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Georgia's first female president sworn in

Telavi - Georgia on Sunday swore in its first female president, Salome Zurabishvili as opposition parties continue to denounce her election as fraudulent and demand snap parliamentary polls.

Georgia's new president: French diplomat who returned to ancestral home

Tbili - Salome Zurabishvili, who has been elected Georgia's first female president, is a former French diplomat who exchanged a secure career for the turbulent politics of her ancestral country.

Opposition rejects vote as Georgia elects first woman president

Tbili - Ex-diplomat Salome Zurabishvili hailed her election as Georgia's first woman president on Thursday but opposition leaders denounced the result as fraud and called for protests.

Ruling party candidate leads in Georgia presidential vote: exit poll

Tbili - Ruling party candidate Salome Zurabishvili was in the lead after voting closed Wednesday in a hotly contested Georgian presidential election, an exit poll showed.

Ruling party candidate leads in Georgia presidential vote

Tbili - Georgia's ruling party candidate Salome Zurabishvili was on the verge of winning a hotly contested presidential vote, nearly complete results showed Thursday, as the opposition called for protests over alleged fraud.

Georgia holds second round of hotly contested presidential vote

Tbili - Georgia on Wednesday holds the second round of a knife-edge presidential election seen as a crucial test for the increasingly unpopular ruling party led by a billionaire oligarch.

Florida headed for recounts as Republican challenger sues

Washington - Key results in this week's US elections hung in the balance Thursday, two days after polling, with accusations flying of voter fraud and corruption, as several races appeared headed for recounts.

Georgia opposition gets boost as presidential vote goes to run-off

Tbili - Georgia's hotly contested presidential election has gone to a run-off after no candidate won the first round, in a move that may spell the end of the ruling party's reign, results showed on Monday.

Georgia presidential vote goes to run-off

Tbili - Presidential elections in Georgia, seen as a crucial test for the increasingly unpopular ruling party, have gone to a run-off, preliminary results showed on Monday.

Polls open in Georgia presidential election

Tbili - Georgians on Sunday started voting to elect a figurehead president in a poll seen as a crucial test for the increasingly unpopular ruling party.

Ex-French diplomat unlikely favourite for Georgian president

Tbili - When Salome Zurabishvili arrived in Georgia in 2004 as French ambassador, few could have predicted that 15 years later she would be favourite to be elected president of the ex-Soviet nation.

Global chess body elects new head amid claims of Russian meddling

Moscow - The global chess federation is set to vote for a new president on Wednesday, replacing its veteran, highly controversial Russian chief, amid allegations of undue influence exerted by Moscow.

Phillip Phillips, Luke Bryan, to play benefit concert in Georgia

Albany - On October 3, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips and country superstar Luke Bryan will perform at The Exchange Club of Albany in Georgia.

Vogtle power plant gets go-ahead despite budget overages

Atlanta - The owners of the last nuclear power plant still under construction in the U.S. say the project will continue after they resolved a disagreement about the multi-billion-dollar budget overages.

Georgia extradites Russian data theft suspect to US

New York - A 35-year-old Russian was extradited to the United States from Georgia on Friday to answer criminal charges over the massive theft of customer data from JPMorgan Chase and Dow Jones, officials announced.

Tanker missing in Gulf of Guinea found

Tbili - A tanker with 19 Georgian and Russian sailors that went missing for over a week in the Gulf of Guinea has been found off the coast of Congo, Tbilisi said on Friday, although the reason for its disappearance remained unclear.

Putin promises to support Georgian separatist republics

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday told leaders of the Georgian separatist republics South Ossetia and Abkhazia that Moscow would do all it could to guarantee their security, a decade on from a Russia-Georgia war.

No fast-track NATO membership for Georgia: Merkel

Tbili - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday ruled out any fast-track NATO membership for Georgia, ten years after the alliance's leaders pledged the ex-Soviet nation would join the club.

Merkel reaffirms support for Georgia over separatist regions

Tbili - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday reaffirmed support for Georgia's territorial integrity on a visit to Tbilisi a decade after a Russia-Georgia war led to Moscow-backed regions breaking away from the Caucasus nation.

Georgia marks 10th anniversary of Russia war

Tbili - Georgia on Wednesday marked the tenth anniversary of its war with Russia which has left the country dismembered with a fifth of its territory remaining under Moscow's control.

US urges Russia to withdraw from parts of Georgia

Washington - The United States on Tuesday urged Russia to pull out Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the Kremlin-backed separatist regions of Georgia.Russia recognized both as independent a decade ago, and Moscow has a significant military presence there.

10 years after Russia war, Georgia decries Moscow's ongoing 'occupation'

Tbili - Georgia on Tuesday condemned Russia's continued "occupation" of its territory, a decade after the two countries went to war over the Kremlin-backed separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The lightning Russia-Georgia war

Paris - Ten years ago, in August 2008, Russia and Georgia went to war over South Ossetia, a small separatist Georgian region which Moscow would later controversially recognise as independent, in the face of international criticism.

A decade after Russia war, plight of Georgian refugees continues

Georgia - Standing in a meadow in the sweltering heat and amid the chirping of grasshoppers, 84-year-old Dato Vanishvili looks through a barbed wire fence and sighs: "It's like living in a prison, here.

Russia used lessons from Georgia war in Ukraine conflict

Moscow - In the summer of 2008, Russia's army intervened militarily in an independent state for the first time since the Soviet Union's disastrous campaign in Afghanistan.

Georgia legalises personal use of marijuana

Tbili - The Georgian Constitutional Court on Monday abolished fines for using marijuana but stipulated that growing and selling the drug would remain an offence.

German bill to cut asylum seekers from N.Africa, Georgia

Berlin - Germany's government launched a renewed attempt Wednesday to declare three North African states and Georgia "safe countries of origin", which would raise the hurdles for asylum requests by its citizens.

Georgia's prime minister resigns after mass protests

Tbili - Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced his resignation Wednesday after a series of mass protests highlighted a dramatic drop in his government's popularity.

Georgia's prime minister resigns after mass protests

Tbili - Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced his resignation Wednesday after a series of mass protests highlighted a dramatic drop in his government's popularity.

Syria recognition of Russian-backed breakaway regions sparks Georgia outcry

Damascus - Syria on Tuesday recognised the Russian-backed breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent from the former Soviet state of Georgia, prompting Tbilisi to cut diplomatic ties with Damascus.
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