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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.
28 December 2009 [18:04]

Turkish team to sign deal with Argentine player Iglesias

Bursaspor, will sign a contract with Argentine player Leandro Andres Iglesias.
28 December 2009 [17:47]

Turkish prosecutors launch third search at army office

The search is being conducted at Tactical Mobilization Group of the Special Forces Command in Ankara.
28 December 2009 [17:35]

Iranian commander calls protests disgraceful

A senior Iranian commander has condemned sporadic anti-government protests in the Iranian capital of Tehran as "disgraceful" and "reproachable."
28 December 2009 [16:16]

Georgian president says Russia's embargo 'senseless'

Russia’s ban on import of Georgian products has “exhausted” itself and it “makes no sense,” President Saakashvili said while visiting a tangerine farmer in Adjara Autonomous Republic on Dec. 28.
28 December 2009 [15:14]

Iranian police chief injured on Ashura

Five people died on the holy day of Ashura, the Iranian Ilna news agency reported.
28 December 2009 [14:30]

American TV channel apologizes to Turkey

The U.S.-based NBC apologized for showing the eastern part of Turkey as “Kurdistan” in its report.
28 December 2009 [13:25]

Opposition supporters beaten in Armenia

28 December 2009 [12:07]

Turkey arrests 12 people in anti-terror operation

Police arrested 12 people in anti-terrorism operations in the Turkish Van city, CNN Turk reported.
28 December 2009 [11:35]

Eight killed in Iran protests

Iran's Supreme National Security Council has announced that eight people have been killed in anti-government protests.
28 December 2009 [11:00]

Iran website says Mousavi nephew killed in clashes

A reformist website said a nephew of Iranian opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi was killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in Tehran on Sunday.
28 December 2009 [10:46]

Turks demand freedom for Armenian intellectual

Turkish intellectuals have launched an online petition protesting the imprisonment of an Armenian who was arrested after he gave a newspaper interview in 2008.
28 December 2009 [10:33]

Five killed in clash between protesters and security forces in Iran

The Iranian capital on Sunday witnessed sporadic anti-government protests on the anniversary of the Shia Muslim Ashura religious event, with security forces clashing with protesters.
28 December 2009 [09:35]

Erdogan warned against creating tension between the state bodies

Second raid on army office under way, Turkey's PM defends plot probe Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned against creating tension between the state bodies.
26 December 2009 [13:39]

Iran: Bin Laden girl's identity unconfirmed

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says the woman said to be Osama Bin Laden's daughter can leave the country providing that her identity is confirmed.
26 December 2009 [12:43]

Turkish parliament approves 2010 budget

Turkey's parliament on Friday concluded 12-day-long budget talks and approved the government’s 2010 financial plan, which totals 286.9 billion Turkish Liras.
26 December 2009 [12:20]

Iranians prepare for Ashura mourning

26 December 2009 [11:45]

Armenian PM says Iran's involvement in resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is excluded

Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan believes that the dynamics of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process will not change next year.
25 December 2009 [18:56]

Ahmadinejad: West not brave enough to come clean

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says some Western countries are using Iran's nuclear program as a pretext to put pressure on the Islamic Republic, Press TV reported.
25 December 2009 [18:45]

Turkey detains three citizens "for spying Greece"

Three Turkish citizens accused of spying for foreign country was sent to court on Friday in Izmir.
25 December 2009 [18:23]

Armenian president signs country's 2010 budget

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed 2010 budget on Dec. 25, Armenian Presidential Press Office reported.
25 December 2009 [17:56]

Turkish TV channel broadcasts in Armenian

Turkish SU TV television starts broadcasting news in western Armenian.
25 December 2009 [17:25]

Iran: Saudi Embassy confirms holding Bin Laden's daughter

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman says the Saudi Embassy in Tehran has confirmed they are holding a woman they claim to be Osama Bin Laden's daughter.
25 December 2009 [17:14]

Turkey says Belgium ruling in terrorism case unsatisfactory

Turkey has said that a Belgian court ruling dismissing terrorism charges against six Turkish suspects was a disappointment.
25 December 2009 [16:53]

Turkey sees no threat in Iranian missiles

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says his country does not consider Iran's advanced missiles a threat.
25 December 2009 [16:30]

Iran says nuke exchange with West could be in Turkish soil

Iran's foreign minister says Turkey could be a venue for Tehran to exchange nuclear material with the West.
25 December 2009 [14:40]

18 Ministry of Economy employees arrested in Georgia

Special operation to detain employees of the Ministry of Economy was conducted in Georgia, 18 officials arrested.
25 December 2009 [14:10]

Swine flu cases revealed in Azerbaijan's Armenia-occupied lands

Four swine flu cases have been registered in Azerbaijan’s occupied lands.
25 December 2009 [11:55]

Turkey appoints new ambassador to U.S.

Namik Tan became Turkey's new Ambassador in Washington D.C, United States on Dec. 24.
25 December 2009 [10:43]

Turkish Prime Minister talks to Spanish counterpart on the phone

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation with his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Thursday.
25 December 2009 [10:05]

Turkish theater loses its greatest actor

Cüneyt Gökçer, one of Turkey’s most distinguished and prolific stage actors, revered for his performances of Shakespearean characters, died on Wednesday in Ankara. He was 89.
25 December 2009 [09:50]

Ahmadinejad: West not brave enough to come clean

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says some Western countries are using Iran's nuclear program as a pretext to put pressure on the Islamic Republic.
24 December 2009 [18:50]

Suspect arrested in Turkish journalist's murder

A Turkish court Thursday charged a 25-year-old man for the murder of a local journalist in the northwestern town of Bandırma last week.
24 December 2009 [18:30]

Turkish President celebrates Christians' Christmas

Turkish President Gul released a message to mark the Christian world's Christmas.