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06 January 2010 [13:22]

Rights group calls Pakistan to reveal fate of jailed Turkish citizens

Rights group calls Pakistan to reveal fate of jailed Turkish citizens A Turkish human rights group called Pakistan to release whereabouts of at least 45 Turks, allegedly jailed and tortured in prisons.
06 January 2010 [12:43]

Iran, Turkmenistan 2009 trade reached $3 bln

The bilateral trade between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkmenistan reached $2.9 billion in January-November 2009, the Turkmen statistics committee reported.
06 January 2010 [12:36]

Turkish Foreign Ministry makes web-chat-press meeting for first time

The ministry, which has previously announced that it would start using social networking tools such as "facebook" and "twitter" for public diplomacy activities, held a tele-conference in December for the first time.
06 January 2010 [11:54]

Armenian community in Turkey to hold 'co-patriarchy’' election

The Armenian community is preparing for the second “co-patriarchy” election in the history of the Turkish Republic.
06 January 2010 [11:47]

Conservatives call to join Central Election Commission staffing In Georgia

Opposition Conservative party of Georgia calls on people to be active and join election of CEC's new members, GeorgiaTimes correspondent in Tbilisi reports.
06 January 2010 [11:14]

President Ahmadinejad: Iran-Turkmenistan gas pipeline important in regional energy security

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday hailed the launch of the second gas pipeline link to Iran from neighboring Turkmenistan, while on a visit to the Central Asian state.
06 January 2010 [10:34]

Iran's car production exceeds 1 mln units

Iran’s domestic car producers manufactured 1,008,319 cars of different types in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (started on March 21, 2009).
06 January 2010 [09:55]

Iran, Turkmenistan determined to boost ties

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov have called for the expansion of ties between the two neighboring countries.
06 January 2010 [09:46]

Turkey aims to open two European Union negotiation chapters during Spanish term

A senior Turkish diplomat has confirmed the country’s target of opening at least two European Union negotiation chapters for the first half of this year.
06 January 2010 [07:32]

Georgia's Azerbaijanis concerned over possible closing of Azerbaijani schools

Azerbaijanis living in Georgia are concerned about possible closing of Azerbaijani schools operating in Georgia temporarily, head of Georgia's Azerbaijanis "Geyrat" movement Alibala Asgarov said.
05 January 2010 [20:15]

Turkey, Brazil draw up action plan for strategic partnership

Turkey and Brazil have agreed to implement together an action plan for strategic partnership.
05 January 2010 [20:00]

Abdullah Gul: Turkey walks determinedly toward EU

Turkish President Abdullah Gül said Monday that Turkey was proceeding toward the European Union in a determined way.
05 January 2010 [18:57]

Opposition parties appeal UN to conduct elections in Georgia

Georgia opposition parties have sent their appeal to the UN Secretary General to New York.
05 January 2010 [18:39]

"Envelope with bullets" posted to plot probe officials in Turkey

An envelope, that allegedly contains eight bullets, on Tuesday has been sent to a judge and a prosecutor that probes possible assassination plot.
05 January 2010 [18:26]

Iran wants to sell gasoline to Afghanistan

Ali Momammad Azad, the governor of Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan province, said local officials would set up gas stations along the border with Afghanistan, Iran's Press TV reports.
05 January 2010 [18:14]

Abkhaz separatist regime expects recognition from Pacific Ocean countries

Abkhazia expects recognition of its independence simultaneously from several countries of the Pacific Ocean in 2010, the so-called Foreign Minister of the self-declared regime said.
05 January 2010 [17:58]

Turkey's FM says Bulgaria claims can harm friendship

Bulgarian Turks were forced to leave the country during the so-called "revival process" at the end of the 80s.
05 January 2010 [17:53]

Turkey's PM to meet Russian Putin in Moscow

Erdogan will pay a formal visit to Russia on January 12 and 13, 2010.
05 January 2010 [17:48]

Iran rejects deadline in nuclear drive

As the US opposes the use of hard-and-fast deadline for Tehran to make any decision about nuclear fuel supply, Iran says it will not accept any deadline over its nuclear energy program.
05 January 2010 [17:31]

Armenian Revolutionary Federation to rally against Turkey-Armenia protocols

Under the proposal of Yerevan Municipality, ARF Dashnaktsutyun will hold its Jan. 11 rally near Shahumyan square vs, cinema Moscow.
05 January 2010 [17:14]

Ankara court rejects army appeal for end to "cosmic search"

An Ankara court announced on Monday that a civilian search of the Special Forces Command would continue, rejecting a recent request by the judicial advisory board of the General Staff for an end to the search.
05 January 2010 [17:05]

Georgian police detain S.Ossetian man

The Georgian police detained on January 4 “a member of [South] Ossetian illegal gang” armed with a firearm and hand-grenades, the Georgian Interior Ministry said.
05 January 2010 [16:47]

Turkish court arrests 2 over deadly train accident

A court on Tuesday arrested two train drivers over a train accident in Bilecik in northwest Turkey on Sunday killed one driver and injured 14 people.
05 January 2010 [16:37]

Turkish minister to join opening Turkmenistan-Iran gas pipeline

The Turkish energy minister travelled to Turkmenistan on Tuesday.
05 January 2010 [16:02]

Turkey's PM dismisses call for early elections

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that no one should bring up early elections in Turkey.
05 January 2010 [15:42]

Turkish Airlines to buy 20 airbus passenger planes

Turkish Airlines has placed a firm order for 14 Airbus A321-200 6 Airbus A319-100 passenger planes, the company said Monday in a regulatory filing.
05 January 2010 [15:33]

Ossetian side accuses Georgian apecialforces of kidnapping of Ossetian citizen

The Tskhinvali regime has accused the Georgian special forces of kidnapping of an Ossetian citizen, Res agency reports.
05 January 2010 [15:12]

Three people executed in Tehran

05 January 2010 [14:23]

Turkey, Japan praise strong ties

The declaration said that the two countries have ties of friendship and goodwill not seen in international relations frequently.
05 January 2010 [14:18]

Turkmen and Iranian leaders to launch Turkmenistan-Iran gas pipeline

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran was officially welcomed by Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov here on Tuesday on the second leg of his Central-Asian tour.
05 January 2010 [13:44]

Armenia's ruling party member content with country's 2009 achievements

The most important achievement in 2009 was that Armenia succeeded in raising vital issues on international level, head of ruling Republican Party of Armenia Galust Sahakyan said.
05 January 2010 [13:25]

US ready to step up pressure on Iran, Clinton says

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States has already begun discussions with its partners about imposing sanctions on Iran.
05 January 2010 [13:09]

Turkish FM Davutoglu unveils new manifesto for Turkish diplomacy

With 200 diplomats home for a major Foreign Ministry seminar, Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu unveils his newest vision for ‘strategic depth’ and urges for ‘hard power’ and ‘soft power’ to be used in harmony.
05 January 2010 [12:46]

Cigarette prices increase in Turkey

The private consumption tax hike implemented by the government on tobacco has been reflected in cigarette prices.
05 January 2010 [12:00]

Iranian president leaves for Turkmenistan

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rapped up his two-day visit to Tajikistan and left the country for Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan, Tuesday morning.
05 January 2010 [11:33]

Turkey's annual exports reach $97.7 bln

Turkey's annual exports reached $97.07 billion in 2009, according to data released Monday by the Turkish Exporters' Assembly, or TİM.
05 January 2010 [10:15]

Secret Turkish-Israeli military alliance launches relations

Turkey’s “strategic alliance” with Israel may have evaporated in a most public way, its death broadcast live before an audience of millions watching last year’s Davos summit.
05 January 2010 [09:55]

Ahmadinejad says Iran tenfold stronger

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that the Iranian nation would not give up on its rights as it is more than "tenfold stronger" than it was a year ago.
05 January 2010 [09:48]

Snow and wintry weather sweep across Turkey; many roads closed

Many parts of Turkey were struck by cold weather over the weekend, as temperatures fell by eight to 10 degrees across the country.
04 January 2010 [17:55]

H1N1 virus kills Georgian citizen arriving from Moscow

H1N1 virus killed one more 42 years old man in Georgia.
04 January 2010 [17:15]

Turkey wins $31.5 billion from repatriation law

The parliament enacted the law in November 2008 which was in force until the last day of 2009 in two periods.
04 January 2010 [16:11]

Iran restores Sassanid king's 1,800-year old statue

Iranian cultural heritage experts are planning to restore the statue of the Sassanid king Shapur I in the southern Fars Province.
04 January 2010 [15:47]

Iran postpones EU lawmakers' Tehran visit

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast says a planned visit to Tehran by a delegation from the European Parliament has been postponed.
04 January 2010 [15:21]

Turkish inflation accelerated to 6.5 percent in December

Turkish inflation accelerated to a 10-month high in December, supporting the central bank’s decision to end a yearlong series of interest rate cuts.
04 January 2010 [14:50]

Georgia considers CIS Parliamentary Assembly "symbolic load"

Vice Speaker of the Georgian Parliament George Tsereteli believes that the CIS Parliamentary Assembly is a symbolic load.
04 January 2010 [14:15]

Iran criticizes French crackdown on protesters

Iran's Foreign Ministry has lashed out at France over resorting to violence in dealing with protesters in the country, describing it as violation of human rights.
04 January 2010 [14:06]

Georgia's foreign debt hits $8.4 billion

Georgia's foreign debts hit $8.397 billion as of Sept. 30, the central bank reported today.
04 January 2010 [13:51]

Turkey says reaches 2009 export target

State Minister Zafer Caglayan said that Turkish exports amounted to 101.6 billion USD in 2009.
04 January 2010 [13:32]

Palestine president Abbas to visit Turkey

Palestinian President Abbas will pay a formal visit to Ankara on January 6-7, 2010.
04 January 2010 [13:24]

Japan FM in Turkish capital for talks

Japan's foreign minister arrived Sunday in Ankara to hold a series of talks.
04 January 2010 [13:14]

Ahmadinejad begins regional tour in Tajikistan

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in the Tajik capital on the first leg of a regional tour that will also take him to Turkmenistan.
04 January 2010 [13:09]

Turks see no shift in foreign policy, survey reveals

The majority of Turks believe that there has been no significant shift in Turkey's foreign policy and label Ankara's moves to improve its bilateral cooperation with neighboring countries as “normal,” a recent survey has found.
04 January 2010 [12:33]

Armenian expert: 2010 will be a political vacuum year for Armenia

The last year was marked by two negative developments – two-digit economic slump and Armenia-Turkey Protocols’ signing, director of Armenia-based Polit-Economy research centre Andranik Tevanyan said.
04 January 2010 [11:54]

Iranian president: Subsidy reform bill must be properly implemented

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that if the subsidy reform bill properly implemented, the status of the health, industrial, and agricultural sectors will improve.
04 January 2010 [11:38]

Former Yerevan mayor: Armenia saw no progress last year

No progress was recorded in 2009, nor can any progress be expected in 2010, Vahagn Khachatryan, former Mayor of Yerevan and member of the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) said.
04 January 2010 [11:04]

Iranian MPs oppose U.S. senator's visit to Iran

A subcommittee of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) has rejected U.S. Senator John Kerry's request to visit Tehran, an MP says.
04 January 2010 [10:13]

Armenian expert: Armenia's foreign policy entered a new phase

Armenia’s geopolitical role increased due to initiative foreign policy in 2009, Turkish studies expert Ruben Safrastyan said.
04 January 2010 [09:50]

Turkey detains 4 Iranians over "drug trafficking"

Turkish police confiscated 53 kg of heroin in an Iranian passenger bus in southeastern province of Gaziantep on Sunday.