen Nyberg of NASA, onboard, launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station

Soyuz trip to International Space Station sets record of 5 hours 40 minutes - quicker than flight from London to New York

American astronaut Karen Nyberg, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and Italy's Luca Parmitano will spend six months in space

Astronaut Ron Garan spending time in space

'When you see the planet from space it puts the common challenges faced by all humans into perspective'

American astronaut Ron Garan returned from his time on the International Space Station in a Russian capsule - and new faith in the power of global collaboration

Scandal-hit miner ENRC shunned by leading City brokers

Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank cut ties with company facing fraud inquiry

Britain top choice for international lawsuits: Windfall for barristers from oil-rich Kazakhstan

Foreign firms and tycoons increasingly decide to settle court cases in the UK

Laura Robson had won just two matches in six tournaments before beating Rybarikova

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Laura Robson has not enjoyed the best of times since her stunning victory over Petra Kvitova in the Australian Open in January but the 19-year-old Briton showed great resilience to win her opening match in Madrid. Despite losing the first set to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova, Robson recovered to beat the world No 48 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.

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Peter Hambro's gold miner Petropavlovsk was glistening close to the top of the mid-tier index yesterday when the previously plummeting gold price rallied, reaching its highest in more than a week. The IMF said central banks are buying gold again and its price responded after tumbling the sharpest for 30 years last week.

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