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  • Open Society criticizes Hungary's government for anti-NGO law
    Open Society Foundations criticizes the  Hungarian government and accuses it of trying to silence academic freedom by proposing a law against internationally funded NGOs, which will make it ‘impossible’ for the Central European University in B...

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  • Dropping a cigarette butt in Tbilisi now costs you USD 33
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Littering in the Georgian capital may now cost you a fine of 80 laris (USD 33). This includes dropping cigarette butts. 14 people were fined as the new regulation began being enforced on Thursday. 13 of them were fined f...

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  • Georgian soldier killed in Afghanistan
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian soldier has died in Afghanistan while out on patrol near Bagram Airbase, 60km north of Kabul. Lance sergeant Mdinari Bebiashvili (25) was killed as two suicide bombers attacked his convoy Thursday evening. The pla...
  • US Vice President Mike Pence visiting Georgia
    TBILISI, DFWatch--US Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Tbilisi on Monday amid a US-led military exercise, which for a moment brought a US military convoy within close proximity of Russian troops stationed in the breakaway region South Ossetia. ...
  • Saakashvili threatens with new revolution in Ukraine
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s former president, who was recently stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship, vowed Saturday to return to Kyiv and oust President Poroshenko, his one-time ally. Mikheil Saakashvili was speaking to Georgian TV stati...
  • Georgian MP fined for wearing pistol at rally against extremism
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian opposition member of parliament was fined 200 USD on Wednesday for demonstratively wearing a pistol in his belt during a rally against far right extremists. Otar Kakhidze, a lawyer who represents European Georgia in ...
  • Former president of Georgia stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Ukraine has stripped former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili of his citizenship, shortly after a visit to Georgia by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko. A Ukrainian member of parliament first reported it on Facebook, ...
  • Nationalists hurl eggs and bottles at European Georgia march
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Plastic bottles, eggs, brooms and other objects were hurled at people marching through the center of Tbilisi Sunday evening to protest against what they call ‘Russian fascism in Georgia’. The march was organized by politica...
  • Georgian opposition TV claims tax debt used to silence its voice
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The director of Georgia’s biggest opposition TV company claims the government is using tax laws to to get it off air ahead of the local elections in October. “TV company Rustavi 2 is again under threat […] The state is se...
  • Independent candidate for mayor vows to halt Tbilisi building spree
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The independent candidate for Tbilisi mayor Aleko Elisashvili vows to suspend all construction projects in Tbilisi until there have been carried out comprehensive studies into all the schemes to see whether they are compatibl...
  • Trump picks new Afghanistan ambassador who served in Georgia
    TBILISI, DFWatch--US President Donald Trump has nominated former Ambassador to Georgia John Bass as new ambassador to Afghanistan. Bass currently serves as the US ambassador to Turkey. From 2009 to 2012, he served as ambassador to Georgia. He wa...
  • Georgia suspends two officials while investigating journalist's abduction
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The government in Georgia has suspended two high ranking officials to ensure the impartiality of an investigation into the alleged abduction of an Azerbaijani investigative journalist. The decision comes after immense pressure ...
  • German Greens MEP backs Gülen school official’s plea against extradition
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The head of the Greens faction in the EU parliament calls on Georgia not to extradite a school manager to Turkey. “To be a teacher is not a crime,” said Rebecca Harms, a German politician who is current head of the Greens-E...
  • Anti-immigration activists plan rally in Tbilisi Friday evening
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Nationalists in Georgia plan an anti-immigration rally in the center of Tbilisi Friday evening. The rally, which will take place on Aghmashenebeli Avenue at 8pm, will take aim at illegal immigration, especially from Muslim coun...
  • Detained Gülen school director to ask for asylum to avoid extradition
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A detained Gülen school official is asking for asylum in Georgia in order to avoid extradition to Turkey, where he may face brutal and inhumane treatment, according to his lawyers. Georgia detained Mustafa Emre Cabuk in May. H...
  • Five foreign tourists rescued by helicopter in Caucasus mountain range
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Five foreign tourists were rescued by helicopter from a mountain plateau in the main Caucasus range Saturday after being isolated by a flooded stream. Personnel from the Emergency Management Agency used helicopters belonging to the...
  • Separatists deny leader injured in car crash visiting other breakaway region
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The separatists in one of Georgia’s two breakaway regions denied a report in Russian media that their leader was injured in a car crash Saturday while visiting another separatist region. Anatoly Bibilov, the de facto presiden...
  • Indian citizen refused entry to Georgia twice without being given a reason
    TBILISI, DFWatch--An Indian businessman was refused entry to Georgia for the second time on Wednesday, after a similar incident two days earlier. A lawyer for Akbar Khan Qureshi said the young Indian entrepreneur again was turned away in the border ...
  • 2,500 sqm destroyed by fire at Tbilisi's largest market
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A fire tore through Georgia’s largest outdoors market Sunday evening, leaving at least four people hospitalized, including one firefighter, and devastating up to 2,500 square meters of commercial space, officials said. ...
  • PACE to discuss dismissing its president in October
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will discuss a proposal to dismiss its chairperson in early October after a motion was tabled on Friday. The motion to dismiss PACE President Pedro Agramunt was ba...
  • CoE official dismayed over Georgia's constitution 'crisis'
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A Council of Europe official is in despair over the way Georgian leaders have handled the drafting of a new constitution, calling the debacle a ‘crisis’. “I’m disappointed and become more and more disappointed for every...
  • Georgia's local elections slated for end of October
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgians will go to the polls to elect new mayors and local governments in the end of October, President Giorgi Margvelashvili announced on Tuesday. The local elections will be held in the ‘end the third week of October’, ...

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