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Health Minister says about 10 clinics may be withdrawn from the universal health program
Update Time: 2017-01-18 18:33:00
About 10 clinics may be withdrawn from universal state health program, Davit Sergeenko, Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs said during the meeting with heads of leading clinics. The Minister talked about the deficiencies detected in the clinics. Sergeenko added that the number of the withdrawn clinics would be lower, if they take into view the state interest. According to Sergeenko, the main directions of new reforms will be implemented at the beginning of February. The remarks expressed by the Minister were not shared by some heads of the clinics that made comments for the journalists during the break. 
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Society
Public Registry publishes data about registration of real estate
Update Time: 2017-01-18 18:25:00
The Public Registry published the data about registration of real estate property in 2016. The statistics in comparison to 2015 is increased. The number of registration transactions is increased by 18%. 
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World
Turkey issues arrest warrants for 243 military members
Publish Time: 2017-01-18 16:37:00
Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 243 members of the military in 54 provinces across the country, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday, in a probe following July's failed coup.Anadolu said the suspects were being sought on suspicion they were using Bylock, an encrypted smartphone messaging app that the government says was used by the network of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating the attempted coup.
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World
Former President George H.W. Bush, 92, is taken to hospital in Texas
Publish Time: 2017-01-18 16:36:00
Former US President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to hospital in Texas with an undisclosed illness.The 92-year-old, was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital after falling ill, according to his office chief of staff, Jean Becker. But she said he was is in a stable condition and was 'doing fine'.Bush, a former CIA director, was Ronald Reagan's Vice President from 1980 until 1988 and was then President until he was defeated in the 1992 election by Bill Clinton, http://www.dailymail.co.uk reported.  
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Crime
Juvenile wounded in Batumi
Update Time: 2017-01-18 16:26:00
An under-age person was wounded in Batumi city of western Adjara region of Georgia. The incident took place in Boni settlement two days ago. Doctors of Batumi Republican Hospital said that the youngster was admitted to the hospital with a wound in waist area inflicted by a sharp object. The patient undergoes medical treatment. Ministry of Internal Affairs is leading investigation. 
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Politics
Georgian PM continues visit in Spain
Update Time: 2017-01-18 16:23:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili continues his visit in Spain. Georgian PM is taking part in Tourism International Exhibition in Madrid. King Felipe VI of Spain visited the Georgian exhibition space together with Queen Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano today. The Georgian delegation once again had the opportunity to talk about Georgia with the royal couple. 
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Society
Healthcare Minister meets with heads of leading clinics
Update Time: 2017-01-18 16:11:00
Davit Sergeenko, Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs says that several clinics used the money allocated for overall health insurance for welfare of management and dividends, and spent only small amount on medical personnel and patients. Sergeenko made this statement during the meeting with heads of the leading clinics. He said that the ministry would not cooperate with such clinics in the future. He talked about planned reforms during the meeting. 
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Politics
NDI published political part of public survey
Publish Time: 2017-01-18 16:05:00
The National-Democratic Institute (NDI) published political part of the recent public survey. Results of survey about parliamentary elections, expectations toward parliament and support of political parties became known during the presentation. The National Democratic Institute carried out the survey fieldwork from November 4 to December 4. 3 141 persons were interviewed face-to-face throughout the country (excluding occupied territories). The organization says the average margin of error is +/- 1.8%. The survey was funded by the Swedish International Development Agency and was carried out by CRRC-Georgia.
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Culture
Georgian animation film to be presented at Berlin Film Festival
Publish Time: 2017-01-18 13:38:00
Georgian animation film “Lile” of Natia Nikolaishvili will be presented at Berlin International Film Festival. It will be shown in “Generation” part of the festival. Berlin will be hosting the 67th festival starting February 9. The Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven will serve as jury president of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. 
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Society
Harper’s Bazaar advises readers to spend honeymoon in Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-01-18 13:32:00
Georgia is among the 17 places of the world where Harper’s Bazaar advises its readers to spend honeymoon in 2017. “For those looking to honeymoon on the road less traveled, Georgia (the Eastern European country, not the U.S. state) has gained recognition over the past couple of years for emerging food, wine and fashion scenes (remember, Tbilisi has a fashion week, too). Exploring the country's underrated beaches, sprawling countryside or ski slopes (depending on the time of year) after a tour through the capital city will have honeymooners feeling as though they've experienced the best of both worlds.Start off with a tour of Kakheti, Georgia's wine country, then head to Tbilisi for a taste of what makes this evolving cultural hub so exciting to fashion-lovers and foodies alike. Whether you decide to cap off your trip with skiing in the colder months or in summertime for the country's best beaches, you'll leave this hidden gem feeling as though you've tapped into a locale some of the world's most traveled have yet to discover,” says the publication about Georgia.
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World
More Than 50 Democratic Congress Members Planning to Skip Inauguration
Publish Time: 2017-01-18 12:57:00
Dozens of Democratic members of Congress have announced they will skip Donald Trump's Friday inauguration. While some of the 55 made their decision in previous weeks, many more have come forward in recent days, citing the president-elect's perceived insult of Rep. John Lewis as the final straw.Trump lashed out at the civil rights icon Saturday morning after Lewis said in a Friday interview he didn't view Trump as "a legitimate president." Lewis, a Georgia Democrat from an Atlanta-area district who protested alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., also said he would not attend the inauguration, ABC News reports."Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results," Trump tweeted Saturday morning. "All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!"
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Politics
NATO’s Military Committee is meeting in Brussels
Publish Time: 2017-01-18 12:41:00
The Military Committee, NATO’s highest Military Authority, is meeting in Chiefs of Defense Session on 17-18 Jan 2017, at the NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium. General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the Military Committee, is presiding over the meeting. The Chiefs of Defense will discuss the NATO Command Structure Functional Assessment, NATO’s strengthened Defense and Deterrence posture and the implementation of the Projecting Stability Initiative. They will also review the way forward for the RESOLUTE SUPPORT Mission in Afghanistan, meet with their Mediterranean Dialogue and Interoperability Platform counterparts, and partners Georgia and Ukraine. They will also have a broad discussion on Russia.  
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World
Antonio Tajani elected European Parliament president
Update Time: 2017-01-18 12:38:00
Italian MEP Antonio Tajani was elected president of the European Parliament Tuesday.Tajani won 351 votes in a fourth and final round of voting. Gianni Pittella, his Socialist group rival, won 282 votes in the run-off.Tajani replaces Martin Schulz, who is heading to German politics. 
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Politics
Giorgi Kvirikashvili meets with King Felipe VI of Spain
Update Time: 2017-01-18 12:21:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has met with King Felipe VI of Spain, the Governmental Administration reports. The discussion involved the International Tourism Fair scheduled to open today. Attention was paid to the tourism industry as one of the most important socioeconomic sectors. During the meeting, the Prime Minister of Georgia spoke of Georgia's growing tourism potential and stated that, in 2016, some 6.4 million guests visited the country, and the tourism revenues exceeded two billion USD. The meeting at the El Pardo Palace was attended by UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai. After the meeting, the inauguration of International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development was held at the royal palace, attended by representatives of the global political and economic communities. In his speech delivered at the event, the UNWTO Secretary General once again spoke of Georgia. According to him, Georgia is a brand associated with a beautiful country and wonderful people. The guests were addressed by King Felipe VI of Spain who wished them success. 
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Politics
Meeting of group on Incidents Prevention and Response Mechanisms to be held
Update Time: 2017-01-18 12:16:00
The meeting of group on Incidents Prevention and Response Mechanisms will be held in Ergneti village today. Official Tbilisi will raise the issue of release of Georgian local Giorgi Giunashvili as well as security and humanitarian problems at occupational line. 
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Economics
GYLA demands full information about agreement reached with Gazprom
Update Time: 2017-01-18 12:11:00
The Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) demands that the agreement reached with Gazprom Company is made public and full information is provided to the non-governmental organization. The organization will apply to Ministry of Energy in written form today. It will demand making of all official documents public otherwise it will apply to the court. 
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Politics
Expectations about work of new parliament based on NDI Survey
Publish Time: 2017-01-18 11:37:00
According to the National Democratic Institute (NDI) survey, 42% of respondents think that the new parliament will work much better than the previous one. The 30% of respondents believe that the new parliament will be the same, while 8% think that the new parliament will be worse than the previous one.The National Democratic Institute carried out the survey fieldwork from November 4 to December 4. 3 141 persons were interviewed face-to-face throughout the country (excluding occupied territories). The organization says the average margin of error is +/- 1.8%. The survey was funded by the Swedish International Development Agency and was carried out by CRRC-Georgia.  
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Politics
Majority of NDI respondents think there were no cases of pressure during 2012 and 2016 elections
Publish Time: 2017-01-18 10:57:00
According to the National Democratic Institute (NDI) public survey, the majority of respondents - 47% think that there were no cases of pressure during the 2012 and the 2016 elections. The 17% of respondents claim that there was more pressure in the 2012 election than in 2016. The 10% said that the pressure was equal. 11% of respondents think that there was more pressure in 2016 than in 2012.The National Democratic Institute carried out the survey fieldwork from November 4 to December 4. 3 141 persons were interviewed face-to-face throughout the country (excluding occupied territories). The organization says the average margin of error is +/- 1.8%. The survey was funded by the Swedish International Development Agency and was carried out by CRRC-Georgia. 
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Politics
Coordination Group to meet with representatives of Patriots’ Alliance faction
Publish Time: 2017-01-18 10:08:00
Members of Coordination Group of qualified political parties will meet with representatives of parliamentary Patriots’ Alliance faction today. Discussions will be held about election system related issues. The draft-bill, which envisages abolishment of Majoritarian (single mandate) rule of elections, will be considered during the meeting. Representatives of the non-parliamentary opposition claim that the draft-bill should be put for voting since it is backed by 200 thousand signatures and has passed through all procedures. 
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NDI to publish political part of public survey
Publish Time: 2017-01-18 10:05:00
The National-Democratic Institute (NDI) will publish political part of the public survey today. Results of survey about parliamentary elections, expectations toward parliament and support of political parties will become known during the presentation. The survey was carried out during the period from November 4 to December 4. The 3, 141 people were interviewed throughout Georgia. The margin of error is +/-1, 8%. CRRC carried out the survey with financing of Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency. 
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