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03 February 2010 [10:56]

Iranian military official: Iranian weapon ends Apache copters' air supremacy

A senior Iranian military official says Iran has developed a special weapon that can bring down Apache helicopters.
03 February 2010 [10:49]

Turkey denies reports of ambassador leaving Israel

Turkish official sources have denied Israeli press reports that Oğuz Çelikkol, Turkey’s ambassador to Israel, has asked his superiors in Ankara to transfer him to a new posting.
03 February 2010 [10:07]

Georgian President slams pro-Russian opposition leaders

Georgian president has slammed those opposition leaders, who have visited Russia for several times recently, asserting they were attempting to restore relations with the northern neighbour.
03 February 2010 [09:43]

Iranian president promises space program breakthroughs

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said he will announce good news about “great achievements” by Iranian scientists in the aerospace industry in the near future.
03 February 2010 [09:35]

European Court rules on religious designation, Kurdish names on Turkish ID

Europe's chief human rights court ruled Tuesday against the listing of religious affiliation on national identity cards in Turkey, saying that it "violated" a top European human rights charter.
02 February 2010 [21:06]

Iranian official: Nabucco is not economic without Iran involvement

The Nabucco gas pipeline will not be economic if Iran is not involved as it could not be filled to capacity without Iran's gas, an Iranian official says.
02 February 2010 [21:00]

U.S. endorses new package of economic aid for Georgia

The U.S. has endorsed a new package of economic aid for Georgia.
02 February 2010 [20:55]

Report: Turkey's envoy asks to leave Israel after insult

Turkish ambassador to Israel reportedly asked to leave Israel after Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon's insult to him, a report said.
02 February 2010 [20:43]

Qatar's crown prince arrives in Iran

Qatar's crown prince Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani is in Tehran to discuss matters of mutual interest with Iranian officials.
02 February 2010 [20:22]

Georgian President not to attend security conference in Munich

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili will not participate in security conference in Munich that will start on Feb. 5 for the first time since 2006.
02 February 2010 [19:53]

Iranian ex-president's family cases sent to Tehran prosecutor

The cases of the children of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani have been sent to the Tehran prosecutor's office, first deputy of the Judiciary says.
02 February 2010 [19:36]

Poland continues to deport Georgian emigrants

Over 20 Georgian citizens will be deported from Poland on Feb. 10.
02 February 2010 [18:57]

Armenian exports reduced by 34% in 2009

According to the Armenian National Statistical service, Armenia's foreign trade turnover reduced by 27 percent as compared to last year making AMD 1 tn 467 bn. or USD 4 bn.
02 February 2010 [18:44]

Senior U.S. offcial urges int'l community to respect Georgia's territorial integrity

U.S. Assistant Secretary Philip Gordon emphasized the problem of Georgia-Russia relations while speaking about the security in Europe.
02 February 2010 [18:39]

US embassy in Turkey denies involvement in coup probe

A spokesperson with the United States Embassy in Ankara has said the US had no involvement with a probe in Turkey over an alleged criminal network that came to be known as Ergenekon.
02 February 2010 [18:23]

Pakistan's parliament speaker visits Iran

Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker Fahmida Mirza will arrive in Iran on Wednesday for a six-day official visit.
02 February 2010 [18:03]

BBC: Georgian TV blocked by Russia

With the article "Georgian TV Blocked by Russia" BBC has responded to the suspension of the broadcasts of its new Russian-language television station.
02 February 2010 [17:42]

Turkey-Armenia trade volume reaches $300 mln

Kaan Soyak said on Tuesday that 300 million USD of trade volume between Turkey and Armenia was a success.
02 February 2010 [17:37]

Turkey to review national security policy document

The Council of Ministers on Monday convened under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
02 February 2010 [17:12]

Iran, Qatar to sign economic agreements

02 February 2010 [17:00]

Georgia's State Minister to present country's state strategy to CoE

Georgia's State Minister for Reintegration, Temur Iakobashvili has left for Strasburg, where he will present Georgia's state strategy for occupied territories in the Council of Europe.
02 February 2010 [16:41]

Iran to execute nine more protestors

Nine more Iranian protestors are to be executed soon, the Fars news agency on Tuesday quoted the deputy head of the country's judiciary as saying.
02 February 2010 [16:41]

US calls on Turkey, Armenia to ratify protocols

A senior U.S. official called on Turkey and Armenia to ratify protocols signed last year to normalize relations.
02 February 2010 [15:54]

Georgian parliament to open spring session

The Georgian parliament will start the spring session with bureau sitting today.
02 February 2010 [15:45]

Ahmadinejad talk to Iranians on live TV show

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to talk to nation on state program Tuesday night.
02 February 2010 [15:36]

New Kurdish party elects leader

Mehmet Ocalan, brother of Abdullah Ocalan (jailed head of PKK), was elected member to party assembly.
02 February 2010 [15:07]

Armenia to participate in Assembly of European Regions' Black Sea Conference

On Feb. 15-16, Assembly of European Regions (AER) will organize Black Sea Regional Policy Conference in Paris, France.
02 February 2010 [15:00]

Delegation of Venice Commission to visit Tbilisi

Delegation of Venice Commission will visit Tbilisi on Feb. 3 at invitation of State Constitutional Commission.
02 February 2010 [14:49]

Iran to unveil 4 new satellites

Iran Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi announced on Monday that projects in the field of aerospace technologies will be inaugurated on Feb. 3.
02 February 2010 [14:08]

Tourism in Armenia up by 3%

02 February 2010 [14:00]

Lawmaker: Iran will face 40-percent inflation

A Member of Parliament industry committee announced lack of sufficient wages for working class creates economical obstacles in the society.
02 February 2010 [13:51]

Georgia refuses to sign non-aggression treaty with Abkhazia, S. Ossetia

Temur Iakobashvili, Minister for Reintegration of Georgia, sees Russia's demand to sign a legally binding non-aggression treaty with Abkhazia and South Ossetia as inappropriate.
02 February 2010 [13:32]

Greek Minister invites Turkish Interior Minister for visit

Greek Citizens' Protection Minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis has sent a letter to Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay, inviting to pay an official visit to Athens.
02 February 2010 [12:37]

Iran to build Persepolis village in Minsk

Iran is planning to build a tourism village in Belarus in an attempt to expand cultural ties between the two countries.
02 February 2010 [12:30]

Turkish food exporters complain of EU control regime

Inspectors could also issue an order for the destruction of the products in case they fail to pass residue tests.
02 February 2010 [12:09]

NATO Chief hopes for improvement of relations between Russia and Georgia

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General, campaigns for normalization of relations between Russia and Georgia.
02 February 2010 [11:55]

Israel threatens Iran with "heavy price"

Israeli National Security Advisor Uzi Arada has threatened Iran with 'heavy' measures after reports of US augmentation of forces off Iran's coast.
02 February 2010 [11:43]

Turkish govt sets 2010 export target as $111 bln

Turkish State Minister for foreign trade Zafer Caglayan said on Monday that Turkey's export target for 2010 was set as 111 billion USD.
02 February 2010 [10:52]

Defense minister says Iran near self-sufficiency

Iran's defense minister said Monday that the country is taking the final steps in becoming self-sufficient in the production of complicated electronic, optic and telecommunication systems.
02 February 2010 [10:47]

New PACE head says Turkey needs civilian constitution

The new head of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said on Monday that Turkey needed a new and civilian constitution.
02 February 2010 [09:55]

Iran ready to help establish peace in Somalia

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says the Islamic Republic is ready to help efforts to establish peace in Somalia.
02 February 2010 [09:44]

Iranian FM to visit Turkey for joint economic meeting

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki will join 21st Turkey-Iran joint commission meeting on economic cooperation scheduled on Wednesday in the Turkish capital city of Ankara, an Iranian report said.
01 February 2010 [20:44]

Palestinian-Turkish businessmen will meet in Istanbul

Palestinian and Turkish businessmen will meet in Istanbul on Tuesday.
01 February 2010 [20:26]

Georgia launches new stage of reform in education sector

A new stage of reform in education sector will begin in Georgia on Feb. 1.
01 February 2010 [20:00]

Turkish frigate sets sail for Somali anti-piracy mission

A frigate with the Turkish Naval Forces set sail on Monday from its base in southwest Turkey to take part in an international effort to fight off piracy in the Gulf of Aden.
01 February 2010 [19:34]

Iranians observe Sadeh Celebration

Iran's Zoroastrian community has held the annual Sadeh Celebration that celebrates the discovery of fire on January 30, the day of kindness.
01 February 2010 [19:15]

Foreign share in Turkish stock market down last week

Share of foreign investors in Turkey's main stock market was down last week.
01 February 2010 [19:00]

Twelve Georgian sailors were on ship that sank in Libya

Twelve Georgian sailors were among the crew of a Turkish vessel, which sank in the waters of Libya.
01 February 2010 [18:55]

Gas supply to Armenia reduced by 19.7% in 2009

Gas supplies to Armenia reduced by 19.7 percent in 2009, down to 1, 809.3m cubic meters against 2,254.4m cubic meters in 2008.
01 February 2010 [18:21]

Drug trafficking costs Iran USD 8.5bn yearly

Deputy Head of Iran's Drug Control Headquarters, Taha Taheri, says drug trafficking inflicts annual damages of about $8.5 billion on the country's economy.
01 February 2010 [18:04]

Tens of merchants strike in Georgia

Tens of merchants of Vagzal Square markets and supermarkets in Georgia are on strike from this morning.
01 February 2010 [17:23]

Nearly 3,000 crimes against public health and safety in Armenia last year

In 2009, 2,984 crimes against public health and safety were committed in Armenia, 1,259 of which took place in the country’s capital, Yerevan.
01 February 2010 [16:38]

Iran celebrates Islamic Revolution anniversary

Special ceremonies are being held in Iran and other countries to mark the first day of the Ten-Day Dawn period that culminated in the overthrow of the Pahlavi regime.
01 February 2010 [16:18]

4.7-magnitude earthquake shakes central Turkey

A seismology center says a moderately strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 has shaken central Turkey.
01 February 2010 [15:47]

Armenia stopped air communication with Georgia

Air connection between Armenia and Georgia is stopped since February 1st. Armavia, the Armenian air company, conducting Yerevan-Tbilisi-Yerevan flights, stopped flights.
01 February 2010 [15:17]

Armenia's first president not plans to return to politics

Prosperous Armenia Party leader Gagik Tsarukyan says he does not know whether first president of the Republic of Armenia Robert Kocharian will return to politics or not.
01 February 2010 [14:48]

Iran will export gasoline with new refineries

Iran plans to build seven new oil refineries with a capacity of 1.6 million barrels that could turn the country into a gasoline exporter.