From out of nowhere oil revenues laundering case is back to haunt Turkey’s strongman. Officials act to stop shorting of lira and banking shares.
It was 30 years ago that the Berlin Wall came down, ushering in hopes of a united, peaceful and prosperous world. Today the world is unpredictable and moving towards a new division between East and West. How did we get here?
Economic update highlights how hard it will be for government to address climbing poverty rates resulting from punishing US sanctions imposed on Islamic Republic.
Erdogan gets Syria incursion okay. Facing outcry, US leader then says: “If Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate Economy of Turkey".
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian managed a delicate balancing act while hosting his authoritarian allies in Yerevan.
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.
Tehran backs French plan for talks with US as broadly acceptable. Saudi energy minister described as “friend” by Iranian counterpart. Putin refuses to blame Islamic Republic for oil attacks. Riyadh says it wants regional “security and stability”.
In possible sign kingdom is backing off from potential conflict, Iran says third countries have delivered messages from Riyadh.
Relations deteriorate further as Iran's president says United Nations HQ in New York should be moved to a “better country”. Meanwhile, Turkey’s Erdogan returns home saying Ankara will defy Washington by buying oil and gas from Islamic Republic.