Hong Kong: Xi Jinping defends China's rule at handover anniversary

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The Chinese leader mounted a stern defence of the political system in a speech in Hong Kong, following recent international criticism.Hong Kong is marking 25 years since Britain returned the city to China.It is under tight security as it hosts Mr Xi, who is on his first trip outside of the mainland in two years.Under "one country two systems", Hong Kong is supposed to be governed in a way that gives it a high degree of autonomy and protects freedom of speech and assembly, and other rights not found in mainland China.But in recent years China has been criticised for increasing its control of Hong Kong and enacting laws and reforms that stifle free speech and dissent.

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Georgian Dream elects Khobi municipal council member, expelled from Giorgi Gakharia's party, as Deputy Chairman of the council

Khobi municipal council member Nugzar Shushani, who was expelled from Giorgi Gakharia's party, has been elected Deputy Chairman of the municipal council by the Georgian Dream.As Berdia Sichinava, a member of the For Georgia party told InterPressNews, the decision was made at the Khobi municipal council session today."The party pursues a strict policy in relation to every such case. All those, who will be noticed in any form of bribery or cooperation with another political party, naturally, will be expelled from the party by our political council. As you can see, our information was confirmed the very next day. There will be no place for such people in our party," said Berdia Sichinava.According to him, the Government is actively persecuting the representatives of the For Georgia party, including members of the municipal councils."We can directly say that the Government is actively persecuting representatives of our political party, including members of the municipal councils. They use different methods. You know very well that the criminal world is directly involved in all this," said Berdia Sichinava.The For Georgia party stated yesterday that "Nugzar Shushania and Maka Chartia, members of the Khobi municipal council, who had been bribed and won over by the Dream, were expelled from the party. According to the party, Nugzar Shushania was promised the position of the Deputy Chairman of the municipal council.

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Georgia not to return to street and destabilization politics, Vice Speaker says

Georgia will never return to the street and destabilization politics. The government will do its best to continue democratic reforms,” said Parliament Vice Speaker Archil Talakvadze.Talakvadze said the radical opposition chooses street protest, while other opposition parties support European parliamentary result-oriented policies.Vice Speaker remarked on the statement of the Girchi-More Freedom party leader, Zurab Japaridze, who said that anti-government protests would resume from September.

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J&J to replace talc-based powder with cornstarch after cancer lawsuits

The announcement comes more than two years after the healthcare giant ended sales of the product in the US.J&J faces tens of thousands of lawsuits from women who allege its talcum powder contained asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer.But the company reiterated its view that decades of independent research shows the product is safe to use."As part of a worldwide portfolio assessment, we have made the commercial decision to transition to an all cornstarch-based baby powder portfolio," it said in a statement.The firm added that cornstarch-based baby powder is already sold in countries around the world.

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Tourist infrastructure arranged in Dedoplistskaro

Villagio Eco Company arranged a tourist infrastructure in Mirzaani village of the Dedoplistskaro Municipality with the support of the Rural Development Program in Georgia.The hotel unites 10 wooden cottages with the investment in the amount of over 225 thousand GEL and with co-financing of the program with 170 thousand GEL. Thirteen locals are employed at the hotel.The grant program was initiated by the EU and UNDP and ran in partnership with the Rural Development Agency of Georgia’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture.The program financed 76 projects in Keda, Kholo, Borjomi, Akhalkalaki, Tetritskaro, Kazbegi and Dedoplistskaro Municipalities.

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Irakli Gharibashvili congratulates the citizens of Didgori

The Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili, congratulates the citizens of Didgori.According to the head of the government, the heritage of Didgori determines our national self-awareness and belief that by standing together as a nation and a monk, with love for the country, and loyalty to the values ​​of freedom and independence, we will be able to overcome the challenges of the country and make the country whole."Congratulations to Didgori - Victory Day of Georgians! "Mighty Sakvirveli" is a symbol of Georgia's strength, unity, struggle for the motherland and dedication. Over the centuries, the heritage of Didgori has determined our national self-awareness and belief that by standing together as a nation and a monk, with love for the country, and loyalty to the values ​​of freedom and independence, we will be able to overcome all challenges, smooth the country and achieve our historical goals. I wish consolidation, strengthening and progress to our homeland!", the Prime Minister's statement said.

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Donald Trump does not oppose US bid to unseal Mar-a-Lago search warrant

In a statement, Mr Trump said he was encouraging its "immediate release" - but repeated his claim the search was unnecessary and politically motivated.The US Department of Justice has made a rare request to a Florida court to unseal the warrant.If granted, it would mean the documents are made available to the public.And it could confirm the reason for Monday's search of Mr Trump's Florida home - something that the justice department has not yet revealed.The FBI search is believed to be connected to an investigation into whether the former president removed classified records and sensitive material from the White House.

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