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Man dies in avalanche in Svaneti

by | December 22, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A man died in an avalanche in Svaneti, in northwestern Georgia on Wednesday. The accident happened in Khaishi on the road between Jvari and Mestia. Rustavi 2 reported that the victim was a local minibus driver who had stopped his vehicle to look at the pileup

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Policeman in Borjomi road rage incident suspended

by | December 21, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has suspended a police officer who allegedly beat a journalist from Iberia TV a few days ago. Journalist Giorgi Gasviani two days ago told of how he was beaten by a policeman and two others after his car slipped on the icy road.

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Snow and ice causing flight delays at Kutaisi airport

by | December 17, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Several flights were delayed at Kutaisi International Airport on Saturday due to ice. The airport informed that the flight to Thessaloniki, Greece was cancelled, while also  flights to Warsaw, Poland and Budapest, Hungary were delayed for one day.

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Georgian PM appoints veteran diplomat as foreign affairs adviser

by | December 12, 2016
Tedo Japaridze

TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has appointed veteran diplomat and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in Georgia’s Parliament Tedo Japaridze as foreign affairs advisor. Japaridze served as foreign minister in 2003 to 2004,

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19.3 percent more tourists so far in 2016

by | December 3, 2016
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Almost 5.9 million international visitors arrived in Georgia during 2016, which is 7.9 percent more than in the same period last year, the head of Georgian National Tourism Administration said on Friday. Out of these tourists (who stayed in the country during 24 hours and longer)

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Video: Brawl erupts between Georgian politicians’ debating live on TV

by | November 25, 2016
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Tbilisi, DFWatch - A fistfight broke out between two guests during live political talk show between supporter of the United National Movement and a retired colonel, turned a conservative political analyst.

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Two flights cancelled at Tbilisi airport due to pilot strike in Lufthansa

by | November 23, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi international airport reported two flights are postponed on Wednesday because of the pilot strike in Lufthansa. The two affected flights were to have been carried out early Thursday morning, Tbilisi-Munich at 4.05am and Munich-Tbilisi at 5.00am.

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Georia’s trade turnover grew 22% Jan-Oct 2016

by | November 14, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover increased by 22 percent in the first ten months of 2016, but against a background of increased import and reduced export. The trade turnover amounted to USD 9,950 million, according to preliminary figures published

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Head of Georgian Church to attend patriarch Kirill’s 70th Jubilee in Moscow

by | November 8, 2016
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Tbilisi, DFWatch - The head of Georgian Church  is expected to pay a visit to Moscow in November to attend a 70-year jubilee of his Russian counterpart. According to the Patriarchate of Georgia,  Catholikos-Patriarch Ilia II was invited by the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow

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Two die as car plunges into river in southwest Georgia

by | October 25, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Two men died in a car accident in a mountainous area in the southwest of Georgia on Monday. One woman survived and was taken to hospital. The accident happened in Keda, a municipality in the Adjara region. The local gamgebeli

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Car crash in Rustavi claims two lives

by | October 20, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Two people died in a car accident in the Georgian town Rustavi on Wednesday. Interpressnews reports that a Mercedes travelling at high speed crashed into lighting pole on Mshenebeli Street near Public School No 2. Two men died on the spot.

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Construction worker falls to his death in Tbilisi

by | October 20, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A worker fell from a building at a construction site in Tbilisi on Wednesday. He was brought to the Republican Hospital with multiple head injuries and placed in intensive care, but died later the same day. The Ministry of Internal Affairs

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Confusion over election math: Will Georgia’s third party get into parliament?

by | October 10, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--There is confusion over how to interpret the results of Saturday's election in Georgia. A CEC spokesperson said Monday that the third party Alliance of Patriots is still below the threshold, but even so, the commission will discuss if it may still be qualified with 4.998%.

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Radicals object to Pope’s visit to Georgia

by | September 30, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A radical Orthodox Christian group Friday protested against Pope Francis’s visit to Georgia with a small gathering of about 30 persons shouting ‘devil’, ‘cursed’ and holding posters with messages like ‘Antichrist, get out of Georgia.’

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Government embarks on examining beauty salons

by | September 28, 2016
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Tbilisi, DFwatch - Beauty salons have to formally register at the Public Registry from October 1, in order to be properly examined by the Ministry of Health in the frames of the government program aimed at eliminating Hepatitis C.

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UNM pledges not to prosecute Ivanishvili after elections

by | September 28, 2016
Giga Bokeria, Secretary of the Security Council (IPN)

TBILISI, DFWatch--The National Movement will not prosecute Bidzina Ivanishvili and his supporters , Giga Bokeria, the party's foreign affairs secretary said at a briefing on Wednesday. Bokeria predicts 'inevitable' loss by the Georgian Dream,

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Man electrocuted trying to save 3-year-old girl who fell into swimming pool

by | September 22, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A young man was electrocuted in Batumi on Wednesday after he jumped into a swimming pool to save a three-year-old girl. The incident happened at about 11:00 in the morning in a guesthouse at a place called Benze. A girl fell into the pool in the garden

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Dniproavia launches direct Odessa-Tbilisi flights from October 6

by | September 19, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Ukrainian airline Dniproavia is beginning weekly flights to Tbilisi, Georgia, starting October 6. Flights will have a duration of 2 hours and 25 minutes each way. The airline has decided to use the Brazilian twin-engine jet Embraer 145, which is capable

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Georgia’s foreign trade turnover Jan-Aug up 16% in 2016

by | September 16, 2016
poti

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in the first eight months of 2016 was 16 percent more than in the same period last year, new figures from Georgia’s National Statistics Office show. The figures, presented in the latest preliminary monthly report by GeoStat,

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Storm blew roofs off houses in a dozen villages in Georgia

by | September 15, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Strong wind blew the roof off buildings in a dozen villages in the east of Georgia on Wednesday, Information Center of Kakheti (ICK) reported. The wind lifted the roof off houses in about ten villages  in villages in Lagodekhi municipality, in the Kakheti region,

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60-year-old Georgian cattle herder detained by Russian border patrol

by | September 12, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A 60-year-old Georgian man was detained on Sunday near the border with Georgia’s breakaway South Ossetia for violating the border. Valiko Khizanishvili, who is from the village Koshka, was detained when he was out in a field looking after cattle.

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Georgia appoints new ambassador to the United States

by | September 10, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Krivikashvili on Friday appointed a new ambassador to Washington. Replacing Archil Gegeshidze is Davit Bakradze, the minister of Euro-integration who has been in charge of Georgia’s approaches to the European Union

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Construction worker dies after fall in Kutaisi

by | September 9, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A worker died at a construction site in western Georgia on Thursday, after falling from a building. The incident happened on Aghmashenebeli Street in Kutaisi. The victim was a middle-age man. An investigation has been launched

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These streets in Old Tbilisi will become pedestrian zones

by | September 6, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Six streets in the old part of the Georgian capital will become pedestrian zones, Tbilisi City Hall has decided. City Hall explained that there is a demand from people to have more pedestrian areas in Old Tbilisi and that there is need for more tourism

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17 percent more tourists so far in 2016

by | September 3, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The economy minister on Friday summed up the summer tourism season in Georgia together with the head of the National Tourism Administration. According to Minister of Economy Dimitry Kumsishvili, 4,247,729 foreigners visited Georgia in the

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One dead, one injured in assassination in central Tbilisi

by | September 2, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--One man died and one was injured in an execution style shooting in central Tbilisi on Friday. The Ministry of Internal Affairs arrested a man born in 1981 who is charged with premeditated murder and illegally carrying a weapon. The accused fired multiple

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Three prison guards arrested after prisoner’s escape from court

by | September 2, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Three prison guards were arrested on Wednesday in the case of the prisoner who escaped from the court building in Rustavi. According to the Prison Ministry, one of the detainees is head of shift of the guard service at the second department,

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Georgia’s Sukhishvili dance company boycotts Crimea

by | September 2, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s most famous folk dance ensemble Sukhishvili has turned down an invitation to perform in Sevastopol and Simferopol, two cities in Crimea. The Georgian National Ballet, as it is formally called, posted a short note on Facebook about their decision.

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Georgia halts military exercises at sea following fatal diving accident

by | September 1, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia is halting exercises at sea as there are no certified instructors, Defense Minister Levan Izoria said Wednesday. A search for two military divers who went missing during an exercise was called off yesterday. The soldiers went missing

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Number of hospitalized after wedding poisoning scandal rises to 40

by | August 31, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--About 40 people - 22 of them children - are still in hospital after being poisoned during a wedding in Georgia. Nearly 200 people were poisoned on Monday at a wedding in Sadakhlo, a village in the south of Georgia near the border with Armenia.

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Court issues detention order for policeman charged in suicide case

by | August 31, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A court in Georgia on Tuesday issued an order to detain a policeman who is accused of having caused the suicide of a 22-year-old man. The wanted police officer Goderdzi Tevzadze has gone into hiding, and Kutaisi City Court therefore issued the ruling ‘in absentia’.

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Three die in car crash in Gori

by | August 22, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Three people died in a serious car accident on Sunday in Gori, a town 80km west of the capital. A small Mercedes car and a truck crashed. The driver of the truck survived and was taken to hospital. But all the occupants of the small car

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Flooded river brings Tbilisi Zoo a new baby lynx

by | August 18, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi Zoo has a new baby lynx, which was recently discovered in Lagodekhi in eastern Georgia. The animal was discovered by ranger Gogita Khunashvili in Lagodekhi nature preserve in July, after the river Shroma was flooded, carrying

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Two Georgians detained by Russians while fishing

by | August 15, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Two Georgians were detained by a Russian border patrol on Saturday while out fishing along a river close to the breakaway region Abkhazia. Levan Morgoshia and Pridon Matkava were apprehended while standing on the left bank of the river Inguri.

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16 rescued from sea during the storm: MIA

by | August 15, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--16 people, among them several foreign tourists, have been rescued in Adjara after a strong storm hit the Black Sea coast of Georgia on Sunday, according to a statement by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The rain lasted several hours, flooding

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PM promises better mountain roads, starting with Tusheti

by | August 12, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government is planning to build a new road to the mountainous Tusheti region in the northeast of the country. The current road to Tusheti is bumpy and becomes non-traversable in winter, during which time the only access is by helicopter.

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National Forum office robbed in Tbilisi

by | August 10, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The office of National Forum, a right wing political party, which recently split with Georgian Dream, was broken into overnight in Tbilisi. Members of the party say that the investigation is in progress and yet it is hard

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John Kerry’s statement on August War 8th anniversary

by | August 9, 2016
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Tbilisi, DFWatch - US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned occupation of Georgian territories by Russia by issuing a short statement on 8th anniversary of Russo-Georgian war.

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Political clash outside UNM office in Batumi, one detained

by | August 4, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--One person was detained in western Georgia on Thursday,  after a fight broke out in front of the local branch office of the National Movement (UNM). Protesters from the organization Our Homeland burned an effigy of ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili,

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One Georgian detained by South Ossetia for violating border

by | August 4, 2016
Kveshi

TBILISI, DFWatch--The incident took place this morning in the village Kveshi, according to Gori municipality. Locals say 36-year-old Aleko Sheverdashvili was in his garden when armed men came and took him away. They say Sheverdashvili didn’t cross the administrative

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Security official appointed as a new Minister of Defense, Khidasheli sees “unhealthy trend”

by | August 1, 2016
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Tbilisi, DFWatch - Levan Izoria, a deputy head of State Security Service (SUS), and Ketevan Tsikhelashvili,  deputy minister, were appointed as replacements of the ongoing ministers of defense and reconciliation respectively.

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Update: A Pankisi man detained for a threatening Facebook post

by | July 29, 2016
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Tbilisi, DFWatch - State Security Service of Georgia launched a probe into a possible terror threat distributed by Facebook on Thursday evening.

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Four dead as truck overturns in western Georgia

by | July 21, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Four people died when a truck crashed in western Georgia on Thursday. The accident happened in Lugela Valley near the village Nukhuri. According to Interpressnews, the truck of the brand Kamaz crashed and overturned after the driver lost control

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Russian woman missing in Kazbegi after climbers struck by lightning

by | July 20, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A woman is missing after a group of three climbers were struck by lightning at 5,000 m altitude yesterday in the Kazbegi mountains. Two of the group were injured, and later rescued, but the third - a woman from Moscow - went missing.

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Two hospitalized after shooting incident in Tbilisi

by | July 18, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Two persons are injured after a shooting incident at noon Monday in front of the National Enforcement Bureau in Tbilisi. The enforcement bureau said the shooting was not related to them but a confrontation between private individuals. Witness

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Batumi will accumulate trillions of dollars: PM

by | July 14, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--During the opening ceremony of the international conference ‘Georgia’s European Way’ in Batumi, prime minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili declared that ‘trillions of dollars’ will be accumulated in the city as a result of trade between Europe and China.

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PM Kvirikashvili makes a case for Georgian EU membership

by | July 14, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Kvirikashvili on Thursday expressed hope that Georgia will become a member of the European Union in the near future. He said this during the opening ceremony of the annual conference ‘Georgia’s European Way’

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Johannes Hahn to visit Georgia tomorrow

by | July 13, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--On 14 July, the EU commissioner for enlargement Johannes Hahn will visit Georgia. Mr Hahn will hold meetings with Georgian officials, including Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, President Giorgi Margvelashvili, minister of foreign affairs Giorgi Janelidze,

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Magnitude 4.8 earthquake rattles Tbilisi

by | July 12, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 caused slight shaking in the Georgian capital Tbilisi Tuesday afternoon. The quake occurred at 2:14pm local time and had its epicenter 10-15 km away from Dmanisi, a town in southern

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Abkhazian referendum on early presidential elections declared invalid

by | July 11, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The referendum on early presidential elections in Abkhazia was declared invalid by de facto electoral commission due to low turnout. According to Abkhazia’s de facto Electoral Commission, slightly over one percent of eligible voters

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Cancelled trains in western Georgia

by | July 4, 2016
matarebeli-liandagi

TBILISI, DFWatch--Several trains will be cancelled in western Georgia the next few days due to ongoing work between Supsa and Ureki. All tracks in Supsa and tracks connecting Ureki and Supsa will be closed from 06:00 on July 5 to 06:00 on July 6, according

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Angela Merkel to visit Georgia ‘in the near future’

by | June 13, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--German Chancellor Angela Merkel might visit Georgia this summer, Interpressnews reports. The news agency is quoting Reiner Haseloff, the minister president of the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, as he met Georgian media

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Still no decision on EU visa waiver

by | June 11, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The European Union once again failed to reach an agreement on abolishing visas for Georgian citizens who want to enter the Schengen area.

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Chair of EU parliament supports visa liberalization for Georgia

by | June 8, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, on Wednesday used his Twitter account to voice support for Georgia getting visa-free travel with the Schengen area without delay. Mr Schulz’s statement comes shortly after EU states decided to delay

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Suspect in femicide case detained by police

by | June 7, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Tbilisi arrested a man on Tuesday who is accused of murdering his wife the day before. The 36 year old man is charged with premeditated murder. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs,

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Woman hotel worker murdered in Tbilisi

by | June 7, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A woman was shot outside a hotel in Isani on the outskirts of Tbilisi on Monday. She was taken to hospital with serious injuries but later died at the hospital. The woman was working in the kitchen

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Hundreds gather in Tbilisi against ‘inhumane drug policy’ of the state

by | June 3, 2016
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Tbilisi, DFWatch - Hundreds of people, mostly youth, gathered at the government building in Tbilisi Thursday evening to protest ‘inhumane drug policy’ and demand decriminalization of the light drugs and to soften the drug legislation in general. The annual protest bringing together youth, politicians, journalists, NGO activists is held every June 2, since 2013. The main message of the rally was as usual to stop arresting people for using light drugs, i.e. marijuana. Number of Georgian singers and bands performed for the people, who gathered to express their anger against the state's harsh drug policies. They demand to eliminate criminal responsibility for using drugs, as well as for purchasing and storing  small amounts for personal consumption, and to abolish a 'shameful practice' of stopping people on the streets for compulsory drug testing.  

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Parliament won’t override president’s veto

by | June 1, 2016
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Tbilisi, DFWatch - Ruling Georgian Dream coalition will not initiate motion to overturn presidential veto on the recently adopted law that significantly restricts power of Constitutional Court, Zviad Dzidziguri, Vice Speaker of the parliament, said on Wednesday.

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Operatic bass holds a party rally, vows to come to power

by | May 29, 2016
Paata Burchuladze during Independence Day celebrations, May 26. (Facebook.)

Tbilisi, DFWatch - The newly former political party led by Paata Burchuladze, famous operatic bass, held a rally at Tbilisi central sports arena on Saturday

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18 yo arrested for possible homophobic assault, stabbing

by | May 27, 2016
telavi_police_shooting

Tbilisi, DFWatch - Police arrested an 18-year-old man, who allegedly stabbed two men, one minor, on possibly homophobic grounds.

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Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in January-April up 8%

by | May 13, 2016
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Tbilisi, DFWatch - Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in the first four months of 2016 was USD 3,287 million. This is 8 percent more than in the same period last year.

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9 Georgian jonjoli-pickers detained by Russian troops

by | May 13, 2016
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Tbilisi, DFWatch - Jonjoli picking season began in Georgia, which means more Georgians will face detentions for crossing the “border” with breakaway South Ossetia, as on Friday Russian caught 9 inhabitants of Sachkhere district.

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One man arrested for bribing official and stealing manganese slag

by | May 12, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The State Security Service on Thursday arrested a Georgian citizen for bribery and stealing silicon manganese slag. The Anti-Corruption Agency and the State Security Department of the State Security Service conducted a joint

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Georgia’s wine exports up 15% in January-April

by | May 11, 2016
Wine

Tbilisi, DFWatch - Georgia exported 45 percent more bottles (0.75 L) of wine in the first four months of 2016, compared to the same period last year. Increase in revenues in the same period is 15 percent.

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Avalanche kills a shepherd in northeast of Georgia

by | May 10, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A 27 year old man was killed by an avalanche on Tuesday in Tusheti, in the northeast of Georgia. A 44 year old man was also injured and taken to the hospital in Telavi, in the Kakheti province. The victim was from the village Kistauri, near Akhmeta.

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20 sheep killed in Dedoplistskaro as police car plows into flock

by | May 4, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--20 sheep were killed when a police car plowed into their flock near Dedoplistskaro in eastern Georgia a few days ago. Information Center of Kakheti reported that the incident happened on Sunday on the central highway in the village Gamarjveba,

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Georgian president pardons 95 prisoners in connection with Easter

by | April 28, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili on Wednesday pardoned 95 prisoners in connection with Orthodox Easter. The pardon decree was issued on April 27, and 69 of the pardoned prisoners have already left jail, according to Zviad Koridze,

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Eight flights postponed at Tbilisi airport due to strong wind

by | April 22, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Eight flights were postponed yesterday at Tbilisi airport due to strong wind. All the affected flights were by Turkish Airlines. Interpressnews quoted an airport spokesperson saying that the decision was made by the airline. The delayed flights

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UN chief to visit South Caucasus this month

by | April 20, 2016
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Tbilisi, DFWatch - The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon will pay an official visit to Georgia on 23–24 April on the invitation of Georgia’s Prime Minister. The Secretary General will hold meetings with representatives of the legislative and executive branches.

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Gold bars worth USD 445,000 seized at Georgia-Azerbaijan border

by | April 19, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Finance Ministry’s investigative service arrested two Azerbaijani citizens on the so-called Red Bridge border crossing for attempting to illegally import 12 kg of gold to Georgia. The value of the gold bars is more than one million laris (USD 445,000).

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Georgia’s foreign trade turnover January-March down 7%

by | April 14, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's foreign trade turnover in the first three months of 2016 was USD 2.136 million. This is 7 percent less than in the same period last year. According to preliminary figures from Georgia's National Statistics Department, GeoStat,

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One person detained at South Ossetian boundary line

by | April 11, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--43-year-old Erosi Takadze was detained by Russian border police at South Ossetian administrative boundary line (ABL) on Saturday, 9 April. According to Mr Takadze’s relatives in the village of Kirbali, which is located in Gori region right next

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Forest fire nearby Russian military base in South Ossetia

by | April 8, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has declared readiness in helping to extinguish a forest fire in the vicinity of a Russian military facility in South Ossetia, Novosti-Gruziya reported.

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17% more visitors to Georgia in March 2016 compared to last year

by | April 5, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The number of visitors entering Georgia in March grew by 16.7 percent, compared to same period last year, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. According to the new monthly report of MIA the number of visitors in March was 450,875.

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‘No tragedy’ if GD coalition falls apart: Kaladze

by | March 28, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Dream — Democratic Georgia, a key political party within the Georgian Dream coalition, may opt for running independently in the upcoming parliamentary elections, Kakha Kaladze, Minister of Energy stated Saturday, thus adding fuel to the fire in the widespread

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Georgian PM takes part in Armenian Easter celebrations

by | March 28, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili visited the newly renovated Cathedral of Saint George in Tbilisi’s Old Town, in order to join Armenian Easter celebrations. Adherents of the Armenian Apostolic Church are almost exclusively ethnic

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Tbilisi City Hall will pay for Sameba Cathedral restoration

by | March 28, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Hall announced its plans to sponsor restoration works at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, known colloquially as Sameba (‘Trinity’), which was damaged by fire earlier this month. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili asked the Minister

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Georgia postpones ban on registration of right-hand cars till 2017

by | March 24, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia postpones banning on registration of cars with right-hand drive until January 1, 2017, to allow enough time to car importers to reshuffle their business and carry out commitments under the existing contracts, Deputy Minister of Interior said during

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Ivanishvili won’t return to politics: Kaladze

by | March 24, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian PM Bidzina Ivanishvili will keep promise not to return to politics, Minister of Energy and the first vice Prime Minister, Kakha Kaladaze stated on Thursday, diffusing speculations in the media that the oligarch would be included

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Prayer service suspended at Sameba Cathedral after fire

by | March 21, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Prayer service has been temporarily halted at Sameba Cathedral after a fire burned about 1,200 square meters on the ground floor of the building on Sunday. However, prayer will offer in four little churches on the territory of Sameba that are

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Fire burns 1,200 square meters at Sameba Cathedral in Tbilisi

by | March 21, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--An area of more than 1,200 square meters was burnt at Sameba Cathedral in Tbilisi on Sunday after a fire started on the ground floor of the cathedral. More than a hundred firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, which started at about 14:00 and lasted

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Inequality lowers Georgia’s happiness score: Report

by | March 20, 2016
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TBILISI, DFwatch--According to the World Happiness Report 2016, published today, Georgia is in 126th place out of 157 countries included in the study. The result places Georgia as the 'least happy' country of the former Soviet Union, while Uzbekistan

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Georgian leaders send condolences to Russia after Rostov-on-Don plane crash

by | March 19, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President and Prime Minister expressed their condolences to the families of victims of a deadly plane crash in Rostov, Russia. “I express my deepest sympathy to the victims of Flydubai passenger plane crash in Rostov, where dozens

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US confirms Shishani’s death

by | March 15, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Pentagon officials confirm the death of the Islamic State’s prominent field commander Tarkhan Batirashvili (Omar al-Shishani), CNN reported. On 9 March, major Western news outlets reported that Mr Batirashvili, 30, was ‘likely killed’ in

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Georgian man charged with faking power of attorney to steal land plot

by | March 12, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A man was detained on Saturday, charged with appropriating a plot of land in Tbilisi which belongs to an Egyptian citizen. The investigation service of the Finance Ministry informed that a Georgian citizen called Giorgi fabricated documents in order

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155 prisoners pardoned in Georgia

by | March 2, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian president pardoned 155 prisoners on Wednesday. 105 of them will leave jail today. The commission met on February 21-22, and considered 1,178 cases. 105 were completely pardoned, while the rest had their sentences

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Two Georgians who avoided hanging in Malaysia returned home

by | February 29, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Two Georgian citizens who barely avoided being hanged in Malaysia for drug-related crimes returned to Georgia on Sunday. Babutsa Gordadze, who was arrested in Malaysia along with Darejan Kokhtashvili, was convicted of  illegally

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One person detained at South Ossetian boundary line

by | February 26, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian border police detained a 31-years-old inhabitant of Tbilisi in the vicinity of the South Ossetian boundary line, Sputnik Ossetia reported.  The man was detained on 24 February near the village of Akhmaji (Akhmadz in Ossetian) in Akhalgori (Leningor)

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One more arrest made in Tbilisi ‘bridenapping’ case

by | February 25, 2016
suspected_accomplice_Samira_bridenapping

TBILISI, DFWatch--One more person was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the suspected ‘bridenapping’ in Tbilisi’s southern Ponichala district. Earlier on Tuesday, police in the capital arrested a Russian teenager, who is suspected of abducting

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Man stabbed to death near Telavi

by | February 25, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A man of about 50 years was murdered on Wednesday in the village Vardisubani near Telavi. A suspect was apprehended the same day. The victim, Vepkhia Glurjidze, had a disagreement with the suspect, who then stabbed him. Glurjidze took

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Prison minister supports merging ministries to save money

by | February 18, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The prison minister in Georgia supports a proposal by the head of the National Bank to merge the Prison Ministry with the Justice Ministry to save money. “The more we reduce government offices, the more effective the system will be,”

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Wizzair announces seven new destinations from Kutaisi airport

by | February 17, 2016
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Tbilisi, DFWatch - As of September, Kutaisi will be connected with cities in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, and Italy. Wizzair, a Hungarian cheap airline, announced seven new flight destinations operating from the David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport to Berlin,

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Three men detained in Georgia for selling counterfeit salt

by | February 17, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Finance Ministry’s investigative service Tuesday detained three people for selling counterfeit salt. The three made profit by systematically selling salt, according to a short statement put out by the service. The statement said they packed

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Georgian man ‘citizen arrested’ in South Ossetia

by | February 15, 2016
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South Ossetian KGB detained a 42-years-old Georgian following citizen's arrest by a local man near Tskhinvali. An uneditified Georgian man was detained in South Ossetia for crossing ‘the border’ (administrative borderline), South Ossetian news agency Res reported. The agency writes that according to the South Ossetian KGB (Committee for State Security), a South Ossetian man from the village of Dmenisi near Tskhinvali made a citizen’s arrest on a Georgian man who was trying to hitchhike into the republic’s capital city. The man was reportedly born in 1974 in the city of Rustavi. ‘The inhabitant of the village of Dmenis[i] said that the citizen of Georgia stopped a passing car with an intention to arrive at the bus station in the city of Tskhinval[i]’, the KGB’s statement reads. ‘The inhabitant of South Ossetia found it out in the course of a conversation, following which he decided to take the man to the Border Service of the KGB of the Republic of South Ossetia, where the citizen of Georgia was detained.’ According to the KGB, the man crossed the border on February 13. A formal investigation has ...

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Man arrested for triple murder in western Georgia

by | February 13, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A man was arrested Friday in the west of Georgia accused of triple murder. Three men who had been missing for several days were found dead in a river in Zugdidi with gun shot wounds to their head and chest region. The killing took place

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Swine flu claims its tenth victim in Georgia

by | February 8, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A 36 year old man died in Georgia on Saturday after having contracted the H1N1 virus. He became the tenth victim of the swine flu outbreak. The deceased was from Gali in Abkhazia, and had come to Zugdidi to receive medical treatment.

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Tbilisi airport to close runway during daytime for four months

by | February 6, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi international will be closed during daytime for four months, starting from March 1, 2016, due to maintenance work on the runway. During dayttime, scheduled flights will either be cancelled or delayed. According to preliminary

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Director of construction company accused of embezzling 600,000 USD

by | February 4, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The director of a construction company was detained on Thursday accused of embezzlement of more than 1.5 million laris. According to the Finance Ministry’s investigation service, the company Construction-Commercial Corporation

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Swine flu claims its ninth victim in Georgia

by | February 4, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Swine flu has claimed its ninth death in Georgia, according to National Center for Disease Control (NCDC). A young woman died two days ago in the Adjara region in the southwest of Georgia, and laboratory tests confirmed that she

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Remittances to Georgia down 12% in December

by | January 19, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The amount of money sent home by Georgian emigres in December, 2015, was 12.2 percent lower than in the same period the year before. The total amount of so-called remittances was USD 101.9 million, according to the National Bank.

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Road to Armenian border at Ninotsminda closed

by | January 15, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Road restrictions on four roads in Georgia remained unchanged Thursday and Friday. In the south of Georgia, the S-11 is closed between Ninotsminda and the border with Armenia due to strong wind and poor visibility. Nearby,

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Georgian released by South Ossetia

by | January 13, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The de facto government of the breakaway republic South Ossetia Tuesday evening released Lasha Glurjidze, 21, after nine days in detention. Glurjidze was released after paying a 2,000 Ruble (USD 26) fine for ‘crossing the border’

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Wizz Air flights rerouted from Kutaisi to Tbilisi

by | January 5, 2016
Kutaisi_plane

TBILISI, DFWatch--Bad weather in western Georgia has led to Wizz Air’s flights to and from Kutaisi airport being redirected to Tbilisi on Tuesday. According to United Airports of Georgia, the following flights have been scheduled on January 5: A flight from Tbilisi to Warsaw

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Wizz Air plane unable to land at Kutaisi airport due to bad weather

by | January 4, 2016
kutaisi_snow_road

TBILISI, DFWatch--Several flights were cancelled due to bad weather on Monday at Kutaisi airport in the west of Georgia. Interpressnews reports that heavy snowfall resulted in the cancelling of the flight from Warsaw to Kutaisi and the return flight from Kutaisi to Warsaw due

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Three persons missing in eastern Georgia

by | January 3, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A search is on for three men who went missing in Lagodekhi, in the eastern part of Georgia, three days ago. Rustavi 2 reports that four men went hiking in the village Mskhalgori four days ago, but they were separated in the strong wind and snowfall.

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Traffic restrictions on mountain roads in Georgia due to snow and ice

by | January 2, 2016
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Snow and ice has made several roads unsafe for large vehicles. Here is the list of traffic restrictions published by the Road Department. On a section of the Tbilisi-Senaki-Leselidze road stretching from the 138 km mark to the 157 km mark,

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19 year old shoots, kills police officer

by | December 30, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A policeman was shot and killed on Wednesday outside the police station in Telavi, a town in Georgia’s eastern Kakheti region. The officer, Gela Lamazoshvili, died on the spot. A female police officer was also injured in the shooting

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Man who had surgery says police hit him in the face

by | December 25, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor General’s Office has launched an investigation into an incident where a man was allegedly beaten by police officers. The Public Defender wrote on Thursday that a person had surgery at the central hospital in Tbilisi on November 10,

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Georgia’s association agreement with EU comes into force

by | December 25, 2015
irakli_garibashvili--IPN

TBILISI, DFWatch--Belgium became the last member country to add its consent to Georgia’s association agreement with the European Union on Thursday. The agreement has now been ratified by all 28 member states as well as EU's own institutions

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New Georgian government expected before New Year

by | December 24, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The deadline for parliament to approve a new government is 14 or 15 January, 2016, but the procedure may finish before New Year, Georgia’s speaker of parliament said Thursday. Irakli Garibashvili announced his resignation last night

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Police looking for taxi driver who assaulted women passengers

by | December 23, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia have identified a taxi driver in Tbilisi who allegedly beat a woman who rejected his attempts at physical contact. The suspect has not yet been apprehended, but an investigation has been launched based on article 125

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Tbilisi woman allegedly killed husband and son

by | December 21, 2015
MIA_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch--A woman was arrested in Tbilisi on Sunday suspected of murdering her husband and five-year-old son. According to investigators, the woman, who is about 26 years old, injured her two year older husband by hitting him in the head with

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Man arrested for robbing churches in Kakheti

by | December 20, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia have arrested a man accused of robbing four churches in Kakheti, a province in the eastern part of Georgia, a few days ago. Investigators say the man, who is about 21 years old, was arrested at night while attempting to rob

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Storm rips off roof in Tbilisi, leaving three families homeless

by | December 16, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--High winds destroyed the roof of a house in Tbilisi on Wednesday, leaving three families homeless. The wind also tore down a tree on Dadiani Street, which damaged electricity transmission lines, as a result of which households living on the street were left

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Georgia’s foreign trade down 14% Jan-Nov

by | December 15, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in the first eleven months of 2015 was 14 percent less than in the same period last year, according to preliminary figures published by the National Statistics Department. The total turnover amounted to USD 8,892 million,

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Georgian volunteer killed in Ukraine’s Donbass

by | December 10, 2015
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Two Ukrainian militiamen, including Irakli Kutelia, an ethnic Georgian volunteer, were killed on Wednesday afternoon and seven others were injured as their infantry fighting vehicle ran over a mine near Donetsk, Ukrainian and Georgian media report.

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Construction worker dies at Sinohydro’s Kobuleti bypass road

by | December 9, 2015
new_kobuleti_road

TBILISI, DFWatch--A construction worker died on Tuesday during work on a bypass road near Kobuleti in western Georgia. The 40-year-old man is said to have fallen from a 20-meter tall bridge and died from multiple injuries. An investigation has been launched

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995 have applied for asylum in Georgia

by | December 8, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--By October, 995 persons had applied for asylum in Georgia, while 1,192 people were living here under protection of international law, according to a new report by the Public Defender. The report, which was published on Monday, shows that

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Strike ends at BP South Caucasus pipeline expansion

by | December 7, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A strike among workers on the BP South Caucasus pipeline expansion has ended without drama as management fulfilled the main demand, but workers who were fired have not been given their jobs back. Three days ago, nearly 200 workers

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Man arrested in Tbilisi for stealing computer from mosque

by | December 4, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Police Friday detained a suspect who allegedly robbed a mosque in Tbilisi. The suspect, a 22 year old man, secretly snuck into a mosque in the old part of Tbilisi and stole a computer from a room used by Mullahs, and then went into hiding, according to the Interior Ministry.

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Road Department warns: Slippery roads in north of Georgia

by | November 30, 2015
akhaltsikhe_ninotsminda_road_snow

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Road Department in Georgia warns that there are traffic restrictions in mountainous areas. Due to frost, trailers, semi-trailers and other vehicles with more than 30 seats are asked to use snow chains from the 80km to 136km section

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Eleven detained in Georgia for attempting to jump Turkish border

by | November 27, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian border police arrested nine Bangladeshi and two Turkish citizens on Thursday for illegally trying to cross the border with Turkey. The Interior Ministry said in a statement that the group was attempting to cross the border in an area near Akhaltsikhe,

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Traffic restrictions many places in Georgia due to heavy snowfall

by | November 22, 2015
paravani_snow

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Road Department has established restrictions on road throughout the country due to heavy snowfall that started Saturday morning. From 188km to 198km of Zugdidi-Jvari-Mestia-Lasdili road in Svaneti and 142km to 157km of the

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First wind farm in Georgia to begin construction in February

by | November 16, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s energy ministry last week announced a tender for building the country’s first wind farm. According to Giorgi Bezhuashvili, the director of Georgian Energy Development Fund, the turbines are already in Georgia and installation of them

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Authorities in Georgia increase security measures after Paris terror

by | November 15, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Authorities in Georgia are tightening security after the terrorist attacks in Paris. A spokesperson for the State Security Service said on Saturday that there are stricter security measures in force at border crossings and airports. There are also enhanced security measures

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Georgia’s main east-west highway has been blocked for two days

by | November 13, 2015
zestaponi_highway_flood

TBILISI, DFWatch--E60, the central highway through Georgia, has been blocked for two days due to bad weather. Vehicles are currently rerouted near Kutaisi in the western part of the country. According to the Infrastructure Ministry’s Road Department,

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Four detained for extortion, again

by | October 21, 2015
MIA_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia have detained four persons for for extortion. Wednesday, the Interior Ministry said that the four, Giorgi, 24, Giorgi, 25, Vladimer, 31 and Mikheil, 58, had threatened to kill their victim if he didn’t pay them 55,000 laris (USD 23,000).

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Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in Jan-Sept down 13%

by | October 14, 2015
Border with Azerbaijan (DFWatch)

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in the first nine months of 2015 went down by 13 percent compared to last year, according to a preliminary monthly report published by the National Statistics Department. According to the monthly report,

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Georgian president appoints new political adviser

by | October 12, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--President Giorgi Margvelashvili on Monday presented Pikria Chikhradze as his new political adviser. Chikhradze is active in the New Rightists Party and is most known for her work as a youth activist in the National Liberation Movement,

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Saakashvili welcomes ICC investigation into 2008 war

by | October 9, 2015
russian_soldiers_2008

TBILISI, DFWatch--The International Criminal Court said Wednesday that a prosecutor will begin studying the events in the 2008 Russia-Georgia war to investigate possible war crimes. The probe will look at crimes committed by both parties in connection

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Three pro-UNM activists detained after assaulting MP

by | October 5, 2015
Kutaisi_City_Court_case_of_three_Free_Zone_activists

TBILISI, DFWatch--Three activists were detained Friday for assaulting a member of parliament. The detainees are Nika Narsia, Mirian Deisadze and Kakhaber Gabunia, all members of the youth group Tavisupali Zona (Free Zone), which on many occasions

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13% more visitors to Georgia in September

by | October 2, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The number of visitors to Georgia increased 12.6 percent in September, compared to the year before, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ department for analysis. The total number of visitors in September was 568,663. Out of this, 227,130

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Police officer stabbed in Tbilisi

by | September 21, 2015
ozurgeti_police_car

TBILISI, DFWatch--A police officer is in hospital in a serious condition after being stabbed Sunday night in a Tbilisi suburb. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the policeman was stabbed with a knife. An investigation has been launched for attacking a policeman.

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Four detained at Georgia-Turkey border with baby in the trunk

by | September 21, 2015
sapri_border_crossing

TBILISI, DFWatch--Border police in Georgia Sunday detained four people for illegally trying to cross the border with a infant in the trunk of their car. According to the Interior Ministry, the four were trying to go to Turkey, avoiding the official border crossing. One of the grownups

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Remittances to Georgia down 35% in August

by | September 15, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Remittances to Georgia fell by 35.1 percent in August 2015, compared to the same period last year, according to new figures published Tuesday by Georgia’s National Bank. The new monthly report shows that the total amount of remittances

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Electricity price hike in Georgia

by | September 4, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Electricity prices have gone up in the Georgian capital. Utility company Telasi explains the decision with a drop in the national currency lari, as well as increased prices for purchasing electricity and increased transmission taxes. There are three

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Woman shop attendant murdered in western Georgia

by | September 4, 2015
MIA_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch--A man killed a 39 year old woman working in a shop in western Georgia on Thursday for not letting him borrow a beer. The murder took place in Khelvachauri, in the Adjara region. The suspect has been detained, according to the Ministry

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Three parking attendants detained after moving car with sleeping child

by | August 24, 2015
CT_Park

TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Tbilisi on Sunday detained three employees of CT Park for illegal deprivation of liberty. CT Park is the company responsible for parking in the capital. Earlier that day, the three detainees moved a car parked near Eliava market

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Four detained after alleged ethnic street fight in Kobuleti

by | August 19, 2015
kobuleti_street_fight

TBILISI, DFWatch--Four were detained Wednesday, after a street fight a few days ago in Kobuleti, a town on the Black Sea coast. A video posted in social media indicates that the fight was between ethnic Georgians and Dagestanis. The video, which is about

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Traffic restrictions in Dariali Valley

by | August 18, 2015
dariali_valley_road

TBILISI, DFWatch--There are traffic restrictions on the road through Dariali Valley, in the the north of Georgia, an area which was last year hit by several devastating landslides. The Road Department says the restrictions will be in force until August 30. The decision was made on recommendation from Georgia’s

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23 year old dies as car hits motorcycle

by | August 17, 2015
ozurgeti_police_car

TBILISI, DFWatch--A traffic accident in Khobi in the western part of Georgia claimed the life of a 23 year old man Sunday evening. The accident happened in the village Khamiskuri when an Opel car crashed into a motorcycle with two persons on it. One of

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Georgia saw 32% drop in remittances in July

by | August 14, 2015
national_bank

TBILISI, DFWatch--Remittances to Georgia in July went down by 31.8 percent compared to last year, according to the latest monthly report by National Bank of Georgia (NBG). In total, USD 93.4 million was sent to Georgia in July, 2015. Money transfers

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One Georgian detained on South Ossetia border

by | August 13, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian soldiers a few days ago detained another Georgian for violating the border with breakaway South Ossetia. Mamuka Samkharadze (36) was out collecting firewood near the village Kirbala, which borders on the breakaway region.

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Policeman shot during house call in eastern Georgia

by | August 11, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A policeman was shot on duty in Georgia’s eastern Kakheti region on Monday, during a house call about domestic violence. Police received a call about family violence in the village Zemo Alvani, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. When police

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Two dead in car crash in eastern Georgia

by | August 6, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Two people died and one was seriously injured in a car crash in eastern Georgian Wednesday. Local media report that a Toyota SUV and a BMW crashed on a road near the village Shroma in Lagodekhi region. Five people were injured

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Number of visitors to Georgia in July up 9.5% from 2014

by | August 3, 2015
tourists

TBILISI, DFWatch--The number of visitors to Georgia in the month of July was 9.5 percent higher than in the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). According to the MIA’s monthly report, 737,696 people visited Georgia in July.

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Alleged Moscow mobster murdered in Akhalkalaki

by | August 3, 2015
a_street_in_Akhalkalaki

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Akhalkalaki-based news agency Jnews reports new details about a murder of an alleged mobster one week ago. Sargis Hakobyan was found dead in his car near the village Aragva on 26 July. It is believed that his car was ambushed

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Czech climber falls and dies in Caucasus Mountains

by | August 1, 2015
Mkinvartsveri_mountain

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Czech climber died on Mount Kazbegi, one of the major peaks of the Caucasus Mountain Range, in the northern part of Georgia on July 30. According to the Emergency Service, the girl fell down and suffered severe head trauma.

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Georgian released by South Ossetia after paying USD 33 fine

by | July 29, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A man who was detained by Russian border guards Saturday was freed on Tuesday, after paying a fine. Davit Khuroshvili, from the village Khurvaleti, bordering breakaway South Ossetia, was detained for violating the border.

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Georgian murder suspect detained in Bulgaria

by | July 27, 2015
MIA_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian murder suspect who was wanted by Interpol was Monday detained in Bulgaria. According to Georgia’s Interior Ministry, the 43 year old was detained in Silistra. He has been wanted by Georgian law enforcement since 2009

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57 kg of amphetamine found in car

by | July 23, 2015
amphetamine_hidden_in_car

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Interior Ministry in Georgia seized more than 57 kg of amphetamine on Tuesday. The drugs were found in the car of a man who attempted to cross the border with Armenia at Sadakhlo. As the police checked the Toyota Land Cruiser,

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Georgia police seize 7 kilos of cocaine at Sarpi

by | July 21, 2015
sarpi_border

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Interior Ministry on Tuesday seized more than seven kilograms of cocaine. According to the ministry, a 25 year old Lebanese man attempted to leave Georgia with the cocaine but was arrested at the checkpoint in Sarpi, at the border

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Husband of Georgian singer arrested for possession of drugs

by | July 20, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia on Sunday arrested the husband of a well-known singer at Tbilisi airport after he was found carrying drugs. Kakha Mamulashvili is a producer, but better known as the husband of the Georgian singer Lela Tsurtsumia.

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Donald Tusk to visit Georgia July 20

by | July 17, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--President of the European Council Donald Tusk will arrive in Tbilisi on July 20 for a two day visit. Tusk was invited by President Giorgi Margvelashvili. The two will have a bilateral meeting, and afterward answer questions at a joint press conference.

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Fire in Tbilisi department store injures eleven

by | July 16, 2015
Gorgia_fire

TBILISI, DFWatch--Eleven people were injured in a fire Thursday morning at a department store in Tbilisi. The fire started at about 9am on the second floor of the store, where there was furniture. Giorgi Bakhutashvili, communication manager of Hypermarket Gorgia,

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Turkish captain fined $20,000

by | July 7, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Coast Guard has fined a captain of a cargo ship under the flag of the Comoros, a tiny state located in Comoro Archipelago, off the East African coast, 50,000 laris (USD 22,200). According to a statement by the Ministry of Interior, the crew

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Houses burned by bush fire in southern Georgia

by | July 6, 2015
kumisi_fire

TBILISI, DFWatch--There was a fire in Gardabani in the south of Georgia on Sunday. Several abandoned houses burned down, and a woman was slightly injured. Hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers managed to put out the fire in Kumisi settlement

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Saudi crown prince donates money to Tbilisi flood victims

by | July 3, 2015
abdulaziz_al_saud

TBILISI, DFWatch--The crown prince of Saudi Arabia is donating USD 300,000 to assist the victims of the June 14 flood in Tbilisi. Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who visited Georgia a few weeks ago, wrote in a letter to the prime minister that they carefully

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Suspicious meat seized in Tbilisi

by | July 3, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The National Food Agency in Georgia on Thursday seized 200kg of suspicious meat at the Dezertirebi market in Tbilisi. According to the short statement, Beka 2015 Ltd had prepared for selling the meat, however some of it didn’t have a seal

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9% more visitors to Georgia in June

by | July 2, 2015
batumis_delfinarium

TBILISI, DFWatch--There were 9.3 percent more visitors to Georgia in June, 2015, compared to same month last year, according to the latest monthly report from the Interior Ministry. The new figures show that 496,758 people visited the country in June

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Members of U.S. congress to visit Georgia

by | June 29, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A delegation from the U.S. congress is to visit Georgia from July 2 to 5. Among the delegation are members of congress from the Republican and the Democratic parties, according to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Davit Kereselidze. Peter Roskam

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NATO’s Secretary General to visit Georgia in August

by | June 26, 2015
giorgi_margvelashvili_jens_stoltenberg

TBILISI, DFWatch--NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will visit Georgia this August, according to the Defense Ministry. The visit was agreed during a meeting Wednesday between Georgia’s Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli and Deputy Secretary General of the alliance

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Georgian minister: Armenia’s EEU membership not an obstacle for ‘centuries-old friendship’

by | June 25, 2015
thea_tsulukiani

Tbilisi, DFWatch - Armenia's membership to the Eurasian Economic Union is not an obstacle but rather an opportunity of 'mutual enrichment and opening of new opportunities', Minister of Justice of Georgia said in an interview with Mediamax, Armenian e-newspaper.

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Missing hyena found dead at Tbilisi Zoo

by | June 25, 2015
Tbilservis_-_group-photo

TBILISI, DFWatch--A missing hyena was found dead on Wednesday during clean-up work inside the partially destroyed Tbilisi Zoo. The hyena was found by employees of Tbilservice Group, close to the cages of tigers and lions near the administration building. A tiger

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Georgia to allow visa-free visits for Argentina, Uruguay and Chile

by | June 22, 2015
Tamar Beruchashvili (IPN)

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia plans to allow short visa-free visits for citizens of Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchasvili announced as she began her first visit to South America. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Davit Kereselidze said the aim of Beruchashvili’s

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Storm toppled trees in several villages in southern Georgia

by | June 22, 2015
tree_crushed_house_mareuli_gamgeoba_photo

TBILISI, DFWatch--High winds toppled trees which crashed into several houses in Marneuli in southern Georgia on Saturday. According to the head of Marneuli municipality, the fallen trees also blocked several of the roads in the surrounding villages. Heavy rainfall and hail also

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Trafficking scheme uncovered in Georgia

by | June 19, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Finance Ministry’s investigative service has uncovered a case of trafficking in babies and arrested nine people at two maternity clinics. The arrested are the director of Rustavi Maternity House and his deputy, and one of the owners of New Maternity

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Update: Death toll rises to nine in Tbilisi flood

by | June 14, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The death toll after last night's flood had risen to nine people by 14:00. Four of the victims are rescue workers. According to the most recent data, the damages caused by the flood exceeds 10 million laris, but this includes only part of the damaged areas.

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Speaker scolds MPs who have been most absent

by | June 13, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Speaker of Parliament on Friday scolded ten MPs who have been absent up to a hundred times during sessions in parliament. Davit Usupashvili said that according to the rules of parliament, an MP can have a honorary absence for family reasons.

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Life threatening fish sold in large quantities

by | June 12, 2015
life-threatening-fish

TBILISI, DFWatch--The investigative service of the Finance Ministry has found that a company produced and sold smoked fish in violation of all hygienic and sanitary standards. Criminal charges have been brought against Tengiz Tsikaridze, who owns Donato Ltd, a company

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Relatives blame doctor for baby’s death at Batumi hospital

by | June 8, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Relatives of a baby who died at Batumi Maternity Hospital have accused the doctor of malpractice. The mother of the baby, a 32 year old woman, was brought to the hospital four days ago. Her family says the doctor refused to perform a caesarean section

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15% more visitors to Georgia in May ’15 than last year

by | June 5, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The number of visitors to Georgia in May, 2015, was 14.7 percent more than in the same month last year. According to the Interior Ministry, the number of people crossing the border in May was 454,545. In the first five months of 2015, the total number of people

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Dog shelter flooded in Tbilisi

by | June 4, 2015
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Tbilisi, DFWatch - At least 13 dogs drowned in flood on Wednesday night  in Tbilisi at Tamaz Elizbarashvili’s dog shelter. A heavy rain flooded river Vere and the water flushed the shelter's ground floor. Patrol police crew and several employees came at the shelter at night to help the pets, but some of the dogs had already been swept away.

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One man, 500 sheep and 40 cows dead in mudslide in Georgia

by | June 3, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--One man and about 500 sheep and 40 cows were caught up in a landslide in the village Khone, in Khevsureti on Tuesday. According to Information Center of Mtskheta, shepherd Giorgi Shetekauri is missing after the glacial mudslide. Rescue workers

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Three Polish tourists rescued by helicopter near Russian border

by | June 2, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Three Polish tourists have been airlifted by helicopter from Mount Tetnuldi near the Russian border, after being trapped by heavy snowfall at 4,200 meter’s height. News of the rescue operation appeared on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Monday evening,

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Pharmacies fined for secretly recording customers

by | June 1, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Three chains of pharmacies in Georgia have been fined 500 laris each for recording conversations at their 24 hours outlets without notifying customers. According to the Personal Data Protection, 365 pharmacies of the chains Aversi-Geopharmi, PSP

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Putin meets with leader of Georgian breakaway region

by | June 1, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to meet the de facto president of South Ossetia on Monday in Moscow. According to the press office of the South Ossetian leader Leonid Tibilov, the two plan to discuss bilateral relations and cooperation

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Georgian wins silver in Women’s Chess Championship

by | May 31, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian chess player Nino Batsiashvili took silver at the European Women’s Individual Chess Championship 2015, which was held in Chakvi, Georgia from May 18 until May 30. Batsiashvili, who is from Batumi, came second after Ukrainian Natalya Zhukova.

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Two brothels busted in Tbilisi, five detained

by | May 31, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Five people were detained in Tbilisi on Saturday, accused of providing premises for prostitution. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the detainees - one man and four women - are managers of the hotels Sabudara and Viza in Tbilisi. The investigation

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Ten Georgians released from detention by breakaway region

by | May 27, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Ten Georgian citizens were released by authorities in the breakaway region South Ossetia Tuesday evening. They had been detained for ‘violating the border’. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the released are: Nugzar Gelashvili, from the village

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Privacy declaration open for signing today on Rustaveli Avenue

by | May 26, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Everyone who wishes so may today sign the declaration of protection of personal information and respect toward others. This is an initiative by the Personal Data Protection Inspectorate, which was created nearly two years ago and are out on the street

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Farmers threaten to block highway after sheep returned sick from Jordan

by | May 26, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Locals in Uplistsikhe, in Georgia’s Kartli region, threaten that they will block the central highway near Gori because sheep that was returned from Jordan is dying from an unknown disease. Teo Tlashadze, member of the local council in Gori,

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Socially disadvantaged groups demonstrated in Batumi

by | May 26, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Socially disadvantaged groups protested in Batumi on Monday, some demanding government help to handle their bank loans, others to get back land property taken from them. Some of them demanded to get back land property that they were given

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Georgian detained with 194,000 in counterfeit dollar bills

by | May 25, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia Monday detained a man for attempting to distribute more than USD 194,000 in fake dollar bills. The suspect, who was born in 1994, was detained at the Red Bridge border crossing with Azerbaijan. The fake money, which was

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Russian border guards detain Georgian man (42) during funeral

by | May 25, 2015
Gremiskhevi

TBILISI, DFWatch--A 42 year old man was detained by Russian border guards at the funeral of his mother-in-law, which was held on a cemetery close to the border with South Ossetia. The detainee, Gia Solashvili, comes from the village Karkusaani. Since the cemetery

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One Georgian detained by Russian border guards near disputed region

by | May 18, 2015
Adzvi

TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian border guards on Monday detained one more person near the village Adzvi, which borders with South Ossetia. The detainee is Grisha Balamtsarashvili (67), who was out in the field looking after cattle at the edge of the village, together with

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Heavy rain cuts electricity for 6,000 in eastern Georgia

by | May 15, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Heavy rain caused problems for villagers and farmers in eastern Georgia, destroying their harvest and killing livestock. More than 6,000 people are without electricity. Among the affected areas are Pankisi, Akhmeta and Lagodekhi. The river Alazani

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Port workers end strike in Poti

by | May 15, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A ten-day strike among port workers has ended in Poti, in western Georgia. More than 600 workers demanded a 14 percent pay rise. In addition, they demanded an annual award, called a ‘13th paycheck,’ and to review the content of their collective

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Unloading of containers halted in Poti port as workers negotiate

by | May 6, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Unloading of containers and some other operations have been halted in the port in Poti due to a strike among workers. Most other types of operations are not affected by the strike, according to the company that runs the port. The strike began

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Port workers on strike in Poti

by | May 6, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Workers at the port in Poti went on strike Sunday, demanding a 14 percent pay rise. The workers gave their bosses ten days to comply with their demand, otherwise they threatened to completely paralyze the functioning of the port. On Tuesday, the term expired,

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Georgia’s economy minister says lari will soon recover

by | May 5, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--As Georgia's national currency lari is continues to fall in value, the economy minister assures the public that the fall will not continue and calls on journalists not to speculate. Economy Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Monday that there

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Armed bank robber caught in Tbilisi, might have been a customer

by | May 3, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--An armed man robbed a bank in Tbilisi on Saturday. The crime took place at about 10:45 in the morning at a branch of ProCredit Bank at 54 Chavchavadze Avenue in the Vake district. No-one was injured. According to witnesses,

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Regional development minister resigns in Georgia

by | April 21, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--A minister in the Georgian government resigned on Tuesday. Not much is known about why Davit Shavliashvili decided to resign as regional development and infrastructure, but a notice from the ministry said it was for health reasons.

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Georgia’s president pardons 78 prisoners for Easter

by | April 14, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian president on Tuesday pardoned 78 prisoners in connection with Easter. Zviad Koridze, Head of the President’s Pardon Commission, said at a press conference that 57 prisoners will be released from jail today. The remaining 21 had their

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Suspect in murder of two policemen placed in pre-trial detention

by | April 11, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi City Court on Saturday placed a man suspected of murdering two policemen in pre-trial detention. The defense did not object to the Prosecutor General’s Office request for detention. The suspect Shalva Abuladze and his lawyer said

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Georgian president visits Pope Francis

by | April 11, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian president Friday met with Pope Francis in Rome. President Giorgi Margvelashvili afterward summed up the meeting as a ‘very important’ one for Georgia. He said he told the pontiff about security issues, the situation in the Caucasus

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High winds caused power cut in Batumi

by | April 8, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--High winds injured two people in Batumi and left 4,000 households in the Adjara region without power on Tuesday. In Batumi, strong wind blew down a tree which fell onto a nearby building with three people inside, two of whom were slightly injured.

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Village evacuated after liquid oxygen leak

by | April 7, 2015
MIA photo of accident

TBILISI, DFWatch--A village was evacuated in Imereti in western Georgia Monday night, after a leak of liquid oxygen from an overturned truck. The truck overturned in a sharp bend, according to the Interior Ministry. It was carrying a large amount of liquid oxygen.

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Two more Pankisi youth leave Georgia to join IS in Syria

by | April 5, 2015
MIA_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch--Two Georgian boys, one 18 and the other younger, have allegedly left the country to become fighers for Islamic State in Syria, acording to locals. The two were attending tenth and eleventh grade at a school in the village Omalo, in Pankisi Gorge.

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Moldovan detained in Georgia for using ATM skimmer

by | April 3, 2015
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TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia Friday detained a Moldovan citizen for using an ATM skimmer to illegally obtain money. The suspect installed a so-called ATM skimmer, a barely noticeable device installed in the card reading slot of the machine which copies information

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