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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.
18 January 2010 [08:40]

Turkey's PM says Ayalon crossed the line over new Israeli threat

Turkish Turkey's PM says Ayalon crossed the line over new Israeli threat Erdogan said, "Ayalon crossed the line. We, as govenment, accepts Barak's statements on the issue.
16 January 2010 [15:52]

Turkey's Davutoglu meets Serbia's Tadic

Turkish PM Davutoglu was received by Serbia's President Tadic in Belgrade.
16 January 2010 [15:30]

Iran dispatches humanitarian aid to Haiti

Iran's Red Crescent society says it has dispatched about 30 tonnes of humanitarian aid including food, tents and medicine to quake-ridden Haiti.
16 January 2010 [15:12]

Turkish FM holds phone calls with Lavrov on Bosnia, Serbia

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
16 January 2010 [14:51]

Iran's police pledges security for scientists

Iran's Police Force has vowed to protect Iranian scientists and researchers against attempts made on their lives by providing the necessary security provisions.
16 January 2010 [14:21]

Turkish PM to meet Greek President

16 January 2010 [13:54]

One Georgian suffers in Haiti earthquake

One Georgian suffered from the earthquake in Haiti, the Shamanauri family told journalists.
16 January 2010 [13:41]

Birthrate increase registered in Armenia

According to Armenian Justice Ministry, 44,999 children were born in Armenia in 2009.
16 January 2010 [13:16]

Iran, Libya discuss oil and gas projects

Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says the Islamic Republic and Libya will set up economic, political and cultural committees to promote bilateral ties.
16 January 2010 [13:07]

Turkey-Pakistan CEO forum held in Istanbul

The chief minister of Pakistani province of Punjab said that Turkey's performance constituted the best model for them.
16 January 2010 [12:28]

Iranian leader offers condolences over scientist terror

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei offered Friday his condolences over the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist.
16 January 2010 [12:17]

Minister says EU's visa limits for Turkish businessmen "unfair"

Pointing to the 3 million Turks living in Germany, Caglayan said, "We are not aware of our strength".
16 January 2010 [11:46]

U.S. President Obama won Georgian award

U.S. President Barack Obama won the "World Etalon Politician" award of Gocha Tkeshelashvili Etalon Media research-scientific group and support of Mze TV company.
16 January 2010 [11:07]

Speaker of Armenian parliament to trip to Egypt

On Jan. 16, Armenian National Assembly Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan will pay an official visit to Egypt.
16 January 2010 [10:54]

Turkey, Pakistan sign $100 mln-business deals

Turkish and Pakistani firms have signed business deals worth of 100 million USD.
16 January 2010 [10:47]

Iranian FM in Pakistan for tri-lateral security talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki arrived in Islamabad early on Saturday to attend a meeting with his Afghan and Pakistani counterparts.
16 January 2010 [10:23]

New chief of Georgia's Central Election Commitee elected

At a plenary sitting the Parliament of Georgia elected new chairman of the Central Electoral Commission.
16 January 2010 [10:12]

Turkish companies to take part in international exhibition in Armenia

Over 30 Turkish construction companies are expected to take part in the international exhibition “The Caucasus: construction and renovation 2010” to be held in Yerevan on April 2-4, 2010.
16 January 2010 [09:35]

Israel's Barak protested, arrest warrant asked in Turkey

Turkish human rights groups issued a formal request for arrest warrant against Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak upon landing in Turkey.
16 January 2010 [08:40]

Iran Six gears up for meeting in New York

The Iran Six will meet on Saturday in New York for another round of consultations on the controversial Iranian nuclear program.
16 January 2010 [08:30]

Turkey, Spain discuss possible chapters to be opened

Turkey and Spain discussed Wednesday possible chapters to be opened in the accession negotiations under the Spanish EU Presidency.
15 January 2010 [19:08]

Turkey's finance minister says not to attend Davos meeting

Turkey's finance minister said that he would not attend this year's Davos Economic Forum.
15 January 2010 [18:42]

Turkey reveals 2009 budget deficit as $34.8 bln

The Turkish finance minister announced on Friday the year-end (2009) budget deficit as 34.8 billion USD.
15 January 2010 [18:37]

Armenia needs to develop its capital market

Development of capital market will enable Armenian companies to access other funding sources, according to Valeriu Razlog, Head of EBRD Yerevan office.
15 January 2010 [17:55]

Armenia to become an industrially oriented country

In its Thursday session, Armenian Government approved the country’s industrial development concept.
15 January 2010 [17:39]

Turkey's PM to go on tour of UAE, Saudi Arabia

Erdogan will go on a tour of United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia on January 17 and 20, 2010.