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EU welcomes Turkey's stabilizing role in Middle East

26.11.2009 13:50 GMT

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Armenia reportedly agrees to withdraw from five occupied Azerbaijani districts

26.11.2009 13:40 GMT

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Cyprus tells EU members it will block Turkey

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Kazakhstan's OSCE chairmanship important for Armenia – MP

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160,000 foreigners to get temporary residence in Russia next year

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Illegitimate president Sargsyan has no right to discuss anything - former FM

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Japan is ready contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict

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Japan is ready to expand its cooperation with Armenia at both the government and parliament levels, as well as assist Armenia in settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and normalizing its relations with Turkey.

Turkish MP: Discussion of Armenian accords depends on Azerbaijan

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The Turkish parliament's foreign affairs commission will not discuss ratification of the protocols on normalizing relations with Armenia if Azerbaijan is unhappy, a member of the commission, Bolu Metin Yilmaz, said on Wednesday.

Azerbaijan may use force to liberate occupied land - defence minister

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Azerbaijani Defence Minister Safar Abiyev has said that talks to resolve the conflict with Armenia have produced no result, so Azerbaijan will have to liberate its land by force.

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Armenian, Turkish foreign ministers' meeting not scheduled yet

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Turkish envoy's wife hosts charity event in Baku

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Turkey trying to drag out ratification - Armenian political scientist

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Turkey is trying to drag out ratification of the Armenian-Turkish protocols until April, political scientist Alexander Manasyan told a news conference in Yerevan on Wednesday.

Ahmadinejad visits Venezuela

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Caracas on the fourth leg of his official visit to Latin American and African countries.

World powers draft resolution on Iran's nuclear programme

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The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have prepared a draft resolution on Iran's nuclear programme, Iran's Press TV reports.

Azerbaijani MP: Armenia seeks "tasty morsel" of Georgian land

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Armenia to conscript medical reserve officers in December

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Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a decree on Tuesday on the conscription and demobilization of medical reserve officers, the presidential press service reported.

Venezuela denied uranium export to Iran

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Venezuelan ambassador to Iran, David N. Velasquez Caraballo, denied reports regarding Venezuela’s uranium export to Iran.

120 people infected with swine flu in Georgia

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Future OSCE chair Kazakhstan impartial on Karabakh

25.11.2009 20:46 GMT

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Kazakhstan is impartial on the Karabakh conflict, Nurbolat Alimbayev, Kazakhstan’s charge d'affaires in Armenia, has said.

Far-right Dutch MP "unwelcome" in Turkey

25.11.2009 20:17 GMT

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Far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, a vocal critic of Islam, is "unwelcome" in Turkey, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday following reports that the controversial politician plans to visit.

No pension increase in Armenia in 2010

25.11.2009 20:04 GMT

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Armenia's draft state budget does not envisage increasing pensions in 2010, the head of the State Social Security Service, Vazgen Khachikyan, has said.

Armenia can work with NATO and Collective Security Treaty - MP

25.11.2009 20:01 GMT

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Armenia's relations with NATO and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)complement rather than contradict one another, Hrayr Karapetyan, chairman of parliament's defence committee, has said.

Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan to create Customs Union

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The presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will sign a deal on a Customs Union between the three ex-Soviet republics in Minsk on November 27, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

Georgian PM off to Britain, then US

25.11.2009 19:39 GMT

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Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri left for the United Kingdom on Wednesday.

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