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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.
02 January 2010 [13:35]

Turkish ship to carry Viva Palestina convoy to Egypt

A Turkish ship will carry the Viva Palestin convoy to Egypt's Al Arish port from city of Latakia in Syria.
30 December 2009 [16:48]

One more to run for Tbilisi Mayor

Nika Ivanishvili to run for Tbilisi Mayor. In late 1990s he was the head of road police.
30 December 2009 [16:25]

Head of Deutsche Welle Persian Desk: Disorders in Iran become radical

The events on Ashura Day in Tehran caused severe anxiety, Deutsche Welle Persian Desk Head Jamshid Faruqi said today.
30 December 2009 [15:06]

Experts: U.S. senator's visit to Iran will not solve problems

U.S. Senator John Kerry's visit to Iran will not change problems in bilateral ties.
30 December 2009 [13:51]

Turkey, Israel sign new civil aviation agreement

Turkey and Israel signed a deal enabling more than one airlines companies to make flights between the two countries.
30 December 2009 [13:23]

Turkey says Israel settlements clearly violation of int'l law

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its concerns about Israel's decision to build nearly 700 new settlement units in eastern Jerusalem.
30 December 2009 [13:14]

One more pregnant woman dies of swine flu in Georgia

One more pregnant woman died of swine flu in Georgia. 23-year old Nana Gelashvili was put in Kutaisi Center of Mother and Child 5 days ago.
30 December 2009 [12:52]

Iran, Bahrain to enhance security cooperation

Iranian lawmakers have passed a bill that allows the government to enhance security cooperation with Bahrain.
30 December 2009 [12:36]

Turkey says letter to judge not anthrax

White dust falling out of an envelope sent to Council of state President Mustafa Birden created panic at the Ankara Postal Center.
30 December 2009 [12:15]

Armenia appoints new ambassador to Russia

Armenia's ambassador to Belarus Oleg Yesayan has been appointed ambassador to Russia, Regnum news agency reports according to reliable sources.
30 December 2009 [12:06]

Japanese ambassador: We are ready to cooperate with Iran

The Japanese ambassador to Iran has said Tokyo is ready to cooperate with Iran in the field of nuclear energy.
30 December 2009 [11:33]

Turkey renews determination to work in UAE

Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan said the investments would continue.
30 December 2009 [10:50]

Ahmadinejad says protests, 'US, Israeli scenario'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday said that the US and Israel were behind the anti-government protests on Ashura.
30 December 2009 [10:21]

Georgian side calls Moscow's accusations due to delay of Moscow-Tbilisi flights groundless

The Georgian side called Moscow's accusations due to delay of air flights Georgia-Russia unclear and groundless.
30 December 2009 [10:05]

Iran condemns foreign interference in protests

Iran strongly condemns the interference of foreign countries in its internal affairs after the US and Britain praised the group of people who held anti-government protests on the holy day of Ashura.
30 December 2009 [09:53]

300 young people return o Armenia due to Diaspora Ministry

In 2009, Armenia's Ministry of Diaspora had 1300 visitors, with 1089 being Diaspora representatives, according to Diaspora Minister Hanush Hakobyan.
30 December 2009 [09:40]

Iran accuses Britain over deadly protests, envoy summoned

Iran summoned the British ambassador in Tehran on Tuesday, Britain's Foreign Office said.
29 December 2009 [18:55]

Turkish court issues arrest warrant for 4 ex-DTP members

The Turkish court issued an arrest warrant for Kurdish politicians after they failed to appear in a court over alleged PKK links.
29 December 2009 [18:36]

Turkey says may sign two-year deal with IMF

In May 2008, Turkey completed a 10-billion USD stand-by arrangement with IMF.
29 December 2009 [18:07]

Iranian FM: Iran gives time limit to U.S

29 December 2009 [16:56]

Smoke ban in Turkey leads major drop: WHO

Cigarette consumption in Turkey has had a major drop after smoking ban, an official with WHO said.
29 December 2009 [16:46]

US spies: Israel or UK forged nukes report on Iran

U.S. intelligence sources have confirmed Iran's assertions that a document published by a British daily about Tehran's nuclear program is a fabrication.
29 December 2009 [16:28]

Finance minister: Armenia's external debtwill reach 46 percent of GDP in 2010

Next year Armenia's external debt will reach 46 percent of GDP, Armenian Finance Minister Tigran Davtyan said at a press conference.
29 December 2009 [16:21]

Turkish security council calls for common sense, skips alleged plot

The country’s top security board on Monday called on people to act with common sense and to avoid moves that could harm the unity of the country at its bi-monthly regular meeting.
29 December 2009 [16:03]

Georgian Reintegration Minister: Georgia is in better state than might have been after the August war with Russia

Georgia is in better position than might be after August war: Minister
29 December 2009 [15:43]

Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi's sister "arrested in Iran"

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi says her sister has been arrested by the intelligence services, hours after opposition figures were detained.
29 December 2009 [15:20]

A number of Georgian prisoners to pardoned for New Year

The government of Georgia intends to release and pardon a number of prisoners.
29 December 2009 [14:53]

Iran, Turkmenistan launch new gas pipeline

Iran and Turkmenistan are to be connected by a second gas pipeline during a visit by the Iranian president to the central Asian state next week.
29 December 2009 [14:39]

Turkey welcomes nearly 26 mln tourists in 2009

Turkey has welcomed nearly 26 million tourists in the first 11 months of 2009.
29 December 2009 [14:28]

H1N1 infection cases reduced in Georgia

The total number of registered cases of H1N1 infection in Georgia has reached 1072, ten of which turned out lethal.
29 December 2009 [14:09]

Russia blames Georgia of cutting air ties

Russian authorities blame Georgia of delaying resumption of air communication between the two countries.
29 December 2009 [13:47]

Turkey appoints new ambassador to France

Tahsin Burcuoglu, secretary-general of Turkey's National Security Council, has been appointed as the new Turkish Ambassador to France.
29 December 2009 [13:22]

Turkish security council convenes

Turkey's civilian and military leaders met as police searched a key unit of the army's special forces for a third day in an assassination plot probe.
29 December 2009 [12:41]

Turkish minister meets Dubai's Emir al-Maktoum

Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan met Monday with Dubai's Emir Sheikh Mohammad Rashid bin al-Maktoum.
29 December 2009 [12:28]

Russia denies involvement in Iran's internal affairs

The Russian Foreign Ministry has voiced concern over the recent anti-government protests in Iran and said Russia is not meddling in Iran's internal affairs.
29 December 2009 [11:44]

Extent of unrest damage determined in Iran

One day after clashes erupted between anti-government protestors and security forces in the Iranian capital, Tehran's Firefighting Organization talks of the extent of the damage.
29 December 2009 [11:25]

Iran to summon UK envoy over Miliband remarks

The Iranian Foreign Ministry says it will summon the British ambassador to Tehran over London's reaction to the unrest in the capital on Sunday.
29 December 2009 [10:46]

Tehran police: Death of Mousavi's nephew under investigation

Police commander Azizollah Rajabzadeh said the death of Mousavi's nephew is under investigation and the result will be announced soon.
29 December 2009 [10:23]

New Armenian organization founded in Ukraine

National Congress of Armenians officially launched its activities in Ukraine.
29 December 2009 [10:00]

Turkish prosecutors launch third search at military headquarters

Prosecutors investigating a plot to assassinate Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç have launched a third search at the headquarters of the Special Forces Command in Ankara.
29 December 2009 [09:47]

Georgia declines to resume flights with Russia

Georgia says it will not be ready to resume flights between Moscow and Tbilisi for the festive season.
28 December 2009 [18:17]

Georgia's minister of refugees sums up year 2009

The Minister of Refugees and Resettlement Koba Subeliani has summed up the work of his ministry in 2009 at the briefing today.