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Georgia's rebel region to vote on joining Russia in 2017: Official

Moscow - Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia will hold a referendum on joining Russia next year, its president and parliament speaker said in a statement Thursday.

NATO aims to 'destabilise' Caucasus with Georgia drills: Moscow

Moscow - Russian foreign ministry on Friday accused NATO of seeking to destabilise the Caucasus region with upcoming joint exercises in Georgia, where US soldiers will train together with Georgian forces this month.

Georgia detains six over alleged plan to sell uranium

Tbili - Georgia has arrested three of its nationals and three citizens of Armenia for trying to sell the radioactive substance uranium-238, the ex-Soviet country's security services said Monday.

Pope announces trips to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Vatican City - Pope Francis will visit Armenia and Azerbaijan later this year, the Vatican announced Saturday, amid tensions in the region following a flare-up of violence over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.

Georgian billionaire ex-PM stirs ire for shifting tree by ship

Tbili - Georgia's eccentric billionaire, former premier Bidzina Ivanishvili, has come under fire from environmentalists for uprooting a rare giant tree and transporting it by boat to his private park.

U.S. governor rejects Georgia bill deemed anti-gay

New York - The Republican governor of Georgia has rejected a "religious freedoms" bill that giant corporations, Hollywood and activists bitterly complained would infringe gay rights in the southeastern US state.

Georgia rocked by sex video scandal ahead of polls

Tbili - A political scandal has rocked pro-Western Georgia after a sex video of an opposition party member was posted online and other politicians received similar threats, just months before parliamentary polls.

Georgia welcomes probe into 2008 war with Russia

Tbili - Georgia on Thursday welcomed the International Criminal Court's inquiry into alleged war crimes committed during its 2008 war with Russia over Moscow-backed breakaway South Ossetia region.

ICC prosecutors to probe 2008 alleged war crimes in Georgia

Den Haag - Judges at the world's only permanent war crimes court Wednesday gave prosecutors permission to launch their first investigation outside of Africa, approving a probe into alleged abuses during a brief 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili confirmed as Georgia PM

Tbili - Georgia's parliament confirmed Wednesday former foreign minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili as the country's prime minister, six days after Irakli Garibashvili's surprise resignation from the post.

Georgia deputy to step in after PM's resignation

Tbili - Georgia's president on Friday nominated vice premier Giorgi Kvirikashvili as the new head of government after the surprise resignation of Irakli Garibashvili.

Georgia Prime Minister Garibashvili resigns

Tbili - Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili resigned on Wednesday after two years in power, with the ruling coalition struggling to boost its popularity ahead of parliamentary polls next year.

EU's Juncker recommends visa liberalisation for Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo

Brussels - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday the EU should offer visa-free short-stay travel to the bloc for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo, all three locked in bitter disputes with Russia.

Talking Christmas and 'The Dukes of Hazzard' with actor Tom Wopat Special

The 64 year old, fondly remembered for playing Luke Duke, has been making his way the only way he knows how for over 40 years and last month he and his 'Dukes of Hazzard' co-star, John Schneider, re-released their 2014 Christmas album, this time on vinyl.

Georgia revokes ex-president Saakashvili's citizenship

Tbili - Georgia on Friday stripped former leader and reformer Mikheil Saakashvili of his citizenship as he had acquired a Ukrainian passport to serve as governor of the strategic Odessa region.

Review: The Black Crowes are to re-release their first four albums

Georgia's finest, who called it quits earlier this year after a quarter of a century together, are about to remind us their fans of what we're going to miss - on 180-gram vinyl, no less.

Georgia arrests four for alleged links to Islamic State

Tbili - Georgia has arrested four of its nationals on suspicion of having links with the Islamic State group, the ex-Soviet country's officials said Tuesday.

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.

Watch the most incredible college football play of the year

Get comfortable and watch the shocking game-winning touchdown everyone is talking about now. Tied 16-16, Georgia Tech blocked a last-second FG attempt by FSU, scooped up the loose ball and scored a touchdown to win the battle.

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.

Georgia breakaway region eyes Crimea-style vote on joining Russia

Moscow - Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia has said it plans to hold a referendum on joining Russia but the Kremlin appeared to pour cold water on the idea Tuesday.

ICC prosecutor formally asks to probe 2008 Georgia war

Den Haag - The prosecutor for the world's only permanent war crimes court Tuesday formally requested to open the tribunal's first inquiry into alleged abuses by Russia, by probing its 2008 war with Georgia.

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.

Pop star Bera talks 'I Look Good On You,' future and Taylor Swift Special

International pop star Bera chatted with Digital Journal about his single and music video for "I Look Good On You" and his future plans.

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.
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