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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.
29 December 2009 [18:36]

Turkey says may sign two-year deal with IMF

In May 2008, Turkey completed a 10-billion USD stand-by arrangement with IMF.
29 December 2009 [18:07]

Iranian FM: Iran gives time limit to U.S

29 December 2009 [16:56]

Smoke ban in Turkey leads major drop: WHO

Cigarette consumption in Turkey has had a major drop after smoking ban, an official with WHO said.
29 December 2009 [16:46]

US spies: Israel or UK forged nukes report on Iran

U.S. intelligence sources have confirmed Iran's assertions that a document published by a British daily about Tehran's nuclear program is a fabrication.
29 December 2009 [16:28]

Finance minister: Armenia's external debtwill reach 46 percent of GDP in 2010

Next year Armenia's external debt will reach 46 percent of GDP, Armenian Finance Minister Tigran Davtyan said at a press conference.
29 December 2009 [16:21]

Turkish security council calls for common sense, skips alleged plot

The country’s top security board on Monday called on people to act with common sense and to avoid moves that could harm the unity of the country at its bi-monthly regular meeting.
29 December 2009 [16:03]

Georgian Reintegration Minister: Georgia is in better state than might have been after the August war with Russia

Georgia is in better position than might be after August war: Minister
29 December 2009 [15:43]

Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi's sister "arrested in Iran"

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi says her sister has been arrested by the intelligence services, hours after opposition figures were detained.
29 December 2009 [15:20]

A number of Georgian prisoners to pardoned for New Year

The government of Georgia intends to release and pardon a number of prisoners.
29 December 2009 [14:53]

Iran, Turkmenistan launch new gas pipeline

Iran and Turkmenistan are to be connected by a second gas pipeline during a visit by the Iranian president to the central Asian state next week.
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.