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25 January 2010 [13:05]

Iran fleet to deter piracy in Gulf of Aden

The Iranian Navy has sent a fifth fleet of warships to the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden to defend the country's vessels and oil tankers against continued attacks by Somali raiders.
25 January 2010 [12:44]

Turkey's Kurdish MPs question Council of Europe's new president

Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party urged the Council of Europe to maintain its commitment to political rights.
25 January 2010 [12:22]

Georgia's parliament speaker holds meetings in Brussels

The speaker of Georgian parliament Davit Bakradze is on an official visit to Brussels, where he will hold meeting with the chairperson of the House of Representatives of the European Parliament.
25 January 2010 [12:08]

Iranian parliament follows up on downgrading ties with UK

The National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Parliament (Majlis) is considering downgrading ties with Britain over London's interference in Tehran's internal affairs.
25 January 2010 [11:53]

Armenian president leaves for Sochi

25 January 2010 [11:52]

U.S. ex-Congressmen arrive in Georgia

U.S. ex -Congressmen will visit Georgia with a visit on Jan. 25-27.
25 January 2010 [11:45]

Turkish Cyprus president arrives in Istanbul to meet Gul

Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat arrived in Istanbul.
25 January 2010 [11:07]

Iran bans airlines' purchase of old planes

Iran's minister of roads and transportation has declared that the Iranian airlines will no longer be allowed to buy cheap or old airplanes.
25 January 2010 [10:36]

Turkish MP from AK party elected as new PACE president

A Turkish parliamentarian will be elected new president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for the first time in history.
25 January 2010 [09:53]

Iranian plane catches fire on landing

At least 46 passengers on board an Iranian airliner have been injured as the plane catches fire while trying to land in the Mashhad airport.
25 January 2010 [09:45]

Karzai arrives in Istanbul Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan summit

President Karzai of Afghanistan has arrived in Istanbul.
23 January 2010 [16:55]

Iranian parliament's bill may downgrade ties with UK

An Iranian lawmaker says the Parliament (Majlis) has settled on limiting relations with Britain, rather than a full severance of ties as advocated in a bill last week.
23 January 2010 [16:48]

Turkey's concerns conveyed to US Clinton over Armenia court ruling

Davutoglu expressed Turkey's concerns about Armenian Constitutional Court's reasoned verdict to Clinton over the phone.
23 January 2010 [16:24]

OSCE official: Armenia 1.2-percent economic is modest, but real figure

"1.2 per cent economic growth in Armenia is modest, but a real figure, although it is difficult to say, will it be reached or exceeded," head of the OSCE Yerevan office Sergey Kapinos said.
23 January 2010 [16:03]

Georgia holds telethon to help children of Haiti

A charity concert with participation of opera stars like Marcelo Alvares, Amborgio Maestri and others was held in Tbilisi on Jan. 22.
23 January 2010 [15:43]

Turkey's Erdogan calls British PM over several issues

Erdogan spoke with his British counterpart Gordon Brown on Friday, officials said.
23 January 2010 [15:07]

Georgia ready to provide Hague Tribunal with materials on 5-day war

The Ministry of Justice of Georgia stated that it is ready to supply investigators of the Hague Tribunal with all the necessary materials, the ministry's spokesperson Khatuna Iosava said.
23 January 2010 [15:00]

Central Bank chief to represent Turkey at Davos

Turkish Central Bank Gov. Durmuş Yılmaz will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, while the country’s top politicians opt to stay away.
23 January 2010 [14:56]

France seeks tougher UN action against Iran

While Iran is still awaiting for the West's response to a proposed deal for nuclear swap, France urges the UN to adopt "strong measures" against Iran to solve the nuclear row through talks.
23 January 2010 [14:44]

Turkish, Austrian state TVs sign deal

Turkish and Austrian state TV channels signed on Friday a memorandum of understanding on cooperation.
23 January 2010 [14:17]

Armenian FM: Armenia-Russia collaboration enhanced in 2009

Collaboration between Armenia and Russia strengthened in 2009, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said.
23 January 2010 [14:05]

Romania says supports Georgia's territorial integrity

Romania supports territorial integrity of Georgia, said Ambassados of Romania to Georgia Dan Mihai Barliba during his meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze.
23 January 2010 [11:22]

Turkish plane makes emergency landing in North Greece over bomb threat

A passenger plane travelling from Germany to Turkey made an emergency landing in Greek after the pilot received a bomb threat, Greek officials said.
23 January 2010 [10:44]

Cleric says Iran nuclear case important 'test'

A senior Iranian cleric has warned against enemy plots and called on countries that claim to seek the establishment of ties with Iran to remain vigilant.
23 January 2010 [10:36]

Turkish frigate to set sail for Gulf of Aden in Feb

A Turkish frigate will set sail for the Gulf of Aden in February, the General Staff said on Friday.
23 January 2010 [10:20]

Armenian FM: Armenia promoted partnership with US in 2009

In 2009, Armenia expanded and strengthened partnership with the US, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said.
23 January 2010 [10:00]

Russian FM: We will recognize Georgia's territorial integrity without Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Russia will recognize territorial integrity of Georgia without Abkhazia and the so called South Ossetia.
23 January 2010 [09:57]

Russia warns against new Iran sanctions

Russia on Friday joined China in calling for more diplomacy on Iran, warning against imposing fresh sanctions against the country's nuclear energy section for delays over a fuel exchange deal.
23 January 2010 [09:45]

Turkey's PM Erdogan says not to bow to "dirty games"

Erdogan said, "we will not bow to this dirty games, dirty relations, these illegal attempt", in a first response from the govt over new alleged coup plot.
22 January 2010 [20:55]

Turkey's FM says to talk to mediators on Armenia protocols

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said substance and spirit of the protocols between Turkey and Armenia for normalisation of relations should be protected.
22 January 2010 [20:27]

UNDP appoints new resident representative to Armenia

Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian welcomed newly appointed UNDP Resident Representative Dafina Gercheva on the occasion of submitting her credentials.
22 January 2010 [19:35]

Turkish army calls for cases on soldiers to return to military courts

Turkey's Constitutional Court overturned a law allowing the military to be put on trial in civilian courts, a move fiercely opposed by the armed forces.
22 January 2010 [19:23]

Turkish Minister says willing to boost trade ties with Brazil

Ergun said that Turkey was willing to boost commercial and industrial relations with Brazil.
22 January 2010 [19:03]

Armenians kidnap Azerbaijani in Georgian village of Sadakhli

An Azerbaijani was kidnapped by Armenians compactly living in Georgian village of Sadakhli.
22 January 2010 [18:57]

Turkish government says to strengthen fight against corruption

Council of Ministers accepted a strategy to strengthen fight against corruption as well as increase transparency.
22 January 2010 [18:34]

Georgia officially leaves CIS Parliamentary Assembly

Georgia will officially leave CIS Parliamentary Assembly today.
22 January 2010 [18:20]

Iranian FM to visit Armenia

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian says his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki will arrive in Yerevan on Jan. 26.
22 January 2010 [18:04]

Turkish team rescues Haiti woman after 8 days

Turkish search and rescue team AKUT pulled a woman alive under the rubble of a supermarket eight days after the Haiti earthquake.
22 January 2010 [17:35]

Immigration must be 'priority' issue in EU-Turkey ties

The fight against illegal immigration must become a "priority issue" in the European Union's ties with Turkey, an EU candidate country, French Immigration Minister Eric Besson said Thursday.
22 January 2010 [17:23]

Iranian President inaugurates 550,000-ton sponge iron production unit

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated Khorassan Steel Company's 550,000-ton sponge iron producing unit on Friday.
22 January 2010 [17:16]

Russian president meets Catholicos of All Armenians

On Jan. 21, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met with Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and the Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II.
22 January 2010 [17:10]

Turkey detains 120 al Qaeda suspects in raids

The raids in 16 provinces including Istanbul followed the arrest earlier this week of 25 suspected al Qaeda members.
22 January 2010 [16:37]

Iran crumples US commanders' threats

Iran's army chief has brushed aside recent warmongering remarks by US military commanders, describing them as crude and unsophisticated.
22 January 2010 [16:33]

Turkish court blocks civilian trials for military amid coup plot reports

Turkey's Constitutional Court overturned a law allowing the military to be put on trial in civilian courts.
22 January 2010 [16:22]

Armenia appoints new ambassador to Russia

On Jan. 21, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a decree to remove Armen Smbatian from post of Armenian ambassador to Russia, Armenian Presidential Press service said.
22 January 2010 [16:04]

Media: Georgian "special mission" heading for Ukraine again

The Georgian government intends to send its monitors for the second round of presidential elections in Ukraine to be held on Feb. 17.
22 January 2010 [15:38]

Turkey lifts foreign students test for university access

Turkey's higher education authority has lifted a compulsory test for foreign students to receive higher education in universities in Turkey.
22 January 2010 [14:59]

Georgian national injured in Haiti is safe

The citizen of Georgia, Simon Shamanauri, who was injured in the Haiti earthquake, has his leg amputated.
22 January 2010 [14:39]

Turkish Parliament passes full time working bill for health workers

Turkish Parliament on Thursday passed a bill requiring a full workday for university and health personnel.
22 January 2010 [14:20]

EU, OSCE, UN envoyes to trip to South Ossetia

EU, OSCE and the UN envoys will arrive in the occupied Tskhinvali region on Jan. 22.
22 January 2010 [14:17]

Turkish Parliament passes full time working bill for health workers

Turkish Parliament on Thursday passed a bill requiring a full workday for university and health personnel.
22 January 2010 [13:57]

Iran invites Muslim states to join film project

Iran has invited Islamic and Arab countries to collaborate on producing a film on the illegitimate occupation of Palestine.
22 January 2010 [13:27]

Armenia to receive 100 million euros from Germany

The Government of Armenia approved an agreement between Germany and Armenia on financial cooperation during the meeting held on Jan. 21.
22 January 2010 [13:14]

Ukrainian company purchases Georgian ski resort

Ukrainian group Privat became the proprietor of Georgian ski resort of Gudauri.
22 January 2010 [12:35]

Iran plans to lop three zeros off currency

Iran will remove three zeros from its national currency, the rial, so it can recover value lost in recent years, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said.
22 January 2010 [12:23]

Armenia's deputy culture minister dismissed

On Jan. 21, Armenian Deputy Culture Minister David Muradyan was removed from his position.
22 January 2010 [12:17]

Georgia not to increase military expenditures

This year the government of Georgia doesn't plan to increase expenditures on military purposes.
22 January 2010 [12:15]

Armenian president, EU official discuss Armenia-Turkey process

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan received EU representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby on Jan. 21.
22 January 2010 [12:07]

Iran limits cash withdrawals to fight money-laundering

Iran has restricted individuals from taking out more than $15,000 in cash from banks per day as part of efforts to battle money-laundering.
22 January 2010 [11:44]

Hague Tribunal prosecutors to visit Georgia for August war probe

Prosecutors and investigators of the Hague international Tribunal will arrive in Georgia in early February to investigate circumstances of the beginning of war in South Ossetia in August 2008.
22 January 2010 [11:39]

Turkey's president ratifies law on free trade zones

Turkey's president ratified a law on free trade zones on Thursday.
22 January 2010 [11:16]

Georgia's Labour Party sends address to U.N. Security Council

Labour Party of Georgia calls upon the UN Security Council to hand over president Saakashvili to the Hague Tribunal for the scandal of Georgian observers in Ukraine.