Politics & Economy

Tehran Police to Launch New Phase of Hijab Enforcement

Despite the new 'hijab and chastity' bill still needing approval from Iran's Guardian Council, Tehran police have announced that they will tighten enforcement on hijab wearing following a directive from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

12 April 2024

RFE/RL

Politics & Economy

‘This Will Divert Georgia from the European Path,’ US State Department on Georgian Foreign Agent Law

The U.S. State Department has raised its concerns over Georgia's draft law on foreign influence due to its potential to cause the country to deviate from the European path.

10 April 2024

JAMnews

Politics & Economy

Baku Said to Be Preparing to Reopen Tehran Embassy After Attack

After closing following the January 2023 armed attack, Azerbaijan is preparing to reopen its embassy in Tehran, signalling a potential thaw in relations between the two countries.

18 March 2024

RFE/RL's Radio Farda

Politics & Economy

Armenia and Azerbaijan Ponder Return of Non-Enclave Gazakh Villages

Last weekend, Azerbaijan’s Deputy Prime Minister, Shahin Mustafayev, called for the immediate return of those non-enclave villages controlled by Yerevan in the Gazakh region of Azerbaijan. On Tuesday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan addressed the issue during a live press conference.

14 March 2024

Onnik James Krikorian

Politics & Economy

Tajikistan Going All In On Hydropower, Doubters Be Damned

Despite mounting costs and concerns about sustainability surrounding Tajikistan's Roghun "megadam," the nation's leadership is doubling down on its hydropower bet. Will it pay off in a region grappling with power shortages and climate change challenges?

13 March 2024

Chris Rickleton

Politics & Economy

Kyrgyzstan Seeks a Restart of Uranium Mining, And a Russian-Built Nuclear Plant

Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov is seeking to end the country’s ban on uranium mining citing the economic benefits, but activists have environmental concerns.

Politics & Economy

Turkmenistan: Sowing the Seeds

The Trans-Afghan TAPI natural gas pipeline remains stuck in limbo, while an Iran-Pakistan pipeline could undermine its financial viability.

20 February 2024
Politics & Economy

Tehran Police to Launch New Phase of Hijab Enforcement

Despite the new 'hijab and chastity' bill still needing approval from Iran's Guardian Council, Tehran police have announced that they will tighten enforcement on hijab wearing following a directive from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

12 April 2024

RFE/RL

Politics & Economy

Baku Said to Be Preparing to Reopen Tehran Embassy After Attack

After closing following the January 2023 armed attack, Azerbaijan is preparing to reopen its embassy in Tehran, signalling a potential thaw in relations between the two countries.

18 March 2024

RFE/RL's Radio Farda

Politics & Economy

More Iranian Students Barred From Studies Over Protest Activities As Crackdown Continues

At least five students have been barred from attending classes at Iran’s Soore University in the country’s latest crackdown on signs of dissent.

9 February 2024

Ardeshir Tayebi