Monthly Archives: August 2017

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Another forest fire breaks out in different part of Georgia’s Borjomi national park

By | August 30th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Palitra TV.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Just days after a massive wildfire was contained inside one of Georgia’s national parks, another one has flared up in another area of the same park. This time, it’s the resort area of Abastumani which has been hit by forest fire. The affected site is not far from […]

Georgia national park forest fire reportedly contained

By | August 26th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. (SKNews.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch–A wildfire which destroyed over 100 hectares of endemic forest in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park ‘has almost been extinguished’, the Georgian prime minister said Friday evening. “In the evening, I personally visited all critical locations with ministers. […]

Wildfire has destroyed 100ha of forest in central Georgia

By | August 24th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(SKNews.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch–A wildland fire is still raging across a large nature park and key tourist destination in central Georgia, but authorities believe the main pockets will be contained by Friday unless their efforts are made difficult by strong wind. “We currently don’t have new […]

Massive wildfire in Georgia’s Borjomi National Park

By | August 22nd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(1tv.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch–A massive wildfire was raging on Monday in Borjomi, a forested nature park and important tourist destination in Georgia. The fire started Sunday in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park but intensified Monday evening when it spread to over 6 hectares in the hills above […]

William Courtney: Russia might seek to annex Abkhazia

By | August 18th, 2017|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , |

William Courtney (rand.org) William Courtney, former US Ambassador to Georgia told Voice of America’s Anna Kalandadze that “President Putin’s August 8 visit underlined Moscow’s apparent determination to retain control of Abkhazia despite the costs to Russia’s international reputation. But the Kremlin […]

Saakashvili announces plan to return to Ukraine via Poland

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian-born former governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region Mikheil Saakashvili announced Wednesday the time and date of his return to Ukraine despite being stripped of that country’s citizenship. Saakashvili, who recently launched […]

Georgian minister rejects “offer” to extradite Saakashvili in apparent prank

By | August 14th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A prank by two Russian pro-Kremlin bloggers has led to calls for the resignation of Georgia’s interior minister for rejecting a fake offer by Ukraine to extradite former President Mikheil Saakashvili. A voice sounding like Georgia’s minister of internal affairs […]

Georgia to ban unhealthy food in its public schools

By | August 12th, 2017|Categories: Society|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia plans to ban unhealthy food in public schools, particularly sugary beverages and salty products, in an effort to promote healthier lifestyle among school children. “When children come to school in September they will see a different buffet,” Alexandre Jejelava, […]

Fire devastates mountain overlooking Tbilisi

By | August 9th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(imedinews.ge) A massive fire spread on the slopes of Mtatsminda, a mountain overlooking Tbilisi on Tuesday late evening. […]

22-year-old woman dies from suspected drug use at music festival

By | August 6th, 2017|Categories: Youth|Tags: , , |

(GEM Fest/Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Police in Georgia have brought in stricter anti-drug measures at a youth festival after a 22 year old woman tragically died. The female bank employee became ill Friday after allegedly ingesting the drug ‘bio’. She was rushed to hospital but died 8 hours later. […]

Georgian soldier killed in Afghanistan

By | August 4th, 2017|Categories: Security|Tags: |

Veruli Bebiashvili, mother of the deceased. (Palitra TV.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian soldier has died in Afghanistan while out on patrol near Bagram Airbase, 60km north of Kabul. Lance sergeant Mdinari Bebiashvili (25) was killed as two suicide bombers attacked his convoy Thursday evening. The platoon that was hit consisted […]

US Vice President Mike Pence visiting Georgia

By | August 1st, 2017|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , |

US Vice President Mike Pence arrived at Tbilisi airport Monday evening, accompanied by his wife Karen. (Photo published by the US Embassy in Tbilisi.) TBILISI, DFWatch–US Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Tbilisi on Monday amid a US-led military exercise, which for a moment brought a US military convoy within close proximity of Russian troops stationed in the breakaway region South Ossetia. […]