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Mitorpolit Petre answering questions of investigation
Update Time: 2017-02-28 20:07:00
Chkondidi Mitorpolit Petre Tsaava is being questioned at Chief Prosecutor’s Office into the so-called Cyanide case. The clergyman was summoned to the main investigative body regarding the testimony given by Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman as well as his scandalous statements made lately. Mitropolit said that Prosecutor’s Office had low trust about the so-called Cyanide case. Mitropolit Petre is one of those people, who met with the charged clergyman at prison. He believes that Mamaladze is a victim of provocation. Mitropolit also talked about shadow rule in Georgian Patriarchate in his statements. Mamaladze’s lawyers were also present at Prosecutor’s Office earlier this afternoon. They submitted a written application with demand to provide security of Mamaladze’s family members. They said that Archpriest was cooperating with ongoing investigation. Archpriest mentioned several people during his questioning on February 27. Mamaladze’s questioning was planned to continue today but was postponed due to worsening of his health condition.  
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Economics
Dollar price equals 2.5837 GEL
Update Time: 2017-02-28 18:33:00
The dollar official price has become 2.5837 Gel. The National Bank of Georgia set a new exchange rate yesterday, according to which the lari has slightly gained value against the dollar. Starting with today, 1 USD will cost 2.5837 Gel while the previous rate was 2.5837 Gel. As for the euro, its new exchange rate is 2.7351 Gel while the previous rate was 2.7402 Gel. It has also taken effect from today. 
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Justice
Mitorpolit Petre being questioned
Publish Time: 2017-02-28 18:05:00
Chkondidi Mitorpolit Petre is being questioned at Chief Prosecutor’s Office into the so-called Cyanide case. The clergyman was summoned to investigative body regarding the testimony given by Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman. Mamaldze’s lawyers were also present at Prosecutor’s Office. They submitted an application with demand to provide security of Mamaladze’s family members. They said Archpriest was cooperating with ongoing investigation. Mitropolit said that Prosecutor’s Office had low trust about so-called Cyanide case. 
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Culture
Rusudan Glurjidze’s film receives Satellite Awards
Update Time: 2017-02-28 17:02:00
The feature film “The House of Others” Georgian film director by Rusudan Glurjidze won Satellite Awards, annual awards given by the International Press Academy. The film is a co-production between Georgia, Russia, Spain and Croatia. The story is set in the 1990s, after a civil war, when two families on the winning side are relocated to the hastily vacated houses of the defeated. However, they don’t seem to be able to build a new, peaceful life, as the scars of the war continue to rage within them.
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World
German police launch series of anti-terror raids linked to mosque
Publish Time: 2017-02-28 16:58:00
German police have launched a series of anti-terror raids across Berlin linked to a mosque visited by the Christmas market truck attacker Anis Amri.The latest crackdown follows a decision to ban an association called ‘‘Fussilet 33’‘ which ran the mosque. Police said more than 450 officers searched 24 locations across the capital early on Tuesday.German authorities believe the mosque, which was shut last week, was frequented by Amri and other Islamist extremists. They also suspect it was used to funnel combatants and equipment to conflict zones.The 24-year-old Tunisian national killed 12 people in December when he ploughed a stolen truck into a Christmas market in the German capital. Amri was shot three days later in Italy.Since the attack, Angela Merkel’s government has moved to toughen up security. Measures proposed include accelerating the deportation of rejected asylum seekers and monitoring suspected extremists, Euronews reports.
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Society
Ministry to cover mortgage loans of 100 IDP families
Update Time: 2017-02-28 16:47:00
Georgian Ministry of IDPs and Settlement will cover mortgage loans of 100 refugee families. Twenty thousand GEL is allocated for each family. The assistance will refer to those families, which bought flats or houses and that represent the only living space. Applications will be received till March 15. The 475 applications are submitted at the Ministry at present. 
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Politics
Project regarding secret wiretapping to be discussed on March 1
Update Time: 2017-02-28 16:24:00
The project initiated regarding secret wiretapping will be discussed during the extraordinary session of the parliament on March 1. The draft-bill will be considered during the sitting of Law Committee. Technical issues will be refined. The parliamentary minority considers the proposed changes as unacceptable. 
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Justice
Nora Kvitsiani found not guilty
Update Time: 2017-02-28 16:20:00
Kutaisi Appeals Court found Nora Kvitsiani, wife of former envoy of Kodori Gorge as not guilty into charges presented by the government against her in 2006: The charges included illegal band formation, keeping of weapons and misappropriation of funds. Kvitisiani now demands compensation of moral damage and status of political prisoner. She will launch consultations with her lawyers. 
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Justice
President addresses persons interested in so-called Cyanide case
Update Time: 2017-02-28 16:17:00
Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili addresses all persons interested in circumstances of so-called Cyanide case to refrain from making early comments and not to interfere with ongoing investigation. Questioning of Mitorpolit Petre and Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman, is being held in parallel over so-called Cyanide case. 
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World
Trump boosts defense spending by $54 billion: 'We have to start winning wars again'
Update Time: 2017-02-28 13:01:00
President Donald Trump will seek to boost Pentagon spending by $54 billion in his first budget proposal and cut the same amount from non-defense spending, including a large reduction in foreign aid, a White House budget official said on Monday.The Associated Press reported that Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget would decrease funding to the Environmental Protection Agency and some programs at the State Department. “We must ensure that our courageous servicemen and women have the tools to deter war, and when called upon to fight in our name, only do one thing — win,” said Trump in a televised speech at the White House.“We have to win. We have to start winning wars again," said Trump. “We don’t fight to win. We’ve either got to win or don’t fight it at all.”Trump will let the Department of Defense decide how to spend the extra billions and most federal agencies will see reductions in funding, an official from the Office of Management and Budget told reporters. The official said Trump's first budget will not address taxes or mandatory spending."We're going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable," Trump said in a meeting with governors in which he said he planned to propose a substantial increase in public safety spending.
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incident
One person detained on fact of selling non-excise tobacco
Update Time: 2017-02-28 12:45:00
Law-enforcers detained one person on fact of selling Armenian cigarettes in Georgia without excise stamps. The person sold cigarettes at different trade objects. He now faces from 2 to 4 years in prison. 
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Politics
NATO Military Committee to visit Georgia
Update Time: 2017-02-28 12:21:00
The NATO Military Committee will arrive in Georgia on March 2-3. The delegation members will meet with high-ranking governmental officials. Ongoing reforms, security in the Black Sea region and Georgia’s involvement in provision of security will be discussed during the visit. This will be the second visit of NATO Military Committee to Georgia. 
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Georgian citizen released from Tskhinvali prison has body injuries
Update Time: 2017-02-28 12:14:00
Amiran Gugutishvili, Georgian citizen recently released from Tskhinvali prison has injuries over his body. Family members claim that the man had health problems when detained. The patient is undergoing medical treatment at Gori “Gormedi” Clinic. 
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Society
Campaign “This Concerns You” preparing to file lawsuit
Update Time: 2017-02-28 12:11:00
The campaign “This Concerns You” is preparing to file a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights regarding the draft-project about secret wiretapping. Non-governmental organizations claim that the initiated project comes into contradiction with the decision made by Constitutional Court about the issue since based on the project the so-called key will remain in hands of State Security Service. 
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Politics
Second phase of work of Constitutional Commission launches
Update Time: 2017-02-28 12:07:00
The second phase of work of State Constitutional Commission has been launched. Members of the group working on Human Rights and Legal Issues will gather today. The parliamentary minority urges the government to become interested with making amendments to Election Code. 
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Economics
Economic growth increases by 5.2%
Publish Time: 2017-02-28 11:17:00
Based on the data of Statistics National Service, economic growth in January in Georgia increased by 5.2%. The same data in January of 2016 was 0.8%. The turnover of enterprises which pays VAT also increased to 21%. 
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World
Three Killed, Two Injured When Small Plane Crashes Into California Home
Publish Time: 2017-02-28 10:57:00
Three people were killed and two others are in critical condition after a small plane crashed into a California home on Monday afternoon, authorities said.Two homes were destroyed when the plane went down in Riverside at about 4:45 p.m. (7:45 p.m. ET), Fire Chief Michael Moore said. All of the victims had been flying in the aircraft, he said. Moore had previously put the number of dead at four.The plane, identified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a Cessna 310, was flying five people to San Jose after a cheerleading competition, Moore said, as reported by NBC News. 
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European tourists rescued
Update Time: 2017-02-28 10:26:00
Rescuers of Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs provided European tourists with assistance. According to the Ministry, 112 emergency service was informed that near Georgia-Dagestan border one of the European tourists was injured and needed medical assistance. The rescuers immediately left for the scene by the Border Police helicopter. The injured person was provided with medical assistance. Afterwards she was transported to Tbilisi in order to be hospitalized at Ghudushauri National Medical Center. 
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Politics
Foreign Minister delivers speech at UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
Publish Time: 2017-02-28 10:15:00
Mikheil Janelidze, Foreign Minister of Georgia spoke about progress that Georgia achieved in terms of human rights protection over the past few years during the speech he delivered at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Janelidze also focused on the Government’s human rights action plan and initiatives. The importance of involving the civil society in these processes was also highlighted, Georgia’s Foreign Ministry reports.Janelidze thanked the High Commissioner for Human Rights for bringing to the attention of the Council the alarming situation in Georgia’s occupied regions at the last session. According to him, Despite the Georgian government’s efforts, the humanitarian and human rights situation in both occupied regions of Georgia remains of grave concern, “especially when no international monitoring mechanisms, including the UN human rights machinery, are allowed to the regions” – the Minister said. The 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council is held in Geneva on 27 and 28 February. The Georgian Foreign Minister met the Swiss Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs the U.N. and the High Commissioner for Refugees. Within the framework of his visit, Mikheil Janelidze also holds bilateral meetings with the foreign ministers of various countries. 
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Questioning of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze to continues today
Publish Time: 2017-02-28 10:04:00
Questioning of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman, will presumably continue today. Investigators and prosecutor spent 8 hours in so-called Matrosov Prison where Mamaladze is kept. Lawyers say that the charged clergyman still demands security of his family members. New questions arose during the first round of questioning.  
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