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GPB management holds meeting with creative groups of the winner programs
The management of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) is holding a meeting with the creative groups of the winner programs for the new TV season at the press club. Vasil Maghlaperidze, the General Director of GPB congratulated the winners and noted that the active preparatory works will be started. Maglaperidze promised the authors of the programs to conduct technical refurbishment of the channel and noted that a unified web platform will be established.The contracts with the new programs will be signed in September, and the contracts for the current winner programs will be prolonged. On June 21, the competition commission revealed the best projects within the framework of a competition for selection of new programs to be aired on Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) starting the new broadcast season.  The commission selected 9 projects. The competition for selection of new programs for 2017-2018 broadcast programming was announced on April 3. 
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National Movement presented candidate for Tbilisi mayor
The National Movement nominated Zaal Udumashvili, former Deputy Director General of Rustavi 2 TV Company as a Tbilisi mayoral candidate. The presentation was held in the yard of the Metekhi temple. Ggrigol Vashadze, one of the leaders of the party addressed to gathered people."We are entering the election campaign and we know that this historic is a place of victory that our country needs today so much. I am sure that the majority of Georgian citizens will support the candidates of the United National Movement,"- said Ggrigol Vashadze.According to him National Movement names Nika Melia as the candidate for Tbilisi City Assembly Chairmanship. 
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Georgia's Parliamentary Delegation to attend the PACE Summer Session
The Parliamentary Delegation, headed by the First Vice-Speaker, Tamar Chugoshvili is to attend the PACE Summer Session on June 26-30. Simultaneously, the Parliamentary Delegation will hold the high rank meetings.The main topic of discussion during the summer session will be the situation in Europe and migration issue. Speakers in the debates will include Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, Mayor of Athens, Georgios Kaminis, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks and the Swedish Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson.The members of the Assembly will discuss the humanitarian and political response to the migration crisis, the human rights implications and the integration of refugees.Other highlights of the session include debates on recognising and enforcing the principle of accountability in the Parliamentary Assembly, promoting integrity in governance to tackle political corruption and parliamentary scrutiny over corruption. It is also planned to hold debates on the situation in Belarus and political influence over independent media and journalists.Summer session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly will also include debate on Europe's common fight against terrorism: Successes and failures.In line with Tamar Chugoshvili, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Summer Session will be attended by the Parliamentary Delegation: Sofio Katsarava, Irine Pruidze, Eka Beselia, Zviad Kvachantiradze, Nino Goguadze, Dimitri Tskitishvili, David Bakradze and Giorgi Kandelaki.
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Nika Melia to be replaced by Badri Basishvili in the Parliament
National Movement MP Nika Melia will be replaced by Badri Basishvili in the Parliament.Nika Melia is leaving the MP’s mandate, as he had been named as the Tbilisi City Assembly chairmanship candidate. 
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Nika Melia quits the Parliament
Member of parliamentary minority Nika Melia quits the Parliament of Georgia.The National Movement has presented Nika Melia’s candidacy for chairmanship of the Tbilisi City Assembly. The presentation was held in the yard of the Metekhi temple. Nika Melia named Zaal Udumashvili as Tbilisi mayoral candidate and noted that he is coming in politics to win a fight for Tbilisi and Tbilisi residents.
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Spring session of the Parliament closes in the current week
The Parliament of Georgia will complete the working in the spring session format in the current week.According to regulations, the spring session of the parliament opens on the first Tuesday of February and closes on the last Friday of June.Plenary sessions will be held in the current week and on June 30, the spring session will be closed with the state anthem. The extraordinary sessions will be presumably held in July.
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Prime Minister congratulates Muslims on Ramazan Bairam
Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili congratulates Muslims on the occasion of Ramazan Bairam holiday.“I congratulate our Muslim brothers on Ramazan Bairam holiday. We have one motherland and our common history counts centuries; big friendship ties us up and it is our country's wealth. We are proud that our friendship and mutual respect transfers from generation to generation.  I believe that these relations will be further enhanced and we will strengthen our country. Once again I congratulate our Muslim citizens this great holiday, with all my heart I wish them peace and prosperity” – Prime Minister notes in his congratulatory address. 
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World
Overruling diplomats, US to drop Iraq from child soldiers' list: Report
In a highly unusual intervention, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a US list of the world’s worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, disregarding the recommendations of State Department experts and senior US diplomats, US officials said.The decision, confirmed by three US officials, will break with longstanding protocol at the State Department over how to identify offending countries and may prompt accusations the Trump administration is prioritizing security and diplomatic interests ahead of human rights.Tillerson overruled his own staff’s assessments on the use of child soldiers in both countries and rejected the recommendation of senior diplomats in Asia and the Middle East who wanted to keep Iraq and Myanmar on the list, said the officials, who have knowledge of the internal deliberations.Tillerson also rejected an internal State Department proposal to add Afghanistan to the list, the three US officials said.One official said the decisions appeared to have been made after pressure from the Pentagon to avoid complicating assistance to the Iraqi and Afghan militaries, close US allies in the fight against militants. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.Foreign militaries on the list may face sanctions, including a prohibition against receiving US military aid, training and US-made weapons unless the White House issues a waiver.Human rights officials expressed surprise at the delisting, which was expected to be announced on Tuesday, the officials said, as part of the State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.A State Department official said the TIP report's contents were being kept under wraps until its release, and that the department "does not discuss details of internal deliberations".The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Under the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008, the US government must be satisfied that "no children are recruited, conscripted or otherwise compelled to serve as child soldiers" in order for a country to be removed from the list and US military assistance to resume.In the lead-up to Tuesday's report, the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, which researches the issue and helps shape US poli
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With cameras banned, CNN sends sketch artist to White House briefing
The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so on Friday CNN got creative and sent a sketch artist.Bill Hennessy, the network's regular sketch artist for Supreme Court proceedings, headed over to the White House on Friday afternoon and drew Press Secretary Sean Spicer's afternoon briefing.He didn't have his usual easel, but he stood in the back of the briefing room to document the scene.Hennessy's sketches aren't exclusive to CNN; other news outlets may also use them.Some conservative media voices dismissed it as a stunt, but CNN argued that the sketch session did serve a journalistic purpose, in the same way that courtroom sketches do.
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