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Gov’t agency orders closure of Batumi hotel that claimed 11 lives last year

17.08.2018 11:33 GMT

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The Georgian Emergency Management Service says that the five-star hotel Welmond in Georgia’s coastal Batumi city must close at 6pm tomorrow, as the hotel failed to meet the safety standards after the deadly blaze last year which claimed 11 lives.

Armenian law enforcement officers conducted search in apartment of ex-premier's daughter

17.08.2018 11:15 GMT

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Law enforcement officers searched the apartment of the daughter of former Prime Minister of Armenia Hovik Abrahamyan, Report informs citing the Armenian media.

Dollar rises in Turkey

17.08.2018 10:33 GMT

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This morning, the dollar exchange rate against the Turkish lira rose by 0.37%.

Oil prices slip amid fears over global economic growth

17.08.2018 10:09 GMT

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Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were down 3 cents at $71.40 a barrel by 00229 GMT.

US cannot see who its true friend is: Turkish FM

17.08.2018 09:10 GMT

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Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday reiterated his criticism of U.S.'s current political stance against Turkey.

Turkish, French presidents discuss economic ties

16.08.2018 23:10 GMT

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron spoke over the phone on Thursday about economic and financial ties, according to presidential sources, Anadolu Agency reports.

Chinese Xiamen airline boeing crash-lands at Manila Airport

16.08.2018 22:33 GMT

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China's airlines 737-800 Boeing crash landed at Manila Airport, Sputnik reported citing AirLive. The media specified that the emergency evacuation was underway.

Sargsyan's party declares split between Russia and Armenia

16.08.2018 21:10 GMT

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The government of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan follows the path of political nihilism.

Robert Kocharyan signals return to politics

16.08.2018 20:14 GMT

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Armenia's second Armenian President Robert Kocharyan announced his return to politics.

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies age 76 after losing cancer battle

16.08.2018 20:06 GMT

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Soul legend Aretha Franklin has died from pancreatic cancer aged 76, it was confirmed today.

Russia to opens new visa center in Tbilisi tomorrow

16.08.2018 16:55 GMT

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A Russian visa center will open in Tbilisi on August 17, which should speed up processing documents for Georgian citizens, the Interests Section for the Russian Federation at the Swiss Embassy in Georgia said.

Turkish lira firms before finance minister's presentation

16.08.2018 16:24 GMT

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The Turkish lira strengthened more than 3 percent on Thursday before a presentation by Finance Minister Berat Albayrak to investors, shrugging off U.S. comments ruling out the removal of steel tariffs on Turkey even if it frees a U.S. pastor.

US’ closest allies no longer aligned with Washington: Iran’s FM

16.08.2018 15:28 GMT

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“Today the US’ closest allies, apart from a few of our neighbors, are no longer aligned with Washington,” said Zarif during a televised interview on Wednesday night.

Putin to be surprise guest at Austria minister's wedding

16.08.2018 15:17 GMT

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will be a surprise guest at Saturday's wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, Moscow has confirmed, BBC reported.

3rd president of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan to be questioned over 2008 March 1 case – SIS chief

16.08.2018 14:12 GMT

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3rd president of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan will also be questioned over the 2008 March 1 case, Sasun Khachatryan, Head of the Special Investigation Service, told reporters after today’s Cabinet session, Armenpress reports.

Turkey-EU relations begin to normalize

16.08.2018 14:07 GMT

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"Turkey's relations with the EU began to normalize."

Turkey invites US to panel in WTO

16.08.2018 10:57 GMT

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Turkey invited the U.S. to a panel in the World Trade Organization (WTO) about doubling tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said on Wednesday.

Oil rises as China, U.S. set for trade talks, but markets weary of slowing demand

16.08.2018 10:36 GMT

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Oil prices on Thursday recouped some of the previous day’s losses after Beijing said it would send a delegation to Washington to try to resolve trade disputes between the United States and China that have roiled global markets.

Turkey agrees with Russia over partial lifting of visas

16.08.2018 09:06 GMT

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Ankara agrees with Russia in principle on its lifting of visas for businessmen, truck drivers and service passport holders, Turkey’s Foreign Minister said Wednesday.

State of emergency declared in Italy's Genoa city

16.08.2018 00:23 GMT

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A state of emergency was declared in Italy's northwestern Genoa city for 12 months after part of Morandi bridge collapsed on Tuesday killing dozens.

Turkish economy's strength important for Germany, Merkel tells Erdoğan

15.08.2018 22:15 GMT

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The Turkish economy's strength is important for Germany, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday during a phone call with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to presidential sources.

Google tracks users who turn off location history

15.08.2018 19:45 GMT

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Google records users' locations even when they have asked it not to, a report from the Associated Press has suggested.

Soviet writer Eduard Uspensky, creator of world-famous Cheburashka, dies aged 80

15.08.2018 19:29 GMT

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Soviet writer Eduard Uspensky, who created the world-famous Cheburashka character, died in Moscow aged 80, his daughter Irina told TASS on Tuesday.

Qatari Emir meets Erdoğan in Ankara, pledges $15 billion investment to Turkey

15.08.2018 19:24 GMT

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Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani visited Ankara Wednesday in an apparent show of support for Turkey, pledging $15 billion in direct investments in the country that found itself embroiled in a crisis with the U.S.

Turkey threatens U.S. to exercise its rights over F-35

15.08.2018 16:59 GMT

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Turkey would exercise its rights if the U.S. does not deliver F-35 jets to Ankara.

Russian diplomat: Washington fails to cope with role of superman

15.08.2018 15:34 GMT

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The United States has failed to cope with the role of the superman in settling international conflicts, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

Georgia introduces dual citizenship

15.08.2018 14:18 GMT

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It will be possible to retain citizenship if a person receives consent from the Georgian authorities before receiving a passport of another country.

Erdogan says Turkey will boycott U.S. electronics, lira steadies

15.08.2018 12:07 GMT

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President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey would boycott electronic products from the United States, retaliating in a row with Washington that helped drive the lira to record lows, Reuters reported.

LGBT community representatives invade police station in Yerevan

15.08.2018 09:34 GMT

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LGBT community representatives and their supporters invaded a police station on Tuesday,the press service of the Police of Armenia reported.

Turkey raises tariffs on US-origin products

15.08.2018 09:29 GMT

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Turkey has increased tariffs on several U.S.-origin products, including alcohol and tobacco products and cars, according to a new presidential decree published early Wednesday in the official gazette.

Russian air defenses at Hmeimim base destroy 16 militant drones in August

15.08.2018 00:33 GMT

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Since the beginning of August, Russian air defenses at the Hmeimim airbase in Syria have downed a total of 16 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) launched by militants operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone, Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov, head of the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, said Tuesday, Sputnik reported.

Ecuador bus accident kills 24, injures 18

14.08.2018 22:28 GMT

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A bus carrying travelers from Colombia and Venezuela crashed in Ecuador early Tuesday, killing 24 people and injuring 18 others, officials said, Press TV reported.

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