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19 January 2010 [18:52]

Foreigners to invest $20bn in Iran's oil, gas

Iran has received proposals worth around $20 billion for investment in its oil and gas sector from foreign companies, the Iranian oil minister has announced.
19 January 2010 [18:49]

Turkey expects "natural gas gesture" from Iran, Russia

The Turkish energy minister said on Tuesday that Turkey expected gesture from Russia and Iran regarding natural gas.
19 January 2010 [18:05]

Freedom of Speech Committee says 11 journalists assaulted in Armenia in 2009

The Committee to Protect Freedom of Speech presented its annual report on the state of freedom of speech in Armenia on Jan. 19.
19 January 2010 [17:54]

Georgian president: Ukraine will remain Georgia's ally

No matter who wins in Ukraine’s second round of presidential elections, Kiev will remain Georgia’s “ally and a friend,” President Saakashvili said on Jan. 18.
19 January 2010 [17:49]

Turkey boosts flour exports by 50 pc to S.African region

Turkish flour producers increased exports by 50 percent after entering the markets in south of the African continent.
19 January 2010 [17:25]

Germany builds turbo compressors in Iran

An Iranian gas official says the country has inked a one billion euro gas contract with Germany for the manufacture, installation and launch of 100 gas turbo compressors in Iran.
19 January 2010 [17:00]

Georgia to be advertised on BBC, CNN

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili stated that ten winter and several ski resorts would function in the country in 5-6 years.
19 January 2010 [16:52]

More Turkish rescue teams arrive in Haiti

The number of Turkish rescue teams in Haiti rose to four by Tuesday.
19 January 2010 [16:15]

People protest verdict against Armenian opposition newspaper chief editor in Yerevan

On Jan. 19, at Yerevan’s Shengavit Community Court, when the judge read out Nikol Pashinyan’s verdict, those in the courtroom began to chant “Shame! Shame!”
19 January 2010 [16:08]

Georgia will commemorate victims of 20 January tragedy

Georgia will hold several events in connection with the 20th anniversary of the Jan.20 tragedy in Baku.
19 January 2010 [15:54]

Armenian expert: It would be strange for Armenia to sign protocols, but not endorse them

Day.Az interview with Armenian political expert, director of the Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan.
19 January 2010 [15:44]

Erdogan says Turkey's export to UAE $7.5 bln

Erdogan said that the foreign trade volume between Turkey and United Arab Emirates reached 8.6 billion USD as of 2008.
19 January 2010 [15:27]

Iran: Cooperation boosts security in Caucasus

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili has stressed the importance of adopting strategies to establish sustainable security in the Caucasus.
19 January 2010 [14:57]

Turkey's PM calls for great Islamic help to quake-hit Haiti

Turkey's prime minister has called on the Islamic world to help Haiti which was hit by a magnitude-7 earthquake last week.
19 January 2010 [14:48]

Opposition newspaper chief editor sentenced seven years in jail in Armenia

The verdict against oppositional Haykakan Zhamanak daily chief editor Nikol Pashinyan was delivered in the Nork-Marash district court of Armenia on Jan. 19.
19 January 2010 [14:41]

Georgia apologizes for extradition of Iranian national

Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze has apologized to Iran for the extradition of an Iranian national to the United States in 2008.
19 January 2010 [14:10]

German band to play jazz in Tehran

German jazz drummer Wolfgang Haffner and his band are slated to perform at Honar Cultural Center in the Iranian capital of Tehran.
19 January 2010 [14:04]

Senior Israeli official to visit Turkey for talks

Israeli Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Yossi Gal will pay a visit to Ankara on Tuesday.
19 January 2010 [13:22]

Turkey's PM calls for great Islamic help to quake-hit Haiti

Turkey's prime minister has called on the Islamic world to help Haiti which was hit by a magnitude-7 earthquake last week.
19 January 2010 [13:11]

Turkey says Armenian top court ruling undermines protocols

Turkey says the ruling contained preconditions and restrictive provisions which impair the letter and spirit of the protocols.
19 January 2010 [13:06]

Armenian-captured Azerbaijani citizen's son says his father talked in Armenian television under pressure

Armenian-captured Azerbaijani citizen Eldar Tagiyev’s family believes that he was interviewed by Armenian Public Television under pressure.
19 January 2010 [12:57]

Iranian lawmakers to increase in number

Iran's Interior Ministry said Monday that it is studying legislation to increase the number of lawmakers in Parliament by twenty.
19 January 2010 [12:34]

Working meeting in framework of Georgian-American Charter to be held in Tbilisi

The third working meeting in the framework of Georgian-U.S. Charter on strategic partnership will be held in Georgia on Jan. 21.
19 January 2010 [12:07]

Fourth indictment demands life sentence for 5 naval officers in Turkey

Prosecutors investigating Ergenekon, a clandestine group charged with plotting to overthrow the government, have completed the preparation of a fourth indictment in case, the Sabah daily reported on Monday.
19 January 2010 [11:45]

Iranian prosecutor assassinated in West Azerbaijan

An Iranian prosecutor has been assassinated by two unidentified gunmen in the city of Khoy in the northwestern province of West Azerbaijan.
19 January 2010 [11:33]

Turkey declares Agca as unfit for military services

A military hospital in Turkey declared Agca as unfit for military services.
19 January 2010 [11:00]

Ahmadinejad warns against NATO's eastward expansion

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says NATO's eastward expansion does not serve the interests of the countries in the region.
19 January 2010 [10:51]

Turkish Airlines official sponsor of Spanish FC Barcelona

Turkey's national air carrier Turkish Airlines has become the official sponsor of Spanish footbal club FC Barcelona.
19 January 2010 [10:32]

Armenian, Russian presidents meet in Moscow

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan held talks in Moscow on Jan. 18.
19 January 2010 [10:24]

Georgian government discusses priorities for 2010

At a sitting of the government of Georgia, members of the Cabinet discussed 21 points of the agenda on Jan.18.
19 January 2010 [09:56]

Iran, Iraq meet over border issues

Iranian and Iraqi border officials met on Monday to discuss and resolve "misunderstandings" over their joint border, Press TV reported.
19 January 2010 [09:47]

OSCE urges Turkey for reform on bans on 3700 websites

Europe's main security and human rights watchdog said that Turkey was blocking some 3,700 Internet sites for "arbitrary and political reasons.
18 January 2010 [20:15]

OSCE: Turkey "blocking 3,700 websites"

On Monday, OSCE accused Turkey of blocking some 3,700 Internet sites for "arbitrary and political reasons".
18 January 2010 [20:04]

IMF officials in Turkey for talks on deal

The Turkish government conducts talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) via the IMF's Permanent Representation in Ankara.
18 January 2010 [19:57]

Yanukovich's party might introduce visa regime with Georgia

Incident with Georgian "monitors" can lead to introduction of visa regime with the country, said Boris Kolesnikov, one of the leaders of the Party of the Regions.
18 January 2010 [19:19]

Turkey's PM calls for energy cooperation in UAE summit

Erdogan said that energy should be means of cooperation rather than a matter of competition.
18 January 2010 [18:55]

Armenia, Egypt to reinforce trade ties

Armenian-Egyptian intergovernmental committee sitting is due in Yerevan in summer this year.
18 January 2010 [18:50]

Iran proposes two awards to UNESCO

The Iranian National Commission for UNESCO proposes founding two awards, the Ferdowsi and the Sheikh Bahaei to the international organization.
18 January 2010 [18:26]

Netanyahu, Merkel to discuss Iran

After a secret meeting with US President Barack Obama's advisor Dennis Ross, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting Berlin on a visit focused on Iran.
18 January 2010 [18:14]

Turkey to increase energy invests by 20 pc in 2010

Energy investments will be increased by 20 percent to 3.3 billion Turkish lira in 2010 when compared to 2009.
18 January 2010 [18:05]

Iran to take legal action against ISSF for PG games

Iran says it will take legal action against the Riyadh-based Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF), one day after the athletic games planned in Tehran for April were canceled.
18 January 2010 [17:33]

Georgian monitors are leaving Ukraine

18 January 2010 [17:16]

Turkish Defense Minister delays Afghan trip over "necessity"

Gonul was scheduled to visit Afghanistan between January 18 and 20.
18 January 2010 [16:58]

Iran 'mulling to downgrade' ties with Britain

Amid tension in ties between Iran and Britain, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says Tehran is considering to sever relations with Britain in 12 working fields.
18 January 2010 [16:23]

Turkey's PM calls for energy cooperation in UAE summit

Erdogan said that energy should be means of cooperation rather than a matter of competition.
18 January 2010 [16:09]

Armenia's parliamentary speaker invites his Egyptian counterpart to visit Armenia

Currently in Cairo on a formal visit, Armenian parliamentary delegation met Saturday with chairman of the Egyptian People's Assembly Speaker Ahmad Fathi Sorour.
18 January 2010 [15:53]

ADB to invest over USD 1 bn in Georgia

Asian Development Bank plans to invest over USD 1bn in Georgian economy in 2010-2011, Georgia's Finance Minister Kakha Baindurashvili said.
18 January 2010 [15:27]

Persian Gulf int'l conference opens in Tehran

The 19th International Conference on Persian Gulf kicked off in Tehran on Monday morning.
18 January 2010 [15:14]

Armenian Prime Minister launches blog

Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan has become a second Armenian politician to launch a blog.
18 January 2010 [15:08]

Turkish man released after 3 decades in jail over pope shooting

One lawyer said Agca was being taken to a military installation for medical tests to determine whether he should do military service.
18 January 2010 [14:52]

Ukrainian president: Georgia is "used for manipulations" at Ukrainian elections

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko deplores Georgia's being used for manipulations at the Ukrainian elections.
18 January 2010 [14:35]

Lebanon, Iran to coordinate in UN Security Council

Lebanon president Michel Suleiman on Saturday told visiting Iranian Vice President Mohammed Reza Tajeddini that Lebanon and Iran should coordinate their stances in the UN Security Council.
18 January 2010 [14:06]

Turkish industry minister to visit Egypt

Turkish industry minister will leave for Egypt on Monday.
18 January 2010 [13:55]

Earthquake in Armenia

Earthquake struck Armenia at 5:05 p.m. local time on Jan. 17, Armenian Seismic Service said.
18 January 2010 [13:36]

Turkish team rescues two people in Haiti

Rescue of two people has caused a nationwide joy since hopes are fading away to find any more survivors under rubble.
18 January 2010 [12:44]

Armenian president arrives in Moscow

18 January 2010 [12:37]

Turkey's PM in UAE for energy summit

Erdogan arrived in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.
18 January 2010 [11:27]

Russia says further anti-Iran sanctions futile

Moscow said on Saturday that imposing additional sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear energy program will most likely prove to be of no avail.
18 January 2010 [11:16]

Workers protest Turkish government in mass rally

Workers from around Turkey protested the government's labour policies and called for general strike at a mass rally in Ankara on Sunday.
18 January 2010 [11:07]

Georgia selects candidate to represent country in 2010 Eurovision Song Contest

The Georgian public broadcaster GPB has announced that the country will be represented by 23-year-old Sopho Nizharadze in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.
18 January 2010 [10:54]

Pope Benedict XVI is pleased by accord between Armenia and Turkey

Pope Benedict XVI addressed the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See on Monday morning for what some call "the state of the world address."
18 January 2010 [10:34]

Envoy: Moscow won't sacrifice Iran for US ties

Iran's Ambassador to Moscow says it is unlikely for the Kremlin to give up its friendly ties with Tehran in order to establish closer relations with Washington.
18 January 2010 [10:25]

One Turkish soldier killed in PKK skirmish

A soldier was killed in a skirmish with suspected PKK militants in Batman Sunday morning.
18 January 2010 [09:50]

Drug smugglers kill 3 police officers in SE Iran

Three Iranian road traffic police officers have been killed by drug traffickers on the Zahedan-Khash road in southeastern Iran.