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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.

Lions, tigers on the loose in deadly Tbilisi floods

Tbili - Lions, tigers and even a hippopotamus escaped from a zoo in the Georgian capital Tbilisi Sunday, adding to chaos caused by severe flooding that killed at least 12 people, officials said.

Georgia threatens to strip ex-leader Saakashvili's citizenship

Tbili - Georgia has threatened to revoke pro-Western former president Mikheil Saakashvili's citizenship after he was granted a Ukrainian passport and appointed as governor of the strategic Odessa region.

Ex-Soviet Georgia urges EU progress, despite Russian pressure

Tbili - Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has warned European Union leaders against letting Russian aggression in Ukraine undermine the bloc's project of building closer links with ex-Soviet nations.

Georgia PM appoints pro-West defence chief with eye on NATO

Tbili - Georgia's acting prime minister Irakli Garibashvili on Friday appointed a staunchly pro-Western politician as his new defence minister in a move aimed at boosting the country's efforts to join NATO.

Thousands in Georgia march call for government to step down

Tbili - Tens of thousands of Georgians joined a protest rally Saturday in the ex-Soviet republic's capital Tbilisi to demand the government's resignation, claimed it has mishandled the battered economy.

Rights groups slam 'repressive' Azerbaijan ahead of European games

Tbili - Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on Wednesday condemned the persecution of dissidents in Azerbaijan as the country prepares to host the first European Games, urging the release of imprisoned journalists and activists.

ISIS vows to take down Rome

In the most recent propaganda video released by the militant group ISIS, the terroristic group vows to conquer Rome. Some say it is a blatant attack on Christians.

Russia signs new agreement with Abkhazia

Moscow - Russia and Abkhazia have signed an extensive agreement on military issues and Abkhazia agreed to harmonize its foreign and defence policies with those of Russia. A Russian commander will lead a new joint force of Russian and Abkhazian troops.

Over 30,000 rally in Tbilisi against government

Tbilisi - Over 30,000 opposition supporters rallied on Saturday in the Georgian capital Tbilisi against the government's Russia policy and the Kremlin's backing of separatists in the breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.

Georgia's key reformer Kakha Bendukidze dies

Tbilisi - Georgian statesman Kakha Bendukidze, the architect of the ex-Soviet republic's liberal economic reforms who was advising Ukraine's new president, has died aged 58, officials said Friday.
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