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02 February 2010 [14:00]

Lawmaker: Iran will face 40-percent inflation

A Member of Parliament industry committee announced lack of sufficient wages for working class creates economical obstacles in the society.
02 February 2010 [13:51]

Georgia refuses to sign non-aggression treaty with Abkhazia, S. Ossetia

Temur Iakobashvili, Minister for Reintegration of Georgia, sees Russia's demand to sign a legally binding non-aggression treaty with Abkhazia and South Ossetia as inappropriate.
02 February 2010 [13:32]

Greek Minister invites Turkish Interior Minister for visit

Greek Citizens' Protection Minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis has sent a letter to Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay, inviting to pay an official visit to Athens.
02 February 2010 [12:37]

Iran to build Persepolis village in Minsk

Iran is planning to build a tourism village in Belarus in an attempt to expand cultural ties between the two countries.
02 February 2010 [12:30]

Turkish food exporters complain of EU control regime

Inspectors could also issue an order for the destruction of the products in case they fail to pass residue tests.
02 February 2010 [12:09]

NATO Chief hopes for improvement of relations between Russia and Georgia

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General, campaigns for normalization of relations between Russia and Georgia.
02 February 2010 [11:55]

Israel threatens Iran with "heavy price"

Israeli National Security Advisor Uzi Arada has threatened Iran with 'heavy' measures after reports of US augmentation of forces off Iran's coast.
02 February 2010 [11:43]

Turkish govt sets 2010 export target as $111 bln

Turkish State Minister for foreign trade Zafer Caglayan said on Monday that Turkey's export target for 2010 was set as 111 billion USD.
02 February 2010 [10:52]

Defense minister says Iran near self-sufficiency

Iran's defense minister said Monday that the country is taking the final steps in becoming self-sufficient in the production of complicated electronic, optic and telecommunication systems.
02 February 2010 [10:47]

New PACE head says Turkey needs civilian constitution

The new head of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said on Monday that Turkey needed a new and civilian constitution.
02 February 2010 [09:55]

Iran ready to help establish peace in Somalia

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says the Islamic Republic is ready to help efforts to establish peace in Somalia.
02 February 2010 [09:44]

Iranian FM to visit Turkey for joint economic meeting

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki will join 21st Turkey-Iran joint commission meeting on economic cooperation scheduled on Wednesday in the Turkish capital city of Ankara, an Iranian report said.
01 February 2010 [20:44]

Palestinian-Turkish businessmen will meet in Istanbul

Palestinian and Turkish businessmen will meet in Istanbul on Tuesday.
01 February 2010 [20:26]

Georgia launches new stage of reform in education sector

A new stage of reform in education sector will begin in Georgia on Feb. 1.
01 February 2010 [20:00]

Turkish frigate sets sail for Somali anti-piracy mission

A frigate with the Turkish Naval Forces set sail on Monday from its base in southwest Turkey to take part in an international effort to fight off piracy in the Gulf of Aden.
01 February 2010 [19:34]

Iranians observe Sadeh Celebration

Iran's Zoroastrian community has held the annual Sadeh Celebration that celebrates the discovery of fire on January 30, the day of kindness.
01 February 2010 [19:15]

Foreign share in Turkish stock market down last week

Share of foreign investors in Turkey's main stock market was down last week.
01 February 2010 [19:00]

Twelve Georgian sailors were on ship that sank in Libya

Twelve Georgian sailors were among the crew of a Turkish vessel, which sank in the waters of Libya.
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.