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17 February 2010 [20:45]

Iran's official: Russian citizens arrested during rallies in Tehran

Iran's official: Russian citizens were arrested during rallies in Tehran.
17 February 2010 [20:23]

Turkey's IHH, Free Gaza plan to break Israel siege through sea

The campaign that is expected to start on April 20, is named "last port is freedom".
17 February 2010 [19:54]

Iranian Parliamentary Speaker: Drugs and terrorism are main dangers threatening region's future

Iranian Parliament's speaker Ali Larijani has met with Belarus Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov today. The cooperation prospects between the two countries were discussed at the meeting.
17 February 2010 [19:42]

Turkish Minister faces censure motion over PKK surrenders

34 members of PKK from Makhmour refugee camp and Qandil Mountain surrendered to Turkish authorities at Habur border gate within government's Kurdish opening.
17 February 2010 [19:05]

Explosion occurs in Iran's Central Bank

This afternoon, a basement of the Iranian Central Bank exploded as a result of gas leakage, deputy police commander for operations in Tehran Mohsun Hancharli said.
17 February 2010 [18:23]

Iranian FM blames US for spread of terrorism

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has criticized the Middle East policies of the US and other world powers, blaming them for the expansion of terrorism, extremism and global insecurity.
17 February 2010 [17:55]

Georgia's late president's widow wants to bury husband in patrimonial residence

An incident occurred at the grave of the late president of Georgia, Zviad Gamsakhurdia on Mtatsmina Pantheon today.
17 February 2010 [17:47]

Turkey's budget deficit around $2 bln for January

Turkey announced its budget deficit around 2 billion USD for January 2010.
17 February 2010 [17:39]

Duma member: Iran-Russia cooperation has good regional effects

A member of Russia’s Duma (Parliament) said here Wednesday that Tehran-Moscow cooperation positively affects the security in the region.
17 February 2010 [17:31]

OSCE Chairperson meet with Georgian opposition leaders

The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Kazakh Secretary of State and Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev met with the leaders of Georgian opposition parties in Tbilisi today.
17 February 2010 [17:20]

Armenian opposition: New tax package extra burden for Armenian society

The new tax package stirred up a heated debate between Republican Party of Armenia member Vardan Ayvazyan and Armenian opposition Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun, ARF-D) member Artsvik Minasyan.
17 February 2010 [17:11]

Turkish State Minister: Turkey to help crisis-hit Greece

Turkish State Minister for Foreign Trade Zafer Caglayan said that 225 businessmen came to Athens from Turkey in an effort to support Greece.
17 February 2010 [16:51]

France, Italy back US push for sanctions on Iran

The French and Italian foreign ministers renew threats of sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program, as their US allies try to rally support against Iran.
17 February 2010 [16:45]

Georgian CEC: 3.58 million people eligible to vote

Currently available voters’ list includes 3,587,425 citizens eligible to cast ballot in May local elections, according to Central Election Commission (CEC).
17 February 2010 [16:33]

Taxi drivers to protest newly proposed legislation in Armenia

Independent taxi drivers (those who are self-employed) in Armenia's Shirak marz province will stage a rally to protest the newly proposed legislation on Feb. 18.
17 February 2010 [16:28]

Turkey to increase flights to Libya

The Turkish and Libyan transportation ministers met in Ankara on Tuesday.
17 February 2010 [16:10]

Two patients hospitalized with H1N1 symptoms in Georgia

Two patients have been hospitalized from regions to Tbilisi with the symptoms of H1N1 virus.
17 February 2010 [16:04]

Oil prices jump over Iran concerns, euro's gain

The decline of the dollar against the euro and talks of possible punitive measures against Iran has sent oil prices to over the $75 mark.
17 February 2010 [15:53]

Turkey says probe on girl buried alive underway

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, "the criminal investigation into the murder is still continuing.
17 February 2010 [15:43]

EU launches new Partnership for Mobility program in Georgia

The EU delegation, staying in Tbilisi, is discussing the implementation of the new joint program, Partnership for Mobility, with the government of Georgia.
17 February 2010 [15:26]

Russia urges Iran to actively cooperate with the IAEA

Iran should improve its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's spokeswoman says.
17 February 2010 [14:43]

Netanyahu: Israel not planning war against Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Tel Aviv is not planning a military offensive against Iran as part of its efforts to halt Tehran's nuclear program.
17 February 2010 [14:35]

Body of Georgian athlete arrives home

The body of Nodar Kumaritashvili, the luger who died in a horrific training accident at the Winter Olympics, arrived in Georgia Wednesday for an emotional homecoming.
17 February 2010 [14:12]

Turkey demands Greece visa facility for businessmen

Caglayan said he would bring up visa issue during his meeting with Katseli on Wednesday.
17 February 2010 [13:48]

Committee to Protect Journalists: Journalists faced intolerance and violence in Armenia

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), independent and nonprofit organization based in New York, says journalists face intolerance and violence in Armenia.
17 February 2010 [13:35]

Iran-Turkey call for promotion of cultural cooperation

Iran’s minister of Education and Turkey’s minister of Culture and Tourism in a meeting here on Tuesday called for promotion of cultural cooperation, especially in the field of education.
17 February 2010 [13:15]

Tbilisi mayor accused of embezzlement

17 February 2010 [13:04]

Turkish C.Bank leaves interest rates unchanged

Turkish Central Bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged, overnight borrowing rate at 6.50 percent and lending rate at 9 percent.
17 February 2010 [12:25]

Survey: Armenian citizens want to leave country mainly to seek job abroad

Armenia-based NGO “People in Need” conducted a study within a program called “Strengthening the Regulation of Migration Influx in Armenia.”
17 February 2010 [12:06]

Iranian President: Tehran-Ankara ties beneficial to regional peace

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said promotion of ties between Iran and Turkey benefits both countries as well as peace and security in the region.
17 February 2010 [11:34]

Israeli PM denies resumption of arms supplies for Georgia

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, currently staying in Moscow with a visit, stated that data about his country's resumed arms supplies for Georgia to be wrong.
17 February 2010 [10:56]

Armenian President meets with OSCE Chairman-in-Office

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan received OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Kazakhs Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev on Feb. 16.
17 February 2010 [10:44]

Iran 'serious' on reducing troubled ties with UK

A parliamentary call for the limitation of ties with Britain gains momentum in Iran as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pledges to give the move 'some serious thought'.
17 February 2010 [10:33]

IMF: Georgia overcame first wave of crisis

Georgia overcame the first wave of economic crisis, believe representatives of the IMF mission.
17 February 2010 [10:27]

Turkish ship sinks, Moldovan-flagged cargo ship runs aground

A ship sank in the Sea of Marmara, another one ran aground off the Aegean city of Canakkale on Tuesday.
17 February 2010 [09:52]

Ahmadinejad says Iran to install advanced centrifuges

Amid a White House campaign to drum up support for new anti-Iran sanctions, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned on Tuesday that world powers would "regret" any moves against the country.
17 February 2010 [09:45]

Georgian Foreign Ministry responds to Russian deputy FM's interview

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has responded to the interview of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gregory Karasin with the ‘Ogoniok’ magazine.
17 February 2010 [09:34]

Turkey-Iraq railway starts to operate

The first passenger train between Turkey and Iraq began serving tourists on Tuesday, February 16.
17 February 2010 [07:50]

Turkish FM meets Iran's Ahmadinejad

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Tuesday.
16 February 2010 [20:38]

Iran, Turkey may hold 'further talks' on uranium-fuel swap offer

Turkey has offered to act as a venue for a swap in which Iran would hand over low-grade uranium and receive in return fuel rods needed for its medical-research reactor in Tehran.
16 February 2010 [20:15]

Turkey willing to start free trade deal talks with Burkina Faso

Turkey-Burkina Faso Joint Economic Commission meeting began in Ankara on Tuesday.
16 February 2010 [20:06]

Iran dismisses impacts of new sanctions

16 February 2010 [19:36]

Iran's senior official to visit Japan

16 February 2010 [18:53]

Iranian President: Sanctions will not affect Iran

"At present, no sanctions will affect Iran", Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad said at a press-conference.
16 February 2010 [18:45]

Georgian opposition set to trip to Moscow

A group of Georgian opposition members plan to trip to Russian for negotiations with authorities and opposition.
16 February 2010 [18:33]

Probe finds Turkey's ambassador to Rome guilty of sexual harassment

An investigation into Turkey's ambassador to Rome has found him guilty of alleged sexual harassment.
16 February 2010 [18:26]

France to contribute to Armenia's integration into Europe

On Feb. 15, Armenian National Security Council (NSC) Secretary Artur Baghdasaryan met with State Secretary for European Affairs Pierre Lelouch in Paris.
16 February 2010 [17:57]

Tehran urged to halve trade volume with UK

The Iranian Parliament (Majlis) has urged the government to limit its trade volume with Britain to $500 million from the current $1 billion, an Iranian MP has said.
16 February 2010 [17:35]

Russian lawmakers to adopt another document on Georgia's break-away Abkhazia region

Russian lawmakers will approve the document about the 200 anniversary of Russia and Abkhazia, which has been submitted by the ruling party United Russia.
16 February 2010 [17:13]

Turkish officials to convey concerns to US envoy over Armenia bill

U.S. Ambassador in Ankara James Jeffrey said on Tuesday that United States extended full support to the process between Turkey and Armenia.
16 February 2010 [17:05]

Iranian FM spokesman urges Russia, China to be realistic

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mihman-Parast here on Tuesday called on both Russia and China to be realistic.
16 February 2010 [16:53]

Speaker: Armenia to keep on pursuing initiative policy in Armenia-Turkey normalization process

Armenia should keep on pursuing its initiative policy on Armenia-Turkey normalization process, Armenian Parliament's Vice-Speaker and Republican Party member Samvel Nikoyan told media on Feb. 16.
16 February 2010 [16:23]

Efforts underway for free Turkey-Canada trade deal

Deputy Speaker of the Turkish Parliament Nevzat Pakdil said on Monday that Turkish society was saddened over the decision of the Canadian House of Commons regarding 1915 incidents.
16 February 2010 [16:12]

Iran MP: UK Embassy spying for US, Israel

The British Embassy in Tehran has been gathering intelligence on Iran for United States and Israel, a senior Iranian lawmaker says.
16 February 2010 [16:04]

Funeral service for dead Georgian luger held in Vancouver

A funeral service for the Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was held in Vancouver.
16 February 2010 [15:21]

Turkish Minister in Greece for Aegean islands economic summit

Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan arrived in Athens, Greece on Tuesday.
16 February 2010 [15:14]

Iran: US acting as military dictatorship in Middle East

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says the US is acting as a military dictatorship in the Middle East by killing countless number of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.
16 February 2010 [15:08]

Iran not to recognize independence of break-away South Ossetia and Abkhazia

Iran is not going to recognize independence of break-away South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Ambassador of Iran to Russia Seyed Mohammad Reza said in his interview with the Echo of Moscow.
16 February 2010 [14:36]

Turkish, Syrian industry chambers sign cooperation deal

The Aegean Region Chamber of Industry (EBSO) signed a cooperation agreement with the Chamber of Commerce and Chamber of Industry of Damascus on Tuesday.
16 February 2010 [14:15]

Georgia's opposition leader Alasania emphasizes need for opposition's unity

Irakli Alasania, leader of opposition Alliance for Georgia, said opposition’s victory in the upcoming local elections “will be inevitable” in case of unity.
16 February 2010 [13:46]

Turkey officially submits dossier to host Euro 2016

Turkey competes with France and Italy to host the tournament after Swedish-Norwegian joint bid failed.
16 February 2010 [13:37]

Iranian FM says Clinton's remarks are new form of deceit

Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the remarks of the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about Iran was a new form of deception.