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Wednesday, February 13 2008, #029 (1545)

BREAKING NEWS: Police say Patarkatsishvili’s death ‘suspicious’

Surrey police are treating the death of Georgian billionaire Badri Patarkatsishvili as ‘suspicious,’ according to London’s Guardian newspaper. (more)

Government to detail its positions on opposition demands

Speaker of Parliament Nino Burjanadze says the government will offer a deal to the opposition by the end of the week, while opposition leaders claim the ruling party is split at the highest levels over how to proceed in ending the country’s political deadlock. (more)

Human rights ombudsman puts forward case on Imedi TV

Human Rights Ombudsman Sozar Subari called on the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) not to suspend Imedi TV’s broadcast license in a statement released yesterday. (more)

New health minister denounces ruling party pressure on hospital staff

On February 11 newly-appointed Minister of Health, Labor and Social Affairs Sandro Kvitashvili publicly instructed healthcare system staff not to fill out unauthorized political forms distributed to hospitals by self-identified ruling party workers. (more)

News in Brief

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Opinion poll: will the government solve Georgia’s most pressing problems?

Nearly half of the 464 Georgians questioned by the newspaper Kviris Palitra think the government is incapable of solving the country’s most pressing problems. (more)

Russian embargo not all bad news?

The 2006 Russian embargo dealt an especially severe blow to the wine and mineral water industries—but the owner of Georgia’s famous Borjomi brand of mineral water claims it has actually benefited from Moscow’s move. (more)

Ceyhan oil export reaches 38.5 million tons

In January over 2.6 million tons of oil shipped out from the Turkish port of Ceyhan. (more)

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“Georgian border guards arrest eight wanted people in one week” (more)

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