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Illegal gun confiscated
Update Time: 2017-02-18 12:30:00
Law-enforcers confiscated an illegally kept gun through operative information. A person born in 1976, who is previously convicted, is detained. He admits the crime. Investigation into the case is ongoing. 
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Politics
GYLA demands establishment of Prosecutor’s Office as independent body
Publish Time: 2017-02-18 12:23:00
The Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) demands that Prosecutor’s Office is separated from justice system and established as an independent body. The GYLA voiced the initiative during the sitting of State Constitutional Commission. MPs said that the initiative was considered as a version at the current stage. 
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World
Donald Trump says 'fake news' media is 'enemy of the American people'
Publish Time: 2017-02-18 12:22:00
US President Donald Trump has branded his critics in the US press "not my enemy" but the “enemy of the American people”, in a tweet that came a day after he launched a sustained attack on the media during a White House press conference. In his latest barb aimed at US journalists, the Republican billionaire took to Twitter to accuse reporters of publishing “fake news” and singled out several broadcasters for criticism. Mr Trump has frequently attacked the media but has never before called it an enemy of the American public.It comes a day after an astonishing news conference in which the US President criticised the press and commented on the nature of reporters’ questions. During a 77-minute sparring session with journalists, he claimed coverage based on White House leaks was “fake because so much of the news is fake”, despite admitting that the leaks are “absolutely real”. 
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World
Explosion kills 3-year-old in southeastern Turkish town
Update Time: 2017-02-18 12:19:00
A car bomb attack targeting government lodgings in southeastern Turkey has killed a three-year-old child and wounded 15 people, an official says.The bomb exploded near the homes of judges and prosecutors in the mainly Kurdish town of Viransehir, in Sanliurfa province, which borders Syria.The state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Sanliurfa governor Gungor Azim Tuna as saying the attack was carried out with an explosives-laden vehicle, killing the child and wounding 15 others. Anadolu said medics and police were dispatched to the area, which was immediately sealed off.Turkey has suffered a series of violent attacks since 2015 that have been carried out either by the Islamic State group or by Kurdish militants who have led a three-decade old insurgency and resumed fighting after a cease-fire collapsed that year.The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, has targeted police or government lodgings with car bombs in the past, CBC News reports.
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Politics
Munich Security Conference continues
Update Time: 2017-02-18 12:09:00
The 53rd Munich Security Conference continues. The Georgian delegation is headed by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. Georgian PM is scheduled to deliver a speech today. Holding of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the conference is also planned. Trans-Atlantic relations, NATO future, Relations with Russia, ongoing developments in Syria and other issues are on working agenda. Munich Security Conference (MSC), an annual conference on international security policy, kicked off on February 17 at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in the southern German city of Munich, which is also the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria.Munich Security Conference started its journey in 1963. Over the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become the major global forum for the discussion of security policy. 
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Society
GPB Board of Trustees to discuss scheme presented management
Update Time: 2017-02-18 12:07:00
Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will discuss the scheme presented by GPB management about how to filter programs, which should remain in GPB broadcast programming or be closed, on February 21. The Executive Council introduced the scheme to members of GPB Board of Trustees on February 17. The Council divided the programs into 3 groups. Members of the council believe that those which are listed in the first and second categories should remain, while those in the 3rd – should not be aired in the future. Fourteen programs, which may be closed include Real Space, Short 20th Century, Vector, Red Zone, Unknown Music and talk-show Main. The main argument for their suspension is low rating. The management says it guided with the evaluation system of specialists when dividing programs into 3 groups. However, some members of the Board disagree with the proposed scheme. They claim that evaluation of programs based only on rating is unacceptable. The Board believes that the activity of the broadcaster should be evaluated based on 4 criteria: share of TV and access, quality, influence and value with respect to expenditure. 
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Society
Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze taken to clinic
Publish Time: 2017-02-18 12:05:00
Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman, is transferred to Chapidze Clinic due to worsening of his health condition. Mamaladze’s relatives and lawyers visited him at the medical institution. The Archpriest has had high body temperature for several days. 
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Culture
Joint Exhibition of 20th century famous painters to open in Tbilisi
Update Time: 2017-02-17 21:20:00
A joint exhibition of world famous painters of the 20th century – Kandinsky, Picasso, Gigo Gabashvili and others – will open at Art Palace in Tbilisi. The museum received paintings from private collection of Davit Kobakhidze currently living in the U.S. The paintings are bought at Sotheby’s and Christie's fine art auctions, and nobody has ever seen them in Georgia. 
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Society
Thirteen programs of GPB may close
Publish Time: 2017-02-17 20:05:00
Thirteen programs of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) may close. GPB management presented a scheme about how to filter programs, which should remain in GPB broadcast programming or be closed.The Executive Council introduced the scheme to members of GPB Board of Trustees during the sitting today. The Council divided the programs into 3 groups. Members of the council believe that those which are listed in the first and second categories should remain, while those in the 3rd – should not be aired in the future. The 13 programs, which are proposed to be stopped include Real Space, Short 20th Century, Vector, Red Zone, Unknown Music and talk-show Main. The main argument for their suspension is low rating. “We offered the Board to close the programs that have relatively low rating and to address the saved finances at improving the material-technical base,” Director General Vasil Maghlaperidze said. According to him, the Public Broadcaster needs to save money in order to improve material-technical base. “This is a long-term process and requires serious finances. The rating of the channel is conditioned by programs. We have offered the Board to close the programs that have relatively low rating and to address the saved finances at improving the material-technical base. We don’t know any other way of how to save finances”, he said.The management says it guided with the evaluation system of specialists when dividing programs into 3 groups. However, some members of the Board disagree with the proposed scheme. They claim that evaluation of programs based only on rating is unacceptable. The scheme is not final and will be discussed by GPB Board of Trustees. The Board believes that the activity of the broadcaster should be evaluated based on 4 criteria: share of TV and access, quality, influence and value with respect to expenditure. 
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Society
GPB management presents scheme how to filter programs
Publish Time: 2017-02-17 18:05:00
The management of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) presented a scheme about how to filter programs, which should remain in GPB broadcast programming or be stopped.The Executive Council introduced the scheme to members of GPB Board of Trustees during the sitting today. The Council divided the programs into 3 groups. Members of the council believe that those which are listed in the first and second categories should remain, while those in the 3rd – should not be aired in the future. The 14 programs, which are proposed to be stopped include Real Space, Short 20th Century, Vector, Red Zone and talk-show Main. The main argument for their suspension is low rating. “We offered the Board to close the programs that have relatively low rating and to address the saved finances at improving the material-technical base,” Director General Vasil Maghlaperidze said. According to him, the Public Broadcaster needs to save money in order to improve material-technical base. “This is a long-term process and requires serious finances. The rating of the channel is conditioned by programs. We have offered the Board to close the programs that have relatively low rating and to address the saved finances at improving the material-technical base. We don’t know any other way of how to save finances”, he said.Some members of the Board disagree with the proposed scheme. They claim that evaluation of programs based only on rating is unacceptable. The Board believes that the activity of the broadcaster should be evaluated based on 4 criteria: share of TV and access, quality, influence and value with respect to expenditure.
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World
Pakistan Sufi shrine blast: 35 terrorists killed in security crackdown
Update Time: 2017-02-17 17:29:00
At least 35 terrorists were killed as the law enforcement agencies launched a security crackdown across Pakistan on Friday.The crackdown comes after a bomb ripped through the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a revered 13th century Muslim saint, in Sehwan city of Sindh province which left 75 persons dead and hundreds injured, The News International reported.According to a statement by Sindh Rangers, 18 terrorists were killed in operations in Karachi overnight, while six were killed in Orakzai agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.At least four militants were killed in Bannu and two died in a police encounter in Dera Ismail Khan city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.Three terrorists were shot dead during a search operation in Peshawar city and two were killed in Sargodha city of Punjab province.The Islamic State (IS) militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack at the crowded shrine on Thursday, which followed a series of extremist assaults this week. "Scores of suspects were arrested from different cities after the federal and provincial law enforcement authorities started a crackdown across the country," a government official said. According to the official, the crackdown will continue for the coming days.The Sindh government announced three days mourning period as Pakistanis vented their grief and fury on social media, bemoaning the lack of medical facilities to help the wounded. Many of the injured were flown to Karachi and other major towns in Sindh for medical facilities.Pakistan has been experiencing a fresh resurgence in terror attacks with the bombing at Qalandar's shrine the tenth assault over the past five days in the country. 
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incident
So-called ‘Thief-in-law’ detained at Sarphi
Update Time: 2017-02-17 17:24:00
Officers of Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) detained one person on charge of being the so-called ‘thief-in-law’ at Sarphi border checkpoint. The person served prison sentence in the past. He was entering Georgia’s territory from Turkey when detained. Further investigation into the case is in progress. 
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Politics
Munich Security Conference to open
Update Time: 2017-02-17 16:41:00
The 53rd Munich Security Conference will open today. Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will participate in the conference.Trans-Atlantic relations, NATO future, Relations with Russia, ongoing developments in Syria and other issues are on working agenda. Munich Security Conference (MSC), an annual conference on international security policy, kicks off this afternoon at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in the southern German city of Munich, which is also the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria.Munich Security Conference started its journey in 1963. Over the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become the major global forum for the discussion of security policy. 
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incident
Avalanche blocks Zugdidi-Jvari-Mestia road
Update Time: 2017-02-17 16:36:00
Heavy snowfall created problems in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region. Avalanche blocked Zugdidi-Jvari-Mestia road. Cleaning works are ongoing. Study process is stopped at 10 public schools of Zugdidi Municipality. A special headquarters is established. 
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Society
Mitropolit Petre: Church and government in big scandal
Update Time: 2017-02-17 16:15:00
“Scandal is mounting around both the church and government,” Chkondidi Mitropolit Petre Tsaava made this statement after he visited Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman, in prison. Mitropolit said he believed in Mamaladze’s innocence. He also criticized Georgian Patriarch’s Secretary-Referent Shorena Tetruashvili. 
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Society
Trade Unions discuss GPB developments with NGOs
Update Time: 2017-02-17 16:09:00
Current developments at Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) served as the main topic for discussions during the meeting of Trade Unions with representatives of non-governmental organizations.   Talks were held about possible mass layoff of GPB employees. Members of Trade Unions plan to hold a meeting with GPB Board of Trustees in the nearest future. 
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Society
GPB management presents scheme how to filter programs
Publish Time: 2017-02-17 16:05:00
The management of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) presented a scheme about how to filter programs aired on GPB during the sitting of Board of Trustees today.  Executive Council divided the programs into 3 groups. Members of the council believe that those which are listed in the first and second categories should remain, while those in the 3rd – should not be aired in the future. The decision is not final. Some members of the Board disagree with the proposed scheme. The Board believes that the activity of the broadcaster should be evaluated based on 4 criteria: share of TV and access, quality, influence and value with respect to expenditure.  
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Culture
Exhibition at Goethe Institute
Update Time: 2017-02-17 13:05:00
Goethe Institute hosted an exhibition “Eco Thinking – Learn from Nature.” The exhibition provided spaces to 4 elements – air, water, fire and land for photos and motion stands. The exhibition was opened within the framework of Georgia-Germany Friendship year.   
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World
Spanish woman gives birth to healthy twins at age of 64
Publish Time: 2017-02-17 13:01:00
A 64-year-old woman has given birth to healthy twins after her second successful pregnancy at an advanced age, a doctor in northern Spain has said.Enrique Martin, medical director at Recoletas hospital, said on Thursday that the babies, delivered by caesarean section on Tuesday, were “perfectly healthy”. The twins are a boy, born weighing 5.3 pounds (2.4kg), and a girl who weighed 4.9 pounds (2.2kg).According to Spanish newspaper Diario de Burgos, their mother had her first child at 58, but her daughter has been in the custody of local authorities since 2014 because she did not attend school and was not properly cared for.
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Justice
Measures taken by the Prosecutor's Office put the accused in unequal conditions – GYLA
Publish Time: 2017-02-17 12:56:00
The Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) calls on Chief Prosecutor's Office to lift the restrictions imposed into case of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze. According to the statement of GYLA, Giorgi Mamaladze, arrested for preparation of a premeditated murder, has not been given an opportunity to express his opinion publicly.According to the organization, even though the law authorizes the Prosecutor's Office to oblige parties not to disclose case materials, this mechanism cannot be used against the interests of the detained person."In this case, it is clear that the measures taken by the Prosecutor's Office put the accused apparently in unequal conditions. On the one hand, the Prosecutor's Office openly talks about the different circumstances of the case, and on the other hand, Prosecutor's Office and his lawyers cannot respond to the accusations publicly.In addition, officials continue making public statements, the contents of which violate the presumption of innocence. We appeal to the Prosecutor's Office to lift the restrictions imposed on the defense; Also, we call on the Prosecutor's Office and the Interior Ministry to take appropriate measures to protect the safety of Giorgi Mamaladze’s family members,” says the statement.  
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