Politics
Moscow to pay 70 thousand EUR to family of Georgian that died during mass deportation
Moscow must pay 70 thousand EUR to a family of the Georgian that died during the mass deportation of Georgia from Russia in 2006. This is stated in the decision of the European Court of Human Rights. The European Court was addressed by Manana Jabelia’s family. They alleged that Articles 2, 3 and 5 of the European Convention (the right to life, protection from torture and illegal detention), were violated in relation to Manana Jabelia. According to the lawyer, Manana Jabelia was detained during the mass deportation. After appealing against the decision, the deportation was canceled, though instead of being released, Manana Jabelia was sent back to custody, where she died of heart attack.At the European Court’s decision, Russia must pay 70 thousand EUR to Jabelia’s family and compensate for the court expenses. 
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Financial Supervisory Service to remain in NBG
Financial Supervisory Service will be returned under subordination and composition of National Bank of Georgia (NBG) – Dimitri Kumsishvili Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development made this statement. After such a statement, the fate of a new agency separated from the central bank, the staff of which was approved by the parliament in autumn, remains unclear. The agency is temporarily suspended its authorities by Constitutional Court. The case refers to the law, prepared by 2 MPs, which became disputable on part of president, part of the opposition and experts. Mamaz Mechiauri, Chairman of Parliamentary Financial-Budgetary Committee has already voiced his criticism about the statement.
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Changes to me made into Constitution becomes disputable
The package of amendments to be made into Constitution of Georgia about adding a passage regarding marriage becomes yet another disputable topic between Georgian Dream and Republican Party. Lawmakers are failing to reach an agreement about the passage on marriage.The project is initiated by 80 MPs. The first hearing in the parliament resulted in making harsh statements. Republicans see no necessity in making changes at the current stage, while the parliamentary oppositional United National Movement (UNM) Party continues boycotting the parliament sittings. Some MPs do not exclude holding of a referendum over the issue. The amendments need 113 votes to be approved. A passage will be added to Article 36 to Constitution and will say that marriage is a voluntary union between a man and a woman with purpose of forming a family. Public discussions have already been held about the issue. 
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Referendum in occupied South Ossetia postponed
The de-facto leadership of Georgia’s occupied region South Ossetia has made a decision to postpone holding of referendum on whether the republic should apply for accession to Russia till 2017.  The decision to postpone the referendum on South Ossetia’s possible accession to Russia to 2017 is due not only to the current situation in the republic but also to the importance of carefully preparing the plebiscite, local expert Yury Vazagov has told TASS."The issue of postponing the referendum in South Ossetia should be considered not only from the point of view of the effect of this decision on the current situation in the republic. We are also talking about other aspects of the current situation," Vazagov said. "Let’s start with the fact that after the initiative to hold the referendum was voiced, no corresponding preparation events follow - neither purely organizational nor informational. Moreover, nuances of the internal political situation had their effect as well. Meanwhile, holding a plebiscite on such an important matter required scrupulous preparations with consideration of all aspects," he explained.
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Five-sided Gali format of negotiations restored
The occupational regime of Abkhazia does not confirm the information about detention of murderer of Giga Otkhozoria, youth killed in Khurcha village near the so-called administrative border with the occupied region of Abkhazia.This became known during an extraordinary meeting of Group on Incidents Prevention and Response Mechanisms (IPRM) held in Gali. The meeting was organized at request of the Georgian side, after four years of break.The five-sided meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism was held at the UN Office in Gali. As the head of the Analytical Department of the State Security Service, Irakli Beraia, told reporters, the Georgian side demanded that the murderer of Giga Otkhozoria be brought to Georgian justice.Rashid Kanjiuglu, charged for murder of Giga Otkhozoria, youth killed in Khurcha village near the so-called administrative border with the occupied region of Abkhazia, may be declared internationally wanted. Georgia’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office has already applied to Interpol. Irakli Shotadze, Chief Prosecutor hopes that search of the charged person will begin under the red notice in the nearest future. According to Shotadze, member countries of Interpol including Russia are all obliged to cooperate with Georgia.
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World
Korean Air plane catches fire on Haneda runway, Tokyo
More than 300 passengers and crew were evacuated from a Korean Air plane in Tokyo, Japan after a fire broke out in its left engine.Flight 2708 was preparing to take off from Haneda airport en route to Seoul on Friday morning, said officials. The engine was sprayed with foam by fire crews on the runway, which was temporarily closed.No injuries were immediately reported and the cause of the fire is not yet known. There were 302 passengers and 17 crew members on board, BBC reports.Located right next to Tokyo Bay, Haneda is Tokyo's most central major airport and is increasingly used for international flights.
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Society
Patriarch initiates facilitation of citizenship procedures for Georgians living abroad
Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II has addressed the Georgian government to facilitate citizenship procedures for the Georgians living abroad. As the Patriarch said at the 2nd Diaspora Professional Forum, all members of the diaspora must be a Georgian citizen. His Holiness blessed the Georgians living abroad and noted that they are doing a great job for our country. "First of all, I have to say that the Diaspora is an integral part of Georgia. Therefore, each member of the Diaspora must be a citizen of Georgia. I want to address the government, the Ministry of Justice, to facilitate the process of obtaining Georgian citizenship.  I want to bless all Georgians living outside and inside Georgia”, he said.
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Culture
Concert of Robbie Williams to be held in Tbilisi
A stage for the concert of Robbie Williams, English singer and songwriter is already installed at Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi. Foreign specialists installed the stage. The stadium territory is closed. Fans of Williams arrived from different countries to attend the concert. Williams arrived in Tbilisi 2 days ago. He released photos reflecting his Georgian visit through social media. The show “Let Me Entertain You” will be held within the framework of “Check-In Project” tonight. All tickets are sold out.
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Politics
Parliament discusses changes to me made into Constitution about marriage
Georgian lawmakers discussed the package of amendments to be made into Constitution about adding a passage about marriage. The project is initiated by 80 MPs. A passage will be added to Article 36 and will say that marriage is a voluntary union between a man and a woman with purpose of forming a family. Public discussions have already been held about the issue. 
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World
Released Ukrainian pilot makes loud statements during press conference
Nadezhda Savchenko continues making loud statements upon her return to Ukraine.  During her recent press conference, the Ukrainian military pilot, who was pardoned in Russia for her involvement in the murder of two Russian journalists, stated that World War III would help return Crimea to Ukraine.  "I had a feeling that WWIII could happen, and I still have this feeling. Crimea will probably return to Ukraine during this world war. If the war does not start, one will have to reach people and explain to them that they have made a mistake that should be corrected," said Savchenko.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has also made quite a number of statements about WWIII. However, he has recently confessed that he wanted to cease hostilities in the Donbass. Allegedly, he believes in the peaceful settlement of the situation in the south-east of the country.Nadiya Savchenko was exchanged for two Russian citizens - Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov - on May 25, 2016. Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko had signed decrees to pardon them.  Citizen of Ukraine Nadiya (full name Nadezhda) Savchenko was sentenced to 22 years of imprisonment in a penal colony for the murder of VGTRK journalists in the Donbass.The court established that on June 17, 2014, Savchenko was staying in the area of the deployment of Aidar battalion, where she was conducting covert surveillance and correction of artillery fire on a checkpoint of Luhansk militia where civilians were also staying, including three Russian citizens, VGTRK journalists. Two of them, Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin, were killed by gunfire. Pravda Ukraine reports.
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Politics
Murder in Khurcha to be discussed at Security Council sitting
Murder of Giga Otkhozoria, youth killed in Khurcha village near the so-called administrative border with the occupied region of Abkhazia, will be the main topic for discussions during the sitting of National Security Council. The date of the sitting is not finalized yet. According to Irina Imerlishvili, Secretary of National Security Council, discussions will be also held about forthcoming Warsaw NATO Summit. 
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Justice
Murderer of Giga Otkhozoria may be declared internationally wanted
Rashid Kanjiuglu, charged for murder of Giga Otkhozoria, youth killed in Khurcha village near the so-called administrative border with the occupied region of Abkhazia, may be declared internationally wanted. Georgia’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office has already applied to Interpol. Irakli Shotadze, Chief Prosecutor hopes that search of the charged person will begin under the red notice in the nearest future. According to Shotadze, member countries of Interpol including Russia are all obliged to cooperate with Georgia.  
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Culture
Stage installed for Robbie Williams concert
A stage for the concert of Robbie Williams, English singer and songwriter is already installed at Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi. Foreign specialists installed the stage. The show “Let Me Entertain You” will be held within the framework of “Check-In Project” tonight. All tickets are sold out. 
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Politics
Preliminary Conclusion of Venice Commission to become known today
Venice Commission, an advisory body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts in the field of constitutional law will present its preliminary conclusion about changes approved by the Georgian parliament into Law on Constitutional Court today. The final conclusion will be made on June 10-11. The ruling team expresses readiness to become introduced with the remarks. Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili applied to Venice Commission with request to prepare remarks about changes approved by the Georgian parliament into Law on Constitutional Court. Margvelashvili has 10 days as given term either to sign or veto the project. 
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Bidzina Ivanishvili to publish open letter on May 30
Former Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili will publish an open letter, in which he will sum up the Georgian Dream’s 4-year activities and talk about future plans on May 30. Ivanishvili made the announcement for journalists on May 26, Independence Day. "On Monday I will publish a letter. I will review everything. I will tell you what we are going to do. Everything will be reviewed in this letter”, - he said and congratulated Georgia on the Independence Day. "Congratulations. I wish happiness to our country. I wish our future generations to live happily in Georgia", former PM said. 
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Justice
Kakha Kaladze comments on Kortskheli incident
Kakha Kaladze, Vice Prime Minister commented on incident in Kortskheli, Zugdidi election constituency in an interview with “Moambe” News Program of First Channel.Kaladze said he condemned violence and focused on necessity to publish all persons responsible for the clashes. He also tagged the accusations of United National Movement (UNM) Party as ‘absurd.’
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