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PACE delegates demand Agramunt's resignation over his Syria trip
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 10:07:00
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) demands resignation of Pedro Agramunt from post of PACE President.Italian representative Michele Nicoletti made a relevant statement at the PACE session in Strasbourg on Monday. After that, a number of deputies rose from their seats and supported the statement with applause. Addressing Agramunt, Nicoletti said that the president should show political responsibility and resign in order to demonstrate that a serious mistake brings serious consequences. The proposal was supported by other PACE deputies in their addresses. Agramunt said that he took note of this position and he would inform after lunch whether the issue would be discussed at public hearings on Tuesday. Read also PACE President explains his visit to Syria with Russian Duma delegation He interrupted the plenary session for 10 minutes before responding positively to the question whether he was ready for a public discussion of his visit to Syria. After a recess, it became known that PACE would hold a public discussion of Agramunt's Syria visit tomorrow, April 25. As UNIAN news agency reported earlier, a delegation of PACE deputies from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Serbia, and Italy and the State Duma of Russia led by PACE President of Pedro Agramunt visited Syria in March.
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Regions
Meeting of Group on Incidents Prevention and Response Mechanisms begins
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 10:05:00
The meeting of Group on Incidents Prevention and Response Mechanisms begins in Gali region. The Georgian side will raise the issue of detention of father and son Archil and Paata Togavas in Rike village and arrest of murderer of Georgian citizen Giga Otkhozoria. Release of Giorgi Lukava being kept in Drand Prison will be also discussed during the meeting. 
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World
Chile rocked by 6.9-magnitude quake; no major damage reported
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 02:35:00
A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck off the west coast of Chile on Monday, rocking the capital Santiago and briefly causing alarm along the Pacific Coast but sparing the quake-prone nation of any serious damage, Reuters reports. The quake was centered about 85 miles (137 km) from Santiago, and some 22 miles (35 km) west of the coastal city of Valparaiso. The U.S. Geological Survey twice revised the magnitude before settling on 6.9, a strength usually capable of causing severe damage.The epicenter's shallow depth of 15.5 miles (25 km) below the sea allowed it to be felt hundreds of miles (km) away. Santiago office buildings swayed for about 30 seconds at the end of the workday. Closer to the epicenter, residents scrambled for higher ground, remembering the lessons of the country's devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2010. "It was short but very powerful," said Paloma Salamo, a 26-year-old nurse, who was in a clinic in Viña del Mar, just north of Valparaiso, when the quake struck.
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Politics
Project on Constitutional changes - Opposition starts working on the action plan
Update Time: 2017-04-24 20:19:00
The project about changes to be made into Constitution adopted by State Constitutional Commission will be sent to parliament next week. The exact date of the voting will be determined at bureau session today.The project will be presented for public discussions to the Georgian citizens as well. The ruling team is preparing for public discussions and plans to set up a special group. In parallel, the opposition starts working on the action plan against the ruling team and planned amendments.Opponents of the ruling team agree on the necessity of unification, but what form of protest should be use is unknown yet.The project prepared by State Constitutional Commission was adopted with 43 votes for, and 8 – against on 22 April. The new addition of Constitution and Law on Adjara Autonomous Republic was put for voting and approved.  
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Politics
Spring session of the PACE opened noisily
Update Time: 2017-04-24 20:13:00
Spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe has opened noisily in Strasbourg. The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Pedro Agramunt was openly accused  of damaging image of the organization.PACE president suspended the Assembly session and left the meeting hall.At a meeting of the PACE spring session, several deputies expressed their protest over Assembly President Agramunt’s recent visit to Syria. Italian representative Michele Nicoletti demanded the resignation of Pedro Agramunt from the post.
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Society
Inclement weather created problems in Georgia - damage is calculated in regions
Update Time: 2017-04-24 20:12:00
Victims, damaged houses, families left without shelter and electricity, uprooted trees - inclement weather created problems in Georgia.Due to strong wing the international flights have been canceled at Tbilisi international Airport.According to Forecasters strong winds are expected across the country today.
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World
Bomb attack hits U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan
Publish Time: 2017-04-24 18:08:00
Suspected Taliban insurgents on Monday attacked a U.S.-operated base in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost, officials said, but gave few immediate details of an assault that coincided with a visit to Kabul by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Reuters reports.The attackers had detonated a car bomb at an entrance to Camp Chapman, a secretive facility manned by U.S. forces and private military contractors, said Mubarez Mohammad Zadran, a spokesman for the provincial governor.But he had little immediate information on any damage or casualties."I am aware of a car bomb attack at one of the gates in the U.S. base, but we are not allowed there to get more details," the spokesman said.A spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, Capt. William Salvin, confirmed the car bomb attack. He said there appeared to be a number of Afghan casualties but none among U.S. or coalition personnel at the base.The attack came just three days after more than 140 Afghan soldiers were killed in an attack on their base by Taliban fighters disguised in military uniforms, Reuters says.
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Society
Non-parliamentary opposition expresses protest on changing “Briefing Time” format
Publish Time: 2017-04-24 16:21:00
The Coordination Council members of the non-parliamentary opposition are expressing protest about changing the format of the program “Briefing Time” aired on Second Channel of Georgian public broadcaster.According to member of the Council Giorgi Akhvlediani, political parties had the opportunity to communicate with the public through this program and changing the existing format means that the program will be closed.The Coordination Council, which consists of 15 political parties, plans to hold protest rallies with demand to  suspend the processes.Giorgi Gvimradze, the Director of News and Current Affairs of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) responded to protest of oppositional parties.  He says that Briefing Time has not been closed; only existing format has been changed.According to Giorgi Gvimradze, parties will be able to provide Public Broadcaster with any material shot by them; in Addition parties have opportunity to conduct briefings at Broadcaster's press club.
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Politics
Project on Constitutional changes - ruling team is preparing for public discussions
Update Time: 2017-04-24 16:09:00
The project about changes to be made into Constitution adopted by State Constitutional Commission will be sent to parliament next week. The exact date of the voting will be determined at bureau session today.The project will be presented for public discussions to the Georgian citizens as well. The ruling team is preparing for public discussions, however the opposition has other plans.The project prepared by State Constitutional Commission was adopted with 43 votes for, and 8 – against on 22 April. The new addition of Constitution and Law on Adjara Autonomous Republic was put for voting and approved.  
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World
Presidential elections in France - latest results
Publish Time: 2017-04-24 16:00:00
Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have gone through to the second round of the French election.Mr Macron won 23.7% of votes in the first round, while Ms Le Pen took 21.5%.The both candidates have already addresses to their supporters and expressed gratitude toward them.The Presidential election was held in France yesterday. The announcement of the preliminary results caused turmoil in several cities of France.
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Politics
Georgian parliamentary delegation is in Strasburg
Update Time: 2017-04-24 12:15:00
Georgia’s Parliamentary Delegation, headed by the First Vice-Speaker, Tamar Chugoshvili is to attend the PACE Spring Session on April 24-28. In parallel, the Parliamentary Delegation will hold the high rank meetings.The meetings are scheduled with the PACE President, Pedro Agramunt, CoE Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, CoE High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks and the Delegations of CoE member states.
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World
Presidential election in France - latest results
Publish Time: 2017-04-24 12:00:00
Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have gone through to the second round of the French election.Mr Macron won 23.7% of votes in the first round, while Ms Le Pen took 21.5%.The both candidates have already addresses to their supporters and expressed gratitude toward them.The Presidential election was held in France yesterday. 
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Politics
"It is a manifestation of autocracy" - Dimitri Lortkipanidze responds to the removal of the members of oppositional parties from the Constitutional Commission list
Publish Time: 2017-04-24 10:06:00
The non-parliamentary opposition assesses the removal of the members of oppositional parties from the Constitutional Commission list as the manifestation of autocracy from the majority.According to Dimitri Lortkipanidze, a similar precedent has already taken place, when three members of Constitutional Commission refused to cooperate, however Irakli Kobakhidze did not take them out from the list at that time.Dimitri Lortkipanidze thinks that before their removal the Chairperson of the Constitutional Commission should had to apply in writing to the members.
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Politics
Georgia’s Parliamentary Delegation to meet Venice Commission members
Publish Time: 2017-04-24 10:04:00
Within the visit to Strasburg, the minority and majority members of Georgia’s Parliamentary Delegation are planning to hold meeting with Venice Commission delegation.The Georgia’s delegation will introduce the constitutional amendments to the Venice Commission. The talks will focus on Georgia's reforms.
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World
French election: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen to fight for presidency
Update Time: 2017-04-24 10:00:00
Centrist Emmanuel Macron has gone through to the second round of the French election, where he will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen, - BBC reported.Mr Macron, a former banker, is seen as a political newcomer - and ran without the backing of an established party.After topping Sunday's vote, he is now favourite to win the run-off on 7 May.It is the first time in six decades that neither of France's main left-wing or right-wing parties has had a candidate in the second round.Mr Macron won 23.8% of votes in the first round, while Ms Le Pen took 21.5%.Their nearest challengers, centre-right François Fillon and hard-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon, fell behind, with just over 19% each.
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Sport
Georgian national judo team won Gold at the European Championship
Publish Time: 2017-04-23 19:45:00
The Georgian national judo team won Gold at the European Championship. Georgian team defeated Russian team in final with the score 3:2.Georgian national team won the Judo European Championship for the ninth time.The championship was held in Warsaw, Poland. 
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Religion
Orthodox Church Celebrates Octave Day of Easter or Low Sunday
Update Time: 2017-04-23 16:16:00
Orthodox Church celebrates Octave Day of Easter or Low Sunday Today. Liturgy is being delivered in all Temples and Churches today.Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II is being delivered liturgy in St. Trinity Temple today. The first Sunday after Easter is known as renewal of the resurrection. From this Week and each Sunday after this is updated as a celebration and is devoted to the Lord. That’s why the orthodox Christians gather in the church every Sunday.
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Regions
Hydroelectric power cascades to be built in Kakheti.
Publish Time: 2017-04-23 16:15:00
Hydroelectric power cascades will be built on the Samkuri River in Kakheti.The preparation works for constructing two hydro power plants have already launched in Pankisi Gorge.The locals positively evaluate the possibility of creating new jobs, but they are demanding to take into account the ecological threat.The project has already been introduced to the population. Now the construction company is waiting for the appropriate permission.
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Regions
Damage inflicted to Samegrelo region being calculated
Publish Time: 2017-04-23 16:12:00
The amount of damage inflicted to Georgia’s western Samegrelo region due to the latest Strong wind is being calculated. Roofs of houses are damaged and trees are uprooted in the villages of Tsalenjikha district.There was a problem in Chale village. The wind damaged electricity lines,  the  traffic movement is halted.
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incident
Six persons killed in car accident
Update Time: 2017-04-23 16:10:00
Six people have died in the road accident that occurred on the Kutaisi bypass. The victims include a 7-month pregnant woman.According to Ministry of Internal Affairs, three cars were involved in the accident.The investigation is under way under Article 276 (7) of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which pertains to the violation of the traffic safety rules that resulted in the death of two or more people. 
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