Watchdog says Turkey worst in the world for jailing journalists in 2017

bne IntelliNews December 13, 2017

73 journalists remained behind bars in Turkey, according to the CPJ's latest press freedom report, while Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia also got dishonourable mentions.

Erdogan was top target of Iran sanctions busting probe fled Turkish policeman testifies

bne IntelliNews December 12, 2017

Ongoing New York trial hears from Huseyin Korkmaz who fled to US with cache of evidence gathered by original Turkish investigation into Reza Zarrab’s money laundering scheme.

US Congress leaves Iran nuclear deal decision to Trump

bne IntelliNews December 12, 2017

With an injunction to ‘fix it or nix it’, the US president sent the issue to senators, but they have opted to let the deadline for action pass, meaning the matter will now once more go to the Oval Office.

Putin makes surprise appearance at Russian airbase in Syria to declare “victory”

bne IntelliNews December 12, 2017

Having announced he is running for re-election, Russian president seems intent on selling a plan to establish something like Russia’s Soviet-era leadership in the Middle East.

Iran confronts Boris Johnson with UK’s poor record in supporting nuclear deal

bne IntelliNews December 11, 2017

Visiting UK foreign secretary told even the banking obstacles obstructing Iran’s London embassy have not been solved.

Turkey seizes assets of Iran sanctions trial witness Zarrab

bne IntelliNews December 3, 2017

Prosecutors ordered to make move as part of investigation of gold trader who at a trial in New York has implicated Turkey's President Erdogan while describing a complex money laundering scheme to a jury.

Iran's Chabahar Port extension opens export door to Afghanistan, Central Asia for India

bne IntelliNews December 3, 2017

Joint Iranian and Indian investment triples capacity of Iran's only oceanic port as India looks to bypass Pakistan with new trading routes.

Turkey's Erdogan implicated by Zarrab in New York sanctions busting trial

Will Conroy in Prague December 1, 2017

Turkish-Iranian gold trader who has turned prosecution witness links Turkish president to gold-for-Iranian-oil plot.

Zarrab tells US court of $1bn scheme to evade Iran sanctions using Turkey’s Halkbank

bne IntelliNews November 30, 2017

Case that has roiled Turkish markets gets under way in New York with testimony that a former Turkey economy minister received more than $50mn in bribes.

Turkish lira slides as Zarrab revealed as Iran sanctions case prosecution witness

bne IntelliNews November 29, 2017

Turkey's markets on edge as businessman prepares to tell story of involvement of government and Halkbank officials in multi-billion-dollar money laundering scheme.

British expect to end £300m dispute with Iran over tanks ordered in 1976

bne IntelliNews November 16, 2017

Just 185 of 1,750 Chieftain tanks paid for upfront were ever delivered because the Islamic Revolution led to an arms supplies ban. MP described UK's approach to debt as “un-British”.