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Austrians are voting in a general election
Publish Time: 2017-10-15 16:10:00
Polling stations have opened in Austria, where voters will decide whether the country moves towards the right after decades of centrist policies.Three parties are vying for first place in Sunday's national election: the Social Democrats, the People's Party and the Freedom Party.The centre-left Social Democrats have campaigned on reducing social inequality. The other two have focused on concerns about immigration and Islam.Both the People's Party and the Freedom Party have called for securing Austria's borders and quickly deporting asylum-seekers whose requests are denied.Polls show the popularity of People's Party head Sebastian Kurz has put his party ahead. At 31, he would become Europe's youngest leader if his party wins and he can form a government.Source: Independent 
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Politics
UNM holding protest rally at Rustaveli Avenue
Update Time: 2017-10-15 16:00:00
The members of the National Movement is holding protest rally at Rustaveli Avenue. According to the party leaders they are protesting The City Council`s decision made on October 10 concerning handover of Tabori mountain territory and Pushkin Square to the company managed by former Georgian PM Bidzina Ivanishvili. Participants of protest rally say that Bidzina Ianishvili has got the whole town.
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World
Hillary Clinton: I personally continue to believe in the value of the European Union
Publish Time: 2017-10-15 12:37:00
Hillary Clinton has been visiting Wales, where she was awarded an honourary degree at Swansea University.With the Brexit negotiations deadlocked a few hours earlier, in a speech to the audience, she took the opportunity to give her views on Brexit, likening the public atmosphere in the UK to that of the US.I personally continue to believe in the value of the European Union, and more broadly of a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace. No small accomplishment. And Britain has always been a lynchpin of that vision. What’s missing in both of our countries (US and UK) at the moment it seems to me, and what we need more than anything else, is empathy.However, Brexit rolls on despite another round of seemingly fruitless negotiations, with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker saying again that Britain must commit to paying what it owes to the European Union before talks can begin about a future relationship with the bloc.Source: Euronews 
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Culture
Georgian Wine Festival 2017 has opened
Publish Time: 2017-10-15 12:14:00
Georgian Wine Festival 2017 has opened at Shardeni Street, Tbilisi. Wine producers will present their products to the Festival guests and compete for the Best Wine-Maker title.Various types of wine tasting and exhibition-sale are planned at the exhibition.
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Regions
Development Movement presented pre-election program in Ozurgeti
Publish Time: 2017-10-15 12:09:00
Development Movement`s Majoritarian MP candidate of Ozurgeti and other members of the political party met with the locals.Party Members presented their pre-election program to the voters and discussed future plans. 
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World
Kyrgyzstan holds presidential vote
Update Time: 2017-10-15 12:02:00
Kyrgyzstan will choose its 5th president in its seventh presidential election.3,025,768 citizens of Kyrgyzstan are eligible to cast ballots - 2,908,453 in Kyrgyzstan and 18,580 outside the country.2,375 polling stations are open from 8 am to 8 pm GMT+6.37 polling stations opened in abroad, including Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Uzbekistan, Japan, Germany, the United States and other countries.Some 775 international observers are monitoring the ongoing presidential election in Kyrgyzstan. This information came from the press conference held today in Bishkek.Source: akipress
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World
Voting begins in early legislative elections in Austria
Update Time: 2017-10-15 12:00:00
Austrians are voting in a general election in which the frontrunner, conservative People's Party (ÖVP) leader Sebastian Kurz, is just 31.The far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and Social Democrats are competing for second place, opinion polls suggest.The Social Democrats led the outgoing coalition with the ÖVP.Immigration has been a dominant issue in the campaign and the FPÖ is thought to have its best chance in years of returning to government.The party narrowly missed out on the presidency in December when Norbert Hofer was defeated by Alexander Van der Bellen, head of the Greens, who won with about 53% of the votes.Source: BBC
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World
Harvey Weinstein Ousted From Motion Picture Academy
Publish Time: 2017-10-15 11:37:00
Hollywood’s de facto governing body, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to “immediately expel” Harvey Weinstein, breaking with 90 years of precedent and turning one of the biggest Oscar players in history into a hall-of-fame pariah.The academy’s 54-member board of governors made the decision at an emergency session after investigations by The New York Times and The New Yorker that revealed sexual harassment and rape allegations against him going back decades.In a statement, the academy said the vote was well in excess of the required two-thirds majority.It added, We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues, but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.The academy said it would work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all academy members will be expected to exemplify.Source: NY Times
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World
Death toll rises to 40 as firefighters continue to battle massive California wildfires
Publish Time: 2017-10-15 11:21:00
As the death toll rose to 40, firefighters struggled Saturday to get the upper hand against several massive wildfires that have ravaged Northern California for almost a week.Strong winds kicked up overnight in the central Napa Valley region, causing some fires to spread and triggering evacuations in Sonoma and elsewhere, officials said.Fire officials feared that winds forecast for Saturday would be similar to those that stoked the first flames on Oct. 8 and that have since exploded to more than 15 fires that have scorched 220,000 acres, destroyed an estimated 5,700 structures and caused at least 40 deaths.Despite low humidity and red flag warnings throughout the region, however, the winds appeared to calm down Saturday afternoon, aiding firefighters who have been battling the fire around the clock, officials said.Officials warned that the biggest threat remains the low humidity, with the dry air continuing to transform grass and vegetation into fuel.Source: LATimes 
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Justice
Two people sentenced to imprisonment for inhuman treatment of prisoners
Update Time: 2017-10-14 20:31:00
Temur Velijanashvili, former head of Kvareli Isolator and Vakhtang Sepiashvili, former employee of the prison were sentenced to imprisonment on charge of inhuman treatment of 14 inmates. Tbilisi City Court made the decision today. The 14 inmates were detained in 2011 during the protest organized by Public Assembly. Discussions into the case will begin starting December 6. 
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Regions
Arkhiloskalo village in expectation of wrestling hall
Update Time: 2017-10-14 20:23:00
Arkhiloskalo village, Dedoplistskaro Municipality of eastern Kakheti region, famous for its wrestling traditions, is in expectation of a wrestling hall.One coach is training the children from nearby 3 villages. Despite poor infrastructure, the children are taking part in various both national and international tournaments. Locals are asking for assistance.
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Society
Vintage in Racha region
Update Time: 2017-10-14 20:20:00
 Vintage of unique and endemic kinds of wine is ongoing in Racha region. The harvest is being collected in more than 800 families of 25 villages in Ambrolauri district of the region. Locals are dissatisfied with this year’s harvest. The government worked out a new initiative with purpose of boosting local production based on which only local companies will have the right to purchase grapes in Racha starting 2018.   
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Science & Tech
Researchers find name of Allah woven into ancient Viking burial fabrics
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 20:09:00
Allah's name has been found embroidered into ancient Viking burial clothes, a discovery researchers in Sweden have described as "staggering". The silk patterns were originally thought to be ordinary Viking Age decoration but a re-examination by archaeologist Annika Larsson of Uppsala University revealed they were a geometric Kufic script. They were found on woven bands as well as items of clothing, in two separate grave sites, suggesting that Viking funeral customs had been influenced by Islam.The woven bands contained ancient Arabic script, Kufic characters, invoking both Allah and Ali. The Kufic characters were found in the Viking Age in mosaics on burial monuments and mausoleums, primarily in Central Asia.“One exciting detail is that the word ‘Allah’ is depicted in mirror image," Ms Larsson said. "Perhaps this was an attempt to write prayers so that they could be read from left to right.“That we so often maintain that Eastern objects in Viking Age graves could only be the result of plundering and eastward trade doesn’t hold up as an explanatory model, because the inscriptions appear in typical Viking Age clothing.“It is a staggering thought that the bands, just like the costumes, [were] made west of the Muslim heartland. Presumably, Viking Age burial customs were influenced by Islam and the idea of an eternal life in paradise after death."She added: “In the Quran, it is written that the inhabitants of paradise will wear garments of silk, which along with the text band’s inscriptions may explain the widespread occurrence of silk in Viking Age graves. The findings are equally prevalent in both men’s and women’s graves.”Ms Larsson’s prior research has uncovered widespread use of silk during the Viking Age in Scandinavia, the university said, as reported by The Independent. The cloth is thought to have come from ancient Persia and Central Asia.    
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Society
Brother of Georgian pilot captured in Congo plans to hold protest
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 18:42:00
Giorgi Osorauli, brother of Soso Osorauli, Georgian pilot captured in Congo, plans to hold a protest on October 15 and calls on supporters for being active. He released an address through social network. Soso Osorauli was captured on January 27 by local rebels. His whereabouts are not determined.  The Georgian side is verifying the information based on which the pilot died during the military hostilities. A friend of Osorauli claims that the pilot is alive and remains in captivity.  
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Regions
Issuance of so-called residence permits continues in occupied Gali region
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 16:47:00
The process of issuance of so-called residence permits continues in the occupied Gali region.  According to Temur Nadaraia, de-facto administration head of Gali region, about 500 documents have already been issued, 500 are ready, while 4 thousand are being processed. A total of 22 thousand residence permits will be issued in the region. Their validity term will be 5 years. 
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Walnut and nut procession factory opened in Khoni
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 16:36:00
A new factory to process walnuts and nuts has been opened starting today in Ivandidi village, Khoni Municipality of western Imereti region.  The factory “Edelling” employs 30 people at the initial level. It was opened with German and Georgian investments. The factory is equipped with modern facilities. The products will be sold on world markets. 
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Sport
Luka Kurtanidze wins Gold Medal at World Championship of Veteran Wrestlers
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 16:33:00
Luka Kurtanidze, Georgian wrestler in Free Style won Gold Medal at the World Championship of Veteran Wrestlers held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In the 100-kg weight category, Kurtanidze defeated his rival from Iran with the score 2:1. Kurtandze is the world champion two times, European Champion 5 times and holder of Bronze Medal of Olympic Games. 
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Culture
Actress Lika Kavzharadze buried
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 15:59:00
Georgian actress Lika Kavzharadze was buried today at Vake Cemetery in Tbilisi next to her mother. Her body was transferred to the cemetery from Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral. Pubic funeral was held at Sameba earlier this afternoon. Family members, colleagues and politicians attended the public funeralKavzharadze died on October 11 at the age of 57. She acted in more than 20 films. Kavzharadze became very popular for her leading part as Marita in the film “Wish Tree” shot by Tengiz Abuladze in 1976.
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Politics
Labor Party Leader meets with voters in Kutaisi
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 15:19:00
Shalva Natelashvili, Leader of Georgian Labor Party met with voters in Kutaisi city of western Imereti region. He introduced locals of Kutaisi with the party’s election program. Natelashvili said that Labor Party had the 25-year record of loyalty to the country. He called on the voters to support Labor Party’s candidates in the October 21 local self-governance elections. 
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incident
Young woman, who fells from 5th floor of house in Zugdidi, dies
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 14:27:00
A young woman fell from the 5th floor of block of apartments at Kostava Street in Zugdidi town of western Samegrelo region. She died at hospital. Eyewitnesses reported that the woman was hanging a blanket on a balcony and was asking for help when she fell off. The woman was in an unconscious condition when she was delivered at Zugdidi Referral Hospital. Doctors failed to save her life. 
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