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Hypertension between Iran and the USA

By Irina Fedorova

In the first half of 2017 American-Iranian contradictions magnified. President Trump, in the course of his election campaign and after taking office, strongly condemned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for the Iranian Nuclear Program (JCPOA) and repeatedly threatened to annul the «worst deal in history». This is largely due to his desire to dissociate himself from President Barack Obama foreign policy course by showing that it is completely untenable.

Almaty Appeals Court upholds conviction of fugitive ex-banker in Kazakhstan’s biggest fraud case

The Almaty City Court Appeals Board upheld the decision of the Almaty City Specialised Criminal Court against BTA Bank’s former board of directors’ chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov, who in June 2017 was found guilty of organising and leading a criminal group and embezzling more than one trillion tenge (more than US$7.5 billion) from the bank. The ex-banker was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison, according to the court statement.