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NATO-Georgia Commission meeting in Brussels Tuesday

by | Nov 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- Alexi Petriashvili, State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration, November 19 left for Brussels to attend the session. Defense ...

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Georgian sailors abandoned by ship’s owner

by | Nov 19
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- Twelve Georgian sailors have asked for help from Panama as they are five km away from the ...

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Germany to help Georgia mend relations to Russia

by | Nov 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- Germany wants to play a positive role in the process of restoring relations between Georgia and Russia, ...

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U.S. envoy discussed Georgia’s new approach to Russia

by | Nov 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- Georgia’s defense and foreign ministers on Saturday met the U.S. Philip Gordon, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State. Gordon, ...

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Gordon calls on Saakashvili and Ivanishivli to cooperate

by | Nov 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- The U.S. diplomat Philip Gordon Friday met government and other officials in Georgia. Gordon, whose full title is ...

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NATO visit postponed to next year

by | Nov 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- The delayed visit by NATO's Military Committee will take place in the first half of 2013. “The parties ...

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Gordon to visit Georgia Friday

by | Nov 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Philip Gordon, is visiting Georgia Friday. Gordon will ...

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Fogh Rasmussen’s Facebook page flooded with criticism

by | Nov 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- Anders Fogh Rasmussen's Facebook page has seen an influx of traffic the last week from Georgian users ...

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Workers protest continues at Telasi

by | Nov 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- The crisis at an energy company continued Wednesday as three employees went on hunger strike. The strike at ...

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NATO criticizes new Georgian government

by | Nov 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- NATO's Parliamentary Assembly criticizes the new government for putting pressure on the public broadcaster and local government ...

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Ex-minister accused of torture

by | Nov 13
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- A jailed former minister was Monday handed additional charges under a section of the law which deals ...

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Fogh Rasmussen concerned about detentions in Georgia

by | Nov 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen expresses concern about the detention of political and military officials in ...

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Officers accused of abusing staff suspended

by | Nov 12
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- Two military officers who were detained together with a former interior minister for abuse of powers, were ...

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Poti strike over

by | Nov 11
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- The strike among port workers in Poti has ended, as workers were promised a 20 percent pay ...

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Ivanishvili visits Brussels November 12

by | Nov 9
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili's first visit abroad after assuming office will be to Brussels on November 12 ...

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Georgia’s ambassador to the U.S. resigns

by | Nov 9
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- Georgia's ambassador to the U.S. resigned on Thursday. A new ambassador should be presented by the new ...

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New Georgian PM plans NATO strategy

by | Nov 9
bidzina ivanishvili

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Georgia's NATO integration coordinating commission held its 39. session at the government office on Thursday. Chair of the ...

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Hillary Clinton talks to Saakashvili and Georgia’s FM

by | Nov 5
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- Hillary Cliton has had a phone conversation with President and Foreign Affairs Minister of Georgia. The press office ...

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Telecom investor offers more details about eavesdropping

by | Nov 2
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- The former owner of a telecommunication company accuses other companies of illegal eavesdropping. Mamia Sanadiradze, founder and former ...

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Ivanishvili unveils deputy ministers

by | Nov 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- New candidates have been unveiled for deputy ministers in the new government. Despite an offer from Prime Minister ...

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EU continues negotiations with Georgia

by | Oct 23
Thornike Gordadze

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Negotiations are continuing Tuesday between Georgia and the EU about an association agreement. This is the eleventh ...

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Saakashvili presents Ivanishvili’s new government

by | Oct 23
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- President Mikheil Saakashvili on Monday officially presented the new government list to parliament together with a new ...

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New government ready

by | Oct 22
manana manjgaladze

TBILISI, DFWatch -- The candidate for prime minister in Georgia has presented his list of government ministers to the president. The ...

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Results show Georgian Dream short of two third majority

by | Oct 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- Georgia's Central Election Commission (CEC) has approved the final results of the October 1 parliamentary election. According to ...

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NATO envoy says Tbilisi has passed the test

by | Oct 18
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- NATO envoy James Appathurai yesterday evening arrived in Georgia for a working visit to meet with former ...

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Several earthquakes in Georgia and Azerbaijan

by | Oct 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch -- A 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck near the Georgia-Azerbaijan border at about 14:15 on Sunday. The epicenter was 10 ...

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Georgian soldier dies in Afghanistan

by | Oct 12
Georgia's ISAF mission

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Corporal Mindia Abashidze was the eighteenth Georgian soldier to die while serving in the NATO-led ISAF operation ...

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EU signs 23 million euro aid package with Georgia

by | Oct 10
Marcus Cornaro

TBILISI, DFWatch -- Two financial agreements have been signed between Georgia and the EU. According to press office of the State ...

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111 organizations to observe Georgia election

by | Sep 29
cesko_CEC

TBILISI, DFWatch - 111 different organizations have been approved as election observers for the parliamentary election in Georgia on Monday ...

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NDI to hold election monitoring

by | Sep 29
NDI

TBILISI, DFWatch – The U.S. National Democratic Institute will observe Georgia’s parliamentary election on October 1. According to NDI’s Georgia office, ...

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Students on hunger strike over detainees

by | Sep 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch - Seven students have been on hunger strike for two days, protesting against the justice minister. They demand the ...

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Public broadcaster’s board warns against bias

by | Sep 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch – The Public Council of Georgia’s Public Broadcaster demands from GPB to cover news about prisoner abuse properly, ...

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Prisoners go on hunger strike over abuse

by | Sep 23
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TBILISI, DFWatch – The Public Defender’s Office informs that several prisoners at facility No 15 in Mtskheta near Tbilisi have ...

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Police beat and arrested demonstrators

by | Sep 22
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TBILISI, DFWatch – Saturday, a crowd of demonstrators tried to move in on a public service building in Tbilisi as ...

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Post-war observers in Georgia to stay another year

by | Sep 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch - EU Monitoring Mission to Georgia (EUMM) will continue its activity for one more year until September 14, ...

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Russian election observers rejected by Georgia

by | Sep 15
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TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia's Central Election Commission has rejected applications from two Russian organizations to register as observers for the ...

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Slight modification in election arrangements

by | Sep 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia's Central Election Commission says 54 963 Georgians abroad have registered to vote at their country's embassy. The list ...

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Support for killed U.S. diplomats

by | Sep 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch - NGOs gathered at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi to show their sympathy with the victims of the ...

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NATO ambassadors in Georgia for election talks

by | Sep 14
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TBILISI, DFWatch - NATO ambassadors are visiting Georgia, holding meetings with officials. The ambassadors have met with Public Defender Giorgi Tughushi, ...

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Estonian FM Paet urges respect for election result

by | Sep 13
Urmas Paet

TBILISI DFWatch – The Foreign Affairs Minister of Estonia says every political party in Georgia should recognize the results of ...

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Foreign ministers swarming to Georgia

by | Sep 11
mfa

TBILISI, DFWatch – The foreign affair ministers of five countries will visit Georgia September 17. Nino Kalandadze, Georgia's Deputy Foreign Affairs ...

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Georgia has a new business ombudsman

by | Sep 10
Maya Meredova

TBILISI, DFWatch - Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili has appointed a new business ombudsman. Maya Meredova has worked at ProCredit Bank Georgia ...

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One insurgent arrested near Russia-Georgia border

by | Sep 9
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TBILISI, DFWatch - The interior ministry in Georgia Saturday arrested one of the so-called saboteurs near the Dagestan section of ...

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U.S. government officials visit Georgia

by | Sep 8
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TBILISI, DFWatch – The United States is sending a government delegation to Georgia to assess the period before the election ...

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New U.S. Ambassador to Georgia takes over

by | Sep 6
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TBILISI, DFWatch – The new U.S. ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland Wednesday officially started his work. He arrived at Tbilisi airport ...

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Fogh Rasmussen visits Georgia September 6

by | Sep 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch – NATO’s Secretary General will come to Georgia on September 6 and hold official meetings for one day. Manana ...

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Georgian team in good position despite loss to Netherlands

by | Aug 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia’s basketball team is in a shared first place in Group D of the qualification for EuroBasket ...

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Forest fire in Borjomi

by | Aug 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch - About one acre of forest burned as a result of a fire in Borjomi, a resort town ...

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Israel recognizes Georgia’s ‘neutral’ passports

by | Aug 24
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TBILISI, DFWatch - Israel has recognized Georgia's so-called neutral travel documents, according to the ministry on reintegration issues. Neutral travel document ...

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Georgia wins qualifying match against Bosnia-Herzegovina

by | Aug 22
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TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia’s national basketball team yesterday defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina in a qualification match for Eurobasket 2013. The final score was ...

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Forest fire in eastern Georgia

by | Aug 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch - 15 acres of forest has burned down in eastern Georgia despite two days of attempts at extinguishing ...

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Georgian opposition has run out of cash

by | Aug 20
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TBILISI, DFWatch - Nodar Khaduri from the opposition Georgian Dream says the coalition doesn't have money, because the government seized ...

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Georgia notes growing trade deficit

by | Aug 17
Cash

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia's trade deficit continued to increase from January to July 2012, but the country's foreign trade turnover ...

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Opposition group opens branch office in tent

by | Aug 17
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TBILISI, DFWatch – The Georgian Dream coalition Thursday opened a tent in the Samtskhe Javakheti region, because the locals refused ...

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Foreign investments in Georgia grew 37 % in 2011

by | Aug 16
Cash

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia's National Statistics Department GeoStat says direct foreign investments grew 37 percent in 2011 compared to 2010. ...

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Georgian Dream lacks permission for Rustavi rally

by | Aug 14
Maia_Panjikidze

TBILISI, DFWatch – The opposition party Georgian Dream continues to run into trouble about the location for its rallies around ...

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Russian climbers rescued after two day search

by | Aug 8
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TBILISI, DFWatch – Four Russian climbers have been rescued from Svaneti, a mountain region north in Georgia adjacent to the ...

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More visitors to Georgia, but are they tourists?

by | Aug 7
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TBILISI, DFWatch – The monthly number of visitors to Georgia continues to increase. The small country noted a 54 percent ...

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Iran suspends visa freedom agreement with Georgia

by | Aug 4
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TBILISI, DFWatch – Iran is suspending the agreement with Georgia about visa free travel in connection with a conference of ...

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Policeman threatens cousin with gun over politics

by | Aug 4
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TBILISI, DFWatch – A police employee threatened his cousin with a gun because he was a member of the opposition ...

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Another prisoner dies in Georgia

by | Aug 3
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TBILISI, DFWatch – The prison ministry on Thursday reported that a prisoner has died at No 18 hospital. According to the ...

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Georgia sets date for parliamentary election

by | Aug 1
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TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia will hold parliamentary elections on October 1, 2012. Manana Manjgalade, spokesperson for President Mikheil Saakashvili, said this ...

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Bushfire in Vashlovani National Park

by | Jul 31
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TBILISI, DFWatch - A fire in Georgia has burned down more than one thousand hectares of land in the eastern ...

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Georgia loses 17th soldier in Afghanistan

by | Jul 29
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TBILISI, DFWatch –Georgia has lost its 17th soldier in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan. The Georgian Defense Ministry informs that Givi ...

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Burjanadze supporter released after 16 hours questioning

by | Jul 28
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TBILISI, DFWatch – A former public servant who joined an opposition party was released later Friday evening. The Interior Minister said ...

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Construction of new parliament halted due to strike

by | Jul 27
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TBILISI, DFWatch - Construction workers rallied in Kutaisi today at the site of the new parliament building they have been ...

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GeoStat notes increasing foreign trade

by | Jul 27
Cash

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgia’s National Statistics Department notes growth in the country’s foreign trade turnover in the first half of ...

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Budget cuts passed to free money for disaster aid

by | Jul 26
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TBILISI, DFWatch – A bill to amend the 2012 budget to free money for cleanup work and compensation after a ...

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Ruling party ex-MP vows objectivity as audit service head

by | Jul 26
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TBILISI, DFWatch – A former high-ranking member of parliament who was appointed new head of the audit service promises that ...

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Georgia starts negotiations with EU about visa free travel

by | Jul 24
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 first visited Tbilisi in Jul, 2012 (Interpressnews)

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

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