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30 January 2010 [13:42]

Turkey sets new target for 2010 exports

Turkey targets to increase exports in 2010 to more than 110 billion USD, country's top foreign trade official said Friday.
30 January 2010 [13:18]

France, US draft Iran sanctions proposal

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says Paris and Washington have worked out a common position on sanctions against Iran.
30 January 2010 [12:46]

Over 4,000 people got Armenian citizenship in 2009

Under Armenian President's decree, 4,323 people were granted Armenian citizenship in 2009.
30 January 2010 [12:23]

Top cleric urges speedy action against Iran rioters

A senior Iranian cleric and official on Friday warned that inaction about the rioters who gave raise to the unrest that followed the June presidential election would have severe consequences for the country.
30 January 2010 [11:48]

Turkish Airlines signs code-sharing deal with Spanair

The Turkish Airlines (THY) has signed an agreement with Spain-based Spanair.
30 January 2010 [11:15]

All 35 participants of te UN seminar in Georgia caught swine flu

All the 35 participants of seminar held under the UN aegis in Tskhneti settlement near Tbilisi have shown swine flu symptoms.
30 January 2010 [10:33]

Turkey's FM warns against hurting Armenia deals

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday the normalization process between Turkey and Armenia should not be hurt.
30 January 2010 [10:28]

Armenia, Russia sign cooperation agreements

On Jan. 29, during Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov’s visit to Yerevan, the Yerevan Municipality and Moscow Government signed agreement on trade, economic, scientific, technical and humanitarian cooperation.
30 January 2010 [10:15]

France, U.S. welcome Georgia's Abkhaz, S. Ossetia strategy

The U.S. and French embassies in Tbilisi released statements on January 28 welcoming Georgian government’s strategy towards its two breakaway regions.
30 January 2010 [09:55]

Top aide says Iran worries about Obama

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's top aide said Friday Tehran is concerned about the direction of the US administration after President Barack Obama delivered his first State of the Union address.
30 January 2010 [09:47]

Euronews starts broadcasting in Turkish on Jan 30

TRT said in a statement that a ceremony would take place in Istanbul on Saturday for opening of the Turkish-language news channel.
29 January 2010 [20:38]

Georgian President offers NATO to use Georgia's territory as supply route

Georgian President Saakashvili offered the U.S. to use territory of Georgia for transportation of armaments and supplies to Afghanistan.
29 January 2010 [20:26]

Turkey's C.Bank Forex reserves down

Foreign exchange reserves of Turkish Central Bank decreased to 70.2 billion USD as of January 22, 2010, the bank said on Thursday.
29 January 2010 [20:07]

U.S. approves Georgia's new strategy regarding Abkhazia, South Ossetia

The U.S. hails Tbilisi's strategy in regard to Abkhazia and South Ossetia, endorsed by the Georgian government on Wednesday, the message of the U.S. embassy to Georgia says.
29 January 2010 [20:00]

Turkish exports fall 22.6 pc in 2009

Turkish exports fell 22.6 percent in 2009, Turkish statistics authority said on Friday.
29 January 2010 [19:43]

Iranian deputy FM to visit Azerbaijan

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Iranians in the Diaspora and Consulate Affairs, Hasan Gashgavi, will pay a visit to Azerbaijan, Abbas Iskenderi, spokesman to the Iranian Embassy in Azerbaijan, said.
29 January 2010 [19:36]

Armenian gov’t announces mortgage assistance program for first-time home-buyers

Today, the Armenian government announced that it will begin a program of securing affordable housing for young families.
29 January 2010 [19:17]

Georgian FM attends London conference on Afghanistan

On Jan. 27-28, Georgia's Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze was on an official visit to London.
29 January 2010 [19:08]

Pakistani state offers Turkish investors free land

The free land would be provided in the organized industry region of Lahore, a major commercial hub in Pakistan.
29 January 2010 [18:51]

Iran, Belarus call for expansion of ties

The Head of Iran Presidential Office had expressed country’s willingness to expand ties with Belarus.
29 January 2010 [18:44]

Armenian FM meets U.S. Secretary of State in London

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in London on the sidelines of the International Conference on Afghanistan.
29 January 2010 [18:24]

Moscow intents to have direct flights with Sokhumi

Moscow is going to sign an agreement about direct flights with the occupant regime of Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia.
29 January 2010 [18:12]

Davutoglu says new horizon opened in Turkey-Greece ties

Davutoglu met with Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas of Greece in London on Thursday.
29 January 2010 [17:52]

Ahmadinejad: Iran not pursuing nuclear weapon

President Ahmadinejad stressed that on February 11, 2010 the nation would witness the funeral procession of capitalism adding that Iran not pursuing nuclear weapon.
29 January 2010 [17:43]

Moscow mayor to visit Yerevan

Upon an invitation by Yerevan city mayor Gagik Beglaryan, Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov will pay a working visit to the Armenian capital today.
29 January 2010 [17:12]

Session of coordinating council for Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project to be held in Tbilisi

The 8th session of coordinating council for Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project will be held at the hotel Radisson in Tbilisi on Jan. 29.
29 January 2010 [17:06]

Turkish ambassador to Rome under internal investigation

Turkey’s ambassador to Rome is under investigation over claims of sexual harassment, the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review has learned from official sources.
29 January 2010 [16:58]

Saudi officials warn of 'heavy losses' over Iran Umrah ban

A decision by the Iranian government to place a temporary ban on the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca sets alarm bells ringing in Saudi Arabia with some officials in the Kingdom warning of "heavy losses."
29 January 2010 [16:44]

Waste disposal in Armenian capital undergoes huge change

In order to resolve the issue of garbage removal in the republic, the Armenian government has decided to announce an international competition among private companies.
29 January 2010 [16:37]

Ninth round of Geneva talks between Russia, Georgia yields no result

The ninth round of the internationally mediated peace talks on Caucasus ended without results in Geneva on Jan. 28.
29 January 2010 [16:04]

U.S. State Department: International community's sanctions against Iran show effectiveness

The international community's sanctions against Iran demonstrate its effectiveness, said Michael Ratney, the spokesman for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs of the U.S. State Department.
29 January 2010 [15:53]

Turkey says backs Kazakhstan term at OSCE

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Kazakh counterpart Kanat Saudabayev met in London on Thursday.
29 January 2010 [15:34]

Georgian parliament's speaker to hold meetings in Luxemburg

Georgian Parliament Chairman Davit Bakradze will hold meetings in Luxemburg on Jan. 29.
29 January 2010 [14:57]

Iran, Pakistan to expedite process for 1000 mw power import

Pakistan and Iran have agreed to expedite the process of importing 1000 MW power by Pakistan from Iran on fast track basis for its early completion, officials said on Thursday.
29 January 2010 [14:43]

Israeli envoy praises historic Turkish welcome to Jews

Top Israeli diplomat in Turkey said that relations between Turkey and Israel are based on solid basis and that he sees "better ties" in the future.
29 January 2010 [14:13]

Russian official: Moscow opens door to Georgian opposition

Moscow opens door to those opposition parties, who have been voyaging to the Russian capital during the past few months aiming at "restarting relations with Russia."
29 January 2010 [13:45]

US Senate passes legislation on Iran sanctions

The US Senate has approved a bill that would allow President Barack Obama to impose new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear energy program.
29 January 2010 [12:43]

Turkish Speaker in Uganda, OIC to discuss issues

Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin arrived in Kampala, capital city of Uganda.
29 January 2010 [12:35]

China reiterates need for diplomacy on Iran

China has called for efforts to solve Iran's nuclear issue through diplomacy, while the US campaigns to pressure other world powers into imposing a new round of sanctions against Iran.
29 January 2010 [12:27]

Georgia refuses to talk about missing Ossetians

At the 10th round of Geneva Talks on security in Caucasus, Georgia presented South Ossetia no data on missing Ossetians.
29 January 2010 [11:44]

Turkey's FM meets UN Ban over Cyprus peace

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met Thursday with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of a London conference on Afghanistan.
29 January 2010 [11:38]

'Nothing' stops Russia arms delivery to Iran

Russia's state-run arms exporter said on Thursday that "nothing" would stop the country from selling military equipment to Iran.
29 January 2010 [11:00]

Turkey pledges euro 920 mln for new stadiums if Euro 2016 football host

Turkish Football Federation adjoined a letter of guarantee, signed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
29 January 2010 [10:56]

Iran's Mottaki meets with Sarkozy adviser in Davos

Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy's adviser at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday.
29 January 2010 [09:50]

Turkish, Armenian FMs meet in London

While there was no change in the position of the parties, the meeting was beneficial, sources said.
29 January 2010 [09:45]

Turkey, Bulgaria sign deal on transportation

With the new MoU, the number of existing transportation points with Bulgaria has risen to four from two.
28 January 2010 [20:44]

Turkey ranks 77th in environment index

The index is prepared by U.S. Yale and Columbia universities, and announced within the scope of Davos meetings.
28 January 2010 [19:47]

Heavy snow freezes Eastern Turkey

Heavy snowfall and freezing weather conditions have paralyzed life and traffic in most parts of Turkey.
28 January 2010 [19:35]

Alliance for Georgia keeps on working to improve election environment

The leader of the Republican Party Davit Usupashvili says the opposition party and the Alliance for Georgia continued carrying out activities for improving election environment in the country.
28 January 2010 [19:23]

Obama warns Iran of 'growing consequences'

In his first State of Union address to Congress, US President Barack Obama warned Iran that it will face "growing consequences" over its nuclear work if ignores its “obligations.”
28 January 2010 [18:55]

Pakistan deports seven Turkish citizens

Pakistan has deported seven Turkish citizens who were arrested by the security agencies on various charges, Pakistani newspaper reported.
28 January 2010 [18:47]

Convicted rioters appeal death sentence in Iran

Iran said Thursday it was studying the appeals of nine people who have been handed the death penalty over their involvements in plots against the Islamic Republic following the June presidential election.
28 January 2010 [18:13]

Robert Gates to visit Turkey for NATO meeting

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will pay a visit to Turkey next week to attend a NATO meeting.
28 January 2010 [18:06]

Georgia to reinforce control over food products

The control on food product will be reinforced in Georgia.
28 January 2010 [17:47]

Iran, Armenia conduct USD 200mn transactions

Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says the Islamic Republic has conducted transactions worth USD 200 million with Armenia in 2009.