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11 dead in hotel fire in Georgia's Black Sea resort.

A fire at a luxury hotel in the Georgian Black Sea resort city of Batumi left 11 people dead and 21 others hurt, officials said on Saturday. The fire erupted late Friday evening at the Leograd hotel...

- The Hindu - IN

Officials Say 12 Dead In Georgia Hotel Fire.

At least 12 people died on November 24 as a fire ripped through a hotel in Georgia's Black Sea resort city of Batumi, officials say.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Georgia fire: Deadly blaze hits Batumi resort hotel.

At least 12 people have died at a 22-storey hotel in the Black Sea city of Batumi, officials say.

- BBC - UK

Fire in hotel on Georgia's Black Sea coast kills 11 | Reuters.

TBILISI - A fire in a hotel in Georgia’s Black Sea resort city of Batumi killed 11 people, an official said on Saturday. The post Fire in hotel on Georgia's Black Sea coast kills 11 | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost.

- Firstpost - IN

Rising number of Turks flocking to Batumi, Georgia's 'Laz' Vegas, to gamble.

Turks from the Black Sea region have been flocking to Georgia's coastal city of Batumi to gamble and enjoy the city's nightlife.

- Hürriyet - TR

Azerbaijan to present BTK railway's potential in China.

Azerbaijan will hold a presentation on potential of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway in China in 2018, said Azerbaijan's Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev.

- AzerNews - AZ

EU Should Seek Further Reforms Before Offering Membership to Eastern Neighbours.

23 November 2017 Cristina Gherasimov Twitter Academy Robert Bosch Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme The EU should reiterate firm support for current commitments and for European integration via genuine democratic transformations before promising a path to membership. Agmashenebeli Avenue in Tbilisi is turned into ...

- Chatham House - UK

Troops Guard Scene Of Georgian Gun Battle.

Many residents were still unable to return after being evacuated from a security operation against an alleged terror cell that claimed four lives in Tbilisi.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Ukrainian court to hear Saakashvili's suit on citizenship annulment on December 21.

The Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine has scheduled the hearing of a lawsuit by the leader of the Movement of New Forces and former Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, against President Petro Poroshenko, in which he demands that the decree depriving him of Ukrainian citizenship be found unlawful and annulled, for ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Counter Terrorism Operation in Georgia Turns into Deadly Firefight.

A counter terrorism operation launched by Georgia's State Security Service turned into a deadly firefight on the capital's outskirts. In the early hours of November 22, a counter-terrorism unit of the SSG launched an offensive against what authorities called terrorist suspects in an apartment building in the Isani district, ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Ukraine launches spiral of illegality with abduction & expulsion of Georgians linked to Mikheil Saakashvili.

Ukraine’s authorities acted in breach of Ukrainian legislation in forcibly removing Georgian nationals from Ukraine on October 21 and November 17, with consequences that are now virtually impossible to restore by legal means.  This is the stark message from Valeria Lutkovska, Ukraine’s Human Rights ...

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Georgia siege: Four dead in Tbilisi 'terror' raid

Three alleged militants and a special forces soldier die in a raid on a flat in Georgia's capital.

- BBC - UK

Amateur Video At Georgia Gunbattle

Mobile-phone video captured the moment Georgian security forces moved in on what they called a suspected terrorist group on the outskirts of Tbilisi on November 22. A spokeswoman said the group resisted with grenades and firearms.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Georgian Troops Storm 'Terrorist' Hideout

There were dramatic scenes as security forces stormed an apartment on the outskirts of Tbilisi. One Georgian soldier was killed as an armed group resisted with grenades and firearms.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Tbilisi gunfire as Georgia security forces mount siege

The security services say several members of a "terrorist group" are refusing to surrender.

- BBC - UK

Ombudsman says Saakashvili allies illegally deported by police without court warrant

Ukraine’s National Police on Oct. 21 illegally deported three Georgian citizens without court warrants to Georgia, Ukraine’s Human Rights Ombudsman Valeria Lutkovska said at a news briefing on Nov. 22, citing an official letter that she had received from the State Migration Service. Forced deportation without a ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Georgian forces storm building to seize armed suspects

Suspects allegedly opened fire on special forces during large-scale operation on the outskirts of the capital, Tbilisi.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Georgia Says Suspected Militant Captured In Ongoing Counterterrorism Operation

Georgia's State Security Service says at least one suspected militant has been detained in an ongoing operation against gunmen in a residential neighborhood on the outskirts of Tbilisi.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Amateur Video At Georgia Gun Battle

Mobile phone video captured the moment Georgian security forces moved in on what they called a suspected terrorist group on the outskirts of Tbilisi on November 22. A spokeswoman said the group resisted with grenades and firearms.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Gunfire heard as Georgia forces storm Tbilisi building

Suspects allegedly opened fire on special forces during large-scale operation on the outskirts of the capital, Tbilisi.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Gunfire Reported As Georgian Officials Conduct Tbilisi 'Counterterrorism Operation'

According to media reports, security forces in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, are conducting a security operation against gunmen in a residential area on the outskirts of the city.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Georgia will not recognize Kosovo, says Georgian PM

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has said that his country maintains the position not to recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo. Kvirikashvili also urged Serbian businesspeople to take advantage of Tbilisi's incentives offered to foreign investors.

- B92 - SK

Georgia's David Lynch Moment

David Lynch paying an official visit' to the Georgian parliament, meeting lawmakers and government ministers, and expounding on the merits of a silent mantra could have been a scene out of one of his surrealist films. Except, it actually just happened and Georgian legislators have a group photo to prove it. The goal of the ...

- EurasiaNet - US

US Approves Long-Sought Sale of Anti-Tank Missiles to Georgia

The State Department has approved the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Georgia. The approval is a big win for Tbilisi, which for years has sought the American weapons as a means of protecting itself from a potential Russian invasion. The U.S. approved the sale of 410 of the missiles and 72 launch units, according to ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Georgian justice ministry says not involved in deporting Saakashvili's people from Ukraine – media

Georgian Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani says her ministry was not involved in the recent deportation of eight Georgian nationals from Ukraine, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

- UNIAN - UA

Baku International Sea Trade Port aims to achieve Green Port status

Russia can transport its cargoes via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, said Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on November 20 in Baku.

- AzerNews - AZ

Saakashvili accuses Ukrainian opposition of passiveness, ready to lead new govt

Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia's ex-president and leader of the Ukrainian Movement of New Forces, has announced his readiness to head up a new Ukrainian government, if necessary. “Unfortunately, much of the opposition is very passive. Where is the opposition, where are their statements, where is their reaction to the ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

RFE/RL: Georgian Justice Ministry says not involved in deporting Saakashvili's people from Ukraine

Georgian Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani says her ministry was not involved in the recent deportation of eight Georgian nationals from Ukraine. Tsulukiani said on November 20 that Ukraine had not informed Georgia about the deportation of the eight men. The post RFE/RL: Georgian Justice Ministry says not involved in ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Associated Press: Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili challenges Ukraine government

In a new challenge to the Ukrainian leadership, opposition leader Mikhail Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, said November 20 that Ukraine needs a new Cabinet and he’s ready to lead it. The assertion from Saakashvili, a former ally of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko who has staged a series of protests ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Georgian Justice Ministry Says Not Involved In Deporting Saakashvili's People From Ukraine

Georgian Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani says her ministry was not involved in the recent deportation of eight Georgian nationals from Ukraine.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Saakashvili tells protesters in Kyiv he is ready to become Ukraine's prime minister – media

Mikheil Saakashvili, the former governor of Ukraine's Odesa region, told a protest rally in Kyiv that he is ready to 'create a new government of Ukraine' and to become the country's prime minister, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

- UNIAN - UA

Week's milestones. Budget and Christmas in Parliament, anti-corruption mess, and Avakov, the Constitutionalist

The Verkhovna Rada pleased Catholics and Protestants by including December 25, the Western-style Christmas holiday, in the list of the country’s official days-off and also adopted in the first reading the draft budget for 2018. Petro Poroshenko congratulated the Ukrainian Marines in Mariupol. The relationship between ...

- UNIAN - UA

Georgian journalist says he was beaten by SBU

Tamaz Shavshishvili, a journalist of Georgia’s Rustavi 2 television, said on Nov. 20 that officers of the Security Service of Ukraine, or SBU, kicked him severely when they detained him in his Kyiv apartment on Nov. 17. Shavshishvili, along with three other associates of ex-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, was ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

RFE/RL: Saakashvili tells protesters in Kyiv he is ready to become Ukraine's prime minister

Mikheil Saakashvili, the former governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region, told a protest rally in Kyiv that he is ready to “create a new government of Ukraine” and to become the country’s prime minister. The post RFE/RL: Saakashvili tells protesters in Kyiv he is ready to become Ukraine's prime minister ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Saakashvili Tells Protesters In Kyiv He Is Ready To Become Ukraine's Prime Minister

Mikheil Saakashvili, the former governor of Ukraine's Odesa region, told a protest rally in Kyiv that he is ready to create a new government of Ukraine' and to become the country's prime minister.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Saakashvili: 'I'm ready to head government'

Ex-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said at a rally at a protest tent camp in front of the Verkhovna Rada on Nov. 19 that he was ready to become Ukraine's prime minister. It was the first time the opposition politician said that: Previously, Saakashvili has denied such an ambition. “Let's create a new government ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Four more Saakashvili associates kidnapped in Kyiv

Four more Georgian associates of ex-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili were kidnapped by camouflaged masked people on Nov. 17, according to Saakashvili, several eyewitnesses of the events and video footage. The State Migration Service did not respond to a request for comment, while other Ukrainian state bodies have so ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Court orders Kyiv prosecutors to investigate Saakashvili's privacy violation

Kyiv's Pechersky District Court has ordered the Kyiv city prosecutor's office to start the investigation into the criminal proceedings against the member from Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction Volodymyr Ariev who violated the privacy of ex-head of Odesa Regional State Administration and former Georgian President Mikheil ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Abkhazia: Nauru Stays Loyal In Face of U.S. Pressure

The president of the South Pacific island nation of Nauru visited Abkhazia, apparently the first non-Russian head of state to visit the mostly unrecogized republic. On November 12, the Abkhaz leadership rolled out the red carpet for Nauran President Baron Waka as both sides trumpeted the growing strength of their relations ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Drinking age: oldest evidence of wine-making found near Tbilisi

WASHINGTON - Oenophiles take note: 5980 BC was a very good year for wine.

- Reuters - US

Scottish Memorial Sparks War of Words Between Abkhazia and Georgia

Most of the streets of Sukhumi, capital of the Georgian-claimed secessionist region of Abkhazia, are named after Soviet-era luminaries and notable figures from the conflict that gave the territory de facto independence. But stroll for long enough around the picturesque Black Sea city and an unusual road sign comes into ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Georgia/Abkhazia: Homecoming for the missing, closure for their loved ones

Article | Ending two decades of uncertainty of some of the families of those missing in connection with the 1992–93 armed conflict in Abkhazia

- ICRC - INT

Georgian and Russian Orthodox Church Vow to Jointly Resolve Abkhazian Schism'

The governments of Georgia and Russia have no formal relations and remained locked in conflict over the breakaway territory of Abkhazia. The two countries' churches, however, have announced a surprising joint diplomatic effort to repair a schism in the Abkhazian church. On November 1 Metropolitan Ilarion, chairman of the ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Abkhazia: Still Isolated, Still Proud

After twenty-five years of conflict, nothing good will come from perpetuating Abkhazia's isolation. Bolder EU engagement in the disputed territory is required.

- Carnegie Endowment - US

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