Prosecutors indicted Karimova for illegally buying two cement plants and selling them off to a foreign business, saying she coerced the owners to hand over their companies.
Withdrawal reportedly caused by lack of government backing for country’s flagship infrastructure development. Analysts anticipate investment mothballing or arrival of Russian or Chinese stakeholders to replace Western partners.
Toronto-listed company’s site has been blockaded for months by protesters arguing mining will pose a threat to water resources.
Likely financier is controversial ex-defence minister turned oligarch. Meanwhile, new anti-government movement planned by TBC Bank founder.
Former owner of Rustavi 2 who regained control through the courts offers to sell broadcaster and calls for insolvency proceedings to be launched.
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, appearing in good health, gives speech at Caspian Economic Forum.
Tehran open to negotiations to give poorest Central Asian nation and Persian-speaking ‘cousin’ route for commerce through facility shielded from US sanctions given its importance to Afghanistan.
Tense situation heightened by UK decision to join US in escroting vessels through region.
Kyrgyz protesters seize Zhong Ji Mining’s trucks, accuse company of pollution that wiped out livestock. China demands punishment for assailants.
Officials insist Berdimuhamedov is simply on holiday. Observers want conclusive evidence he’s alive.
Observers ask if Boris Johnson government could soon widen support to back American sanctions against Iran. Tehran’s top diplomat says “Britain is an accomplice in US economic terrorism”.
Iran’s traffic police to appeal against decision that could cause explosion of young women using motorbikes.
UK on the other hand may be warming to Washington’s plans with analysts noting how dependent new PM Boris Johnson could become on Americans as he tries to make his Brexit strategy work.
Conclusive evidence Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is alive and well yet to be offered. Observers puzzle over odd behaviour of officials.
UK, meanwhile, says swapping seized Iranian tanker Grace 1 for British-flagged vessel Stena Impero captured by Iran is out of the question.
New leader whose June arrival in office was shaken by big protests is raising social spending, targeting close-to-balanced budget and resisting further bank rescues.
Yerevan residents are furious about the piles of smelly trash in their city, but operator Sanitek says it's the fault of protesters who burned its bins.
Prior to detention, Irakli Okruashvili claimed ownership of Rustavi 2, a TV station that backs the opposition. Tug of war for new influence at broadcaster ahead of elections under way after European court decision.
Resigned chairman Khazaradze now involved in anti-government “civic movement”. Alleges prosecution “aims to stop construction of Anaklia Deep Sea Port”.
Behaviour of officials in Turkmenistan means, however, that speculation Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has passed away will persist.