PANNIER: Russia is pushing Turkmenistan out of the natural gas market

Bruce Pannier May 24, 2024

Moscow’s moves to take over Central Asian pipeline capacity for deliveries to China might explain unusual urgency in the Turkmen search for new customers.

Jaw-dropping discovery: 450,000-year-old tooth unearthed in Iran

bne Tehran bureau May 24, 2024

Archaeologists have discovered the oldest evidence of occupation in Iran's Central Plateau at Qaleh Kurd Cave in Qazvin, pushing back the timeline of human settlement in the region by over 300,000 years.

China's COMAC eyes Saudi Arabia as launchpad for international expansion

bnm Gulf bureau May 24, 2024

Chinese state-owned aircraft manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) is setting its sights on Saudi Arabia as a strategic base for its international expansion efforts.

New plan for getting Turkmen gas to Europe – pipe it to Pakistan and ship it as LNG

Will Conroy May 23, 2024

Pakistani petroleum minister outlines proposal at energy symposium. Says TAPI pipeline could be completed solely with Islamabad and Ashgabat funding.

Both Iran’s acting president and Parliament Speaker can constitutionally stand for upcoming snap election

bne Tehran bureau May 23, 2024

With only 36 days to go to Iran’s early presidential election to pick a successor to former president Ebrahim Raisi, a key question arises whether the acting president and Parliament Speaker can run for the top post.

Iranian President Raisi buried in eastern city of Mashhad

bne Tehran bureau May 23, 2024

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has been buried in the Islamic shrine of Imam Reza in the eastern city of Mashhad on May 23.

Iranian media suggests ‘foul play’ and ‘conspiracy’ over Raisi’s death

bne Tehran bureau May 23, 2024

Persian and foreign social media has been awash with speculations from individuals, news agencies, political circles, technical experts, and even several pilots about the possibility that the helicopter crash involving President Raisi was a hit job.

Turkiye’s Erdogan to fly to Iran’s Mashhad for Raisi burial

bne Tehran bureau May 22, 2024

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to visit Iran on May 22 to attend the funeral of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, who was recently killed in a helicopter crash.

Iranian markets nervous as early elections loom following Raisi's demise

bne Tehran bureau May 22, 2024

Iranian traders and business groups have been spooked by the sudden death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on May 19, with markets going haywire despite being officially closed.

Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei hosts prayers for late president

bne Tehran bureau bne Tehran bureau May 22, 2024

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on May 22 led a funeral ceremony at Tehran University for the country's late President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, and others who perished in a helicopter crash.

Ireland and Norway recognise Palestine on ‘historic and important day’

bne Gulf bureau May 22, 2024

Ireland is to formally recognise the state of Palestine, Prime Minister Simon Harris announced on May 22.

Bodies of President Raisi and colleagues arrive at Tehran's Mosalla

bne Tehran bureau May 21, 2024

The funeral tour of President Ebrahim Raisi and his government colleagues commenced at Tehran's Mosalla Grand Mosque Complex.

“Silent demise” of world’s vast rangelands threatens food supply of billions, warns UNCCD report

bne IntelliNews May 21, 2024

Sixty-plus experts examine degradation caused by land overuse and misuse, climate change and biodiversity loss.

Iran to hold snap elections on June 28 after death of President Raisi

bne Tehran bureau May 21, 2024

Iranian leaders finalised the schedule for snap elections after the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, setting June 28 as the date for public vote.

COMMENT: Ebrahim Raisi's death could lead to the rise of a new radical generation

Roozbeh Aliabadi of Global Growth Advisors May 21, 2024

Iran's political landscape has been shaped significantly by the complex and often contentious relationships between Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the nation's presidents.

Russian officials will attend Iranian President Raisi's funeral, confirms Kremlin

bne Tehran bureau May 21, 2024

Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin will participate in the farewell ceremony for Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Turkey says helicopter carrying Iran’s Raisi did not emit transponder signal, adds Turkish drone used to find wreckage

bne IntelliNews May 20, 2024

Akinci thermal imaging used to find crash site shrouded by fog.

ANALYSIS: President Raisi's death and Its implications for Iran and the region

bne Tehran bureau May 20, 2024

The sudden death of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash on May 19 has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the country's political future.

Who will be the next Iranian president following Raisi’s death?

bne Tehran bureau May 20, 2024

With the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash on May 19, many are wondering what happens next in the country of more than 80 million people.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi confirmed dead in helicopter crash

bne Tehran bureau May 20, 2024

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdulrahman have been killed in a helicopter crash, Iranian state television IRIB reported earlier on May 20.