bneGREEN: World faces 40% fresh water shortage by 2030 warns UN summit co-hosted by Tajikistan

bne IntelIiNews March 22, 2023

Landmark report urges nations to urgently start fixing water waste and start managing water as a common good with neighbours.

All to play for in Russian-Chinese backyard

bne IntelIiNews March 21, 2023

Russia and China will struggle for common policy on possible Russian soft underbelly Central Asia, Afghanistan, Mongolia, the vital Europe/Asia Caucasus crossroads, the Baltics, CEE and SEE.

Assad says ‘No’ to Erdogan encounter as word spreads diplomats' Moscow meeting on Syria won’t go ahead

bne IntelIiNews March 16, 2023

Demands Turkish president entirely ends “illegal occupation” of Syrian lands prior to any face to face talks.

Iran to export 45,000 SAIPA vehicles to Belarus

bne IntelIiNews March 16, 2023

Deal follows breakthrough agreement that will bring Iranian cars to the Russian market.

Women across Iran defy authorities by releasing illicit dance videos

bne IntelIiNews March 14, 2023

Forbidden by the ruling clerics from dancing in public, women devise new format of protest as activists look to bring anti-regime protests back to the boil.

COMMENT: The Saudi-Iran rapprochement will lead to lower tensions in the Middle East, but rivalries remain

bne IntelliNews March 14, 2023

Saudi Arabia and Iran agreed to restore diplomatic ties on March 10, bringing an end to seven years of conflict between the two nations in a deal brokered by China that is expected to have wide-ranging consequences.

Belarus’ Lukashenko in Tehran to do deals and shore up support

Ben Aris in Belrin March 13, 2023

Belarusia's president signed agreements that could result in benefits worth $100m during his visit as top diplomats and presidents on both sides of the Ukraine war divide continue to tour world to shore up support.

Awkward embrace as Iran and Saudi Arabia seal deal on restoring relations brokered by China

bne IntelIiNews March 10, 2023

Agreement could have implications on reviving nuclear deal and could even help build ties between Moscow, Beijing, Tehran and Riyadh.

Turkmenistan: Welcome to the ombuds office, or no trespassing

Akhal-Teke: A Eurasianet Bulletin March 8, 2023

Israel is imminently poised to open a permanent mission in Ashgabat, 20 kilometres from the Iranian border. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

UN inspectors confirm ‘near nuclear weapon-grade’ uranium particles found in Iran

bne IntelIiNews March 1, 2023

Tehran denies discovery is meaningful. Israel steps up sabre-rattling. CIA chief says his agency has no evidence Iranians are moving to “weaponise”.

Iran announces discovery of first lithium reserve

bne IntelIiNews February 28, 2023

Resource found in Hamedan could be first of several finds in province.

Investigators probe toxic gas poisoning of hundreds of Iranian schoolgirls

bne IntelIiNews February 28, 2023

Those poisoned smell something like tangerine or rotten fish before falling ill.

Iran’s central bank pumps $700mn into FX market amid rial crisis

bne IntelIiNews February 27, 2023

Air of panic among Iranians looking to save what remains of their assets.

The world's most-sanctioned countries

Florian Zandt for Statista February 27, 2023

In the wake of its invasion of Ukraine, Russia is now the most-sanctioned country in the world, with 14,081 sanctions on Russian individuals and entities currently in place.

Tehran, Almaty live in fear of earthquake hell

bne IntelIiNews February 25, 2023

No-one can say for sure where the next Big One will hit.

Iran signs breakthrough deal to export 45,000 cars to Russia

bne correspondent in Tehran February 23, 2023

SAIPA signs $450mn agreement with Russian BM Group. Iranians look to capitalise on market gaps caused by sanctions.

How Russia and Iran are in cahoots

bne IntelIiNews February 20, 2023

Tehran assisting Putin with drones and in areas including trade transit, automotive, banking, aviation and petrochemicals. Russian Su-35 fighter jets could be part of its reward.

News TV channel Iran International to relocate from UK to US amid regime threats

bne IntelIiNews February 18, 2023

Station that Tehran claims has Saudi establishment funding has provided extensive coverage of the Iranian anti-government protests.

4,000 Islamic State fighters gathered near Afghanistan border with Tajikistan says Kremlin officer

bne IntelIiNews February 16, 2023

Warning picks up on growing worries of Islamic militant infiltration into Russia’s Central Asian backyard.

IMF: Charting globalization’s turn to 'slowbalization' after world financial crisis

Jeff Kearns of the IMF February 9, 2023

The free flow of ideas, people, goods, services, and capital across national borders leads to greater economic integration. But globalization, the trend toward these things moving ever more freely between nations, has slowed in recent years.