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12 February 2010 [17:48]

'Iran among top 10 aerospace forerunners'

Iran owes its aerospace achievements entirely to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, says Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, only a week after the country placed its third satellite carrier into orbit.
12 February 2010 [17:34]

Armenian PM: Armenia and Turkey have unique opportunity to reconcile

Armenian Premier Tigran Sargsyan believes that Armenia-Turkey relations’ normalization should be considered from three standpoints.
12 February 2010 [17:25]

Georgian Speaker met with Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople

David Bakradze, Speaker of Georgian Parliament, staying in Turkey with a visit, met with Bartolomeo I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
12 February 2010 [16:45]

Turkey's FM to meet Iranian officials over nuke dispute

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will pay a working visit to Iran on February 16.
12 February 2010 [16:37]

Ex-UN inspector: Iran truth overcomes US mendacity

Former Chief UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter says the truth about Iran's nuclear program is prevailing over the hype the western media is creating against the country.
12 February 2010 [16:24]

Armenia-Turkey protocols to be submitted to Armenian parliament

Armenian-Turkish Protocols will be submitted to the Armenian National Assembly (parliament) on Friday.
12 February 2010 [16:11]

Georgian PM to travel to Kuwait

This evening Georgian PM Nikoloz Gilauri will head for Dubai and Kuwait with a visit.
12 February 2010 [15:53]

Turkish Culture Minister: Turkey, Egypt should remove visa requirements

Turkish Culture & Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay said on Thursday that Turkey and Egypt should remove visa requirements.
12 February 2010 [15:26]

Iran envoy reminds France of skeleton in closet

Iran's Ambassador to France Mehdi Mir Abu Talebi has called on French officials to be even-handed in their dealings with Iran.
12 February 2010 [15:13]

Georgian President congratulates Yanukovich on elections victory

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has congratulated Viktor Yanukovich on victory in presidential elections in Ukraine.
12 February 2010 [14:53]

Turkey, Bahrain to sign protocol on cooperation

Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin is set to depart for Bahrain on an official visit.
12 February 2010 [14:44]

US think-tank claims Iran after 'weapons-grade uranium'

The head of a nuclear think-tank close to the White House claims Iran is on course to produce enough highly-enriched uranium to make nuclear weapons.
12 February 2010 [14:16]

Tbilisi hosts int'l conference on Georgia-EU cooperation

Sixth international conference "Georgia's European Way" is underway in Tbilisi.
12 February 2010 [14:06]

Armenian gov't approves bill on int'l treaties

On Feb. 11, the Armenian Government approved draft amendments to the Law on International Agreements.
12 February 2010 [13:58]

Turkish Foreign Minister due to Iran

12 February 2010 [13:52]

Total eyes more investment in Iran

The chief executive of French oil giant Total has highlighted Iran's key role in the world natural gas market, saying that the company is determined to keep investing in Iran.
12 February 2010 [13:34]

Tbilisi international airport stops operation

Tbilisi international airport is paralyzed since 4 a.m. today.
12 February 2010 [13:29]

Expert: Higher gas prices to slow down economic growth in Armenia

Higher gas prices will lead to slower economic growth in Armenia in 2010, Manuk Hergnyan, chairman of Economy and Values research center, told a press conference.
12 February 2010 [13:16]

US dismisses Iran's uranium claims

12 February 2010 [12:48]

Tbilisi mayor candidates invited for TV debates

First TV debates between Tbilisi Mayor candidates can be held in Georgia.
12 February 2010 [12:23]

Iran starts 20% uranium enrichment

Iran on Tuesday began enriching uranium to a level of 20 percent at its Natanz enrichment facility under the surveillance of inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog.
12 February 2010 [11:25]

Armenia to extend deadline for granting citizenship to refugees

At its sitting on Feb. 11, the Armenian Government proposed extending the deadline for granting Armenian citizenship to refugees.
12 February 2010 [11:14]

EU's report on Turkey biased, says Turkish prime minister

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rebuked the European Union over its policies toward Turkey and criticized the EU Parliament’s latest report as one-sided.
12 February 2010 [11:08]

Georgian opposition says Saakashvili trying to normalize relations with Russia

Nino Burjanadze, the Democratic Movement-United Georgia leader, called names of Georgian officials, seeking for contact with Moscow.
12 February 2010 [10:46]

Iran says first uranium stock for fuel produced

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday Iran has produced the first stock of uranium enriched to 20 percent for a research reactor in Tehran.
12 February 2010 [10:15]

Armenian gov't approves tourism development program

At a government sitting on Feb. 11, Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan approved the 2010 tourist development program for Armenia.
12 February 2010 [10:07]

Turkey calls on EU "not to act as Greek Cyprus spokesperson"

Turkey expressed disappointment over an EU report on Turkey's progress in 2009 during its accession process, saying the report contained "one-sided, false and unacceptable parts."
12 February 2010 [09:46]

Protesters on streets as Iran marks Revolution Day

Official media said tens of millions of people attended rallies in support of the revolution across the country.
11 February 2010 [20:09]

Turkey jails Kurdish editor over PKK propaganda

A Turkish court has sentenced the editor of a Kurdish newspaper to 21 years in prison for "printing PKK propaganda".
11 February 2010 [19:22]

Turkish president hopes more business ties with India

The Turkish president suggested on Thursday Turkish and Indian businessmen to make mutual investments.
11 February 2010 [18:58]

Turkey, Kazakhstan to cooperate on common Eurasia strategy

Turkey and Kazakhstan signed three agreements Thursday on bilateral cooperation.
11 February 2010 [18:53]

Iranian senior official visits Qatar

11 February 2010 [17:55]

Turkish company interested in Adjara tourist potential

Head of the Adjaran Government Levan Varshalomidze familiarized representatives of the Turkish company Turkmol with the autonomous republic's economic and tourist potential.
11 February 2010 [17:13]

Turkish President responds to Armenian counterpart's statement - UPDATE

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has responded to Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's letter.
11 February 2010 [17:08]

Thirteen Georgians deported from Poland

Georgian nationals deported from Poland arrived in Tbilisi by a special flight Warsaw-Tbilisi late last night.
11 February 2010 [16:35]

Iranian opposition leader attacked

11 February 2010 [16:23]

EP endorses Turkey report, not happy with only Turk Cyprus troops

European lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a resolution that called on Turkey to withdraw its troops from Cyprus.
11 February 2010 [16:00]

Georgia's 30th patient dies of H1N1

The number of the H1N1 lethal cases has reached 30 in Georgia.
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.