from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Formerly Aq·mo·la (äkˌmō-läˈ) and Tse·lin·o·grad (tsə-lĭnˈə-grädˌ)Astana The capital of Kazakhstan, in the north-central part of the country. Founded as a fortress in 1824, it was a small mining town until the 1950s when it became the center of a vast agricultural project initiated by Nikita Khrushchev. The capital was shifted from Almaty in 1997. Population: 511,000.
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- proper n. The capital of Kazakhstan.
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- n. remote city of Kazakhstan that (ostensibly for security reasons) was made the capital in 1998
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REPORT - UNWTO GENERAL ASSEMBLY - ASTANA: The UNWTO General Assembly welcomed a second national President on Tuesday when France's France winning team Astana will sign a three-year sponsorship deal Monday with Kazakhstan's vast state holding company, Kazakh
The average annual temperature in Astana is 1 degrees Celsius.
LIMOGES, France (AP) Alberto Contador is playing down tensions between him and Lance Armstrong at the Tour de France, but the issue over the lack of leadership within Astana's team will continue so long as the two former champions are fighting for the yellow jersey.
The American who competes for Astana is going for his third victory in the race's four-year history and increased his overall lead by 12 seconds.
Leipheimer and Armstrong have a close relationship within Astana, which Armstrong says is riven by "tension" with Contador.
By the end of the race, Armstrong, who admitted his form wasn't the best, was talking less of squabbling within Astana and more about Contador's greatness as a rider.
M-kaa also shares his impressions, saying that he has not been in Astana for the last two years, which, according to him, can be compared to decades when speaking of the new capital, where construction projects are treated as the affairs of national importance [ru]:
Astana is planning to send a star-studded team to the March 23-27 tour in northern Spain, with Tour of California winner Levi Leipheimer and, possibly, tour expert Andreas Kloeden joining co-leaders Armstrong and Contador.
Astana is rounding out its roster to fill the gap left by the departure of Alberto Contador and three trusted teammates.
Why stop at one stunning structure in Astana, Kazakhstan, when you can have two on your resume?!