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Georgia starts negotiations with EU about visa free travel

by | Jul 24
mfa

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia has started negotiations with the EU about liberalization of visa rules. Today, the EU Commission's Director General ...

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Increasing oil import to Georgia due to tourism

by | Jul 23
Cash

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia increased its import of oil by 8.5 percent in the first half of 2012 compared to ...

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Georgia sees 8 percent growth so far in ’12

by | Jul 18
GeoStat

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia’s GDP grew 1.3 percent in second quarter of 2012, compared to the first quarter and is ...

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Skadden to represent Ivanishvili

by | Jul 18
skadden

TBILISI, DFWatch – The international law firm Skadden is going to represent the Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili in his struggle ...

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Police to provide security at campaign events

by | Jul 14
kakhi_kaladze_karaleti_IPN

TBILISI, DFWatch – The Georgian government is to start providing police security during opposition campaign events. The opposition Georgian Dream was ...

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Soldier shot in the head in Georgia

by | Jul 13
defense_ministry

TBILISI, DFWatch – Kahketi Information Center Friday morning reported that a 19 year old solider had died from a gunshot ...

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Georgian asylum seekers arrested for theft in Germany

by | Jul 12
Bundestag

TBILISI, DFWatch - German media reports that Georgians are among the suspects in a bust against shop-lifters in the city ...

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Official murdered in South Ossetia

by | Jul 10
tskhinvali

TBILISI, DFWatch – Media in Russia and Georgia’s breakaway region South Ossetia report that the head of the investigation department ...

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OSCE passes resolution about Georgia

by | Jul 10
osce

TBILISI, DFWatch – OSCE's Parliamentary Assembly Monday passed a resolution about Georgia, which uses the term ‘occupation’ about Russia's military ...

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Georgia hit by new floods

by | Jul 10
flood_kutaisi_july_2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – Heavy rain caused flooding in several parts of Georgia Tuesday. In Kutaisi, the second largest city, first floors ...

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Saakashvili offers help to Russian flood victims

by | Jul 9
mikheil_saakashvili_state_of_the_nation2_2012

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has offered to send rescue teams to Russia to help the flood victims ...

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OSCE says Russia is occupying Georgian regions

by | Jul 8
osce

TBILISI, DFWatch – The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly July 9 is to adopt a resolution which for the first time calls ...

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Two still in prison after street fight at Ivanishvili rally

by | Jul 7
mia_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch - Two of the four who were imprisoned following a street fight at one of opposition financier Bidzina ...

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Political audits continue with more people on trial

by | Jul 7
tbilisi_city_court_IPN

TBILISI, DFWatch – The State Audit Service, which used to be called the Chamber of Control, has seized property and ...

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22 year old woman dies after giving birth

by | Jul 7
ambulances

TBILISI, DFWatch – A 22 year old woman has died at a maternity hospital in Telavi, a town in Eastern ...

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Van Rompuy calls for fair elections in Georgia

by | Jul 5
herman_van_rompuy

TBILISI, DFWatch –European Council President Herman Van Rompuy says the upcoming elections will be a crucial indicator of the progress ...

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Three detained in killing of former Georgian general

by | Jul 5
roman_dumbadze

TBILISI, DFWatch – A court in Moscow has placed three persons into pre-trial detention until August 21, accused of killing ...

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Georgian Interior Ministry loses another top official

by | Jul 4
shota_utiashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch - Another central figure in Georgia's Interior Ministry resigns, after recent changes in the government. Shota Utiashvili, former head ...

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Germany’s CDU calls for Saakashvili to hold fair election

by | Jul 3
Bundestag

TBILISI, DFWatch – Germany's Christian Democrat party calls for democratic elections in Georgia in October. In a press release entitled Ensure ...

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Georgia’s Basis Bank bought by Hualing Group

by | Jul 3
Basis_Bank

TBILISI, DFWatch – One of China's largest companies, Hualing Group, has bought a 90 percent share in Georgia’s Basis Bank. Xinjiang ...

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Georgia’s new prime minister makes bold promises

by | Jul 3
vano_merabishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia's new prime minister Vano Merabishvili has already started making promises, as only three months are left ...

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Georgia to host UEFA Super Cup in 2015

by | Jul 2
mikheil_meskhi_stadium

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia will host UEFA Super Cup in August 2015. This will be the first time Georgia is ...

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Saakashvili makes Merabishvili new prime minister

by | Jun 30
vano_merabishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia's president Mikheil Saakashvili says he is appointing Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili as new prime minister. Saakashvili announced ...

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Georgia’s foreign debt has tripled in five years

by | Jun 30
Cash

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia's foreign debt has increased by USD 128.9 million since fourth quarter of 2011 and is now ...

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Georgia passes media diversity law

by | Jun 29
television_set

TBILISI, DFWatch – The Georgian parliament today passed the new law which is meant to make television more diverse ahead ...

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Appeal rejected in Ivanishvili citizenship case

by | Jun 29
bidzina_ivanishvili_

TBILISI, DFWatch - Tbilisi Appeals Court upheld the city court's decision in the case of opposition billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili's citizenship. This ...

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American election observers arriving in Georgia in July

by | Jun 28
NDI

TBILISI, The International Republican Institute (IRI) is sending a long-term observer mission to Georgia, which will arrive on July 18. Resident ...

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Saakashvili promises free trade with Europe soon

by | Jun 28
Mikheil_Saakashvili_blue_suit

TBILISI, DFWatch – President Saakashvili says Georgia's integration with Europe is an irreversible process, and he is sure that there ...

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Georgia’s foreign trade grew 19%

by | Jun 27
Cash

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia's foreign trade grew by 19 percent in the first five months of 2012, compared with last ...

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Torture still a problem in Georgia’s prisons

by | Jun 26
international_day_against_torture_2012-06-26

TBILISI, DFWatch – Several groups in Georgia Tuesday demonstrated against ongoing torture in the country's prisons. 140 prisoners died in prison ...

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Opposition party organizes refugee protest

by | Jun 26
refugee_2012-05-12

TBILISI, DFWatch – A group of internal refugees in Georgia today sat down in front of parliament and began a ...

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Alexander Vershbow is coming to Georgia

by | Jun 25
alexander_vershbow

TBILISI, DFWatch – NATO's Deputy Secretary General is to visit Georgia on June 28. Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Jalaghania announced ...

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Abkhazia extends a hand to Georgian opposition

by | Jun 25
sukhumi

TBILISI, DFWatch – The Georgian breakaway region Abkhazia says it is ready for dialogue with Georgia in case someone else ...

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NDI sends election monitoring team to Georgia

by | Jun 24
NDI

TBILISI, DFWatch – A group of experts from the National Democratic Institute (NDI) has arrived in Georgia to prepare a ...

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Saakashvili government will allow media diversity, temporarily

by | Jun 23
davit_bakradze2

TBILISI, DFWatch – A leading lawmaker in Georgia has modified a statement he made yesterday, that the government will support ...

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Ivanishvili: I don’t own any companies in Georgia

by | Jun 23
bidzina_ivanishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch - Bidzina Ivanishvili, who has been fined USD 45 million but refuses to pay, says he doesn’t own ...

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Georgia had 8% growth in first five months of 2012

by | Jun 20
GeoStat

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia's gross domestic product (GDP) grew 6.8 percent in first quarter of 2012 compared to the same ...

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Georgia increases trade, but still sees large trade deficit

by | Jun 19
Cash

TBILISI, DFWatch – In the first five months of 2012, Georgia increased its trade with other countries, but had a ...

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Georgian burglar ring busted in Spain

by | Jun 19
georgian_burglary_ring_spain

TBILISI, DFWatch – Spanish police have busted a ring of suspected Georgian burglars. The website Crime Scene Spain reports that police ...

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Computer programmer who went missing returns home

by | Jun 19
mamuka_jibladze

TBILISI, DFWatch – A computer programmer who went missing more than a week ago has returned to his home. Mamuka Jibladze ...

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U.S. will aid Georgia in military surveillance

by | Jun 18
Hillary_Clinton_2012-06-05_IPN

TBILISI, DFWatch – The United States might might provide military assistance to Georgia's air and sea defenses. According to a common ...

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U.S. Ambassador: Georgian media is not diverse enough

by | Jun 18
john_bass

TBILISI, DFWatch – The outgoing US Ambassador to Georgia criticized the lack of diversity in Georgian television before an important ...

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Detainee released in Ivanishvili’s cable distributor case

by | Jun 15
MIA_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch – An investor in an opposition affiliated cable company was yesterday released after five hours of interrogation. U.S. citizen ...

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Ivanishvili’s TV distributor hit by criminal case

by | Jun 14
mia_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch – One of the owners of a cable company that is affiliated with the Georgian opposition was arrested ...

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Political analyst suspects his apartment is bugged

by | Jun 14
gia_khukhashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch – An independent commentator in Georgia suspects there was installed surveillance equipment in his flat. Gia Khukhashvili yesterday told ...

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Georgia plans to block Russian election observers

by | Jun 13
pavle_kublashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia may restrict Russian observers from attending the parliamentary elections in October. If a new law proposal is ...

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OSCE to follow Russian exercise closely

by | Jun 13
Russian_paratroopers

TBILISI, DFWatch - OSCE is to keep an eye on a massive Russian military exercise in the Caucasus planned for ...

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Increasing foreign investment in Georgia

by | Jun 12
Cash

TBILISI, DFWatch – A new report by the National Statistics Department says that direct foreign investments in the first quarter ...

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Village wanted water, got swings for the elderly

by | Jun 12
swings

TBILISI, DFWatch – A swing was put up in a mountain village in Georgia, but no children are there to ...

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NATO Week opens in Georgia

by | Jun 11
james_appathurai

TBILISI, DFWatch - James Appathurai, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, is visiting Georgia. Apparthurai came ...

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OSCE election observers arrive in Georgia

by | Jun 11
nino_kalandadze

TBILISI, DFWatch – A group of experts from the OSCE has arrived in Georgia to study the situation before the ...

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Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia starts new cooperation

by | Jun 10
grigol_vashadze

TBILISI, DFWatch – The foreign ministers of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey met Friday in Trabzon and signed a declaration about ...

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Journalist shot at in Georgia

by | Jun 9
ia_tinikashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch – A TV journalist in Georgia was shot at while driving in her car last night. Ia Tinikashvili, reporter ...

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U.S. Congress expresses support for Georgia

by | Jun 8
house_of_representatives_emblem

TBILISI, DFWatch – The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on June 7 passed a resolution in support of Georgia. The resolution ...

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Georgia consolidates law made for Ivanishvili

by | Jun 8
bidzina_ivanishvili_2012-04-05

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia is to change its Election Code so it complies with the recently amended constitution. This means that ...

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One dies as part of parliament collapses in Georgia

by | Jun 7
new_parliament_kutaisi

TBILISI, DFWatch – A construction worker was killed as one wing of the new parliament building in Kutaisi collapsed Thursday ...

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Commercials replaces radio on Tbilisi minibuses

by | Jun 7
yellow_minibuses

TBILISI, DFWatch – The days are over when passengers on Tbilisi minibuses could catch the latest political gossip on their ...

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Another bus crashes along Turkey-Georgia road

by | Jun 7
bus_accident_giresun_2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – Another accident along the highway most visitors to Georgia arrive on left three Georgians slightly injured. The accident ...

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Hacker brought down two news sites in Georgia

by | Jun 6
Monitor_padlock

TBILISI, DFWatch - Police have arrested a 19 year old man for a hacker attack against two Georgian websites. The suspect ...

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Hillary Clinton arriving in Georgia Monday

by | Jun 4
hillary_clinton_mikheil_saakashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to arrive in Georga from Armenia Monday evening as ...

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Growth continues in visitors to Georgia

by | Jun 3
MIA_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch - The number of visitors to Georgia is increasing. The latest figures from the Interior Ministry show that the ...

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Georgia embassy bomb had foreign origin

by | Jun 3
mia_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia’s Interior Ministry is looking into a foreign trace in the search for those responsible for placing ...

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Dirk Niebel to study water project in Batumi

by | Jun 2
dirk_niebel

TBILISI, DFWatch - Dirk Niebel, Germany's Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, will visit Batumi on June 2. The German ...

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Germany with new 57 mill euro aid package to Georgia

by | May 31
dirk_niebel

TBILISI, DFWatch - Germany is to allocate 75 million euro as grant and soft loan to Georgia. The new aid package ...

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Georgia’s PM says investments are increasing

by | May 31
nikaGilauri

TBILISI, DFWatch - USD 230 million was transferred to Georgia in the first quarter of 2012 as direct investments. Nika Gilauri, ...

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U.S. Senator Durbin is visiting Georgia

by | May 30
Dick_Durbin

TBILISI, DFWatch – U.S. senator Richard Durbin is visiting Georgia today to discuss regional safety and US-Georgia relations. The visit will ...

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Saakashvili expects Russia to attack Georgia soon

by | May 30
Saakashvili_Atlantic_Council

TBILISI, DFWatch – President Mikheil Saakashvili says his country expects a new attack from Russia by October, when parliament elections ...

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Protesters arrested in front of parliament

by | May 29
protesters_parliament

TBILISI, DFWatch – The police detained eight activists in front of parliament today. The eight were protesting against the arrest of ...

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NATO envoy Appathurai to Tbilisi in June

by | May 29
james_appathurai

TBILISI, DFWatch - James Appathurai, NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, will arrive in Georgia ...

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Hillary Clinton to visit Georgia on June 5

by | May 26
state_dep

TBILISI, DFWatch –The U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton will visit Georgia June 5. Clinton starts her South Caucasus tour on ...

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Georgia falls on ranking of trade enabling

by | May 25
world_economic_forum

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia fell one place in the Global Enabling Trade Report 2012. The list is published by the World ...

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Four Georgians detained in South Ossetia

by | May 25
mia_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch - Four Georgians have been detained after having crossed into the breakaway region South Ossetia. The four were detained ...

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Russia regrets NATO’s stance on Georgia

by | May 24
Russian_Duma_emblem

TBILISI, DFWatch – Russia regrets that NATO was unable to make findings regarding the events of August 2008. The Russian ...

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Georgia postpones LSE listing for state railways

by | May 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia once again has postponed placing shares of the state-owned Georgian Railway on London Stock Exchange. The debut ...

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Saakashvili regime surprised by Ivanishvili’s cold shoulder

by | May 23
davit_bakradze

TBILISI, DFWatch – One of President Mikheil Saakashvili's top officials says he was taken by surprise by an open letter ...

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NATO chief reaffirms membership commitment for Georgia

by | May 22
mikheil_saakashvili_anders_fogh_rasmussen_chicago_2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Georgia will become a member of the alliance sometime. There ...

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Former Georgian general murdered in Moscow

by | May 22
roman_dumbadze

TBILISI, DFWatch – A former Georgian general who was convicted of treason and lived in Russia was killed Monday in ...

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German business eyes investing in Georgia’s regions

by | May 20
hydropower_dam

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia is attractive in regards to ease of doing business and freedom of the economy, says Martin ...

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Still unknown when Hillary Clinton will visit Georgia

by | May 19
hillary_clinton

TBILISI, DFWatch - John Bass, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, says that Hillary Clinton will visit Georgia. In late 2011, it was ...

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More money is transferred in and out of Georgia

by | May 17
Cash

TBILISI, DFWatch – Money transfers from foreign countries to Georgia increased 6.4 percent in April, compared to the same period ...

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Per Eklund studying Georgia’s election campaign

by | May 16
giorgi_targamadze

TBILISI, DFWatch - Giorgi Targamadze (pictured) is one of the sources for a new report former EU Ambassador to Georgia ...

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Georgia boosts foreign trade by 18%

by | May 16
Cash

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in the first four months of 2012 grew 18 percent compared to the ...

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Georgia’s gas and oil company is on LSE

by | May 14
GOGC

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia has obtained a listing on London Stock Exchange for obligations in Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation. Securities ...

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Heavy flood killed five in Tbilisi

by | May 13
flooding_tbilisi2

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia was hit by heavy rain overnight, causing flash flooding many places. Five deaths are reported in ...

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Georgia notes growth in construction business

by | May 11
GeoStat

TBILISI, DFWatch – Demand is growing within the construction business in Georgia. According to the National Statistics Department, GeoStat, the number ...

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Georgia postpones population census

by | May 11
Population_graph

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia has said it is unable to conduct a general population census in 2012. Georgia’s National Statistics Department, ...

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Heavy rain in Georgia, but so far no flooding

by | May 9
flood_kakheti

TBILISI, DFWatch - Rivers in Georgia's Eastern region Kakheti swelled Tuesday after heavy rain and melting snow, but so far ...

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Georgia’s 2012 budget expanded after influx of EU funding

by | May 8
2012_budget

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia’s budget is to be increased by 200 million lari by increasing the licensing fees for use ...

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Two minor earthquakes in South Caucasus

by | May 7
seismogram

TBILISI, DFWatch - The Caucasus region experienced two minor earthquakes Monday, the strongest of 5.6 magnitude. The 5.6 magnitude earthquake occurred ...

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Russia copied Georgian police reform, says Saakashvili

by | May 7
saakashvili_police_day_2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – The Georgian president claims Russia tried to copy the Georgian police reforms, but could not get them ...

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Georgian pro-government TV disses the church

by | May 5
Georgian_Public_Broadcaster_omitted_church_when_reporting_results_of_IRI_survey

TBILISI, DFWatch – Three national TV channels in Georgia selectively left out parts of a new survey. The survey was done ...

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Bomb suspect arrested in western Georgia

by | May 4
mia_shark

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia’s Interior Ministry says one person has been arrested for smuggling explosive material to Zugdidi, after crossing ...

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Saakashvili’s successor will win: new poll

by | May 3
gigi_ugulava_440x369

TBILISI, DFWatch - A new poll shows that no matter who is nominated to suceed Mikheil Saakashvili, his party will ...

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Georgia’s parliament will be opened before it’s finished

by | May 3
parliament_kutaisi_220x185

TBILISI, DFWatch – The new parliament building in Georgia will be only partly completed by the time of the opening ...

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Trump lauds Saakashvili on Fox & Friends

by | May 2
donald_trump_tbilisi

TBILISI, DFWatch - The American investor Donald Trump praised Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili on the morning talk show Fox & ...

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Visa-free Georgia records flood of visitors

by | May 1
larsi

TBILISI, DFWatch - In first four months of 2012, 61 per cent more people came to Georgia, compared to the ...

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Lithuanian PM advocates Georgian NATO membership

by | Apr 30
Andrius_Kubilius

TBILISI, DFWatch - The prime ministers of Georgia and Lithuania today signed a memorandum of understanding. The MoU deals with cooperation ...

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OSCE sends extra election observers to Georgia

by | Apr 30
nino_kalandadze

TBILISI, DFWatch – A team of election experts from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will visit ...

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Lithuanians arrive to talk about local government

by | Apr 30
lithuanian_seimas

TBILISI, DFWatch – A delegation from Lithuania’s Seimas will visit Georgia on Monday. In the morning, the delegation which are members ...

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Georgia’s National Bank lowers interest rate

by | Apr 26
National_Bank

TBILISI, DFWatch - The National Bank of Georgia Wednesday decided to lower the main refinancing rate by a quarter point ...

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Sixteenth Georgian soldier dies in Afghanistan

by | Apr 25
Georgian_ISAF_soldiers_Afghanistan

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia’s Defense Ministry informs that another soldier has died in Afghanistan, bringing the total number of servicemen ...

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Scuffle in Georgian parliament over Armenian genocide

by | Apr 25
parliament_interior

TBILISI, DFWatch - A scuffle broke out Tuesday in the Georgian parliament during a debate about the Armenian genocide. Jondi Baghaturia, ...

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Tax incentive near breakaway regions

by | Apr 24
rusudan_kemuralia

TBILISI, DFWatch - The tax pressure will be relieved, sanctions liberalized and the administration will be simplified, the government has ...

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Negotiations in May for U.S.-Georgia trade plan

by | Apr 24
nika_gilauri

TBILISI, DFWatch - Negotiations will start between Georgia and the U.S. at the end of May aimed at intensifying trade ...

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ODIHR positive to strengthened monitoring of Georgian election

by | Apr 23
nino_kalandadze

TBILISI, DFWatch - OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights expresses readiness to take part in observing the parliamentary ...

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Trump spoke about planned high rise, left Georgia

by | Apr 22
donald_trump

TBILISI, DFWatch - American billionaire Donald Trump has left Georgia, after a two day visit. Trump arrived Saturday in Tbilisi, and ...

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Georgian opposition movement chooses woman to front party

by | Apr 21
manana_kobakhidze

TBLISI, DFWatch - Georgia's main opposition party today chose a female lawyer as its temporary leader. As there is less than ...

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Donald Trump arrives in Tbilisi for 2-day visit

by | Apr 21
donald_trump_tbilisi_airport

TBILISI, DFWatch - The American billionaire Donald Trump arrived at Tbilisi international airport noon Saturday for a two day visit ...

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Russia concerned over Georgia’s NATO aspirations

by | Apr 20
Sergey-Lavrov

TBILISI, DFWatch – Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov says it causes confusion and apprehension for his country that Georgia continues ...

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Tax incentive for Georgians living near the conflict zone

by | Apr 20
Dvani

TBILISI, DFWatch – Property close to the occupied territories of Georgia are to be exempted from property tax. The government proposes ...

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Tougher sentences for family violence

by | Apr 19
family_violence

TBILISI, DFWatch - Family violence may become a crime in Georgia. Systematic physical, psychological violence or force by one family member ...

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Political pressure on opposition activists in Eastern Georgia

by | Apr 19
gyla

TBILISI, DFWatch - The pressure group Georgian Young Lawyer's Association says supporters of the opposition Georgian Dream coalition are regularly ...

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Another suicide reported in case of Abkhazian attackers

by | Apr 18
Sukhumi

TBILISI, DFWatch - Another suspect in the attack on de facto Abkhazian president is reported to have committed suicide. Ria Novosti ...

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Suspect in Ankvab assassination attempt commits suicide

by | Apr 18
ankvab_attack_car

TBILISI, DFWatch - A former Interior minister suspected of participating in the attack on the de facto president of Abkhazia ...

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Roki tunnel to be closed the next three years

by | Apr 18
Roki_tunnel

TBILISI, DFWatch - The tunnel carrying the only road connecting Russia and Georgia’s breakaway region South Ossetia will be partly ...

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German foreign affairs official visits Georgia

by | Apr 17
Cornelia Pieper

TBILISI, DFWatch - Germany's Minister of State under Foreign Minister Cornelia Pieper visits Georgia. Announcing the visit Tuesday, Georgian Deputy Foreign ...

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Clinton visit is certain, but date not set

by | Apr 17
hillary_clinton

TBILISI, DFWatch - That Hillary Clinton is coming to Georgia is now certain, as the two countries have completed agreeing ...

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Georgian interior ministry in the dark about cesium traffickers

by | Apr 17
Cesium_dichlorobromide

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia has no detailed information about the three Turkish citizens who were arrested for smuggling radioactive material ...

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Democracy topic of U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership talks

by | Apr 17
giga_bokeria

TBILISI, DFWatch - The fifth meeting of the working group on democracy within the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Charter was held ...

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Azerbaijan warns against visiting Georgia’s breakaway regions

by | Apr 14
azerbaijan_emblem

TBILISI, DFWatch - The Azerbaijani government warns its citizens about visiting Georgia’s occupied territories. The warning is more matter-of-fact than a ...

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Slovakian visas to be issued in Georgia

by | Apr 14
grigol_vashadze

TBILISI, DFWatch - The Georgian Foreign Minister met his Slovakian colleague on Thursday during a visit to Bratislava. The ministers discussed ...

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Six detained for assassination attempt on Abkhazian leader

by | Apr 13
ankvab_attack_car

TBILISI, DFWatch - The de facto authorities in Abkhazia yesterday detained six suspects in the case about the assassination attempt ...

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Court removes licence requirement for cable broadcasters

by | Apr 12
satellite_dish

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia's Constitutional Court made a decision in favor of canceling the requirement of a license for cable ...

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U.S. brings mine-resistant vehicles to Georgia for training

by | Apr 11
MRAP_in_Afghanistan

TBILISI, DFWatch - The U.S. Department of Defense has brought 28 mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles (MRAP) to Georgia to train Georgian ...

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Bust honoring Lech Kaczynski unveiled in Tbilisi

by | Apr 11
Lech_Kaczynski_bust

TBILISI, DFWatch - A bust of Poland’s late president Lech Kaczynski was opened Tuesday here in Tbilisi. The square where it ...

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Saakashvili warns against the enemy within

by | Apr 10
saakashvili_warns_against_enemy_within_2012-04-09

TBILISI, DFWatch - Speaking on April 9, officially known as The Day of National Unity, President Mikheil Saakashvili warned against ...

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Museum in Stalin’s hometown to focus on history of stalinism

by | Apr 9
stalin_museum_interior

TBILISI, DFWatch - The museum dedicated to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in his hometown of Gori in Georgia will change ...

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Ex-KGB officer wins in South Ossetia

by | Apr 9
leonid_tibilov_frontpage

TBILISI, DFWatch – A former local head of the KGB in South Ossetia has won the presidential elections in the ...

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South Ossetia to go to the polls again

by | Apr 7
tskhinvali_election_March_2012

TBILISI, DFWatch - The de facto republic South Ossetia tomorrow holds the second round of its second presidential elections. The first ...

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Finland’s foreign minister visits Tbilisi

by | Apr 4
erkki_tuomioja

TBILISI, DFWatch – Finland’s Foreign Minister is on a working visit to Georgia within the frames of a tour of ...

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NATO chief reaffirms membership pledge to Georgia

by | Apr 3
Anders_Fogh_Rasmussen_-_Davos_2008

TBILISI, DFWatch - NATO once again underlines that the decision that Georgia will become member of Alliance stands firm. Anders Fogh ...

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40 % growth in visitors to Georgia

by | Apr 3
backpacker

TBILISI, DFWatch - The number of visitors to Georgia in the first quarter of 2012 was 680 000. This is ...

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Georgia saves second citizen from hanging in Malaysia

by | Apr 3
anti_death_penalty

TBILISI, DFWatch – The second of two Georgians has been saved from execution for drug crimes in Malaysia. Babutsa Gordadze had ...

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Saakashvili to attend NATO Georgia commission

by | Apr 3
Saakashvili_Atlantic_Council

TBILISI, DFWatch - The Georgian president will participate at the session of the NATO Georgia commission on April 3 in ...

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Mobile company in Georgia “recognizes” Abkhazia as a country

by | Apr 2
beeline_map

TBILISI, DFWatch - A Russian mobile operator in Georgia portrays Georgia’s breakaway region Abkhazia as an independent country on its ...

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Borisov to Saakashvili: Bulgaria backs Georgia’s EU approach

by | Apr 2
boyko_borisov

TBILISI, DFWatch - Bulgaria expresses its full support for Georgia's integration process towards NATO and the EU. Boyko Borisov, Bulgarian Prime ...

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One Georgian saved from execution in Malaysia

by | Apr 1
prosecutor_general

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian authorities have succeeded in saving one of their citizens from being executed for drug crimes in ...

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Georgia wants a stop to heritage vandalism in Abkhazia

by | Mar 31
Ilori_church

TBILISI, DFWatch - The Georgian parliament asks the international community to react to intentional destruction of historical monuments on the ...

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Ivanishvili met EU Commission’s Wiegand

by | Mar 30
gunnar_wiegand

TBILISI, DFWatch - A Georgian billionaire who is considered the main competitor of the government yesterday met EU officials and ...

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Georgia’s parliamentarians on the move

by | Mar 30
parliament_kutaisi_220x185

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia has changed its laws so that parliament can meet in the new parliament building in Kutaisi ...

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Georgian MPs to Uganda to meet other parliamentarians

by | Mar 29
davit_bakradze2

TBILISI, DFWatch - A delegation from the Georgian parliament is going to Uganda to take part in the 126th Assembly ...

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Observers should check restoration works in Abkhazia

by | Mar 28
bedia_monastery

TBILISI, DFWatch - The Georgian parliament asks the international community to help keep a watch on the restoration work planned ...

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Georgians awaiting important opinion poll

by | Mar 27
NDI

TBILISI, DFWatch - Tuesday, the results of a reguler opinion poll done by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) are expected. Although ...

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Second round in Abkhazian poll completed

by | Mar 26
sukhumi

TBILISI, DFWatch - The breakaway republic Abkhazia Sunday completed its 2012 parliamentary election by holding a second round of voting. There ...

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Georgian patriarch asks diplomats to help with election

by | Mar 25
ilia_and_diplomats

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia's Patriarch, Ilia II, told foreign diplomats that their assistance is needed for the difficult election period ...

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Abkhazia holds second round of election

by | Mar 24
sukhumi2

TBILISI, DFWatch - Abkhazia today holds the second round of the elections for parliament. 20 constituencies are selecting a candidate in ...

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Twenty years of US-Georgia relations

by | Mar 24
embassy_frontpage

TBILISI, DFWatch - Today it is twenty years since Georgia and the U.S. established diplomatic relations. Marking the occasion, the U.S. ...

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New World Bank loans for Georgia

by | Mar 23
world_bank

TBILISI, DFWatch - The World Bank has granted Georgia two new loans. The loans total 130 million US dollars and will ...

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Georgian opposition details Saakashvili’s alleged paramilitaries

by | Mar 20
irakli_alasania2

TBILISI, DFWatch - An opposition candidate Tuesday presented details about an alleged secret paramilitary organization he claims was recently organized ...

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Georgia in talks to spare 2 from execution in Malaysia

by | Mar 20
nino_kalandadze

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia is to send a task group to Malaysia to study the situation regarding two Georgians sentenced ...

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Chamber of Control to testify before Georgian Parliament

by | Mar 19
levan_bezhashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch - Parliamentarians in Georgia are awaiting the testimony of the chairman of the country's Chamber of Control, a ...

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Groups met Georgian lawmakers over campaign law

by | Mar 19
This_affects_you_too

TBILISI, DFWatch - Four non-governmental organizations in Georgia Monday for the third time met with parliament's judicial committee about the ...

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Hillary Clinton soon coming to Georgia

by | Mar 19
hillary_clinton

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia's foreign ministry says the U.S. State Department has confirmed to them that Secretary of State Hillary ...

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Georgian security official chimes in on Russian visa move

by | Mar 16
giga_bokeria

TBILISI, DFWatch - After a top Georgian lawmaker and the foreign ministry came out with critical remarks about a statement ...

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US Ambassador criticizes interrogations in Georgia

by | Mar 16
john_bass

TBILISI, DFWatch - The U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, John Bass, has expressed concern about the wave of interrogations carried out ...

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Georgian lawmaker answers Lavrov

by | Mar 15
goka_gabashvili

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia is not going to abolish the law on occupied territories before Russia starts pulling back its ...

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Georgia’s patriarch congratulates Putin with election

by | Mar 15
ilia_ii

TBILISI, DFWatch - The Georgian Patriarch congratules Vladimir Putin with having been elected as president of Russia. Polls have shown Patriarch ...

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Obama’s promise led to US-Georgia business talks

by | Mar 14
state_dep

TBILISI, DFWatch – A two day business conference was launched in Tbilisi Wednesday called Making Business with USA. The conference is ...

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Lavrov says Georgia must change law to get visa freedom

by | Mar 14
Sergey-Lavrov

TBILISI, DFWatch - Russia is ready to cancel its visa requirements for Georgian citizens if Georgia changes the law about ...

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Saakashvili to attend nuclear summit in Seoul

by | Mar 13
manana_manjgaladze

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili will attend the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit to be held March 27-28 in ...

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US and EU do not recognize Abkhazian election

by | Mar 13
sukhumi2

TBILISI, DFWatch - The delegations of the U.S. and the EU in Georgia do not recognize the recent de facto ...

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EU’s NGO platform in Georgia asks Füle for help

by | Mar 13
This_affects_you_too

TBILISI, DFWatch - Eastern Partnership Georgia appeals to the EU for help in the case of party financing rules. Authorities in ...

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Georgia halts gas flow to Armenia

by | Mar 12
gas_pipeline

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia halted the flow of Russian natural gas to Armenia on Saturday, due to a technical accident ...

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Foreign investment soars in Georgia

by | Mar 10
Cash

TBILISI, DFWatch - Foreign direct investment in Georgia is increasing dramatically, and much of it comes from companies registered in ...

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Bidzina Ivanishvili had talks with radical movement

by | Mar 8
bidzina_ivanishvili_440x369

TBILISI, DFWatch - An opposition billionaire in the former Soviet republic of Georgia Tuesday had meetings with representatives for the ...

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Georgia’s Saakashvili on friendly visit to Azerbaijan’s Aliyev

by | Mar 7
Mikheil_Saakashvili_and_Ilham_Aliyev_in_Baku_March_2012

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili met his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev March 6 during a two-day visit to ...

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Georgia is to punish hate crimes harder

by | Mar 7
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia increases its sentencing of hate crimes. A new bill to amend the Criminal Code will make it ...

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NATO reaffirms Georgia’s eligibility for membership

by | Mar 6
Anders_Fogh_Rasmussen_-_Davos_2008

TBILISI, DFWatch - Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen reiterates that Georgia is eligible for membership in the alliance ...

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93 % voted for Putin in South Ossetia

by | Mar 5
vladimir_putin

TBILISI, DFWatch - 92.77% of the voters in South Ossetia voted for Vladimir Putin as president of Russia. In the ...

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Saakashvili sets up new expert military panel

by | Mar 3
mikheil_saakashvili_state_of_the_nation7_2012

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has set up a new board of military advisers in the Defense Ministry. The ...

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Saakashvili gets more power to sell off state property

by | Mar 2
parliament_tbilisi_frontpage

TBILISI, DFWatch - The Georgian president, Mikheil Saakashvili, have been given even more power to manage the sale of state ...

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Iranian visitors to Georgia increase most

by | Mar 2
Sarpi_border_crossing

TBILISI, DFWatch - The former Soviet republic of Georgia is seeing a steady increase in foreigners visiting. Iranians account for ...

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Saakashvili: Free trade will make unemployment disappear

by | Mar 1
Saakashvili_Atlantic_Council

TBILISI, DFWatch - President Mikheil Saakashvili hopes a deep and comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU will make unemployment ...

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Young lawyers win suit against secret wiretapping powers

by | Mar 1
tamar_khidasheli

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia’s Constitutional Court has decided that parliament did not have the right to give prosecutors powers to ...

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Georgian opposition party canvassing war refugees

by | Mar 1
tserovani

TBILISI, DFWatch - The political party For a Renewed Georgia will today open a regional office in Mtskheta-Mtianeti north of ...

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Georgia hopes vocational training will remedy crisis

by | Feb 29
mikheil_saakashvili_state_of_the_nation6_2012

TBILISI, DFWatch - From this year, Georgians who sign up with a private or vocational school for learning a new ...

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Saakashvili promises health insurance to large families

by | Feb 29
mikheil_saakashvili_state_of_the_nation5_2012

TBILISI, DFWatch - The president in Georgia promises health insurance for all large families from 2013. Mikheil Saakashvili was making his ...

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Netherland to study Georgia’s health care system

by | Feb 29
mikheil_saakashvili_state_of_the_nation2_2012

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili claims that the Netherlands wants to copy Georgia's health care system. He said this ...

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EU to discuss visa action plan with Georgia

by | Feb 29
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TBILISI, DFWatch - EU foreign ministers have issued a paper setting out to integrate Georgia more in the Union. The paper ...

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EU asks Georgia to hold democratic elections

by | Feb 29
EU_Flag

TBILISI, DFWatch - EU says parliamentary and presidential elections in Georgia should meet internationally recognized standards of democracy. A statement published ...

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EU Commissioner in Tbilisi to forge free trade agreement

by | Feb 28
Karel_de_Gucht

TBILISI, DFWatch - The European Union’s commissioner for trade issues, Karel de Gucht, will arrive in Georgia today on February ...

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Protest announced for Saakashvili’s address about country’s condition

by | Feb 28
parliament_interior

TBILISI, DFWatch - When Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili comes to parliament this evening to make his speech about the state ...

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Georgian opposition movement not to reconsider NATO missions

by | Feb 28
saakashvili_and_akhalaia_in_afghanistan

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia’s billionaire-backed opposition movement, Georgian Dream, is not going to reconsider the country’s participation in the ISAF ...

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Georgia to host OSCE Economic Forum in May

by | Feb 27
osce

TBILISI, DFWatch - The Black Sea port of Batumi has been chosen as host for the OSCE Economic Forum in ...

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Georgia unveils new combat vehicle

by | Feb 25
lazika_frontpage

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia today presented its new combat vehicle Lazika at the Vaziani military base not far from the ...

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Saakashvili’s Facebook page blocked Russian users

by | Feb 25
Misha_facebook

TBILISI, DFWatch - Friday evening, Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili's Facebook page suffered a similar attack as his Russian counterpart Dimitry ...

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Correction: Only one of Ankvab’s guards died in attack

by | Feb 24
alexandre_ankvab

TBILISI, DFWatch - Only one of Abkhazian de facto president Alexander Ankvab's guards died after Wednesday's assassination attempt. In the immedate ...

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Turkey is Georgia’s most important trade partner

by | Feb 24
Cash

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia's largest trading partner is Turkey, just like before, according to fresh data of from January 2012. According ...

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Georgians blocked from Medvedev’s Facebook page

by | Feb 23
Georgian_FB_protest_against_Medvedev_frontpage

TBILISI, DFWatch - An online campaign against Russian president Dimitry Medvedev’s Facebook page led to comments in Georgian language being ...

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Putin seeks brotherly relations with the Georgian people

by | Feb 23
vladimir_putin

TBILISI, DFWatch - Russia hopes to restore friendly relations with the Georgian people, Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says. “We have ...

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Abkhazian leader Ankvab survives, guards dies

by | Feb 22
alexandre_ankvab

TBILISI, DFWatch - Wednesday morning the de facto president of Georgia’s breakaway region Abkhazia was attacked while in his car ...

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Georgian accused of 2007 plot released on bail

by | Feb 21
valeri_gelbakhiani

TBILISI, DFWatch - The former member of parliament accused of planning a coup d’état in 2007 was released on bail. Georgian ...

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Georgia’s new party finance rules to be reworked

by | Feb 21
davit_bakradze

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian Speaker of Parliament Davit Bakradze is asking parliament to change the recently introduced party finance rules ...

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Saakashvili to give state of the nation address next week

by | Feb 21
Saakashvili_Atlantic_Council

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili will hold his annual state of the nation address in parliament's next week. The ...

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Change of U.S. Ambassador is ordinary event

by | Feb 20
john_bass

TBILISI, DFWatch - The change of U.S. Ambassador to Georgia is routine, says the embassy's press service. ‘Ambassadors are replaced once ...

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Ex-MP arrested for coup attempt as crosses border to Georgia

by | Feb 20
valeri_gelbakhiani

TBILISI, DFWatch - A former parliamentarian has been arrested in Georgia today just as he entered the country from Armenia. Valeri ...

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Obama proposes Norland as new U.S. Ambassador to Georgia

by | Feb 19
Richard_B_Norland_ambassador

TBILISI, DFWatch - Barack Obama has proposed Richard Boyce Norland as new U.S. ambassador to Georgia. The President proposed Norland as ...

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Georgia to build new coal power station

by | Feb 17
DCF 1.0

TBILISI, DFWatch - The former Soviet republic of Georgia is going to construct a new coal power station in the ...

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Georgian authorities deny sabotaging opposition TV

by | Feb 17
(Interpressnews)

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia's Revenue Service says it can not understand the charges made by a billionaire opposition politician that ...

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Georgia extends military service to 15 months

by | Feb 16
sachxere kursis dasruleba

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia's defense ministry says the current twelve month service length is not enough to properly prepare persons ...

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