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Emotional Moments, Speach of Tako Gachechiladze Winner of Georgian National Final
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 23:11:00
Tako Gachechiladze won the Georgian National Final. Gachechiladze will represent Georgia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Keep The Faith. The winner was decided by a combination international jury and public votes. Keep The Faith was written by Tako herself and will be the 10th Georgian entry in the Eurovision Song 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.
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Tako Gachechiladze will present Georgia at 2017 Eurovision Song Contest
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 22:51:00
Tako Gachechiladze will present Georgia at 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Kyiv, Ukraine. She won the Georgian National Final, with the entry song "Keep the Faith" .25 Participants took part in the contest. Winner of the National Final was chosen by professional juries and televoters. The money collected from SMS voting during the Georgian national final will be transferred to Dimitri Tsintsadze Charity Fund. Georgian National Final was held at Tbilisi Concert Hall. Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) provided live transmission of the show.Georgia first participated in ESC in 2007. 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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Georgian participant of 2017 ESC to become known on January 20
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 19:10:00
The Georgian National Final of Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will be held at Tbilisi Concert Hall today. The concert will be aired live by First Channel of GPB starting 20:00.The winner of the National Final will present Georgia at 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Kyiv, Ukraine. Twenty-five contenders will perform on stage of Tbilisi Big Concert Hall. The voting procedure will last during 15 minutes.The money collected from SMS voting during the Georgian National Final of Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will be transferred to Dimitri Tsintsadze Charity Fund. Everything is ready at Tbilisi Concert Hall to host the concert. Members of the jury remain confidential. Georgia first participated in ESC in 2007.
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Georgian National Final of 2017 Eurovision Song Contest to be held at Tbilisi Concert Hall on January 20
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 18:50:00
The Georgian National Final of 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will be held at Tbilisi Concert Hall on January 20.The winner of the National Final will present Georgia at 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Kyiv, Ukraine.Winner of the upcoming National Final will be chosen by professional juries and televoters. The voting procedure will last during 15 minutes. Money collected from SMS voting will be transferred to Dimitri Tsintsadze Charity Fund.The National Final will be aired live by First Channel of GPB, starting 20:00.Twenty-five contenders will perform on stage of Tbilisi Big Concert Hall. The Running order of participants is as follows:1. Giorgi Chikovani, with the song - Make it Right 2. Brandon Stone & Eteri Beriashvili, with the song - Heyo Song 3. Rati Durglishvili, with the song - Why 4. Andria Gvelesiani, with the song - Revolutionise 5. Alisa Danelia, with the song - We Are Eternity 6. Nutsa Buzaladze, with the song - White Horses Run 7. Maliibu, with the song - We Live Once 8. Group EOS, with the song - Urban Signs 9. Dima Kobeshavidze, with the song - Scream
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UNM chairman’s post to remain vacant until Mikheil Saakashvili returns to Georgia
Update Time: 2017-01-20 18:39:00
The post of United National Movement (UNM) Party chairman will remain vacant until the return of the former President of Georgia, - the decision has been made at the National Movement congress today. The text of the relevant resolution was read to the congress participants by Nugzar Tsiklauri, one of the leaders of the party. "Since the third President of Georgia is the founder and leader of the United National Movement, who together with the Georgian people laid the foundation of the new Georgian statehood; since he is being persecuted by Ivanishvili’s regime for political reasons; since his citizenship was taken away, but he has never refused to be the chairman of the party; we, the members of the United National Movement, decided not to elect the party chairman until Mikheil Saakashvili is allowed to arrive in Georgia and fully get engaged into the political processes”, said Tsiklauri.After the reading of the text of the document, voting was held and the absolute majority of the congress participants supported the resolution.   
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World
Donald Trump inauguration: Countdown to swearing in new US President
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 18:05:00
US President-elect Donald Trump will be officially sworn into office, taking the title ‘President of the United States’ after the inauguration to be held today. Donald Trump's inauguration speech will be "personal" and "philosophical", his spokesperson has said. The tycoon-turned-politician will deliver his first address as US president to hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington DC and millions watching around the world this afternoon.With the help of long-time speech-writer Stephen Miller, Mr Trump is expected to deliver a relatively short speech referring to ideas from his campaign such as "America First" and the need to "Make America Great Again".Topics are said to include border security, the military, the economy and the outsourcing of jobs, CNN reported. Trump’s domestic agenda hinges on one premise: make the middle-class great again. 
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Donald Trump inauguration line-up
Update Time: 2017-01-20 16:30:00
US President-elect Donald Trump will be officially sworn into office, taking the title ‘President of the United States’ after the inauguration to be held today. The day before the vows are taken, as is tradition, a celebratory concert will take place featuring a whole host of celebrity performers.For Obama’s first inauguration concert – "We Are One" – the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé played. Trump’s line-up is a little lacklustre by comparison.First, rather than delving straight into celebrity performances there will be a “Voices of the People” parade. Participants will include the DC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, King’s Academy Honor Choir and the Republican Hindu Coalition.Following the introduction, “The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” will run, with Trump and his VP Mike Pence making speeches throughout, The Independent reported.
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Parliamentary majority to present candidate for post of judge of Constitutional Court
Update Time: 2017-01-20 16:25:00
The Parliamentary majority will present a candidate for vacant post of judge of Constitutional Court on January 23. Four candidates are considered for the post including MP Manana Kobakhidze. 
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Venice Commission President meets with former chairman of parliament and constitutionalists
Update Time: 2017-01-20 16:23:00
Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio, being on a visit in Georgia, met with Davit Usupashvili, former chairman of parliament, constitutionalists and representatives of non-governmental organizations.  Avtandil Demetrashvili, Joni Khetsuriani, Mindia Ugrekhelidze, Ana Natsvlishvili and Eka Gigauri participated in the meeting. President of Venice Commission inquired about their viewpoints about changes to be made into Constitution of Georgia. 
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Venice Commission Chairman meets with Georgian Parliament Speaker
Update Time: 2017-01-20 16:17:00
According to Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio, as a whole, the Constitution of Georgia is in line with the international standards, but it needs to be improved. After a meeting with Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze, Buquicchio stressed that he welcomes the readiness of the Parliament Chairman to share the remarks and views of the Venice Commission during the implementation of amendments into Constitution."I have been a friend of Georgia for the past 20 years. I have been to Georgia many times. Being Italian, I understand the Georgian mentality, we understand each other well. As a whole, the text of the Constitution is good and in line with international standards, but it should be further improved.The Venice Commission had some critical remarks when amendments were made to the Constitution in 2010. We do not impose anything on you, we just want to improve the Constitution and bring it into full compliance with international standards," Buquicchio said at the briefing held together with Kobakhidze.
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President of Venice Commission meeting with representatives of minority factions
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 16:15:00
Gianni Buquicchio, President of Venice Commission, being on a visit in Tbilisi, is meeting with representatives of parliamentary minority factions. Buquicchio earlier today was hosted by Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili. He also met with Irakli Kobakhidze, Parliament Speaker behind closed door. 
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UNM Congress underway at Sports Palace
Update Time: 2017-01-20 16:10:00
The congress of United National Movement (UNM) Party is underway at Tbilisi Sports Palace. About 7 thousand delegates from Tbilisi and regions are attending the congress.Political leaders will deliver speeches at the event and a new political board will be elected. As reported, the chairman of the board will be Nika Melia, while one of its members will reportedly be former Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze.As for the position of Secretary General, Vano Merabishvili will retain this position, though his duties will be fulfilled by the chairman of the political board until Merabishvili leaves prison.As for the position of Secretary General, the Prime Minister will retain the position again, although his duties until Merabishvili in prison, will assume the chair of the political council.Mikheil Saakashvili has addressed the participants of the congress through Skype from Washington. The congress is being attended by Mikheil Saakashvili’s family members - wife, mother and grandmother.
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Georgian 2017 ESC contender to become known today
Update Time: 2017-01-20 16:05:00
The Georgian national final of Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will be held at Tbilisi Concert Hall today. The winner of the National Final will present Georgia at 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Kyiv, Ukraine. The money collected from SMS voting during the Georgian national final of Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will be transferred to Dimitri Tsintsadze Charity Fund. The national final will be aired live by First Channel of GPB starting 20:00. Twenty-five contenders will perform on stage of Tbilisi Big Concert Hall. The voting procedure will last during 15 minutes.Everything is ready at Tbilisi Concert Hall to host the concert. Members of the jury remain confidential. Georgia first participated in ESC in 2007. 
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World
Turkish female MPs fight over constitutional reforms
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 12:48:00
Female Turkish legislators come to blows after a lawmaker protests against constitutional reforms that would expand President Rejep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers. Aylin Nazliaka had handcuffed herself to a microphone at the podium, refusing to end her protest even after the parliament twice went into recess. A brawl broke out after one lawmaker proceeded to unscrew the microphone Nazliaka had attached herself to. Two female lawmakers have been hospitalized due to injuries. President Erdogan has said the constitutional reforms would enable Turkey to deal with the increasing threats it is faced with. The opponents accuse Erdogan of authoritarian tendencies and believe that the reforms would give unchecked powers to the presidential office. The parliament is expected to make a final decision about the proposed reforms on Friday or Saturday.
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Russian citizens to visit Armenia with internal passports
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 12:46:00
The Armenian government approved today the decision to give citizens of the Russian Federation the opportunity of entry, exit, stay and movement in the territory of the Republic of Armenia with Russian passports (internal passports).Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan reported that the changes in the agreement, signed between Armenia and Russia before, will ease entry of Russian citizens to the Republic of Armenia, contributing at the same time to promotion of tourism, as well as development of ties in trade, economy and other sectors. By another decision of the Armenian government, entry visa requirement for citizens of Armenia and United Arab Emirates will be lifted.
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Kremlin Spokesman Peskov Refutes Hacking Allegations Against Russia
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 12:41:00
Russian authorities are in no way involved in the alleged cyber attacks against the United States, particularly the alleged hacking that could have influenced the outcome of US presidential elections, Dmitry Peskov stressed in an interview with BBC."Neither Russian government, nor Kremlin, nor President Putin personally, nor military intelligence, stand behind those attacks, if they really exist," Peskov said.In December, US President Barack Obama's administration ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, the closure of two Russian diplomatic compounds and new sanctions against six Russian individuals and five entities over Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election, which the Kremlin has repeatedly denied."Every day we have hundreds of thousands of cyber attacks against our digital systems in the Russian Federation. Some of them are coming from the territory of the United States. Dozens are coming from the territory of Germany, dozens coming from Great Britain. Do you think that it means, with a high state of certainty that hose attacks against our digital systems are being promoted by the governments in Washington, in London, or in Berlin? No, you would probably say no, it’s out of question," Peskov told BBC.The Kremlin spokesman specified that Russia does not believe that the territorial links automatically mean that foreign governments are connected to the hacking."We think that it has nothing to do with the governments, although we also have some evidence that some foreign special services might stand behind some very, very tense attacks against our banks and, well, our official websites," Peskov said.Russian officials have called the US hacking allegations against Russia absurd, saying that they are intended to deflect US public opinion from revelations of corruption and other pressing domestic concerns.The issue of hacking attacks against government networks in different countries has come under the spotlight in recent months after a number of US and German officials claimed that hacking attacking targets in these countries, such as the US Democratic National Committee (DNC) or the infrastructure of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), have been allegedly linked to Russia.
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Melbourne car deaths: Three killed as driver strikes pedestrians
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 12:29:00
Three people, including a young child, have died after a car deliberately hit pedestrians in central Melbourne, police say.At least 29 people were injured, among them a baby who is in a critical condition after the car hit a pram. Police say they rammed the car, shot the driver in the arm and arrested him.They say the incident was not terror-related, but is believed to be linked to a stabbing in Melbourne's south-east early on Friday, BBC reports.The car ploughed into the pedestrians in the Bourke St Mall, a busy shopping area, just before 14:00 (03:00 GMT). Footage broadcast on local media showed a maroon car driving in circles in front of nearby Flinders Street railway station.
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Politics
Giorgi Kvirikashvili meets with Petro Poroshenko
Update Time: 2017-01-20 12:24:00
During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. According to the Governmental Administration, the parties discussed strategic issues pertaining to the relations between the two countries. It was emphasized during the meeting that Georgia considers Ukraine its regional partner and is committed to deeper political, trade, economic, cultural, tourism, and other directions of cooperation.Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Petro Poroshenko discussed European integration and visa liberalization as top priority issues for Georgia and Ukraine, expressing hope that Georgian and Ukrainian citizens will enjoy short-term visa-free travel in the EU as early as 2017.It was emphasized at the meeting that 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The parties discussed a plan of different events in this format. During the conversation, the leaders of the two countries reiterated their support of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and Ukraine.The meeting in Davos was attended by Georgia's Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Gakharia.
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European Georgia faction demands holding of debates in parliament
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 12:23:00
The parliamentary European Georgia faction demands holding of debates in supreme legislative body over the agreement concluded with Gazprom Company by the Georgian government. Sergo Ratiani, MP, said that since Kakha Kaladze, Energy Minister did not arrive in parliament upon request, members of the parliamentary majority will have to answer questions about the agreement.
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UNM Congress to be held today
Update Time: 2017-01-20 12:21:00
The Congress of the parliamentary oppositional United National Movement (UNM) Party will be held today. About 7 thousand delegates both from Tbilisi and regions will attend the Congress. Leaders of UNM will present speeches. Former President Mikheil Saakashvili will address the gathered audience through Skype from Washington. Members of Political Council and Chairpersons will be elected. Reportedly, the National Movement Political Board will have two co-chairmen – Nika Melia and Zaza Bibilashvili. 
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