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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.

Ukraine president appoints ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili governor

Odessa - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday appointed fiercely pro-Western former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who once fought a war with Russia, as governor of the strategic Odessa region.

Teacher fired for allowing students to have sex in classroom

Stone Mountain - A 25-year-old DeKalb County, Georgia middle school teacher and coach has been arrested and charged with allegedly allowing students to use a storage closet in his classroom for sexual encounters.

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.

Get an 'All-Access Pass' to the College Football Hall of Fame Special

Atlanta - Fans of college football need to experience the College Football Hall of Fame. It is a personalized, interactive encounter that won’t soon be forgotten, if ever. All 768 teams are represented in a facility packed with trophies, exhibits, and much more

EU says Ukraine, Georgia progress toward visa-free access

Brussels - The EU said Friday that Ukraine and Georgia, both embroiled in conflict with Russia, have made progress in gaining visa-free access to Europe, a key pay-off to boosting ties with the 28-nation bloc.

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.

Woman submits profanity-laced tirade after lawsuit is dismissed

Atlanta - After a woman's civil rights suit, filed on behalf of her son and husband, was tossed out in court, she responded with a nine-page, profanity-filled submission to the court.

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.

Russia stirs anger with South Ossetia 'annexation' deal

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday signed a wide-ranging alliance with Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia that will further cement its control over the territory despite fierce condemnation from the West.

Georgia's Saakashvili appointed aide to Ukraine leader

Kiev - Mikheil Saakashvili, the former fiercely pro-Western leader of Georgia, has been appointed an aide to the Ukraine president to help the war-torn country on its path to reform, officials said.

Boy missing for four years found behind 'false wall'

Jonesboro - There were tears of joy Saturday when a mother and her 13-year-old son were reunited after the child went missing four years ago. The boy was found inside a false wall in a Clayton County, Georgia home Friday night.

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.

Is the Peach State about to become the Pot State?

A marijuana legalization bill has been pre-filed in Georgia by Democratic State Senator, Curt Thompson. The measure would allow medical marijuana to become legal and would also regulate and legalize retail sales to adults.

Putin sparks Georgia fury with 'annexation' deal in Abkhazia

Moscow - Russia cemented control over neighbouring Georgia's rebel Abkhazia region Monday with a "strategic partnership" deal that the Georgian government said amounts to annexation.

US sends five Guantanamo inmates to Georgia, Slovakia

Washington - The United States has transferred five Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Europe as part of efforts to empty and close the controversial US military detention center in Cuba, officials said Thursday.

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.

Power struggle plunges Georgia in turmoil

Tbilisi - Georgia on Wednesday plunged into political crisis after its youthful prime minister sacked his hugely popular defence minister and the foreign minister resigned in protest.

Cops mistake okra for marijuana, raid retiree's garden

Authorities in Cartersville, Georgia, raided the home of a retiree for growing marijuana in his garden — but the green plants they suspected actually turned out to be okra.

Interview: Andrew Rayel talks new EDM album 'Find Your Harmony' Special

Atlanta - Acclaimed electronic dance music (EDM) DJ and producer Andrew Rayel chatted via phone with Digital Journal, prior to his set at TomorrowWorld in Atlanta, Georgia.

Photo Essay: Take a look at the Tybee Island Light Station Special

Tybee Island - There is a lot to see on the grounds of one of America’s most intact light stations, including keepers’ cottages dating back to the late 1800s, the lamp atop the lighthouse, and the Tybee Lighthouse itself.

Tributes from friends and foes for ex-Georgia leader

Tbilisi - Tributes poured in from friends and foes on Monday after the death of former Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze, who helped end the Cold War as the Soviet Union's last foreign minister.

Two armed Georgians have showdown over 'guns everywhere' law

Valdosta - Two armed men had a tense standoff when one demanded identification from the other. Things nearly turned ugly when one owner removed his gun from a holster and the incident ended with an arrest.
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Tubby's Fish Fry seafood dinner. Savannah, Georgia.
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Al Gore at 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga.
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All-American pumpkins at Polk's Plus farmers' market in Pooler, Ga.
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North Beach - Tybee Island, Ga.
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Smiles by Leopold's Ice Cream staff abound. Savannah, GA June 2012
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