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21 July 2010 [15:05]

British PM Cameron to visit Turkey

The British prime minister will pay a formal visit to Turkey on July 26-27, the press office of Turkey's Prime Minister said on Wednesday.
21 July 2010 [14:47]

Georgia's draft constitutional ammendments submitted to parliament

Draft of constitutional amendments, which will cut next President's powers in favor of Prime Minister, have been submitted to the Georgian Parliament.
21 July 2010 [13:35]

Iranian President appoints Special Representative for Caspian Sea Affairs

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed Mohamed Mehdi Akhundzadeh Special Representative for Caspian Sea Affairs.
21 July 2010 [12:55]

PKK chief speaks of disarmament, conditions for Turkish government

Militants in the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, would disarm if the Turkish government met certain conditions, one of the group’s leader, Murat Karayılan, told the BBC in an interview Wednesday.
21 July 2010 [11:08]

Strong quake hits Iran

An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale jolted the Lar town in the Fars province of Iran this morning, IRNA reported.
21 July 2010 [10:27]

Turkish FM Davutoğlu meets Hamas chief amid Israel row

Amid ongoing tensions in Turkish-Israeli relations, Turkey’s foreign minister held unannounced talks Monday in Damascus with a senior Hamas leader whose visit to Ankara four years ago drew the ire of Tel Aviv.
20 July 2010 [13:55]

Turkey prepares to host Israeli volleyball team

Despite the cancellation of previous sporting matches between Israel and Turkey for political reasons, an Israeli women's volleyball team is preparing to come to Ankara for games July 24 and 25.
20 July 2010 [13:35]

Turkey's own drones make first flight on Turkish-Iraqi border

Sources say the Turkish-made UAVs would remarkably reduce dependence on foreign technology.
19 July 2010 [17:35]

Turkish-speaking states' foreign ministers to meet in Turkey

Turkey continues to purse active foreign policy.
19 July 2010 [11:32]

Opening border with Armenia out of question, Turkish minister says

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Saturday that opening the border with Armenia was out of the question.
17 July 2010 [11:25]

Turkish FM responds nationalist MHP's question on Armenia

Turkish FM that Turkey took significant steps in elimination of problems with its neighbors however Armenia remained as a missing part of that picture.
16 July 2010 [17:55]

Turkish diplomat appointed new NATO Deputy Secretary General

A Turkish diplomat was appointed as the new deputy secretary general of NATO, NATO's spokesperson said on Friday.
16 July 2010 [13:30]

Hillary Clinton condemns deadly Iran blasts

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned the twin deadly explosions in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan in which more than 20 people were killed and over 100 others were injured.
15 July 2010 [16:10]

Turkish president endorses deal on cooperation council of Turkish-Speaking countries

Turkey has become the third country after Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan to complete a procedure of endorsing Nakhchivan agreement on establishment of Cooperation Council of Turkish-Speaking countries.
15 July 2010 [10:16]

Turkey ready to "temporarily open" Armenia border for NATO exercise

Turkey will be among the NATO and partner countries taking part in an exercise to be held in Armenia by NATO's EADRCC.
14 July 2010 [11:07]

EU to allocate 43 mln euro for IDPs in Georgia

European Union will allocate 43 million euro for the long-term resettlement programs of the IDPs in Georgia.
14 July 2010 [10:47]

Confusion mounts on Turkey's Iran nuke diplomacy

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has denied claims by a U.S. official who said Ankara had agreed to distance itself from the Iranian nuclear issue, saying it remains open to participating if the parties seek its help.
14 July 2010 [09:58]

Iran says Medvedev's nuke remarks 'divorced from reality'

Top Iranian officials on Tuesday angrily dismissed Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's remarks that Tehran was on the verge of acquiring military nuclear capability, the Fars News Agency reported.
13 July 2010 [14:53]

EU Special Representative for S. Caucasus is on visit to Georgia

EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby will arrive in the occupied Abkhazia.
13 July 2010 [14:28]

Turkey agrees to stay out of Iran nuclear issue, US official says

A senior U.S. official said Turkey has agreed to stay out of international efforts to pressure Iran on its nuclear program, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
13 July 2010 [11:15]

Turkey, Serbia lift visa procedures

Turkey and Serbia signed an agreement on Monday to lift visa procedures.
12 July 2010 [16:44]

Iran: 20 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium ready

Iran said on Sunday it has produced around 20 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium, in defiance of the world powers who want Tehran to suspend the controversial nuclear work.
10 July 2010 [12:35]

27th Qur'an contest opens in Iranian capital

The 27th international competition of the Holy Qur'an has opened in the Iranian capital Tehran, bringing together representatives from 60 Muslim countries, Press TV reported.
10 July 2010 [09:19]

OSCE PA president: Armenia is to blame for protraction of Nagorno-Karabakh peace process

Armenia is more responsible for dragging out the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, stated President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Joao Soares, who is completing his terms.
09 July 2010 [11:07]

Armenia's foreign debt to reach U.S. $4bn by 2013

On July 8, the Armenian Government first approved a strategic program of national debt control for 2011-2013.
09 July 2010 [10:33]

EU policy on South Caucasus discussed in Berlin

European Union policy toward the South Caucasus was discussed in Berlin.
08 July 2010 [18:08]

Kars province governor: Turkey does not conduct any technical work to open border with Armenia

The Turkish government does not intend to carry out some technical work, or talks to open borders with Armenia till Azerbaijani lands are under Armenian occupation," Kars province governor Ahmet Kara said.
08 July 2010 [16:33]

Turkish president denies claims of planned meeting with Israeli president

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has denied claims about the possibility that he was planning to clandestinely meet Israeli president.
05 July 2010 [17:21]

OSCE PA's annual session in Olso to debate transnational crime and corruption

The 19th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, with the theme “Rule of Law: Combating Transnational Crime and Corruption,” is taking place 6-10 July in Oslo, hosted by the Parliament of Norway – Stortinget.
05 July 2010 [13:51]

Executive Director of American Jewish Committee: "We consider Azerbaijan an important country for the U.S. and for the whole regional stability"

“The Jewish community helped the United States to appreciate the importance of Azerbaijan”, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee David A. Harris told journalists in Baku.
30 June 2010 [15:53]

Azerbaijani, Turkish military men to participate in joint exercises

Azerbaijani and Turkish military men will take part in joint military exercises in July.
28 June 2010 [12:36]

Erdogan discusses Karabakh conflict with Obama and Medvedev

Turkish Prime Minister discusses Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Russian and U.S. presidents.
28 June 2010 [12:03]

Turkish authorities close the airspace for Israeli planes

According to Ytro.ru website, Turkish authorities closed the airspace for the Israeli planes, according to a statement made by Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
26 June 2010 [12:25]

Turkey to restore Russian Tsar Nicholas II's hunting lodge

A 113-year old hunting lodge constructed for the Russian Tsar Nicholas II in Sarikamis town of north-eastern province of Kars will go through restoration.
26 June 2010 [11:08]

Armenian MP circulates document condemning Armenia in PACE

Zaruhi Postanjyan, a member of the Armenian delegation to PACE, said a document on Armenia’s non-compliance with of its international obligations was circulated on her initiative.
26 June 2010 [10:16]

Erdoğan to meet Obama at G-20 summit

With world leaders coming together this weekend for a G-20 summit in Toronto, Turkish diplomats are expecting Erdoğan to meet Obama to discuss the various controversial events involving Turkey since their phone conversation in May.
24 June 2010 [15:25]

Former Russian energy minister worried by Caspian oil spill threat

Former Russian Energy Minister Yuri Shafranik says he is concerned about the threat of a major oil spill in the Caspian Sea, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Russian Service reported.
24 June 2010 [14:45]

Lithuanian diplomatic mission in Georgia to operate like NATO contact embassy

From January 1, 2011 the Lithuanian diplomatic mission will serve as the NATO contact embassy in Georgia for two years. This decision was made by member-countries of the alliance.
24 June 2010 [10:22]

Newspaper in Turkey's Van to have Armenian page

A multilingual newspaper in the eastern city of Van is preparing to add stories in Armenian to its Turkish, Kurdish, Persian and English-language content to mark the reinstating of religious services at a local Armenian church.
23 June 2010 [16:55]

Atomic chief says Iran has 17 kilograms of enriched uranium

Iran has already produced 17 kilograms of enriched uranium, the nation's atomic chief Ali-Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday.
22 June 2010 [10:56]

Georgia to become 2nd Dubai in just 5-7 years?

If Georgia keeps its pace of development, it will reach the level of Dubai in five or seven years, President Saakashvili said in Batumi late on Monday evening.