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Georgia governor sues Atlanta mayor over face mask mandate

Washington - The governor of Georgia sued officials in the US state's largest city Thursday, seeking to block a mandate that would require Atlanta residents to wear face masks in public as part of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Germany accuses Russia over 'contract killing' of Georgian man

Berlin - German prosecutors on Thursday accused Russia of ordering the murder of a Georgian man in a central Berlin park, as they charged a suspected contract killer over the crime that has frayed ties.

Ex Georgian leader appointed reform aide in Ukraine

Kiev - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili on Thursday was appointed to a Ukrainian advisory body on reforms, in a move that marks his comeback to the ex-Soviet country's politics.

US death toll tops 50,000 as some Georgia businesses reopen

Atlanta - Gyms, hair salons and tattoo parlors had a green light to reopen Friday in the state of Georgia as the United States surpassed the grim milestone of 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.

Flamboyant ex Georgia leader eyes Ukraine political comeback

Kiev - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili said Friday he wants to help steer Ukraine through an economic crisis as new deputy prime minister but his plans sparked controversy both in Kiev and his native Georgia.

US state of Georgia delays primary election over virus fears

Washington - Georgia has become the second US state to delay its presidential primary election over fears of the novel coronavirus.

Georgia, Western allies blame Russia for 2019 cyberattacks

Tbili - Georgia, Britain and the United States on Thursday accused Russia of orchestrating a "reckless" cyber assault against the pro-Western Caucasus nation last year as part of an aggressive campaign of online attacks worldwide.

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.
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Fresh produce  plants  and more at Polk s Plus.  Pooler  Ga.
Fresh produce, plants, and more at Polk's Plus. Pooler, Ga.
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae).  Tyee Island  GA
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae). Tyee Island, GA
Kitesurfers  kites  and onlookers on Tybee Creek at Tybee Island  Georgia.  8/25/13
Kitesurfers, kites, and onlookers on Tybee Creek at Tybee Island, Georgia. 8/25/13
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Balloon animal maker at First Saturday on the River and Kiss-a-Pig Campaign kick-off at Savannah's river front. Savannah, Ga. 3/2/13
Oglethorpe Square - named for the founder of Savannah  James Oglethorpe.  Savannah  Ga.
Oglethorpe Square - named for the founder of Savannah, James Oglethorpe. Savannah, Ga.
Back in the Day Bakery at the corner of Bull Street and W. 40th Street.  Savannah  GA
Back in the Day Bakery at the corner of Bull Street and W. 40th Street. Savannah, GA
David Baldacci at Savannah Book Festival.  Savannah  Ga.
David Baldacci at Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga.
Tybee Island  Ga.
Tybee Island, Ga.
Byrd s Cookie Shop decorated for the holidays.  Savannah  Ga.
Byrd's Cookie Shop decorated for the holidays. Savannah, Ga.
The Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the Savannah River as seen from the Tybee Island Lighthouse Obse...
The Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the Savannah River as seen from the Tybee Island Lighthouse Observation Deck. Tybee Island, Ga.
Polk s Plus.  Pooler  Ga.
Polk's Plus. Pooler, Ga.
Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) dragonfly.  Savannah Botanical Gardens.  Savannah  Georg...
Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) dragonfly. Savannah Botanical Gardens. Savannah, Georgia
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Street musician at First Saturday on the River and Kiss-a-Pig Campaign kick-off at Savannah's river front. Savannah, Ga. 3/2/13
The Olde Pink House in Savannah  Georgia.
The Olde Pink House in Savannah, Georgia.
David Baldacci at Savannah Book Festival.  Savannah  Ga.
David Baldacci at Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga.
Sweet Potatoes  Banana Pudding.  Savannah  GA  August 13  2012
Sweet Potatoes' Banana Pudding. Savannah, GA August 13, 2012
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Cheerleaders for the Savannah Falcons line up and prepare to lead a cheer at The Atlanta Falcons Tailgate Team event. Savannah, Ga. 10/15/13
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Pumpkins "Welcome Friends" at the Cracker Barrel in Pooler, Ga.
Kitesurfing on Tybee Creek.  Tybee Island  Georgia
Kitesurfing on Tybee Creek. Tybee Island, Georgia
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Fresh seafood at Fiddler's Crab House. Savannah, Ga.

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