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London attack: Five dead in Westminster terror attack
Update Time: 2017-03-23 18:10:00
Five people have died and at least 40 were injured after an attacker drove a car along a pavement in Westminster, stabbed a policeman and was shot dead by police in the grounds of Parliament, the BBC reports. The dead officer has been named as PC Keith Palmer, 48, a husband and father.PM Theresa May said the attack was "sick and depraved" and struck at values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.The attacker has not been named by police.Acting Deputy Commissioner and head of counter terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, Mark Rowley, said they think they know who he is and that he was inspired by international and Islamist-related terrorism, but gave no further details. The attack unfolded at about 14.40 GMT when a single attacker drove a grey Hyundai i40 along a pavement over Westminster Bridge, near the Houses of Parliament in central London, killing at least two people and injuring many more.The car then crashed into railings outside the Houses of Parliament.The attacker, armed with a knife, ran to Parliament where he was confronted by the police. PC Palmer - who was not armed - was then stabbed and killed.The attacker was shot dead by armed officers.
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Justice
Motion of Giorgi Mamaladze’s lawyers rejected
Publish Time: 2017-03-23 16:14:00
The City Court did not satisfied the motion of archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze’s lawyers about questioning of the Holy Synod members. According to Mikheil Ramishvili the judge denied the motion without any justification.Lawyers plan to appeal the judge's decision within 24 hours.In parallel, part of the Synod members express readiness to cooperate with the investigation.
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Politics
Institute of President is ignored -MPs speak about Security Council session
Publish Time: 2017-03-23 16:10:00
MPs are making explanations about not attending the session of Security Council since morning.In parallel, the opposition raised the issues which they consider as important for discussing them at the session.The National Security Council session will be held today at 17:00. Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze will not attend the Security Council session.
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Politics
Parliament Speaker not to attend Security Council session
Update Time: 2017-03-23 16:07:00
Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze will not attend the Security Council session. The National Security Council session will be held today at 17:00.The President of Georgia has summoned the National Security Council session  to discuss the following issues. Among them are: The Black Sea Regional Security Environment, Georgia-Nato partnership agenda, Reforms in the Defense Ministry, Unite National Approach toward National Security .
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Politics
Giorgi Mgebrishvili met Dimitris Avramopoulos
Publish Time: 2017-03-23 12:20:00
Within the work visit to Brussels, Minister of Internal Affairs, Giorgi Mgebrishvili held meeting with Euro-commissioner on migration, home affairs and citizenship issues - Dimitris Avramopoulos.At the meeting sides discussed progress achieved by Georgia in the direction of Euro-integration. Sides made special emphasis on the role of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in accomplishing visa liberalization action plan.Minister of Internal Affairs has assessed the strategic and political importance of the visa free regime in the Schengen states within the context of the cooperation with the EU and outlined importance of the support of the European institutions after launching visa free regime.
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Politics
A special program to be launched at checkpoints in relation with the visa-free regime
Update Time: 2017-03-23 12:11:00
A special program will be launched at the customs checkpoints in relation with the visa-free travel to Schengen member countries, - The Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili made the regarding statement at the governmental session today. According to PM the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Affairs are working together to make special changes in customs system. Prime Minister noted that the visa liberalization is essential success for Georgia, which needs maintenance. He highlighted that government's efforts aimed at gaining the status of a safe country.
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Politics
Almost all ministries moved to government city in Ortachalla district
Update Time: 2017-03-23 12:07:00
The government city will be constructed in Ortachala district of Tbilisi, where almost all ministries will be relocated. Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said at today's government session. "We decided to build a government city in Ortachala, next to the place where the project of a business house is being carried out, in order to improve the quality of service. Quite a large territory has been allocated for this purpose. On the one hand, it will be very good, a lot of office space will be freed in the city center, and on the other hand, the construction sector will be encouraged. Almost all ministries will be located in Ortachalla with few exceptions. This is an important project and I welcome it,"- he said.
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Politics
National Security Council session to be held today
Publish Time: 2017-03-23 12:07:00
The National Security Council session will be held today at 17:00.Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze will not be able to attend the Security Council session due to plenary sessions.Minority representatives have expressed hope that the meeting will focus on the recent developments between Russia and Georgia.
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Politics
PM - I believe that the modern world will be able to cope with this aggression of terrorism
Update Time: 2017-03-23 12:05:00
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has expressed concern over the London terror attack. “The government and people of Georgia will always stand side by side with the civilized world in the fight against the extreme cruelty” - the Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili made the regarding statement. “I believe that the modern world will be able to cope with this unimaginable aggression of terrorism. The evil will not be able to defeat progress and humanity in the 21st century", - he said.Five people died and at least 40 were injured after an attacker drove a car along a pavement in Westminster, stabbed a policeman and was shot dead by police in the grounds of Parliament.
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Politics
PM to travel to Athens and then to Brussels together with students
Update Time: 2017-03-23 10:10:00
"On March 28 I will travel to Athens, the ancient capital city of the European culture, together with students and then leave for Brussels, the political center of Europe, to celebrate visa-free regime with special events", - Georgia’s Prime Minister made the regarding statement before the governmental session today. According to Prime Minister the launching of the EU visa-free regime will be celebrated with special events during three days.  “From March 28 Georgian citizens will be able to travel to Schengen countries visa-free. As you know, all the legal procedures have been completed. We plan to hold special events on 26-27-28 March to mark this important event", - he said.
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Society
Georgian PM opens C Hepatitis center in Zugdidi
Update Time: 2017-03-22 20:24:00
The C Hepatitis management center has begun functioning in Zugdidi town of western Samegrelo region starting today. Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili opened the center together with Georgia’s Health Minister Davit Sergeenko and U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly. Full spectrum of services will be offered at the center. PM congratulated Zugdidi population on the event adding any residents of breakaway Abkhazian territory having neutral passports will be able to benefit from the center-provided services. “35 000 people have already got treatment service. 25 000 has finished the course, reached the 98% recover. This is very good. It is also important that the center will serve to those with neutral passports living on breakaway Abkhazia’s territory. The U.S. government and Gilead Company took this factor into account and made treatment available for them,” Kvirikashvili said. Tbilisi was the first place where the C Hepatitis Center was initially opened. Zugdidi hosts the second one. Zugdidi municipality was selected as the virus indicator is high there. 
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World
One Year after Belgium's Worst Terror Attack
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 20:00:00
One year passed after terrorist attack at Brussels Zaventem airport in Belgium. Ketevan Kardava, reporter of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) was caught up in what is believed to be the worst terrorist attack in Belgium’s history. She was the first who took photos later distributed by the international media and reported about what had happened. One year ago, terrorists killed 32 people and wounded more than 300 in Belgium’s capital city. Those who lost a loved one during the attacks today shared how they were trying to turn their mourning into something positive. Kardava also recalled the developments in an interview with foreign media. On Wednesday, differences were set aside for ceremonies that were planned at the airport, at Maalbeek metro station, and in the heart of the E.U. district, where the Belgian King and Queen unveiled a memorial of whose who died. Belgium’s capital remembered victims of the terrorist attack today. Brussels, meanwhile, has largely returned to normal. The threat level remains 3 on a scale of 4, and the army is still deployed on the streets. But like in so many other European cities, people have simply learned to live with it. A year on, many victims are also still struggling. The Belgian government has counted 900 victims in total, encompassing those affected by physical or psychological trauma.
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World
Two shot as knifeman mows down five people at Parliament in London
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 18:57:00
Two people have been shot after a car ploughed into a group of people outside the parliament building in London. A man with a knife has been seen within the confines of the Palace, eyewitnesses said.Parliament has been placed on lockdown with MPs locked inside. Metropolitan police have said they are aware of a large incident unfolding in Westminster. Reports suggest that 12 people have been injured, Daily Star reported.
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Politics
Parliament set to override President’s veto over bill on covert wiretapping
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 18:00:00
The Parliamentary Majority today will attempt to override the 6th veto of President Giorgi Margvelashvili on bill about covert wiretapping and related investigative activities. Ana Dolidze, President’s Parliamentary Secretary introduced lawmakers to the motivated remarks of president.  “We believe that the law has to be adopted in the given form as it was approved by the parliament,” Prime Minister thus commented about bill on cover wiretapping. The ruling team disapproved President’s decision. “I don’t see any malice about veto,” Irma Inashvili, MP from Patriots’ Alliance said. On March 21, parliamentary Legal Issues Committee did not support the motivated remarks submitted by president. The ruling team said it was no time for practicing experiments in security sphere. The opposition says that the proposed bill does not ensure protection of citizens’ rights.
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Politics
National Movement: Trucks with Russian plate numbers observed in Bolnisi
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 17:36:00
National Movement leader Nugzar Tsiklauri claims that trucks with Russian plate numbers are observed to be on their way in Bolnisi town of Kvemo Kartli region presumably carrying military equipment to Armenia.Tsiklauri has called on the government representatives and President to study the fact. National Movement has also presented the photo and video material confirming the above-mentioned. “The trucks are carrying the packaged, veiled load. We assume it contains heavy military technique,” Tsiklauri said. 
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Society
Will inspection of meat imported from Brazil begin?
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 17:13:00
Will mass inspection of frozen meat products imported from Brazil to Georgia begin? Finance Ministry says that regulations for meat importer companies have been straitened, and all products will be subjected to laboratory examinations. Some of the biggest consumers of Brazilian meat have suspended imports over allegations that companies have been selling unsafe produce for years.China has banned red meat imports from Brazil, while the European Union said it would stop buying from companies implicated in the scandal. The crisis was triggered by a huge federal police operation on Friday. It found evidence that meat-packers had been selling rotten and substandard produce for several years, BBC reported on March 21.  
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World
New French interior minister takes over after predecessor quits
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 16:41:00
A low-profile politician is taking over as France’s interior minister after his predecessor came under formal investigation over a report that he hired his daughters for a series of jobs in the legislature.The resignation of Bruno Le Roux comes amid a similar investigation into conservative Francois Fillon that has dented his presidential bid, USA Today reports.Matthias Fekl took office Wednesday as a short-timer overseeing France’s fight against Islamic extremism, illegal migration and other crime. The current government leaves office in May.TMC television reported that Le Roux employed his daughters, first as teens, as parliamentary assistants for a total salary amount of 55,000 euros ($59,000). While it is legal for French politicians to hire family, the report suggested that Le Roux’ daughters did not perform all of the work.
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Culture
Exhibition at Folklore Center
Update Time: 2017-03-22 16:35:00
Exhibition titled “Spring 2017” has been opened at Folklore Center. Works by 75 painters are at display. A special catalog was created for the event. The exhibition will last till March 29. 
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Regions
Prime Minister visits Maltakva
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 16:30:00
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili inspected ongoing rehabilitation process of Maltakva coastline in Poti town of Samegrelo region. One part of the 7-kilometer-long beach is already arranged. The cost of the project is 18.500.000 GEL. The project is financed from Fund for Regional Projects. The works will be completed till 2018. 
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Society
It cannot last forever, Russia must de-occupy our regions – Georgian Patriarch
Update Time: 2017-03-22 16:26:00
It cannot last forever. Russia must de-occupy our territories, - Georgia’s Catholicos-Patriarch His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II said during the meeting with co-Chairmen of parliaments of Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) member states being on a visit in Georgia at the patriarchate. His Holiness is holding a meeting with the delegation members. He has thanked Latvian Parliamentary Head Inara Murlietze for visiting Georgia. The Patriarch expressed hope that the visit will be fruitful and greatly influential. As reported by the Patriarch he was Abkhazia’s Metropolitan for 11 years but cannot arrive and meet Abkhazian parish today. ‘While Georgia is in a critical condition as Russia has occupied its 20% your support and assistance is of utmost significance for us… I am glad you have seen the borders where our territory has been artificially divided. It cannot last forever. Russia must de-occupy our territories. Thank you for visiting Georgia. I believe it will have a great influence,’ Ilia II said. 
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