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.
Joint Iranian and Indian investment triples capacity of Iran's only oceanic port as India looks to bypass Pakistan with new trading routes.
Only bottles of Coke now available in remote Central Asian republic have doubled in price, with company reportedly overcome by forex conversion difficulties.
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.
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.