RUSTAVI2 Rustavi2 TV News Portal RSS Feed Rustavi2 Broadcasting Company http://rustavi2.ge/ More than 62 people have been killed in the blast in Afghanistan http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144590

At least 62 people have been killed and dozens injured by a bomb during Friday prayers at a mosque in Afghanistan, according to a provincial spokesman.
The force of the blast, in eastern Nangarhar province, destroyed the building"s roof, eyewitnesses said.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
The blast came the day after the UN said the number of civilian deaths in the war-torn country had reached unprecedented levels over the summer.

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18-10-2019 17:55 +0400
A volcano erupted on the island of Sicily http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144565

The volcano Etna again erupted on the island of Sicily. Before the volcano was activated, earthquakes hit the province of Catania.

Etna is still spreading volcanic ash and hot lava. The city of Catania has been partially closed for flights.

Etna is the highest volcano in Europe. In 2013, UNESCO listed it as a World Heritage Site.

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18-10-2019 16:21 +0400
Lady Gaga falls off stage after fan picks her up http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144572

Lady Gaga falls off stage after fan picks her up. During the show, Gaga invited one of the concert goers onto the stage at Park Theater at Park MGM, and the over-excited fan picked the singer up.
Gaga wrapped her legs around his waist and as he made a few short hops, he took a misstep and tumbled right off the side of the elevated platform and into the audience. The pair crashed hard onto the floor.
From videos shot by fans in the crowd, it appears that Gaga hit the floor, and the fan ended up crashing down on top of her as the shocked audience gasped and screamed.

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18-10-2019 16:08 +0400
President Bush pushed very hard for Georgia to receive MAP, but was blocked by Merkel - Bryza http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144576

Georgia"s NATO relationship and Russian military aggression - these are the key issues that former US diplomat Matthew Bryza has spoken to in an interview with the Georgian Institute for Security Policy.
Bryza shares Rasmussen"s idea and thinks the plan will open Georgia"s NATO door and give it security.
“I think that Rasmussen’s idea is a great one to change the situation: it does not get the separated regions back into Georgia but it does give Georgia the security that it needs and integration into the Alliance. It’s imaginative but not unprecedented. In Cyprus, very similar things have happened, with the EU accepting the entire island of Cyprus, but suspending the EU body of law in the north. Legally all the island is part of the EU, and we’re talking about the same thing for Abkhazia and South Ossetia; technically and legally, we can consider all regions becoming part of NATO, but Article 5 would be suspended in those territories. There’s clearly a precedent for it”, - said Bryza.
He also said that in spring of 2008 they developed a plan in Washington to give Georgia a way out of the trap that Putin was trying to set: “The trap was to leave Saakashvili with no good choices: between acquiescing to Russia taking control of Abkhazia and South Ossetia or going to war with Russia. We decided we needed to come up with another plan and we designed a whole set of measures that included having EU police at Kodori Valley, a whole series of things. But in the end, the Germans, who were chairing the “friends of Georgia” group, took out any provision that might be objected to by Russia, leaving all but nothing”.
Bryza added that at the 2008 Bucharest Summit US President Bush pushed very hard for Georgia to receive MAP, but was blocked by Chancellor Merkel.

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18-10-2019 15:33 +0400
Trump will host next G7 Summit at his doral resort http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144562

Donald Trump has awarded hosting of the next G7 summit to one of his own Florida golf clubs, sparking immediate accusations of corruption from Democrats.
The site picked by his administration from 12 possible US venues for the June 10-12 gathering next year is the Trump National Doral Golf Club, in Miami.
Earlier in August, Trump said it was time for Russia to join the "G 7".
Due to the annexation of Crimea, the leaders of the "G 8t" countries did not go to the summit in Sochi in 2014 and expelled Russia from the forum.

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18-10-2019 14:30 +0400
Large-scale riot in Mexico - The son of a well-known drug dealer was arrested during a special operation http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144558

The capture and arrest of the son of notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman triggered a fierce gun battle in the Mexican city of Culiacan on Thursday.
Sustained, heavy gunfire rocked the western city of 750,000 people in a battle that left blazing vehicles strewn across the street and sent terrified residents running for shelter.
"El Chapo," 62, was sentenced to life in prison in July for trafficking hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States over the course of a quarter-century.

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18-10-2019 13:38 +0400
Rick Perry to resign as Donald Trump"s energy secretary http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144552

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the former Texas governor who has faced scrutiny over Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukraine, is resigning.
Perry reportedly informed the President, as the two flew together to Texas, where Trump is holding several events, including a political rally in Dallas. The president confirmed the news while traveling in the state.
"He’s done a phenomenal job," Trump told supporters at the rally. "He’s going to be leaving at the end of the year."
Trump said earlier Thursday that he had a replacement in mind for the job would announce that person soon.
In a resignation letter released by the Department of Energy late Thursday, Perry touted U.S. energy independence – hitting a common refrain raised by Trump.
A member of Trump"s original Cabinet, Perry has come under scrutiny amid the ongoing impeachment inquiry into whether Trump abused his office by pressuring Ukraine to help to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, one of his top political rivals.

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18-10-2019 13:11 +0400
The UK will leave the EU on November 1 http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144551

The UK will leave the EU on November 1. The EU leaders has backed a new deal at the summit in Brussels.

After two years of negotiations, London and Brussels agreed to leave the European Union yesterday. The new document must be approved by the British and EU parliaments.

The joint statement of the leaders of the 27 countries was announced after the summit.

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18-10-2019 13:06 +0400
Italy retrieves seven bodies from October 7 migrant shipwreck http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144535

Italy has recovered the bodies of a child and six other people from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, more than a week after a crowded migrant boat capsized off the coast of the island of Lampedusa.

Men from the Italian coastguard, dressed in white suits and wearing masks over their faces, carried the bodies on to the dock of the island’s small port in black bags on Thursday. Wooden coffins were laid on the port side.
On the day of the shipwreck, Oct. 7, the bodies of 13 women were recovered and the coastguard said 13 men and women had survived the sinking of the boat.

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18-10-2019 10:31 +0400
Russia starts large-scale military exercises http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144532

Russia is conducting large-scale military exercises. Russian forces have tested “Iskander” and "Calibri" missile systems in various parts of the country.

The exercises coincide with tensions between the West and Russia. Agreement on arms control between the United States and Russia expires in 2021.

Vladimer Putin blames the United States for increasing the risk of nuclear war.

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18-10-2019 09:32 +0400
Saudi bus crash: 35 killed, four injured near Medina http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144530

Thirty-five people have been killed and four injured after a passenger bus collided with a truck in the Saudi province of Medina.
The "private chartered bus", carrying 39 pilgrims from Asian and Arab countries, collided with a "heavy vehicle" in the town of al-Akhal.

The passengers were expatriate Arabs and Asians reportedly travelling from Medina to Mecca for a pilgrimage.

 

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18-10-2019 09:25 +0400
UN Secretary General welcomes ceasefire on Turkey-Syria border http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144517

US Vice President Mike Pence and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu have announced a temporary – 5 days - ceasefire amid a military offensive against Kurdish-led fighters in northern Syria. Ankara has agreed to pause its offensive “to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces” from the region.

The UN Secretary General also welcomes the ceasefire on the Turkish-Syrian border.

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18-10-2019 08:02 +0400
Heavy storm attacks Queensland, Australia http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144496

Heavy storm in Australia. In Queensland, strong winds and hail have left 21,000 families without electricity.

The wind tumbled down trees and damaged the roofs of the houses.

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17-10-2019 19:42 +0400
Britain and EU reach agreement on Brexit http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144462

Negotiators from the U.K. and EU have reached a draft Brexit deal in the eleventh hour of talks, although there are serious doubts that the agreement will be approved by U.K. lawmakers back in Westminster.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said “we have a great new Brexit deal” via Twitter. He called on British lawmakers to back the deal when it’s put before Parliament on Saturday.
Meanwhile, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the deal was a “fair and balanced” one.

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17-10-2019 14:51 +0400
US Bombs its own munitions storage bunker at base in North Syria http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144459

The United States has bombed its own munitions storage bunker at a base in northern Syria after American troops vacated the site in the wake of a Turkish offensive in the region.

US Army Colonel Myles Caggins, a spokesman for the US-led military coalition purportedly fighting Daesh, tweeted on Wednesday that two fighter jets had targeted a cement factory, which served as a coordination center for the alliance and Kurdish militants in Syria.
He also noted that before the strike, “all coalition personnel and essential tactical equipment” had left the military compound, which is located between the Syrian city of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani, and the town of Ayn Issa.
On October 16, after all #Coalition personnel and essential tactical equipment departed, two Coalition F-15Es successfully conducted a pre-planned precision airstrike at the Lafarge Cement Factory to destroy an ammunition cache and reduce the facility’s military usefulness.

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17-10-2019 14:40 +0400
Erdogan "threw Trump`s Syria letter in bin" http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144458

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan put US President Donald Trump"s letter "in the bin", the BBC has been told.

In the letter dated 9 October, and sent after US troops were pulled out of Syria, Mr Trump told Mr Erdogan: "Don"t be a tough guy. Don"t be a fool!"
Turkish presidential sources told BBC Turkish that the letter was "thoroughly rejected" by Mr Erdogan.
On the day the letter was received, Turkey launched a cross-border offensive against Kurdish-led forces.

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17-10-2019 14:30 +0400
Donald Trump`s bizarre, threatening letter to Erdoğan: ‘Don`t be a fool’ http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144440

Donald Trump warned his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “don`t be a fool” and said history risked branding him a “devil” in an extraordinary letter sent the day Turkey launched its incursion into north-eastern Syria.

The letter was shorn of diplomatic niceties and began with an outright threat.
“Let`s work out a good deal!” Trump wrote in the letter dated 9 October, whose authenticity was confirmed to various news outlets by the White House.
Days after appearing to greenlight an invasion by pulling US troops from the Kurdish-dominated region, Trump told the Turkish president he would wreck Ankara`s economy if the invasion went too far.
“You don`t want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don`t want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy – and I will,” he wrote.
“History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way,” Trump continued. “It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don`t happen… Don`t be a tough guy. Don`t be a fool!” he finished, adding: “I will call you later.”

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17-10-2019 11:00 +0400
Britain and the EU could reach a Brexit deal in a matter of hours http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144438

Britain and the EU may reach a Brexit deal in a matter of hours.

Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, suggested that the document will be approved at the EU summit in Brussels on October 18. Great Britain is due to leave the European Union on October 31.

According to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain will leave the EU in any case.

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17-10-2019 10:29 +0400
Pence and Pompeo to meet with Erdogan http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144437

Despite earlier reports to the contrary, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to discuss the situation in Syria.

US politicians hope to reach an agreement with Ankara over a military operation on the Turkish-Syrian border.

The USA has been calling on Erdogan for several days to stop military operations in Syria. Trump has also imposed economic sanctions on Turkey. Nevertheless, Erdogan says he has no plans to cease fire in Syria.

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17-10-2019 10:10 +0400
Erdogan to travel to Russia for talks with Putin http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144435

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accepted an invitation to hold talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, over Ankara"s military offensive in northeast Syria.

The meeting between the two leaders will take place at the Black Sea resort of Sochi on October 22.   
Putin invited Erdogan "for a working visit in the coming days and the invitation was accepted".
Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Putin, meanwhile, denied speculation that Syrian President Bashar al – Assad would join the Russian and Turkish leaders for trilateral talks. 
Turkey"s military offensive began last week after Trump announced his decision to pull troops out of northeastern Syria.

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17-10-2019 10:04 +0400
Violent protests continue for third straight night in Barcelona http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144433

Rioting raged in Barcelona and several other Catalan towns for a third straight night, with police fighting running street battles with protesters angered by lengthy prison sentences for nine leaders of the wealthy region’s drive for independence from Spain.

Tens of thousands of protesters faced off against police in Barcelona. Some set up flaming barricades in the streets, torching cars and trash cans. They chanted, “The streets will always be ours!”
Catalan police said protesters threw gasoline bombs, stones, bottles and firecrackers at them.
Violence erupted in Catalonia after Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine separatist Catalan leaders to up to 13 years in prison for their part in an October 2017 effort to declare independence for the region.

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17-10-2019 09:44 +0400
Turkey`s incursion into Syria is "not our border" - Donald Trump http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144432

Donald Trump has said Turkey"s incursion into Syria is "not our border", and called the former US allies the Kurds "no angels". Earlier reports suggested the president said Turkey"s operation in Syria was "not our problem".

"They have a problem at a border. It"s not our border. We shouldn"t be losing lives over it. Our soldiers are out of there. Our soldiers are totally safe. They"ve got to work it out. Maybe they can do it without fighting", - said Trump. - "We"re watching and we"re negotiating and we"re trying to get Turkey to do the right thing, because we"d like to stop wars regardless."

The President added that the Kurdistan Workers" Party - a rebel group that fights for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey - "is probably worse at terror and more of a terrorist threat in many ways than" Islamic State.

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17-10-2019 09:34 +0400
Philippines earthquake: Child killed and dozens injured http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144428

At least one child has been killed and more than two dozen people injured after a powerful earthquake in the south of the Philippines.

Residents ran from their homes and offices in panic and a shopping centre was set ablaze during the intense shaking in central Mindanao, the country’s second-largest island.
Authorities advised residents to stay out of homes that may have suffered cracks and been weakened.
The quake, which measured 6.4, also caused power cuts and strong aftershocks in some regions.

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17-10-2019 09:09 +0400
Erdogan calls on Kurdish militants to give up the battle and retreat http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144381


Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the only option for Kurdish militants in Syria was to give up the battle and retreat.
“Our proposal is that right now, tonight, all the terrorists lay down their arms, their equipment and everything, destroy all their traps and get out of the safe zone that we have designated”, - said Turkish President.
He added that this would be “the quickest way of solving the problem in Syria.”
Erdogan made the comments in Parliament amid pressure for him to call a ceasefire and halt Turkey’s incursion into Syria, now in its eighth day.
Ankara’s assault against Kurdish forces has prompted a chorus of international condemnation. Erdogan says the offensive aims to remove the Kurdish-led forces from the border area and create a “safe zone” to which millions of Syrian refugees can be returned.
In the conflict zone, fighting between the Kurds and the Turks continues.
On October 9, the Turkish offensive named ‘Peace Spring’ commenced in Northeastern Syria.

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16-10-2019 17:37 +0400
Hong Kong"s leader Carrie Lam abandons speech after protests http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144376

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has been forced to suspend her annual address after being heckled in parliament.
Opposition lawmakers disrupted the Legislative Council session by shouting and projecting slogans behind her.
After a first interruption, the session resumed only to be interrupted again. It was then suspended - and Ms Lam delivered the address by video instead.
It means the extradition bill - the trigger for months of protests - could not be withdrawn formally.

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16-10-2019 16:35 +0400
Ankara has sent additional forces to northern Syria http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144373

Turkish military forces continue intense attacks on northern Syria. Ankara has sent additional forces to the conflict zone. Some Kurds have fled to Iraq because of the conflict.

French Foreign Minister also plans to visit Iraq. Paris fears Ankara"s military operation will bolster Dashi.

The UN Security Council will also meet today on the Turkey-Syria issue.

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16-10-2019 16:10 +0400
Rudy Giuliani does not hand over documents related to Trump-Zelensky phone call to Congress http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144338

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer who is accused of leading a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine, defied a congressional subpoena Tuesday for documents that House Democrats sought as part of the impeachment inquiry.

Giuliani has acknowledged meeting with Ukrainians and encouraging an investigation of Trump’s political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. Three committees are focusing their portion of the investigation on Trump’s call July 25 in which he urged Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden while withholding military aid to that country.
The committees demanded documents from Giuliani dealing with "the extent to which President Trump jeopardized national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere with our 2020 election and by withholding security assistance provided by Congress to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression."

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16-10-2019 11:52 +0400
North Korea"s leader rides horse on the holy mountain http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144335

North Korea"s leader Kim Jong-un has climbed the country"s highest mountain on horseback.
A series of photos released by KCNA shows Kim walking over a white horse on a snow-covered Mount Paektu.
Kim has reportedly climbed Mount Paektu at least three times and made a joint visit to the mountain with South Korea"s President Moon Jae-in 2018.
This mountain has a special place in the country"s identity and is considered the birthplace of Kim Jong-un father Kim Jong-il.

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16-10-2019 11:02 +0400
A seven-story building collapsed in northeastern Brazil http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144332

A seven-story building collapsed in northeastern Brazil, killing at least one person, trapping others — and drawing new attention to the unsettling frequency with which buildings here suddenly fall down.

The building in the northeastern city of Fortaleza collapsed without warning at about 10:30 a.m., cloaking the surrounding neighborhood in smoke and debris. Video of the scene showed chaos: People rushing past cars covered in dust to reach the destruction in an upscale part of town, less than two miles from the tourist destination of Iracema beach.

Firefighters searched the rubble for survivors.

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16-10-2019 10:02 +0400
The UN Security Council holds an emergency meeting http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144331

The U.N. Security Council holds a closed-door emergency meeting on Syria today.

Diplomats will assemble at the request of Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and Poland.

This will be the second meeting of the UN council since Turkey launched a military operation in Syria.

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16-10-2019 09:57 +0400
Lebanon is burning: fire engulfs mountains and houses http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144330

A massive forest fire, which broke out early Monday morning in the Lebanese Chouf village of Meshref, has left the country"s lush mountains in flames. The wildfire has been described as the "worst to hit Lebanon in decades”.
The rate at which the fire spread, reaching a nearby university and elementary school, prompted Lebanese authorities to call for Cypriot help to extinguish the flames. Cyprus answered the call around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, sending two aircrafts to help.
According to the Lebanese Red Cross, more than 100 people were injured, 18 of whom were taken to medical facilities. Part of the population was also evacuated for security reasons.

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16-10-2019 09:55 +0400
In California an oil terminal is burning http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144327

In Califormia an oil terminal is burning. The fire engulfs two oil-filled tanks near San Francisco.

Due to the incident, traffic on the section was restricted and residents are urged to stay in safe places.

No one was injured in the accident. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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16-10-2019 09:23 +0400
Clashes in Barcelona - Protesters threw stones at police and burned bins http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144325

Protesters and police clashed in Barcelona during rallies against the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders, with the unusually tense confrontations turning into a major challenge for Spanish and regional authorities.
Protesters threw cans, stones and flares at riot police, and set garbage containers and cardboard on fire in the middle of several streets in Barcelona, including a thoroughfare housing designer stores and the stock exchange.
Fences were on fire next to La Pedrera, one of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi"s most famous buildings and one of the city"s main tourist attractions.
Police charged several times through the crowd with batons and fired foam projectiles at the protesters. A spokesman for the regional Mossos police said they were trying to make space around the local headquarters of the Spanish government. Four people were detained.
This was the second day of protests after the Supreme Court sentenced nine separatist leaders to nine to 13 years in jail over their role in a failed bid to break away from Spain in 2017.

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16-10-2019 09:08 +0400
British royal family Tours Pakistan after over a decade http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144291

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton arrived in Islamabad on Monday for the first trip by members of the British royal family to Pakistan in more than a decade.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed at the Pakistan Air Force"s Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, where they were received by Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, British high commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew and top government officials.

Prince William’s grandmother, the ruling monarch Queen Elizabeth II, visited Pakistan in 1961 and again in 1997.

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15-10-2019 18:39 +0400
Eight Georgian women were arrested in Turkey on charges of prostitution http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144256

Eight Georgian women were arrested on charges of prostitution in Turkey. 

According to the investigation, the Artvin Provincial Police reported that foreign nationals in Khopa were prostituting illegally.

Police conducted operations at several clubs and hotels and arrested 33 sex workers. The detainees are also the citizens of Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

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15-10-2019 14:22 +0400
US considering withdrawing nuclear bombs from Turkey http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144253

The US departments of state and energy have been discussing the possibility of withdrawing US nuclear weapons stockpile from the Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey.

According to media, the departments were reviewing plans to evacuate roughly 50 tactical nuclear weapons stored at the base, which is located around 100 miles from the Syrian border and has been long shared by US and Turkish air forces.

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15-10-2019 14:13 +0400
US and EU urge Turkey to withdraw troops from Syria http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144255

There are active hostilities on the Turkish-Syrian border. The battle for the Syrian city of Ras al-Ain is under attack by Turkish aviation.

It is not clear yet whether civilians killed in the specific bombing. The United States and the European Union are calling on Turkey to withdraw troops from Syria.

The West fears that a Turkish military operation may slow down progress against Daesh terrorists and increase the threat of terrorist acts worldwide.

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15-10-2019 13:59 +0400
"No to capitulation" - a large-scale protest in Kiev http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144254

A large-scale protest in Kiev. More than 20,000 people gathered at the demonstration with the slogan "No to capitulation", including former military men. The protesters are opposed to granting Donbass special status. They are also against the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the conflict zone.

They once again criticized the so-called “Steinmeier formula”.

The five-year conflict in eastern Ukraine has claimed the lives of more than 13,000 people.

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15-10-2019 13:47 +0400
14 police dead in Mexico gun ambush http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144229

14 police officers have been killed and 3 injured in a shooting in western Mexico.

The police were carrying out a court order in El Aguaje, Michoacán state, when their convoy was ambushed.
A powerful criminal group, the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, is believed to have carried out the attack.
Authorities said all resources would be put into finding those responsible.

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15-10-2019 09:49 +0400
The number of typhoon victims has risen up to 67 in Japan http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144231

The number of typhoon fatalities has risen to 67 in Japan. 200 people injured, 15 citizens lost. Thousands of families are still without electricity and potable water. Particular damage was done to Fukushima Prefecture.

Cleaning works are currently underway in the cities. Part of the population is transferred to the evacuation centers.

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15-10-2019 09:37 +0400
Barcelona Airport cancels over 100 flights due protests http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144224

More than 100 flights have been cancelled after violent clashes erupted between pro-Catalan independence protestors and police at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport.

Metro and train access to Barcelona’s El Prat airport were briefly suspended over separatist protests after Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced nine independence leaders to years in jail.
Both the metro and train have now resumed, the train operator and local police said.
It came after a Spanish court handed lengthy prison sentences to Catalunya’s former separatist leaders, sparking anger across much of the region and further afield.
Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced nine of those on trial to between nine and 13 years in prison for their role in the illegal independence referendum in 2017.

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15-10-2019 09:28 +0400
Six dead, 40 injured as roof collapses on Peru http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144226

At least 6 people died and 40 were injured after a hailstorm caused a roof to collapse on a costume party in central Peru, authorities said.

Around 1 000 people were in the building at the time of the accident on Sunday, according to local media.
Some are still trapped in the rubble and five of the injured are in a serious condition, police said.
The incident occurred during a local festival taking place in a building in Huancayo, some 200 kilometers east of the capital Lima.
“The structure collapsed because of intense rain and hail”, - said police.

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15-10-2019 09:07 +0400
The US may impose economic sanctions on Turkey http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144223

Donald Trump imposed sanctions on Turkey over Ankara"s military operation in Syria, and called for an immediate ceasefire. As he said, he would send Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Adviser Robert O"Brien to Ankara as soon as possible in an attempt to begin negotiations.

Pence said Trump had spoken directly to Turkey"s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who promised not attack the border town of Kobane.
"President Trump communicated to him very clearly that the United States of America wants Turkey to stop the invasion, implement an immediate ceasefire and to begin to negotiate with Kurdish forces in Syria to bring an end to the violence", - said Pence.
Turkey launched military operation on October, 9.

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15-10-2019 08:59 +0400
Britain`s priority is to leave the EU on Oct 31 – the Queen http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144192

The Government`s priority "has always been to secure the United Kingdom`s departure from the European Union on October 31", the Queen said on Monday morning.

In her Queen`s Speech delivery, setting out the legislative agenda of this parliamentary term, she said: "My Government intends to work towards a new partnership with the European Union, based on free trade and friendly co-operation."

Negotiations on Brexit conditions between London and Brussels began in 2017.

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14-10-2019 18:54 +0400
The European Union calls on Turkey to cease hostilities http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144189

The European Union calls on Turkey to cease hostilities. The EU Foreign Ministers" Summit is being held in Luxembourg today.

The meeting of the first European diplomats coincided with the complication of the situation in Syria. European Union has unanimously condemned Turkey’s military move into northern Syria and asked all member states to stop selling arms to Ankara.

EU Foreign Ministries urge Washington to schedule an international coalition meeting against the Islamic State.

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14-10-2019 17:40 +0400
Catalan separatist leaders given lengthy prison sentences http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144185

The Spanish Supreme Court sentenced 9 former leaders of the Catalan independence movement to lengthy prison terms (9 – 13 years) after finding them guilty of sedition for their botched attempt to break away from Spain in 2017.

The former deputy leader of Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras, received the toughest sentence: 13 years in prison.

Madrid dismissed the Catalan government in 2017. The reason was the referendum on the independence of Catalonia and the organization of large-scale protests.

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14-10-2019 15:55 +0400
The Swedish Academy has named Nobel Prize laureates in Economics http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144177

The 2019 Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer for pioneering new ways to alleviate global poverty. Banerjee and Duflo are at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while Kremer, an American is at Harvard University. The three have often worked together.
Duflo, who phoned into the news conference where the prize was announced, said receiving it was "incredibly humbling." The 46-year-old, born in Paris, is the youngest person ever and only the second woman to receive the economics prize. The first was Elinor Ostrom in 2009.

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14-10-2019 15:12 +0400
Protests in Quito stopped - Ecuador"s president reaches agreement with protesters http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144165

The Ecuadorian president has reached an agreement with the protesters. After 12 days of protests, Lenin Moreno canceled the order to cut subsidies on oil.

The president announced the creation of a commission with Aboriginal leaders to pass the new law.

Mass protests in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito have been going on since October 3. The protesters were protesting the rise of fuel prices.

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14-10-2019 13:14 +0400
Situation on the Turkish-Syrian border - The Syrian president has sent troops to the northern part of the country http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144156

The President of Syria has sent troops to the northern part of the country. The Kurds spread the information.

Before that, Washington had withdrawn US troops from the country. On the Turkish-Syrian border, hostilities between Kurds and Turks continue.

American media has released exclusive footage that shows Turkish soldiers killing prisoners.

There are victims on both sides of the conflict, dozens of civilians are killed. The number of internally displaced Kurds has increased to 160,000.

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14-10-2019 11:37 +0400
Thousands of protesters in the Haitian capital are demanding the resignation of the President http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144154

Protests are taking place in the Haitian capital. Thousands of people demand the President"s resignation.

Jovenel Moise is accused of inflation and corruption. The President announced the creation of a commission a few weeks ago to resolve the problems, but the opposition refused to dialogue and demanded his resignation.

Moise was elected in 2017. His main pre-election pledge was to alleviate poverty and boost the country"s economy, but 60% of Haiti"s 11 million population is still below the poverty line.

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14-10-2019 11:21 +0400
Bad weather in the USA - snow cover reaches one meter http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144150

There is heavy snow and snowfall in the central and northern parts of the United States.

Snow cover in North Dakota reached 91 inches. Because of bad weather the teaching process in dozens of schools has stopped.

Due to poor visibility traffic is also limited.

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14-10-2019 09:47 +0400
37 dead and 166 injured - devastating storm attacks Japan http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144149

37 dead, 166 injured and 20 person are missing as a result of the typhoon in Japan.

Several cities have been flooded, the population left without electricity.

Authorities have called for more than seven million citizens to be evacuated for security reasons.

Typhoon Haggis has been recognized as the most devastating natural disaster in Japan in the last 60 years. Weather forecasters predict a further rise in the river"s water level, which would increase the amount of damage caused by the disaster.

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14-10-2019 09:41 +0400
Situation in Syria - 14 people became victims of Turkish air strike http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144148

14 people, including 5 civilians, were killed in Turkish air strikes in Syria. There are those injured too.

One journalist was also killed in an air raid in the city of Ras al-Ain. Besides, 2 French reporters injured in the attack.

The situation on the Turkish-Syrian border is still tense. Turkey launched a military operation in Syria on October 9. Ankara says their goal is to create the so-called “safe zone” on the Turkish-Syrian border.

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14-10-2019 09:29 +0400
Number of asylum seekers from Georgia to France last year was higher than from Syria or Iraq http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/144002

Most of asylum seekers in France are Georgians – “FRANCE 24” prepared an extensive report on this topic.

According to the channel 7 000 Georgians claimed asylum in France last year - a higher number than Syrians or Iraqis. France provides asylum seekers with free treatment. Most of Georgians visit Paris as tourists, but later they stay in France.

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11-10-2019 19:00 +0400
Vladimir Putin expresses concern over large-scale NATO drills planned near Russian borders http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143993

Commenting on NATO drills, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia would remain calm during the exercises, though attempts to create tensions at borders are not welcome.

“As for NATO"s exercises, we need to see how we can respond to this. We recently conducted [drills] - though not close to the borders of NATO, we specifically conduct them deep inside the Russian Federation... 128,000 people took part in them. Therefore, we do not welcome attempts to escalate tensions at our borders, we believe that it is harmful, but we will respond calmly. We will consult with you what to do", - said Putin.

NATO drills will be held in Europe in the spring of 2020. Georgia will also participate in it.

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11-10-2019 17:40 +0400
Senator Lindsey Graham duped by Russian pranksters http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143990

Lindsey Graham fell victim to Russian pranksters pretending to be the Turkish defense minister, telling the notorious cold callers the Kurds are a "threat".

The South Carolina Republican spoke with Russian pranksters Alexey Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov in a conversation he thought was with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.

It should be mentioned that Graham is one of the US senators calling for economic sanctions on Turkey for its military operation in Syria.

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11-10-2019 17:15 +0400
The UN Security Council failed to agree on a statement on Turkey http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143989

The resolution on Turkey"s military operation in Syria has failed in UN. The document of the members of the Security Council on Turkey"s ceasefire in Syria vetoed by Russia and the United States.

The resolution call upon Turkey to cease the unilateral military action, because such hostilities would boost terrorism in the region.

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11-10-2019 16:55 +0400
In Athens leftist students clash with police http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143988

A largely-peaceful student protest organized by leftist student associations ended in clashes with Greece’s MAT riot police in central Athens.

Several hundred demonstrators attempted to overturn MAT police trucks which had been parked vertically along Vasilissis Olgas Avenue in order to stop the demonstrators from reaching the Greek Parliament.
When students began striking the trucks in order to bypass them, police responded with tear gas and stun grenades in an attempt to force them to stop and push the marchers back.
The clashes didn’t take on a larger dimension, as the situation began to defuse just a few minutes later.
The leftist students were marching against the declared intention of the new leadership of the Ministry of Education to intensify studies in Greek universities by introducing a series of measures which will allow for the dismissal of students if they have not obtained their degrees within a specific period of time.

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11-10-2019 16:26 +0400
Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143966

The prime minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has won the 2019 Nobel peace prize, the Norwegian Nobel committee has announced.

Berit Reiss-Andersen, the committee’s chair, said the award recognized Abiy’s “efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea”.
Elected in April, 2018, one of Abiy’s biggest victories was the peace deal, signed in July, 2018, which ended a nearly 20-year military stalemate with Eritrea following their 1998-2000 border war.

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11-10-2019 13:51 +0400
An Iranian oil tanker explodes in the Red Sea http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143964

An Iranian oil tanker exploded in the Red Sea. The explosion has engulfed much of the oil in the sea. 

The incident happened near the port of Saudi Arabia.
Iran calls the incident a terrorist act carried out on a tanker.

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11-10-2019 13:06 +0400
Minister of Defence visits Georgian soldiers in Germany http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143952

Defence Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili visited Germany where Georgian soldiers are undergoing pre-deployment training for NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. Together with US Generals he attended the demonstrative training with the participation of Georgian soldiers. 

When visiting the US Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Gharibashvili received information on the Georgian unit’s pre-deployment training to Afghanistan.
Another battalion of Georgian Defense Forces undergoes final pre-deployment training for Afghanistan in US Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. Before it the unit underwent 4-month-long exercises in Krtsanisi National Training Center. After the final estimation, the Georgian battalion will leave for Afghanistan to carry out the Resolute Support mission.

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11-10-2019 12:34 +0400
Disaster in Japan - Typhoon Hagibis threatens Tokyo http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143946

Hagibis Typhoon is coming to Japan. Weather forecasters expect a storm in Tokyo and its surroundings tomorrow. Because of impending disaster, rugby world cup matches and other sporting events have been disrupted. Domestic flights were also canceled, residents warned of flooding as typhoon inches closer with wind gusts of up to 252km/h.

Authorities are calling for food and water supplies. Because of the disaster, embassies in various countries, including Georgia, are urging their citizens in Japan to be cautious.

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11-10-2019 10:56 +0400
NATO calls on Turkey to stop its military operation http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143941

Turkey’s military operation in northeastern Syria must be restrained, NATO Secretary General. Jens Stoltenberg added that it is important not to destabilize the region any further.

Stoltenberg told reporters that Turkey had “legitimate security concerns” and had informed NATO about its attack against Kurdish fighters in Syria.
“I count on Turkey to act with restraint and ensure that any action it may take in northern Syria is proportionate and measured. It is important to avoid actions that may further destabilize the region, escalate tensions and cause more human suffering”, - said Stoltenberg.

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11-10-2019 09:55 +0400
Georgia warns its citizens over expected typhoon in Japan http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143935

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia warns Georgian citizens, who are currently in Japan, about the expected typhoon. The Embassy of Georgia in Japan appeals to the citizens of Georgia there and calls on them to refrain from going out on October 12-13 to avoid any possible threat.

"According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, a powerful typhoon is forecast to hit the island of Honshu, Japan. We call on the citizens of Georgia, who are in Japan, to follow the rules to stay safe, refrain from going out on October 12-13 and, if necessary, contact us on the hotline: +81 70 3180 5601”, - the Georgian Foreign Ministry said.

It is about the typhoon "Hagibis" which will reach the coast of Japan tomorrow.

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11-10-2019 09:34 +0400
Nobel laureates in literature are known http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143906

The Swedish Academy nominated the laureates for Nobel Prize in literature. Honorary awards will receive Polish Olga Tokarchuk and Peter Handke from Austria. For the first time this year two awards were given in the field of literature. This is because the Swedish Academy did not give the Nobel Prize in literature last year. The decision is linked to the scandal on sexual harassment. 18 women accused the husband of one of the jury members on sexual harassment.

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10-10-2019 18:50 +0400
Zelenski does not rule out a meeting with Putin within the "Normandy format" http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143885

According to Volodymyr Zelensky, there is no alternative to the "Steinmeier formula". Ukrainian president told about this to reporters while talking about Donbas conflict settlement.

Zelensky did not rule out a meeting with the Russian president in the framework of the "Normandy Four".
"If we want to end the war, a meeting must be held", - said the Ukrainian president.
Zelenski runs a press marathon today and answers journalists" questions all day long. He already spoken about relations with the United States. The President also commented on reports of pressure on the White House, saying that Ukraine was not staffed by the USA. Zelensky says he does not want Ukraine to be involved in any way in US domestic politics.
"Despite our deep respect for the policies of the United States and America, we are not a service stuff of US policy. We are an independent country", - said Volodymyr Zelensky. Ukrainian President invited Donald Trump to Kiev.

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10-10-2019 16:05 +0400
Gunman live-streamed attack outside German synagogue that left two dead http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143862

A gunman killed two people outside a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle, apparently filming his attack with a head-mounted camera and broadcasting the attack live on a social network.

At the beginning of the ­35-minute video, a man in a green jacket that matches eyewitness accounts introduces himself as “Anon”.
Before the shooting, the man uttered words of anti-Semitic content. The culprit is a 27-year-old German citizen. Police link the incident to right-wing extremists. A shootout in the middle of the street killed two people.

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10-10-2019 13:03 +0400
US Congress threatens Erdogan with personal sanctions http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143853

In the US Congress, Erdogan is threatened with personal sanctions. The draft resolution was published by Congressman Lindsey Graham on social media.

The senator has previously accused Trump of abandoning the Kurds. The withdrawal of troops from Syria he called a big mistake. Donald Trump, for his part, threatened Ankara to destroy their economy if the Syrian Kurds suffer during the operation.

US Congress threatens Erdogan with personal sanctions

 

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In the US Congress, Erdogan is threatened with personal sanctions. The draft resolution was published by Congressman Lindsey Graham on social media.

The senator has previously accused Trump of abandoning the Kurds. The withdrawal of troops from Syria he called a big mistake. Donald Trump, for his part, threatened Ankara to destroy their economy if the Syrian Kurds suffer during the operation.

 

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10-10-2019 11:50 +0400
Ankara launched airstrike on positions of Syrian Kurds http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143798

Turkey has launched military operation “Peace Spring” at 4 p.m, (local time).

According to the President Tayyip Erdogan, the offensive aimed to eliminate a “terror corridor” along the southern Turkish border.

“Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area”, - wrote Erdogan in Twitter. “We will preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists. Operation “Peace Spring” would aim to eliminate threats from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and the Islamic State militants, and enable the return of Syrian refugees in Turkey after the formation of a “safe zone” in the area”.

The first explosions were broadcast live by Turkey"s CNN.

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09-10-2019 19:40 +0400
"Continuous occupation is a challenge… Russia cannot determine our future" - Archil Talakvadze http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143338

The delegation of the North Atlantic Alliance is meeting with the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia and the MPs. The meeting was opened in Batumi with welcoming words. According to the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, Georgia along with the West creates the future in order to restore the territorial integrity through peaceful means.

Archil Talakvadze spoke about the challenges facing the country, related to the occupation and the situation in the occupied regions. As he noted, Georgia will definitely achieve territorial integrity through peaceful means.

“It remains a challenge for us that 20% ​​of our country"s territories remain occupied. This is not a frozen conflict, this is not a problem that has already happened, this is a challenge that still exists, which still continues and includes grave human rights violations in the occupied regions, abductions of our citizens and various threats arising from the occupied territories.
Despite these challenges, which require a great deal of energy, a great deal of attention from our authorities on a daily basis, Georgia remains optimistic and confident in the process of creating its future, Georgia remains committed to the obligations we have undertaken towards our citizens and partners. Despite challenges, we determine our future, Russia cannot determine Georgia"s future. We are confident that together with our partners, together with the West, Georgia will create its future and the moment, when our territorial integrity will be restored through peace, stronger democracy, stronger economy and responsible international foreign policy", - said the Head of the Parliament.

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04-10-2019 12:03 +0400
The US Congress has supported the sale of an additional “Javelin” to Ukraine http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143153

The State Department approved and Congress has informally signed off on a $39 million sale of additional Javelin anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, according to three officials familiar with the decision, as Bloomberg reports.

The sale of 150 anti-tank missiles and two additional missile launchers could be announced later on Tuesday, according to one of the officials, all of whom asked not to be identified since the decision hasn’t been announced.
Ukraine requested the weapons early this past summer. The U.S. sold Ukraine over 200 missiles and 37 launchers in 2018.

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02-10-2019 12:50 +0400
Protest of the Georgian delegation to the Council of Europe http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/143038

The Georgian delegation has not attended the opening of the Autumn Session of Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) in protest and solidarity with Ukraine.

The protest is related to the decision made by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe regarding Russia’s return to PACE. Because of this the delegation of Ukraine to the PACE has officially refused to participate in the PACE’s autumn session.
Members of delegations of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Ukraine have not attended the opening session as well.
"The reasons why the membership of Russia were suspended have not been lifted and therefore we think that this decision by our partners was not justified. Only because of this reason and only at the first session we decided that our delegation would not participate in it", - said to “Kurieri” the Head of the Integration Committee of the Parliament of Georgia Tamar Khulordava.

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01-10-2019 09:23 +0400
Javier Bardem calls on the international community to protect the planet and the oceans http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/141913


Javier Bardem, the Oscar-winning actor calls on the international community to protect the planet and the oceans.

The Spanish film star delivered a speech at the UN and urged world leaders to adopt a document similar to the Paris Climate Agreement, which would allow the creation of a huge protected area on earth.

According to Javier Bardem, such agreement would guarantee the protection of an area of 800,000 square kilometers of earth.

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20-08-2019 13:55 +0400
Fire in Spain- residents have been evacuated from the disaster zone http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/141911


In addition to the Canary Islands, wildfire continues to rage in Estepona.

Around 200 firefighters and aviation have also been dispatched to deal with the blaze. fi
Firefighters try to localize the fire on the island of Gran Canaria for several days. The fire has already reached the park area. Residents have been evacuated from the disaster zone.

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20-08-2019 13:38 +0400
Former Kyrgyz president"s pretrial detention extended http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/141910

The Former Kyrgyz president"s pretrial detention is extended. Almazbek Atambayev will remain in custody until October 26.

He is accused of corruption and murder. The trial was held in the building of the State Security Committee in Bishkek. Neither members of the president"s family, his supporters, nor media representatives were allowed to attend the process.

Almazbek Atambayev ruled Kyrgyzstan from 2011 to 2017.

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20-08-2019 13:10 +0400
Israel has not allowed two US congressmen in the country http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/141683

Israel has not allowed two congressmen in the country. The decision was made by the Israeli interior minister, with the full support of the prime minister.
Benjamin Netanyahu noted that these congressmen are the initiators of an anti-Israel bill. Israel"s decision came info force after Donald Trump wrote on social media that these congressmen openly hate Israel and that if they were allowed into the country, it would be a manifestation of the greatest and most disrespectful weakness.

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16-08-2019 14:33 +0400
Another case of poisoning with Novichok in the UK - traces of a neurotoxic substance were found in the house of the police officer http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/141657

Another case of poisoning with Novichok in the UK has been revealed - traces of a neurotoxic substance were found in the blood of one police officer.
According to the Counter-Terrorism Service, the injured law enforcer was working on the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the city of Salisbury. The attack on the former Russian agent and his daughter was carried out in March 2018.
In total, 1 person was killed and 4 others injured due to the Novichok in the UK.

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16-08-2019 11:38 +0400
Incident in Sydney - Young man attacked the visitors in the bar http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/141473

A woman injured and died at the hospital due to the attack in Sydney. The incident happened in the bar. A young man armed with a cold weapon attacked the visitors and tried to escape when police arrested him on the street.
The identity of the striker and his motive is unknown at this time. The suspect is being questioned. The investigation is working on several versions, including the terrorist version.

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13-08-2019 15:45 +0400
Stabbing in Sydney- A man stabbed woman in the street http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/141453


Sydney police investigate an attack, which took place in Sydney. A young man stabbed a woman with a knife on a crowded street. The offender threatened other passers-by with murder when he was arrested by the police.

The identity motive is unknown at this time. The suspect is being questioned.

The investigation is working on several versions, including a version of the terrorist attack. The injured woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

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13-08-2019 14:40 +0400
Kyrgyz prosecutor charges the former president with organizing a coup http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/141450

The Prosecutor"s Office of Kyrgyzstan charges Almazbek Atambayev with murder and organizing a coup. The National Security Committee says the former president was planning to overthrow the government.


The statement clarified that the residence was stormed in order to prevent a coup. A special operation was held on August 7 to capture Atambayev. According to official data, one Special Forces officer was killed and 136 people were injured.

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13-08-2019 14:00 +0400
EU Member states will not regocnize the Russian passports distributed for Donbas population http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/141363

The EU is working on specific recommendations for Russian passports distributed in Donbas. The action plan of the European Commission is notifying that the member states will not recognize those passports.
The final decision on this issue will depend on the EU member states themselves. The first country declared non-recognition of Russian passports was Estonia, and the next day a similar decision was taken by Lietuva and Latvia.
The main tool for denying passports of the population of Donbass will be denial of Schengen visa.

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12-08-2019 14:04 +0400
Disaster in China - typhoon "Lekima" kills 44 people http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/141366

The death toll from typhoon Lekima in eastern China rose to 44 people - Reuters reports.

The storm continued up the coast, racking up billions of dollars in economic losses and widely disrupting travel.

Typhoon Lekima, China"s ninth typhoon this year, made landfall early on Saturday (August 10) in Zhejiang, with winds gusting up to 187 kmh (116 mph). The centre of the storm has since travelled north through Shandong and off the coast.

The Shandong Emergency Management Bureau said more than 180,000 people were evacuated.

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12-08-2019 13:15 +0400
Tragedy in Pennsylvania - Due to the fires in kindergarten 5 children died http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/141349

Horrible fact in Pennsylvania - Due to the fires in kindergarten 5 children died. One adult was injured and is hospitalized.
The youngest of the dead is 10 months old. What caused the fire is unknown.
The investigation is ongoing.

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12-08-2019 11:07 +0400
Evacuation has been announced in Athens suburbs due to heavy forest fires http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/141348

Evacuation has been announced in Athens suburbs due to heavy forest fires.At night the fire approached to the eastern outskirts of the Greek capital. According to preliminary reports, several houses have been damaged.
Police began evacuation of the population. No injuries have been reported so far. More than 150 firefighters had been trying to extinguish the fire for several hours. 46 fire crews were mobilized at the scene. Aviation was also involved in the operation. According to local media, the fires are localized at this time.

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12-08-2019 10:30 +0400
Kyrgyzstan"s former president surrenders to law enforcement http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/141088

Kyrgyzstan"s former president surrenders to law enforcement. Almazbek Atambayev made the decision after several hours of talks with law enforcement. Reportedly, he was taken to Mishkek.

Atambayev"s detention was preceded by a third storm attempt at his residence. A special operation to detain the former president began in Kyrgyzstan last night. One riot police killed and more than 50 were injured.

Following the unrest, the Kyrgyz Interior Ministry has launched a criminal case under Article 6. Atambayev is accused of links to criminal gangs, as well as of concealing money and corruption.

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08-08-2019 19:40 +0400
Restrictions for Tourist- Rome bans to sit on the famous Spanish stairs and around Travi Fountain http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/141074


Restrictions for tourists - Visitors to Rome are banned from sitting on the famous Spanish stairs and around Travi Fountain. In case of breaking the new law, the fine could be up to 400 euros.

The regulations are intended to “guarantee decorum, security and legality” by prohibiting actions that are “not compatible with the historic and artistic decorum” of Rome’s centre, according to the city’s website.

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08-08-2019 17:17 +0400
Terrorist attack in Kabul - A suicide bomber implemented attack through the crowd http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/140977

Another terrorist attack in Kabul - A suicide bomber implemented attack through the crowd. According to local media, at least 18 people died and 100 injured.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

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07-08-2019 16:54 +0400
Response measures of Estonia - Tallinn does not recognize Russian passports issued by Moscow in annexed Crimea http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/140980

Response measures have been taken against Russian passportization by Estonia. Tallinn does not recognize Russian passports issued by Moscow in annexed Crimea. The Estonian Foreign Minister has made the decision and made it public.
The statement reads that the decree issued by Vladimir Putin to accelerate the issuance of Russian passports to the population in Donbas is another attempt to distort Ukraine"s independence and volatile situation in the eastern region of the country.
Estonia became the first EU member state to make the move before a similar decision was taken only by Canada.

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07-08-2019 16:15 +0400
Large-scale robbery in Mexico - Gunmen robbed state mint http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/140960

Large-scale robbery in Mexico. Gunmen robbed state mint and stole two million dollars worth of gold coins. The robbery took place during daylight hours. Two robbers broke into the building. They confiscated weapons from the security services and then entered the safe room. According to the investigation, the assailants threw 1567 gold coins. Among the coins stolen was a gold coin cut in 1921 to mark the 100th anniversary of independence from Spain in Mexico. Police across the country are searching for the robbers.

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07-08-2019 14:40 +0400
Donald Trump is going to arrive to El Paso, affected by the attack http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/140959

Donald Trump is going to arrive in El Paso, affected by the attack. The President of the United States is expected to arrive in Texas today.
People demand gun control law in front of the White House. Several days ago, 31 people died due to the mass killings in Texas and Ohio.
After the attack, the Governor of Ohio made the statement about the necessity of the measure of Red Flag, which would allow the government to confiscate guns from people who may harm themselves or others.

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07-08-2019 13:22 +0400
Pkhenian tested another ballistic missile http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/140869

Pkhenian tested another ballistic missile. The experiment was conducted in the province of South Wanga. Missles destroy the target in the short distance. Both plunged into the sea of Japan.
Another North Korean military experiment coincided with a joint exercise by South Korea and the United States. Pkhenian expressed dissatisfaction with the launch of manoeuvres near its borders. Kim Chen-In"s administration said that the joint training of Washington and Seul violated a trilateral agreement concluded on the nuclear disarmament of the Korean Peninsula.

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06-08-2019 14:16 +0400
Spanish rescuers are battling strong forest fires - Already destroyed 3,000 square kilometres of woodland http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/140855

Spanish rescuers are battling strong forest fires. Firefighters in the Madrid region were able to localize the disaster after a two-day diligent work.
In the region of Segovia, they are still trying to extinguish the second fire, it has already destroyed 3,000 square kilometres of woodland and shrubs.
Rescuers said that the disaster threatens the region"s national nature reserve.

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06-08-2019 11:48 +0400
12 injured and 4,000 evacuated citizen - In the Krasnodar region, a military unit explosion occurred http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/140854

All night long the sound of explosions was heard in Russia. In the Krasnodar region, a military unit explosion occurred. State of emergency has been declared in the region. According to reports, 12 people were injured and nearly 4,000 locals have been evacuated from the surroundings.
Traffic was banned in the 30km zone from the epicentre of the blasts. The airspace is closed and additional rescue teams are mobilized.
After the fire is completely eliminated, the sappers will start working in the warehouse.

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06-08-2019 11:35 +0400
Georgian prisoner who escaped from Memmingen prison was arrested http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/140857

A Georgian prisoner who escaped from Memmingen prison was detained by law enforcement in Bavaria. Bavarian police say a Georgian who initially fled with a Turkish inmate was arrested while traveling alone.
The second inmate is still wanted. Prisoners fled from Memmingen Prison while walking around the courtyard and hid at the nearby railway line. The Georgian inmate was charged with burglary and was in pre-trial detention.

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06-08-2019 11:02 +0400
Raul Khajimba will meet with Vladimir Putin today http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/140850

Raul Khajimba will meet with Vladimir Putin today. The information is spread by the so-called President"s Administration of occupied Abkhazia.
According to the information, the sides will discuss issues of further development of socio-economic cooperation and bilateral relations.
The talks between the leader of the Sokhumi occupation regime and the Russian president will be held in Sochi in the format of a working visit. The meeting of Vladimir Putin and Raul Khajimba will take place a few weeks before the so-called presidential election in Abkhazia.

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06-08-2019 09:47 +0400
Political analysts in Russia say that the protests will become intensified http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/140805

Political analysts in Russia say that the protests will become intensified. Experts say police violence against the protesters is discrediting the government, so residents may vote against the ruling party in the September 8, Moscow Duma elections.
The protests began in Moscow after the Central Election Commission failed to register the majority of independent candidates. Police have arrested more than a thousand protesters during a recent rally demanding fair elections.

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05-08-2019 17:37 +0400
Georgian prisoner escaped from the jail of Germany http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/140787

Large-scale research operation in Bavaria, Germany. Police are searching for a Georgian prisoner.
Vazha Burjanadze escaped from the penitentiary with a 36-year-old Turkish prisoner. According to German media, the convicts managed to climb the fence of the prison. They were spotted on one of the streets. Aviation is also involved in the operation.
Police are urging citizens not to approach the suspects if they see them and contact the police immediately. Prisoners were arrested for the robbery.

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05-08-2019 14:32 +0400
Accident in the capital of Egypt"- 17 people died http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/140770

Accident in the capital of Egypt"- 17 people died due to the explosion of the car.
32 people injured. Police of Egypt has not yet made an official statement about the incident. The investigation is in process.

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05-08-2019 11:15 +0400
Large-scale protests in Hong Kong - Residents protest the deportation law http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/140769

Large-scale protests in Hong Kong - Residents protest the deportation law. Yesterday"s rally was held with the clashed with police. Law enforcers used tear gas and rubber bullets. The rally caused a traffic collapse.
The protesters blocked roads and tunnels. Trains and buses were also impeded. More than 200 flights were delayed at the local airport.

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05-08-2019 10:55 +0400
Son of Bin Laden is killed - American media http://rustavi2.ge/en/news/140517

American media reports about the liquidation of the son of Bin Laden. 30 years old Hamza Bin Laden, was killed during a military operation involving the United States. However, neither the place nor the timing of the operation is named.
Hamza Bin Laden released the last statement in 2018, calling to the people of the Arabian Peninsula to stage the revolution.
The United States imposed a million-dollar reward in February for Hamza Bin Laden"s whereabouts.

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01-08-2019 14:25 +0400