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Giorgi Kvirikashvili to Give a Speech at 72 nd Session of UN General Assembly
Update Time: 2017-09-18 12:12:00
On September 21, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is scheduled to deliver a speech at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. A Georgian delegation led by the Head of Government will visit New York on September 18-22 to participate in the General Assembly's Session.As part of the visit, Giorgi Kvirikashvili will hold high-level bilateral meetings.The Prime Minister will also address the participants of the top-level event organized by the Open Government Partnership (OGP), with the OGP chairmanship for a year about to be delegated from France to Georgia. It is the first instance in OGP's history for Georgia to chair this organization bringing together organizations (initiatives) from 75 countries. The high-level meeting of the OGP will be held within the frames of 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly.This year, the General Assembly plans to discuss 172 issues, including "Persisting Conflicts in GUAM states and Their Impact on Global Peace, Security, and Development."According to the preliminary agenda, the Assembly will also discuss sustainable development, conflicts, disarmament, and human rights.
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World
BBC: France acid attack - US tourists assaulted in Marseille
Publish Time: 2017-09-17 18:02:00
Two US tourists have had hydrochloric acid thrown in their faces at Marseille train station, French media say.The victims in their early 20s have been taken to hospital for treatment, La Provence newspaper reported.Two other members of their group were also attacked at Saint-Charles station, but did not get acid in their faces.The incident is not believed to be terror-related. The attacker, described by police as a mentally unstable 41-year-old woman, has been arrested.The report says she remained at the site after the attack, and showed photographs of herself with burns.There have been numerous acid attacks across western Europe in recent months. including Britain and Germany. But the problem is now to be found all over the world.Source: BBC 
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Society
Irakli Petriashvili elected as Chairman of Trade Unions
Update Time: 2017-09-14 18:00:00
United Trade Unions of Georgia has elected Irakli Petriashvili as the Chairman. 139 delegates voted for Irakli Petriashvili; Amiran Zenaishvili was supported by 62 votes; 2 ballots were annulled.A total of 203 delegates took part in the voting process. Two candidates - Irakli Petriashvili and Amiran Zenaishvili were competing for post of Chairman.Another candidate, Davit Okitashvili withdrew his candidacy shortly before the voting.
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Politics
Budget and Finance Committee supported the legislative changes to Law on broadcasting along with remarks
Publish Time: 2017-09-14 17:45:00
The parliamentary Budget and Finance Committee has supported the legislative changes to the Law on Broadcasting, taking its remarks into account, through the first hearing. The session was held today.According to Chairman of the Committee Irakli Kovzanadze, the Budget and Finance Committee has same remarks regarding the project. He says that the organization's activities should be remained within the scope of Budget Code.The presented project of amendments envisages separation of authorities and duties of General Director of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) and Board of Trustees. Changes also refer to commercial advertising and sponsorship. According to the initiative, sponsorship of entertainment programs, international competitions, festivals and TV series are allowed.Amendments apply to purchasing as well. According to the existing regulations, the broadcaster carries out all types of purchases in accordance with the law on state procurement; according to the initiated amendments, the regulations should not apply to the purchasing of products such as programs, feature and documentary films.
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Society
Three Georgian sailors detained in Libya
Publish Time: 2017-09-14 12:13:00
Three Georgian sailors have been detained in Libya.According to the Maritime Transport Agency, there are three Georgians among the detained sailors of the vessel. There were 11 crew members on board. The detention is allegedly connected to illegal cargo.
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Economics
Zurab Pololikashvili elected as UNWTO Secretary General
Publish Time: 2017-09-14 09:28:00
Zurab Pololikashvili has been elected as Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The UNWTO General Assembly unanimously supported the decision of the Executive Council of 12 May 2017 and appointed Zurab Pololikashvili to the position of UNWTO Secretary General.This is the first case when a candidate of Georgia occupies the position of the head of the international organization.The new Secretary General was elected at the 22nd session of the UNWTO General Assembly in China. The procedure was attended by Georgian Foreign Minister Mikhiel Janelidze. 
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Regions
Fire in Shuakhevi is localized
Publish Time: 2017-09-12 05:45:00
Fire is localized in Darchidzeebi village, Shuakhevi. Shuakhevi governor Tariel Ebralidze confirmed the information. According to him,  300 square meters burnt out. Fire rescue crews still stay on the spot. Fire broke out on September 11  in Darchidzeebi village. 
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Culture
First Channel announces contest to select the Georgian entry song for 2017 JESC
Publish Time: 2017-09-11 14:12:00
First Channel is announcing a contest to select the Georgian entry song for 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC). Grigol Kipshidze will present Georgia at JESC this year.All interested persons, authors and songwriters are encouraged to send the songs composed specially for this contest and biography at E-mail - junioreurovision@gpb.ge.The song must not be more than 3 minutes long and lyrics should be in Georgian language. The applications can be sent from September 12 till September 25. For additional information view eurovision-georgia.ge; or call 2409110. Georgia is hosting 2017 JESC. The 15th competition will be held on November 26 at Tbilisi Olympic Palace. 
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Society
New-design modernized trains in Tbilisi metro
Update Time: 2017-09-11 10:50:00
Tbilisi Transport Company continues modernization of metro trains with support of Tbilisi City Hall within the framework of the metro renewal and modernization project. In 2017 the company offers totally new-design, modernized trains to the passengers.  According to the company the trains were renewed at the renovation factory owned by the company. 
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Politics
Mikheil Saakashvili - I did not cross the border, Ukrainian people did it, they swept us up and carried us into Ukraine
Publish Time: 2017-09-11 10:05:00
Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia's former president and former governor of Odessa region, denies border breakthrough and says that he has crossed into the country helped by hundreds of his supporters.Saakashvili said he was unexpectedly swept over the border by a crowd, "Ukrainian people did it. They swept us up and carried us into Ukraine," - he said.According to Ukrainian media, Mikheil Saakashvili plans to stay in Lviv till noon.Mikheil Saakashvili and his supporters broke through a line of guards at a Ukraine-Poland checkpoint and entered Ukrainian territory on September 10. 
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Sport
ATP new Ranking - Nikoloz Basilashvili is on 63th place
Publish Time: 2017-09-11 08:41:00
After the American Open Championship, Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) published a new rating.According to ATP Ranking, Tennis Player Nikoloz Basilashvili went to 63th place with 794 scores. As a reminder, Basilashvili was dropped out from the first circle of the US Open Championship when he lost the game against American Jared Donaldson.The top ten of the ATP Ranking is as following: Rafael NadalRoger FedererAndy MurrayAlexander ZverevMarin ČilićNovak DjokovicDominic ThiemStan WawrinkaGrigor DimitrovPablo Carreño Busta
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World
Former head coach of Georgian judo team released from Kiev court hall
Publish Time: 2017-09-09 14:26:00
Peter Zaizenbacher, former head coach of the Georgian judo team, has been released from the Kiev court hall. Austrian Zaizenbacher was detained in his own apartment in the capital of Ukraine in August.Despite this, extradition proceedings of two-time Olympic champion will continue. According to krone.at, extradition of 57-year-old Austrian is planned in September.Zaizenbacher was charged with sexual offenses in relation to two minor girls in October last year. The case dates back to the late 1990s and early 2000s when Peter Zaizenbacher worked in one of the sports clubs in Vienna.The well-known judoka worked as a coach in the Georgian judo team in 2010-12. Under his leadership, Lasha Shavdatuashvili won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
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World
EU Foreign Ministers stress urgency in building anti-terrorism mechanism
Publish Time: 2017-09-09 12:38:00
The foreign ministers of European Union member states, with one voice, stressed the urgency of building a cooperation mechanism to fight terrorism in the world, according to a press conference held in Tallinn, Estonia on Friday (September 10).During the second day of the two-day informal meeting of the EU's foreign ministers, a working session was held with candidate countries for EU membership on the issue of "preventing and countering radicalization and violent extremism".The EU is working extensively with Western Balkan countries and Turkey in the area of anti-terrorism. EU anti-terrorism experts are engaged in a number of efforts, and meetings and consultations have been taking place in this field, said the press release following the session."In the Balkans, in Turkey, in the Middle East, in north Africa, but also in some areas of Africa and Southeast Asia, so we have developed a network of counter-terrorism experts that are deployed there from the European Union, a series of counter-terrorism dialogues with the authorities of these countries to exchange practices and also to learn from some of them how to address the prevention of radicalization of youth," said Federica Mogherini, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, at a press conference following the session on Friday.A number of EU projects are being implemented focusing mainly on prevention, with many activities meant for younger parts of the population and non-governmental organizations, according to the press release.Though extremist groups, such as the Islamic State (ISIS), have experienced some setbacks after a series of collaborative actions taken by some countries, there is still the possibility that ISIS and its ideology will continue to spread.Therefore, the FMs also advocated the advancement of the EU's anti-terrorism efforts in tackling both the technical and ideological aspects of terrorism."It's not a question of whether we should fight terrorists and terrorist organizations in the places where they find safe havens with weapons in hands or we should fight radicalization on the ideological battlefronts -- we will have to do both. And we are doing both," noted Sven Mikser, Foreign Minister of Estonia.The FMs also discussed the need to preserve unity on various foreign policy topics, while Mikser s
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World
Russia says its air strike kills several top Islamic State commanders in Syria
Publish Time: 2017-09-08 10:40:00
A Russian air strike has killed around 40 Islamic State fighters, including four senior commanders, near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, Russia’s defense ministry said on Friday.The strike, carried out by Su-34 fighter-bombers and Su-35 fighters, came after an intelligence report on Sept. 5 showed that top Islamic State commanders were meeting at a secret underground command post in the vicinity of Deir al-Zor, the ministry said on its Facebook page.Among those killed was Abu Muhammad al-Shimali, who oversees foreign fighters at IS, it said. The defense ministry also said it had evidence that Gulmurod Khalimov, Islamic State’s “minister of war”, was present at the meeting in the bunker and had been fatally wounded in the strike and evacuated to the al-Muhasan area, 20 km (13 miles) southeast of Deir al-Zor.Khalimov, the U.S.-trained commander of Tajikistan’s elite police force, defected to Islamic State in April 2015 and later posted a video address, vowing to return home to establish sharia law in his Central Asian nation and to take jihad to Russia and the United States.A top official at Tajikistan’s national security service told Russia’s RIA news agency that Moscow had been asked to provide details proving Khalimov’s elimination.On Tuesday Syrian government forces, supported by Russian air strikes and cruise missile launches, reached troops besieged for years by Islamic State in Deir al-Zor, the militants’ last major stronghold in Syria.  
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Spanish PM Rajoy to ask constitutional court to suspend Catalan referendum
Publish Time: 2017-09-07 17:36:00
Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, on Thursday said he was asking the country’s constitutional court to suspend a bid by leaders in Catalonia to hold a referendum on independence from Spain.He added that he had also asked the Spanish courts to suspend from office all members of the Catalan parliament involved in the referendum vote, which is scheduled for October 1. He urged local mayors and civil servants to try and stop the referendum.The comments from Mr Rajoy, after a meeting with members of his cabinet, came after the Catalan parliament yesterday agreed a bill to give legal basis to the long-planned referendum.“What happened yesterday is an act of dishonourable disobedience to our democratic institutions,” said Mr Rajoy. “We are all obliged to comply with the decisions of the Constitutional Court.”The bill has put the Catalan regional government in open conflict with the Spanish government as well as the country’s judiciary. The vote has been ruled illegal by the constitutional courts.Source: FT
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incident
Fire on Temka
Publish Time: 2017-09-07 15:03:00
Fire on Temka, Tbilisi. According to First Channel, fire is nearby the college Mermisi. Grass and trees are in blaze.Two fire-rescue crews working on the spot.
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World
Casualties confirmed after blast at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan - US military
Publish Time: 2017-09-06 20:23:00
A suicide bomber has reportedly detonated explosives at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, TOLO News reports. The US military has confirmed a "small number of casualties.""An explosion occurred outside an entry control point at Bagram Airfield at 5:38 p.m. local time today," the military said in a statement. "The explosion resulted in a small number of casualties," it continued, adding that the airfield is secure and the incident is being investigated. Eyewitnesses cited by TOLO reported that multiple people had been wounded. The detonation occurred at one of the entrances to the airbase, according to the news outlet, as reported by Russia Today.It comes just hours after a senior US commander in Afghanistan apologized for a "highly offensive" leaflet which was distributed by US forces in the province of Parwan.The leaflet depicted part of the Taliban flag, which includes a passage from the Koran, on a dog - an animal which is considered unclean in Islam.The Taliban responded to the leaflet by saying it showed America's "hatred" for Islam, and that it proves the war in the country is a "war between Islam and unbelief," Reuters reported.It also comes after US President Donald Trump performed a U-turn on Afghanistan, abandoning his previous position of disengagement.Trump has vowed to "expand authority for American armed forces to target the terrorist and criminal networks that sow violence and chaos throughout Afghanistan" in a new push against the Taliban.Bagram was the scene of controversy in February 2012, when Korans were mistakenly burned at the base alongside damaged books and texts from the airfield's library. The incident prompted widespread protests and led to multiple deaths.
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Media
Georgia’s 2017 JESC representative to become known on September 8
Publish Time: 2017-09-06 18:21:00
Georgia’s representative of 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) will become known on September 8. The special jury will reveal the participant. Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) announced the national competition for selection of 2017 JESC contender on July 17. Children aged 9-14 could apply with the song from their own repertoire. Open hearing of contenders will take place at pavilion of First Channel. The jury includes producer Zaza Shengelia, singer Maia Baratashvili, musician Davit Evgenidze, from GPB - musical editor - Eliso Shengelia and voice director - Giorgi Asanishvili. A new song will be composed for Georgian contender of 2017. Georgia is hosting 2017 JESC. The contest will be held on November 26 at Tbilisi Olympic Palace. 
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Politics
Ruling team waiting for draft report of Venice Commission - Tamar Chugoshvili
Publish Time: 2017-09-06 13:06:00
The ruling team is waiting for the draft report of the Venice Commission in September, before the third hearing of the draft constitution, - Tamar Chugoshvili, First Vice-Speaker of the Parliament, told journalists. "We have a communication with the Venice Commission. It is well known that by the end of September, the Parliament of Georgia will hold the third hearing. We have such an agreement - the Venice Commission has received the text of the amendments adopted in the second reading and they will send us a draft report before the third hearing. This draft report will become public and we will have public discussions," Chugoshvili said and added that they do not expect a negative report from the Venice Commission. 
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incident
Polish tourist dies in Kazbegi
Publish Time: 2017-09-06 12:22:00
A Polish tourist died in Kazbegi resort. According to the reports, the incident happened on the Mkinvartsveri Mountain. Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) reported that the incident took place yesterday and an investigation is underway under the Article 116 of the Criminal Code of Georgia. Other details of the incident are not known.
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