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Well-known musical group of 1990s returning to stage
Publish Time: 2017-04-29 20:31:00
Soft Eject, one of the well-known Georgian musical groups of the 1990s, is returning to the stage after 15-yar pause. Soft Eject will participate in Open Air Festival this year.  The concert will be hosted by Lisi Wonderland on June 17. Members of the group have already begun rehearsing. 
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World
Pope Francis preaches tolerance at Mass in Cairo
Update Time: 2017-04-29 20:25:00
Pope Francis sent a message of tolerance and co-existence Saturday in a Mass at a Cairo stadium before concluding his two-day trip to Egypt.The visit was designed to forge Muslim-Christian brotherhood and show solidarity with the country's persecuted Coptic Christian minority.Francis' trip came nearly two weeks after the Palm Sunday bombing of two Coptic churches, which left at least 45 people dead.Heavy security surrounded Francis as he entered Cairo's Air Defense Stadium in an open golf cart, as reported by CNN.He waved at worshippers and stopped momentarily to bless a group of children in costume. Parts of the stadium stands were draped with his photo as well as Egyptian and Vatican flags. "Religiosity means nothing unless it is inspired by deep faith and charity," Francis said. "True faith is one that makes us more charitable, more merciful, more honest and more humane," he said."God is pleased only by a faith that is proclaimed by our lives, for the only fanaticism believers can have is that of charity! Any other fanaticism does not come from God and is not pleasing to him."The Pope started his Mass with the "As-Salaam Alaikum," the traditional Muslim greeting in Arabic that means "Peace be upon you," and ended it with "al-Masih qam! Bi-l-haqiqa qam! (Christ is risen! He is truly risen)".A Vatican spokesman said 15,000 people attended the Mass at the stadium, which holds 30,000.The Pope later met with members of Egypt's small Coptic Catholic community at St. Leo's Patriarchal Seminary in Cairo's Maadi neighborhood.In a more intimate setting than his earlier Mass, Francis urged gathered priests, nuns and worshippers to be the religious builders of peace in Egypt, saying that despite "difficult circumstances, you must endure.""Although there are many reasons to be discouraged, and many prophets of destruction and condemnation ... may you be the sowers of hope, builders of bridges and agents of dialogue and harmony," he said.Later Saturday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and an honor guard met the Pope at the airport in a farewell
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Politics
Wrapping-up activities of Georgia-US cooperation anniversary held
Update Time: 2017-04-29 20:14:00
The 25th anniversary of Georgia-US cooperation – wrapping-up activities of jubilee week were held today. A special forum was organized to discuss bilateral diplomatic and strategic relations, security issues and democratic reforms. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and representatives of government and Diplomatic Corps attended the conference, which summarized American Days 2017 in Georgia. A concert is being held at Jansug Kakhidze Musical Center. 
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Culture
Georgian ESC contender departs for Kiev
Update Time: 2017-04-29 16:37:00
Tamara Gachechiladze, Georgian contender of 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) and the Georgian delegation members have departed for Kiev, Ukraine. Gachechiladze will hold the first rehearsal on April 30. She will then hold a press conference and answer questions of journalists. Tamara Gachechiladze - Georgian participant of 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will take part in the First Semi-Final of the contest, to be held on May 9. She was qualified as Number 2 to perform on the stage. Gachechiladze will present the song “Keep the Faith” at the contest. The 2017 ESC will be held in Kiev's International Exhibition Centre. The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May, with the grand final on Saturday 13 May. The Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will provide live transmission of all concerts of the popular musical show. 
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Society
Rehabilitation of Kosta Khetagurov Square ongoing
Update Time: 2017-04-29 16:34:00
Rehabilitation of Kosta Khetagurov Square named after Ossetian poet is ongoing at Chughureti district of Tbilisi. Lighting systems and a fountain will be arranged in the square. Sports facilities and children’s playground will be allocated. Rehabilitation works are expected to have finished by the end of May. 
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Society
Cleaning activity in Rustavi
Update Time: 2017-04-29 16:32:00
A large-scale cleaning activity was held in Rustavi town of Kvemo Kartli region. Representatives of local authorities and residents of the town cleaned up the territory of Rustavi-Red Bridge and 8th micro-district. 
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Sport
Moto-track arranged at Mtatsminda Park
Update Time: 2017-04-29 16:28:00
A moto-track was arranged by Haski Group at Mtatsminda Park. Professional sportsmen will be able to use it for training. A show-room of moto-bikes was organized. Georgian Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Tariel Khechikashvili visited the territory. 
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Society
Civil Platform –New Georgia working on Tbilisi Development Plan
Update Time: 2017-04-29 16:17:00
Civil Platform – New Georgia is working on Tbilisi Development Plan. A meeting is being held at the party office where Giorgi Vashadze, Leader of the Party became introduced with the interim report prepared by special working groups. Issues of parking, air pollution, traffic jams and other problems facing Tbilisi were discussed during the meeting. The working groups are staffed by about 500 people. 
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Society
Signatures being collected with demand to leave parliament in Kutaisi
Update Time: 2017-04-29 16:15:00
Representatives of civil society and political parties have begun collection of signatures with demand to leave the parliament building in Kutaisi city, Imereti region. Members of the initiative group provide explanations why location of the supreme legislative body should not be changed. 
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Justice
Our motivation is not inclined towards any sanctions - Nino Gvenetadze
Update Time: 2017-04-29 16:08:00
Nino Gvenetadze, Chairwoman of Supreme Court claims that the judiciary is not in favor of sanctions. Gvenetadze made this comment over the initiative of members of High Council of Justice regarding criticism of judges. According to Gvenetadze, the judiciary wants a dialogue with the public and the media on the disputed issues. "The aim of such a dialogue is to increase trust in the judiciary and awareness of the public, the media and judges. Judges naturally want to return public trust. Therefore, our motivation is not inclined towards any sanctions," Gvenetadze said.According to her, the judiciary can find a margin between criticism and insult only by using its own practice and ethical standards.The Chairwoman of the Supreme Court believes that the mentioned initiative has been correctly perceived by the society and the media. The High Council of Justice initiated introduction of legislative regulations on insulting judges. This opinion was expressed by the members of the High Council of Justice on April 4, at the session of the Legal Issues Committee; the lawmakers offered to start discussion on this issue.
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Politics
Special forum dedicated to Georgia-US cooperation anniversary
Publish Time: 2017-04-29 16:05:00
A special forum is being held to mark the 25th anniversary of Georgia-US cooperation. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and representatives of government and Diplomatic Corps are attending the conference, which is wrapping American Days 2017. Bilateral diplomatic and strategic relations, security issues and democratic reforms are being discussed as part of the forum. 
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Politics
We’ve been partners since restoration of Georgia’s independence - Ian Kelly
Publish Time: 2017-04-29 16:03:00
“We’ve been partners since restoration of Georgia’s independence and we have a very close cooperation,” US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly told journalists at the ceremony of the 25th anniversary of US Diplomatic Relations in Georgia.The forum is being held in the former building of the US Embassy on Atoneli Street in Tbilisi. Speeches were delivered at the event by US Ambassador to Georgia Jan Kelly, President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili and Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili.According to the US Ambassador, today is the celebration of partnership with Georgia. “We have a very close partnership. Here are first three ambassadors who served in Georgia”, said the Ambassador and added that we should talk about the achievements that we had together and should devise future plans.The event is being attended by members of the government, former ambassadors of the US to Georgia, MPs, experts and other invited guests.
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World
Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason
Publish Time: 2017-04-29 13:01:00
Turkey has blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, one of the world's most popular websites, BBC reports. It was not initially clear why the ban had been imposed.The Turkey Blocks group said the site was inaccessible from 08:00 (05:00 GMT) by order of the Turkish authorities.People in the capital Istanbul were unable to access any Wikipedia pages without using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). "After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the Law Nr. 5651 [governing the internet], an administrative measure has been taken for this website," Turkey's Information and Communication Technologies Authority was quoted as saying. No reason was given.Turkey Blocks and Turkish media, including the Hurriyet Daily News, said the provisional order would need to be backed by a full court ruling in the next few days.
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Culture
Premiere at Groboedov Theater
Publish Time: 2017-04-29 12:26:00
A premiere of new play “Algeria” of Avtandil Varsimashvili was held at Groboedov Theater last evening. The drama tells about Akmolinsk Camp for wives of "traitors of the Motherland." About 8 thousand women served prison sentence at the camp including from Georgia. 
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Politics
CEC continues information campaign
Publish Time: 2017-04-29 12:21:00
The Georgian Central Election Commission (CEC) continues holding of information campaign with the slogan “Talk to Voters.” Representatives of Vake Election Constituency will hold a meeting with voters at Round Garden today. Similar field meetings will be held in Borjomi, Khashuri, Akhaltiskhe, Batumi, Sagarejo and Batumi. 
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World
North Korea's missile test fails, US military says
Update Time: 2017-04-29 12:19:00
North Korea on Saturday launched a ballistic missile that blew up over land, a spokesman for the US Pacific Command said. The missile didn't leave North Korean territory, US Navy Commandert Dave Benham said.A US military assessment found the main part of the missile landed approximately 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Pukchang airfield, a US official told CNN. "North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!," US President Donald Trump tweeted.  
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Regions
Classroom ceiling collapses in Kutaisi
Update Time: 2017-04-29 12:14:00
A ceiling of a classroom has collapsed in one of the public schools in Kutaisi, Imereti Region. The 30 students of 6th grade were in the classroom when the incident occurred, but nobody was injured.“The wind was blowing and probably it caused the collapse of the ceiling. The company is completing the rehabilitation of the building”, a representative of the school administration said.  
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Regions
Strong wind damages houses in Poti
Update Time: 2017-04-29 12:09:00
Strong wind damaged roofs of block of apartments and houses in Poti town of western Samegrelo region. The building of a kindergarten is also left without a roof. The amount of inflicted damage will be calculated by a special commission. 
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Politics
European Georgia accuses Georgian Dream of Nepotism
Update Time: 2017-04-29 12:08:00
European Georgia Party accuses the ruling Georgian Dream Party of Nepotism. According to Irma Nadirashvili, one of the leaders of European Georgia, spouses of members of Georgian Dream Sofio Kiladze and Tamar Khulordava were appointed on high-ranking positions at Defense Ministry while optimization process is ongoing in the ministry. The addresses of the accusation have not made any comment yet. 
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Crime
Café in Bagebi district robbed
Update Time: 2017-04-29 12:06:00
Café “Entrée” located at Cholokashvili Avenue in Bagebi district of Tbilisi was robbed last night. The attacker took 1500 GEL. Reportedly, about 25-year-old person was armed. Officers of Criminal Police were called at the crime scene. Investigation into the case is opened. 
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