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25 January 2010 [19:18]

Georgia establishes diplomatic relations with Cape Verde, Dominican Republic

Georgia has established diplomatic relations with Cape Verde and Dominican Republic.
25 January 2010 [19:00]

Iranian envoy considers Turkish city suitable for car factory

Iranian ambassador said on Monday they told Iranian authorities that auto factory should be opened in the northwestern province of Bursa in Turkey.
25 January 2010 [18:56]

PACE declines to confirm Armenian delegation

At its winter session that opened in Strasbourg on Jan. 25, the CE Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) confirmed the powers of all the national delegations except for the Armenian and Albanian delegations.
25 January 2010 [18:45]

Iranian minister 'blames human error for plane crash'

Iranian Minister of Road and Transportation Hamid Behbahani has said "human error" caused the crash of a Russian-made passenger airplane and a train accident in northeastern Iran.
25 January 2010 [18:28]

Turkish relief group aids for Chechen refugees amid snow

A group of Chechen families who fled to Turkey after the Russian invasion of Chechnya struggle in difficult conditions.
25 January 2010 [18:23]

Georgian PM to visit Armenia

Georgian delegation headed by Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri will arrive on a one-day visit to Armenia on Jan. 26.
25 January 2010 [18:00]

Ahmadinejad call for expansion of ties with Malaysia

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on expansion of relations and cooperation between Iran and Malaysia.
25 January 2010 [17:34]

Turkey manages to return some smuggled cultural assets back

Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry brought 151 cultural assets back to the country in 2009.
25 January 2010 [17:21]

Armenian MP delisted from country’s permanent delegation to PACE to address the organization

Member of the Armenia’s Heritage parliamentary faction Zarui Postanjian has left for Strasbourg to take part in the PACE winter session, head of the Heritage faction Styopa Safaryan said.
25 January 2010 [16:41]

Iran: No limit on foreign investment

Iran's Economy and Finance Minister says based on Iran's fifth development plan, there is no limit on foreign investment in Iranian industrial or mineral sectors.
25 January 2010 [16:28]

Turkish MP elected new PACE president

Today, Chairman of the Turkish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Movlud Cavushoglu was elected new PACE President.
25 January 2010 [16:13]

Snowstorm kills four in Turkey

A fourth person was found dead Sunday due to a fierce snowstorm that caused power outages in Turkey and traffic chaos in neighboring Bulgaria.
25 January 2010 [15:35]

Ukraine's CEC to mull over issue of Georgian observers today

Ukraine`s Central Election Commission will discuss the issue of Georgian observers later today.
25 January 2010 [15:12]

Ahmadinejad to give 'glad tidings' on 20 percent fuel

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he will soon give "good news" regarding the 20-percent enriched fuel needed for a medical research reactor in Tehran.
25 January 2010 [15:05]

Turkey's population rises by 1.45 percent in 2009

Turkey's statistics body, TUIK, made public on Monday the census results for 2009.
25 January 2010 [14:53]

Turkey belongs in Europe, says EU president Spain

European Union president Spain thinks that Turkey belongs in the 27-country bloc, Spanish FM Moratinos said in an interview.
25 January 2010 [14:23]

Pakistan to secure Iran's gas pipeline to India

The Head of the National Iranian Gas Export Company says Pakistan has agreed to secure the transfer of Iran's exporting gas to India via its soil.
25 January 2010 [13:45]

Turkish Deputy PM in UAE for Pakistan Friends meeting

Arinc will deliver a speech Tuesday at the conference held under the "Friends of Democratic Pakistan" event.
25 January 2010 [13:26]

Abkhaz children go to Tbilisi school

Nine Abkhaz children, whose families fled the occupied Abkhazian Region of Georgia two months ago, joined studies at the public school No. 168 in Tbilisi on Jan. 25.
25 January 2010 [13:05]

Iran fleet to deter piracy in Gulf of Aden

The Iranian Navy has sent a fifth fleet of warships to the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden to defend the country's vessels and oil tankers against continued attacks by Somali raiders.
25 January 2010 [12:44]

Turkey's Kurdish MPs question Council of Europe's new president

Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party urged the Council of Europe to maintain its commitment to political rights.
25 January 2010 [12:22]

Georgia's parliament speaker holds meetings in Brussels

The speaker of Georgian parliament Davit Bakradze is on an official visit to Brussels, where he will hold meeting with the chairperson of the House of Representatives of the European Parliament.
25 January 2010 [12:08]

Iranian parliament follows up on downgrading ties with UK

The National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Parliament (Majlis) is considering downgrading ties with Britain over London's interference in Tehran's internal affairs.
25 January 2010 [11:53]

Armenian president leaves for Sochi

25 January 2010 [11:52]

U.S. ex-Congressmen arrive in Georgia

U.S. ex -Congressmen will visit Georgia with a visit on Jan. 25-27.
25 January 2010 [11:45]

Turkish Cyprus president arrives in Istanbul to meet Gul

Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat arrived in Istanbul.
25 January 2010 [11:07]

Iran bans airlines' purchase of old planes

Iran's minister of roads and transportation has declared that the Iranian airlines will no longer be allowed to buy cheap or old airplanes.
25 January 2010 [10:36]

Turkish MP from AK party elected as new PACE president

A Turkish parliamentarian will be elected new president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for the first time in history.
25 January 2010 [09:53]

Iranian plane catches fire on landing

At least 46 passengers on board an Iranian airliner have been injured as the plane catches fire while trying to land in the Mashhad airport.
25 January 2010 [09:45]

Karzai arrives in Istanbul Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan summit

President Karzai of Afghanistan has arrived in Istanbul.
23 January 2010 [16:55]

Iranian parliament's bill may downgrade ties with UK

An Iranian lawmaker says the Parliament (Majlis) has settled on limiting relations with Britain, rather than a full severance of ties as advocated in a bill last week.
23 January 2010 [16:48]

Turkey's concerns conveyed to US Clinton over Armenia court ruling

Davutoglu expressed Turkey's concerns about Armenian Constitutional Court's reasoned verdict to Clinton over the phone.
23 January 2010 [16:24]

OSCE official: Armenia 1.2-percent economic is modest, but real figure

"1.2 per cent economic growth in Armenia is modest, but a real figure, although it is difficult to say, will it be reached or exceeded," head of the OSCE Yerevan office Sergey Kapinos said.
23 January 2010 [16:03]

Georgia holds telethon to help children of Haiti

A charity concert with participation of opera stars like Marcelo Alvares, Amborgio Maestri and others was held in Tbilisi on Jan. 22.
23 January 2010 [15:43]

Turkey's Erdogan calls British PM over several issues

Erdogan spoke with his British counterpart Gordon Brown on Friday, officials said.
23 January 2010 [15:07]

Georgia ready to provide Hague Tribunal with materials on 5-day war

The Ministry of Justice of Georgia stated that it is ready to supply investigators of the Hague Tribunal with all the necessary materials, the ministry's spokesperson Khatuna Iosava said.
23 January 2010 [15:00]

Central Bank chief to represent Turkey at Davos

Turkish Central Bank Gov. Durmuş Yılmaz will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, while the country’s top politicians opt to stay away.
23 January 2010 [14:56]

France seeks tougher UN action against Iran

While Iran is still awaiting for the West's response to a proposed deal for nuclear swap, France urges the UN to adopt "strong measures" against Iran to solve the nuclear row through talks.
23 January 2010 [14:44]

Turkish, Austrian state TVs sign deal

Turkish and Austrian state TV channels signed on Friday a memorandum of understanding on cooperation.
23 January 2010 [14:17]

Armenian FM: Armenia-Russia collaboration enhanced in 2009

Collaboration between Armenia and Russia strengthened in 2009, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said.
23 January 2010 [14:05]

Romania says supports Georgia's territorial integrity

Romania supports territorial integrity of Georgia, said Ambassados of Romania to Georgia Dan Mihai Barliba during his meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze.
23 January 2010 [11:22]

Turkish plane makes emergency landing in North Greece over bomb threat

A passenger plane travelling from Germany to Turkey made an emergency landing in Greek after the pilot received a bomb threat, Greek officials said.
23 January 2010 [10:44]

Cleric says Iran nuclear case important 'test'

A senior Iranian cleric has warned against enemy plots and called on countries that claim to seek the establishment of ties with Iran to remain vigilant.
23 January 2010 [10:36]

Turkish frigate to set sail for Gulf of Aden in Feb

A Turkish frigate will set sail for the Gulf of Aden in February, the General Staff said on Friday.
23 January 2010 [10:20]

Armenian FM: Armenia promoted partnership with US in 2009

In 2009, Armenia expanded and strengthened partnership with the US, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said.
23 January 2010 [10:00]

Russian FM: We will recognize Georgia's territorial integrity without Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Russia will recognize territorial integrity of Georgia without Abkhazia and the so called South Ossetia.
23 January 2010 [09:57]

Russia warns against new Iran sanctions

Russia on Friday joined China in calling for more diplomacy on Iran, warning against imposing fresh sanctions against the country's nuclear energy section for delays over a fuel exchange deal.
23 January 2010 [09:45]

Turkey's PM Erdogan says not to bow to "dirty games"

Erdogan said, "we will not bow to this dirty games, dirty relations, these illegal attempt", in a first response from the govt over new alleged coup plot.
22 January 2010 [20:55]

Turkey's FM says to talk to mediators on Armenia protocols

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said substance and spirit of the protocols between Turkey and Armenia for normalisation of relations should be protected.
22 January 2010 [20:27]

UNDP appoints new resident representative to Armenia

Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian welcomed newly appointed UNDP Resident Representative Dafina Gercheva on the occasion of submitting her credentials.
22 January 2010 [19:35]

Turkish army calls for cases on soldiers to return to military courts

Turkey's Constitutional Court overturned a law allowing the military to be put on trial in civilian courts, a move fiercely opposed by the armed forces.
22 January 2010 [19:23]

Turkish Minister says willing to boost trade ties with Brazil

Ergun said that Turkey was willing to boost commercial and industrial relations with Brazil.
22 January 2010 [19:03]

Armenians kidnap Azerbaijani in Georgian village of Sadakhli

An Azerbaijani was kidnapped by Armenians compactly living in Georgian village of Sadakhli.
22 January 2010 [18:57]

Turkish government says to strengthen fight against corruption

Council of Ministers accepted a strategy to strengthen fight against corruption as well as increase transparency.
22 January 2010 [18:34]

Georgia officially leaves CIS Parliamentary Assembly

Georgia will officially leave CIS Parliamentary Assembly today.
22 January 2010 [18:20]

Iranian FM to visit Armenia

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian says his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki will arrive in Yerevan on Jan. 26.
22 January 2010 [18:04]

Turkish team rescues Haiti woman after 8 days

Turkish search and rescue team AKUT pulled a woman alive under the rubble of a supermarket eight days after the Haiti earthquake.
22 January 2010 [17:35]

Immigration must be 'priority' issue in EU-Turkey ties

The fight against illegal immigration must become a "priority issue" in the European Union's ties with Turkey, an EU candidate country, French Immigration Minister Eric Besson said Thursday.
22 January 2010 [17:23]

Iranian President inaugurates 550,000-ton sponge iron production unit

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated Khorassan Steel Company's 550,000-ton sponge iron producing unit on Friday.
22 January 2010 [17:16]

Russian president meets Catholicos of All Armenians

On Jan. 21, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met with Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and the Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II.
22 January 2010 [17:10]

Turkey detains 120 al Qaeda suspects in raids

The raids in 16 provinces including Istanbul followed the arrest earlier this week of 25 suspected al Qaeda members.
22 January 2010 [16:37]

Iran crumples US commanders' threats

Iran's army chief has brushed aside recent warmongering remarks by US military commanders, describing them as crude and unsophisticated.
22 January 2010 [16:33]

Turkish court blocks civilian trials for military amid coup plot reports

Turkey's Constitutional Court overturned a law allowing the military to be put on trial in civilian courts.
22 January 2010 [16:22]

Armenia appoints new ambassador to Russia

On Jan. 21, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a decree to remove Armen Smbatian from post of Armenian ambassador to Russia, Armenian Presidential Press service said.