Slovak premier Robert Fico in 'life-threatening' condition after assassination attempt

Albin Sybera May 15, 2024

Fico’s condition has been described by local media as “life-threatening" after he was shot several times with a pistol.

#BREAKING: Slovak Prime Minister Fico shot, in a life-threatening condition in hospital

bne IntelliNews May 15, 2024

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has been shot and wounded, leaving him in a life-threatening condition.

Georgia's parliament passes controversial 'foreign agents' bill amid mass protests and U.S. warnings

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi May 15, 2024

Washington says it might impose financial and travel restrictions on certain individuals if the bill remains unchanged or if security forces continue to violently suppress protests.

Far right activists attack Ukrainians visiting Bulgaria to buy Russian-made nuclear reactors

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 15, 2024

Ukraine wants to buy equipment Bulgaria bought from Russia for the scrapped Belene nuclear power plant project to replace occupied power infrastructure.

Discovery of mass grave in Babylon revives hope of accounting for Iraqi man missing for 33 years

bne Gulf bureau May 15, 2024

A recent announcement of a mass grave discovery in Babylon has rekindled hope for a young man who was just a year old when his father disappeared during the 1991 Shiite uprising against Saddam Hussein's regime.

US Secretary of State Blinken assures continued support for Ukraine in surprise visit amidst Russian offensive

bne IntelliNews May 15, 2024

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit to Kyiv on May 14, reaffirming America's commitment to Ukraine amidst Russia's intensified offensive in the northeastern Kharkiv region.

Turkey’s fiscal tightening package goes down like a lead balloon with analysts

bne IntelliNews May 14, 2024

Influential economists not impressed with lack of detail and likely impact.

Georgian Dream accuses West of funding violent opposition to its foreign agents law

Ben Aris in Berlin May 14, 2024

Controversial Russian-style "foreign agent" law passes final reading on May 14, though it is expected to be temporarily vetoed by the president.

Kazakh ex-minister convicted of savage torture and murder of wife in trial that gripped nation

Peter Baunov in Astana May 14, 2024

Kuandyk Bishimbayev jailed for 24 years. Jury members wept as CCTV footage of sickening assault was shown. Campaigners hope for permanent change in attitudes to domestic violence.

University of Ljubljana students occupy faculty in protest against military operations in Gaza

Albin Sybera in Ljubliana May 13, 2024

Students at the University of Ljubljana have occupied the main lecture hall at the Faculty of Social Sciences in protest over Israeli military operations against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

High-level Ukrainian delegation makes first visit to Serbia since war began

bne IntelliNews May 13, 2024

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and First Lady Olena Zelenska visit Serbia to mend relations strained by Belgrade's refusal to cut ties with Russia.

Nauseda and Simonyte re-run 2019 Lithuanian presidential election runoff

`Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius May 13, 2024

Nauseda received just over 44 per cent of the votes in the first round of voting on May 12, and Simonyte garnered almost 20 per cent.

Transit fee rivals Russia, Kazakhstan “happy” China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway not progressing

bne IntelliNews May 13, 2024

Beijing appears deterred by cost and geopolitical considerations, but if realised “CKU” would open up shortest China-Europe rail route.

US raises "sanctions risk" concern post India-Iran port contract

bne Tehran bureau May 13, 2024

The United States has warned of sanctions towards India following its signing an agreement with Iran to operate Chabahar port after several years of delay.

Cabinet reshuffle sees Shoigu out of Russian Defence Ministry, Belousov in

bne IntelliNews May 13, 2024

Russian President Vladimir Putin fired his long-standing friend Sergei Shoigu as head of the Defence Minister and replaced him with economist Andrei Belousov as part of a government reshuffle following his inauguration last week.

​Hungarian government hails Xi’s visit as of historic importance

Tamas Csonka in Budapest May 13, 2024

China and Hungary elevated ties to a comprehensive "all-weather" strategic partnership.

Anti-government protests mount in Armenia

Ani Avetisyan May 13, 2024

The protests are fuelled by public discontent over Pashinian's decision to make unilateral concessions of territory to Azerbaijan in a border delimitation deal.

Georgians rally against "foreign agents" bill in largest protest in country's history

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi May 13, 2024

With parliament set to commence the bill's final reading on May 14, organisers have called for continuous protests, urging Georgians to make their voices heard.

North Macedonia’s new president provokes Greece at inauguration ceremony

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 12, 2024

Greek ambassador walks out after Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova pointedly uses her country’s old name — Macedonia instead of North Macedonia.

Iranians cast votes in parliamentary runoff election

bne Tehran bureau May 10, 2024

Iranians returned to the polls on May 10 for a runoff election to fill the remaining seats in the nation’s parliament, following a strong showing by hard-line politicians in the initial March voting.