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Azerbaijan opened the 11th session of the state commissions for borderdelineation between Azerbaijan and Georgia, held in the town ofBalaken on September 23-24, Trend reports.The press-service of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairsreported that experts found border sections that needed clarification.The participants exchanged views on an undetermined line of border.They studied legal acts and materials.

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Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili had a meeting with US Secretaryof State Hillary Clinton in New York, Trend reports, citingSaakashvili’s press-service. The meeting was initiated by the US side.According to the press-service the sides discussed security andstability in the South Caucasus region. One of the main topics was themeeting on October 6 in Washington where the sides will discuss a planof strategic cooperation.

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Georgia is starting the work of the ‘Institute of social affairs ofGeorgia’ and ‘Consulting group of policy and ruling' - ‘Social forumand dialogue’ on September 24, Trend reports.The project is aimed at heightening society’s interest in variousspheres. The project includes discussions on the threats andchallenges to Georgia's defense system and society. The head of theInstitute of Strategy and Development, Andro Barnov, will make areport. After the presentation the discussions will open.

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The Secretary General of NATO Ander Fogh Rasmussen plans to visitGeorgia next week, he told journalists on Thursday at NATOheadquarters in New York, Interfax reports.Rasmussen will discuss the situation in Georgia and problems withAbkhazia and South Ossetia.

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Georgian Economy Minister Vera Kobalia is discussing further relations with the US Trade Department and business establishment and appealing for more investment in Georgia during her visit to the US, reports Business Georgia. She has taken part in the American-Georgian business summit and in the 13th annual conference of the American-Georgian

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The Azerbaijani and Georgian ministers of education have opened twoschools in the Georgian cities of Zhmanisi and Gardabani, sponsored bythe Heydar Aliyev Fund, Trend reports.Ministers Misir Mardanov and Dmitry Shashkin congratulated the pupilsof school N3 in Gardabani and school N2 in Zhmanisi (Kvemo Kartliregion) on the new school year.Shashkin thanked his Azerbaijani counterpart and noted the role of theHeydar Aliyev Fund.

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According to the Fraser Institute, Georgia has risen 22 places among141 countries, taking 23rd place (with a score of 7.47) in the indexof economic freedom, Business Georgia reports.The Ministry of Economy and Stable Development reported that last yearGeorgia was 45th in the ratings. Georgia is now ahead of Germany,Lithuania, Bulgaria, Spain , Armenia, Latvia, Greece, Italy, Russia,Azerbaijan and others.

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20 forced migrants living in Kutaisi have received housing built bySwitzerland, Georgia Online reports.The keys to the apartments were handed over by the Minister for ForcedMigrants, Refugees and Settlement, Koba Subeliani, together with theregional head of the Agency for Development and Cooperation ofSwitzerland, Derek Muller, and the local authorities.

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South Ossetian Premier Vadim Brovtsev has checked housing restorationin the capital Tskhinvali, damaged in the war of August 2008.IA ‘Res’ noted that the premier is discontent with the slow rate ofhousing restoration and recommended using higher quality constructionmaterials for walls, due to climate conditions in the region.Brovtsev also proposed using energy-saving materials to improve theefficiency of energy resources in house heating.

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A mini hydroelectric power plant with a capacity of 70 kilowatts hasbeen built in the village of Chiora in Georgia's Onsk Region. It canproduce 400,000 kilowatt-hours of energy, enough to fulfill demands ofthe village, Trend reports.The Minister of Environmental Protection, Goga Khachidze, deputy headof the office of the UN development program, Inita Paulovich, and theGovernor of Racha-Lechkhumi, David Gagoshidze, visited the powerplant.

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Abkhaz President Sergey Bagapsh is gathering the country's SecurityCouncil due to the recent attack on Vice-President Alexander Ankvab,RIA Novosti reports.Ankvab’s house was attacked with an RPG-26 on the night of September22-23 at 02.15 (Moscow time) in the Gudautu district.Ankvab was wounded but his life is not threatened. It was the fifthattack on the vice-president.

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The presidents of Georgia and Finland have discussed cooperationbetween the two countries in New York. Mikhail Saakashvili and TarjaHalonen met within the framework of the UN General Assembly, GeorgiaOnline reports, citing Saakashvili’s press-service.The sides discussed issues of the coming OSCE summit in Astana. TheFinnish president expressed support for Georgia in its bid forEuropean integration and joining NATO.Saakashvili thanked Halonen for the gifts she sent his younger son.

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The house in the Gudaut district of Abkhaz Vice-President, AlexanderAnkvab, came under grenade launcher attack last night. Ankvab waswounded in the hand and leg, RIA Novosti reports, citing the FirstDeputy Minister of Interior Affairs of Abkhazia, Ramin Gablaya.This was the fourth attack on the vice-president. He was attacked intwice in 2005 and once in 2007, when he was wounded when his car wasattacked in the village of Lykhny in the Gudaut district.

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Georgia and Ukraine have signed a memorandum on development and modernization of their customs services, allowing for exchange of information online and no waits for transporters and businessmen at the two countries' borders, BusinessGeorgia reports.

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An 8.5 km stretch of the Georgian part of the future Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and two bridges were completely overhauled and a third bridge was built Vesti.az reports.High-speed passenger trains are due to start operating along the entire route in one year and three months.

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Russian oil company LUKoil will continue operating in Georgia,Director General of the company Georgiy Katamadze told 'Real TV',Business Georgia reports.He denied the rumors about leaving Tbilisi, saying that he had met thepresident of LUKoil Vagiv Alekperov, who is positive towards Georgia.The company is operating well in Georgia and has prepared a 'LUKoilGeorgia' plan with many innovations, he said.

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Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Grigol Vashadze has haddiscussions of economic cooperation with his Kazakh counterpart KanatSaudabayev, Business Georgia reports.They met in New York within the framework of the UN General Assembly.Vashadze said that such countries as Brazil, Nigeria are interested incooperating with Georgia.Vashadze emphasized the importance of coordinated cooperation betweenKazakhstan and Georgia in international organizations.

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A massive explosion occurred at a cemetery located near the US embassyin Georgia's Tbilisi early on Wednesday. Police told Trend that theexplosive device was activated at approximately 1.30 a.m. local time.No one was injured. Police later destroyed another device.

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The Georgian air company 'Airzena Georgian Airways' will open aregular air service to Tehran. There will be 2 flights a week fromTbilisi, Business Georgia reports, citing the head of the company'spress-service.The company has not yet clarified the exact days the service willoperate. 'Airzena Georgian Airways' previously ran such flights.

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