US discussed ‘creative ways’ to help get rare earths out of Mongolia

bne IntelIiNews August 4, 2023

Surrounded by China and Russia, landlocked country is in a delicate geopolitical position.

Yandex self-driving group rebrands its international division as Avride

Ben Aris in Berlin August 4, 2023

The international division of the autonomous vehicle and delivery robot developer Yandex Self-Driving Group has rebranded as Avride, according to the company’s new website, unveiled on August 4.

Ukraine's security service launched drone attack on Russian Black Sea vessel

Dominic Culverwell in Kyiv August 4, 2023

A Ukrainian marine drone hit a Russian vessel near the Novorossiysk port in the Black Sea, Ukrainian media reported on August 4.

Nigerien general's visit to Mali sparks concerns over Wagner Group's potential involvement

bne IntelliNews August 4, 2023

General Salifou Mody's meeting in Mali sparked speculation about the potential involvement of the Russian mercenary group in neighbouring Niger.

Navalny on trial, faces a fresh 20-year sentence

Ben Aris in Berlin August 4, 2023

Russia opposition blogger and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny faces a new 20-year sentence for extremism on August 4. In a long blog post Navalny said his trial is intended to "intimidate millions", not to punish him.

OMV Petrom hires Saipem to build Neptun Deep offshore infrastructure for €1.6bn

bne IntelliNews August 4, 2023

Neptun Deep is Romania's biggest Black Sea offshore natural gas project, with total investments expected at €4bn.

Kosovo court decision blocks government effort to shut down TV Klan Kosova

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 4, 2023

The potential closure of Klan Kosova by the government would represent a severe blow to press freedom and media pluralism in Kosovo.

Romanian route for Ukrainian grain under increasing pressure

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest August 3, 2023

Constanta Port is already preparing to handle more Ukrainian grain, but the investments made so far in expanding the port’s capacity might not be sufficient.

Turkmenistan Airlines halts flights to Moscow following drone attacks

bne IntelIiNews August 2, 2023

Referring to “the situation” in the Russian capital’s airspace, carrier switches flights to Kazan.

Poland sends more troops to Belarusian border

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius August 2, 2023

Poland announced it will immediately dispatch additional troops to the Belarusian border after two military helicopters violated the country’s airspace.

Iran’s IRGC naval wargame kicks off near disputed Persian Gulf islands

bne IntelIiNews August 2, 2023

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC-N) naval forces are conducting exercises near three disputed islands in the Persian Gulf under the wargame title “Shahid (Martyr) Eshaq Dara.”

South Africa's NECSA agrees to cooperate with Russian nuclear fuel company TVEL

Elena Kachkova in Johannesburg August 2, 2023

TVEL provides consumed nuclear fuel for Russian and international nuclear power plants (NPPs). One of every six nuclear reactors in the world operates on fuel manufactured by the ROSATOM unit.

Niger coup threatens Nigeria-Morocco 30bcm gas pipeline project

Ben Aris in Berlin August 2, 2023

A $13bn project to build a gas pipeline connecting giant gas fields in Nigeria to Europe is threatened by the recent coup d'état in Niger.

French IT company Atos close to finalising talks with Czech oligarch Kretinsky

bne IntelliNews August 2, 2023

Deal valued at €2bn involves the sale of 100% of Atos’ Tech Foundations.

PPF announces cooperation with Emirates’ e&

bne IntelliNews August 2, 2023

e& to pay €2.15bn for stake of 50% plus one share in PPF Telecom assets in Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia and Slovakia.

US imposes travel restrictions on Hungarian citizens

bne IntelliNews. August 2, 2023

Washington say decision based on security risks associated with Hungarian passports issued between 2011 and 2020.

Serbia's economy suffers amid Kosovo's ban on Serbian goods

bne IntelliNews August 1, 2023

Kosovan importers are seeking goods from Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Albania to replace the annual import of approximately €370mn of goods from central Serbia.

Iran, Belarus sign defence memorandum in Tehran

bne IntelliNews August 1, 2023

Iran, Belarus sign military deal further integrating their economies and military

Report: Women from Tajikistan duped into building Russian drones

Eurasianet August 1, 2023

Tajiks are favoured for their ability to help translate communication with Iranian engineers.

Wheat, rice and El Niño: food security warning lights are flashing red

Ben Aris in Berlin August 1, 2023

Russia’s exit from the Black Sea grain initiative, India’s ban on rice exports and a “strong” El Niño expected in the second half of this year mean the global food security warning lights have started to flash red.