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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.
24 December 2009 [17:56]

Military denies plot against Turkish deputy FM

The office of the chief of General Staff has denied allegations that two military officers were plotting against Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç.
24 December 2009 [17:30]

Man attemps to commit suicide outside government building in Armenia

A man, around 60 years of age, attempted to commit suicide by slitting his neck with a razor in front of the government building in central Yerevan today.
24 December 2009 [17:25]

Coordination meeting held in Turkey over EU bid

Turkey's foreign minister and chief negotiator for European Union met in Ankara on Thursday to discuss membership bid.
24 December 2009 [17:15]

Turkish Cyprus PM in Turkey for meeting with Erdogan

Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Dervis Eroglu, has arrived in Turkish capital of Ankara on Thursday.
24 December 2009 [16:15]

Upper Lars checkpoint on Georgia-Russia border to open in March

The Upper Lars checkpoint on the Georgia-Russia border will likely open in March, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze said today at a briefing in Tbilisi.
24 December 2009 [15:50]

Armenian parliament's speaker: Armenia not to debate protocols until Turkish parliament ratifies them

The National Assembly of Armenia (parliament) will not discuss the protocols on normalization of relations with Turkey unless they are ratified by Turkish parliament, Armenian parliament's Speaker Ovik Abrahamyan said.
24 December 2009 [15:45]

Turkey to open Armenian church in eastern city

A regional governor said on Thursday that Turkey would open an Armenian church in an eastern city to worship in 2010.
24 December 2009 [15:40]

Trial Continues for France's Reiss on charges of action against Iran's national security

Trial of the French national, Clotilde Reiss, who is currently on trial on charges of action against Iran's national security, will continue for one more session, her attorney Mohammad Ali Mahdavi Sabet announced.
24 December 2009 [15:13]

Armenia's swine flu cases reach 107

As of December 23, a total of 107 swine flu cases, including two deaths are registered in Armenia, the Assistant to Armenian Health Minister Shushan Hunanyan said.
24 December 2009 [14:51]

NATO is urged to consider arms for Georgia

A senior Republican senator is urging the Obama administration and European allies to consider rearming Georgia, an action that would inevitably upset Russia.
24 December 2009 [13:48]

Another man participating in explosion of Glory Memorial in Kutaisi arrested

Tbilisi City Court has chosen a measure of two-month detention for another man participating in explosion of Glory Memorial in Kutaisi - Chief of the mobile station "Georvzrivprom" Elguja Gadabadze.
24 December 2009 [13:43]

Euro 2016 candidate Turkey introduces logo

A candidate to host the Euro 2016 European soccer event, Turkey introduced its championship logo yesterday at a meeting attended by State Minister for Sports Faruk Nafiz Özak and Turkish Soccer Federation (TFF) Chairman Mahmut Özgener.
24 December 2009 [13:10]

Armenia dissatisfied with Mikheil Saakashvili's stance on Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenia is dissatisfied with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's stance on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
24 December 2009 [12:59]

Iranian Majlis Speaker: Israel upset by growing Iran-Egypt ties

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Wednesday that Israel has been upset by the growing cooperation between Iran and Egypt.
24 December 2009 [12:20]

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Powers don't care about environment

Iran's president says the Copenhagen climate change summit proved to the international community that world powers are not prepared to make any changes to save the planet.
24 December 2009 [12:04]

Turkish PM rejects foreign-policy-shift criticism

A recent thaw in Turkish-Syrian relations is not a sign of a policy shift but simply normalization, the visiting Turkish prime minister said Wednesday in the Syrian capital of Damascus.
24 December 2009 [12:02]

Iran to unveil new generation of "national satellite"

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi announced on Wednesday that Iran will unveil a new generation of the “national satellite” called Tolou (dawn) in early February.
24 December 2009 [11:41]

Turkey, Syria issue joint declaration

Turkey and Syria issued a joint declaration on Wednesday after a meeting of a High Level Cooperation Council between the two countries.
24 December 2009 [11:33]

Armenia, China hold political consultations

Armenia-China foreign ministries’ political consultations were held in the Armenian Foreign Ministry.
24 December 2009 [10:48]

Turkey's Health Ministry to provide no more new data on swine flu deaths

The Turkish Health Ministry decided this week to stop releasing the number of deaths due to swine flu, a decision some experts criticized, saying it could erode transparency and confidence.
24 December 2009 [10:32]

Armenian National Congress official: Armenia facing increased pressures in Karabakh peace process

Armenia is facing increased pressures in Karabakh peace process, Armenian National Congress representative Levon Zurabyan said.
23 December 2009 [16:42]

Officer of Armenian army dies of swine flu

Armenia has confirmed the third swine flu death, Aykakan Zhamanak newspaper reported.
23 December 2009 [14:58]

Armenian soldier kills fellow soldiers in Azerbaijan's occupied lands

Armenian soldier Gor Agabekyan, who served at a military unit in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, has shot dead his two fellow soldiers.
23 December 2009 [13:11]

Armenian president: Last year was full of problems for Armenian economy

The past year has been a hard one with numerous problems for the Armenian economy, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stated at his meeting with Armenian businessmen.
23 December 2009 [10:16]

PACE co-rapporteurs say Armenia's ad hoc committee on March events provide "comprehensive, although not complete" response

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) co-rapporteurs have issued a statement on Armenia.
23 December 2009 [10:06]

Armenian energy minister says Armenia is ready to export energy to Turkey

Armenia and Turkey have wide energy contacts, so both can carry out various joint energy projects, Armenia's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Armen Movsisyan said at a press conference.