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Presentation of enterprise producing decorative bricks
Update Time: 2017-06-24 16:20:00
A presentation of an enterprise producing decorative bricks was held at ExpoGeorgia fairgrounds in Tbilisi. The event took place within the framework of Start-Up program. Decorative bricks will be used for facades and interior of buildings.  The project is jointly carried out by Partnership Fund and Technologies Agency. 
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Society
People with limited physical capabilities holding protest
Update Time: 2017-06-24 16:14:00
People with limited physical capabilities are holding a protest to struggle for their rights. They gathered at Rustaveli Subway Station and marched in direction of Parliament building. Protesters demanded arrangement of corresponding infrastructure in streets and public transport as well as fulfillment of UN convention ratified by the parliament in 2013. 
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Economics
PM opens non-alcoholic beverages enterprise in Guria
Update Time: 2017-06-24 16:08:00
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili opened “Raukhi,” a non-alcoholic beverages and juices enterprise in Nabeghlavi village of Guria region today. He said that opening of such high-standard enterprises in the country was especially emotional. The investment value of the enterprise is 40 million Euro. The project was carried out with co-participation of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Austrian and Swiss partners. 
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Justice
New members of Justice Supreme Council are known
Publish Time: 2017-06-24 16:05:00
Names of new members of Justice Supreme Council are already known. Secret balloting was held within the framework of the 21st Conference of Judges. The new members are Irakli Bondarenko, Vasil Mshvenieradze, Dimitri Gvritishvili and Irakli Shengelia. Non-governmental organizations monitored the voting process. The new members will be elected with 4-year term. The participants will also name new Secretary of Justice Supreme Council who will replace Levan Murusidze on the position.
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World
Overruling diplomats, US to drop Iraq from child soldiers' list: Report
Publish Time: 2017-06-24 15:23:00
In a highly unusual intervention, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a US list of the world’s worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, disregarding the recommendations of State Department experts and senior US diplomats, US officials said.The decision, confirmed by three US officials, will break with longstanding protocol at the State Department over how to identify offending countries and may prompt accusations the Trump administration is prioritizing security and diplomatic interests ahead of human rights.Tillerson overruled his own staff’s assessments on the use of child soldiers in both countries and rejected the recommendation of senior diplomats in Asia and the Middle East who wanted to keep Iraq and Myanmar on the list, said the officials, who have knowledge of the internal deliberations.Tillerson also rejected an internal State Department proposal to add Afghanistan to the list, the three US officials said.One official said the decisions appeared to have been made after pressure from the Pentagon to avoid complicating assistance to the Iraqi and Afghan militaries, close US allies in the fight against militants. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.Foreign militaries on the list may face sanctions, including a prohibition against receiving US military aid, training and US-made weapons unless the White House issues a waiver.Human rights officials expressed surprise at the delisting, which was expected to be announced on Tuesday, the officials said, as part of the State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.A State Department official said the TIP report's contents were being kept under wraps until its release, and that the department "does not discuss details of internal deliberations".The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Under the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008, the US government must be satisfied that "no children are recruited, conscripted or otherwise compelled to serve as child soldiers" in order for a country to be removed from the list and US military assistance to resume.In the lead-up to Tuesday's report, the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, which researches the issue and helps shape US poli
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Justice
We are not trying to avoid fair criticism - Nino Gvenetadze
Publish Time: 2017-06-24 12:42:00
We are not trying to avoid fair criticism, - Nino Gvenetadze, Chairwoman of Supreme Court of Georgia said. After the change in the composition of the High Council of Justice, Gvenetadze expects reduction in criticism. "The main thing is the Council to work effectively, to be open, transparent and accountable, so that the trust in justice system is improved," – Gvenetadze claims.According to her, during the last 4 years, the Council sessions were open and everyone could attend them. "The Council is absolutely open and the NGOs are monitoring it. I think that the Council has had some success and progress in these four years. The Board is absolutely open and the NGOs are monitoring and I think that the Council had some success and progress in these four years", - Gvenetadze said.An extraordinary conference of judges is being held in Tbilisi.
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World
Major terror attack foiled in Mecca
Publish Time: 2017-06-24 12:18:00
Saudi Arabian police foiled on Friday a “terrorist action” against Islam’s holiest site, where millions of faithful from around the world have gathered, the state Al-Ekhbaria news channel said.Citing the Ministry of the Interior, it said 11 people were injured in the collapse of a three-storey building where a suicide bomber had barricade himself and exploded. Five of the injured were police.It said a terrorist attack had been planned against Mecca’s Grand Mosque, where Muslims from around the globe have converged for the conclusion of the holy Ramadan fasting month.Since late 2014 Saudi Arabia has faced periodic bombings and shootings claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.
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Culture
Exhibition of modern Chinese painters in Tbilisi
Publish Time: 2017-06-24 12:17:00
An exhibition of works by modern Chinese painters is opened at National Gallery in Tbilisi. The exposition titled “Constellation” unites about 40 works and will be on during 3 months. 
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Politics
Parliament supports Constitutional Changes with second reading
Update Time: 2017-06-24 12:10:00
The Georgian Parliament approved the package of amendments to be made into Constitution with the second hearing during the extraordinary session on June 23. The changes were backed with 115 votes for. Discussions proceeded in boycott regime. Oppositional MPs did not participate in the sitting. The third reading will take place during the fall session. 
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Justice
Discussions into so-called Cyanide Case held
Update Time: 2017-06-24 12:07:00
Discussions into case of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide, continued during 9 hours at Tbilisi City Court on June 23. One of the main witnesses into so-called Cyanide case, journalist Irakli Mamaladze answered questions of the plaintiff side. Archpriest entered from a back door and did not make any comments for the journalists. Prosecutor said that the witness confirmed that the charged Archpriest needed Cyanide for plotting murder. Based on the evidence, Mamaladze had bad relationship with Secretary-Referent of Patriarch Shorena Tetruashvili. A representative of Georgian Public Defender attended the court process. The trial was closed for the media upon the decision of Judge Besik Bugianishvili. The next trial is scheduled for June 26. 
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Justice
Conference of Judges ongoing
Publish Time: 2017-06-24 12:05:00
The 21st Conference of Judges is ongoing in Tbilisi. The participants will name new Secretary of Justice Supreme Council who will replace Levan Murusidze on the position as well as four new members of the Council. 
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Justice
Prosecutor's Office charges three employees of MIA for negligence
Publish Time: 2017-06-24 12:04:00
The Prosecutor's Office of Georgia has charged three employees of Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) for negligence at work.According to the Prosecutor's Office, the investigation found that on June 14, 2017, the officers of the corresponding department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs detained B.K. as a suspect of the attempted robbery and employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Z. G., I. K. and A. T., were charged with supervising him in the temporary detention facility, due to negligence of which, the detainee escaped. On June 23, on the basis of the solicitation of the prosecution, the defendants were dismissed. Investigation is underway under Article 342 (1) of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which envisages imprisonment for up to three years as a form of punishment, - reads the statement of the Prosecutor's Office. 
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Politics
Representatives of State Security Service awarded with certificates
Publish Time: 2017-06-24 10:14:00
Deputy US Ambassador to Georgia awarded representatives of Georgian State Security Service with certificates of gratitude for cooperation. Head of Counter-Terrorism Center and Head of Demining Division of Special Operations Department received the certificates. 
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Crime
Two people detained on fact of producing fake excise stamps
Publish Time: 2017-06-24 09:52:00
Law enforcers detained two people on fact of producing and realizing fake excise stamps. Members of the criminal group produced 6 thousand counterfeit excise stamps for alcohol beverages. The place is sealed. Investigation into the case is ongoing. 
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World
China landslide leaves at least 140 missing in Sichuan
Publish Time: 2017-06-24 09:09:00
More than 140 people are feared buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China, BBC reports.About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian County, after the side of a mountain collapsed at about 06:00 local time (22:00 GMT Friday).Rescue teams are frantically searching for survivors trapped beneath rocks. Pictures posted by the People's Daily newspaper show bulldozers moving earth and large boulders as the rescue effort continues.A couple and a baby were rescued and taken to hospital after teams of workers used ropes to move large rocks while dozens of others searched the rubble, AFP news agency reports, citing local authorities. 
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World
With cameras banned, CNN sends sketch artist to White House briefing
Publish Time: 2017-06-24 04:13:00
The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so on Friday CNN got creative and sent a sketch artist.Bill Hennessy, the network's regular sketch artist for Supreme Court proceedings, headed over to the White House on Friday afternoon and drew Press Secretary Sean Spicer's afternoon briefing.He didn't have his usual easel, but he stood in the back of the briefing room to document the scene.Hennessy's sketches aren't exclusive to CNN; other news outlets may also use them.Some conservative media voices dismissed it as a stunt, but CNN argued that the sketch session did serve a journalistic purpose, in the same way that courtroom sketches do.
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World
Camden flats: Hundreds of homes evacuated over fire risk fears
Publish Time: 2017-06-24 01:44:00
More than 700 flats in tower blocks on an estate in the Swiss Cottage area of north-west London have been evacuated because of fire safety concerns.Camden Council said people in four towers on the Chalcots estate were moved for "urgent fire safety works". The council added it was booking hotels but around 100 residents have spent the night on air beds in a leisure centre.The estate's cladding is similar to Grenfell Tower in west London, where a fire is feared to have killed 79.Chalcots was refurbished between 2006 and 2009 by the same firm, Rydon, that oversaw work at Grenfell Tower in 2015-16.Camden Council said it will remove external thermal cladding from five tower blocks on the Chalcots estate. It also said there were concerns about the insulation of gas pipes going into flats, and fire doors.In the early hours of Saturday morning, the council then announced that one of the five - Blashford - did not need to be evacuated, and residents could return.
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Politics
Parliament to return to consideration of constitutional amendments in autumn
Publish Time: 2017-06-24 01:17:00
The Parliament will return to the consideration of the draft amendments to the constitution after three months, as provided by the rule of revision of the Constitution.Accordingly, the new edition of the Constitution of Georgia will finally be passed in the third reading at the autumn session and will be sent to the President for signing. The constitutional amendments and the draft constitutional law on the Autonomous Republic of Adjara were adopted by the Parliament by115 votes in the first and second readings. None of the opposition parties have participated in the voting. Irakli Kobakhidze thanked his teammates for unanimity.
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Society
NGOs accuse police of violation of Procedural Code
Publish Time: 2017-06-23 20:05:00
The non-governmental sector accuses officers of Isani-Samgori Police Department of harsh violation of Procedural Code. Video footage reflecting the body search of Shota Pakeliani, young man born in 1990, who was detained three months ago on charge of drug crime, was released today. The video material shot by surveillance cameras installed in the police building shows how Pakeliani is forced to go naked in presence of several police officers. Human Rights Defenders believe that search protocol complied by the police is falsified. The Head of the 7th Division of Isani Police is already dismissed from post. Pakeliani also names two other policemen whom he accuses of putting drug substance into his pocket and physical assault and torture. Liberali.ge online publication released the video material shot on March 23. The video material was supplied to the publication by “White Noise” Movement. 
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Politics
Davit Raqviashvili meets with experts
Update Time: 2017-06-23 18:20:00
Davit Raqviashvili, Secretary of National Security Council met with experts over changes proposed to be made into Constitution in direction of security issues. The meeting was held at Presidential Administration. The sides underlined that some changes pose a threat to the security system and expressed hope that viewpoints of specialists would be taken into consideration on the background of challenges facing the country. 
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