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05 January 2010 [16:02]

Turkey's PM dismisses call for early elections

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that no one should bring up early elections in Turkey.
05 January 2010 [15:42]

Turkish Airlines to buy 20 airbus passenger planes

Turkish Airlines has placed a firm order for 14 Airbus A321-200 6 Airbus A319-100 passenger planes, the company said Monday in a regulatory filing.
05 January 2010 [15:33]

Ossetian side accuses Georgian apecialforces of kidnapping of Ossetian citizen

The Tskhinvali regime has accused the Georgian special forces of kidnapping of an Ossetian citizen, Res agency reports.
05 January 2010 [15:12]

Three people executed in Tehran

05 January 2010 [14:23]

Turkey, Japan praise strong ties

The declaration said that the two countries have ties of friendship and goodwill not seen in international relations frequently.
05 January 2010 [14:18]

Turkmen and Iranian leaders to launch Turkmenistan-Iran gas pipeline

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran was officially welcomed by Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov here on Tuesday on the second leg of his Central-Asian tour.
05 January 2010 [13:44]

Armenia's ruling party member content with country's 2009 achievements

The most important achievement in 2009 was that Armenia succeeded in raising vital issues on international level, head of ruling Republican Party of Armenia Galust Sahakyan said.
05 January 2010 [13:25]

US ready to step up pressure on Iran, Clinton says

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States has already begun discussions with its partners about imposing sanctions on Iran.
05 January 2010 [13:09]

Turkish FM Davutoglu unveils new manifesto for Turkish diplomacy

With 200 diplomats home for a major Foreign Ministry seminar, Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu unveils his newest vision for ‘strategic depth’ and urges for ‘hard power’ and ‘soft power’ to be used in harmony.
05 January 2010 [12:46]

Cigarette prices increase in Turkey

The private consumption tax hike implemented by the government on tobacco has been reflected in cigarette prices.
05 January 2010 [12:00]

Iranian president leaves for Turkmenistan

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rapped up his two-day visit to Tajikistan and left the country for Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan, Tuesday morning.
05 January 2010 [11:33]

Turkey's annual exports reach $97.7 bln

Turkey's annual exports reached $97.07 billion in 2009, according to data released Monday by the Turkish Exporters' Assembly, or TİM.
05 January 2010 [10:15]

Secret Turkish-Israeli military alliance launches relations

Turkey’s “strategic alliance” with Israel may have evaporated in a most public way, its death broadcast live before an audience of millions watching last year’s Davos summit.
05 January 2010 [09:55]

Ahmadinejad says Iran tenfold stronger

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that the Iranian nation would not give up on its rights as it is more than "tenfold stronger" than it was a year ago.
05 January 2010 [09:48]

Snow and wintry weather sweep across Turkey; many roads closed

Many parts of Turkey were struck by cold weather over the weekend, as temperatures fell by eight to 10 degrees across the country.
04 January 2010 [17:55]

H1N1 virus kills Georgian citizen arriving from Moscow

H1N1 virus killed one more 42 years old man in Georgia.
04 January 2010 [17:15]

Turkey wins $31.5 billion from repatriation law

The parliament enacted the law in November 2008 which was in force until the last day of 2009 in two periods.
04 January 2010 [16:11]

Iran restores Sassanid king's 1,800-year old statue

Iranian cultural heritage experts are planning to restore the statue of the Sassanid king Shapur I in the southern Fars Province.
04 January 2010 [15:47]

Iran postpones EU lawmakers' Tehran visit

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast says a planned visit to Tehran by a delegation from the European Parliament has been postponed.
04 January 2010 [15:21]

Turkish inflation accelerated to 6.5 percent in December

Turkish inflation accelerated to a 10-month high in December, supporting the central bank’s decision to end a yearlong series of interest rate cuts.
04 January 2010 [14:50]

Georgia considers CIS Parliamentary Assembly "symbolic load"

Vice Speaker of the Georgian Parliament George Tsereteli believes that the CIS Parliamentary Assembly is a symbolic load.
04 January 2010 [14:15]

Iran criticizes French crackdown on protesters

Iran's Foreign Ministry has lashed out at France over resorting to violence in dealing with protesters in the country, describing it as violation of human rights.
04 January 2010 [14:06]

Georgia's foreign debt hits $8.4 billion

Georgia's foreign debts hit $8.397 billion as of Sept. 30, the central bank reported today.
04 January 2010 [13:51]

Turkey says reaches 2009 export target

State Minister Zafer Caglayan said that Turkish exports amounted to 101.6 billion USD in 2009.
04 January 2010 [13:32]

Palestine president Abbas to visit Turkey

Palestinian President Abbas will pay a formal visit to Ankara on January 6-7, 2010.
04 January 2010 [13:24]

Japan FM in Turkish capital for talks

Japan's foreign minister arrived Sunday in Ankara to hold a series of talks.
04 January 2010 [13:14]

Ahmadinejad begins regional tour in Tajikistan

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in the Tajik capital on the first leg of a regional tour that will also take him to Turkmenistan.
04 January 2010 [13:09]

Turks see no shift in foreign policy, survey reveals

The majority of Turks believe that there has been no significant shift in Turkey's foreign policy and label Ankara's moves to improve its bilateral cooperation with neighboring countries as “normal,” a recent survey has found.
04 January 2010 [12:33]

Armenian expert: 2010 will be a political vacuum year for Armenia

The last year was marked by two negative developments – two-digit economic slump and Armenia-Turkey Protocols’ signing, director of Armenia-based Polit-Economy research centre Andranik Tevanyan said.
04 January 2010 [11:54]

Iranian president: Subsidy reform bill must be properly implemented

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that if the subsidy reform bill properly implemented, the status of the health, industrial, and agricultural sectors will improve.
04 January 2010 [11:38]

Former Yerevan mayor: Armenia saw no progress last year

No progress was recorded in 2009, nor can any progress be expected in 2010, Vahagn Khachatryan, former Mayor of Yerevan and member of the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) said.
04 January 2010 [11:04]

Iranian MPs oppose U.S. senator's visit to Iran

A subcommittee of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) has rejected U.S. Senator John Kerry's request to visit Tehran, an MP says.
04 January 2010 [10:13]

Armenian expert: Armenia's foreign policy entered a new phase

Armenia’s geopolitical role increased due to initiative foreign policy in 2009, Turkish studies expert Ruben Safrastyan said.
04 January 2010 [09:50]

Turkey detains 4 Iranians over "drug trafficking"

Turkish police confiscated 53 kg of heroin in an Iranian passenger bus in southeastern province of Gaziantep on Sunday.
02 January 2010 [13:35]

Turkish ship to carry Viva Palestina convoy to Egypt

A Turkish ship will carry the Viva Palestin convoy to Egypt's Al Arish port from city of Latakia in Syria.
30 December 2009 [16:48]

One more to run for Tbilisi Mayor

Nika Ivanishvili to run for Tbilisi Mayor. In late 1990s he was the head of road police.
30 December 2009 [16:25]

Head of Deutsche Welle Persian Desk: Disorders in Iran become radical

The events on Ashura Day in Tehran caused severe anxiety, Deutsche Welle Persian Desk Head Jamshid Faruqi said today.
30 December 2009 [15:06]

Experts: U.S. senator's visit to Iran will not solve problems

U.S. Senator John Kerry's visit to Iran will not change problems in bilateral ties.
30 December 2009 [13:51]

Turkey, Israel sign new civil aviation agreement

Turkey and Israel signed a deal enabling more than one airlines companies to make flights between the two countries.
30 December 2009 [13:23]

Turkey says Israel settlements clearly violation of int'l law

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its concerns about Israel's decision to build nearly 700 new settlement units in eastern Jerusalem.
30 December 2009 [13:14]

One more pregnant woman dies of swine flu in Georgia

One more pregnant woman died of swine flu in Georgia. 23-year old Nana Gelashvili was put in Kutaisi Center of Mother and Child 5 days ago.
30 December 2009 [12:52]

Iran, Bahrain to enhance security cooperation

Iranian lawmakers have passed a bill that allows the government to enhance security cooperation with Bahrain.
30 December 2009 [12:36]

Turkey says letter to judge not anthrax

White dust falling out of an envelope sent to Council of state President Mustafa Birden created panic at the Ankara Postal Center.
30 December 2009 [12:15]

Armenia appoints new ambassador to Russia

Armenia's ambassador to Belarus Oleg Yesayan has been appointed ambassador to Russia, Regnum news agency reports according to reliable sources.
30 December 2009 [12:06]

Japanese ambassador: We are ready to cooperate with Iran

The Japanese ambassador to Iran has said Tokyo is ready to cooperate with Iran in the field of nuclear energy.
30 December 2009 [11:33]

Turkey renews determination to work in UAE

Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan said the investments would continue.
30 December 2009 [10:50]

Ahmadinejad says protests, 'US, Israeli scenario'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday said that the US and Israel were behind the anti-government protests on Ashura.
30 December 2009 [10:21]

Georgian side calls Moscow's accusations due to delay of Moscow-Tbilisi flights groundless

The Georgian side called Moscow's accusations due to delay of air flights Georgia-Russia unclear and groundless.
30 December 2009 [10:05]

Iran condemns foreign interference in protests

Iran strongly condemns the interference of foreign countries in its internal affairs after the US and Britain praised the group of people who held anti-government protests on the holy day of Ashura.
30 December 2009 [09:53]

300 young people return o Armenia due to Diaspora Ministry

In 2009, Armenia's Ministry of Diaspora had 1300 visitors, with 1089 being Diaspora representatives, according to Diaspora Minister Hanush Hakobyan.
30 December 2009 [09:40]

Iran accuses Britain over deadly protests, envoy summoned

Iran summoned the British ambassador in Tehran on Tuesday, Britain's Foreign Office said.
29 December 2009 [18:55]

Turkish court issues arrest warrant for 4 ex-DTP members

The Turkish court issued an arrest warrant for Kurdish politicians after they failed to appear in a court over alleged PKK links.