Conflicts/Terrorism
Istanbul Atatürk airport attack: Turkey mourning, airport resumes work
Turkey has declared a day of national mourning after 41 people were killed in suicide attack on Istanbul’s main airport, and the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has called on the international community to make the attack a turning point in the global fight against terrorism. The airport resumed working after 12-hour of suspended functioning. Istanbul airport has become the target of terrorists for already the 9th time since October. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the late-night attack on one of the busiest air travel hubs in the world.At least three people with guns and suicide belts burst into the arrivals and departures areas, where they sprayed travellers with bullets and then detonated their explosives in a rampage that lasted just a few minutes but killed 41 people and injured nearly 300.There are no Georgian citizens among the dead or injured as a result of Istanbul Ataturk Airport attack, General Consulate of Georgia in Turkey reports. All Georgians present during the attack were transferred to hotel.  One part of Georgian passengers flew to Tbilisi 50 minutes ago. A hot-line is activated for Georgian citizens who may need the help at number: (+90 541) 818 44 00. Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends Georgian citizens being in Turkey to stay away from public places. 
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Culture
Culture Minister visits Akaki Tsereteli Museum
Mikheil Giorgadze, Minister of Culture and Monuments Protection arrived in Skhvitori village where he inspected ongoing rehabilitation works at Akaki Tsereteli State Museum. The exhibition hall is being fully restored with support of Ministry. 
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Society
Solidarity activity at Turkish Embassy
Students of the Black Sea University held a solidarity silent activity to Turkish people at Embassy of Turkey in Georgia. They condemned Ataturk Airport terrorist attack and brought flowers and candles. The students expressed condolence to the families of victims. Turkey has declared a day of national mourning after 41 people were killed in suicide attack on Istanbul’s main airport, and the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has called on the international community to make the attack a turning point in the global fight against terrorism.At least three people with guns and suicide belts burst into the arrivals and departures areas, where they sprayed travellers with bullets and then detonated their explosives in a rampage that lasted just a few minutes but killed 41 people and injured nearly 300.
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Justice
MIA controls security at borders, airports, strategic facilities
Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs systematically checks security measures at the country's borders and airports, as well as strategic facilities. The Ministry says in a statement that preventive measures are constantly carried out given the existing risk factors. "The patrol police control checkpoints at the country's borders and airports to ensure public security. Border Police personnel are in full readiness. Border Police controls the so-called green line of the state border", - reads the statement.
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World
Islamic State prime suspect after suicide bombers kill 41 at Istanbul airport
Turkish investigators pored over video footage and witness statements on Wednesday after three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers opened fire and blew themselves up in Istanbul's main airport, killing 41 people and wounding 239.The attack on Europe's third-busiest airport was the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings this year in Turkey, part of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State and struggling to contain spillover from neighboring Syria's war.President Tayyip Erdogan said the attack should serve as a turning point in the global fight against terrorism, which he said had "no regard for faith or values". U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned it in separate phone calls with Erdogan, his office said.Five Saudis and two Iraqis were among the dead, a Turkish official said. Citizens from China, Jordan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Iran and Ukraine were also among the 13 foreigners killed, Reuters reports.
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World
Istanbul Atatürk airport attack: Turkey declares day of mourning
Turkey has declared a day of national mourning after 41 people were killed in suicide attack on Istanbul’s main airport, and the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has called on the international community to make the attack a turning point in the global fight against terrorism.At least three people with guns and suicide belts burst into the arrivals and departures areas, where they sprayed travellers with bullets and then detonated their explosives in a rampage that lasted just a few minutes but killed 41 people and injured nearly 300.Erdoğan blamed Islamic State for the late-night attack on one of the busiest air travel hubs in the world, although there has been no claim of responsibility, The Guardian reports. 
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Politics
Erdogan’s phone call with Putin ‘very productive’ – Turkish presidential sources
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday was “very productive and positive”, Turkish presidential sources said, adding that a written statement would be made shortly.The phone call was arranged after Erdogan expressed regret in a letter to Putin on Monday over Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane last year, although the Kremlin later sought to dampen Turkey’s hopes for a swift restoration of normal relations, Reuters reports.
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Society
Flights from Georgia to Turkey to be operated today as scheduled
Flights from Georgia to Turkey will be operated today as scheduled. According to the Tbilisi International Airport, two flights are scheduled for today, which will be fulfilled by Turkish Airlines. In particular, the flights will be operated at 09:30 am and 10:55 am.As is known, all flights were canceled due to the explosions at the Ataturk Airport in Turkey last night. Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport has resumed functioning today. 
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Society
Georgian Foreign Ministry warns Georgians being in Turkey
Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends Georgian citizens being in Turkey to stay away from public places. Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Jalaghania said during the briefing that security measures are reinforced across Turkey. A hot-line is activated for Georgian citizens who may need the help at number: (+90 541) 818 44 00.
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Society
Georgian citizen killed in Syria
Aslanbeg Borchashvili, 22, Georgian citizen was killed in Syria. Borchashvili was the local of Dumasturi village, Pankisi Gorge. The family does not make any comment with the media. Neighbors say that the young man left the gorge one year ago. Borchashvili was the student of Telavi State University. According to the unofficial information, 19 Georgian citizens were killed in Syria. 
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World
Suspected Islamic State suicide bombers kill 36 at Istanbul airport
Three suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up in Istanbul's main international airport on Tuesday, killing 36 people and wounding close to 150 in what Turkey's prime minister said appeared to have been an attack by Islamic State militants.One attacker opened fire in the departures hall with an automatic rifle, sending passengers diving for cover and trying to flee, before all three blew themselves up in or around the arrivals hall a floor below, witnesses and officials said.The attack on Europe's third-busiest airport was one of the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings in Turkey, which is part of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State and is struggling to contain the spillover from neighboring Syria's civil war. It is also battling an insurgency by Kurdish militants in its largely Kurdish southeast.Police fired shots to try to stop two of the attackers just before they reached a security checkpoint at the arrivals hall, but they detonated their explosives, a Turkish official said.Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said: "This attack, targeting innocent people is a vile, planned terrorist act.""There is initial evidence that each of the three suicide bombers blew themselves up after opening fire," he told reporters at the airport. Yildirim said the attackers had come to the airport by taxi and that preliminary findings pointed to Islamic State responsibility.Two U.S. counterterrorism officials familiar with the early stages of investigations said Islamic State was at the top of the list of suspects even though there was no evidence yet, Reuters reports. 
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Society
Istanbul Ataturk Airport in center of world attention
Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, is in the center of world attention due to recent terrorist attack. Security measures are reinforced. Law enforcers are mobilized. The death toll is from 36 to 50 people. The exact number of casualties is not determined. The shooting team of “Moambe” News Program of First Channel, Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) is working from the terrorist act scene. According to non-verified information, two Georgian citizens were injured in the attack. 
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Politics
Meeting of Group on Incidents Prevention and Response Mechanisms
The 67th meeting of Group on Incidents Prevention and Response Mechanisms is being held in Ergneti village. Demarcation works and installation of banners as well as latest detention of Georgian locals are the main topics for discussions. 
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Politics
Deputy Defense Minister Ana Dolidze resigns
Deputy Defense Minister Ana Dolidze quit the post. Reports say she will continue working at the Presidential Administration.Ana Dolidze’s candidacy was presented by the President as a candidate of a member of the Supreme Court, but the Parliament did not support her after a few-month discussions. 
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Politics
Ministry of Defense will no longer carry out compulsory military recruitment
Ministry of Defense will no longer carry out compulsory military recruitment.  Defense Minister Tinatin Khidasheli signed the corresponding order today.Minister presented report on one year activities to journalists.
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Politics
Summoning to the military service is no longer compulsory
The summoning of youths to the military service is no longer compulsory. The Minister of Defence Tinatin Khidasheli signed the regarding decree during the meeting with media.At the meeting Minister said that, participation of Georgian troops, serving in Central Africa, in criminal activities has not been confirmed.
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