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Giorgi Kvirikashvili - hold NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Georgia is important for country's foreign policy
Publish Time: 2017-05-25 11:12:00
During the government session, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili responded to the fact of holding NATO Parliamentary Assembly's spring session in Georgia.Prime Minister stated at that the declaration in support of Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration will be adopted within NATO Parliamentary Assembly.NATO Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Georgia on May 26-29. "This will be a spring session. It is very important that such a high level forum will be held in a non-NATO country. It will be a declaration of support for Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration and I think it is of utmost importance to hold such an event to support our country's foreign policy", - Kvirikashvili said.
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Justice
Prosecutor’s Office –Georgian side cannot extradite Gela Mikadze to foreign country if requested
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 14:26:00
If requested by a foreign country, the Georgian side cannot extradite Georgian citizen Gela Mikadze to the foreign country, Chief Prosecutor’s Office says. According to the 13th article of the Georgian Constitution, handover of a Georgian citizen to a foreign country is banned, except for the cases envisaged by international agreements.‘Georgia’s civil belonging represents the circumstance that serves as an obstacle to the extradition,’ the Chief Prosecutor’s Office reports. Georgian MP from Alliance of Patriots Gela Mikadze was sentenced to 15 years in jail in absentia by United Arab Emirates court.  
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Politics
Agricultural land plots must not be sold to foreigners – Kakha Kaladze
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 13:03:00
The Head of the Government and I reckon that Georgia’s agricultural land plots must not be sold to foreigners, - Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Energy Kakha Kaladze said. ‘In general there was uproar about the issue. From our point of view, the agricultural land plots must not be alienated to foreigners. Discussion is underway in the parliament and I believe they will make a decision,’ Kaladze claimed.As he has added, no land plots will be sold to foreigners if there is no ‘special occasion’. He supposes the regulation will be reflected in the constitution.  
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Politics
Head of State Audit Service comments about video released through social network
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 11:53:00
Lasha Tordia, Head of State Audit Service commented about the video material released through the social network. Tordia said that Chief Prosecutor’s Office published the material to put the latest conflict that he had with Otar Patrskhaladze, former Chief Prosecutor in the background. Head of State Audit Service held a special briefing this afternoon. The shots are made in one of the cafes at Paliashvili Street in Tbilisi. 
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Society
Georgian Foreign Ministry does not confirm reports on death of captured Georgian pilot in Congo
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 11:49:00
Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the information on the death of the captured Georgian pilot during armed clashes in Congo has not been officially confirmed. Deputy Foreign Minister Zviad Gonadze has said this after the meeting with the Georgian pilot’s brother Giorgi Osurauli. Two planes of Congo Democratic Republic military-air forces were shot down on 27 January by rebellious people. One of the pilots was Georgian citizen Soso Osurauli. He was captured.  
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World
President Trump meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 11:38:00
US President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday. The two met for a private one-on-one meeting, and also exchanged gifts in front of reporters and the president's visiting delegation, which included First Lady Melania Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House advisers and the president's son-in-law and daughter, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.The president gave the Pope a case of books by Martin Luther King, while the Pope gave Trump a medal by a Roman artist inscribed with an olive branch. Francis explained that the branch is a symbol of peace, and Trump replied: "We can use peace."The Pope also presented Trump with three books he said he sends to all Catholics: one on family, one on the gospel and one on "care of our common home, the environment." "Well, I'll be reading them," Trump said, as reported by ABC News. The visit to the Vatican was the third stop of Trump's tour of sites representing three major religions. Over the weekend he stopped in Saudi Arabia, where he delivered an address to Muslim leaders, and Monday through Tuesday he visited Israel and the West Bank and met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.    
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Justice
Turkish nationals and Georgian citizen detained on charge of producing fake excise stamps
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 10:50:00
Officers of Investigation Service of Finance Ministry detained two Turkish nationals and one Georgian citizen on charge of producing and realization fake excise stamps. Further investigation into the case is in progress.    
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Crime
Georgian Interior Ministry solves drug case
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 10:32:00
Officers of Central Criminal Police Department as a result of operative-searching and investigative activities detained two Russian citizens: Dimitri U. (DoB 1980) and Vitali L. (DoB1974) for illegal purchase, keeping and selling of drugs in especially large quantities, Georgia’s Interior Ministry reports. Investigation established that detainees sold various types of drugs through internet. They received order through the internet and distributed drugs in various districts of Tbilisi.During the personal search of the detainee law enforcers seized 333,15gr. of psychotropic substance – the so called “Bio”, amphetamine, 177 pills containing MDMA drug. During the search of the rental apartment and vehicle policemen also seized 1kg anof d 540,25 gr. of psychotropic substance – the so called “Bio”, 887,74gr. of amphetamine powder, 91 pills containing MDMA abd 29 pieces of the same pill.As a result of the investigative activities held within the frames of the investigation, policemen managed to seize 22 packages of the “Bio” drug distributed throughout Tbilisi districts.Both of the detainees have already pleaded guilty. Investigation is in progress on the fact of illegal purchase, keeping and attempted selling of drugs- article 260, parts II and VI, sub-paragraph A and article 19-260 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.     
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Society
Two candidates revealed as winners of competition for TV series at GPB
Publish Time: 2017-05-23 15:54:00
The jury of a competition announced for selection of scenarios for TV series at Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) revealed two winners. The scenario “Vacancy on Post of Murderer” of Ilia Jibghashvili and Beso Solomonashvili won in thriller genre. The scenario “Swaying” of Basa Janikashvili and Sandro Jandieri won in melodrama genre. Fifteen scenarios qualified for the second round of the competition out of 45 applications. The 8-member jury revealed the best ones. The commission will now apply to Vasil Maghlaperidze, General Director of GPB for implementation of these projects. 
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Politics
Georgian and Turkish Prime Ministers hold joint press conference
Publish Time: 2017-05-23 14:25:00
“Turkey was one of the first countries which recognized Georgia’s independence and now it strongly supports Georgia’s state sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said during the joint press conference held together with his Turkish counterpart Binyali Yildirim, being on a visit in Tbilisi. An official welcoming ceremony of Turkish Prime Minister Binyali Yildirim was held at Georgian Governmental Administration. Georgian and Turkish state anthems were performed. Prime Ministers of the two countries introduced members of the cabinet to each other. During the meeting with Georgian PM, talks were held about economic, trade and security cooperation. 
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Justice
Three people detained on charge of swindling
Publish Time: 2017-05-23 11:19:00
Officers of Investigation Service of Finance Ministry detained three people on fact and charge of swindling. The detainees appropriated land plots belonging to the state through a swindling deal. The crime was committed in a group. Investigation activities are underway to reveal other collaborators of the criminal group. 
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Politics
Official welcome ceremony held for Turkish Prime Minister
Publish Time: 2017-05-23 10:36:00
An official welcoming ceremony of Turkish Prime Minister Binyali Yildirim was held at Georgian Governmental Administration. Georgian and Turkish state anthems were performed. Prime Ministers of the two countries introduced members of the cabinet to each other. Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is hosting the Prime Minister of Turkey at this moment. After the meeting the sides will make a joint statement to the media.The Turkish delegation includes: Minister of Foreign Affairs; Minister of Justice; Minister of Economics; Minister of Energy and Natural Resources; Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock; Minister of Customs Issues and Trade; Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications.
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Society
Law-enforcers working at “Rustavi” Clinic
Publish Time: 2017-05-23 10:31:00
Law enforcers are working at “Rustavi” Clinic over death of 2 infants. The 15 and 22-day infants were delivered at the clinic with 1-hour intervals. Doctors claim that both were already dead. 
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Politics
Davit Narmania may be appointed as head of State Audit Service
Publish Time: 2017-05-22 12:27:00
Tbilisi Mayor Davit Narmania does not rule out that he may be appointed as the Head of Georgia’s state Audit Service. According to him, consultations with the government are underway on several important issues, including appointment of the head of the audit service. He says that consultations are underway on Tbilisi Mayor Candidacy as well.Incumbent General Auditor Lasha Tordia’s term on the post expires in July. 
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Politics
Koba Narchemashvili does not see necessity of setting investigative commission on Partskhaladze-Tordia case
Publish Time: 2017-05-22 12:01:00
Member of Parliamentary Majority Koba Narchemashvili does not consider creation of interim investigative commission on Partskhaladze-Tordia case appropriate at this stage.According to MP, he does not see necessity of setting the commission."The issue has not been discussed within majority format. The investigative agencies should be allowed to make a conclusion, after that we will discuss the regarding issue” - Narchemashvili said.Narchemashvili plans to get acquainted with the report, which will be published by Lasha Tordia, Head of State Audit Service.
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Society
Report of State Audit Service to be published on May 22
Update Time: 2017-05-22 12:00:00
The report of the State Audit Service will be published on May 22. As Lasha Tordia, Head of State Audit Service told reporters, the case concerns the replacement of lands in the City Hall, as well as the terms of the auction that the Audit Office has some questions.According to Tordia, the circumstances that the Audit Service speaks about are risky.According to Lasha Tordia, the case refers to Otar Partskhaladze, who was placed in a privileged position.  Tordia thinks that the law enforcement agencies should study these facts further.As a reminder incident took place between Lasha Tordia and Otar Partskhaladze, former Chief Prosecutor at Shardin Street in Tbilisi on May 13. Tordia said that the attack was linked to Partskhaladze’s activities. 
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Politics
Giorgi Kvirikashvili met Federica Mogherini
Publish Time: 2017-05-21 15:12:00
Prime Minister Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili has met with the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini within the framework of his working visit to Jordan. European and Euro-Atlantic integration process, the ongoing reforms in the country and the Eastern Partnership summit were discussed at the working dinner. The Prime Minister expressed his hope that the summit planned in Brussels in November will be focused on practical results.The head of the government also noted that Georgia continues to implement the Association Agreement and the Association Agenda for 2017-2020. The sides also talked about the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia. Federica Mogherini once again emphasized the unwavering support of the EU for Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty and noted that the EU remains committed to the non-recognition policy of the occupied territories.
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Weather/Disasters
Rainy weather will be maintained for next three days
Publish Time: 2017-05-21 14:13:00
Rainy weather will be maintained throughout Georgia  for the next three days.Head of the Hydrometeorological Forcast Center Svetlana Nyoradze told Public Broadcaster  in that regard.Weather will relatively brighten up tomorrow morning, but raining is still expected in the evening.Rainy weather will be maintained throughout Georgia until 24 May.
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Politics
Giorgi Kvirikashvili met the founder of World Economic Forum
Publish Time: 2017-05-21 13:05:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met the founder of World Economic Forum (WEF) Professor Klaus Schwab within the framework of his working visit to Jordan. Kvirikashvili  is participating in the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East and North Africa 2017 in Jordan.Talks focused on the ongoing globe economic processes, regional cooperation and Georgia's participation in regional projects.The sides talked about Georgia's role in the "Silk Road" project and noted that Georgia has the potential to be a competitive transit corridor from Asia to Europe.During the meeting, attention was paid to ongoing reforms in Georgia, which the government is implementing in order to promote rapid economic growth.
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Culture
Goran Bregovic to perform in Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-05-20 17:14:00
Well-known musician Goran Bregovic will perform in Georgia. The concert will be held at Black Sea Arena on August 26. Tickets are already for sale on the tkt.ge website. The tickets price begins from 25 GEL. The highest price is 100 GEL.Goran Bregovic is a Bosnian and Serbian musician and one of the most internationally known modern musicians and composers of the Balkans. 
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