India's ONGC Videsh Ltd. will bid for development rights of Iran's giant South Azadegan Oilfield in the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan in direct competition with global giants such as Shell, France's Total, Petronas of Malaysia and Russia's Gazprom.
Russia has slammed the ratification of Montenegro’s membership in the NATO military alliance through a legislative vote rather than a referendum, describing it as a “violation of all democratic norms.”
Swaziland faces a struggle to get permission to sell 330 kg rhino horn for about $10 million from a UN conference on the global wildlife trade which began in Johannesburg on Saturday but hopes to stoke a debate about regulated trade.
A Turkish court has dismissed a legal bid seeking the release of two journalists and an academic, who are held on “terror propaganda” charges, says the media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
The Iraqi prime minister has stressed the need for preserving the country’s territorial integrity and called on Kurdistan to scrap any plans for independence, saying the autonomous northern region could not do without the mainland.