Serbia’s President Vucic, the prophet of doom

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2024

The Serbian president has repeatedly warned that the world could be heading for the worst conflict since WW2.

Russia pushes Iran to release its sailor from captured Israeli container ship

bne Tehran bureau April 16, 2024

Iranian authorities said they would provide Russian embassy officials with access to its citizen who was captured as part of the crew of the Israeli-owned MSC Aries.

Israel's financial markets hold despite Iranian missile strikes and threat of regional war

Ben Aris in Berlin April 16, 2024

Israel's financial markets shrugged off the April 13 Iranian missile strikes and will have a minimal economic impact in the short term, say analysts

Georgian Dream leader punched in head by MP amid uproar over return of “The Russian Law"

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2024

President takes to social media to declare: "Georgia will not surrender to resovietisation."

Russia’s war economy boosted by rising oil prices

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2024

Brent crude oil prices remained near a six-month high this week, hovering around $90 per barrel amidst fears of an oil price spike driven by escalating geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.

US Speaker Johnson releases preliminary details of a new $43bn Ukraine aid package

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2024

US Speaker of the House Mike Johnson has released preliminary details of a new aid package for US allies that he says could be put to a vote this week.

Fiala meets Biden to discuss support for Ukraine

Albin Sybera April 16, 2024

US President praises Czech initiative to purchase ammunition for Ukraine outside the EU.

Hungary attracts Southeast Asian guest workers in growing numbers

Tamas Csonka April 16, 2024

At the same time CEE workers leave because of Hungary's low wages.

Bosnian Serbs threaten to secede if UN adopts resolution on Srebrenica genocide

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2024

Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik urges MPs to endorse resolution denying the Srebrenica genocide and says Serbs can no longer live alongside Bosnian Muslims.

Huge billboard in Tehran calls Israel 'weaker than a spider's web' after weekend attack

bne Tehran bureau April 15, 2024

A large billboard has gone up in the Iranian capital, calling Israel “weaker than a spider’s web” following the Islamic Republic’s drone and missile strike on Israel on April 13.

Dollar retreats in Tehran's market following Iran’s response to Israel

bne Tehran bureau April 15, 2024

Exchange rates in Tehran's Ferdowsi Street saw a surprise decline on April 15, following Iran's first direct targeting of Israel two nights earlier

UK, US ban trading in Russian aluminium, copper, nickel

bne IntelliNews April 15, 2024

The London Metal Exchange (LME) and Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) have blocked the trade of aluminium, copper, and nickel produced by Russia, the UK government accounced late on April 12.

Hungary’s election committee clears Magyar’s bid to run in EP election

Tamas Csonka in Budapest April 15, 2024

The former Fidesz insider has shaken up the political status quo as he is now polling at 14-15%, in third place.

Tajik foreign minister hits out at Russia’s apparent torturing of terrorism accused

bne IntelliNews April 14, 2024

"Use of torture in form of bodily mutilation unacceptable. Price of confessions extracted this way well known to everyone," says Sirojiddin Muhriddin.

Iran escalates hijab crackdown amid heightened regional tensions

Guest writer in Tehran April 14, 2024

As Iran grapples with growing regional tensions with Israel, the police forces across the country have announced the resumed enforcement of mandatory hijab rules for women, causing more strife on the streets.

Gulf Arab states urge restraint in Israel, Iran escalation

bne Tehran bureau April 14, 2024

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have expressed deep concerns over the recent military escalation in the Middle East following Iran's unprecedented direct attack on Israeli territory late April 13.

Iran summons British, French, German envoys over stance on retaliatory attack

bne Tehran bureau April 14, 2024

Iran's foreign ministry summoned the ambassadors of Britain, France and Germany on April 14 for their respective countries' "irresponsible positions" about Iran's retaliatory strike on Israel.

Iran cancels all flights to all airports amid tension with Israel

bne Tehran bureau April 14, 2024

Iran has suspended all flights to and from major airports until April 15th due to ongoing tensions with Israel following Iran's retaliatory strikes on Israeli soil.

Iran's attempt at a "Goldilocks retaliation" strike on Israel was designed to fail, but tensions remain high

Ben Aris in Berlin, Tel Aviv April 14, 2024

Iran launched its first ever direct military attack on Israel on April 13 after decades of proxy war hostilities. As the dust settles the following morning, the attack seems to have failed with only seven missiles penetrating Israel’s defences.

Estonia’s interior minister set to classify Moscow Patriarchate church as terror organisation

bne IntelliNews April 14, 2024

Estonian Interior Minister Lauri Laanemets said he is set to propose to the country’s parliament Riigikogu that they declare the Moscow-based Orthodox Patriarchate a terrorist organisation.