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12 March 2010 [17:34]

Iran executes drug trafficker

Iran has executed drug trafficker named S.M in the Kuy-e Ramazan region in the Iranian Khuzestan province.
12 March 2010 [17:21]

Turkey says Catalonia apologized for Armenia vote

Turkish spokesperson said, that the head of the autonomous administration of Catalonia had apologized to Turkey for Armenian vote.
12 March 2010 [17:15]

US envoy in Georgia makes comment on annual report on human rights by US State Department

US Ambassador to Georgia John Bass has made a comment on the report on the human rights situation in Georgia, prepared by the US State Department.
12 March 2010 [17:00]

U.S. Department of State highly critical of Armenian authorities

On March 11, the U.S. Department of State released the 2009 Human Rights Report.
12 March 2010 [16:40]

Iranian president acknowledges Iranian contribution to religious values

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday acknowledged Iranian nation's contribution to religious values in the face of the Western ignorance of the religious and humanitarian principles.
12 March 2010 [16:30]

Experts: No quick return to 'golden era' of Turk-Israeli ties

Turkey’s ruling party was cited as the main reason for the breakdown in ties between Israel and Turkey during a conference on the two countries’ relations Thursday.
12 March 2010 [16:14]

Poland will adopt Armenia's practice in power plant construction

Poland will adopt Armenia’s practice in power plant construction, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk stated.
12 March 2010 [16:13]

Iran asks Dubai to track down Rigi passport forgers

Iran is taking steps to investigate how Jundallah terror chief Abdulmalek Rigi obtained forged passports prior to his arrest nearly two weeks ago.
12 March 2010 [15:21]

Iranian president to attend Conference on 'Eternal Luminaries' in Isfahan

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will leave for Isfahan on March 15 to take part in Conference on ‘Eternal Luminaries’ and launch several projects.
12 March 2010 [15:05]

Eurasian Development Bank to open representation in Armenia

At March 11 governmental sitting, terms for establishment of Eurasian Development Bank representation in Armenia were set down.
12 March 2010 [14:54]

EU enlargement official set to visit Turkey

Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that European Commissioner for enlargement Stefan Fule would pay a visit to Turkey on March 14 and 16.
12 March 2010 [14:30]

U.S. Department of State gives low assessment to human rights practices in Georgia in 2009

The U.S. Department of State has given a poor assessment to the human rights practices in Georgia in its 2009 report published on 11 March.
12 March 2010 [14:15]

Iranian Foreign Ministry: Iran will lead nuclear disarmament

Nuclear disarmament, creating Asian Union priorities of Iran diplomacy in next year, foreign ministry spokesman said.
12 March 2010 [13:55]

Turkey recalls envoy to Sweden over Armenia vote

Turkey recalled its ambassador to Sweden on Thursday after Swedish Parliament approved a resolution on Armenian allegations regarding 1915 incidents.
12 March 2010 [13:24]

Turkish FM to join "Future of Europe" meeting in Finland

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu left Dublin for Finland on Thursday.
12 March 2010 [12:40]

Iran honors veteran composer Alireza Mashayekhi

Iran honors veteran Iranian musician Alireza Mashayekhi for his lifetime achievements and praiseworthy contributions to Iranian music.
12 March 2010 [11:50]

Georgia's Tbilisi mayor candidiate to meet with ethnic minorities

The Alliance for Georgia leader and Tbilisi Mayor candidate Irakli Alasania continues his electoral campaign he started several days ago.
12 March 2010 [11:45]

Iranian president: Persian Gulf name irrefutable

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insists the name of Persian Gulf is so indisputable that makes it beyond negotiation.
12 March 2010 [11:32]

Turkish PM visits quake-hit city

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited quake-hit Okcular village in the eastern province of Elazig on Thursday.
12 March 2010 [10:50]

Polish PM met with EUMM representatives in Georgia

Donald Tusk, who had arrived in Tbilisi on March, met with the EU Monitoring Mission.
12 March 2010 [10:43]

French FM: UN drafting new Iran sanctions

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner claims that the UN Security Council (UNSC) is drafting new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
12 March 2010 [10:12]

Iran forms committee to release arrested journalist

Iran's foreign minister says a committee has been formed to explore diplomatic channels in the case of an Iranian journalist being held in Italian custody.
12 March 2010 [10:00]

Turkey, Algeria sign JEC protocol

Turkish and Algerian parties signed the protocol of Turkey-Algeria Joint Economic Commission (JEC) in the ninth term meeting on Thursday.
12 March 2010 [00:40]

Iranian journalist released after being detained for supporting Iranian-Azerbaijani football team

Amnesty International has welcomed the release of an Iranian football journalist who had gone on hunger strike after being detained for publishing posters supporting an Iranian-Azerbaijani football team.
11 March 2010 [23:50]

Ahmet Davutoglu says EU "needs Turkey in foreign policy"

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday that the EU needed Turkey in foreign policy.
11 March 2010 [22:17]

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan: Armenia will withdraw from the protocols with Turkey

Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan, while in France, gave an interview to a French newspaper Le Figaro, where he spoke out about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and the Turkish-Armenian relations.
11 March 2010 [19:20]

Georgian, Polish PMs debate bilateral relations

Donald Tusk, PM of Poland, who arrived in Georgia this morning, held a meeting with his Georgian counterpart Nikoloz Gilauri.
11 March 2010 [18:51]

Iran, Azerbaijan vow to broaden cooperation on Caspian Sea

Iran’s special envoy on Caspian Sea Mehdi Safari met on Thursday with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev on issues of mutual interests.
11 March 2010 [18:44]

Turkey signals opening of Heybeliada Seminary

Turkey's Deputy PM gave a signal that Heybeliada Seminary will be opened, saying the government found the demand "justified".
11 March 2010 [18:19]

Turkey's president hopes inaccuracy on Armenia bill to be seen

Turkey's president said on Thursday that he hoped everybody would see the inaccuracy of the political decisions on Armenian allegations regarding the incidents of 1915.
11 March 2010 [17:45]

Landslide inflicts damage to western Georgia

Landslide in the village of Orbeli, Tsageri district, and the Alpana-Tsageri central road of Georgia has been blocked up.
11 March 2010 [16:55]

Iranian president: Even war can not save Israel

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has warned Israel that initiating a new military conflict in the Middle East would not save it from downfall.
11 March 2010 [16:25]

Turkey's PM opens health institutions in Ankara

On Thursday, Turkish Prime Minister said, that baby mortality rate was down in the last seven years.
11 March 2010 [15:40]

Iran not let corrupt powers disturb security in PG region

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that Iranians would not let “corrupt powers disturb security in the Persian Gulf region.
11 March 2010 [15:25]

Georgia's interior minister heads for Italy for talks

Georgia's Minister of Interior Affairs Vano Merabishvili has left for Italy today.
11 March 2010 [14:45]

Turkey urges Israel to review expansion plans

Turkey has expressed concern over Israel's plans to build 1,600 new homes in East Jerusalem.
11 March 2010 [14:34]

Quotas for sturgeon fishing in Caspian to be determined in Tehran

Tehran will host a meeting of Caspian countries' representatives to determine quotas for sturgeon fishing in the end of March, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Safari said today.
11 March 2010 [14:10]

Turkish Cypriot president says Turkey sincere about Cyprus settlement

The Turkish Cypriot president said on Wednesday that relations between the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Turkey were in the best level in their history.
11 March 2010 [14:05]

Iranian authorities releases former senior official

An Iranian pro-reform Web site says authorities have released a former senior official detained for suspected involvement in the country's postelection turmoil.
11 March 2010 [13:30]

US pushing Saudis to back new Iran sanctions

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has paid a visit to Saudi Arabia, seeking to win the support of the United States' closest ally in the Persian Gulf on tough sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
11 March 2010 [13:25]

Turkey demands visa exemption from Ireland

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has informed his Irish counterpart Michael Martin about the recent developments in Cyprus and the Middle East on Wednesday.
11 March 2010 [13:00]

Iran rejects GCC claim over 3 Persian Gulf islands

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has rejected a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) statement over its three Persian Gulf islands.
11 March 2010 [12:24]

Turkey, South Korea sign protocol on nuclear power plant

Turkey and South Korea signed on Wednesday a cooperation protocol to establish a nuclear energy power plant in the northern Turkish province of Sinop.
11 March 2010 [12:15]

Iran's ex-ambassador: It is naive to believe in China's "sympathy" to Iran

Former Iranian Ambassador to France Sadig Kharrazi, expressed his attitude to China's resistance against imposing more severe sanctions on Iran by the UN Security Council.
11 March 2010 [11:43]

Turkey welcomes decision to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Turkey welcomed on Wednesday the decision to resume indirect peace talks between Israel and Palestine.
11 March 2010 [11:34]

Armenian President invites French leader to visit Armenia

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan invited his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy to pay a state visit to Armenia.
11 March 2010 [11:29]

Iran, Germany to expand cultural cooperation

Emphasis was made here Wednesday on need for expansion of cultural cooperation in a meeting between Iran’s CHHTO head and deputies and Vimar city officials.
11 March 2010 [11:21]

A Turning Point in Turkish American Public Advocacy

House Resolution 252 passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) by a vote of 23-22 after HFAC Chairman Howard Berman controversially extended the voting period thrice.