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.

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.

Fizz goes out of Turkmenistan for Coca-Cola as ‘currency woes halt production’

bne IntelliNews November 21, 2017

Only bottles of Coke now available in remote Central Asian republic have doubled in price, with company reportedly overcome by forex conversion difficulties.

Could Uzbekistan be Iran’s bastion of influence in Central Asia?

Kanat Shaku in Almaty November 14, 2017

Post-nuclear sanctions Iran and post-Karimov Uzbekistan may have a strong mutual interest in building a substantial trade relationship. For Tehran, the move might open the way to repairing relations with Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

US charges five for bribing officials to win Central Asia contracts for Rolls-Royce

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2017

Indicted individuals allegedly paid kickbacks to officials in countries including Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, contracts on a pipeline-to-China investment among those tainted by scandal.