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Georgia's new president: French diplomat who returned to ancestral home

Tbili - Salome Zurabishvili, who has been elected Georgia's first female president, is a former French diplomat who exchanged a secure career for the turbulent politics of her ancestral country.

Opposition rejects vote as Georgia elects first woman president

Tbili - Ex-diplomat Salome Zurabishvili hailed her election as Georgia's first woman president on Thursday but opposition leaders denounced the result as fraud and called for protests.

Ruling party candidate leads in Georgia presidential vote: exit poll

Tbili - Ruling party candidate Salome Zurabishvili was in the lead after voting closed Wednesday in a hotly contested Georgian presidential election, an exit poll showed.

Ruling party candidate leads in Georgia presidential vote

Tbili - Georgia's ruling party candidate Salome Zurabishvili was on the verge of winning a hotly contested presidential vote, nearly complete results showed Thursday, as the opposition called for protests over alleged fraud.

Georgia holds second round of hotly contested presidential vote

Tbili - Georgia on Wednesday holds the second round of a knife-edge presidential election seen as a crucial test for the increasingly unpopular ruling party led by a billionaire oligarch.

Georgia opposition gets boost as presidential vote goes to run-off

Tbili - Georgia's hotly contested presidential election has gone to a run-off after no candidate won the first round, in a move that may spell the end of the ruling party's reign, results showed on Monday.

Georgia presidential vote goes to run-off

Tbili - Presidential elections in Georgia, seen as a crucial test for the increasingly unpopular ruling party, have gone to a run-off, preliminary results showed on Monday.

Polls open in Georgia presidential election

Tbili - Georgians on Sunday started voting to elect a figurehead president in a poll seen as a crucial test for the increasingly unpopular ruling party.

Ex-French diplomat unlikely favourite for Georgian president

Tbili - When Salome Zurabishvili arrived in Georgia in 2004 as French ambassador, few could have predicted that 15 years later she would be favourite to be elected president of the ex-Soviet nation.

Tanker missing in Gulf of Guinea found

Tbili - A tanker with 19 Georgian and Russian sailors that went missing for over a week in the Gulf of Guinea has been found off the coast of Congo, Tbilisi said on Friday, although the reason for its disappearance remained unclear.

No fast-track NATO membership for Georgia: Merkel

Tbili - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday ruled out any fast-track NATO membership for Georgia, ten years after the alliance's leaders pledged the ex-Soviet nation would join the club.

Merkel reaffirms support for Georgia over separatist regions

Tbili - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday reaffirmed support for Georgia's territorial integrity on a visit to Tbilisi a decade after a Russia-Georgia war led to Moscow-backed regions breaking away from the Caucasus nation.

Georgia marks 10th anniversary of Russia war

Tbili - Georgia on Wednesday marked the tenth anniversary of its war with Russia which has left the country dismembered with a fifth of its territory remaining under Moscow's control.

10 years after Russia war, Georgia decries Moscow's ongoing 'occupation'

Tbili - Georgia on Tuesday condemned Russia's continued "occupation" of its territory, a decade after the two countries went to war over the Kremlin-backed separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

A decade after Russia war, plight of Georgian refugees continues

Georgia - Standing in a meadow in the sweltering heat and amid the chirping of grasshoppers, 84-year-old Dato Vanishvili looks through a barbed wire fence and sighs: "It's like living in a prison, here.

Georgia legalises personal use of marijuana

Tbili - The Georgian Constitutional Court on Monday abolished fines for using marijuana but stipulated that growing and selling the drug would remain an offence.

Georgia's prime minister resigns after mass protests

Tbili - Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced his resignation Wednesday after a series of mass protests highlighted a dramatic drop in his government's popularity.

Georgia's prime minister resigns after mass protests

Tbili - Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced his resignation Wednesday after a series of mass protests highlighted a dramatic drop in his government's popularity.

Svaneti: Georgia's rocky wilderness, new ski 'paradise'

Georgia - With its rugged landscape of rocky peaks, virgin slopes and breathtaking vistas, Georgia's most isolated region, Upper Svaneti, is a magnet for skiers and even hopes to host the Winter Olympics one day.

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.
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