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No Georgian citizens among injured in Mexico earthquake
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 12:16:00
There are no Georgian citizens among the dead or injured as a result of an earthquake which struck Mexico. Nikoloz Svanidze, the representative of Georgian Embassy to Mexico reports in that regard. According to him, at this stage 25 citizens of Georgia are fixed at the territory. The representative of the Embassy calls on Georgian citizens to keep calm.
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More than 200 died in Mexico quake
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 12:03:00
A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 200 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City, - BBC reported.President Enrique Peña Nieto said more than 20 children had died and 30 were missing after a school collapsed.The 7.1 magnitude quake also caused major damage in neighbouring states.The tremor struck shortly after many people had taken part in an earthquake drill, exactly 32 years after a quake killed thousands in Mexico City.The country is prone to earthquakes and earlier this month an 8.1 magnitude tremor in the south left at least 90 dead.Foreign leaders sent messages of support to Mexico as the scale of the disaster became clear.Source: BBC
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US Senate approved 2018 National Defense Budget
Update Time: 2017-09-19 18:23:00
U.S. Senate passed its version of a $700 billion defense policy bill. The document refers to Georgia as well.The document says that Georgia is a valuable American friend. The bill also states that the United States continues to support Georgia’s action plan for NATO membership and country’s territorial integrity.The document adopted by the Senate emphasizes that Russia continues its aggression against neighboring countries.
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U.S. to send over 3,000 troops to Afghanistan
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 07:38:00
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday the United States would send over 3,000 troops to Afghanistan and that most were either on their way or had been notified of their deployment, Reuters reports.“It is exactly over 3,000 somewhat and frankly I haven’t signed the last of the orders right now as we look at specific, small elements that are going,” Mattis told reporters.Reuters previously reported that the United States would send about 3,500 additional troops to Afghanistan.
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PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili to Give a Speech at UN General Assembly
Publish Time: 2017-09-18 18:18:00
On September 21, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is scheduled to deliver a speech at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. A Georgian delegation led by the Head of Government will visit New York on September 18-22 to participate in the General Assembly's Session.As part of the visit, Giorgi Kvirikashvili will hold high-level bilateral meetings.The Prime Minister will also address the participants of the top-level event organized by the Open Government Partnership (OGP), with the OGP chairmanship for a year about to be delegated from France to Georgia. It is the first instance in OGP's history for Georgia to chair this organization bringing together organizations (initiatives) from 75 countries. The high-level meeting of the OGP will be held within the frames of 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly.This year, the General Assembly plans to discuss 172 issues, including "Persisting Conflicts in GUAM states and Their Impact on Global Peace, Security, and Development."According to the preliminary agenda, the Assembly will also discuss sustainable development, conflicts, disarmament, and human rights.
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ISIL’s counter-offensive in west Deir Ezzor ends in disaster
Publish Time: 2017-09-18 16:21:00
The Islamic State (ISIL) attempted to launch a counter-offensive in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor, today, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions near the Al-Thayyem Oil Fields.However, ISIL’s offensive in western Deir Ezzor ended right where it started, Sunday, when the well-prepared units of the Syrian Arab Army’s Republican Guard rained artillery and guided missiles on the terrorist group’s positions.The Syrian Arab Army would eliminate scores of ISIL fighters in the process, forcing the terrorist group to quickly abandon their objective after a short fight.ISIL’s official media wing attempted to portray the battle as a success on Sunday, claiming they killed many Syrian Arab Army soldiers, but this is false.A military source told Al-Masdar tonight that the Syrian Army lost four soldiers during a demining mission around the Al-Thayyem Oil Fields; they were not killed by the Islamic State, like the terrorist group’s media wing claimed.Source: almasdarnews
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TurAz Qartalı - 2017 exercises began in Azerbaijan
Publish Time: 2017-09-18 13:21:00
Joint flight and tactical exercises of the Air Forces of Azerbaijan and Turkey began on September 18. reports citing Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan.The exercises that will last until September 30 will involve up to 30 aircrafts of the Air Forces of Azerbaijan and Turkey, consisting of MiG-29, F-16, Su-25, C-130 Herkules, CASA CN-235 aircrafts, as well as Mi-35, Mi-17 and Sikorsky S-70 helicopters.
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JOL: Eight arrested during Haredi protest against arrest of draft-dodger
Publish Time: 2017-09-18 11:50:00
A Haredi protest against the arrest of a draft-dodger in Jerusalem turned into a violent clash between Haredi Jews and police. Eight ultra-Orthodox men were arrested. Eight ultra-Orthodox men were arrested during a Haredi protest in Jerusalem on Sarei Yisrael Street Sunday. The protest was against the arrest of the grandson of the Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok master rabbi (rebbe) for draft evasion. At least one of the videos from the scene shows police officers using excessive force and violence when dealing with the protesters, who were calling them “Nazis.” Source: JOL 
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The Guardian : Cyprus selling EU citizenship to super rich of Russia and Ukraine
Publish Time: 2017-09-18 11:27:00
Billionaire Russian oligarchs and Ukrainian elites accused of corruption are among hundreds of people who have acquired EU passports under controversial “golden visa” schemes, the Guardian has learnt.The government of Cyprus has raised more than €4bn since 2013 by providing citizenship to the super rich, granting them the right to live and work throughout Europe in exchange for cash investment. More than 400 passports are understood to have been issued through this scheme last year alone.Prior to 2013, Cypriot citizenship was granted on a discretionary basis by ministers, in a less formal version of the current arrangement.A leaked list of the names of hundreds of those who have benefited from these schemes, seen by the Guardian, includes prominent business people and individuals with considerable political influence.The leak marks the first time a list of the super rich granted Cypriot citizenship has been revealed. A former member of Russia’s parliament, the founders of Ukraine’s largest commercial bank and a gambling billionaire are among the new names.The list sheds light on the little-known but highly profitable industry and raises questions about the security checks carried out on applicants by Cyprus.Beneficiaries of the pre-2013 schemes include an oligarch and art collector who bought a Palm Beach mansion from Donald Trump, and a Syrian businessman with close links to the country’s president, described in a leaked US diplomatic cable as a “poster boy for corruption” in war-torn Syria.European politicians have been watching the sector’s growth
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ES: UK armed forces chief Sir Stuart Peach elected into top Nato role
Publish Time: 2017-09-18 09:47:00
The head of Britain's armed forces has been elected to one of the most senior roles in Nato, the Government has announced.Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, chief of defence staff, will take over as chairman of the military committee from June next year.The role involves chairing meetings of all the alliance's military chiefs as well as advising secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg.Prime Minister Theresa May said: That Air Chief Marshal Peach has been elected to this position by his fellow chiefs of defence across Nato underlines the esteem in which he is held by his peers.No one understands better the challenges that Nato faces and I am sure that he will serve the alliance with the same professionalism and rigour with which he has furthered Britain's interests throughout his distinguished career.Source: Standard
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CNN: Hurricane Maria is following Irma's path and getting stronger
Publish Time: 2017-09-18 09:24:00
Hurricane Maria is forecast to rapidly strengthen over the next two days as it takes aim at Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma just days ago.The storm is expected to be a major hurricane when it hits the Leeward Islands over the next few days, intensifying to a Category 4 hurricane in 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center's latest update.As of Sunday at 11 p.m. ET, Maria was about 100 miles (165 kilometers) northeast of Barbados and about 210 miles (340 kilometers) east-southeast of Dominica, the center said. It had strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 85 mph, and is forecast to continue moving toward the eastern Caribbean at 13 mph.Maria continues to strengthen and is expected to be at major hurricane intensity when it affects portions of the Leeward Islands over the next few days, bringing dangerous wind, storm surge and rainfall hazards,- the hurricane center said.Maria is one of three storms churning in the Atlantic Ocean, but it poses the most danger to the hurricane-battered Caribbean.Maria has prompted a hurricane warning for Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Lucia. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds.
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USA TODAY: St. Louis braces for third day of protests after officer's acquittal
Publish Time: 2017-09-17 20:18:00
Shop owners and residents were cleaning up broken glass, assessing damage and bracing for more protests Sunday after two nights of violence sparked by the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.St. Louis County police said they arrested nine people Saturday night and early Sunday in suburban University City, home to Washington University, one day after protests that turned violent led to 33 arrests in two St. Louis neighborhoods.A protest was planned for Sunday afternoon at the police headquarters downtown.The University City Police Department said 23 businesses and five police vehicles were damaged Saturday night when protesters hurled rocks, bricks, water bottles filled with paint thinner or gasoline and balloons filled with red liquid.UCity PD requested assistance Saturday after peaceful protest turned violent when debris was thrown at officers,- county police tweeted early Sunday.St. Louis Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole said the protests have been peaceful until after dark, when chaos has ensued.Saturday night, some criminals decided to pick up rocks and break windows, - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said in a statement. They thought they’d get away with it. They were wrong. Our officers caught ‘em, cuffed ‘em, and threw ‘em in jail.The protests began Friday after a judge cleared former St. Louis Metropolitan police officer Jason Stockley of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, during a high-speed car chase. Judge Timothy Wilson ruled Stockley acted in self-defense.The d
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BBC: France acid attack - US tourists assaulted in Marseille
Publish Time: 2017-09-17 18:02:00
Two US tourists have had hydrochloric acid thrown in their faces at Marseille train station, French media say.The victims in their early 20s have been taken to hospital for treatment, La Provence newspaper reported.Two other members of their group were also attacked at Saint-Charles station, but did not get acid in their faces.The incident is not believed to be terror-related. The attacker, described by police as a mentally unstable 41-year-old woman, has been arrested.The report says she remained at the site after the attack, and showed photographs of herself with burns.There have been numerous acid attacks across western Europe in recent months. including Britain and Germany. But the problem is now to be found all over the world.Source: BBC 
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Two dead after tour bus overturns in Antalya
Publish Time: 2017-09-17 16:40:00
A tour bus carrying 27 passengers, including foreigners, rolled down a 50-meter ditch in Turkey’s southern province of Antalya, killing at least two people.Rescue teams were on the scene attending to the passengers who were trapped in the vehicle. Several ambulances were dispatched to the scene.Source: yenisafak
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Pope painting by Francis Bacon to go on sale after 45 years hidden away
Publish Time: 2017-09-17 16:39:00
A ‘lost’ painting by Francis Bacon could become the most expensive art work ever sold in Europe when it goes under the hammer next month.Carrying an estimate in the region of £60 million, Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd version 1971 unites two subjects that obsessed Bacon during his career: his lover and muse, George Dyer, and the figure of Pope Innocent X.The canvas has been in a private collection for the past 45 years and never loaned. It was exhibited at the Bacon retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris in 1971, then in Dusseldorf the following year, before disappearing from public view.
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CNN: St. Louis sees second night of protests over ex-cop's acquittal
Publish Time: 2017-09-17 15:02:00
Protesters blocked roads in St. Louis on Saturday night on a second day of demonstrations after the acquittal of a former police officer who was charged with first-degree murder.Saturday's demonstrations started as Friday's did, with a few hundred people marching peacefully in streets near downtown and heated up as they continued into the night.A pocket of protesters threw bricks, rocks and projectiles with paint at police as officers tried to disperse the crowds.Nine people were arrested Saturday night during the protests, two police departments in the area said.Video footage showed at least eight people in police custody after protesters shattered the windows of numerous businesses Saturday night.Source: CNN 
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Independent : Narcos location scout shot dead in central Mexico
Publish Time: 2017-09-17 14:00:00
A location scout for the Netflix show Narcos has been shot dead in central Mexico.The car and body of Mexican location scout Carlos Muñoz Portal, 37, were discovered in a remote area near San Bartolo Actopan, near the borders of Hildago state, Variety reports; an area which is said to have one of the highest murder rates of the entire country, with 182 homicides reported in the month of July - a ratio of 12:2 for every 100,000 inhabitants. Muñoz was a seasoned professional, having worked on the likes of Sicario, Spectre, Fast & Furious, and Apocalypto. Netflix has issued the following statement: We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family. The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.According to local reports, a lack of witnesses has left authorities struggling to piece together the circumstances of Muñoz's death. He had been shot multiple times. Source: Independent 
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BBC: Parsons Green: Second arrest over Tube bombing
Publish Time: 2017-09-17 13:22:00
A second man has been arrested in connection with Friday's attack on a London Tube train, police said.The 21-year-old man was arrested in Hounslow, west London, on Saturday night on suspicion of a terror offence and is in custody in south London.An 18-year-old man is also being held on suspicion of a terror offence over the Parsons Green explosion.Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the BBC that the second arrest suggests the attacker was not "a lone wolf".Speaking to the Andrew Marr Show, Ms Rudd said there was "no evidence" to suggest so-called Islamic State were behind the attack.But as this unfolds and as we do our investigations, we will make sure we find out how he was radicalised if we can, - she said.The UK terror threat level remains 'critical', meaning an attack is expected 'imminently'. Of the 30 people injured in Friday's attack, one remains in hospital, NHS England said. Police are continuing to search a house in Sunbury-on-Thames in Surrey.It is thought the 18-year old, who was arrested in the port of Dover on Saturday morning, lives there.The BBC's home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani, who is at the scene, said a large number of officers have been working inside the property and a forensics tent is in place in the back garden.The house belongs to an elderly couple known for fostering hundreds of children, including refugees.Source: BBC 
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RT now under scrutiny as foreign agent
Publish Time: 2017-09-17 12:16:00
RT, the Russian government television network, disclosed Monday that one of its U.S. affiliates has been notified by the Justice Department that it must register as a foreign agent that is disseminating propaganda in the United States.The statement issued by RT’s editor in chief Margarita Simonyan in Moscow is the strongest sign yet the Justice Department may be moving to crack down on the operations of RT and another Russian news agency, Sputnik, by forcing them to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act requiring foreign principals that are seeking to influence U.S. public opinion to disclose their full activities and sources of funding, Yahoo News reports.“The company that supplies all services for RT America channel, including TV production and operations, in the U.S., has received a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, claiming that the company is obligated to register under FARA due to the work it does for RT,” Simonyan said in a statement that was posted on RT’s website. The disclosure by RT came the same day Yahoo News reported that the FBI has obtained thousands of internal Sputnik emails as part of an investigation into whether that news agency, which is technically separate from RT, must also register under FARA. Read also Russian propaganda's Sputnik news agency probed by FBI - media Both RT and Sputnik are operated by companies that are funded by the Russian government and were identified in a U.S. intelligence report in January as being arms of Russia’s “state-run propaganda machine” that served as a “platform for Kremlin messaging to Russian and international audiences.” They were both depicted as playing roles in Russia’s “influence campaign” aimed at boosting Donald Trump and denigrating Hillary Clinton during last year’s presidential campaign. As an example, the report said, Sputnik and RT “consistently cast President-elect Trump as the target of unfair coverage from traditional U.S. media outlets that they claimed were subservient to a corrupt political establishment.” Read also U.S. stresses "legality" of closure of Russian diplomatic facilities as Moscow threatens to sue Washington “There’s ample evidence that RT America is coordinating with the Russian government to spread disinformation and undermine our democratic process,” said U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. “We can’t allow foreign agents, particularly those working on behalf of our adversaries, to skirt our laws.”Source:
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UK terror threat level raised to 'critical' after London Tube explosion
Publish Time: 2017-09-17 12:15:00
The terror threat level in the United Kingdom has been raised from "severe" to "critical," Prime Minister Theresa May announced late Friday, following an explosion earlier on one of the city's Underground trains.A major manhunt is underway in London for suspects in what police are calling a terrorist incident.At least 29 people were injured. None of the injured are thought to be in a serious or life-threatening condition, according to the London Ambulance Service, which took 19 of the injured to hospitals. Ten others went to hospitals on their own.Most of the injuries appear to be the result of flash burns, according to local authorities.Source: CNN 
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