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Society
December 10 is Human Rights Day
Georgian Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili presented an annual report in connection with December 10 – Human Rights Day. The main challenge as per the report is improper treatment of the detainees. The report also mentions various problems related to religious freedom and equality and developments around Rustavi 2 TV Company. 
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Society
Information campaign held in connection with Human Rights Day
Georgian Ombudsman’s Office held information campaign in 9 cities of Georgia in connection with Human Rights Day marked on December 10. Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili talked about human rights and liberties and distributed brochures and flayers among locals. 
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Crime
Man kills former wife in Tsinandali
A man killed his former wife with a hunting gun in Tsinandali, Kakheti region. Kakheti Police Department opened investigation into the case under article 108 of Criminal Code of Georgia that envisages premeditated murder and prison term from 7 to 15 years. The crime took place on December 9. The man born in 1984 wounded his former wife in her head area based on verbal conflict. The woman died upon delivery to hospital. 
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Politics
Johannes Hahn - EU must now urgently grant well-deserved visa free travel for Ukrainian and Georgian citizens
“Happy that our tireless work pays off! EU must now urgently grant well-deserved visa free travel for Ukrainian and Georgian citizens!” - European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn made the regarding statement on his Twitter page.Earlier, Johannes Hahn welcomed the agreement on so called suspension mechanism and the results of the vote of LIBE committee.Today, European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) approved with 37 votes the terms of a rapid activation of the suspension mechanism that was agreed by the European Parliament, the EU Council and European Commission. During today's session 9 members of the Committee voted against and two abstained.
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World
Time names Donald Tusk as Person of the Year
Time magazine has named US President-elect Donald Trump as its Person of the Year. "It's a great honour, it means a lot," Mr Trump told NBC's Today show in an interview shortly after the announcement. Time's managing editor Nancy Gibbs called the choice "straightforward".The magazine wrote that it had chosen Mr Trump "for reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow's political culture by demolishing yesterday's".It is the 90th time the magazine has named the person who has had "the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year." "So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer," wrote the magazine. "The year 2016 was the year of his rise; 2017 will be the year of his rule, and like all newly elected leaders, he has a chance to fulfill promises and defy expectations."The real estate magnate and former reality TV star was seen as a long shot to win the Republican nomination, let alone the presidency. His victory over Hillary Clinton at the US election last month was one of the biggest upsets in the country's history.Mr Trump won 306 electoral votes, easily enough to make him President even as his Democratic rival won the popular vote. The President-elect has now begun the process of preparing for the White House and filling cabinet posts.
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World
24 killed in Indonesia earthquake
At least 24 people were killed and dozens feared trapped in rubble as a 6.4 magnitude undersea earthquake hit Indonesia`s Aceh province, authorities said.The quake struck near the town of Sigli on Sumatra Island where dozens of buildings have collapsed. Indonesia`s meteorological agency said there was no risk of a tsunami.The US Geological Survey said the earthquake struck just offshore at 05:03 local time (22:03 GMT Tuesday) at a depth of 17.2km (11 miles). Said Mulyadi, deputy district chief of Pidie Jaya, the region hit hardest by the quake, confirmed the death toll, but said it could rise.In 2004, Aceh was devastated by a tsunami caused by a massive undersea earthquake that killed 120,000 people in the province, foreign media reports. 
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Politics
President of European Council sends letter to President of European Parliament
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council sent a letter to Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament about granting Georgia and Ukraine with visa-free regime. Tusk says that negotiations are ongoing regarding the so-called ‘suspension mechanism.’According to Tusk, the issue has to do with reputation of the European Union. “We have put tough demands on our partners, which they have met at the price of painful reform efforts, and often at huge political tasks,” reads the letter. Tusk says that all sides have their arguments in the debates but it is high time for making the decision. “I can understand why you attach special importance to the role the European Parliament plays in launching the suspension mechanism. I also appreciate your willingness to look for a far-reaching compromise. On the other hand, however, I can understand Member States that want to decide on their own about who crosses their borders. Even through all the parties in this debate have their own good arguments and undoubtedly good will, it seems that we are getting close to squandering our joint efforts. In the current mood, which is unfavorable towards openness due to the migration crisis, Member States have nonetheless expressed their willingness to grant visa-free travel to Georgia and Ukraine, ” Tusk says in the letter.
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Economics
NBG President talks about regulations on online credits
Regulations should be introduced for online credits – Koba Gvenetadze, President of National Bank of Georgia (NBG) said in “Main” Program of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). Gvenetadze believes that online credits as a product should remain on the market but high interest rates must be controlled since credits have many victims in the country. 
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Weather/Disasters
Road cleaning works ongoing at Pasanauri-Gidauri section of the road
Special vehicles are working at Pasanauri-Gidauri section of Mtskheta-Stepantsminda-Larsi central highway.  Limitations are imposed due to heavy snow and the threat of avalanche.
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