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Court discusses high-profiled case of Sergo Tetradze
Publish Time: 2017-03-30 16:03:00
Tbilisi City Court is discussing the high-profiled case of Sergo Tetradze's torture and death in a closed format. The prosecutor asked to close the session as the state secrets may be revealed during the interrogation of witness. In addition, the questions may be asked in relation with the material classified as secret.Lawyer of Bacho Akhalalia does not share the position of the prosecutor and demanded to hold the session in an open format, however according to judge’s decision the session has been closed. Bacho Akhalaia attended the session.Beside Akhalalia, Megis Kardava and Nikoloz Dzimceishvili are also charged into Sergo Tetradze’s case.
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World
U.S. Senate backs Montenegro's membership in NATO
Update Time: 2017-03-29 17:01:00
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed the expansion of NATO to allow Montenegro to join the alliance, hoping to send a message that the United States will push back against Russian efforts to increase its influence in Europe.The long-delayed vote was 97-2 in favor of Montenegro's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. That was well above the two-thirds majority needed in the 100-member Senate to ratify Montenegro's membership.There was no immediate confirmation of whether President Donald Trump would formally deposit the instrument of ratification, the last step in the U.S. ratification process.However, his administration had supported NATO membership for the tiny Balkan nation, one of Europe's smallest, despite Trump at times criticizing the alliance as he campaigned for president last year.While campaigning, Trump accused other NATO members of failing to pay their fair share while adopting a conciliatory tone toward Russia. But as president, Trump has pledged his support for the alliance.Reuters reported last week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote to the leaders of the Senate this month to say Montenegro's membership in NATO was "strongly in the interests of the United States."
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Military
Georgian Defense Minister hosts US Assistant Secretary of Defense
Update Time: 2017-03-29 16:43:00
Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria hosted US Assistant Secretary of Defence Laura Cooper. Izoria talked about reforms carried out in the ministry. The sides also discussed joint multi-national military training projects. 
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Regions
Concert Hall to be built in Kvareli
Update Time: 2017-03-29 16:20:00
A concert hall will be built at Ilia Lake in Kvareli, Kakheti region. President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, being on an official visit in Georgia, and Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili attended the presentation of joint Latvian-Georgian project “Music Island.” The two presidents talked about friendly relations between the two countries and gave symbolic keys to each other. Ecologic cottages will be also arranged at the territory at the initial stage with 1.5 million Euro investments. Georgian and Latvian delegations’ members attended the activity. 
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Justice
Decision into Center Point Case to be announced on March 31
Update Time: 2017-03-29 12:30:00
The decision into case of Center Point Construction Company will be made and announced on March 31. One of the founders of the Company Rusudan Kervalishvili said during the court trial today that she hoped the verdict would be fair. 
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Justice
Corpse of man found in Tkibuli
Update Time: 2017-03-29 12:21:00
A corpse of a man has been found in Tkibuli town of Imereti region this morning. According to the preliminary information, the dead person was a miner and was killed with a gun. Other details into the case are not known. 
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Politics
Rasmussen says Ukraine to join Georgians soon
Publish Time: 2017-03-28 14:12:00
Former NATO Chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has responded to Georgia’s visa-free travel with the EU. “From today Georgians can visit the EU without a visa. Ukraine should soon join them, showing how the government's reforms are paying off,” reads his twitter post. Georgia’s visa –free travel with the EU has taken effect today. 
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Politics
Georgia has become far more European country – Georgia’s Parliamentary Speaker
Publish Time: 2017-03-28 12:27:00
Visa-free travel with the EU is not only privilege but responsibility for each Georgian citizen, - Georgia’s Parliamentary Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze declared at the press-conference. Kobakhidze congratulated the Georgian people on the historical day – March 28, when Georgia’s visa free travel with the EU took effect. ‘Our people have confirmed their devoutness to freedom and democratic principles and made a significant step to have an honored place in the European Union. Georgia has become a far more European country. This is a result of our people’s unity, patience and work,’ he said. 
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Politics
President of Latvia visiting Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-03-28 10:17:00
President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis is being on an official visit in Georgia. Vējonis will hold a meeting with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili. The two presidents will sign bilateral documents and give a joint press conference. Raimonds Vējonis will lay a wreath at the memorial of soldiers who died in struggle for restoration of Georgia’s territorial integrity at Heroes’ Square in Tbilisi. President of Latvia will also meet with Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Parliament at a working dinner. Within the framework of visit, Vējonis will visit EUMM office in Gori and meet with locals of Khurvaleti village. The visit of Latvia’s President to Georgia will end of March 30. 
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Society
First flight in direction of Poland carried out
Update Time: 2017-03-28 10:07:00
The first flight Tbilisi-Warsaw was carried out from Tbilisi International Airport at 5 AM in connection with activation of visa-free travel regime for the Georgian citizens. Visa-free travel for Georgian citizens with the EU has already taken effect. Those having biometric passports will enjoy visa-free travel in Schengen countries for 90 days in a 180-day period. Visa-free travel implies free travel in the Schengen zone that includes 22 EU member countries, as well as 4 non-member countries and 4 Schengen-candidate states. Great Britain and Ireland are only exceptions as they maintain visa regime. 
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World
Georgians won't need visa anymore for short trips to the EU – European Council
Publish Time: 2017-03-28 09:55:00
Georgians won't need visa anymore for short trips to the EU thanks to a new regulation starting today, EU Council says on its twitter page. Georgia’s visa-free travel with the EU has taken effect today. Starting with March 28, Georgian citizens will be able to travel to Schengen zone without any visa. 
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Politics
Lithuanian President congratulates Georgia on visa-free travel with EU
Publish Time: 2017-03-28 09:30:00
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has responded to Georgia’s visa liberalization taking effect with the EU and posted the following statement on his twitter account: ‘Open road to Europe for Georgian people! Georgia, travel safe! გილოცავთ!’ –reads her twitter post. It is noteworthy that the last world is written in Georgian alphabet meaning ‘congratulations’. Georgia’s visa-free travel with the EU has taken effect today. Starting with March 28, Georgian citizens will be able to travel to Schengen zone without any visa.  
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Eurovision
Tamara Gachechiladze performed with renewed version of "Keep the Faith" at Gala Concert to celebrate Visa Liberalization
Publish Time: 2017-03-27 22:28:00
Tamara Gachechiladze - Georgian participant of 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) sang the renewed version of the song "Keep the Faith" at the Grand Gala Concert, which was held at the European Square to celebrate visa liberalization in Georgia. Presentation of a video clip for the Georgian entry song "Keep the Faith" will be held in the nearest future. It will be aired by the First Channel of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). Authors of the song "Keep the Faith" are Tamara Gachechiladze and Anri Jokhadze. Director of the video is Temur Kvirkvelia.Tamara Gachechiladze will take part in the First Semi-Final of 2017 ESC, to be held on May 9.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.
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Politics
Petro Poroshenko congratulated the Georgian Prime Minister on activation of visa-free regime
Update Time: 2017-03-27 20:15:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko congratulated the Georgian Prime Minister and the citizens of Georgia on the activation of visa-free travel regime."We do our best to keep pace with you," - Petro Poroshenko told Giorgi Kvirikashvili.Ukrainian President has hosted the heads of governments of the GUAM countries.The main topic of the forum is the enhancing and deepening the cooperation within the GUAM.Georgia's Prime Minister is taking part in  the meeting of the GUAM country leaders in Kiev.It is only through unified efforts that we will be able to empower not only GUAM but our states as well-we must realize what we want to achieve together with the help of the existing format, because success lies primarily in our consistent and coordinated cooperation, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated in his speech at the GUAM Meeting of Heads of State.The Head of Georgian Government thanked his Ukrainian counterpart for hospitality and expressed hope that the meeting would encourage stronger political and sectoral cooperation within the organization.
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Politics
President signs law on secret wiretapping
Update Time: 2017-03-27 18:30:00
Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili has signed a law on secret wiretapping. President's Parliamentary Secretary Ana Dolidze made the regarding statement at the briefing held at the Presidental Administration today. "Despite the fact that the Parliament did not consider the President's motivated observations, the law on wiretapping, the President respects the decision of the Constitutional Court, and therefore, to be signed the law, which had been passed by the Parliament”, said Ana Dolidze.The law was vetoed by the President several days ago, but the Parliament overrode the veto. The law will take effect on 31 March.  
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Politics
Latvian President arrived in Georgia
Update Time: 2017-03-27 16:16:00
Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis arrived in Georgia on a state visit today. Raimonds Vējonis arrived in Georgia for a three-day state visit together with his wife Iveta Vējonis. The guests are hosted by the President of Georgia and the first lady.The official welcoming ceremony will be held at the Presidential Palace tomorrow.Face to face and extended meetings will be held with President Margvelashvili, after which a joint press conference will be held. Bilateral documents will be signed as well. Raimonds Vējonis will lay a wreath at the memorial of heroes and will hold a working dinner with the Parliament Speaker.On March 28 the presidents of Latvia and Georgia will attend the Georgia-Latvia friendly football match.On March 29, the Georgian and Latvian Presidents will visit the occupation line, after which they will leave for Kvareli and open a Latvian investment project.The Latvian President’s visit Georgia will end on March 30.
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Conflicts/Terrorism
Man abducted from occupational line
Update Time: 2017-03-27 12:12:00
Kakhaber Kisishvili, has been abducted from the occupational line by Russian soldiers. He is the local of Plavi village of Gori district.According to locals he was abducted from Otrevi village. He reported that Kisishvili has health problems.
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Politics
Prime Minister to take part in GUAM meeting today
Update Time: 2017-03-27 12:08:00
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will take part in the meeting of the GUAM country leaders in Kiev today. A signing ceremony will be held during the meeting, which will be followed by a press-conference. The GUAM leaders will also participate in a business forum, organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Georgian side will be represented by 20 companies, including transport, construction, distribution and pharmacy companies.Participants of the first panel of the event will discuss the prospects of the GUAM Free Trade Zone, while the GUAM transport corridor will be considered at the second panel. During the visit, the guests will be hosted by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman. The Head of the Georgian Government will hold bilateral meetings during the visit. He will hold meetings with the Ukrainian and Moldovan counterparts.
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Politics
President of Lithuania congratulates Georgia on granting visa liberalization
Publish Time: 2017-03-27 12:08:00
President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite congratulates the Georgian people on granting Georgia with visa liberalization. "Dear friends, today is a special day for Georgia. Georgian citizens start traveling to EU without visa. From now our nations will be even closer as a result of the Georgian people's efforts. Your commitment to freedom and democracy is the example for the region. Lithuania is you faithful friend and we always support Georgia”, - Dalia Grybauskaite says in her video address.
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World
Belarus protesters defy ban to march against 'parasite tax'
Update Time: 2017-03-26 16:21:00
Thousands of people have defied a ban to protest in Belarus against a so-called "social parasites" tax on the under-employed.Protesters shouted "fascists!" at riot police. Dozens of activists and journalists have been arrested. There have been weeks of sporadic protests against a $230 (£185) levy on those unemployed for six months.President Alexander Lukashenko has suspended the tax this year but insisted it would not be scrapped. He says it instills discipline in the work-shy but protesters say it punishes those who cannot find a job, BBC reports.Organisers called the protest Freedom Day, evoking the independent Belarus that lasted just six months after the First World War, in 1918.The march in the capital Minsk took place on the 99th anniversary of the proclamation of the Belarusian People's Republic.Demonstrators tried to march down one of the major streets in Minsk, but were blocked by police who began arresting them and journalists covering the protest.
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