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President welcomes dialog over Constitutional reform
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 16:18:00
Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili has welcomed launch of a dialog between the ruling team and opposition over Constitutional reform. According to President, it is pleasant that the parties acknowledge that adoption of a new constitution should be based on wide consensus. However, there should be readiness for reaching the consensus. President said he was observing the ongoing processes. The first meeting between Georgian Dream Party and opposition took place on August 18. 
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Three helicopters working in Borjomi Gorge in attempt to localize raging fire
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 16:07:00
About 400 rescuers, heavy vehicles and three helicopters are working in Borjomi Gorge in attempt to localize the raging fire. Two helicopters of Georgian Border Police and one sent by Azerbaijan are involved in the works ongoing near Daba village.  Difficult meteorological conditions are hampering the efforts. Strong wind is blowing in the gorge.  The flames have already destroyed about 12 hectares of forest and meadow space. Two Turkish helicopters are expected to become engaged in firefighting works this afternoon. Governmental members are present at the disaster scene. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is coordinating the emergency headquarters. There is no necessity to evacuate the locals, although a special plan exists with that purpose.
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Politics
PM countersigns President’s act on date of local self-governance elections
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 15:34:00
Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has countersigned the act issued by the President of Georgia, - governmental administration has reported.The local elections will be held on October 21. The legal act issued by the President has taken effect. It means that the pre-election campaign has begun. 
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World
Rare white koala born at Australia Zoo seeks perfect name from Facebook fans
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 14:52:00
A rare white koala joey has been born at a Queensland zoo, and the search is now on for the right name. Australia Zoo, north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, welcomed its first white koala joey this breeding season.The female is not albino — its extremely pale colouration is caused by a recessive gene and thought to be inherited from mother Tia, which has had other pale coloured joeys in the past.Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital director Dr Rosie Booth said it was more unusual to see a koala with fur this light — and with eyes and skin remaining the usual brown black — than it was to see a koala with albinism."In veterinary science it's often referred to as the 'silvering gene', where animals are born with white or very pale fur and, just like baby teeth, they eventually shed their baby fur and the regular adult colouration comes through," Dr Rosie said.Dr Booth said koalas were known to vary in colour depending on their environment, with southern koalas being much darker and larger than those found in Queensland and New South Wales.Australia Zoo and Tourism Australia have put the call out on their Facebook page for names, ABC News reported. 
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Regions
Armenia sends its crews to help Georgia fight wildfire
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 14:27:00
Armenia will also engage in firefighting efforts in Borjomi Gorge. As Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili reported, crews from Armenia are already on their way to Georgia. ‘We have already got very significant assistance from Azerbaijan. At the end of the day a large firefighter plane will arrive from Turkey – Turkish PM has made such a decision… Armenia has also decided to help Georgia, having sent its crews that are currently on their way,’ Kvirikashvili said. 
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Culture
Concert of Nino Katamadze held at Black Sea Arena
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 12:35:00
The concert of Georgian singer Nino Katamadze was held last evening at Black Sea Arena in Shekvetili resort of Georgia. Katamadze performed for the audience on her birthday. Group Insight, National Symphonic Orchestra and choir of Georgia’s Patriarchate participated in the concert. The concert was held within the framework of Check-In Georgia project.  
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Culture
Print Festival opened in Batumi
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 12:32:00
The International Print Festival has been opened in Batumi city of Adjara region. The festival will continue till September 7. Samples of hand printing, Lithography and other arts currently replaced by modern digital technologies will be exhibited. Works from Georgia, Germany, Turkey, Spain, Austria, Azerbaijan and Russia are at display. The project is implemented with support of Adjara Education and Culture Ministry and Association “Art Caucasus.” 
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Regions
President thanks everybody for being involved in fighting against fire at Daba village
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 12:27:00
President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili has thanked all those involved in extinguishing the fire near Daba village of Borjomi Gorge. He especially thanked the firefighters and rescuers, heroically fighting in these days. He has also thanked Azerbaijan and Turkey for providing assistance. ‘I would also like to thank our public, volunteers but I would also like to call on them not to act independently but offer their help to the staff working to extinguish the fire… Thank you all for being so organized at a social level,’ Margvelashvili has remarked. Fire erupted at the forest near the Daba village on August 20. Yesterday it was localized but severe wind led eruption of new fire-hit locations. 
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Politics
Local Self-governance elections to be held on October 21
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 12:21:00
The local self-governance elections will be held on October 21 in Georgia. Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili announced the date during the special briefing held at Presidential Administration. The decree will be issued 60 days ahead of the elections. The election campaign will be officially launched afterwards. The act for counter-assignation has already been to Prime Minister. 
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Emergency headquarters established regarding Borjomi Gorge fire
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 12:10:00
An emergency headquarters is established regarding the forest fire raging in Borjomi Gorge. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is coordinating the emergency headquarters. The Georgian government asked all neighboring countries to help in fire-fighting efforts. Azerbaijan will help with one helicopter. Two Turkish helicopters are expected to become engaged in firefighting works this afternoon.  
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Heavy vehicles and three helicopters working in Borjomi Gorge in attempt to localize raging fire
Update Time: 2017-08-22 12:07:00
About 400 rescuers, heavy vehicles and three helicopters are working in Borjomi Gorge in attempt to localize the raging fire. Difficult meteorological conditions are hampering the efforts. Strong wind is blowing in the gorge.  The flames have already destroyed about 12 hectares of forest and meadow space. Two Turkish helicopters are expected to become engaged in firefighting works this afternoon. Governmental members are present at the disaster scene. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is coordinating the emergency headquarters. There is no necessity to evacuate the locals, although a special plan exists with that purpose. 
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Weather/Disasters
Weather forecaster prognosticate rain in Borjomi Gorge on August 23
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 11:38:00
Weather forecasters claim that it will be raining in Borjomi Gorge on August 23. The air temperature will be 30-32 degrees by Celsius scale. The wind will weaken at night hours. 
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Regions
National Forestry Agency head says more than 12 hectares destroyed by fire
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 11:13:00
Head of Georgia’s National Forestry Agency Tornike Gvazava declared that more than 12 hectares have been burnt by the fire at Borjomi forest. According to Gvazava, severe wind complicates the situation but new places of the fire are shortly localized. In his words, three helicopters are involved in the efforts at present. He says 300 firefighters, 100 foresters and volunteers are working at the disaster scene.  
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World
Fifty-eight injured in Rostov-on-Don fire
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 10:57:00
Nearly 60 people have sought medical attention after the fire in Russia’s southern city of Rostov-on-Don, nine of them have been taken to hospitals, Head of the regional emergencies department Sergey Panov told a meeting of the emergency response center."According to the latest data confirmed by the Ministry of Health, 58 people have been injured, 9 have been taken to hospitals," he said.On Monday, a massive fire broke out in Rostov-on-Don’s historical center. Private houses on an area of 10,000 square meters were affected by blazes. At 18:53 Moscow Time it was announced that the fire had been localized. The fire destroyed about 120 buildings, of these nearly 100 were residential facilities.A state of emergency has been declared in the Rostov-on-Don region. Earlier reports said that, according to various sources, from 36 to 45 people had sought medical attention, some of them were taken to hospitals, including three police officers and a Russian Emergencies Ministry rescuer.About 600 people have been evacuated from the nearby houses. A criminal case has been opened under the section of the Russian Criminal Code titled "Deliberate destruction or damage to someone else’s property," which provides for up to five years in jail. 
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World
Donald Trump warns against hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 09:47:00
US President Donald Trump has revealed a new strategy for Afghanistan that commits to maintaining US forces in the war-torn country while increases pressure on Pakistan to crack down on havens used by terrorists, The Financial reports. In a prime-time speech on Monday night, Mr Trump said his instinct had been to withdraw from Afghanistan, but that he changed his mind because of concerns about creating a vacuum for terrorists. But he stressed that US support was not a “blank cheque” and that Americans were “weary of war without victory”. “A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists — including Isis and al-Qaeda — would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11,” Mr Trump said at Fort Myers outside Washington. Explaining his reversal, Mr Trump said Isis had emerged because the US withdrew from Iraq in 2011 and that America “cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq”. He did not say whether he would deploy additional forces to bolster the 8,400 US troops in Afghanistan, but stressed that he would give the military the flexibility to produce an outcome “worthy of the tremendous sacrifices” made in Afghanistan. In June, Mr Trump gave James Mattis, defence secretary, the authority to deploy several thousand more troops in Afghanistan, but Mr Mattis wanted to hold off on any decision until the administration had agreed on a strategy. “We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities. Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy,” Mr Trump said. “America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out. I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will,'' - The Financial says. 
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World
2 dead, children trapped after quake hits Italy holiday island
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 08:14:00
A magnitude-4.0 earthquake struck the Italian holiday island of Ischia, causing destruction that left two people dead at peak tourist season, authorities said, as rescue workers struggled today to free two children from the rubble.A woman was killed in Casamicciola, in the north of the small tourist island, hit by debris that fell from a church, with the body of another spotted in the rubble of a collapsed house, local media reported.Around 4am (0200 GMT) emergency workers rescued a seven-month-old baby, crying but alive, after hours of effort. They were still struggling to free the baby’s two brothers, who were alive but trapped and communicating with emergency services through the rubble, according to Naples prefecture.According to local media, the two children, aged 4 and 7, are trapped under a bed but are in touch with rescue workers by phone. It was their pregnant mother, healthy and safe, who raised the alarm. The father was rescued at 2:30 am (0130 GMT).“In Casamicciola, a building collapsed and three people were pulled alive from the rubble — two women and a man,” the head of the local department of civil protection, Angelo Borrelli, said at a press conference early Tuesday.Two small communes, Casamicciola and neighbouring Lacco Ameno, had borne the brunt of the quake, he added.The tremor hit the northwest of the island at 8:57 pm (1957 GMT), with a depth of some 10 km. Italian authorities first put Monday’s quake at 3.6, but subsequently revised it upward to 4.0 magnitude. The main earthquake was followed by 14 smaller aftershocks, Borrelli said.Several buildings in the area collapsed and others had large, ominous cracks. The Rai News 24 television channel broadcast images of holidaymakers by their cars with their bags packed, with other people sitting in their gardens or outside their houses. According to local media, many cars were waiting at Ischia port eager to head back to Naples as soon as possible.One ferry left at 2:30 am and another was scheduled for two hours later. The quake struck just days ahead of the first anniversary of the 6.0 magnitude quake that killed nearly 300 people in and around Amatrice in central Italy. In October 2016 and January 2017 three other earthquakes hit the same region.
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Society
Fire still raging in Borjomi Gorge - helicopter from Azerbaijan joins fire-fighting efforts
Publish Time: 2017-08-21 20:07:00
The fire, which broke out yesterday in Borjomi Gorge, is still raging. The employees of Emergency Management Agency have almost managed to localize fire at mountain slope, however situation has deteriorated from the second half of the day. The wind strengthened which caused re-eruption of the fire. The new hearths of the fire have emerged.The helicopter of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan has already joined fire-fighting efforts. Ministry of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan sent a helicopter to Georgia to help extinguish wildfires.The wind still is hindering the process. Local Government excludes the danger of spreading the fire in settlement areas, although the evacuation plan exists.
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Society
Difficult situation in Borjomi Gorge - Azerbaijani sends helicopter to join fire-fighting efforts
Publish Time: 2017-08-21 18:09:00
The situation is still difficult in the Borjomi Gorge. The employees of Emergency Management Agency have managed to localize fire near Daba village, however wind strengthened which caused re-eruption of the fire.According to rescuers, despite this fact, the disaster area has not been expanded.The helicopter of Georgia’s Border Security Police is involved in the process. Reportedly Ministry of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan has sent a helicopter to Georgia to help extinguish wildfires. The helicopter of the ministry’s aviation unit will join fire-fighting efforts in Georgia.
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Politics
Democratic Movement and Free Georgia presented joint candidates for self-government elections
Publish Time: 2017-08-21 12:15:00
Democratic Movement and Free Georgia have presented the joint candidates for the post of Tbilisi Mayor and Chairman of Tbilisi Sakrebulo (City Assembly).A special press conference has been held a few minutes ago.Kakha Kukava was named as candidate for the post of Tbilisi Mayor and Dimitri Lortkipanidze will run for the post of Chairman of Tbilisi Sakrebulo at the local self-government elections.
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Regions
Firefighters still trying to extinguish fire in Borjomi Gorge
Update Time: 2017-08-21 12:05:00
Up to 200 firefighters are trying to extinguish the fire that hit the Borjomi Gorge.  A helicopter and rescue services are involved in the process.According to Georgia’s National Forest Agency there is no danger of spreading the fire in the settlement territory. The cleanup efforts of the paths heading to the fire were underway all night long.
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