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Mosul battle: Kurdish reporter Shifa Gardi killed in Iraq
Publish Time: 2017-02-25 20:23:00
A Kurdish female reporter has been killed while reporting on the battle for Mosul in Iraq.Shifa Gardi, who worked for Iraqi Kurdish channel Rudaw, was killed by a roadside bomb as she covered the advance of Iraqi forces into western areas held by so-called Islamic State, BBC reports.Rudaw said that Gardi, 30, had broken the stereotypes of male-dominated journalism.Iraqi forces continue to face stiff resistance from IS as they advance.The Iraqi troops entered western districts of Mosul for the first time on Friday as part of an offensive begun in October to drive the jihadists from their main stronghold.
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Society
Family members of 18-year-old man blame doctors of negligence
Update Time: 2017-02-25 12:09:00
Family members of an 18-year-old girl, who died in Kutaisi city, Imereti region, blame doctors for negligence. The girl was found at home being in unconscious condition. She was first transferred to Chiatura and then to Kutaisi hospital. Doctors said the patient had taken sleeping pills with purpose of committing suicide. The family does not agree with the version of death. 
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Politics
Ireland supports Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration aspiration
Update Time: 2017-02-25 16:24:00
Ireland supports Georgia’s state sovereignty and its aspiration to become integrated with European and Euro-Atlantic structures, reads the resolution adopted by the parliament of Ireland.  Based on the document, Ireland also reiterates support to Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and completion of visa-liberalization process. 
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World
French voters call on Barack Obama to run in country's presidential election
Publish Time: 2017-02-25 15:02:00
Voters in France are vying for Barack Obama to become their next President, in a wild bid to bring about a “sixth Republic” in the French presidential elections this year.A website and poster campaign launched on Monday, titled “Obama17”, calls on French people to make the "radical choice" of signing a petition asking that the former US President to run for the position of 25th head of state in the 2017 leadership race.More than 30,000 people have so far signed the petition, and photos of posters mounted around Paris have been widely shared on social media, The Independent reports.
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Politics
Tbilisi Mayor not planning to arrive in Sakrebulo
Update Time: 2017-02-25 16:22:00
Davit Narmania, Tbilisi Mayor does not plan to arrive at Tbilisi Sakrebulo (City Assembly). He said he had much work and had no time for political shows. Narmania thus responded to the demand of the opposition who urged Mayor for giving explanations about handing over land plot to the family Judge Nata Nazghaidze. Narmania was expected at Sakrebulo on February 24 but he did not show up. 
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Society
Will Zura Buchukuri become Head of Patriarch’s security?
Publish Time: 2017-02-25 20:05:00
Will Zura Buchukuri replace Soso Okhanashvili, on post of head of Patriarchs Security? The information is not confirmed yet. Buchukuri has worked in Patriarch’s security for many years. However, the Georgian media reports that staff changes are likely to take place in security of Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II. Okhanashvili does not answer calls of “Moambe” News Program of First Channel. Okhanashvili is not present at the Patriarchate either. Security Police of Ministry of Internal Affairs reports that all employees continue working in usual regime. 
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Society
Staff changes presumably taking place in security of Patriarch
Publish Time: 2017-02-25 16:05:00
Staff changes are presumably taking place in security of Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II. Based on the released information Zura Buchukuri will replace Soso Okhanashvili, head of Patriarchs bodyguards. However, the information is not confirmed yet. Okhanashvili does not answer calls of “Moambe” News Program of First Channel. Okhanashvili is not present at the Patriarchate either. Security Police of Ministry of Internal Affairs reports that all employees continue working in usual regime. 
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Justice
Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze to be questioned on February 27
Update Time: 2017-02-25 20:07:00
Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman, will be questioned on February 27. The charged Deacon will testify after having kept silence for 2 weeks. Mamaladze’s lawyers claim that the evidence may completely change circumstances of the so-called Cyanide case and even declare the charged person as being the victim.The defense side accuses Prosecutor’s Office for postponing the questioning artificially. Lawyers were not present at so-called Matrosov Prison where Mamaladze is kept today. The penitentiary facility administration said that questioning was unlikely over the weekend. The charged person was visited by a representative of Ombudsman's Office. 
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Regions
69-year-old man abducted from occupational line
Update Time: 2017-02-25 20:16:00
Amiran Gugutishvili, 69, local of Koshka village, has been abducted from the occupational line by Russian soldiers. The man was pasturing the cattle in his year, which is located near the barbed wires. The detained man is transferred to Tskhinvali pre-detention isolator. Negotiations in his release are ongoing through the hot-line of European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM). 
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Society
Changes to be made into education system
Update Time: 2017-02-25 16:31:00
Mariam Jashi, Chairperson of Parliamentary Education Committee said that 2 new draft-bills would be initiated during the spring session. Based on the proposed changes, students will be able to participate in National Examinations after completion of professional colleges. The other project refers to introduction of inclusive education at institutions that envisages adaptation of study environment in kindergartens and higher educational institutions. 
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Politics
President holds meetings about national security policy
Update Time: 2017-02-25 20:12:00
Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili held a meeting with representatives of public regarding national security policy and shared with his viewpoints. President talked about the necessity of elaboration of a united strategy. Margvelashvili also called on Security Council for launch of wider consultations with participation of citizens to determine common and main objectives. 
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Society
Change of staff in security of Patriarch not confirmed
Publish Time: 2017-02-25 12:03:00
The information about change in the staff of security of Georgia’s Patriarch is not confirmed. Soso Okhanashvili, head of Patriarchs bodyguards does not answer calls of “Moambe” News Program of First Channel. Okhanashvili is not present at the Patriarchate either. Security Police of Ministry of Internal Affairs reports that all employees continue working in usual regime. . 
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World
More than 40 people killed in triple suicide attack targeting government forces in Homs, Syria
Update Time: 2017-02-25 16:26:00
At least 42 people have been killed and many more injured in a triple suicide bombing attack by al-Qaeda linked militants on security offices in the Syrian city of Homs.The jihadis opened fire before detonating their explosives at two headquarters operated by Syrian government forces, killing at least 42 people including a senior military security officer, General Hassan Daaboul.He was killed with 29 other victims at a military intelligence building, while 12 more people died at a state security branch, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Syrian state media reported that clashes rocked the districts of al-Ghouta and al-Mohata starting early on Saturday morning, before three suicide bombers blew themselves up.Homs' military intelligence branch is among the Syrian prisons documented by human rights groups as centres of murder and torture, The Independent reports. 
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Politics
February 25 – Soviet Occupation Day
Update Time: 2017-02-25 16:10:00
February 25 is the date of Georgia’s occupation by the Soviet Army. State flags are lowered at all state institutions. Various activities will take place across Georgia in commemoration of Georgian soldiers who died in fight of Georgia’s independence. In February 1921, the Red Army, following the post-1917 turmoil in Transcaucasia, entered Georgia, which was then the Menshevik-controlled Democratic Republic of Georgia. The Georgian Menshevik army was defeated and the government fled the country. On February 25, 1921 the Red Army entered the capital Tbilisi and installed a communist government, led by Georgian Bolshevik Filipp Makharadze. The Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic was established on February 25, 1921.For the next 68 years, February 25 was celebrated as an official holiday, the Day of Establishment of Soviet Power in Georgia.
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Crime
Three people detained on fact of selling non-excise tobacco
Update Time: 2017-02-25 16:38:00
Officers of Investigation Service of Finance Ministry detained three people on fact of selling tobacco products without excise stamps. Investigation into the case is opened. The detainees face from 4 to 6 years in prison. 
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World
White House blocks news organizations from press briefing
Update Time: 2017-02-25 20:29:00
CNN and other news outlets were blocked on Friday from attending an off-camera White House press briefing that other reporters were hand-picked to attend, raising alarm among media organizations and First Amendment watchdogs.The decision struck veteran White House journalists as unprecedented in the modern era, and escalated tensions in the already fraught relationship between the Trump administration and the press.The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, BuzzFeed, the BBC and the Guardian were also among those excluded from the meeting, which was held in White House press secretary Sean Spicer's office. The meeting, which is known as a gaggle, was held in lieu of the daily televised Q-and-A session in the White House briefing room. When reporters from these news organizations tried to enter Spicer's office for the gaggle, they were told they could not attend because they were not on the list of attendees.In a brief statement defending the move, administration spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the White House "had the pool there so everyone would be represented and get an update from us today."The White House press pool usually includes representatives from one television outlet, one radio outlet and one print outlet, as well as reporters from a few wire services. In this case, four of the five major television networks -- NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News -- were invited and attended the meeting, while only CNN was blocked.And while The New York Times was kept out, conservative media organizations Breitbart News, The Washington Times and One America News Network were also allowed in. "This is an unacceptable development by the Trump White House," CNN said in a statement. "Apparently this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don't like. We'll keep reporting regardless."New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet wrote, "Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties. We strongly protest the exclusion of The New York Times and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest."The White House press office had informed reporters earlier that the traditional, on-camera press briefing would be replaced by a gaggle in Spicer's office, reporters in attendance said. Asked about the move by the White Ho
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Justice
Date when Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze will be questioned not known
Update Time: 2017-02-25 16:07:00
The date when Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman, will be questioned is not known yet. The defense side accuses Prosecutor’s Office for postponing the questioning artificially. Lawyers are not present at so-called Matrosov Prison where Mamaladze is kept. The penitentiary facility administration says that questioning is unlikely over the weekend. 
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Justice
Investigation activities carried out at Matrosov Prison
Update Time: 2017-02-25 12:08:00
Investigative activities were carried out on February 24 at so-called Matrosov Prison where Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman, is placed.DNA and handwriting samples of Mamaladze were taken. Mikheil Ramishvili, Mamaladze’s lawyer said that security of the charged archpriest as well as his family members were not properly ensured and called on Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili for visiting the charged clergyman in the nearest days. 
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Society
Defense Minister comments about captured Georgian pilot
Update Time: 2017-02-25 16:24:00
The government of Georgia is absolutely ready to consistently communicate with the Congo government to receive more information about our citizen, - Georgia’s Defense Minister Levan Izoria said on the captured Georgian pilot. According to Izoria, he has not been involved in the negotiations. “Our government is all ready to maintain constant communication with the Congo government in order to receive more and more information about our citizen, to be able to provide his rights protection,” Izoria said. The rebels shot down a helicopter and one Georgian citizen was captured and another- wounded as a result. As reported by Georgia’s foreign ministry, the wounded one has been provided with treatment in a hospital but another one still remains in captivity. His relatives say the rebels demand a million USD in exchange for release of Levan Osorauli, Georgian pilot. 
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World
François Fillon, French Presidential Candidate, Faces Formal Investigation
Update Time: 2017-02-25 16:34:00
French prosecutors said Friday that they had begun a full-scale investigation into whether a leading presidential candidate, François Fillon, had embezzled public funds.The announcement advanced what had been a preliminary inquiry into reports that Mr. Fillon had misused public funds to a new stage in which charges could be brought against him. It also threw an already unsettled presidential race further into turmoil, The New York Times reported.Mr. Fillon’s legal difficulties increase the possibility — unprecedented in modern French history — that the presidential election this spring could be fought between two candidates from outside the major political parties. One is the far-right leader of the National Front, Marine Le Pen; the other is Emmanuel Macron, a centrist and former economy minister who is not affiliated with a party.Until last month, Mr. Fillon, the candidate of the center-right Republicans party, seemed set to cruise to France’s presidency with little difficulty. A conservative former prime minister, he has campaigned on promises of absolute probity and a program of austerity to curb France’s soaring deficit.But those planks were overtaken last month when Le Canard Enchaîné, a leading investigative and satirical newspaper, published articles suggesting that Mr. Fillon’s wife, Penelope, had for years been paid out of public funds as her husband’s parliamentary assistant without having done any work. His children were also reported to have been on the payroll. Altogether, hundreds of thousands of dollars are suspected to have been embezzled — sums that staggered the French.Prosecutors said at the time that they would take a preliminary look at the allegations, and Mr. Fillon’s standing in the polls immediately plunged. The prosecutor’s office said on Friday that it would hand over the case to investigating magistrates, who would look into Mr. Fillon’s suspected “misuse of public funds.”The investigative judges have the power to summon Mr. Fillon and others for questioning. His lawyers will now have access to the case files and will have more opportunities to file procedural appeals, which could likely delay the filing of formal charges until after the election.
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