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13 February 2010 [13:42]

Armenia requires foreign citizens to buy insurance policies for their vehicles

The National Assembly of Armenia started hearings of the draft law "On compulsory insurance of liability of vehicles on Feb. 12.
13 February 2010 [13:33]

Russia agrees with Georgia's breakaway region on direct flights

The Government of the Russian Federation approved a draft agreement on air services with Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia.
13 February 2010 [13:27]

Cleric thankful for Iran march turnout

An Iranian cleric on Friday hailed the high turnout in the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution as an "epic" manifestation of "national unity."
13 February 2010 [12:22]

Estonia wants to see Georgia in NATO

NATO should remain open for admission of new members, including Georgia and Ukraine, believes Urmas Paet, Foreign Minister of Estonia.
13 February 2010 [12:13]

Admiral Mullen to discuss Iran in Israel

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen will visit Israel to discuss the situation in Iran with top Israeli military officials.
13 February 2010 [11:17]

Armenian PM meets with South Korean Ambassador

Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan held a meeting with Korean Ambassador to Armenia Lee Ku Hyung on Feb. 12.
13 February 2010 [11:08]

Israel set to deliver a big shipment of armaments to Georgia

According to Russian special services, Israel supply Georgia not only with unmanned aircraft, but also intends to deliver a large shipment of firearms and ammunition.
13 February 2010 [10:55]

Iran president: Era of nuclear weapons over

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for a world free of nuclear arms saying that the era of such weapons is over.
13 February 2010 [10:15]

Armenia's National Security Council chief meets CSTO Secretary General

Armenia's National Security Council Secretary Artur Baghdasaryan met with CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha on Feb. 12.
13 February 2010 [10:07]

Windstorm damages buildings in Georgia's Poti port

Powerful windstorm has damaged several buildings in the seaport city of Poti.
13 February 2010 [09:53]

US dismissive of Iran nuclear announcement

The White House on Thursday said Iran's declaration of producing first stock of enriched uranium for a research reactor was based "on politics", and "not on physics."
13 February 2010 [09:35]

"Suspicious" package found outside US Consulate General in Turkey

The U.S. embassy in Ankara thanked Turkish police for their rapid and professional response to a suspicious package found outside the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul on Friday.
13 February 2010 [02:10]

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral to discuss Iran in Israel

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen will visit Israel to discuss the situation in Iran with top Israeli military officials.
13 February 2010 [01:43]

Georgian luge athlete dies after crash - UPDATED - PHOTOS

A Georgian luger has been killed at the Winter Games following a horrific crash on an exceedingly dangerous luge course, a USOC official confirmed Friday afternoon.
13 February 2010 [01:28]

Turkish President: Turkey-Bangladesh trade could hit 1 billion dollars a year

Turkish President Abdullah Gul, in Bangladesh on a two-day visit, said Friday that trade between the two countries could rise from its current level to over 1 billion dollars per year.
12 February 2010 [23:27]

Iranian FM official: West puts pressure on Iran due to loss of its positions

Western countries and the United States leading them, using all means, under various pretexts, put pressure on official Tehran, the Iranian Foreign Ministry official Ramin Mehmanparast said.
12 February 2010 [23:15]

US values Turkey's role, says senior official

The United States values Turkey’s role in trying to help resolve regional issues, including the row over Iran’s nuclear program, a senior U.S. official has said.
12 February 2010 [20:11]

Georgian PM sees no threat in opening Northern customs with Russia

Georgian Prime Minister sees no threat in the opening of the Upper Larsi customs, the northern exit-point with Russia.
12 February 2010 [20:03]

Turkish private airlines to start Istanbul-Paris flights

A Turkish private airlines will start flying between Istanbul, Turkey and Paris, France at the end of March.
12 February 2010 [19:47]

Protests against pro-Russian politicians in Tbilisi

Another demonstration was held in Tbilisi against those politicians who chose pro-Russian political course and began to cooperate with Russia`s leadership.
12 February 2010 [19:21]

US envoy to visit Turkish Parliament next week

The senior U.S. diplomat in Turkey will visit the Turkish Parliament next week, a parliament committee said on Friday.
12 February 2010 [19:12]

Iran will 'quicken nuclear work if US threats continue'

Iran's Parliament Speaker says his country will 'speed up' its nuclear work if the Obama administration continues to threaten the country with a new round of sanctions.
12 February 2010 [18:56]

Turkish Airlines lifts responsibility to take passengers to Tbilisi

The passengers of the Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Tbilisi flight were abandoned at Trabzon airport after the liner failed to land in Tbilisi due to bad weather.
12 February 2010 [18:33]

Turkish President welcomed in Bangladesh

Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Friday proceeded to Bangladesh after completing his talks in India.
12 February 2010 [18:16]

Georgian President visits Vancouver

12 February 2010 [18:04]

Turkey's leading Armenian newspaper hacked, threatened

The Web site for Turkey's leading Armenian newspaper was hacked in the early hours on Friday.
12 February 2010 [17:48]

'Iran among top 10 aerospace forerunners'

Iran owes its aerospace achievements entirely to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, says Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, only a week after the country placed its third satellite carrier into orbit.
12 February 2010 [17:34]

Armenian PM: Armenia and Turkey have unique opportunity to reconcile

Armenian Premier Tigran Sargsyan believes that Armenia-Turkey relations’ normalization should be considered from three standpoints.
12 February 2010 [17:25]

Georgian Speaker met with Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople

David Bakradze, Speaker of Georgian Parliament, staying in Turkey with a visit, met with Bartolomeo I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
12 February 2010 [16:45]

Turkey's FM to meet Iranian officials over nuke dispute

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will pay a working visit to Iran on February 16.
12 February 2010 [16:37]

Ex-UN inspector: Iran truth overcomes US mendacity

Former Chief UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter says the truth about Iran's nuclear program is prevailing over the hype the western media is creating against the country.
12 February 2010 [16:24]

Armenia-Turkey protocols to be submitted to Armenian parliament

Armenian-Turkish Protocols will be submitted to the Armenian National Assembly (parliament) on Friday.
12 February 2010 [16:11]

Georgian PM to travel to Kuwait

This evening Georgian PM Nikoloz Gilauri will head for Dubai and Kuwait with a visit.
12 February 2010 [15:53]

Turkish Culture Minister: Turkey, Egypt should remove visa requirements

Turkish Culture & Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay said on Thursday that Turkey and Egypt should remove visa requirements.
12 February 2010 [15:26]

Iran envoy reminds France of skeleton in closet

Iran's Ambassador to France Mehdi Mir Abu Talebi has called on French officials to be even-handed in their dealings with Iran.
12 February 2010 [15:13]

Georgian President congratulates Yanukovich on elections victory

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has congratulated Viktor Yanukovich on victory in presidential elections in Ukraine.
12 February 2010 [14:53]

Turkey, Bahrain to sign protocol on cooperation

Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin is set to depart for Bahrain on an official visit.
12 February 2010 [14:44]

US think-tank claims Iran after 'weapons-grade uranium'

The head of a nuclear think-tank close to the White House claims Iran is on course to produce enough highly-enriched uranium to make nuclear weapons.
12 February 2010 [14:16]

Tbilisi hosts int'l conference on Georgia-EU cooperation

Sixth international conference "Georgia's European Way" is underway in Tbilisi.
12 February 2010 [14:06]

Armenian gov't approves bill on int'l treaties

On Feb. 11, the Armenian Government approved draft amendments to the Law on International Agreements.
12 February 2010 [13:58]

Turkish Foreign Minister due to Iran

12 February 2010 [13:52]

Total eyes more investment in Iran

The chief executive of French oil giant Total has highlighted Iran's key role in the world natural gas market, saying that the company is determined to keep investing in Iran.
12 February 2010 [13:34]

Tbilisi international airport stops operation

Tbilisi international airport is paralyzed since 4 a.m. today.
12 February 2010 [13:29]

Expert: Higher gas prices to slow down economic growth in Armenia

Higher gas prices will lead to slower economic growth in Armenia in 2010, Manuk Hergnyan, chairman of Economy and Values research center, told a press conference.
12 February 2010 [13:16]

US dismisses Iran's uranium claims

12 February 2010 [12:48]

Tbilisi mayor candidates invited for TV debates

First TV debates between Tbilisi Mayor candidates can be held in Georgia.
12 February 2010 [12:23]

Iran starts 20% uranium enrichment

Iran on Tuesday began enriching uranium to a level of 20 percent at its Natanz enrichment facility under the surveillance of inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog.
12 February 2010 [11:25]

Armenia to extend deadline for granting citizenship to refugees

At its sitting on Feb. 11, the Armenian Government proposed extending the deadline for granting Armenian citizenship to refugees.
12 February 2010 [11:14]

EU's report on Turkey biased, says Turkish prime minister

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rebuked the European Union over its policies toward Turkey and criticized the EU Parliament’s latest report as one-sided.
12 February 2010 [11:08]

Georgian opposition says Saakashvili trying to normalize relations with Russia

Nino Burjanadze, the Democratic Movement-United Georgia leader, called names of Georgian officials, seeking for contact with Moscow.
12 February 2010 [10:46]

Iran says first uranium stock for fuel produced

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday Iran has produced the first stock of uranium enriched to 20 percent for a research reactor in Tehran.
12 February 2010 [10:15]

Armenian gov't approves tourism development program

At a government sitting on Feb. 11, Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan approved the 2010 tourist development program for Armenia.
12 February 2010 [10:07]

Turkey calls on EU "not to act as Greek Cyprus spokesperson"

Turkey expressed disappointment over an EU report on Turkey's progress in 2009 during its accession process, saying the report contained "one-sided, false and unacceptable parts."
12 February 2010 [09:46]

Protesters on streets as Iran marks Revolution Day

Official media said tens of millions of people attended rallies in support of the revolution across the country.
11 February 2010 [20:09]

Turkey jails Kurdish editor over PKK propaganda

A Turkish court has sentenced the editor of a Kurdish newspaper to 21 years in prison for "printing PKK propaganda".
11 February 2010 [19:22]

Turkish president hopes more business ties with India

The Turkish president suggested on Thursday Turkish and Indian businessmen to make mutual investments.
11 February 2010 [18:58]

Turkey, Kazakhstan to cooperate on common Eurasia strategy

Turkey and Kazakhstan signed three agreements Thursday on bilateral cooperation.
11 February 2010 [18:53]

Iranian senior official visits Qatar

11 February 2010 [17:55]

Turkish company interested in Adjara tourist potential

Head of the Adjaran Government Levan Varshalomidze familiarized representatives of the Turkish company Turkmol with the autonomous republic's economic and tourist potential.