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Ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili jailed in absentia

Tbili - A court in Georgia sentenced on Friday the country's former president Mikheil Saakashvili to three years in prison in absentia for abuse of power.

Suspected Istanbul airport bomber confirmed killed in Georgia

Tbili - A one-armed, one-legged Chechen warlord suspected of organising the 2016 blasts at Istanbul's airport was killed during a counter-terror operation in Tbilisi last week, Georgian security services confirmed Friday.

Georgia vows punishment after hotel blaze kills 11

Tbili - Georgian leaders have vowed to punish those responsible for a blaze that killed 11 people at a five-star hotel in Georgia's Black Sea resort city of Batumi.

Gunfire, explosions during Georgia 'terror' raid

Tbili - Explosions and gunfire were heard in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Wednesday as armed counter-terrorist units raided an apartment block on the outskirts of the city, an AFP reporter witnessed.

Georgia PM reshuffles cabinet

Tbili - Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili on Monday announced a cabinet reshuffle and merger of several ministries in a bid to reduce red tape and the cost of running the government.

Georgia elects ex-football star Kaladze mayor of capital

Tbili - Georgia announced Sunday that former AC Milan football star Kakha Kaladze had been elected mayor of its capital Tbilisi.The country's election administration said on its website that Kaladze won 51 percent of the vote in Saturday's municipal election.

Pence slams Russian 'occupation' on Georgia visit

Tbili - US Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday blasted Russia's "ocupation" of Georgian territory, as he pledged Donald Trump will sign off on new sanctions against Moscow "soon".

Russia expulsions won't deter US 'commitment to allies': Pence

Tbili - US Vice President Mike Pence said Monday Moscow's demand that Washington cut 755 American diplomatic staff in Russia will not lessen the US commitment to its allies.

Facing Russia threat, Ukraine and Georgia join in push West

Tbili - The presidents of Ukraine and Georgia on Tuesday agreed to work together to further their ambitions to join NATO and the European Union, in defiance of threats from former master Russia.

Alleged murder plot shakes Georgian Orthodox Church

Tbili - Georgia's Orthodox Church was rocked Monday after police announced the arrest of a priest over a suspected poisoning plot targeting a high-ranking Church figure.

Georgia PM vows security boost after reelection win

Tbili - Georgia's acting prime minister on Tuesday pledged to meet security and economic challenges in the fervently pro-Western nation as he named a new cabinet following his party's landslide re-election victory.

Georgia ruling party scores win in disputed polls

Tbili - Georgia's ruling party has scored a landslide win in disputed parliamentary polls, official results showed on Monday, as the main opposition cried fraud.

Georgia ruling party cruising to landslide election win

Tbili - Georgia voted in the second round of contested parliamentary polls Sunday, with the ruling Georgian Dream poised for a landslide victory, prompting opposition parties to cry foul.

Fraud claims as ruling party wins Georgia vote

Tbili - The ruling Georgian Dream party won Georgia's parliamentary polls, results showed Sunday, though accusations of vote fraud from the opposition sparked fears of political instability in the Caucasus nation.

Exit polls project ruling party win in Georgia vote

Tbili - The ruling Georgian Dream party was projected to win Georgia's parliamentary elections, two rival exit polls commissioned by pro-government and pro-opposition TV stations showed Saturday.

Pro-Western Georgia holds knife-edge parliamentary vote

Tbili - Georgians voted Saturday in bitterly contested parliamentary polls that have sparked fears of political instability in the Caucasus nation, with two pro-Western parties tied after a fraught campaign.

Georgia MP survives car bomb attack days before vote

Tbili - Georgia was investigating Wednesday the attempted murder of an opposition lawmaker whose car exploded in central Tbilisi just days before a key parliamentary poll.

Pope calls for Christian unity on Caucasus peace tour

Tbili - Pope Francis on Saturday called for Christian unity as he visited the seat of Georgia's ancient Orthodox Church on the second day of his peace mission to the volatile Caucasus region.

Pope calls for 'coexistence' at start of Caucasus tour

Tbili - Pope Francis called Friday for respect of national sovereignty and "coexistence" as he arrived in Georgia but seemed to dodge potential Russian ire at the start of a visit to the volatile Caucasus region.

Five key facts about Georgia's Christian tradition

Tbili - Pope Francis arrives in Georgia on Friday for a three-day visit as part of a broader tour of the Caucasus region.Here are some key points about Georgia's ancient Christian tradition.
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