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U.S. Senate backs Montenegro's membership in NATO
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed the expansion of NATO to allow Montenegro to join the alliance, hoping to send a message that the United States will push back against Russian efforts to increase its influence in Europe.The long-delayed vote was 97-2 in favor of Montenegro's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. That was well above the two-thirds majority needed in the 100-member Senate to ratify Montenegro's membership.There was no immediate confirmation of whether President Donald Trump would formally deposit the instrument of ratification, the last step in the U.S. ratification process.However, his administration had supported NATO membership for the tiny Balkan nation, one of Europe's smallest, despite Trump at times criticizing the alliance as he campaigned for president last year.While campaigning, Trump accused other NATO members of failing to pay their fair share while adopting a conciliatory tone toward Russia. But as president, Trump has pledged his support for the alliance.Reuters reported last week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote to the leaders of the Senate this month to say Montenegro's membership in NATO was "strongly in the interests of the United States."
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Military
Georgian Defense Minister hosts US Assistant Secretary of Defense
Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria hosted US Assistant Secretary of Defence Laura Cooper. Izoria talked about reforms carried out in the ministry. The sides also discussed joint multi-national military training projects. 
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Regions
Concert Hall to be built in Kvareli
A concert hall will be built at Ilia Lake in Kvareli, Kakheti region. President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, being on an official visit in Georgia, and Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili attended the presentation of joint Latvian-Georgian project “Music Island.” The two presidents talked about friendly relations between the two countries and gave symbolic keys to each other. Ecologic cottages will be also arranged at the territory at the initial stage with 1.5 million Euro investments. Georgian and Latvian delegations’ members attended the activity. 
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Justice
Decision into Center Point Case to be announced on March 31
The decision into case of Center Point Construction Company will be made and announced on March 31. One of the founders of the Company Rusudan Kervalishvili said during the court trial today that she hoped the verdict would be fair. 
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Justice
Corpse of man found in Tkibuli
A corpse of a man has been found in Tkibuli town of Imereti region this morning. According to the preliminary information, the dead person was a miner and was killed with a gun. Other details into the case are not known. 
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Politics
Rasmussen says Ukraine to join Georgians soon
Former NATO Chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has responded to Georgia’s visa-free travel with the EU. “From today Georgians can visit the EU without a visa. Ukraine should soon join them, showing how the government's reforms are paying off,” reads his twitter post. Georgia’s visa –free travel with the EU has taken effect today. 
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Politics
Georgia has become far more European country – Georgia’s Parliamentary Speaker
Visa-free travel with the EU is not only privilege but responsibility for each Georgian citizen, - Georgia’s Parliamentary Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze declared at the press-conference. Kobakhidze congratulated the Georgian people on the historical day – March 28, when Georgia’s visa free travel with the EU took effect. ‘Our people have confirmed their devoutness to freedom and democratic principles and made a significant step to have an honored place in the European Union. Georgia has become a far more European country. This is a result of our people’s unity, patience and work,’ he said. 
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Politics
President of Latvia visiting Georgia
President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis is being on an official visit in Georgia. Vējonis will hold a meeting with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili. The two presidents will sign bilateral documents and give a joint press conference. Raimonds Vējonis will lay a wreath at the memorial of soldiers who died in struggle for restoration of Georgia’s territorial integrity at Heroes’ Square in Tbilisi. President of Latvia will also meet with Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Parliament at a working dinner. Within the framework of visit, Vējonis will visit EUMM office in Gori and meet with locals of Khurvaleti village. The visit of Latvia’s President to Georgia will end of March 30. 
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Society
First flight in direction of Poland carried out
The first flight Tbilisi-Warsaw was carried out from Tbilisi International Airport at 5 AM in connection with activation of visa-free travel regime for the Georgian citizens. Visa-free travel for Georgian citizens with the EU has already taken effect. Those having biometric passports will enjoy visa-free travel in Schengen countries for 90 days in a 180-day period. Visa-free travel implies free travel in the Schengen zone that includes 22 EU member countries, as well as 4 non-member countries and 4 Schengen-candidate states. Great Britain and Ireland are only exceptions as they maintain visa regime. 
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