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15 January 2010 [10:25]

Iran to try 16 people over Ashura unrest

Iran's judiciary says it has forwarded the cases of sixteen individuals indicted in connection with the Ashura riot in Tehran to the Revolution Court.
15 January 2010 [10:18]

Batumi conference participants confirm territorial integrity of forum participating countries

Energy conference in Batumi attended by senior officials from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania, Ukraine, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Belarus and the EU has ended.
15 January 2010 [09:45]

Turkish economy minister says not to join Davos meeting

Turkish economy minister says he will not participate in this year's Davos Economic Forum.
15 January 2010 [08:55]

Turkish leaders express sorrow to Haiti

Turkish dignitaries expressed their sorrow and condolences to their Haitian counterparts after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12.
15 January 2010 [08:37]

PM: Georgia to propose new transit route of Caspian gas to Europe

Georgia for the first time intends to officially announce new routes of transportation of Caspian gas to Europe, Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri told reporters in Batumi on Jan. 14.
14 January 2010 [18:43]

Georgia to send rescuers to quake-hit Haiti

Georgia will send a group of 10 rescuers to Haiti, the country, which suffered after devastating earthquake, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze said.
14 January 2010 [18:19]

Turkish, Bosnian, Croatian FMs start consultation meeting

Turkish, Bosnian and Croatian foreign ministers gathered in Zagreb for a consultation meeting Thursday in capital Zagreb.
14 January 2010 [18:06]

Iran: Hidden agenda behind border instability

An Iranian Foreign Ministry official says there is a hidden agenda behind the recent destabilizing measures on Iran's eastern borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan.
14 January 2010 [17:57]

Davutoglu says Israel's apology meets Turkey's demand

The Turkish foreign minister said on Wednesday that Israel's letter of apology was in line with Turkey's requests.
14 January 2010 [17:13]

Pentagon: No evidence that Iran seeking nukes

The Pentagon's top intelligence official says there is no evidence that Iran is planning to build nuclear weapons.
14 January 2010 [16:57]

Turkish Red Crescent to aid quake devastated Haitians

The Turkish Red Crescent, or Kızılay, is on its way to quake devastated Haili where 52 Turkish policemen have survived a 7.0 earthquake.
14 January 2010 [16:43]

Georgia sends cooperation plan 2010 to NATO

Georgia has sent new cooperation plan for 2010 to the NATO headquarters.
14 January 2010 [16:39]

Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan leaves for Nakhchivan

Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan Mahammad Bagir Bahrami has triped to country's Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, spokesman for the embassy Abbas Isgandari said
14 January 2010 [16:28]

Turkey, Russia sign joint declaration on energy cooperation

Executives of the two countries said they would sign a final declaration on establishment of nuclear power plant in Turkey if they reached a compromise.
14 January 2010 [16:24]

NATO will approve 2010 Action Plan for Georgia in January

NATO will approve 2010 Action Plan for Georgia for in late January, Georgia's European Integration Minister Giorgi Baramidze told journalists.
14 January 2010 [16:11]

Iran invests $20 bln in its oil, gas sector

The Islamic Republic of Iran has invested $20 billion in its oil and gas industries, oil deputy minister Hossein Noghrekar Shirazi said.
14 January 2010 [16:00]

Putin says Turkey, Russia agree to revive joint pipeline projects

Turkey and Russia have agreed to revive joint pipeline projects, Russian PM Putin said on Wednesday.
14 January 2010 [15:54]

Georgian monitors head for Ukraine

On Jan. 14, Georgian monitors headed for Ukraine to monitor country's presidential elections.
14 January 2010 [15:42]

Davutoğlu most successful Turkish minister, says poll

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu stands as the most successful minister and the general population feels Turkey’s foreign policy is successful as well, according to a recent survey on the subject.
14 January 2010 [15:33]

Patriarch of All Russians to visit Armenia

According to the foreign clergy relations department of Moscow’s Patriarchate, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russians’ visit to Armenia is planned for mid-March.
14 January 2010 [15:28]

Iran to expand presence in global gas market

The Islamic Republic of Iran sets up to diversify its presence in the international gas market and expand gas interaction with neighboring countries, Director General of Iran's National Gas Export Company said.
14 January 2010 [15:10]

Georgia's swine flu death toll reaches 20

According to the official data of the National Centre for Disease Control, 20 have died of swine flu in Georgia so far.
14 January 2010 [14:40]

Turkey's PM says Russia positive to lift visa requirements

Medvedev and Putin said that both sides should start working to end visa procedures, Erdogan noted.
14 January 2010 [14:35]

Pro-government newspaper closes in Iran

14 January 2010 [14:08]

Georgia: Tbilisi tries to become medical tourism destination

Private clinics and hospitals in Georgia are trying to break into the lucrative international medical tourism market by offering inexpensive procedures and taking advantage of lenient legislation.
14 January 2010 [13:38]

Russian FM arrives in Yerevan

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has arrived in Armenia on an official visit.
14 January 2010 [13:30]

Iran suggests dealing with Russia without dollar

Iran and Russia should use their national currencies in settling accounts for bilateral projects, an Iranian oil official suggests during talks.
14 January 2010 [13:24]

Georgia says Ukrainian CEC decision is politicized

According to Levan Tarkhnishvili, head of delegation of Georgian monitors, the decision of Ukrainian CEC not to register Georgian monitors for presidential elections is illegal.
14 January 2010 [13:17]

Azerbaijan will have extra 1.5bcm gas available next year

The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) will have additional 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas available in 2011, SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev said.
14 January 2010 [12:14]

Russia says wins Turkey's support to major energy projects

Russia said it has won Turkish support for all its major oil, gas and nuclear projects.
14 January 2010 [12:06]

Iran 'to eradicate unemployment within 3 years'

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says implementation of the "targeted subsidy system" will eradicate unemployment and poverty within three years in Iran.
14 January 2010 [11:39]

Turkey calls on Britain not to cut Turkish course hours

Cubukcu said that Turkey was ready to extend any help and provide educational material if needed.
14 January 2010 [11:30]

Ukrainian CEC to consider Georgian application for second time

According to the press service of the Central Electoral Commission of Ukraine, Kyiv Court obliged the Commission to consider registration of over 2,000 Georgian monitors for presidential elections in Ukraine.
14 January 2010 [10:46]

Iran slams Norway over sacrilegious cartoons reprint

Iran slams Norway for reprinting blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in the country's Aftenposten newspaper.
14 January 2010 [10:23]

Turkey's Erdogan meets Russian leaders for energy talks

The Turkish prime minister said that there were many projects Turkey and Russia could fulfill.
14 January 2010 [10:07]

119 swine flu cases in Armenia

As of Jan. 13, the number swine flu cases in Armenia has reached 119.
14 January 2010 [09:53]

Energy summit in Batumi adjourned

14 January 2010 [09:45]

Iranian envoy, Orthodox patriarch hold talks

Iran's Ambassador to Syria Ahmad Mousavi has met with Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch to discuss unity between Muslims and Christians.
14 January 2010 [09:37]

Israel sends formal apology to Turkey

Israel sent a formal letter of apology to Turkey after Turkey threatened to recall its ambassador over a public dressing down earlier this week, officials said.
13 January 2010 [20:35]

Iran, Turkey sign MoU on border cooperation

Iranian and Turkish delegations, at the end of the second meeting of border provinces here on Tuesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on developing and deepening border cooperation.
13 January 2010 [20:20]

Turkey's FM says deadly Gaza offensive damaged Israeli ties

Davutoglu met with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband as part of his working visit to London.
13 January 2010 [20:00]

Turkey, Kosovo sign customs cooperation deal

Turkey and Kosovo signed on Wednesday a customs cooperation agreement in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
13 January 2010 [18:53]

Iran’s Foreign Ministry to launch nuclear program Web site

The Iranian Foreign Ministry will present its nuclear program Web site today, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchohr Muttaki was quoted by the ISNA news agency as saying.
13 January 2010 [18:50]

Ukrainian CEC to consider Georgian application for the second time

According to the press service of the Central Electoral Commission of Ukraine, Kyiv Court obliged the Commission to consider the issue of registration of over 2000 Georgian monitors for presidential elections in Ukraine.
13 January 2010 [18:45]

Turkey's PM wants to lift visa with Russia

Erdogan said that Turkish economy would recover quickly in 2010.
13 January 2010 [18:27]

Georgia: decision of Ukrainian CEC is politicized

According to Levan Tarkhnishvili, the head of delegation of Georgian monitors, the decision of Ukrainian CEC not to register Georgian monitors for presidential elections is illegal.
13 January 2010 [18:23]

Iranian parliament discusses cutting diplomatic ties with UK

The Iranian parliament is discussing a draft bill to sever diplomatic ties with the UK.
13 January 2010 [18:12]

Turkey says Israel statement "not satisfactory"

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs sources said that the statement by Ayalon was not satisfactory.
13 January 2010 [18:05]

Turkish Eurovision 2010 representative revealed

The Turkish broadcaster, TRT, has reached a deal with the rock band maNga to join the Eurovision Song Contest this year.
13 January 2010 [17:53]

U.S. special envoy for Eurasian energy visits Georgia

Richard L. Morningstar, Secretary of State’s Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy will take part in the International Energy Summit in Batumi.
13 January 2010 [17:45]

Iranian parliament's speaker: Recent unrest damages national interest

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Wednesday that the recent events which took place following the June presidential elections would damage the country’s national interest and national security.
13 January 2010 [17:32]

WHO to allocate 400,000 swine flu vaccine doses to Georgia

The WHO will provide Georgia with 400,000 swine flu vaccine doses to vaccinate high-risk groups.
13 January 2010 [17:15]

Political scientist: Russia expects Turkey to recognize Abkhazia

Alexander Rahr, a European expert in energy issues and CIS countries, says that Russia is hopeful Turkey will be the first pro-Western country to recognize Abkhazia.
13 January 2010 [17:08]

Iranian gas company CEO: Iran has potential to export Turkmen gas to Europe

Interview with Iranian Narkangan Gas To Liquid International (NGTLIC) Executive Director and head of the International Institute for Caspian Studies Narsil Gorban.
13 January 2010 [16:55]

Israel's Netanyahu "backs insult to Turkish envoy": Report

Netanyahu said Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon should have expressed his protest through more diplomatic means.
13 January 2010 [16:45]

US envoy to discuss Iran nuclear program with Russia

US top envoy William Burns will arrive in Russia on Wednesday to discuss wide range of global issues including Iran nuclear program with Russian officials.
13 January 2010 [16:18]

Poland deports illegal Georgian migrants

Thirty Georgian nationals, who were arrested by Poland`s police for illegal migration, will be deported from the country later today.
13 January 2010 [15:44]

Ukrainian PM urges to let Georgian monitors work

Yulia Tymoshenko, the PM and presidential candidate of Ukraine, demanded to let all international monitors work at the elections of January 17th, including the 2000 delegation from Georgia.
13 January 2010 [15:25]

Armenia's foreign trade declines 28.5 percent

Armenian foreign trade turnover reduced 28.5 percent ($3 billion) in Jan-Nov. 2009 from the same period of 2009.
13 January 2010 [15:19]

Iran's non-oil exports to Iraq increased remarkably

The value of Iran's non-oil exports to Iraq in March-December 2009 has been increased 60 percent during the same period last year.
13 January 2010 [14:57]

Davutoglu says no one can dare to disrespect Turkish envoy

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, "We expect the Israeli Foreign Ministry to take the necessary steps now."
13 January 2010 [14:28]

Georgian president wants to introduce two new school subjects

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili believes two new subjects should be introduced in schools - study of culture and military-patriotic training.
13 January 2010 [14:12]

'Iran will find assassins who killed nuclear scientist'

The Iranian cabinet has condemned the assassination of a nuclear scientist in Tehran and declared that the Islamic Republic is determined to arrest the culprits behind the terrorist attack.
13 January 2010 [13:34]

Israeli defense minister's visit to Turkey may help mend frayed ties

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will pay a one-day visit to Turkey on Sunday, Turkish and Israeli officials have said, a trip that could help mend frayed ties between the two regional powers.
13 January 2010 [13:26]

Kindergartens to close in Armenia till February

All kindergartens in Armenia will close till Feb. 1 because of absence of heating, Narine Hovhannisyan, Head of Comprehensive Education Department at Armenia’s Ministry of Education, said.
13 January 2010 [13:07]

EU says door open to Turkey despite opposition

An EU official says the bloc's door was open to Turkey despire some embers' opposition.