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Russian soldiers install barbed wires in Khurcha village
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 20:07:00
Yet another provocation of Russia against Georgia – on the 9th anniversary of truce agreement signed through mediation of the international community after August 2008 Georgia-Russia war, Russian soldiers installed barbed wires in Khurcha village, which is adjacent to Georgia’s one of two occupied regions of Abkhazia. One part of agricultural plots and a cemetery of the locals now fall beyond the line. Official Tbilisi evaluates installation of barbed wires at Khurcha-Nabakevi village of so-called administrative border as yet another provocation on part of Russia. According to Levan Izoria, Defense Minister, consolidation of international community is essential for de-occupation of the country. Presidential Administration calls on the government for using all international mechanisms to avert any provocative move. 
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Military
Multinational military exercise Noble Partner 2017 completed
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 16:43:00
The multinational military exercise Noble Partner 2017 has come to an end. The demonstration exercise was held at Vaziani firing range. Military servicemen from NATO member and partner countries participated in the training. Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Defense Minister Levan Izoria, Head of General Staff Vladimer Chachibaia, U.S. Army G3 Head, Brigade General Timothy Doherty and representatives of diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia attended the ceremony. “Strength through Partnership” is the core message of multinational exercise Noble Partner 2017, which was hosted by Georgia for the third time.Noble Partner 2017 aimed to improve skills in stability and combat operations, increase the interoperability of the United States, Great Britain, Georgia and partner countries, increase combat capabilities of the NATO Response Force (NRF) and interoperability of its units.This time, the exercise was conducted in the largest scale and involved eight NATO member and partner countries: Georgia, USA, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Turkey, Slovenia, Armenia and Ukraine. The active phase of Noble Partner 2017 will be concluded with demonstrative exercise at the 11th shooting range in Vaziani on the 12th of August.
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Society
Zaal Udumashvili visits patient with Down Syndrome
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 16:12:00
Zaal Udumashvili, a candidate for post of Tbilisi Mayor from National Movement Party visited 29-year-old Giorgi Khutsishvili, diagnosed with Down syndrome in Didi Dighomi district of Tbilisi. The family was cut off social assistance. Mother of the family is unemployed. The family is asking for assistance. Udumashvili called on the authorities for reaction. 
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Politics
Official Tbilisi comments about installation of barbed wires at Khurcha-Nabakevi village
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 16:07:00
Official Tbilisi evaluates installation of barbed wires at Khurcha-Nabakevi village of so-called administrative border as yet another provocation on part of Russia. According to Levan Izoria, Defense Minister, consolidation of international community is essential for de-occupation of the country. Presidential Administration calls on the government for using all international mechanisms to avert any provocative move. 
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Military
Closing ceremony of Noble Partner – 2017
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 16:05:00
The closing ceremony of international military training Noble Partner – 2017 was held at Vaziani military base. President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Defense Minister Levan Izoria attended the ceremony. Invited guests paid tribute to the memory of soldiers, who died while performance of their duties with observing the minute of silence. Soldiers from US, Georgia and six other countries undergone through the training together. The third Noble Partner exercises began on July 30. The annual U.S. Army Europe-led exercise was hosted by Vaziani and Camp Norio training areas in Georgia. Armenia, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom also participated. The goal of Noble Partner 2017 is to support the training, evaluation and eventual certification of Georgia’s second light infantry company contribution to the NATO Response Force (NRF) for 2017. Although Georgia is not a member of NATO, it and other NATO partners voluntarily contribute to the NRF. 
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Politics
Irma Inashvili may run for post of Tbilisi Mayor
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 15:41:00
MP Irma Inashvili may run for post of Tbilisi Mayor on part of Patriots’ Alliance in the forthcoming local self-governance elections. Inashvili, who also serves as Vice Speaker of the parliament confirmed the information in an interview with First Channel. According to Inashvili, 4 candidates are considered in the alliance for the post. But the final decision will be made during the sitting of political council scheduled for Monday, August 14. 
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Crime
MIA releases statement on detention of drug dealers
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 12:57:00
Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) has released an official statement over fortnight’s special operation when drug dealers were arrested.As reported by the ministry, N.J. born in 1989 and M.J. born in 1976 were arrested for illegal possession and purchase of drugs in Ponichala settlement, Tbilisi. ‘As investigated, the detainees systematically sold the drugs. Police seized heroine in 33 packs. Investigation has been underway according to the 1st and 4th parts of the 260th article of Georgia’s Criminal Code,’ reads the statement.  
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Regions
Rescuers save five people in Poti
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 12:46:00
Rescuers have saved five people’s lives in Poti town of western Samegrelo region of Georgia. As Emergency Situations Agency informs, the waves absorbed the tourists in the depth of the sea. Three children and two adults were saved by rescuers. All of them reportedly feel well. 
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Economics
Action plan “Business and Human Rights” to be worked out
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 12:17:00
A 3-year action plan “Business and Human Rights” will be worked out within the framework of the governmental strategy. A research on this topic will be published before elaboration of the strategy. Representatives of non-governmental organizations met with business circles and discussed the details. The document will take into consideration the recommendations of all interested sides. 
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Economics
PM and Davos Mayor open new conference hall
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 12:11:00
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Davos Mayor visited Bioli Medical Wellness Resort and opened a new conference hall. PM welcomed Davos Mayor and his wife in Georgia and talked about relations between Georgia and Switzerland. He also expressed gratitude to Switzerland’s role in regulation of Georgia-Russia conflict. Kvirikashvili also invited Davos Mayor to Bakuriani winter resort of Georgia. 
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Crime
Special operation in Tbilisi
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 12:09:00
A special operation was carried out by law-enforcers in Ponichala district of Tbilisi in detention of 2 people charged for drug crime. Police confiscated some substance packed from the flat. Family members suspect that drugs were put in the apartment in advance. 
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Military
Closing ceremony of Noble Partner – 2017
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 12:05:00
The closing ceremony of international military training Noble Partner – 2017 is being held at Vaziani military base. President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Defense Minister Levan Izoria are attending the ceremony. Soldiers from the United States, Georgia and six other countries trained together starting July 30 to August 12 in the third Noble Partner exercises. The annual U.S. Army Europe-led exercise was hosted by Vaziani and Camp Norio training areas in Georgia. Armenia, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom also participated. The goal of Noble Partner 2017 is to support the training, evaluation and eventual certification of Georgia’s second light infantry company contribution to the NATO Response Force (NRF) for 2017. Although Georgia is not a member of NATO, it and other NATO partners voluntarily contribute to the NRF. 
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Regions
Public Celebration Tianetoba
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 11:59:00
Public Celebration Tianetoba is marked in Tianeti. Church Service was held in the morning at Sameba (Holy Trinity) Temple. Various cultural and sports activities are taking place including exhibition of hand-made items, tasting of teas and natural products. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and members of parliament are expected to arrive in Tianeti. 
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Society
PM and government members attending Didgoroba 2017
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 11:54:00
Solemn events are underway at Didgori Valley on the occasion of Didgoroba feast. Georgian PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Cabinet members and Kvemo Kartli Governor are attending the ceremony. Actors and actresses represent Georgia, as it was in 1121, in the year of Didgori Battle. All attendants are allowed to see the samples of Georgian culture and craft, as well as Georgian single combat. Didgoroba 2017 is being held in Tetritskaro municipality, Didgori Valley.  
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World
Syrian army gains ground on Jordan border in southwest
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 11:36:00
The Syrian army and its allies seized control of at least 30 km (19 miles) of Syria's border with Jordan from rebels in an attack on Thursday, two rebel groups and a Syrian military source said, as reported by Reuters. A military media unit run by Hezbollah, a close ally of the Syrian government, said the army and its allies had gained control over all checkpoints and border posts on the border in Sweida, one of four Syrian provinces that border Jordan.Rebel groups, some of them backed by Western and Arab states, still control much of Syria's southwestern frontier with Jordan and Israel.Sweida province was not included in a U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire that took effect in nearby areas of the southwest in July.Said Saef, spokesman for the Western-backed rebel group Martyr Ahmed Abdo brigade, said Thursday's attack came from two sides in Sweida's east countryside. "Most of the eastern Sweida countryside is now in the hands of the regime," he added.The army had advanced to the border and retaken posts it abandoned in the early years of the conflict when rebels took over large parts of south western Syria. "They are now on the Jordanian border and back to outposts they had evacuated early in the conflict," said Saef.Another rebel spokesman said the army gains were helped by a sudden pull-back by Jaish al-Ashair rebel group, which is backed by Jordan and had been responsible for patrolling that stretch of the border.The Syrian military source said the army and its allies had taken more than 30 km of the border, and described the advance as a "big success".   
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World
Donald Trump not ruling out military option for Venezuela
Publish Time: 2017-08-12 06:44:00
US President Donald Trump warned of possible military action in Venezuela on Friday, even as he amplified threats of an armed response to North Korea missile buildup, The Wall Street Journal reports.Mr. Trump said a military option is possible in Venezuela, though he provided few details, while the president also stepped up his warnings to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he spoke at a press conference at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., on Friday.“I’m not going to rule out a military option,” Mr. Trump told reporters when asked about the situation in the South American country. “Venezuela is a mess.”“We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary,” he said.The remarks came a day after President Nicolás Maduro said in a speech to the newly formed constituent assembly that he wanted to speak with Mr. Trump by phone or meet him when he visits the U.S. next month for the United Nations General Assembly. “If he is so interested in Venezuela, here I am,” Mr. Maduro said Thursday. “Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand.”But Mr. Maduro also reiterated his criticism of Mr. Trump as the leader of an “imperial power,” calling him a threat to the global order. “With Donald Trump, a dangerous class of lobbyists, multimillionaires and extreme right-wingers reached the presidency, capturing all of the positions of power in the government,” Mr. Maduro said. “Today, they are threatening world peace.”On Friday, Venezuela’s Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said in a Twitter messagethat Mr. Trump’s comments are “the gravest and most insolent threat ever made against the fatherland of Bolivar,” referring to the country’s independence hero.A Pentagon spokesman said Friday that the Department of Defense had received no orders from the White House regarding Venezuela and referred all questions on the matter to the White House.The White House later said that Mr. Maduro on Friday, before Mr. Trump made his remarks, had requested a call with the U.S. president. Mr. Trump refused the request, citing Mr. Maduro’s steps that the U.S. has characterized as “the path of dictatorship,” the White House said.“The United States stands with the people of Venezuela in the face of their continued oppression by the Maduro regime. President Trump will gla
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Regions
Barbed wires were installed in Khurcha village
Publish Time: 2017-08-11 20:05:00
After Tskinvali region, the barbed wires appear in the villages adjacent to the Abkhazian occupational line. So called border guards installed barbed wires at Khurcha-Nabakevi administrative border.Two hectares of territory have been fenced with barbed wires.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia releases statement concerning the fact of installation barbed wire fence along the occupational line. Georgia’s Ministry calls on the Russian Federation to stop taking aggressive steps against Georgia. The Ministry addresses international community to duly assess and react on the action of Russia’s occupation forces.
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Society
Nine years passed after Shindisi battle - Georgian Heroes remembered in Shindisi
Publish Time: 2017-08-11 16:09:00
Georgian soldiers, who died in the vicinity of Shindisi settlement, Gori district of Shida Kartli region during the August 2008 Georgian-Russian war, are remembered in Shindisi today.17 Georgian soldiers became victims of Russian aggression exactly 9 years ago - on August 11, 2008.The 17 member detachment of the II Infantry Brigade of Armed Forces of Georgia engaged in unequal battle near Shindisi railway station with Russian forces. The Russians were several times more in number with heavy weapon.  The battle lasted more than one hour during which the occupational forces had to twice call for reinforcement. 17 Georgian soldiers fought till the end.The politicians, family members of died soldiers and the locals have gathered at the memorial of Shindisi Heroes today. 
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Politics
New wave of f ‘borderization’ in Georgia - Assessments in Tbilisi
Publish Time: 2017-08-11 16:07:00
New wave of f illegal ‘borderization’ process in occupation line, - Tbilisi strictly condemns the continuation of the creeping occupation. Georgian side notes that the civilized world is standing next to Georgia in the fight against illegality.
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Regions
Barbed wires in villages adjacent to Abkhazian occupational line
Publish Time: 2017-08-11 16:05:00
After Tskinvali region, the barbed wires appear in the villages adjacent to the Abkhazian occupational line. So called border guards installed barbed wires at Khurcha-Nabakevi administrative border.The wooden poles appeared on the territory for the first time a few months ago. Already today two hectares of territory have been fenced with barbed wires.
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