Politics
Chairman of Constitutional Court called at Chief Prosecutor’s Office
Giorgi Papuashvili, Chairman of Constitutional Court is expected to arrive at Chief Prosecutor’s Office on July 27. Papuashvili will have to answer questions about alleged pressure on judges. However, he says he will arrive at Prosecutor’s Office after the meeting with President and Prime Minister. Prosecutor’s Office also plans to question judges on the same issue. At the same time Chief Prosecutor’s Office launched investigation into statement made by President Giorgi Margvelashvili. According to Georgian President, there was an attempt of pressure on his family member. As the President said at a briefing, that is why he was not surprised when the Constitutional Court Chairman made a statement about pressure on judges."This trend is not new. A month ago, there was an attempt of pressure on my family member from police officers. Given that fact, I was not surprised when the Constitutional Court Chairman made a statement about pressure," Margvelashvili said.The President noted that his family member was stopped on the street and then his house was searched without a court order. According to him, this kind of pressure on people is ridiculous.Gia Volski, Majority MP describes statement of Giorgi Papuashvili, Chairman of Constitutional Court about alleged pressure on judges as groundless. However, according to Volski, the ground of such a statement may be generated with the fact of non-satisfaction of complaints of United National Movement (UNM) Party by Constitutional Court.Manana Kobakhidze, Vice Speaker of the parliament sees no necessity in establishment of a special parliamentary investigation commission into statement made by President on July 25 about pressure on his family member. Kobakhidze tagged the statement as irresponsible. She said she wondered why President did not apply to law-enforcers one month ago.  
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Dutch men and Latvian women tallest in world according to 100-year height study
Dutch men and Latvian women are the tallest on the planet, according to the largest ever study of height around the world. The research, led by scientists from Imperial College London and using data from most countries in the world, tracked height among young adult men and women between 1914 and 2014.Among the findings, published in the journal eLife, the research revealed South Korean women and Iranian men have shown the biggest increases in height over the past 100 years. Iranian men have increased by an average of 16.5cm, and South Korean women by 20.2cm. Interactive world maps are available here.The height of men and women in the UK has increased by around 11cm over the past century. By comparison, the height of men and women in the USA has increased by 6cm and 5cm, while the height of Chinese men and women has increased by around 11cm and 10cm.The research also revealed once-tall USA had declined from third tallest men and fourth tallest women in the world in 1914 to 37th and 42nd place respectively in 2014. Overall, the top ten tallest nations in 2014 for men and women were dominated by European countries, and featured no English-speaking nation. UK women improved from 57th to 38th place over a century, while men had improved slightly from 36th to 31st place.The researchers also found that some countries have stopped growing over the past 30 to 40 years, despite showing initial increases in the beginning of the century of study. The USA was one of the first high-income countries to plateau, and other countries that have seen similar patterns include the UK, Finland, and Japan. By contrast, Spain and Italy and many countries in Latin America and East Asia are still increasing in height.Furthermore, some countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East have even seen a decline in average height over the past 30 to 40 years, http://www3.imperial.ac.uk reports.
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Society
Explosion at arms factory in Azerbaijan, twenty people injured
A huge explosion occurred at the Araz arms factory in Azerbaijan’s Shirvan city. The factory is owned by the Ministry of Defense Industry of Azerbaijan.The number of those injured during the explosion at the Araz arms factory has reached twenty, Azerbaijan’s Health Ministry told Trend news agency. There are no victims as a result of the explosion.
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ISFED publishes its First Interim Report
On July 26, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) published its first interim report of pre-election monitoring for October 8, 2016 elections. During the reporting period ISFED identified 2 cases of intimidation/harassment based on political affiliation, 3 cases of dismissal from work on alleged political grounds, 2 instances of violence, 2 cases of possible vote buying, 5 cases of participation of unauthorized individual in canvassing, and 2 cases of use of administrative resources.The report also summarizes changes in local budgets in some municipalities and scaling up of social and infrastructural projects. Although the Election Code prohibits such changes within 60 days ahead of elections, activation of social campaigns and mobilization of budget funds for social projects lead us to believe that initiation or expansion of social projects in some municipalities has to do with the formal launch of the pre-election campaign. ISFED found 8 such cases during the reporting period.ISFED’s long-term observers attended 52 public meetings of electoral subjects that took place during the period of July 1-18, 2016. The report outlines pre-election promises made by political parties during these public meetings. In July 2016, series of amendments were made to the Election Code of Georgia but no fundamental changes have been made for substantial improvement of the electoral environment, including for electoral system reform and promotion of women representation in the parliament. ISFED will address local self-governments, electoral subjects and the Inter-Agency Task Force with recommendations about issues highlighted by the monitoring report. ISFED carries out the pre-election monitoring in all electoral districts of Georgia through 68 long-term observers.  
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Justice
Chairman of Constitutional Court expected at Chief Prosecutor’s Office
Giorgi Papuashvili, Chairman of Constitutional Court is expected to arrive at Chief Prosecutor’s Office on July 27. Papuashvili will have to answer questions about alleged pressure on judges. Prosecutor’s Office will also question judges on the same issue. 
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Turkish President will visit Russia on August 9
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia's Saint Petersburg on August 9.Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek made this statement as reported by Anadolu news agency. According to him, Erdogan's visit programme includes a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.This is the first time Erdogan visits Russia since November 2015, when relations between the two countries sharply deteriorated over the Russian Su-24 jet downed by Turkish Air Force over Syrian territory.Also, media reports that Turkey and Russia may resume negotiations on the construction of the TurkStream gas pipeline in the nearest future. The project was frozen after the tensions between Ankara and Moscow rose following the downing of the Russian fighter jet.The Turkish party confirmed they are open to discuss TurkStream, Energy Ministers of both countries held consultations on the project on July 26, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich told journalists, RIA Novosti reported.
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France church attack: Priest killed in hostage taking near Rouen
A priest has been killed in an attack by two armed men at his church near Rouen in northern France, police and French media have said. The armed men entered the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during mass, taking the priest, two nuns and several churchgoers hostage, reports said.French TV said shots had been heard after police arrived at the scene. Both hostage-takers are now dead. The area has been cordoned off and police have told people to stay away.At least one person is receiving medical treatment for injuries. There was no immediate indication of the identity or motive of the hostage-takers, but France has been on high alert since the Bastille Day attack in Nice earlier this month, when an attacker ploughed a lorry into celebrating crowds, killing more than 80 people.The BBC's Lucy Williamson in Paris says the French government has been under huge pressure to prevent further attacks.President Francois Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are on their way to Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray to be briefed by police.  
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Archil Gegeshidze remains on post of Ambassador to U.S. – Georgia’s FM
Georgia’s Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze told reporters that Georgia’s Ambassador to U.S. Archil Gegeshidze remains on the post. As reported by Janelidze all issues concerning Gegeshidze have been resolved. “Archil Gegeshidze remains on the post. He has made explanations. We had a conversation. Naturally an ambassador should be more careful when having such a communication but all the issues have been resolved,” FM claimed. Several weeks ago, Archil Gegeshidze told media that there are pro-Russian people in the Georgian government though they do not affect the process of decision-making. 
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Justice
Investigation launched into statements of President, Constitutional Court Chairman
Chief Prosecutor’s Office has launched investigation into statements made by President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Chairman of Constitutional Court Giorgi Papuashvili. According to Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, there was an attempt of pressure on his family member. As the President said at a briefing, that is why he was not surprised when the Constitutional Court Chairman made a statement about pressure on judges."This trend is not new. A month ago, there was an attempt of pressure on my family member from police officers. Given that fact, I was not surprised when the Constitutional Court Chairman made a statement about pressure,"- Margvelashvili said.The President noted that his family member was stopped on the street and then his house was searched without a court order. According to him, this kind of pressure on people is ridiculous.
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PM makes statement about foreign-political goals
All political forces are united in implementation of foreign-political goals, despite pluralism and differences of opinions, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili made this statement during the opening of Ambassadorial 2016 in Tbilisi. Ambassadorial 2016 was opened in Tbilisi this morning. Heads of Georgian Diplomatic Missions abroad gathered for the annual meeting. President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister addressed the diplomats. An informal meeting between PM and President took place.  
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Representetives of State for People assess the detention of 2 members of party as political persecution
The court trial into the case of 2 members of Paata Burchuladze’s party postponed for two days.Judge Nana Daraselia considered the video footage presented by police as not sufficient.The representatives of Movement State for People say that a dispute was provoked by police officers and assess the incident as political persecution. Investigation is underway under the article pertaining to resistance to police.
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Constitutional Court Chairman met President
Giorgi Papuashvili, the Chairman of the Constitutional Court, has  held a meeting with the President of Georgia at the Presidential Administration today. According to Giorgi Papuashvili during the meeting he talked about the facts of pressure on individual judges, however he declined to reveal details with journalists. Chairman of the Constitutional Court has expressed readiness to hold a meeting with Prime Minister as well.
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President talks about attempt of pressure on his family member
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili held a briefing after a meeting with the Chairman of the Constitutional Court Giorgi Papuashvili . According to the President, Papuashvili informed him about specific facts about pressure on judges. "The reactions to the Constitutional Court Chairman's statement were incomprehensible. When such a high-ranking official makes a statement about attempts of pressure  politicians should be concerned. I spoke with  Giorgi Papuashvili today and he named specific facts. This causes concern as the facts concern an important state institution such as the Constitutional Court and its judges", - said Margvelashvili.The President states that the information obtained from  Chairman of the Constitutional Court has not been surprising for him."This trend is not new. A month ago, there was an attempt of pressure on my family member and some  law enforcers were involved in that attempt” - Margvelashvili said.
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Shootings reported at Florida nightclub
Up to 17 people have been shot at a nightclub in the Florida city of Fort Myers, local broadcasters report.At least one person has been killed, broadcasters say.Police officers are at the nightclub, which was reportedly hosting a party for teenagers. Victims have not been identified.Source: BBCPhoto: Facebook
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Syrian asylum seeker killed by own bomb in Germany
A failed asylum seeker from Syria killed himself and injured 12 other people after setting off a bomb near an open-air music festival in the German city of Ansbach.Bavaria's interior minister said the 27-year-old man detonated a backpack device after being refused entry to the festival in the southern city.About 2,500 people were evacuated from the venue after the explosion.It is the third attack in the state of Bavaria in a week.A shooting rampage in Munich on Friday left nine dead while an axe-wielding teenager was shot dead after injuring four people on a train a week ago in Wuerzburg.
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Citizens protested the uniforms for the Georgian Olympic team
The citizens gathered at Olympic Committee and expressed protest regarding the uniforms for the Georgian Olympic team.According to them, uniforms designed for athletes will affect the country's image.The participants of the rally demand explanations from the Committee members and responsible persons.
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