After years of tensions, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon announced
intentions to bolster bilateral relations, signing a total of 27 agreements to that effect on March 9.
Among other measures, the new agreements have demarcated some sections of the Tajik-Uzbek border and introduced bilateral visa-free travel for 30-day periods.
Bilateral relations had been extremely strained under Uzbekistan's former president, Islam Karimov, due to various disputes.
the United States with unspecified reciprocal measures after Bako Sahakyan, the de facto president of the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh territory, was allowed to visit Washington.
While in the United States, Sahakyan visited with pro-Armenian congressmen at the Capitol, where he bestowed several "Presidential Medals of Gratitude." Azerbaijan characterized the granting of a visa to Sahakyan as a “serious blow” to US-Azerbaijani relations.
After mass demonstrations over the killing of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, Prime Minister Robert Fico has resigned
from his post. Deputy Prime Minister Peter Pelligrini will soon be asked to form a government, pending a parliamentary vote of confidence.
Interior Minister Robert Kalinak also announced
his resignation earlier this week. Kalinak, a key ally of Fico and a member of the mafia-linked Smer-Social Democracy party, was also linked to corruption scandals last year.
A Polish law
banning trade on Sundays has come into effect, levying a fine of up to 100,000 zlotys for all violations..
The law will restrict trade on two Sundays of each month in 2018, three Sundays per month in 2019, and all Sundays from 2020 onward.