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11 February 2010 [15:35]

Turkey's PM in phone contacts with foreign leaders

Turkish Prime Minister had phone conversations with leaders of Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Italy, prime ministry officials said on Wednesday.
11 February 2010 [14:54]

Georgian opposition fails to agree on voter list monitoring

The opposition has failed to agree on the scheme of the voter list monitoring and the distribution of funds allocated for this procedure.
11 February 2010 [14:15]

Armenian President meets Prince Charles

Prince Charles hosted Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan at Windsor Castle on Feb. 10.
11 February 2010 [13:36]

Turkey opens consulate general in India's Mumbai

Turkey's president continued to hold talks in India on Thursday.
11 February 2010 [13:23]

Turkish Chief Negotiator for EU: Turkey does not plan to withdraw troops from Cyprus

Turkish State Minister & Chief Negotiator for EU talks Egemen Bagis said on Wednesday that it was not possible for Turkey to accept the sections regarding Cyprus in Turkey report of European Parliament.
11 February 2010 [13:05]

Armenia sees rise in crime rate

Rise in rate wave was observed in Armenia in 2009, Armenian Police Chief said.
11 February 2010 [12:49]

Iranian president: No military solution to global issues

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says regional and global issues cannot be resolved through military action.
11 February 2010 [12:41]

Top NATO commander seeks more Turkish forces for Afghanistan

The top NATO commander in Afghanistan restates his request for combat troops and praises Turkey’s role as he meets with Turkish journalists visiting a Turkish military camp in the war-torn country.
11 February 2010 [12:14]

US blacklists Iranian commander, firms

The US Treasury Department orders a freeze on assets of a commander and four subsidiaries of a construction company linked to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
11 February 2010 [11:52]

Turkey plans $12-bln investment for high-speed railway network

Turkey plans to invest about $12 billion over the next decade to build a high-speed railway network and shift more traffic to trains, a Turkish State Railways (TCDD) official said on Wednesday.
11 February 2010 [11:19]

IAEA says Iran to begin higher atom enrichment in days

Iran has told nuclear inspectors it will begin higher-grade uranium enrichment within days after preparations to do so carried out since Monday, according to a confidential U.N. memo.
11 February 2010 [11:14]

Armenian PM receives IMF delegation

11 February 2010 [11:08]

Armenia, Georgia resume air communication

Yerevan-Tbilisi-Yerevan flights have been resumed.
11 February 2010 [10:55]

Iran summons Canada envoy over ex-Amb. CIA links

Tehran on Wednesday summoned the Canadian charge d'affaires to Iran after the country's former envoy admitted to having spied for the US against the Islamic Republic.
11 February 2010 [10:32]

S.Korea's KEPCO in Turkey for nuclear talks

Turkey has long been eager to build nuclear power plants.
11 February 2010 [10:23]

Armenian President meets with Queen Elizabeth II

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has held a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II in London on Feb. 10.
11 February 2010 [09:55]

'Iran develops system to distract missiles'

A senior Iranian commander has announced that the country has developed a new system to distract missiles.
10 February 2010 [20:22]

Turkey calls on Georgia to free detained crew

Turkey's Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin and Georgia's Parliament Speaker David Bakradze had a tete-a-tete meeting at the Turkish parliament, and then chaired the meeting between two delegations.
10 February 2010 [20:11]

Georgia endorses national NATO integration program

Georgia's state commission for coordination of integration into NATO endorsed the Annual National Program of cooperation with NATO [ANP] for 2010.
10 February 2010 [20:03]

Ex-deputy minister gets five-year jail term over protests in Iran

Former Iranian deputy interior minister Mostafa Tajzadeh was handed a five-year jail term for his involvement in the post-election protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his lawyer said Wednesday.
10 February 2010 [20:00]

Turkey needs new strategy for Europe trade, Minister says

Turkish State Minister for foreign trade Zafer Caglayan met with Turkey's commercial attaches serving in Europe on Wednesday.
10 February 2010 [19:31]

Another deportation of Georgians from Poland planned for today

Another deportation of Georgian citizens from Poland is planned for today.
10 February 2010 [19:16]

Turkish president visits Taj Mahal in India - PHOTOS

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul visited Taj Mahal in Agra, India together with his spouse Hayrunnisa Gul.
10 February 2010 [19:00]

Relief group waits Haiti permit to take care of orphans in Turkey

The Foundation for Human Rights & Freedoms & Humanitarian Relief (IHH) is continuing to help people in Haiti which was hit by a severe earthquake.
10 February 2010 [18:53]

Reduction in Armenia's private remittances

In 2009, total amount of private remittances to Armenia reduced by 30.6 percent compared to 2008, making $1.576 bn.
10 February 2010 [18:05]

Armenia's defense minister presents military cooperation prospects in Paris

Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan met the Executive Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research Camille Grand in Paris on Feb. 9.
10 February 2010 [17:57]

Iranian cleric warns Kurds against selling land to Israelis

A Sunni cleric in the northwestern Iranian city of Sardasht has warned about attempts by Israeli Jews to purchase 'Muslim lands' in Iraq's Kurdistan region.
10 February 2010 [17:43]

Georgian, Spanish businessmen to meet

Visiting Spanish businessmen will hold meetings with Georgian businessmen on Feb. 10.
10 February 2010 [17:00]

CNPC to start drilling in Iran's gas project in March

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) plans to begin drilling in phase 11 of Iran's South Pars gas project in March to evaluate reserves, an official says.
10 February 2010 [16:33]

Armenia's ombudsman not preparing to take over general prosecutor position

Armenia's Human Rights Defender (Ombudsman) Armen Harutyunyan is not preparing to take over the post of General Prosecutor in Armenia.
10 February 2010 [16:25]

Turkey's FM says Armenia message "routine"

Turkey's foreign minister said on Tuesday that the letter sent by Serzh Sargsian to his Turkish counterpart Gul was a routine message sent by leaders while flying over Turkish territory.
10 February 2010 [16:12]

Iran's opposition leader's advisers released

Advisers to Iran's Opposition Leader Mir Hussein Mousavi, Alireza Behisti and Mohammadreza Tajik, were released.
10 February 2010 [15:47]

Georgia becomes Vice President of UNESCO education bureau

Georgia has become a vice president of the education bureau of UNESCO.
10 February 2010 [15:26]

Gul says Turkey conducting silent diplomacy on Iran

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Turkey has been conducting silent diplomacy for a couple of weeks to ease tension due to Iran's stepping up uranium enrichment.
10 February 2010 [15:14]

Iran ready for gas export to Switzerland

A senior Iranian oil official says Iran is ready to provide Switzerland with about one million cubic meters of natural gas per day.
10 February 2010 [14:34]

Georgian Parliament adopts amendments to Constitution

At a plenary sitting on Tuesday, after long discussions, the Parliament of Georgia adopted amendments to the Constitution in the second reading.
10 February 2010 [14:27]

Turkish energy minister says Turkey, Germany can cooperate on energy

Turkish energy minister said that Germany would become one of the most important partners of Turkey in the area of energy.
10 February 2010 [14:06]

Iran launches producing 120-130-millimeter cannon and tank shells

Iran has already started producing 120 - millimeter and 130-millimeter cannon and tank shells.
10 February 2010 [13:53]

Armenian President to trip to Syria

In the second half of March, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will pay a return visit to Syria.
10 February 2010 [13:44]

Georgian Parliament condemns France for selling Mistral to Russia

The Parliament of Georgia strongly criticized France's selling Mistral, the helicopter carrier ship, to Russia.
10 February 2010 [13:38]

Turkish commander insists Afghan troops not in combat role

The Turkish head of ISAF's regional command in Kabul met Tuesday with a group of media members at the Kabul headquarters.
10 February 2010 [13:11]

US offers to help Iran procure medical radioisotopes

US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley has announced that the international community is willing to help Iran procure medical radioisotopes from foreign countries.
10 February 2010 [12:53]

Armenian companies' IT share declines 38%

Share of Armenian companies has decreased by 38 percent in IT sphere.
10 February 2010 [12:42]

Flooding in southern Turkey kills at least 4

Four people were killed and another person was missing in Turkey after floods and severe storms swept through its Mediterranean coastal region.
10 February 2010 [12:23]

Georgian journalists seeks political asylum in Switzerland

Georgian journalist Vakhtang Komakhidze, head of the studio ‘Reporter’, asks the Swiss government for a political asylum.
10 February 2010 [12:12]

Atomic Energy Organization Director of Iran: Nuclear swap deal still on the table

Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Ali-Akbar Salehi says the door to talks on a nuclear swap deal with the West is still open.
10 February 2010 [12:05]

Turkish FM: Yerevan holds back on Turkey-Armenia protocol

Turkish foreign minister said that Armenia holds back on Ankara-Yerevan protocols.
10 February 2010 [11:24]

Armenian Deputy FM leaves for Poland

10 February 2010 [11:18]

Head of Georgia's Defence and Security Committee may leave post

Chairperson of Defence and Security committee of parliament of Georgia Givi Targamadze may encounter problems in parliament.
10 February 2010 [11:06]

Brazil opposes calls to impose more sanctions on Iran

Brazil has warned against imposing a new round of UN sanctions on Iran, saying that the dispute over Iran's nuclear program should be resolved through peaceful means.
10 February 2010 [10:55]

10,000 more classrooms needed in Istanbul

Muammer Yıldız, Istanbul’s provincial director of education, said 10,000 more classrooms are needed in the city in order to attain international education standards.
10 February 2010 [10:13]

Armenia, Syria hold political consultations

Armenian delegation headed by Deputy FM Arman Kirakosyan arrived in Syria on Feb. 9.
10 February 2010 [10:07]

Georgia's opposition party, Russia's ruling party sign cooperation agreement

Georgian former PM Zurab Nogaideli’s Movement for Fair Georgia and Russia’s ruling party, United Russia, signed a cooperation agreement in Moscow on Feb. 9.
09 February 2010 [20:12]

Turkey, Russia to meet on nuclear power plant

The Turkish energy minister announced on Tuesday that Turkish and Russian working groups continued their talks on establishment of a nuclear power plant in Turkey.
09 February 2010 [19:56]

Turkey's FM on unscheduled visit to Iran over nuke issue

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is paying an unscheduled visit to Tehran late on Tuesday to hold talks with Iranian authorities regarding escalating crisis on Iran’s nuclear programme.
09 February 2010 [19:35]

Turkey's ITO to sign visa simplification agreement with Italy

Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) will sign a visa simplification agreement with Italy, a statement said on Tuesday.
09 February 2010 [19:13]

Iran moving forward with its own pace: Diplomat

The Islamic Republic of Iran is moving forward with its own pace, Iran's Ambassador to India Syed Mehdi Nabizadeh said on Tuesday.
09 February 2010 [19:04]

One dead, one missing in floods in Turkey's Mediterranean region

One person was reported dead and another missing in floods that hit a province in Turkey's Mediterranean region on Monday.
09 February 2010 [19:00]

Turkish FM: Armenia lacks good intentions towards Turkey-Armenia protocols

Turkish Foreign Minister says that Armenia does not display good intentions towards realization of the Ankara-Yerevan protocols.
09 February 2010 [18:49]

Iranian Foreign Minister: Israel will fail to achieve goals in Gaza

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has expressed confidence that Israel will be unable to achieve its goals in the Gaza Strip.