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11 children from the region of Shid Kartli will study in US schools for a year. They were given such an opportunity by a program financed by Georgia and the USA, Georgia Online reports.A total of 100 teenagers will be involved in the project. The governor of Shida Kartli gave them historical books and CDs about Georgia to represent their country in the USA.

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sent the Georgian National Library an official letter expressing her gratitude for its hospitality on her recent trip to the South Caucasus state, reports Georgia Online.

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“Georgia is responsible for breaking ties, not Russia”, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said after his meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma. “Normal relations are not possible during [Mikheil] Saakashvili’s presidency. They could only be re-established when another president is inaugurated”, he said. He also added that leaders of other countries in informal talks recognized Georgian aggression against South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

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 Some 15 hectares of forest are burning near the Atskuri village in the Georgian region of Akhaltsikhe near the Turkish border. The regional Fire Department’s press office says there is no danger to the village, but putting out the fire is difficult because fire engines cannot reach it, reports ITAR-TASS. All regional fire teams, locals and aircraft are involved in fighting the fire, which was caused by last week's hot weather.

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A fire covering approximately 4 hectares of forest has been contained on the outskirts of Tbilisi, RIA Novosti reports, citing the head of the emergency situations service of the Mayor of Tbilisi, Teymur Giorgadze. Giorgadze clarified that the fire is on the territory behind the cemetery at the end of Jikiya Street. Currently only the emergency services are involved in putting out the fires. Giorgadze believes that the fires will be stopped in several hours.

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Prices for food in Georgia may rise. The climate this year has led to prices for coffee, tea, sugar, wheat and rice rising. Economists predict the price rate for food to exceed the record indicator of rising prices for gold, Business Georgia reports.

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Two Georgian tourists have been detained by Turkish police after allegedly robbing a jewellery shop in the resort city of Bodrum."The consulate has not yet received any official information about the incident. We are going to get in touch with the police in Bodrum in order to offer legal advice to our citizens", said Gela Japaridze, the Vice Consul of Georgia in Turkey, Novosti Georgia reports.

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Russia believes that the international community should abstain from selling arms to Georgia."Now the many countries that have provided Georgia with arms have to review their policy. However the matter has not already been settled", said Grigory Karasin, Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Interfax reports.

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Seamen from a Ukrainian vessel confiscated by the Georgian authorities for entering Abkhazia illegally were released on bail by a court in the city of Poti, Georgia Online cites a spokesman from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine as saying.The "Akkord" ship was detained on July 28.

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It is planned that the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad will transport 1 million passengers and 6 million tons of cargo annually in its first stage, Turkish Minister of Transport Binali Yildyrym said, Business Georgia reports. At a trilateral meeting in Baku, participated in by the Georgian Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Ramaz Nikoleishvili, the sides discussed issues in constructing the Tetritskaro-Tsalka and Tsalka-Akhalkalaki railroads and reconstruction of Kartsakhi station.

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The head of the Adzharian government, Levan Varshalomidze, discussed joint projects with the members of a delegation from the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Georgia Online reports.According to the press-service of the head of the autonomous region, they considered cooperation in the economic and cultural spheres. After the meeting they looked round Batumi. The Turkish ambassador to Georgia, Faltikh Jeylan, noted that he was very impressed by the city.

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39 rare publications in the Russian language from the 18th and 19th centuries were stolen from the library of the Javakhishvili Georgian State University, according to the press-service of the Ministry of Education, News Georgia reports. The library’s stock was inspected after the arrest of people suspected of stealing the books and organizing their transport to Ukraine for sale.

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Georgian Premier Nika Gilauri рфы summarized the economic development of the country for the first half of 2010, Georgian Times reports. In particular, the premier noted the work of commercial banks, which increased their portfolios from $5.5 billion to $5.9 billion. The premier also noted export levels had increased by 40% compared with the same period last year.

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The city court of Georgia's Poti has decided to confiscate a Ukrainian vessel that illegally entered the territorial waters of Abkhazia. the Akkord ship was seized on June 29, 2010, RIA Novosti said, citing a spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. the ship was crewed by 11 Ukranians and one Russian.

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Around 25% of Georgian school-leavers have failed their Russian exams, Novosti Georgia cites Maya Miminoshvili, the head of the National Center for Examinations, as saying.In other languages, 10% of Georgian school-leavers were unable to pass their foreign language exams. 8% were unable to pass English, German and French exams and 24% - Russian.

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The construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will be speeded up, the ministers of transport of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia said after a meeting, 1news.az cites the Minister of Transport of Azerbaijan Ziya Mamedov as saying."It's possible for us to finish this construction before the end of the year 2011", the minister said.

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The Black Sea oil terminal of Kulevi successfully continues the export of oil from Georgia to Europe.The Kuveli terminal, which meets all international requirements, has attracted interest from major oil companies 1news.az cites the statement of SOCCAR.  In July, the terminal received 409,778 tons of oil, 4% more than in June.

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The world-famous football player Pele is to visit Georgia for the first time, the chairman of the International Foundation for Culture, Sports, Tourism and Business,  Niko Patarkalishvili, said, ITAR-TASS reports.“We have invited Pele to visit the international football tournament for young players in October in Tbilisi and he has agreed to come”, he said.

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Excise tax on spirits and metallurgy products has been increased in Georgia. At the same time, excise tax has been imposed on mobile communications, Business Georgia reports.Amendments to the tax code have already come into force.Excise tax on spirits and metallurgy products has been increased in Georgia. At the same time, excise tax has been imposed on mobile communications, Business Georgia reports.Amendments to the tax code have already come into force.

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