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20 February 2010 [14:25]

Russia stands by S-300 delivery to Iran

The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister says his country has every intention of delivering the advanced S-300 air defense missile systems to the Islamic Republic.
20 February 2010 [14:13]

U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan to visit Georgia

Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, will visit Georgia on Feb. 21-22, the U.S. embassy in Georgia said.
20 February 2010 [14:07]

Turkey, Albania discuss tourism cooperation

Turkish State Minister Selma Aliye Kavaf met with the Albanian Minister of Culture, Tourism, Youth and Sports, Ferdinand Xhaferri, in Tirana on Friday.
20 February 2010 [13:42]

Lebanese FM meets with Armenian ambassador

Lebanese Foreign Minister Ali Shami met with Armenian Ambassador Ashot Kocharyan on Feb. 19.
20 February 2010 [13:16]

Iran's Navy commander: Iran is able to provide security in region

Iran's Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said here on Friday evening that manufacturing Jamaran Destroyer is a message of peace and friendship for regional countries.
20 February 2010 [12:48]

Georgia, Poland sign cooperation agreement on security

Georgia's State Security Council has signed a cooperation agreement with the Poland's Security Council.
20 February 2010 [12:05]

Turkey favors gas deal extension, Russia hopes nuclear inter-government deal

The Turkish energy minister said on Friday that Turkey favored extension of a 6 billion cubicmeters natural gas purchase contract with Russia.
20 February 2010 [11:57]

Russia accuses Iran of nuclear non-cooperation

Russia on Friday accused Iran of refusing to cooperate with the UN nuclear agency, demanding "clear explanations" from the country on its nuclear program.
20 February 2010 [11:45]

Armenian to head Patriarchate in Turkey for first time

For the first time Armenian citizen claims for tenure in Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
20 February 2010 [11:07]

Standard & Poor's raises Turkey's rating

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said on Friday that it raised its long-term foreign currency and local currency sovereign credit ratings on the Republic of Turkey to 'BB' and 'BB+', respectively.
20 February 2010 [11:00]

Russia rebuffs Israel over tougher sanctions on Iran

Russia's Foreign Ministry has announced that Moscow is against imposing "crippling sanctions" on Iran over its nuclear energy program.
20 February 2010 [10:52]

Five protesters arrested in Armenian opposition rally - PHOTOS

The rally launched by youth wing of the opposition Armenian National Congress in Yerevan ended in 5 protesters' arrest.
20 February 2010 [10:26]

Armenian Parliament fails to discuss Armenian-Turkish protocols

The Foreign Relations Committee of the Armenian Parliament was to discuss the Armenian-Turkish protocols on Feb. 19.
20 February 2010 [10:08]

Turkey starts study to review EU Customs Union deal

The Turkish chief EU negotiator said on Friday that Turkey's Customs Union agreement with EU should be reviewed.
20 February 2010 [09:47]

No common Iran stance between Russia, US

Russia has rejected claims by US officials that Moscow and Washington have a common policy regarding Iran's nuclear program.
19 February 2010 [19:57]

Turkish Minister meets leading Syrian businessmen

Turkish State Minister for foreign trade Zafer Caglayan met with leading businessmen of Syria in Istanbul on Friday.
19 February 2010 [18:54]

Turkey's Foreign Minister to travel to Spain on Feb. 21

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will travel to Spain on February 21 upon invitation by Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.
19 February 2010 [18:47]

Leader says Iran will never seek atom bomb

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Friday that the country neither believes in atomic bombs nor is it seeking to develop such weapons.
19 February 2010 [18:32]

Georgia, Japan held political consultations

Political consultations between Georgia and Japan were held in the Foreign Ministry of Georgia o Feb. 19.
19 February 2010 [18:17]

Serbia's FM to meet leaders in Turkey

Serbia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremic will arrive in Turkey on Friday upon an invitation from his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu.
19 February 2010 [18:08]

Quake hits Iranian Khuzistan province

An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale jolted the Behbahan town in the Khuzistan province of Iran today.
19 February 2010 [17:48]

Turkey-Spain governmental meeting to discuss several issues

Spanish Foreign Minister said ten ministers from Turkey and six ministers from Spain would attend the summit.
19 February 2010 [17:15]

Turkish Airlines makes emergency landing in Johannesbourg

A Turkish Airlines (THY) passenger plane, on a flight from Johannesbourg to Istanbul, had to make an emergency landing because of a technical failure shortly after it took off.
19 February 2010 [16:34]

Turkish goverment says lifting Youtube ban at discretion of judicial powers

Turkish Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said on Friday that it was at the discretion of the judicial authorities to remove the ban on access to "YouTube".
19 February 2010 [16:28]

Georgia, Poland to cooperate in security sphere

Alexander Szczyglo, head of the National Security Bureau of Poland, has arrived in Georgia.
19 February 2010 [16:15]

Iranian envoy: Iran backs Armenia-Turkey reconciliation

"Iran always backed and will further support any initiative promoting regional stability and peace," Iranian Ambassador to Armenia Seyed Ali Saghaeyan told media.
19 February 2010 [15:55]

Iran launches advanced Jamaran destroyer

19 February 2010 [15:48]

Turkey's FM in contacts over Iran nuclear talks

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns.
19 February 2010 [15:17]

EBRD to finance dump construction in Georgia's Ajaria Autonomous Republic

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will finance construction of a new dump in Chakvi, Ajaria Autonomous Republic of Georgia.
19 February 2010 [14:43]

Turkish president calls on Turkish businessmen to invest in Tanzania

Turkish President Abdullah Gul hosted a dinner in honor of Tanzania's President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete in Cankaya Presidential Palace in Ankara on Thursday.
19 February 2010 [14:13]

Mass pardoning expected in Georgia prior to Easter

According to tentative information, Georgia's Commission for Pardoning, headed by Elena Tevdoradze, plans to convene in March.
19 February 2010 [13:56]

IAEA's Iran report raises concern in US

After the UN nuclear watchdog head Yukiya Amano issued a two-sided report about Iran's nuclear program, the US renews criticism over Tehran's pursuit of its nuclear activities.
19 February 2010 [13:44]

Turkish Airlines signs sponsorship deal with Greek basketball club

Turkish Airlines (THY) became sponsor of Greek basketball club Maroussi.
19 February 2010 [13:08]

Georgia's National Olympic Committee voices own version of death of luger who died after Vancouver crash

Flaws of track in Whistler and mistake of organizers can be reasons of death of Nodar Kumaritashvili's, killed in accident while training, only several hours before the Olympics.
19 February 2010 [12:53]

Soltanieh: IAEA Chief admits Iran's N-activities are peaceful

Iran's IAEA envoy Ali-Asghar Soltanieh said here Thursday that the IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano has confirmed peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities.
19 February 2010 [12:45]

PACE calls on Turkey, Russia to reduce rights cases

Turkey ranked the top in ECHR's violation decisions, with 356 convictions followed by Russia against which 219 decisions were given by the court.
19 February 2010 [12:28]

Georgia says Russian leader's remarks on Saakashvili 'boring'

Statements like the one made by Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, saying that President Saakashvili was “persona non grata” for Russia, are becoming “boring,” the Georgian president’s spokesperson said.
19 February 2010 [12:15]

US voices concern after Iran 'warhead' report

The United States voiced renewed concern Thursday about Iran's nuclear program after a report by the UN's atomic watchdog suggested Tehran may be working on a nuclear warhead.
19 February 2010 [11:36]

New gas prices to be set in Armenia soon

A new gas prices will be set in Armenia o Feb. 26.
19 February 2010 [11:06]

Turkish, US officials discuss Iran nuclear program

Turkey's foreign minister, who had visited Tehran earlier this week, has held a meeting with a top US diplomat to discuss Iran's nuclear program.
19 February 2010 [10:57]

Turkish, Russian ministers hold talks on gas, nuclear plants

Turkish and Russian delegations met at the Prime Ministry Office in Istanbul.
19 February 2010 [10:14]

Armenian Foreign Ministry to undergo structural changes

Armenian Foreign Ministry will be enlarged by new departments.
19 February 2010 [10:00]

Georgia's young financiers address President to revise cellular communication business

The Association of Young Financiers and Businessmen of Georgia sent a special address to the President asking to revise the cellular communication business in the country.
19 February 2010 [09:55]

French court delays extradition of Iranian to US

A French court has delayed a ruling on a US application to extradite an Iranian engineer accused of breaking the US trade embargo on Iran.
18 February 2010 [20:25]

Turkish journalist drowns in Egypt

Ersan Karaoğlu, the Istanbul news chief of FOX TV, was found drowned at the Rasa Muhammad National Park near Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt on Thursday.
18 February 2010 [20:04]

Turkey's FM talks to Clinton on phone over Iran nuclear talks

The Turkish foreign minister had a phone talk with his U.S. counterpart on Wednesday.
18 February 2010 [19:24]

Turkey's FM says US resolution harms Armenia efforts

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, US draft resolution on the incidents of 1915 will harm efforts on Armenia.
18 February 2010 [19:06]

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister discusses parliamentary ties with Croatian speaker

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Ali Ahani in Zagreb on Thursday held talks with Speaker of Croatian Parliament Luka Bebic on issues of mutual interests.
18 February 2010 [18:54]

IMF forecasts 2% GDP growth in Armenia

The International Monetary Fund forecasts 2-percent GDP growth in Armenia, head of the IMF mission in Yerevan Mark Lewis told reporters.
18 February 2010 [18:33]

"Turkey unemployment figures for 2009 lower than expected"

Turkey's deputy prime minister said on Thursday that unemployment figures for 2009 would be lower than expected.
18 February 2010 [17:53]

Iranian MP: Iran never smoothes way for arrogant moves

Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Thursday that Iran would never smooth the way for the arrogant moves of certain Western states.
18 February 2010 [17:33]

Gul welcomes Tanzanian president in Turkey

The Turkish president welcomed his Tanzanian counterpart at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on Thursday.
18 February 2010 [17:15]

Denmark's delegation to PACE promised Georgia to increase pressure on Russia

Michael Jensen, head of Denmark's delegation to PACE, said the international community wants Russia to comply with obligations in regard to Georgia, and therefore pressure on Russia must be increased.
18 February 2010 [16:46]

Iran's President speaks to Hezbollah leader over phone

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke to Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrullah over phone.
18 February 2010 [16:23]

No new swine flu cases registered in Armenia

No new swine flu cases were registered in Armenia within last month.
18 February 2010 [16:16]

Turkey, Italy to hold intergovernmental summit in spring

Turkey and Italy will hold an intergovernmental summit in spring, sources at the Italian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
18 February 2010 [15:53]

Turkey, Burkina Faso agree to start visa exemption

Ministers of foreign affairs of Turkey and Burkina Faso met in Ankara on Thursday.
18 February 2010 [15:43]

Saakashvili: My government committed to media freedom

Georgian President Saakashvili said on Feb. 17 that Georgian “media still lacks objectivity and professionalism.”
18 February 2010 [15:34]

UN Human Rights envoy: Iran open to rights recommendations

The UN Human Rights Council has wrapped up its review of Iran's Human Rights record with Tehran accepting more than 120 recommendations made by other countries.
18 February 2010 [15:10]

Armenian parliament to debate Turkey-Armenia protocols on Feb. 19

The Armenian-Turkish Protocols will be debated in the committee on external relations of the Armenian National Assembly (parliament) on Feb. 19.
18 February 2010 [15:05]

Turkish justice minister condemns decision to revoke prosecutors' authority

Turkey's justice minister on Wednesday said the country's board of judges and prosecutors overstepped its own authority by stripping the authority of the prosecutors involved in a controversial arrest.