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09 January 2010 [14:00]

Final meeting with Georgian president regarding CEC chair candidates to be held on Jan. 10.

The final meeting with the President of Georgia regarding CEC chairperson candidates will be held on Jan. 10.
09 January 2010 [13:51]

US prepares new sanctions against Iran

The White House is crafting new financial sanctions targeting the Iranian entities and individuals most directly involved in the crackdown on dissidents, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
09 January 2010 [13:43]

Turkey seeks Norway justice over police assault, funeral due

A Turkish parliamentarian called on Norway to bring those who were responsible to justice.
09 January 2010 [13:07]

Iran to hold 6th International Energy Exhibition

The Islamic Republic of Iran tends to hold 6th International Energy Exhibition in Kish Island next week.
09 January 2010 [12:44]

Former U.S. presidential candidate John McCain to visit Georgia

U.S. Senator John McCain will visit Georgia.
09 January 2010 [12:38]

Turkey's govt to send bills on Kurdish opening to Parliament

Erdogan said that the national unity and brotherhood project was a state project, not a project of his AKP.
09 January 2010 [12:18]

Armenian president: 2010 will be year of economic recovery

Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan says 2010 will be year of economic recovery for the country.
09 January 2010 [11:55]

Iran private electricity plants up output by 22 percent

Iran's electricity output in privately-own power plants has increased by 22 percent reaching 14,440 megawatts over the past ten months.
09 January 2010 [11:35]

Turkish FM to visit UK

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will visit Britain on January 11 and 12 on a working trip, Anadolu reported.
09 January 2010 [11:14]

Patriarch of All Russia, Kirill to visit Georgia

According to Archbishop of Volokolamsk, Ilarion, spokesman of Moscow Patriarchy, Kirill, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, intends to visit Georgia in the nearest time.
09 January 2010 [10:57]

Iran attends Islamic Construction Contractors summit

A summit of the Islamic Construction Contractors will be held in Sudan next month.
09 January 2010 [10:33]

Turkey's FM says ready to do utmost end Yemen clashes

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey was ready to do its utmost to end clashes in Yemen.
09 January 2010 [10:05]

18 died of swine flu in Georgia

According to Georgia's National Centre for Disease Control, 18th patient died of complications developed as result of swine flu.
09 January 2010 [09:45]

EU hopes to open 4 more chapters with Turkey

Turkey has opened 12 chapters out of 35 since starting talks in 2005.
09 January 2010 [09:33]

Iran says 5 indicted rioters are terrorists

Tehran's prosecutor said in an interview Friday that the five people indicted in connection with the recent riots in the capital are members of the exiled terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO).
08 January 2010 [20:19]

Lebanese PM expected to sign deals during Turkey visit

A number of agreements are expected to be signed on visa exemption, health, military cooperation and agriculture.
08 January 2010 [18:38]

Nine-storey building collapses in Tbilisi - UPDATE

Two injured persons were pulled out from the rubbles of the building that collapsed in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, died in hospital.
08 January 2010 [18:27]

Chinese minister says "respects" Turkish ties with Uighurs

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Turkey and China may carry out joint investments in third countries.
08 January 2010 [18:06]

Tbilisi court to bring in a verdict on those charged with Mukhrovani Military Mutiny

It was postponed to declare the verdict against the accused in Mukhrovani military mutiny until 11 January.
08 January 2010 [17:56]

Qatar royal family buys five-star hotel in Turkish town

Qatar royal family has bought a five-star hotel in Marmaris town of southwestern province of Mugla.
08 January 2010 [17:43]

Poland to deport Georgian illegal migrants

Thirty Georgian nationals, who were arrested by Poland`s police for illegal migration, will be deported from the country on January 13.
08 January 2010 [17:39]

Iran, Iraq to hold serial meetings over border issue

Iranian and Iraqi official to hold set of meetings next week to discuss border issue, Iran Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in a press conference.
08 January 2010 [17:27]

Russian FM to trip to Armenia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will arrive in Armenia on Jan. 12, Russian diplomatic source said.
08 January 2010 [16:57]

Iran, Turkey to work on joint industrial zone

A technical delegation has been set up in regard to establishment of industrial zone between Turkey and Iran, Turkish industry minister said on Jan. 7.
08 January 2010 [16:32]

Armenian opposition stages rally in Yerevan

The opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) has started a demonstration in Yerevan.
08 January 2010 [16:28]

Turk convicted of denying 'Armenian genocide' in France

A French citizen of Turkish origin was sentenced to pay 1,500 euros after she sued a party official for discrimination regarding the official's question on the events of 1915.
08 January 2010 [16:05]

Iranian opposition leader's car hit by gunfire

The car of one of Iran's opposition leaders, Mehdi Karroubi, was hit by gunfire but the cleric was unharmed, opposition websites reported Friday.
08 January 2010 [15:44]

Pope seeks more freedom for Catholics in Turkey

Pope Benedict XVI is seeking more freedom for the Catholic Church in Turkey.
08 January 2010 [15:17]

Georgia's president staying in Germany

08 January 2010 [15:08]

Ahmadinejad urges unity, vigilance among Muslims

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has taken a swipe at the bullying powers, blaming them for "sowing the seeds of discord among the Islamic states."
08 January 2010 [14:44]

Davutoglu says Turkey wants to be one of EU's major actors

Turkish foreign minister has said his country wanted to become one of the major actors in Europe.
08 January 2010 [14:13]

Iran to change ambassador to Iraq

Iran's Head of the Headquarters for Renovation of Iraq's Holy Shrines, Hassan Danaifar, is soon to replace Hassan Kazemi-Qomi, as the Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad.
08 January 2010 [13:21]

Turkey, China hope to revive historic Silk Road

"I hope that by this time tomorrow we would have signed with China business deals worth of over 1 billion USD," Caglayan said.
08 January 2010 [13:16]

Five Iranians to face trail over Ashura riots

The Tehran prosecutor's office says it has sent the cases of five people indicted in connection with the recent riots to the Revolution Court.
08 January 2010 [12:54]

Georgian Laborites say they didn't turn to UN over issue of elections

According to Kakha Dzagania, the representative of Georgian Laborites, opposition didn't turn to the UN with a request to monitor local authorities' elections this May.
08 January 2010 [12:43]

Turkey's FM says Gaza siege "unacceptable"

"It is unacceptable that 1.5 million people are living in a totally isolated environment," Davutoglu said.
08 January 2010 [12:22]

Iranian MP: Foreign diplomat arrested in Tehran unrest

A senior Iranian lawmaker says Iran's security forces have detained a European diplomat during the Ashura riots in Tehran.
08 January 2010 [11:56]

Georgian observers to oversee Ukrainian presidential elections

A Georgian delegation will visit Ukraine to observe the presidential elections.
08 January 2010 [11:40]

Turkey's 2009 exports to Iran $1.7 bln

Turkish state minister said on Thursday that Turkey's exports to Iran has become 1.7 billion U.S. dollars in the first 11 months of 2009.
08 January 2010 [10:00]

Turkish anti-terror unit to summon wife over Jordanian CIA bombing

Turkish Security Department officials said Bayrak, will be summoned to Anti-Terror Department in the coming days.
07 January 2010 [19:21]

Turkey's PM meets General Staff Chief in Ankara

Issues related to domestic security were high on agenda of the weekly meeting between Erdogan and Basbug in Ankara.
07 January 2010 [19:02]

President Ahmadinejad: Iran to unveil new satellites

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced the launch of several home-made satellites during the 31st victory anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
07 January 2010 [19:00]

China urges diplomacy instead of sanctions on Iran

China on Thursday called for accelerated diplomacy to resolve the Iran nuclear issue, saying sanctions cannot fundamentally end the standoff.
07 January 2010 [18:52]

Turkey plans to enter Japanese market

Turkey is eager to enter the Japanese market for the first time in ten years, economists said on Thursday.
07 January 2010 [18:31]

Pro-governmental MP in Iran refuses from office

The Iranian MP from Tehran Ruhullah Huseynyan has sent a letter to the presidium of the Parliament regarding his refusal from the MP mandate, Iranian Fars news agency reported.
07 January 2010 [18:11]

Ahmadinejad: Iran, Syria "to create new world order"

Iran and Syria plan to create a new world order, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday.
07 January 2010 [17:59]

German FM in Turkey for three-day visit

Westerwelle arrived Wednesday in the Turkish capital on a three-day official visit.
07 January 2010 [17:52]

Georgian president arrives in Germany

Georgian President Michael Saakashvili is on an official visit to Germany.
07 January 2010 [17:32]

Turkey's Petkim to ready $3.5 billion refinery project by 2014

SOCAR & Turcas Refining, which was founded in 2008 as a 100 percent subsidiary of SOCAR & Turcas Energy, aims to ready its refinery project at the Petkim Aliağa Complex of the Aegean port city of İzmir by 2014.
07 January 2010 [17:25]

Lebanese Armenians urge to announce Armenian-Turkish protocols inconsistent with Armenian Constitution

Armenians of Lebanon are going to protest consideration of Armenian-Turkish protocols in the Armenian Constitutional Court.
07 January 2010 [17:08]

Iran industries minister in Turkey for bilateral cooperation

Iran’s Minister of Industries and Mines Ali-Akbar Mehrabian arrived in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday morning to review expansion of bilateral industrial cooperation with Turkish officials.
07 January 2010 [16:36]

Turkish minister forecasts 30 million tourists in 2010

The Turkish tourism minister forecast on Thursday 30 million tourists in 2010.
07 January 2010 [16:27]

Armenian church reopens in Tbilisi

Church reopened in Tbilisi after a 5-year pause.
07 January 2010 [15:48]

Larijani: Iran's nuclear program poses no threat to neighbors

Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said Wednesday evening that Iran’s peaceful nuclear program does not pose any threat to its neighboring countries.
07 January 2010 [15:34]

Turkish wife says husband did not work for CIA or al Qaeda

The wife of a Jordanian man accused of a "double agent" rejected the reports that he was working for the CIA or that he was a member of al Qaeda. The allegations are totally baseless."
07 January 2010 [14:55]

Iran's parliamentary speaker meets with his Bahraini counterpart

Iran's Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani met with his Bahraini Counterpart Khalifa bin Ahmad al-Zahran, who is on visit to Tehran.
07 January 2010 [14:22]

Turkey to celebrate Palestinian unity as festival

Erdogan said that Turkey would celebrate it as a festival if Palestinian people resolved their disagreements.
07 January 2010 [14:16]

Iran distributes free H1N1 vaccine

Iran health ministry is to distribute free vaccination against H1N1 (swine) flu among medical centers of universities.
07 January 2010 [13:36]

Turkish minister: Turkmenistan energy talks "positive"

Yildiz said his talks yielded positive results over carrying Turkmen gas to Turkey.
07 January 2010 [13:06]

Iran's Araz ensemble to perform ethnic Azeri music in Europe

Iran's Araz ensemble is planning to perform traditional and folkloric Azeri music during a concert tour in various European countries.
07 January 2010 [12:44]

Turkish Cypriot president meets EU's Barroso in Brussels

Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat met with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels.
07 January 2010 [12:11]

Iranian FM to visit Iraq

Today Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki will visit Iraq.
07 January 2010 [11:42]

Turkey is 65th best country to live in, index says

An American magazine has ranked Turkey 65th on a list of world countries in terms of overall quality of life.
07 January 2010 [11:27]

Senior Iranian official: 'West has not accepted Iran's offer yet'

A senior Iranian lawmaker says that Western powers have not yet agreed with Iran's terms for a nuclear swap deal.
07 January 2010 [11:08]

Turkey’s Armenians have two candidates for co-patriarch

As the Armenian Patriarchate in İstanbul tries to designate a “co-patriarch” in light of the illness of Patriarch Mesrob Mutafyan or Mesrob II, two religious leaders have announced their candidacy.