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Georgia TV channel vows to fight back amid government pressure

Tbili - Staff at Georgia's most popular TV station on Friday promised to resist government pressure after a court ordered a change of management at the opposition channel.The ruling ratcheted up tensions in the ex-Soviet country of 4.

Georgia launches probe into 'coup plot'

Tbili - Georgia said Saturday it had launched a probe into controversial media reports suggesting that exiled former president Mikheil Saakashvili was plotting a coup to overthrow the authorities.

Study highlights importance of bats for rare frog, other species

Knoxville - A tiny and rare species of frog living in remote, hidden caves in the heavily forested mountains near Russia and Georgia depends on bats for its survival, according to a recent study.

Fear of turmoil in Georgia as top TV channel faces government pressure

Tbili - Thousands of protesters rallied in Georgia on Thursday against the government's alleged attempts to silence the country's most popular television channel, raising fears of political turmoil in the Western-backed nation.

Georgia TV head accuses government of blackmail in power struggle

Tbili - The head of Georgia's main independent television station on Wednesday accused the government of trying to blackmail him as part of a struggle for control that critics say is aimed at stifling free media in the ex-Soviet state.

ICC prosecutor seeking probe into 2008 Russia-Georgia war

Tbili - The prosecutor for the world's only permanent war crimes court Thursday called for an inquiry to be opened into alleged abuses during a swift but brutal 2008 conflict between Georgia and Russia.

Azerbaijan deports two Amnesty International activists

Tbili - Azerbaijan on Wednesday deported two activists from Amnesty International in a move the advocacy group denounced as an "attack on freedom of expression" in the lead-up to parliamentary elections.

Georgia jails top opposition leader for four and a half years

Tbili - A court in ex-Soviet Georgia sentenced a top opposition leader to four and a half years in jail for misspending public funds, a charge he denounced as trumped-up and politically motivated.

Georgia court frees opposition leader from 'illegal' detention

Tbili - A court in ex-Soviet Georgia on Thursday ordered a top opposition leader detained on graft charges to be released from jail after his 14-month pre-trial detention was declared unconstitutional.

Georgia opposition leader's detention illegal: Court

Tbili - Ex-Soviet Georgia's constitutional court on Wednesday ruled that a top opposition leader detained on graft charges is being illegally kept in prison.

Georgia PM sacks foreign minister in surprise move

Tbili - Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Monday fired his foreign minister and replaced her with the economy minister in a surprise move that fuelled concerns about government transparency.

NATO opens training centre in Georgia amid Russia tensions

Tbili - NATO on Thursday opened a training centre in Georgia as the ex-Soviet country eyes closer partnership with the Western military alliance amid tensions with Russia.

Georgia warns Russia against 'escalation' near breakaway region

Tbili - Georgia on Tuesday accused Russia of cutting off its citizens from their farmland by installing border signposts demarcating the breakaway South Ossetia region, calling on Moscow to refrain from "escalation".

Thousands rally in Georgia against Russian presence in breakaway regions

Tbili - Over 3,000 people took to the streets in Georgia on Saturday to protest what they called Moscow's occupation of the breakaway South Ossetia and Abkhazia regions.Carrying placards that read "Stop Russia!

Georgia accuses Russia of 'land grab' near breakaway region

Tbili - Georgia decried on Tuesday Moscow's "creeping annexation" of its territory after Russian border guards moved border markers further into Tbilisi-controlled area, leaving a portion of an international oil pipeline in territory under Russian control.

Georgia police hunting for another tiger from flooded zoo

Tbili - Georgian police on Friday were hunting down a tiger who escaped from the capital's flood-ravaged zoo after after another tiger mauled a man to death before being killed.

Some Tbilisi zoo animals 'may still be on the loose'

Tbili - Some animals from the flooded Tbilisi zoo might still be at large, zookeepers warned Thursday, after an escaped tiger mauled a man to death in the Georgian capital and had to be shot.

Escaped tiger from Georgia zoo shot after killing man

Tbili - A tiger that killed a man in the central square of Georgia's capital Tbilisi Wednesday was shot dead, officials said, four days after hundreds of animals escaped from the city's zoo after deadly floods.

Animal-lovers demand answers over Georgia zoo killing spree

Tbili - After freak floods in Georgia saw hundreds of zoo animals swept to freedom, activists are demanding an investigation into revelations that police shot many of the creatures dead as they roamed the streets.

Fourteen dead, hundreds of zoo animals wiped out in Georgia floods

Tbili - Nine people were missing in Georgia's capital Tbilisi on Monday, a day after freak floods killed 14 people and swept away zoo animals, some of which were shot after being found prowling the streets.
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