Most casinos located in Batumi, known as “The Las Vegas of the Black Sea”, just half an hour from Turkey from where it draws droves of customers.
Economic update highlights how hard it will be for government to address climbing poverty rates resulting from punishing US sanctions imposed on Islamic Republic.
Official claims Israeli and Arab agents had plan to detonate explosives by grave of Major-General Qassem Soleimani’s father. Iranian armed forces, meanwhile, unveil new drones and micro-mine and micro-robot units.
Senate speaker states “Uzbek president has made a decision” to apply for membership of the Moscow-led trade bloc.
“He fell asleep twice during an afternoon meeting,” says one Western financier after meeting mid-level Uzbek official made busy by Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s reform-packed agenda.
In six months, percentage of survey respondents saying country is headed in wrong direction increases to 49% from 38%.
Nikol Pashinian warns mineral export revenues are so important to small nation that in event of renewed war with Azerbaijan the depletion of them would be a matter of national security.
US Secretary of State Pompeo says of Iranians: “It’s not the case you can subcontract out devastation of 5% of world’s global energy supply and think you can absolve yourself from responsibility.”
Riyadh presents debris it says shows Tehran at least sponsored pre-dawn strikes, Houthis stage press call to substantiate their military capabilities.
Saudi Arabia has already restored 2mn barrels per day (bpd) of oil production from the 5.7mnbpd that were knocked out by last weekend’s drone and missile attack on its largest production facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais.
Azerbaijan’s armed forces launched massive operational and tactical exercises involving up to 10,000 personnel on September 16, in show of strength related to its long running dispute with Armenia over the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region
Critics may see his cautious approach as evidence of a vulnerability: an aversion to getting dragged into an unpopular Middle East war in the run-up to the 2020 US election.
Europe takes little oil from Middle East. It is heavily dependent on Russia for crude deliveries and can turn to Moscow to fill any gaps. The effect on the oil price, however, is a different matter.