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27 January 2010 [12:22]

Iran arrests element behind murder of prosecutor

Iranian forces have arrested one of the elements behind the assassination of a prosecutor in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, an official announced on Tuesday.
27 January 2010 [11:51]

Turkey's Erdogan finds Greek PM's letter "positive"

Papandreou responded to a letter sent by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on October 30 when Papandreou's Socialist Party came to power.
27 January 2010 [11:37]

'Iran has fulfilled its duty in war on drugs'

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says the rising tide of the Afghan drug trade, which has become a prime source of money laundering in the West, is cause for serious concern.
27 January 2010 [11:00]

Turkey's FM says criticising Israel not anti-semitist

Davutoglu said that Turkey had never been anti-semitist throughout its history.
27 January 2010 [10:45]

Iranian Interior Minister: Israel behind murder of Iranian particle physicist

Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar says the assassination of nuclear physics professor Massoud Ali-Mohammadi was a premeditated act carried out by the Israeli government.
27 January 2010 [09:57]

Davutoglu say Turkey expects Armenia to claim protocols

Davutoglu said that several issues in Armenian Constitutional Court's reasoned verdict were against the basic philosophy of the process.
26 January 2010 [19:45]

Turkey's constitution grants little freedom to politicians: Deputy PM

Turkish State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said Tuesday that Turkey's constitution was outdated.
26 January 2010 [19:25]

Iranian FM arrives in Armenia

On Jan. 26, delegation led by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki arrived in Armenia to participate in 9th session of Armenian-Iranian intergovernmental commission.
26 January 2010 [19:09]

PACE's Turkish president meets Greek PM in General Assembly

Cavusoglu met with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou who arrived in Strasbourg to address the PACE General Assembly.
26 January 2010 [18:47]

EU: No Iran sanctions without UNSC approval

European Union foreign ministers have announced that they will not clamp new sanctions against Iran unless the UN Security Council calls for the measure.
26 January 2010 [18:39]

Israel report targets Turkey's Erdogan often critical of Gaza war

An Israeli report targets Turkey's PM known for backing efforts to end Gaza sufferings and his criticism of Israel's deadly attacks on Palestinians.
26 January 2010 [18:29]

Yerevan hosts 8th meeting of Armenian-Georgian intergovernmental commission

The 8th meeting of the Armenian-Georgian intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation is being held in Yerevan.
26 January 2010 [18:24]

India eagers to sign deal with Iran South Pars gas field

State-owned Indian Oil Corp. is asking the government in New Delhi to back a proposal to purchase at least a 20 percent interest in Iran's South Pars gas field.
26 January 2010 [18:14]

Bulgarian PM to meet Turkish leaders during visit

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov will pay a formal visit to Turkey on January 29 and 30.
26 January 2010 [17:52]

Iran National Security Council reviews future relations with UK

Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman said National Security Council and foreign policy committee is reviewing future relations with Britain.
26 January 2010 [17:45]

Heavy snow in Turkey freezes Tunca River

Officials with the Edirne Municipality said Tuesday they expected snowfall to continue in the next three days.
26 January 2010 [16:56]

PACE confirms Armenian delegation's credentials

PACE Committee on rules of procedure confirmed Armenian delegation’s credentials on Jan. 26 session, the parliament source said.
26 January 2010 [16:43]

Turkey to build marinas in several cities

A single tender will take place for the marinas in the first half of 2010.
26 January 2010 [16:38]

Bank Melli Iran, the largest in Islamic banking

Bank Melli Iran (BMI) is the largest bank in Iran and across the Islamic world, considering its total assets of around $54bn, a BMI official says.
26 January 2010 [16:25]

Georgian national commits suicide in custody in Moscow

A Georgian national has committed a suicide in one of the insulators of the Moscow police, Russian sources have reported.
26 January 2010 [15:24]

Turkish diplomat likely to assume NATO deputy post: sources

Ambassador Huseyin Dirioz, currently the top foreign policy aide to the Turkish president, is among the four candidates who run for the post.
26 January 2010 [15:15]

Banking expected to intensify in Armenia this year

Time of intensified banking activity will come soon in Armenia, Ararat Ghukasyan, chairman of Armenian Union of Banks told journalists.
26 January 2010 [15:04]

Iranian unemployment rate not reduced to target

Iran's labor and social affairs minister says the country has failed to decrease the jobless rate to below 7 percent due to "the crises and global sanctions."
26 January 2010 [14:36]

Haitian orphans to come to Turkey

26 January 2010 [14:18]

Armenia's finance minister: Armenia to enter steady economic development stage this year

Armenia will return to a stage of steady economic development this year, Armenian Minister of Finance Tigran Davtyan told a press conference.
26 January 2010 [14:07]

U.S. ex-Conressmen holds meeting in Georgian parliament

On Jan. 25, U.S. ex-Congressmen held a number of meetings in Georgian Parliament.
26 January 2010 [13:34]

Iran saddened by Lebanon air crash

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani offers condolences to his Lebanese counterpart Nabih Berri on the crash of an Ethiopian plane off the coast of Lebanon.
26 January 2010 [13:22]

Turkish FM wants regular train fares between Turkey-Pakistan

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has called to boost cooperation between Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
26 January 2010 [13:00]

Armenian defense minister: Nearly 50 percent of Armenian students avoid military service

"Some 48 percent of students avoid army service for different reasons in Armenia,” Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan said during a meeting with Yerevan State University students.
26 January 2010 [12:56]

Georgian FM to attend a conference on Afghanistan

Grigol Vashadze, Foreign Minister of Georgia, will participate in an international conference to be held under the aegis of NATO in London on Jan. 27-28.
26 January 2010 [12:43]

Iran summons Swiss envoy over scientist assassination

Iran on Monday summoned the Swiss envoy to Tehran over the alleged involvement of a US-based terror group in the killing of a nuclear physics professor in Tehran.
26 January 2010 [12:32]

Turkish Minister says Iraq offers great opportunities for investors

Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan said Monday Iraq offered great opportunities for investors.
26 January 2010 [12:03]

Armenia saw 14.1-percent GDP decline in 2009

The Armenian Statistical Service reported a 14.4-percent decline in the gross domestic product in Armenia in 2009.
26 January 2010 [11:47]

Georgia hopes to conduct youth Olympics in 2015

Georgia hopes to obtain permission to conduct youth Olympics in 2015.
26 January 2010 [11:33]

Iran praises Mauritania for cutting ties with Israel

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has praised the Mauritanian government for breaking diplomatic ties with Israel.
26 January 2010 [11:10]

Turkey to see coldest days of season

Temperatures in several parts of Turkey will go down below -15 degrees Celsius.
25 January 2010 [22:05]

Iran chain stores to sell Brazilian meat

Iranian retail stores will distribute Brazilian freeze meat to customers for maintaining protein market and meat products.
25 January 2010 [21:00]

Kuwait interested in linking gas network to Iran's

The Head of Iran's Gas Transportation Company says Kuwait has expressed an interest in linking its gas network to Iran's nationwide gas transport system.
25 January 2010 [20:50]

Thirteen Georgian sailors detained in Philippines released

Thirteen Georgian sailors, detained in the Philippines, have been released, Levan Akhvlediani, said co-founder of the Georgia-Philippines Business and Friendship Association.
25 January 2010 [20:30]

Turkey's population gets older, Minister says

Turkish State Minister Cevdet Yilmaz said on Monday that Turkey's population got older in 2009 compared to 2008.
25 January 2010 [20:15]

Iraq seals oil deal with Shell

Iraq has signed a final deal with U.S. and European oil giants Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC to develop a major oil field in the south.
25 January 2010 [19:24]

Canada's ex-envoy to Iran details cooperation with CIA

After admitting to spying for the US during the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, Canada's former ambassador to Tehran expounds on the controversial revelations in an exclusive interview with Press TV.
25 January 2010 [19:18]

Georgia establishes diplomatic relations with Cape Verde, Dominican Republic

Georgia has established diplomatic relations with Cape Verde and Dominican Republic.
25 January 2010 [19:00]

Iranian envoy considers Turkish city suitable for car factory

Iranian ambassador said on Monday they told Iranian authorities that auto factory should be opened in the northwestern province of Bursa in Turkey.
25 January 2010 [18:56]

PACE declines to confirm Armenian delegation

At its winter session that opened in Strasbourg on Jan. 25, the CE Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) confirmed the powers of all the national delegations except for the Armenian and Albanian delegations.
25 January 2010 [18:45]

Iranian minister 'blames human error for plane crash'

Iranian Minister of Road and Transportation Hamid Behbahani has said "human error" caused the crash of a Russian-made passenger airplane and a train accident in northeastern Iran.
25 January 2010 [18:28]

Turkish relief group aids for Chechen refugees amid snow

A group of Chechen families who fled to Turkey after the Russian invasion of Chechnya struggle in difficult conditions.
25 January 2010 [18:23]

Georgian PM to visit Armenia

Georgian delegation headed by Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri will arrive on a one-day visit to Armenia on Jan. 26.
25 January 2010 [18:00]

Ahmadinejad call for expansion of ties with Malaysia

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on expansion of relations and cooperation between Iran and Malaysia.
25 January 2010 [17:34]

Turkey manages to return some smuggled cultural assets back

Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry brought 151 cultural assets back to the country in 2009.
25 January 2010 [17:21]

Armenian MP delisted from country’s permanent delegation to PACE to address the organization

Member of the Armenia’s Heritage parliamentary faction Zarui Postanjian has left for Strasbourg to take part in the PACE winter session, head of the Heritage faction Styopa Safaryan said.
25 January 2010 [16:41]

Iran: No limit on foreign investment

Iran's Economy and Finance Minister says based on Iran's fifth development plan, there is no limit on foreign investment in Iranian industrial or mineral sectors.
25 January 2010 [16:28]

Turkish MP elected new PACE president

Today, Chairman of the Turkish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Movlud Cavushoglu was elected new PACE President.
25 January 2010 [16:13]

Snowstorm kills four in Turkey

A fourth person was found dead Sunday due to a fierce snowstorm that caused power outages in Turkey and traffic chaos in neighboring Bulgaria.
25 January 2010 [15:35]

Ukraine's CEC to mull over issue of Georgian observers today

Ukraine`s Central Election Commission will discuss the issue of Georgian observers later today.
25 January 2010 [15:12]

Ahmadinejad to give 'glad tidings' on 20 percent fuel

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he will soon give "good news" regarding the 20-percent enriched fuel needed for a medical research reactor in Tehran.
25 January 2010 [15:05]

Turkey's population rises by 1.45 percent in 2009

Turkey's statistics body, TUIK, made public on Monday the census results for 2009.
25 January 2010 [14:53]

Turkey belongs in Europe, says EU president Spain

European Union president Spain thinks that Turkey belongs in the 27-country bloc, Spanish FM Moratinos said in an interview.
25 January 2010 [14:23]

Pakistan to secure Iran's gas pipeline to India

The Head of the National Iranian Gas Export Company says Pakistan has agreed to secure the transfer of Iran's exporting gas to India via its soil.