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New York judge tells Turkey’s Halkbank to turn up and enter plea in Iran sanctions busting case

bne IntelliNews December 5, 2019

Move must be made before state lender can challenge US court’s ability to hold trial, he adds.

Uzbekistan mulls soum Eurobond as it explores funding options

Clare Nuttall in Tashkent December 4, 2019

Having made a successful debut on the international bond market this year, Uzbekistan is considering options for future funding that could include a Eurobond issue in the local currency.

Iran’s oil export claims not without foundation says

bne IntelliNews December 2, 2019

Satellite technology firm refers to 700,000 barrels a day possibly successfully shipped despite US attempt to drive consignments to zero.

Several European countries to join Instex mechanism for trading with Iran

bne IntelliNews November 29, 2019

In itself move won’t go very far in persuading Tehran to stick with nuclear deal.

In Iran unrest aftermath officials talk of “foreign conspiracy” while NGOs allege “coverup”

bne IntelliNews November 27, 2019

Tehran blames “thugs” linked to exiles and US, Israel and Saudi Arabia. HRW issues report on “brutal crackdown” and calls for release of official death toll.

Kazakhstan delays big oil, airline and telecoms IPOs again

Kanat Shaku in Almaty November 27, 2019

Officials act amid market uncertainty after hired advisers say they should wait on valuations to improve.

Iran mostly back online after unprecedented shutdown

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2019

100 protest leaders said to have been rounded up. Reports circulate that relatives of expatriate Iranian journalists are suffering intimidation from military and spy agencies.

Analysts fear regimes will celebrate and imitate Iran’s “halal net” following digital blackout

bne IntelliNews November 21, 2019

As reports indicate Islamic Republic is gradually reconnecting to global internet after quelling of social unrest, observers say success of Iranian intranet is a human rights headache.

Protesters blocking Georgia’s parliament in voting system demo forced away with water cannons

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 19, 2019

Leaders of “It’s a Shame” movement among dozens arrested. Poll shows loss of popularity for ruling Georgian Dream party.

Iran remains almost entirely cut off from internet following unrest

bne IntelliNews November 18, 2019

Basij paramilitary force says November 18 brought a quieter day on the streets with “main culprits” rounded up. Death toll estimates range from six to dozens.

Iran shuts down internet as petrol riots crackdown escalates

bne IntelliNews November 17, 2019

Iranian authorities essentially turned the internet off on November 17 as a crackdown on protests against a dramatic hike in petrol prices escalated, reported Netblocks, an internet-freedom charity.

Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei blames enemies for protests as several reported dead in escalating unrest

bne IntelliNews November 17, 2019

Iran went under virtual martial law as authorities shut down the internet and blocked roads in the capital. There were some reports of shooting on the streets of Tehran.

Tbilisi on edge as Georgians take to streets over rejection of voting reform

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 15, 2019

Opposition parties have called for big weekend demonstrations in response to ruling party’s blocking of constitutional switch to proportional representation system in time for 2020 general election.

Halkbank shares head south in Istanbul after Erdogan’s White House meeting produces little

bne IntelliNews November 14, 2019

State bank embroiled in Iran sanctions-busting case. Mention of Turkish strongman in indictment and Trump Tower Istanbul under renewed scrutiny. No progress on ‘S-400’ row. Senators not thrilled at Oval Office showing of anti-Kurdish propaganda film.

Moscow has the second highest road rage score in the world

Ben Aris in Berlin November 12, 2019

Mister Auto released a survey of which cities in the world are the best and worst to drive in that found Moscow has the second highest road rage index in the world, after only Ulaanbaatar.

CONFERENCE CALL: President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov hits the road to woo investors

Mark van Loon in Milan November 8, 2019

The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was in Italy this week for an Italian – Turkmenistan business forum took in Milan on October 7, to woo investors and diversify the economy