Iran presses Afghanistan's Taliban to uphold water-sharing agreement

bne Tehran bureau April 24, 2024

An Iranian environmental official accused the Afghan Taliban of intentionally redirecting overflow waters of the shared Hirmand River to prevent its inflow into Iran’s Hamoun wetlands.

Tajikistan striving to convince the world that it can contain terrorism

Eurasianet April 24, 2024

Dushanbe’s strategy ignores underlying sources of radicalisation.

Saudi Arabia eyes 320,000 new hotel rooms to meet soaring tourism goals

bne Gulf bureau April 24, 2024

Saudi Arabia is projected to have 320,000 new hotel rooms by 2030 as the Kingdom ramps up efforts to accommodate an annual influx of 150mn tourists, both domestic and international.

Turkey, Iraq, Qatar and UAE ink initial Development Road transit corridor agreement

bne IntelliNews April 24, 2024

Route competing with rival India-Middle East-Europe option. Ankara wants Baghdad to commit to stamping out Kurdish PKK militants said to threaten project security.

Russian oil depo at Yartsevo in the Smolensk region set on fire by Ukrainian drone attack

bne IntelliNews April 24, 2024

Ukraine drones hit and set on fire the RosNeft oil depot in the Yartsevo, Smolensk region as the sun began to rise on April 24.

More than €15bn of Chinese investments underway in Hungary, says foreign minister

Tamas Csonka in Budapest April 24, 2024

Hungary has become the primary European destination of Chinese corporate investments, with a string of investments targeting the battery industry.

Romanian fuel distribution company JT Grup Oil plans Bucharest IPO

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 24, 2024

IPO announcement comes after Premier Energy announced a similar step earlier in April.

Hungarian rate-setters slow pace of rate cuts to 50bp at April meeting

bne IntelliNews April 24, 2024

The Monetary Council of the National Bank (MNB) reduced the base rate by 50bp to 7.75% in line with projections, slowing down the pace of monetary easing from 75bp in the previous meeting.

Czech prosecutors indict former president's top aide for embezzlement

Albin Sybera April 23, 2024

Vratislav Mynar was at the centre of many of the scandals surrounding Milos Zeman's two terms as president.

President Duda says Poland 'ready' to host nuclear weapons

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw April 23, 2024

Government queries president's comments, while Moscow attacks them as "provocative".

Moldova's pro-Russian opposition forms new political bloc at Moscow meeting

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 23, 2024

Fugitive oligarch Ilan Shor seeks to consolidate pro-Russian opposition ahead of autumn presidential election.

Serbia takes aim at investment grade rating from S&P by end-2024

bne IntelliNews April 23, 2024

Earlier this month, S&P upgraded its outlook on Serbia to positive from stable, maintaining the country's 'BB+/B' ratings.

Iran eyes overseas power plant development

bne Tehran bureau April 23, 2024

Iran plans to expand its power plant development projects overseas, including renewable energy generation.

UK’s Cameron addresses British “lack of seriousness” in Central Asia with five-day tour

bne IntelliNews April 22, 2024

Urges region’s five nations to tackle shadow trading equipping Russian war machine. Awkward fact is that much of the trade is made up of redirected deliveries from Britain.

North Macedonia’s presidential election to test commitment to EU accession

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 22, 2024

Slow accession progress and unhappiness with ruling coalition’s policies may push voters towards opposition VMRO-DPMNE candidate.

Venezuelan navy bolsters arsenal with Iranian-made anti-ship missiles

bne bureau South America April 22, 2024

The Venezuelan Navy has recently augmented its military capabilities with the addition of new CM-90 anti-ship missiles (ASM) manufactured in Iran, according to the country's Ministry of Defence.

Iran’s two major clubs officially sold to banks, petchem companies

bne Tehran bureau April 22, 2024

Iran's Economy Minister Ehsan Khandouzi has confirmed the transfer of ownership of the country's top two football clubs, Persepolis and Esteghlal to the private sector to continue playing in the Asian football league.

Kazakhstan toughens domestic violence laws

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet April 22, 2024

Brutal assault caught on camera prompts changes.

Armenia and Azerbaijan announce first border delimitation deal since the collapse of the USSR

bne IntelliNews April 22, 2024

Pashinyan said that he agreed to unilateral concessions to stop a war in the region.

Russian hypersonic aircraft scientist sentenced to prison for treason

bne IntelliNews April 21, 2024

Alexander Kuranov, a top Russian scientist once at the forefront of hypersonic technology development, has been sentenced to a seven-year prison sentence for high treason.