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Main witness into so-called Cyanide Case questioned
Update Time: 2017-06-23 18:05:00
Discussions into case of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide continue at Tbilisi City Court. One of the main witnesses into so-called Cyanide case, journalist Irakli Mamaladze was questioned today by the plaintiff side. The witness is now answering questions of Archpriest’s lawyers. A representative of Georgian Public Defender is attending the court process. The trial is closed for the media upon the decision of Judge Besik Bugianishvili. 
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Politics
President comments about approval of Constitutional changes
Publish Time: 2017-06-23 16:56:00
President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili commented about approval of Constitutional changes with the first reading by the parliament on June 22. President calls on the ruling team for reaching a consensus through a dialog. Giorgi Abashishvili, Head of Presidential Administration said that the parliamentary session resembled Congress of Georgian Dream Party which adopted a ‘distorted document.’
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Justice
Discussions into so-called Cyanide Case underway at court
Update Time: 2017-06-23 16:07:00
Discussions into case of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide continue at Tbilisi City Court. One of the main witnesses into so-called Cyanide case, journalist Irakli Mamaladze is answering questions of the plaintiff side. A representative of Georgian Public Defender is attending the court process. The trial is closed for the media upon the decision of Judge Besik Bugianishvili. Lawyers of the charged priest are planned to present their foreword. 
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Society
Audio material reflecting meeting with patriarch to be handed to Giorgi Mamaladze’s family
Update Time: 2017-06-23 16:01:00
Georgia’s Patriarchate, which published an audio material reflecting the meeting held between family members of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide, and Patriarch of Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II on June 21, will have been handed over to the family by the end of the day. According to Patriarch’s Secretary Archpriest Michael Botkoveli, the recording is the full version of the meeting. The 35-minute-long recording is posted on the official web-page of Georgian Patriarchate. Patriarch says during the meeting that the struggle is fought against Georgian church rather than against Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze. 
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Politics
Order on appointment of Koba Kobidze on post of Head of Operative-Technical Agency
Publish Time: 2017-06-23 15:46:00
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili signed the order about appointment of Koba Kobidze on post of Head of Operative-Technical Agency. The Governmental Administration confirmed the information to Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). The candidacy of Kobidze was approved by special commission on June 17. 
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Politics
President of Venice Commission to arrive in Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-06-23 13:42:00
Gianni Buquicchio, President of Venice Commission, an advisory board of Council of Europe will arrive in Georgia to take part in the Congress of European Constitutional Courts. Batumi city of Georgia’s Adjara region will host the Congress from June 28 to July 1. President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Chairman of Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze will attend the Congress. 
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Media
Three candidates presented for post of members of GPB Board of Trustees
Publish Time: 2017-06-23 13:36:00
Akaki Gigineishvili, Giorgi Iakobashvili and Lela Piralishvili are presented as candidates for post of members of Board of Trustees at Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). The parliament will have to approve one person out of the three candidates. The selection commission listened to the candidates on June 22. Discussions were aired by First Channel of GPB. 
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Justice
Person charged for so-called Cannibalism case sentenced to life imprisonment
Publish Time: 2017-06-23 13:22:00
Beka Shengelia, person charged for so-called Cannibalism case has been sentenced to life imprisonment, while another person Irma Kochiashvili – to 20 years in prison. Three people are charged for having murdered Luba Kochiashvili, a 76-year-old woman. Three other people are accused of non-notification of the crime which was committed in group in November, 2016. 
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Politics
Leader of Labor Party visiting US
Publish Time: 2017-06-23 12:28:00
Shalva Natelashvili, Leader of Labor Party is visiting US. Natelashvili will hold meetings in Congress and strategic centers. Situation in Georgia and the region will be discussed during the meetings. Leader of Labor Party will also focus on new version of Constitution of Georgia. 
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Politics
Presidential Administration comments about approval of Constitutional Changes
Update Time: 2017-06-23 12:19:00
The Georgian Presidential Administration commented about approval of Constitutional changes with the first reading. Giorgi Abashishvili, Head of Presidential Administration said that the parliamentary session resembled Congress of Georgian Dream Party which adopted a ‘distorted document.’ 
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Politics
Law Committee to discuss Constitutional Changes with second reading
Update Time: 2017-06-23 12:17:00
The Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee will discuss the package of amendments to be made into Constitution with the second hearing today. Discussions will proceed in boycott regime. Oppositional MPs are not participating in the sitting. 
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Regions
Tower collapses in Ushguli
Update Time: 2017-06-23 12:15:00
A historic tower collapsed in Chvibiani village, Ushguli village of Mestia region, Svaneti, as result of heavy rains. Kakha Zhorzholiani, Mestia Governor said that a house which was built near the tower is also ruined. Nobody was injured in the incident. Specialists are planned to arrive in the village to decide about restoration works. The tower is dated to 14th-15th century. 
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Society
Patriarch: We cannot interfere with the court’s working process
Publish Time: 2017-06-23 12:15:00
We cannot interfere with the court’s working process, we have no right to do it, - Georgia’s Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II said during the meeting with detained Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze’s family members. Giorgi Mamaladze’s father Avtandil Mamladze has addressed the Patriarch that entire Georgia is waiting for the truth to be revealed that cannot be made without the Patriarch. In response, Ilia II said: ‘You are right. This is the very thing we aspire to. The truth must be revealed, but not – false information’. Afterwards, brother of the detainee, Tornike Mamaladze said if trials are closed nobody will find out the truth. In turn, the Patriarch remarked that they cannot interfere with the court process. ‘We have no right to do it. They all know what to do,’ he added.  
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Crime
Burglary in Kaspi
Update Time: 2017-06-23 12:14:00
Salome Novruzashvili, an 80-year-old woman was attacked with a knife by an unknown person in Akhalkalaki village, Kaspi district of Shida Kartli region. The attacker tried to force the elderly woman into the cellar. The woman lived with relatives and they rushed out in the courtyard. The attacker escaped. Nothing is taken from the house. Experts of Criminal Police worked at the site of crime scene during the whole night. The woman was taken to Kaspi Hospital. Her health condition is satisfactory. Investigation into the case is ongoing. 
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Justice
Discussions into so-called Cyanide Case resume at court
Publish Time: 2017-06-23 12:06:00
Discussions into case of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide resumed at Tbilisi City Court. A representative of Georgian Public Defender is attending the court process. The trial is closed for the media upon the decision of Judge Besik Bugianishvili. Lawyers of the charged priest will present their foreword. 
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Society
Audio material reflecting meeting between Giorgi Mamaladze’s family and Ilia II published
Publish Time: 2017-06-23 12:05:00
Georgia’s Patriarchate published an audio material reflecting the meeting held between family members of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide, and Patriarch of Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II. The 35-minute-long recording is posted on the official web-page of Georgian Patriarchate. Patriarch says during the meeting that the struggle is fought against Georgian church rather than against Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze. 
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Society
Father Giorgi’s arrest was terribly unexpected for me - Patriarch
Publish Time: 2017-06-23 11:28:00
It was terribly unexpected for me when being told Father Giorgi was arrested, - Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness Ilia II has remarked. Patriarch made this statement in response to father Giorgi’s brother’s question concerning his personal attitude to the detainee. ‘I have not observed and experienced anything bad from Father Giorgi… Let God give him and his family peace,’ His Holiness said. The Patriarchate of Georgia has recently publicized the video footage reflecting the meeting between the Georgian Patriarch and detained cleric’s family members. 
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World
At least 11 dead in southwestern Pakistan explosion
Publish Time: 2017-06-23 11:23:00
An explosion targeting a police vehicle in Pakistan's southwestern Quetta city on Friday killed at least 11 people and injured around 20 others, officials said.The explosion occurred in front of the office of the police chief in Quetta, which is capital of mineral-rich southern Balochistan, a province that is rife with separatist and Islamist insurgency. "Eleven people have died... and at least 20 others are injured," Fareed Ahmed, medical superintendent at Civil Hospital told AFP, saying the death toll had increased from five earlier in the morning.Four policemen were among the dead, while three others remain in critical condition, he said. Police surgeon Dr Ali Mardan confirmed the toll.Police said that their vehicle was targeted in the attack, but that the nature of the explosion was not yet known. 
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World
Emmanuel Macron: ‘Europe is not a supermarket’
Publish Time: 2017-06-23 02:28:00
France will work with Germany to push for greater European integration and will have a “pragmatic” relationship with Britain once it leaves the bloc, French President Emmanuel Macron told a roster of European papers ahead of his first European Council meeting with EU leaders in Brussels Thursday.Macron’s interviews — with eight European newspapers, including Le Figaro, the Guardian, Süddeutsche and Le Soir — touched on EU reform, Brexit, the Paris climate change agreement and foreign policy.The president said he hoped the French “renaissance” kickstarted by his election would also help Europe find “new ambition” and turn fears into renewed “energy.”The centrist, pro-European Macron pledged to work closely with Germany to deepen social protection for lower middle classes across the bloc and shore up support for the European project. “We have to promote a Europe that goes toward greater economic and social wellbeing,” he said, or risk being “wiped out by the rise in illiberal democracies and authoritarian regimes.”He warned Central and Eastern European countries not to treat Europe “as a supermarket” when it comes to respecting democratic values.“Europe isn’t a supermarket. Europe is a common destiny. It is weakened when it accepts its principles being rejected. The countries in Europe that don’t respect the rules should have to face the political consequences. And that’s not just an East-West debate.”He also reiterated a straightforward approach to Brexit, saying discussions should remain at the European level, not devolve into “bilateral discussions,” and that “pragmatism” will determine France’s post-Brexit relationship with the U.K. 
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Politics
Constitutional amendments adopted through first hearing - discontent of President and NGOs and opposition's boycott
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 20:20:00
Constitutional amendments adopted through the first hearing - discontent of President and NGOs and boycott of the opposition.Despite the opposition’s boycott and the president’s appeal, the Constitutional Amendments have been adopted through the first hearing during the plenary session today. 115 MPs voted in favor of the draft project.The ruling team is convinced that the boycott of the opponents is the part of a planned political scenario. After the opposition, the third sector quits the parliamentary discussions. "Unfortunately, we have a draft constitution that has a zero consensus.” - The President says.Key claims are related to postponing the abolishment of Majoritarian system of elections.
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