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Senate confirms retired generals as first two Trump cabinet members
Update Time: 2017-01-22 16:05:00
The U.S. Senate confirmed the first two members of President Donald Trump's cabinet on Friday, voting overwhelmingly to approve two retired four-star Marine generals as his secretaries of defense and homeland security hours after Trump was sworn in as commander-in-chief, - Reuters reported.The Senate voted 98-1 to confirm James Mattis to lead the Pentagon, and 88-11 to confirm John Kelly for homeland security, a sprawling department responsible for everything from domestic antiterrorism to border security and disaster prevention.The Senate also voted 89-8 to clear the way for a vote on Monday on another member of Trump's national security team, Republican U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo, his nominee to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.Trump's fellow Republicans, who hold a 52-seat majority in the 100-member Senate, have been sparring with Democrats over confirmations of nominees for cabinet posts and other senior positions.Republicans had hoped to confirm at least seven on Friday, but Democrats objected, complaining that Republicans were trying to force votes too quickly on nominees who were too slow to provide financial and ethics information.Republicans accused Democrats of playing politics and risking public safety by delaying national security team nominations that they knew would eventually go through.The CIA post is one of the most highly charged in Washington, amid controversy surrounding Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election in Trump's favor.The last CIA director, John Brennan, who had criticized Trump, resigned Friday.
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World
Theresa May to meet Donald Trump
Update Time: 2017-01-22 16:04:00
Prime Minister of UK Theresa May will meet US President Donald Trump in Washington DC on Friday, the White House has said, - BBC reported.Mrs May will be the first foreign leader to meet the new president after his inauguration.A post-Brexit free trade deal is thought likely to be high on her agenda as she travels to the US for talks.Confirmation of the meeting came as hundreds of thousands of people around the world joined women's marches to protest Mr Trump's presidency.Mr Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer gave details of Mrs May's visit in his first briefing to journalists at the White House on Saturday.Earlier, while visiting the CIA's headquarters, President Trump said the PM "is coming over to our country very shortly".
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Weather/Disasters
Snowfall in Georgia, traffic movement restrictions imposed
Update Time: 2017-01-22 16:03:00
Restrictions are imposed across roads throughout Georgia due to snowfall. Trailers and semi-trailers are not allowed at the Chumaleti-Zestaponi section of Tbilisi-Senaki-Leselidze road due to snow and frost. Traffic movement is open at other sections.Limitations are imposed at Nakerali section of Kutaisi-Tkibuli-Ambrolauri road for Trailers, semi-trailers and vehicles with capacity of more than 30 people. Movement is allowed for rest of the vehicles.The relevant services are mobilized at the site.
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Regions
One died in car accident in Poti
Update Time: 2017-01-22 16:03:00
29 year old man died in a car accident at March 8 Street in Poti town.Vehicles crashed onto a Lighting pole and turned over.First Aid Brigade, patrol police and rescue service were mobilized at the scene.Investigation into the accident is ongoing. 
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Politics
Tamar Kordzaia to assume the post of Political Secretary of Republican Party
Update Time: 2017-01-22 16:02:00
Tamar Kordzaia will assume the post of Political Secretary of Republican Party. – this is the decision of National Committee of the Party.Tamar Kordzaia will replace David Berdzenishvili on the post. The members of National Committee voted for changes yesterday.According to Republican Party’ statute, the Political Secretary of the party is the second-rank position after Party Chairman.
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Politics
Irakli Kobakhidze talks about alternative version of the Preamble of Constitution
Update Time: 2017-01-22 16:01:00
The Constitutional Commission agrees on country's foreign policy directions and priorities, however differences of opinions exist on the legal issues - whether or not the European aspirations passage should be added to preamble of Constitution.The Speaker of the Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze explains that at the yesterday's meeting thematic group decided to elaborate alternative version of the Preamble, which will reflect this initiative.
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Politics
Irakli Kobakhidze talks about the rule of Presidential election
Update Time: 2017-01-22 16:01:00
Parliament Speaker and Chairman of Constitutional Commission  Irakli Kobakhidze talked about the rule of Presidential election during the program of Georgian Public Broadcaster. According to Kobakhidze,  before discussing this the issue of powers distribution between the branches of government must be considered. He explained that from the  legal point of view, both direct and indirect election procedures are legitimate.
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World
Trump claims media 'dishonest' over crowd photos
Update Time: 2017-01-22 12:05:00
US President Donald Trump has accused the media of dishonesty over the number of people attending his inauguration, - BBC reported.Mr Trump said "it looked like" some 1.5m people had been there when he spoke at the US Capitol on Friday.Later, his White House press secretary said it had been "the largest audience to ever see an inauguration, period".Neither man has produced evidence to back their claims. And photographs appear to show many more attending the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009.On Saturday, millions in the US and around the world protested against Mr Trump's new administration.The largest US rally was in the capital Washington, which city officials estimated to be more than 500,000-strong, followed by New York with some 400,000 and hundreds of thousands elsewhere, including Chicago and Los Angeles.The aim was mainly to highlight women's rights, which activists believe to be under threat from the new administration.
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Culture
Tako Gachechiladze Won Georgian National Final
Update Time: 2017-01-21 20:30:00
Tako Gachechiladze won the Georgian National Final. Gachechiladze will represent Georgia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Keep The Faith. The winner was decided by a combination international jury and public votes. Keep The Faith was written by Tako herself and will be the 10th Georgian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest.The 2017 ESC will be held in Kiev's International Exhibition Centre. The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May, with the grand final on Saturday 13 May.
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Society
Problems facing non-Georgian schools
Update Time: 2017-01-21 20:28:00
There are different problems facing the non-Georgian schools in the villages resided by representatives of ethnic minorities.The problems include law qualification of teachers, insufficient time for studying Georgian language and poor infrastructure. Pupils study Georgian during only one hour a day in Duzagrama and Kalinino villages, which is settled by ethnic Azerbaijani locals. 
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World
Women protest against Trump on streets of Europe's capitals
Update Time: 2017-01-21 20:24:00
Thousands of women took to the streets of European capitals to join "sister marches" in Asia against newly installed U.S. President Trump ahead of a major rally in Washington expected to draw nearly a quarter of a million people.Waving banners with slogans like "Special relationship, just say no" and "Nasty women unite," the demonstrators gathered outside the American embassy in Grosvenor Square before heading to a rally in central Trafalgar Square.Worldwide some 670 marches were planned, according to the organizers' website which says more than two million marchers are expected to protest against Trump, who was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president on Friday, Reuters reports.Celebrities including rights activist Bianca Jagger, singer Charlotte Church and actor Ian McKellen expressed their support for the protest on social media.Several marchers wore pink "pussy" hats, and carried banners with slogans like: "this pussy bites back" after the emergence of a 2005 tape in which Trump spoke of women in a demeaning way sparked widespread outrage.In Europe, marches also took place in Berlin, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Geneva and Amsterdam. Around 2,000 people marched in Vienna, according to estimates by the police and organizers, but sub-zero temperatures quickly thinned the crowd to a couple of hundred.One protester placed a pink knitted hat with cat ears on the golden statue of 19th century composer Johann Strauss, while in Geneva police estimated around 1,000 people, mainly women and children, marched through the Swiss city.In Africa, hundreds of protesters in Nairobi's Karura Forest waved placards and sang American protest songs.Emily MacCartney, a 28-year-old documentary maker with a Texas tattoo on her arm, said she felt the new president did not respect women's rights or gay rights. "Within 30 minutes of the inauguration, they had removed LGTBQ rights from the White House website," she said, using the abbreviation for lesbian, gay, transsexual, bisexual or queer.Kenyan Muthoni Ngige, 28, said "I'm here because I'm against world leaders being pussy grabbers. I'm here in solidarity with the women of America."Many marchers were also
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Society
Will authorities of GPB Board of Trustees and General Director be separated?
Update Time: 2017-01-21 20:15:00
The group working on changes to be made into Law on Broadcasting held the first meeting in the parliament today. The proposal of separation of duties and authorities between Board of Trustees of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) and GPB General Director was discussed at the Parliamentary Law Committee. The project is prepared by employees of the broadcaster. Chairman of GPB Board of Trustees did not attend the meeting. However, one of the members of Board Irina Putkaradze was present and said she was in favor of the proposed change that envisages making change into three items of Article #30 of the Law. 
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Politics
Exclusive interview of “Moambe” with Venice Commission President
Update Time: 2017-01-21 20:14:00
Changes to be made into Constitution, election legislation and reforms of court system - Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio, being on a visit in Tbilisi talked about in an exclusive interview of “Moambe” News Program of First Channel, GPB. The Venice Commission delegation arrived in Georgia at the invitation of Georgian Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze on January 20. The delegation, led by Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio, held meetings with Speaker of Parliament, representatives of executive and legislative authorities and President.During the visit, the delegation of the Venice Commission met with members of parliamentary faction Alliance of Patriots and minority factions.
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Politics
First working group of State Constitutional Commission holds meeting
Update Time: 2017-01-21 20:05:00
Harsh discussions and different viewpoints - The sitting of the first working group of State Constitutional Commission was held in the parliament. The commission consisting of four working groups has begun revising of the country’s main law starting today. The group working in direction of human rights and legal affairs assembled. Members of the group discussed the idea of fixing Georgia’s foreign course and Euro-Atlantic aspiration and location of supreme legislative body behind the closed door. Members of the group presented their viewpoints. 
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Society
“Book Shelf” Program to hold public lectures
Publish Time: 2017-01-21 16:37:00
“Book Shelf” Program of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will hold public lectures. The new project will unite three lectures with use of visual and graphic material as well as interactive exercises and games. Aleksandre Lortkipanidze, host of the program and scenarist Toresa Mossy will present the lectures. 
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Regions
Culture Center of Chokhatauri Municipality marks jubilee
Update Time: 2017-01-21 16:34:00
The Culture Center of Chokhatauri Municipality of western Guria region marked the 10th jubilee of establishment. A special activity was held at the newly-opened Art Palace. Various ensembles performed on the state. Merited artisans were awarded. 
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Society
Education Minister meets with teachers in Batumi
Update Time: 2017-01-21 16:28:00
Aleksandre Jejelava, Minister of Education and Science met with teachers of Batumi city’s public schools. The minister talked about changes and news which would be introduced in education system in 2017. Inga Shamilishvili, Minister of Education, Culture and Sports of Adjara government also attended the meeting.  
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Society
President’s Parliamentary Secretary meets with NGOs
Update Time: 2017-01-21 16:20:00
Ana Dolidze, Georgian President’s Parliamentary Secretary met with representatives of non-governmental organizations with purpose to continue consultations about the ‘third wave’ of court reforms. Various draft-bills, which were sent to President for signature on January 10, were discussed. Similar meetings have already been held with head of Lawyers’ Association and Venice Commission delegation. 
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Politics
Situation in occupied Abkhazia discussed at CoE and OSCE
Update Time: 2017-01-21 16:18:00
The situation in Georgia’s one of two occupied regions of Abkhazia was discussed in Council of Europe and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Davit Zalkaliani, Deputy Foreign Minister said that the Georgian side talked about destruction of cultural and historic monuments and limitations to free movement and asked for a reaction from the international community. Zalkaliani also addressed General Secretary of UNESCO and demanded dispatching of the organization’s mission to the occupied region to study the current situation. 
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Politics
Defense Minister hosts diplomats
Update Time: 2017-01-21 16:15:00
Levan Izoria, Georgian Defense Minister hosted diplomats of NATO and European Union member states accredited in Georgia.  Discussions were held about ongoing reforms in defense ministry and establishment of armed forces compatible to NATO standards. 
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