Kazakhstan: Mayhem mars the end of the school year

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet May 30, 2024

Students and parents flout a ban on excessive celebrations.

Dogs café in Tehran sealed amid ‘illegal activity’ allegations

bne Gulf bureau May 30, 2024

Iranian authorities have sealed a controversial establishment known as the "Dogs Café" in Tehran following allegations of 'illegal activities.'

$18.5bn needed for Middle Corridor infrastructure in Central Asia, says EBRD expert

Clare Nuttall in Yerevan May 30, 2024

Route connecting China and Europe via Central Asia has becoming increasingly popular since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Pashinyan defends police action against head of Armenian church

Ani Avetisyan May 30, 2024

The confrontation is part of a wider conflict between the Armenian premier and senior figures in the Armenian Apostolic Church, who have joined the opposition in calling for Pashinyan to resign over territorial concessions to Azerbaijan.

Erdogan calls Netanyahu a "psychopath", "maniac" and "vampire"

bne IntelliNews May 29, 2024

Responding to Israel’s strikes that killed Palestinians in a tent camp, he calls on Islamic world to wait no longer in agreeing to joint action against it.

Kretinsky reaches £5.3bn deal to buy Royal Mail owner IDS

Albin Sybera May 29, 2024

Acquisition may face tough questions from likely incoming Labour government.

Criminal investigations launched at Slovenia’s Nova24TV and Telekom Slovenije

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 29, 2024

Probe ahead of European Parliament reportedly linked to suspected financing of opposition SDS party through various media.

Eurasian Development Bank signs the UN Principles for Responsible Banking

bne IntelliNews May 29, 2024

The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) has become an official signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Banking – a single framework for a sustainable banking industry developed by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative

Media probe links companies carrying out major Kyrgyz public spending projects to strongman Japarov

bne IntelliNews May 29, 2024

Findings emerge two years after populist said state procurement rules were a “headache” and that he would streamline processes, “take responsibility” and get things done.

Georgia passes 'Foreign Agents' law in final vote despite mass opposition

bne IntelliNews May 29, 2024

Western countries are now expected to impose sanctions on Georgia and its negotiations to join the European Union will in effect be suspended before having been even begun.

EBRD to invest €1.5bn into Ukraine until the war ends

bne IntelliNews May 29, 2024

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will invest €1.5bn into Ukraine until the war ends making the development bank the country’s biggest investor, the bank said on May 28.

Ukraine to start receiving ammunition worth €1.6bn through Czech scheme

Albin Sybera May 29, 2024

15 EU member states have already contributed more than €1.6bn to the Czech-led initiative. The first shipment should arrive in the next few days.

Details uncovered on continued Azerbaijani oil exports to Israel via Turkey

bne IntelliNews May 28, 2024

Crude arrives for shipping across Mediterranean on BP-operated pipeline. Deliveries apparently uninterrupted despite Ankara’s “Gaza” trade boycott on Israelis.

Bosnia on the verge of falling apart warns Crisis Group

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 28, 2024

NGO says Bosnia is at its most fragile moment in years due to the secession efforts of Republika Srpska.

Bosnia’s Republika Srpska quietly drops plans for “foreign agents” law

bne IntelliNews May 28, 2024

Draft law similar to controversial legislation in Russia and Georgia scrapped by Bosnian Serb entity with no explanation.

Digi strikes deal to take over Telekom Romania Mobile

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 28, 2024

Romanian telecom group to take indirect majority control of local mobile operator as OTE exits Romania.

Poland, Russia strike deal on continued Kazakh oil transit to Germany

Newsbase May 28, 2024

Pipeline operators in Poland and Russia have reached an agreement that will enable transit of oil from Kazakhstan to continue to Germany.

Pressure mounts on Hungary to ease its obstruction of EU military aid to Ukraine

Tamas Csonka in Budapest May 28, 2024

Budapest blocks freeing up of a further €6.5bn from the European Peace Facility, as well as the 14th package of sanctions on Moscow.

Largest Slovak commercial TV station axes political debate programme

Albin Sybera May 28, 2024

Owners PPF Group accused by journalists of neutering news to curry favour with Robert Fico's populist government.