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Strong wind unroofed the buildings in Gori
The strong wind unroofed the apartment buildings in Gori town, Shida Kartli region. The representatives of the local authorities have arrived at the incident site. Special commission will be set up, which will study the cause of the incident. 
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Religion
Orthodox Church Marks Day of Forgiveness - Patriarch may arrive at the Sameba Cathedral today
The Georgian Orthodox Church today celebrates the day of forgiveness that is Sunday of Forgiveness. The Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II may arrive at the Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral today evening. The church service is conducted at the Cathedral  for the time being. Patriarch is not attending the prayer. Believers ask forgiveness for their sins to each other before days of Great Lent start. After the Divine Liturgy, congregation and the church workers ask for forgiveness. Great lent starts on February 27 and ends on April 16 by the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection and Great Easter.
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World
White House blocks news organizations from press briefing
CNN and other news outlets were blocked on Friday from attending an off-camera White House press briefing that other reporters were hand-picked to attend, raising alarm among media organizations and First Amendment watchdogs.The decision struck veteran White House journalists as unprecedented in the modern era, and escalated tensions in the already fraught relationship between the Trump administration and the press.The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, BuzzFeed, the BBC and the Guardian were also among those excluded from the meeting, which was held in White House press secretary Sean Spicer's office. The meeting, which is known as a gaggle, was held in lieu of the daily televised Q-and-A session in the White House briefing room. When reporters from these news organizations tried to enter Spicer's office for the gaggle, they were told they could not attend because they were not on the list of attendees.In a brief statement defending the move, administration spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the White House "had the pool there so everyone would be represented and get an update from us today."The White House press pool usually includes representatives from one television outlet, one radio outlet and one print outlet, as well as reporters from a few wire services. In this case, four of the five major television networks -- NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News -- were invited and attended the meeting, while only CNN was blocked.And while The New York Times was kept out, conservative media organizations Breitbart News, The Washington Times and One America News Network were also allowed in. "This is an unacceptable development by the Trump White House," CNN said in a statement. "Apparently this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don't like. We'll keep reporting regardless."New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet wrote, "Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties. We strongly protest the exclusion of The New York Times and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest."The White House press office had informed reporters earlier that the traditional, on-camera press briefing would be replaced by a gaggle in Spicer's office, reporters in attendance said. Asked about the move by the White Ho
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Politics
Ireland supports Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration aspiration
Ireland supports Georgia’s state sovereignty and its aspiration to become integrated with European and Euro-Atlantic structures, reads the resolution adopted by the parliament of Ireland.  Based on the document, Ireland also reiterates support to Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and completion of visa-liberalization process. 
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Society
UNM Members say wreath at memorial of Junkers
Members of United National Movement (UNM) Party lay wreaths at the memorial of Georgian Junkers, who fought for Georgia’s independence on February 25, 1921. UNM members said in an address to the gathered audience that Georgia would never surrender to an occupant country and would continue struggle for establishment of European and democratic state. 
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Society
Family members of 18-year-old man blame doctors of negligence
Family members of an 18-year-old girl, who died in Kutaisi city, Imereti region, blame doctors for negligence. The girl was found at home being in unconscious condition. She was first transferred to Chiatura and then to Kutaisi hospital. Doctors said the patient had taken sleeping pills with purpose of committing suicide. The family does not agree with the version of death. 
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Society
Members of Government are evaluating "Cyanide Case" investigative process
The members of Government are evaluating the investigative process into the so-called Cyanide case.The Education Minister says that during the Holy Synod meeting the Church members expressed their full support toward the involvement into the investigation. Alexandre Jejelava hopes that the thorough investigation will be conducted.Minister of Justice explains that when two sides will meet each other in court, they will have the opportunity to operate in full compliance with the principle of equal rights and competitiveness.She says that now it is important to wait for the results of the investigation.
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Justice
Appeal Court upheld the verdict delivered by City Court on Valeri Gelashvili's case
The Appeal Court of Georgia has found guilty the convicted former Interior Minister Vano Merbiashvili over the case of assault on MP Valeri Gelashvili.  The court has upheld the verdict delivered by Tbilisi City Court on September 22, 2016. As a result, Merabishvili has been sentenced to 6 years and 9 months in jail according to the absorption principle. 
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Politics
NATO Military Committee (MC) will visit Georgia
NATO Military Committee (MC) will visit Georgia on March 2-3.  Chairman of MC, General Petr Pavel will lead the 28 senior NATO Military Representatives.Within the framework of the two-day long visit to Georgia, Chairman of NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel will hold tete-a-tete meetings with President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime-Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Defense Minister Levan Izoria and Chief of General Staff of the GAF, Brigadier General Vladimer ChachibaiaThe Military Committee is the senior military authority in NATO and the oldest permanent body in NATO after the North Atlantic Council, both having been formed months after the Alliance came into being. It is the primary source of military advice to NATO’s civilian decision-making bodies – the North Atlantic Council and the Nuclear Planning Group.NATO Military Committee is visiting Georgia for the second time. NATO Military Committee’s visit to Georgia is a strong message from the Alliance who continues to support Georgia’s integration and its efforts towards membership to NATO. It is also another demonstration of NATO-Georgia intensive and successful cooperation. This visit is a unique opportunity to discuss military issues, progress in GAF’s transformation, get first hand impression on the ground and further NATO-Georgia relations at the highest level.
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