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Two cash transit guards have been wounded in an armed attack on the commercial bank "TAO-Privat Bank" in Tbilisi. The wounded bank employees have been hospitalized, ITAR-TASS reports, citing local media.The robbers took money and escaped.

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The representative embassy of Egypt will begin operating in Georgianext year, announced parliamentary deputy and head of the EgyptianFriendship group Koba Habazi, after meetingwith the Egyptian ambassador Vahid Galal and discussing prospects forfurthering bilateral ties, reports Georgia Online.A Georgian business delegation will travel to Egypt in the near futureto deepen economic cooperation. 2011 will see a festival devoted toEgyptian culture.

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The son of the first Georgian President, Zviad Gamsakhurdia Tsotne, who is under conviction, stopped his hunger-strike on Tuesday, News Georgia reports, citing his lawyer Keti Bekauri.According to Bekauri, Tsotne Gamsakhurdia stopped his hunger-strike and started taking food he received from the Georgian Patriarch.

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Georgian Finance Minister Kakha Baindurashvili has said that the press will not be taxed. The declaration was made at a session of the budget-finance committee of the Georgian parliament, where the new tax code project was considered, Business Georgia reports.Baindurashvili said that the Georgian economy is still developing and too fragile to tax the press and agriculture. The press has a low income and taxing it would create serious financial problems for it, he said.

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Georgian culture festival in Azerbaijan

The Central Exhibition of Sattar Bukhlulzade has opened the Georgian culture festival. According to APA, the festival started with an exhibition of a well-known Georgian artist Rusudan Petviashvili. The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Adalyat Veliyev, appreciated the event.The festival will end on June 24th. The Georgian Deputy Minister of Culture, Memorial Protection and Sport, Marine Chogoshvili, expressed satisfaction with the cooperation with Azerbaijan.

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Fox International plans showing video clips and information pieces about Georgia, Georgian Times reports.The head of the business development of Fox International and National Geographic, Mat Morgan, is currently visiting Georgia. He will meet representatives of the Georgian Ministry of Economic Development and the Department of Tourism and Resorts.

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On June 22nd the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR) and Georgia Petroleum, a sister company of SOCAR Energy Georgia (in the SOCAR structure) opened two new petrol stations, one on Moscow Avenue and one near Naftulug bazaar in Tbilisi, 1news.az reports, citing a message from SOCAR.The head of the SOCAR office in Georgia, director general of SOCAR Energy Georgia, Makhir Mamedov, and other officials were present at the opening.

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A helicopter fell on the territory of the Mayor's Office of the Ozurget region (in the region of Guria, western Georgia). No one was injured in the crash, the Georgian Interior Ministry's Emergency Services said, reports Trend.The helicopter was spreading pesticides on fields. Only the pilot was in the helicopter, and fortunately he survived.

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The head of the Russian Federal Consumer Rights Protection and Human Health Control Service, Gennadii Onischenko, is ready to start negotiations with Georgian winemakers, stating that their product meets all quality standards, Interfax reports.Meanwhile, Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili recently thanked the Russian authorities for the ban on Georgian wine imports, as it encouraged winemakers to improve the quality of the product. Onischenko, for his part, came to the conclusion that the ban was reasonable.

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Part of the Vandazor-Alaverdi highway will be temporary closed closed from June 22nd, due to the repairs on the 34th kilometer stretch near the settlement of Dzorgaget, News Armenia reports.The road will be closed for 10 days, alternative roads will function during the period of repairs.

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The Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development of Georgia has signed a cooperation memorandum with the International Road and Transport Union (IRU), Georgia times reports.The memorandum's aim is to simplify transit through the territory of Georgia.

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The foreign ministry of Georgia is going to investigate the details of the agreement between the companies "Shevron" and "Rosneft".Georgia wants to receive explanations from one of America's biggest companies about its intention to work on the Black sea shelf in Abkhazia, Trend reports.Last week, Russian media spread information about a contract between the two companies to jointly develop oil in Abkhazia.

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According to the deputy foreign minister of Georgia, David Jalagania, the simplification of the visa regime between Georgia and the European Union will come into force after the signing of a number of agreements, Georgia Times reports.Denmark, the UK and Ireland refused to sign the agreement, but agreed to continue consultations. If the questions are resolved with these countries, the agreement will be signed at the end of this year or early next. Only after these procedures can the visa regime come into force.

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Azerbaijani minister for Culture Abulfas Karaev has met with a Georgian delegation, which has arrived in Baku in order to participate in Georgian cultural events in Azerbaijan, 1news.az reports.The meeting saw discussion of bilateral cooperation in the sphere of culture. The minister noted that, within the framework of the festival, representatives of different confessions will have the opportunity to establish ties and reach mutual understanding.

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Georgian winemaking needs modern technologies in order to become competent on the world wine markets, Novosti Georgia reports.He also noted that Georgia has already overcome the consequences of the Russian embargo on Georgian wine imports, due to control strengthening over the quality of the product. Saakashvili also noted that Georgia is going to invite European specialists, to consult with in establishing production of a European light white wine.

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The Atlantic Council of Georgia with the assistance of the Norwegian Atlantic Council will hold a regional workshop 'The challenges of democratic development and good governance in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia' in Tbilisi, Trend reports.The Atlantic Associations of Azerbaijan and Armenia will attend the seminar.

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Georgia will open the first asylum seekers centre, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said, Trend reports. The opening ceremony is scheduled for June 21 in the village of Martkopi. According to the UN HCR, about 50 asylum seekers appeal to the Georgian authorities for refuge every year. The High Commissioner for Refugees and the Ministry for Refugees actively cooperated to establish a permanent reception and centre, where seekers will be accommodated.

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The festive events are starting today in Tbilisi, after which they will take place in Rustavi, Kutaisi, Poti, Batumi and Kobuleti until June 29th, RIA Novosti reports, with reference to the chairman of the International Federation of Russian-speaking writers Oleg Volovik.More than 60 participants from 27 countries will take part in the festival, the main theme of which is the 65th anniversary of victory in World War II, so the motto of the festival is "A world of poetry is a world without war".

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