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Russian Defense Ministry denies Georgia's claims of firing range construction in Abkhazia
Update Time: 2017-01-11 12:18:00
The Russian Defense Ministry denied Georgia's claims about alleged construction of a Russian firing range in Abkhazia, Sputnik news agency reports. "We were surprised by remarks that the Advisor to the President of Georgia – Foreign Relations Secretary Tengiz Pkhaladze said about the alleged construction of a Russian firing range in the village of Tsebelda in Abkhazia," the press service of the Southern military district said in a statement."No construction or any other work in the interest of Russia's 7th military base has been carried out or planned in the village of Tsebelda," the statement said. 
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US adds Bin Laden's son to terror blacklist
Publish Time: 2017-01-06 09:17:00
The United States has added the son of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to the US counterterrorism blacklist, in a move that would keep him from accessing the US financial system. The State and Treasury departments said on Thursday that they had designated Hamza bin Laden a "global terrorist" who they said had "called for acts of terrorism in Western capitals". Hamza, who is in his mid-20s, has become active as a member of al-Qaeda since his father's death at the hands of US Special Forces on May 2, 2011.Egyptian deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri has since taken up the reins of the organisation, but Hamza has also issued audio messages to supporters. He was officially named an al-Qaeda member in 2015, the US state department said. In August 2015, al-Qaeda released an audio message that it claimed had come from Hamza, in which he urged attacks on the US and its allies. Osama bin Laden, who founded al-Qaeda and was the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US, was killed by American special forces who raided his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.Hamza was thought to be under house arrest in Iran at the time, and documents recovered from the compound indicated that aides had been trying to reunite him with his father. According to letters found in the US raid on Osama's hideout in Pakistan, Hamza wrote to his Saudi-born father asking to be trained to follow him.Bruce Riedel, an analyst with the Brookings Institution think-tank in Washington, has called Hamza the "new face for al-Qaeda" and "an articulate and dangerous enemy", Reuters news agency said.The US also added Ibrahim al-Banna, a senior member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to the counterterrorism blacklist on Thursday. Al-Banna, who was born in Egypt, has described al-Qaeda's 2001 attacks on New York and Washington as "virtuous", and threatened to target Americans in the United States and abroad, the state department said.Before joining AQAP, he was a leader of Egyptian Islamic Jihad in Yemen, it said, adding that al-Banna threatened to target Americans abroad and urged Saudi tribes to unite with AQAP in Yemen to fight against Saudi Arabia. Any property
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US Senators visited occupation line
Publish Time: 2017-01-02 01:56:00
The U.S. Senators' delegation visited the village of Khurvaleti, Gori district. Village is located alongside the occupation line. Representatives of the Information and Analytical Department of the State Security Service briefed the delegation members of all the challenges and dangers coming from the Tskhinvali region.In addition, the representatives of the State Security Agency spoke about the problems faced by the local population on a daily basis due to barbed wire fences and other artificial barriers.US Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Amy Klobuchar are visiting Georgia.
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Germany tells Tunisia it wants to speed up the deportation of failed asylum seekers
Publish Time: 2016-12-24 12:22:00
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she had told Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi during a phone conversation that her government wanted to speed up deportation of failed asylum seekers and increase the number of those expelled.Speaking after Italian police shot dead a rejected Tunisian asylum seeker linked to the truck attack at a Christmas market in Berlin, Merkel said the incident raised many questions and her government would take measures to improve security, Reuters reports. "We have also made progress this year on the very important issue of deporting Tunisian citizens who have no right to stay in Germany," Merkel said. "I told the Tunisian president that we have to significantly speed up the deportation process and increase the number of people sent back."
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Berlin Terror Attack Suspect Shot Dead in Milan
Publish Time: 2016-12-23 16:07:00
Anis Amri, a suspect in the terror attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 and injured 48, including two Americans, has been killed in a shootout with police in Milan, the ItalianInterior Ministry said on Friday.Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti confirmed at a Friday morning press conference that the person shot dead by Italian Police is “beyond any shadow of a doubt,” Anis Amri.Minniti said that police stopped Amri near a train station in the Sesto San Giovani area of Milan in a routine check. Amri shot at and wounded at least one of the officers when he was asked for his documents. Police returned fire, killing him, Minniti said. The wounded officer is in a local hospital recovering from not life-threatening injuries, officials said, as reported by ABC News.Amri became the subject of an intense Europe-wide manhunt after Monday's attack and had managed to evade authorities until Friday's shootout, which took place at about 3 a.m.Amri arrived in Italy from France, traveling from the city of Chambery in Southeastern France to Turin, Italy before taking another train to Milan, where he arrived at around 1 a.m. He then went from Milan's Stazione Centrale to Sesto San Giovanni, where he was stopped by police, Italian news agency ANSA reported.
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Georgian Foreign and Defense Ministers express condolence to German people
Update Time: 2016-12-23 15:57:00
Mikheil Janelidze, Georgian Foreign Minister and Levan Izoria, Defense Ministers expressed condolence to German people over Christmas market terrorist act. They wrote their words of condolence in a special book opened at German Embassy in Tbilisi. A tractor trailer barreled into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin on December 19 night, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others. 
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Two arrested on suspicion of plotting to attack Germany's largest shopping mall
Publish Time: 2016-12-23 10:21:00
Two brothers from Kosovo have been arrested by German police on suspicion of plotting to attack the country's largest shopping mall in Oberhausen, near the Dutch border.The men, aged 28 and 31, were arrested in Duisburg with Germany on high alert following Monday's attack on the Christmas market in Berlin that killed 12 and injured 49."Friday morning (23 December, around 00:45 hours) special units in Duisburg took two suspicious men into custody," Essen police said in a statement. "The 28-year old and 31-year-old brothers born in Kosovo are suspected of having prepared a possible attack on the CentrO in Oberhausen," Essen police said, as reported by The Telegraph.   
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ISIS claims responsibility for Berlin attack
Update Time: 2016-12-21 12:42:00
German authorities released a man and intensified their manhunt for the person who plowed a tractor-trailer truck into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market, even as ISIS claimed Tuesday that it inspired the attack, - foreign media reported. Police said they didn't have enough evidence to hold a man they'd earlier described as a suspect in the Monday night truck assault that left 12 people dead and 48 injured. The dead include a man found shot inside the truck.There may be more than one suspect at large, armed and dangerous, Peter Frank, general prosecutor at Germany's Federal Court of Justice, told journalists.The ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency released a statement saying Monday night's attack was carried out by "a soldier of the Islamic State" in response to calls by the group's leadership to target citizens of international coalition countries.CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said ISIS often uses this terminology to refer to attacks by alleged sympathizers in the West. "This should not be taken to mean the group is claiming it directed this attack," Cruickshank said. "Investigators have not uncovered any links to ISIS."German authorities are investigating the attack as an act of terror. Chancellor Angela Merkel told journalists that we must "assume this is a terrorist attack."
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Georgian PM expresses support to Turkish people
Update Time: 2016-12-20 20:12:00
“On behalf of the Georgian government, I condemn the latest terrorist acts in Turkey and express full support and solidarity to victims of the attacks and Turkish people,” Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili made this statement during the meeting with his Turkish colleague Binali Yildirim in Istanbul. The sides talked about strategic partnership and friendly relations between the two countries. Two prime ministers also discussed importance of Eurasia Tunnel Project the official opening ceremony of which will take place today. Kvirikashvili also visited Beşiktaş Stadium where tens of people died during the terrorist attack on December 10 and commemorated victims by laying wreath at the place. 
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Germany united in mourning after 'terrorist' attack - Merkel
Publish Time: 2016-12-20 16:22:00
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the whole country is united in mourning after a truck ploughed into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others.Ms Merkel, who will visit the scene later today, said it must be assumed that it was a terrorist attack.This is a very difficult day, she said, adding that she is disappointed, shocked and very sad about what happened.It would be particularly repugnant, she said, if the perpetrator was someone who got protection in Germany as a refugee.Berlin police said that investigators assume that the driver intentionally drove into the crowd of people gathered around wooden huts serving mulled wine and sausages at the foot of the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church yesterday evening."Our investigators assume that the truck was deliberately steered into the crowd at the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz," police said on Twitter.
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Terrorism is a disease that can be defeated by joint efforts - Giorgi Margvelashvili
Publish Time: 2016-12-20 16:02:00
Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili expressed his condolences over the terrorist attacks that took place in Ankara and Berlin, as well as in Zurich, - Presidential Spokesperson Eka Mishveladze said at a press conference. According to President, attack on innocent people and on the diplomat is totally unacceptable, outrageous and it should be condemned by the civilized world."First of all, we would like to respond to the shocking incidents around the world. The President expresses condolences over the terrorist attacks in Ankara and Berlin, as well as the Zurich incident. Attack on innocent people and on the diplomat is totally unacceptable, outrageous and it should be condemned by the civilized world. Terrorism is a disease that can be defeated by joint efforts. President expresses condolence to families of the victims", Mishveladze said.
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Suspect arrested after truck plows into Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 and injuring dozens
Publish Time: 2016-12-20 12:05:00
A truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday evening, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others, police said, in what appeared to be one of the deadliest attacks in Germany in decades. German police have arrested a suspect near the scene of the Berlin Christmas market where a truck plowed into a crowd, and are investigating whether he was the driver, the police said on Twitter. The suspect’s nationality is still unclear, police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf told reporters. The suspect, who fled the crash scene and was later arrested, was being interrogated by officers.He added that the crashed truck had a Polish license plate and that German officials were in contact with Polish authorities.The Polish owner of the truck said he feared the vehicle, driven by his cousin, may have been hijacked. Ariel Zurawki said he last spoke with the driver around noon, and the driver told him he was in Berlin and scheduled to unload Tuesday morning. “They must have done something to my driver,” he told TVN24.Police said there were no indications of further dangerous situations in the area and urged people to stay away from scene. A passenger in the truck was killed during the crash, which killed twelve people and injured dozens, police said, Global News reports.
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Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated in Ankara
Publish Time: 2016-12-20 10:08:00
Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated at an Ankara art exhibit on Monday evening by a lone Turkish gunman shouting “God is great!” and “don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!” in what the leaders of Turkey and Russia called a provocative terrorist attack.The gunman, described by Turkish officials as a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, also wounded at least three others in the assault on the envoy, Andrey G. Karlov, which was captured on video. Turkish officials said the assailant was killed by other officers in a shootout.The Russian envoy was shot from behind and immediately fell to the floor while speaking at an exhibition of photographs, according to multiple accounts from the scene, the Contemporary Arts Center in the Cankaya area of Ankara.The gunman, wearing a dark suit and tie, was seen in video footage of the assault waving a pistol and shouting in Arabic: “God is great! Those who pledged allegiance to Muhammad for jihad. God is great!”
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Aleppo battle: Rebels burn Syria evacuation buses
Publish Time: 2016-12-18 18:23:00
Several buses en route to transport the sick and injured from two government-held villages in Syria's Idlib province have been burned by rebels, - BBC reported. It has thrown the latest efforts to evacuate besieged areas into doubt.Pro-government forces say people must be allowed to leave the mainly Shia villages of Foah and Kefraya for the evacuation of east Aleppo to restart.State media said convoys had begun to leave Aleppo on Sunday but other reports said they had turned back.The initial plan to evacuate the last rebel-held enclaves in the city collapsed on Friday, leaving civilians stranded at various points along the route out without access to food or shelter.Russia, which backs the government of President Bashar al-Assad, says it will veto a French-drafted resolution to send UN officials to monitor the evacuations in Aleppo. A vote is due at the UN Security Council on Sunday.
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Terror Attack in Turkey's Kayseri Carried Out By Suicide Bomber - Turkish PM
Publish Time: 2016-12-17 20:05:00
The terror attack, which hit the Turkish city of Kayseri on Saturday, was perpetrated by a suicide bomber, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday."Today a military bus, carrying soldiers, was attacked by a suicide bomber," Yildirim said on local TV. Earlier in the day, an explosive-laden car blasted near a military bus, which was carrying soldiers. At least 13 soldiers were reportedly killed, while 55 were injured. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said that the attack that hit the Turkish city of Kayseri on Saturday was perpetrated in a similar way to the December 10 attack in Istanbul. On December 10, as a result of two explosions near Vodafone Arena in the central Besiktas district of Istanbul, a total of 44 people were killed including 37 policemen. The authorities accused Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a separatist group outlawed in Turkey, of perpetrating the attack. Later, a Kurdish radical group Kurdistan Freedom Falcons claimed the responsibility for the attack.
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Ukraine initiating UN Security Council discussion on Georgia
Publish Time: 2016-12-07 12:51:00
The Ukrainian delegation to the UN has initiated a discussion at the UN Security Council on the situation in Georgia due to Russia's decision to form a combined force in Abkhazia, Ukraine's permanent representative at the UN, Volodymyr Yelchenko, has said in an exclusive comment to LB.ua."Since the Russian president has signed the law on the ratification of the so-called agreement with the Sukhumi regime on the creation of a combined force, the Ukrainian delegation on 6 December initiated a discussion at the UN Security Council on the situation in Georgia," he said.According to Yelchenko, in the course of consultations the Ukrainian and other delegations condemned Russia's actions which constitute an attempt to legitimize the illegal deployment of Russian troops on the occupied territory of Georgia. It was pointed out that Russia blatantly violates its international commitments, in particular the cease-fire agreement reached on 12 August 2008."Also, Ukraine called on the Russian Federation to withdraw its armed units from the occupied territory of Georgia to ensure that international security mechanisms are put in place in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region and Georgia's territorial integrity is restored," Yelchenko explained."The Ukrainian delegation suggested that the Security Council members approve some elements to the press, consisting of just two sentences: 1) the Security Council has discussed the situation in Georgia; and 2) members of the Security Council have confirmed their full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within the framework of its internationally recognized borders. However, the Russian delegation blocked this proposal (the Security Council approves elements to the press by consensus), thus having confirmed once again the lack of respect for the principles of the UN Charter," he said, as reported by http://en.lb.ua. 
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So called Opposition leader of Occupied Abkhazia Aslan Bzhania detained
Update Time: 2016-12-05 16:20:00
Political crisis in occupied Abkhazia. After the visit of de facto leader of Abkhazia to Kremlin, so-called opposition leader Aslan Bzhania was arrested in Sochi.Two days before Raul Khajimba’s visit to Moscow, Aslan Bzhania demanded unconditional resignation of so called President of Abkhazia otherwise he threatened with protest rallies. During the meeting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin discussed the issue with Raul Khajimba calling him to stabilize the situation.It was reported that Aslan Bzhania was detained for possession of illegal weapon on Russian territory. In phone conversation with local media Bzhania links his detention to a political motive. He says that he received the above-mentioned weapon from so called President as a gift.Bzhania’s supporters held a rally. It is supposed that the rallies may turn to unrest and confrontation.
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Abducted juvenile released
Publish Time: 2016-11-27 18:00:00
A juvenile abducted from the village of Jariasheni, Gori municipality has been released by occupants.Mikheil Khubulashvili was released as a result of negotiations. Resident of Gori municipality was abducted by occupational regime today. He was detained presumably on charge of having attempted to cross the so-called border.
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Juvenile abducted from territory of occupational line
Publish Time: 2016-11-27 16:00:00
A juvenile has been abducted by occupational regime presumably on charge of having attempted to cross the so-called border illegally at Jariasheni village of Gori district The family members are asking for help from the government.  Relatives claim that the juvenile has health problems.
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Al-Qaeda leader killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan
Update Time: 2016-11-05 20:28:00
The US has confirmed the death of a senior al-Qaeda leader targeted by a US drone strike in north eastern Afghanistan last month, BBC reports. Farouq al-Qahtani, the group's leader in the area, was killed two weeks ago in what the Pentagon described as a precision strike. Saudi-born al-Qahtani was placed on a US list of most wanted terrorists in February. He was said to be one of al-Qaeda's senior plotters against the US. A Qatari national, al-Qahtani was also accused of involvement in plots targeting Europe.Afghan government spokesman Abdul Ghani Mosamem said that 15 insurgents were killed in the operation on 23 October in the province of Kunar. Those killed included two Arabs and a number of Pakistani Taliban fighters.
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