The Georgian parliament is due to convene for its regular session Tuesday. According to a RIA Novosti correspondent, the deputies are going to devote the whole day to discussing the speaker's candidatures submitted by factions following the resignation of Zurab Zhvania. Last evening Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze had a closed-door meeting with all faction leaders, discussing the new speaker's candidature. As for the constitutional amendments proposed by the president and providing for the formation of a Ministers' Cabinet, the deputies are due to discuss them later this week, according to the decision of the parliament's bureau. The Georgian president dismissed the government late last week.
US military analysts are concerned about the appearance of a new Russian sniper rifle known as T-5000
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign