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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.

Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova look to EU future with accords

Brussels - European Union leaders sign historic association accords Friday with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova as the three Soviet-era republics look to a future in Europe rather than with their old masters in Moscow.

Opera Australia sacks soprano over anti-gay slur

Sydney - Leading soprano Tamar Iveri on Monday had her contract torn up by Opera Australia for "unconscionable" anti-gay comments posted on her Facebook page that sparked a storm of protest.

75 lab workers at the CDC may be infected with anthrax

Atlanta - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Thursday that around 75 lab workers in Atlanta may have been infected with anthrax. An investigation into the incident is apparently ongoing.

Abkhazia leader forced to flee, denounces coup bid

Sukhum - Opposition protesters stormed the presidency in Abkhazia overnight in what the leader of the Georgian breakaway region called a coup attempt, Russian news agencies said Wednesday.

Hollande bids to boost Caucasus ties amid Ukraine crisis

Baku - French President Francois Hollande began a three-day visit to the South Caucasus on Sunday as he seeks to bolster European ties on Russia's southern doorstep amid the crisis in Ukraine.

U.S. promises to keep up military ties with Georgia

Washington - The United States promised to keep up military cooperation with Georgia, a former Soviet state that views the escalating crisis in Ukraine with deep concern.

Georgia passes 'carry anywhere' bill expanding gun rights

Defying other states that are moving to increase gun control in the wake of recent shootings, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill Wednesday that will expand licensed gun owners' rights to carry.

Russia will respond if interests attacked in Ukraine: Lavrov

Moscow - Russia will respond if its interests are attacked in Ukraine, as they were in South Ossetia in 2008 which led to war with Georgia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: North Charleston man facing federal charges over $.89 refill

North Charleston - A North Charleston man is now facing federal charges over an $0.89 drink refill. Christopher Lewis says he was not aware that refills at the VA Medical Center in North Charleston were not free.

Europe must stand united against Russia 'challenge': Lithuania

Athens - Europe must stand united as Russia challenges the continent's resolve over the Ukrainian crisis unfolding on its eastern borders, Lithuania's top diplomat told AFP on Friday.

Bank error gives Georgia teen $31k, who then promptly spends it

Hull - A bank in Hull, Ga., mistakenly deposited $31,000 into an 18-year-old's bank account. The teen then went on a shopping spree, and now could face prosecution.

Georgian prosecutors summon ex-president Saakashvili

Tbilisi - Prosecutors in Georgia on Saturday said they have summoned ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili for questioning over a raft of criminal cases.Saakashvili has been told to appear on Thursday in connection with 10 cases, including a possible probe into the 2...

Ukraine crisis stirs painful emotions in Georgia

Tbilisi - Yellow-and-blue Ukrainian flags flutter in the spring breeze around Tbilisi, a symbol of Georgians' commiseration with the people of a fellow former Soviet state facing new incursions by Moscow.Events in Ukraine's stand-off with Russia have dominated t...

Savannah merchants are prepared for St. Patrick's Day Special

Savannah - With any luck, an estimated 1million visitors will be in Savannah to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Businesses in the historic district are ready with all things green, which may turn into gold when the crowds arrive.

Georgia says 2008 war encouraged Russia to take Crimea

Tbilisi - The failure of the international community to punish Russia for its 2008 invasion of Georgia has let Moscow think it can get away with seizing Ukraine's Crimea region, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said Tuesday.

The buzz about Savannah: charming and romantic Special

Savannah - February has been a good month for Savannah, Ga. The travel pages are buzzing about it being among the world’s best travel spots for those seeking a charming or romantic vacation destination. Visitors to Savannah couldn't agree more.

Photo Essay: Cooking icons Paula Deen and sons Bobby and Jaime Special

Savannah - Cooking, southern foods, and, more recently, healthy recipes are synonymous with the Deen Family. Brothers Bobby and Jaime were the celebrity guests at the Savannah Book Festival where they signed copies of their books, and mom was there to show support.

Georgia sentences former premier to 5 1/2 years in jail

Tbilisi - A court in Georgia on Monday sentenced former prime minister Vano Merabishvili to five and a half years in prison for embezzlement in a case his lawyer denounced as political persecution.The court found Merabishvili, who headed the government of ousted...
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Forsyth Park fountain has been  greened  for St. Patrick s Day.  Savannah  Ga.  3/9/13
Forsyth Park fountain has been "greened" for St. Patrick's Day. Savannah, Ga. 3/9/13
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Members of the First City Network  Georgia s oldest gay rights organization  march in the MLK Parade...
Members of the First City Network, Georgia's oldest gay rights organization, march in the MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
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Wally Lamb  author of She s Come Undone  I Know This Much Is True  and We Are Water  at the Savannah...
Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, and We Are Water, at the Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/15/14
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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) plunges into the ocean to try to get a meal.  Tybee Island  G...
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) plunges into the ocean to try to get a meal. Tybee Island, Ga.
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 A Life of Regrets  (2002) by Dan Metts.   My brother David  who struggled with addiction most of hi...
"A Life of Regrets" (2002) by Dan Metts. "My brother David, who struggled with addiction most of his life, died 2008, age 60." SSU Art Gallery in the Social Science Academic Building. Savannah, Ga.
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Hugh Howey signing his novels at the Savannah Book Festival.  Savannah  Ga.  2/15/14
Hugh Howey signing his novels at the Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/15/14
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Paula Deen posing with fans at Savannah Book Festival.  Savannah  Ga.  2/15/14
Paula Deen posing with fans at Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/15/14
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The lines always moves fast at Leopold s Ice Cream.  Savannah  GA  7/21/13
The lines always moves fast at Leopold's Ice Cream. Savannah, GA 7/21/13
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Paintings for sale at First Saturday on the River and Kiss-a-Pig Campaign kick-off at Savannah s riv...
Paintings for sale at First Saturday on the River and Kiss-a-Pig Campaign kick-off at Savannah's river front. Savannah, Ga. 3/2/13
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Mitch Albom delivers the keynote address at the 2014 Savannah Book Festival.  Savannah  Ga.  2/14/14...
Mitch Albom delivers the keynote address at the 2014 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/14/14/
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Fountain at Forsyth Park.  Savannah  GA  June 2012
Fountain at Forsyth Park. Savannah, GA June 2012
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Pumpkin patch at Polk s Plus in Pooler  Ga.
Pumpkin patch at Polk's Plus in Pooler, Ga.
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Uncle Bubba s Oyster House.  Savannah  GA  June 2012
Uncle Bubba's Oyster House. Savannah, GA June 2012
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Members of the winning Georgia team  from left to right  Amira Alexander  Rachel Dai  Laura Coble an...
Members of the winning Georgia team, from left to right, Amira Alexander, Rachel Dai, Laura Coble and captain Sissy Gann pose with the Judy Bell Trophy. It is the third time in the event's 16-year history Georgia has claimed the Women's State Team Championship.
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Crowds near vendor booths at First Saturday on the River and Kiss-a-Pig Campaign kick-off at Savanna...
Crowds near vendor booths at First Saturday on the River and Kiss-a-Pig Campaign kick-off at Savannah's river front. Savannah, Ga. 3/2/13
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The Tybee Lighthouse has two 1 000 watt bulbs.  Tybee Island  Ga.
The Tybee Lighthouse has two 1,000 watt bulbs. Tybee Island, Ga.
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Paula Deen with young fans who are twins at the side of the Deen Brothers Signing Tent at 2014 Savan...
Paula Deen with young fans who are twins at the side of the Deen Brothers Signing Tent at 2014 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/15/14
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Nutcracker cookie jars at Byrd s.  Savannah  Ga.
Nutcracker cookie jars at Byrd's. Savannah, Ga.
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Horse-drawn carriage ride.  Savannah  Ga.
Horse-drawn carriage ride. Savannah, Ga.
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Kitesurfing on Tybee Creek.  Tybee Island  Georgia
Kitesurfing on Tybee Creek. Tybee Island, Georgia
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