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Georgia's independent TV channels allege state pressure

Tbili - Georgia's prominent TV personalities and managers on Wednesday accused the ruling party of seeking to stifle independent media and stepping up pressure on critics ahead of elections next year.

Georgia opposition vows 'permanent protests' after police crackdown

Tbili - Georgia opposition parties on Tuesday vowed "permanent protests" in a rare show of unity against the country's ruling party after police arrested protesters and used water cannon to disperse an anti-government rally.

Georgian police use water cannon on protesters

Tbili - Police in Georgia on Tuesday arrested protesters and used water cannon to disperse demonstrators who pressed ahead with anti-government rallies despite a new police crackdown.

Defiant Georgia opposition stages fresh protest despite crackdown

Tbili - Up to 20,000 opposition supporters rallied in Georgia on Monday, stepping up pressure on the increasingly unpopular ruling party, despite a police crackdown last week and the arrest of protesters.

Georgia jails opposition protesters

Tbili - A court in Georgia on Thursday jailed 10 opposition demonstrators for terms ranging from four to 13 days for "disobeying police orders" during protests which were dispersed with water cannon.

Riot police use water cannons to disperse Georgia protesters

Tbili - Riot police in Georgia used water cannons on Monday to disperse anti-government protesters who have taken to the streets after the ruling party backtracked on promised electoral reforms.

West backs Georgia opposition protests

Tbili - The United States and European Union expressed solidarity Monday with Georgia's anti-government protesters who took to the streets after the ruling party backtracked on promises of electoral reforms.

Thousands rally in Georgia as ruling party backtracks on reforms

Tbili - Thousands of opposition supporters demonstrated on the streets of Georgia on Thursday after the ruling party failed to push through promised electoral reforms.

2,000 Georgia websites hacked in cyber attacks

Tbili - Some 2,000 websites in Georgia, including those of the president, courts, and media were hacked in a massive cyber attack on Monday, officials and media said.

US sees Russia behind murder of Georgian in Germany: report

Washington - The United States sees Moscow behind the murder in Germany last month of a Georgian man who had fought against Russian forces in Chechnya, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Georgian MPs approve controversial new prime minister

Tbili - Georgia's parliament on Sunday confirmed an ex-interior minister accused of cracking down on protesters as the country's new prime minister, fuelling political tensions in the ex-Soviet nation.

Georgian PM announces resignation

Tbili - Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze announced his resignation on Monday, sparking speculation about his successor in a country rocked by anti-government protests accusing the authorities of ties to Russia.

Georgia warns of risk of 'confrontation' with South Ossetia

Tbili - Georgia warned Friday of the risk of a "serious confrontation" with Russia-backed South Ossetia after the breakaway region demanded that Georgian authorities remove a checkpoint on its disputed boundary.

Putin opposes sanctions against Georgia

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he was against imposing sanctions on Georgia after MPs backed economic measures in Russia's latest row with the neighbouring Caucasus country.

Thousands rally in Georgia against government promised reforms

Tbili - Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied on Monday in the Georgian capital for the fifth consecutive day as the increasingly unpopular ruling party's promise of sweeping reforms failed to appease mass demonstrations.

Georgian protesters slam 'Putinism', raise pressure on oligarch

Tbili - Several thousand anti-government protesters took to the streets of the Georgian capital Tbilisi for a fourth day on Sunday as tensions rose between Moscow and its ex-Soviet neighbour.

Georgian protesters slam 'Putinism' as Moscow tensions soar

Tbili - Several thousand protesters took to the streets of Georgian capital Tbilisi for a fourth day on Sunday as tensions rose between Moscow and its ex-Soviet neighbour.

Russia bans Georgia airline flights as tensions rise over protests

Moscow - Russia's government on Saturday banned Georgian airlines from flying into its territory, extending restrictions imposed by President Vladimir Putin as part of growing tensions between Moscow and its ex-Soviet neighbour.

Russians hit out at Kremlin ban on flights to Georgia

Moscow - Russia's travel industryhit out Saturday at a decision by the Kremlin to suspend flights to Georgia as a politically motivated move that has little to do with safety concerns.

Putin bans Russian flights to crisis-hit Georgia

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Friday banning Russian airlines from flying to Georgia, starting in July, after violent clashes in the neighbouring country over a Moscow lawmaker speaking in parliament in Tbilisi.

Georgia police fire rubber bullets on anti-government protesters

Tbili - Georgian police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters demanding snap parliamentary polls after a Russian lawmaker addressed the assembly from the speaker's seat, causing uproar in Tbilisi.

Major film studios threaten to boycott Georgia over abortion law

Los Angeles - WarnerMedia, Sony Pictures and NBCUniversal on Thursday joined a growing number of major studios threatening to pull their productions out of Georgia should a controversial abortion law in the southern US state go into effect.

Fugitive UK speedboat killer starts jail stretch

London - A man who killed his date in a speedboat crash and then fled Britain started his six-year jail sentence on Thursday after being tracked down and extradited from ex-Soviet Georgia.

Speedboat killer extradited from Georgia back in UK

London - A British man extradited from Georgia arrived back in the UK on Wednesday to face his six-year sentence over the death of his date in a speedboat.

Georgia extradites British speedboat killer Shepherd

Tbili - Georgian authorities on Wednesday extradited a British man to serve out his six-year sentence in the UK over the death of his date in a speedboat, a justice ministry official said.

Grapes on Mars? Georgia winemakers aiming high

Tbili - Georgia is immensely proud of its ancient wine-making tradition, claiming to have been the first nation to make wine. Now it wants to be the first to grow grapes on Mars.

Georgia court rules to extradite British speedboat killer

Tbili - A Georgian court on Tuesday ruled to extradite a British man who killed his date in a speedboat crash in London and gave himself up in the ex-Soviet republic after fleeing his country.

Georgia court rules to extradite British speedboat killer Shepherd

Tbili - A Georgian court on Tuesday ruled to extradite a British man who killed his date in a speedboat crash in London and gave himself up in the ex-Soviet republic after fleeing his country.

British speedboat killer gives himself up to Georgia police

Tbili - A British man who killed his date in a speedboat crash and went on the run ahead of his trial has given himself up in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia, police said Wednesday.

British speedboat killer gives himself up to Georgia police: official

Tbili - A British man who killed his date in a speedboat crash and went on the run ahead of his trial has given himself up in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia, police said Wednesday.
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