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01 February 2010 [18:55]

Gas supply to Armenia reduced by 19.7% in 2009

Gas supplies to Armenia reduced by 19.7 percent in 2009, down to 1, 809.3m cubic meters against 2,254.4m cubic meters in 2008.
01 February 2010 [18:21]

Drug trafficking costs Iran USD 8.5bn yearly

Deputy Head of Iran's Drug Control Headquarters, Taha Taheri, says drug trafficking inflicts annual damages of about $8.5 billion on the country's economy.
01 February 2010 [18:04]

Tens of merchants strike in Georgia

Tens of merchants of Vagzal Square markets and supermarkets in Georgia are on strike from this morning.
01 February 2010 [17:23]

Nearly 3,000 crimes against public health and safety in Armenia last year

In 2009, 2,984 crimes against public health and safety were committed in Armenia, 1,259 of which took place in the country’s capital, Yerevan.
01 February 2010 [16:38]

Iran celebrates Islamic Revolution anniversary

Special ceremonies are being held in Iran and other countries to mark the first day of the Ten-Day Dawn period that culminated in the overthrow of the Pahlavi regime.
01 February 2010 [16:18]

4.7-magnitude earthquake shakes central Turkey

A seismology center says a moderately strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 has shaken central Turkey.
01 February 2010 [15:47]

Armenia stopped air communication with Georgia

Air connection between Armenia and Georgia is stopped since February 1st. Armavia, the Armenian air company, conducting Yerevan-Tbilisi-Yerevan flights, stopped flights.
01 February 2010 [15:17]

Armenia's first president not plans to return to politics

Prosperous Armenia Party leader Gagik Tsarukyan says he does not know whether first president of the Republic of Armenia Robert Kocharian will return to politics or not.
01 February 2010 [14:48]

Iran will export gasoline with new refineries

Iran plans to build seven new oil refineries with a capacity of 1.6 million barrels that could turn the country into a gasoline exporter.
01 February 2010 [14:34]

Japanese agency upgrades ratings on Turkey

The outlook of the ratings is stable.
01 February 2010 [14:08]

Political scientist Maisaya sentenced to 20 years in jail in Georgia

Tbilisi city court convicted Vakhtang Maisaya, the dean of political sciences department of Tbilisi State University, the ex-official of the Interior Ministry, of espionage and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
01 February 2010 [13:26]

Erdogan says Turkey to hold votes on time

Turkish prime minister said on Sunday that 2011 would be the year of election for Turkey.
01 February 2010 [13:15]

Iranian official: Iran, Iraq have signed 100 economic agreements

Iran and Iraq have signed one hundred memorandums of understanding since 2003 to boost their economic cooperation, an Iranian official says.
01 February 2010 [12:55]

Armenian-Turkish protocols not included into Armenian parliament's spring session agenda

Armenian-Turkish Protocols are not included into the agenda of the Armenian parliament's spring session, the parliament's speaker Nairi Petrosyan said.
01 February 2010 [12:37]

Iran warns Clinton over sanction remarks

In reaction to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks on Iran's nuclear program, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki warned Sunday about the consequences of "tension-seeking" American policies.
01 February 2010 [11:33]

Iran reviewing case of German diplomats 'involved' in riots

Iran is studying the case of two German Embassy staffers linked with the recent post-election unrest in the country, a diplomat close to the case said Sunday.
01 February 2010 [11:04]

Turkey says "recovers economic crisis by itself"

Simsek said that Turkey would be the second fastest growing country among OECD states in 2010.
01 February 2010 [10:41]

Iranian president: Iran will deliver telling blow to global powers on Feb. 11

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the nation will deliver a harsh blow to the "global arrogance" on this year's anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
01 February 2010 [10:28]

Turkish govt targets unemployment rate below 10%

The Turkish prime minister expressed his thought on Sunday that 2010 would be a giant leap forward year.
01 February 2010 [09:45]

Iran rejects Saudi claim of meddling in Yemen

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Sunday rejected Saudi claims of Tehran's interference in Yemen, urging Riyadh to revise its own policies regarding Sana'a rather than pointing fingers at others.
01 February 2010 [09:36]

Turkey's PM says Minsk Group negligent over Armenia issue

Turkey's prime minister commented on Turkish-Armenian relations and the Cyprus issue during a TV program he attended on Sunday.
01 February 2010 [09:15]

Abdullah Gul urges Medvedev to push for peace in Karabakh

President Abdullah Gül urged his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev to push for a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia during a phone conversation on Saturday.
30 January 2010 [15:55]

Turkey to host UN conference on least developed countries

Turkey will host a United Nations (UN) conference on least developed countries in 2011.
30 January 2010 [13:42]

Turkey sets new target for 2010 exports

Turkey targets to increase exports in 2010 to more than 110 billion USD, country's top foreign trade official said Friday.
30 January 2010 [13:18]

France, US draft Iran sanctions proposal

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says Paris and Washington have worked out a common position on sanctions against Iran.
30 January 2010 [12:46]

Over 4,000 people got Armenian citizenship in 2009

Under Armenian President's decree, 4,323 people were granted Armenian citizenship in 2009.
30 January 2010 [12:23]

Top cleric urges speedy action against Iran rioters

A senior Iranian cleric and official on Friday warned that inaction about the rioters who gave raise to the unrest that followed the June presidential election would have severe consequences for the country.
30 January 2010 [11:48]

Turkish Airlines signs code-sharing deal with Spanair

The Turkish Airlines (THY) has signed an agreement with Spain-based Spanair.
30 January 2010 [11:15]

All 35 participants of te UN seminar in Georgia caught swine flu

All the 35 participants of seminar held under the UN aegis in Tskhneti settlement near Tbilisi have shown swine flu symptoms.
30 January 2010 [10:33]

Turkey's FM warns against hurting Armenia deals

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday the normalization process between Turkey and Armenia should not be hurt.
30 January 2010 [10:28]

Armenia, Russia sign cooperation agreements

On Jan. 29, during Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov’s visit to Yerevan, the Yerevan Municipality and Moscow Government signed agreement on trade, economic, scientific, technical and humanitarian cooperation.
30 January 2010 [10:15]

France, U.S. welcome Georgia's Abkhaz, S. Ossetia strategy

The U.S. and French embassies in Tbilisi released statements on January 28 welcoming Georgian government’s strategy towards its two breakaway regions.
30 January 2010 [09:55]

Top aide says Iran worries about Obama

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's top aide said Friday Tehran is concerned about the direction of the US administration after President Barack Obama delivered his first State of the Union address.
30 January 2010 [09:47]

Euronews starts broadcasting in Turkish on Jan 30

TRT said in a statement that a ceremony would take place in Istanbul on Saturday for opening of the Turkish-language news channel.
29 January 2010 [20:38]

Georgian President offers NATO to use Georgia's territory as supply route

Georgian President Saakashvili offered the U.S. to use territory of Georgia for transportation of armaments and supplies to Afghanistan.
29 January 2010 [20:26]

Turkey's C.Bank Forex reserves down

Foreign exchange reserves of Turkish Central Bank decreased to 70.2 billion USD as of January 22, 2010, the bank said on Thursday.
29 January 2010 [20:07]

U.S. approves Georgia's new strategy regarding Abkhazia, South Ossetia

The U.S. hails Tbilisi's strategy in regard to Abkhazia and South Ossetia, endorsed by the Georgian government on Wednesday, the message of the U.S. embassy to Georgia says.
29 January 2010 [20:00]

Turkish exports fall 22.6 pc in 2009

Turkish exports fell 22.6 percent in 2009, Turkish statistics authority said on Friday.
29 January 2010 [19:43]

Iranian deputy FM to visit Azerbaijan

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Iranians in the Diaspora and Consulate Affairs, Hasan Gashgavi, will pay a visit to Azerbaijan, Abbas Iskenderi, spokesman to the Iranian Embassy in Azerbaijan, said.
29 January 2010 [19:36]

Armenian gov’t announces mortgage assistance program for first-time home-buyers

Today, the Armenian government announced that it will begin a program of securing affordable housing for young families.
29 January 2010 [19:17]

Georgian FM attends London conference on Afghanistan

On Jan. 27-28, Georgia's Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze was on an official visit to London.
29 January 2010 [19:08]

Pakistani state offers Turkish investors free land

The free land would be provided in the organized industry region of Lahore, a major commercial hub in Pakistan.
29 January 2010 [18:51]

Iran, Belarus call for expansion of ties

The Head of Iran Presidential Office had expressed country’s willingness to expand ties with Belarus.
29 January 2010 [18:44]

Armenian FM meets U.S. Secretary of State in London

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in London on the sidelines of the International Conference on Afghanistan.
29 January 2010 [18:24]

Moscow intents to have direct flights with Sokhumi

Moscow is going to sign an agreement about direct flights with the occupant regime of Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia.
29 January 2010 [18:12]

Davutoglu says new horizon opened in Turkey-Greece ties

Davutoglu met with Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas of Greece in London on Thursday.
29 January 2010 [17:52]

Ahmadinejad: Iran not pursuing nuclear weapon

President Ahmadinejad stressed that on February 11, 2010 the nation would witness the funeral procession of capitalism adding that Iran not pursuing nuclear weapon.
29 January 2010 [17:43]

Moscow mayor to visit Yerevan

Upon an invitation by Yerevan city mayor Gagik Beglaryan, Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov will pay a working visit to the Armenian capital today.
29 January 2010 [17:12]

Session of coordinating council for Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project to be held in Tbilisi

The 8th session of coordinating council for Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project will be held at the hotel Radisson in Tbilisi on Jan. 29.
29 January 2010 [17:06]

Turkish ambassador to Rome under internal investigation

Turkey’s ambassador to Rome is under investigation over claims of sexual harassment, the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review has learned from official sources.
29 January 2010 [16:58]

Saudi officials warn of 'heavy losses' over Iran Umrah ban

A decision by the Iranian government to place a temporary ban on the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca sets alarm bells ringing in Saudi Arabia with some officials in the Kingdom warning of "heavy losses."
29 January 2010 [16:44]

Waste disposal in Armenian capital undergoes huge change

In order to resolve the issue of garbage removal in the republic, the Armenian government has decided to announce an international competition among private companies.
29 January 2010 [16:37]

Ninth round of Geneva talks between Russia, Georgia yields no result

The ninth round of the internationally mediated peace talks on Caucasus ended without results in Geneva on Jan. 28.
29 January 2010 [16:04]

U.S. State Department: International community's sanctions against Iran show effectiveness

The international community's sanctions against Iran demonstrate its effectiveness, said Michael Ratney, the spokesman for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs of the U.S. State Department.
29 January 2010 [15:53]

Turkey says backs Kazakhstan term at OSCE

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Kazakh counterpart Kanat Saudabayev met in London on Thursday.