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26 February 2010 [15:52]

Iranian official: Iran ready to transfer construction of five nuclear power plants to Japan

Iran is ready to transfer construction of five nuclear power plants to Japan, Iranian Parliamentary Foreign Policy And National Security Committee Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi said.
26 February 2010 [15:35]

Armenia to raise gas prices starting from April 1

On Feb. 26, Armenia's Public Service Coordination committee (PSCC) approved a new gas rate.
26 February 2010 [15:08]

Pentagon denies links with Jundallah terrorists

The Pentagon has denied offering political and financial support to the Jundallah terrorist group as part of efforts to weaken the Tehran government.
26 February 2010 [14:54]

Estonia's president to visit Turkey in April

Turkish State Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU talks Egemen Bagis thanked Estonia for its assistance to Turkey's EU accession talks.
26 February 2010 [14:33]

European Commission High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Georgia

Tomas Hammarberg, CE High Commissioner for Human Rights, will pay a three-day visit to Georgia on Feb. 26.
26 February 2010 [14:14]

Iranian president: Resistant groups are final winners

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Thursday that final victory is ahead of the resistant groups.
26 February 2010 [14:06]

Turkey rejects censure motion over PKK surrenders

Turkish Parliament rejected Thursday a censure motion against Interior Minister Besir Atalay, submitted by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).
26 February 2010 [13:25]

New education program launched in Armenia

A 3-month "Step ahead" will start in Yerevanon Feb. 27.
26 February 2010 [13:05]

Georgian diaspora pickets European Commission office

Representatives of Georgian diaspora organized a rally near the European Commission building in Brussels urging to admit the presence of the political prisoners problem.
26 February 2010 [12:54]

Non-Aligned Movement issues statement in support of Iran

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in its meeting in Vienna on Thursday issued a statement to support Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities.
26 February 2010 [12:48]

Turkish Minister urges for Cyprus settlement by April

Turkey's chief negotiator for European Union talks has urged Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders to reach a settlement by April this year.
26 February 2010 [11:48]

Part of Georgian opposition slam rest of opposition for being Russia's puppets

The National Democratic Party of Georgia and the National Forum have slammed those opposition parties, who have assembled around Zurab Noghaideli, ex-PM who has chosen pro-Russian course.
26 February 2010 [11:35]

US, Israel begin talks on Iran

The US and Israel have opened talks on Iran's nuclear program following Russia's rejection of imposing tougher sanctions on Tehran.
26 February 2010 [11:24]

Armenian Parliament amends law enabling country to withdraw from international treaties

By 70 to four, the Armenian Parliament adopted amendments to the RA Law on International Agreements in their second reading on Feb. 25.
26 February 2010 [11:07]

Turkish FM and Armenian leader meet in Kiev

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Armenian President Serge Sarkisian met in Kiev on Thursday.
26 February 2010 [10:53]

Russian FM: We are ready to resume regular flights with Georgia

Russia is ready to resume regular flights with Georgia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told TV Company Russia Today and radio station Golos Rossii.
26 February 2010 [10:44]

US claims it does not want 'crippling' Iran sanctions

US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley claims that Washington does not aim to impose "crippling" sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
26 February 2010 [10:38]

Turkish police detain Turkey's top pop star

Turkey's state-run news agency says police have detained Tarkan, Turkey's best-known pop star who makes top music charts worldwide, along with some other entertainers in Istanbul.
26 February 2010 [10:06]

Syria's close ties with Iran angers US

The US State Department spokesman says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Syria will undermine Damascus' position in the Middle East.
26 February 2010 [09:55]

Georgia, U.S. sign new agreement

Georgia and the United States have signed a new economic agreement.
25 February 2010 [19:52]

Armenian MPs adopt 'exit strategy' on Turkey accords

Armenia's parliament on Thursday adopted legal amendments described as an "exit strategy" for withdrawing from a landmark deal to establish ties with Turkey after decades of hostility.
25 February 2010 [19:44]

Iranian president: Iran seeks genuine peace in the Middle East

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that all countries in the region call for genuine peace and are determined to attain it.
25 February 2010 [19:30]

Turkey-France JEC meeting starts in Ankara

Turkish State Minister for foreign trade Zafer Caglayan said on Thursday that economic relations between Turkey and France did not reflect the actual potential.
25 February 2010 [19:23]

Iran launches Saeqeh fighter-bomber squadron

The Iranian military has introduced a new squadron of domestically-manufactured Saeqeh fighter-bombers to the country's Air Force to strengthen its deterrence power.
25 February 2010 [19:16]

Georgia becomes associated member of International Electrotechnical Commission

Georgia has become an associated member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (body of international standards in electrotechnical sphere).
25 February 2010 [18:59]

New direct flights to start between Turkish-Syrian capitals

The subsidiary company of the Turkish Airlines (THY) will start flying between Turkish and Syrian capital cities.
25 February 2010 [18:50]

Iran, Syria cancel visa regime

Tehran and Damascus signed the agreement to abolish the visa regime between the countries.
25 February 2010 [18:25]

Turkey says concerned by Israel's plans to annex Islamic heritage

Turkey said were concerned about labelling certain Islamic historical artifacts as "Israeli cultural heritage" including those in the West Bank.
25 February 2010 [18:15]

Three Turkish commanders brought to court

Ex-Navy and Air Force chiefs Özden Örnek and İbrahim Fırtına, and the general staff’s former number two, Ergin Saygun, were brought to an Istanbul court Thursday by anti-terror police.
25 February 2010 [18:12]

Russian president urges transparency in Iran nuclear work

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said that transparency can resolve the Iranian nuclear standoff with the West.
25 February 2010 [18:06]

French oil company to make $100 mln-investment in Turkey

French oil company Total is getting prepared to make a 100 million USD investment in Turkey.
25 February 2010 [17:43]

Spanish FM to visit Armenia

Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos will arrive in Armenia in early March within the framework of his regional visit, diplomatic sources said.
25 February 2010 [17:18]

Georgia-U.S. working group to hold a meeting as part of Partnership Charter

The working group on economic issues, established in the framework of Georgia-USA Charter, will hold another sitting today.
25 February 2010 [17:11]

Iran's ambassador: OSCE Minsk Group is not interested in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution

The OSCE Minsk Group (MG) is not interested in resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohammad Bagir Behrami told journalists at today's news conference.
25 February 2010 [17:05]

Turkish petty officer charged with insulting prime minister

A Turkish petty officer was charged with insulting the prime minister Thursday after he confessed to using a call and sign that referred to the leader as "vulgar".
25 February 2010 [16:55]

Iran 'to study Japan offer to enrich uranium'

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has announced the Islamic Republic will study a Japanese offer to enrich uranium for Tehran.
25 February 2010 [16:34]

False bomb alert in Armenia's State Revenue Committee

The alert on a bomb planted in the Armenian State Revenue Committee premises was a false alarm.
25 February 2010 [16:21]

Over 1.6 million Georgians live abroad

25 February 2010 [16:05]

Iranian envoy: IAEA report on Iran 'unbalanced'

Iran's ambassador to the UN nuclear watchdog has described the latest IAEA report on Tehran's nuclear work as "unbalanced."
25 February 2010 [15:44]

Visa removals boosts number of tourists in Turkey

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey was up 7.7 percent in January 2010 over January 2009, the ministry said on Thursday.
25 February 2010 [15:31]

Former President Kocharyan not to appointed Armenian prime minister

Rumors claiming that Armenia's ex-President Robert Kocharyan will be appointed to the post of prime minister are untrue, Kocharyan’s Spokesperson Victor Soghomonyan said.
25 February 2010 [15:23]

U.S. government increases aid to Georgia

U.S. State Secretary Hilary Clinton has said in her speech at the Foreign Relations' Committee of the Senate, that the U.S. government would increase assistance to Georgia.
25 February 2010 [15:12]

Iranian president in Syria for talks on Israel

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Damascus to discuss with his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad the threat that Israel poses to the Middle East and beyond.
25 February 2010 [14:45]

New Turkish ambassador to US takes office

Turkey’s newly-appointed ambassador to the United States submitted his credentials to the U.S. president on Wednesday.
25 February 2010 [14:36]

Eminent Russian human rights defenders visit Tbilisi

Russia's eminent human rights defenders Valreria Novodvorskaya and Konstantin Borovoy visited Tbilisi today.
25 February 2010 [14:11]

Russian FM hints at more delays in S-300 delivery to Iran

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has made comments that hint at further delays in the delivery of the S-300 missile defense system to Iran.
25 February 2010 [13:58]

Syrian PM says to open special office for Turkey ties

Syrian Premier Muhammad Naji al-Utri invited Turkish companies to Syria.
25 February 2010 [13:42]

Georgian FM to visit Slovenia

Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze will pay a working visit to Slovenia on Feb. 25-26.
25 February 2010 [13:34]

Iran airports to be equipped with body scanners

Head of Iran's Drug Control Headquarters Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam says by next year all Iranian airports will be equipped with body scanners.
25 February 2010 [13:26]

Armenian government promises to help the needy to handle possible gas price rise

The Armenian Government is developing a package of measures to relieve the consequences of the expected rise in gas prices, Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan stated on Feb. 24.
25 February 2010 [13:20]

New Turkish envoy, Crimean officials discuss future free zone

Turkey's new ambassador to Ukraine met with Crimean officials and discussed bilateral relations and a mutual free zone in any future.
25 February 2010 [13:05]

Turkey's well-known public figure Ihsan Dogramci passed away - UPDATE

The Turkish-Azerbaijani Friendship and Cooperation Fund chairman Ihsan Dogramaci has died at age of 95 years, CNN Turk reported.
25 February 2010 [12:47]

Turkish president, PM, General Staff to meet amid army coup plot charges

Turkey's president and PM will hold a meeting with the country's top military commander, a government source said.
25 February 2010 [12:36]

Iranian president blasts duplicity in fighting terror

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad censure what he describes as self-proclaimed anti-terror fighters for their double standards in countering terrorists.
25 February 2010 [11:58]

Russian diplomat: Russia not working on Iran sanctions

A senior Russian diplomat says his country will not support what he called crippling sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
25 February 2010 [11:07]

Armenia's opposition leader meets EU ambassadors

Armenia’s first President, leader of the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) Levon Ter-Petrosyan held a meeting on Feb. 24 with the Ambassador of the EU member-states to Armenia.
25 February 2010 [10:51]

Ukrainian Speaker: Georgia-Ukraine relations to develop further

Volodymyr Litvin, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian Parliament], is sure that relations of Ukraine with Georgia and other countries will develop further.
25 February 2010 [10:33]

New Iran sanctions in 30-60 days, Clinton claims

UN Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expects the UN Security Council to impose new sanctions against Iran in the “next 30 to 60 days.”
25 February 2010 [10:12]

Turkish FM Davutoglu departs for Ukraine

25 February 2010 [09:45]

Iranian president departs for Syria

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad heading a delegation departed for Damascus, Syria, on Thursday morning.
24 February 2010 [21:55]

Leaders of Palestinian resistance groups to gather in Tehran

Heads of Palestinian armed resistance groups will meet in Tehran on Feb. 27-28 with the participation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamadinjad.
24 February 2010 [21:36]

Iran border guards detain terrorist group members

Iranian security forces have arrested three members of a terrorist group in the northwestern city of Sardasht as they tried to cross over into the country.
24 February 2010 [21:27]

Turkish minister joins Turkey-Syria Business Forum

Turkish State Minister for foreign trade Zafer Caglayan participated in the "Turkey-Syria Business Forum" in Damascus on Wednesday.
24 February 2010 [20:52]

Journalist beaten up in Yerevan

On Feb. 24, photojournalist Gagik Shamshyan was beaten up just in front of the Armenian Prosecutor General’s Office.