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Monday, February 4 2008, #022 (1538)

Early signs of compromise in government-opposition talks

Talks between the opposition and the government have brought some small agreements ahead of an opposition-set February 15 deadline, with significant negotiations scheduled for tomorrow. (more)

Annual Human Rights Watch report has strong words for Saakashvili administration

The government approach to human rights is "leading Georgia away from international standards" and "represents a gamble with freedom," according to an annual Human Rights Watch report released January 31. (more)

UAE sheikh brings new investments to Georgia

In a personal meeting with the president last week, an United Arab Emirates sheikh outlined projects in banking, telecommunications and tourism which his investment group is ready to pursue in Georgia. (more)

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A million tourists expected in Georgia in 2008

The government is predicting that one million tourists will visit Georgia this year. Official figures indicate the tourist industry is burgeoning rapidly, although these are notoriously unrealistic. (more)

Car manufacturing down

The number of cars manufactured in Georgia has rapidly decreased since Soviet times, with consumers opting for cheap second-hand foreign models. (more)

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"Shalva Natelashvili underwent successful heart operation in Vienna" (more)

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