Stone broke Mongolians living loan to loan

Antonio Graceffo, & Munkh-Orchlon Lkhagvadorj June 30, 2023

Of Mongolia’s 3.3mn people, around half now owe money to a nonbank financial institution. Pawn shops are extremely common, while herders typically collateralise their animals.

Pollution from Western Balkan coal power plants surged in 2022

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 28, 2023

Energy crisis distracted governments from the need to phase out consumption of coal and other polluting fuels, says Bankwatch report.

How popular is Prigozhin?

bne IntelliNews June 28, 2023

Moments later, as Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin left the building of the Southern Military District, his car was immediately swamped by locals trying to get a selfie with the man who had started a rebellion.

Montenegro seeks to go West — but with Eastern partners

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 27, 2023

By ruling out cooperation with fellow pro-EU parties, Europe Now has boxed itself into a collaboration with pro-Russian, anti-Nato ZBCG.

"My life is divided into before and after the attack": One year after the deadly Kremenchuk shopping mall missile attack

Dominic Culverwell in Kremenchuk June 26, 2023

Shoppers in the city of Kremenchuk in central Ukraine were enjoying the start of their week at the Amstor shopping mall on June 27, 2022.

Turkey’s elections marked by irregularities says Council of Europe report

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 26, 2023

Among findings is that ballot box committees were unregulated or under-regulated.