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Gunfire, explosions during Georgia 'terror' raid

Tbili - Explosions and gunfire were heard in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Wednesday as armed counter-terrorist units raided an apartment block on the outskirts of the city, an AFP reporter witnessed.

World's earliest evidence of wine-making found in Georgia

Miami - The world's earliest evidence of grape wine-making has been detected in 8,000-year-old pottery jars unearthed in Georgia, making the tradition almost 1,000 years older than previously thought, researchers said Monday.

Georgia PM reshuffles cabinet

Tbili - Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili on Monday announced a cabinet reshuffle and merger of several ministries in a bid to reduce red tape and the cost of running the government.

Georgia elects ex-football star Kaladze mayor of capital

Tbili - Georgia announced Sunday that former AC Milan football star Kakha Kaladze had been elected mayor of its capital Tbilisi.The country's election administration said on its website that Kaladze won 51 percent of the vote in Saturday's municipal election.

The Marshall Tucker Band to headline the 2017 Georgia Jam

The iconic southern rock group Marshall Tucker Band will headline the 2017 Georgia Jam. They will be playing shows in Macon and Atlanta.

Saakashvili vows Ukraine political comeback after return

Kiev - Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili vowed Monday to reclaim his place in Ukrainian politics after he defied the authorities and forced his way back into the conflict-riven country.

Ukraine vows punishments over Saakashvili border breach

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities on Monday vowed to punish those responsible after ex-Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili forced his way back into the country in the latest twist in a feud with President Petro Poroshenko.

Ex-Georgian president Saakashvili forces way into Ukraine

Medyka - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili and hundreds of his supporters forced their way into Ukraine on Sunday in a bid by the firebrand politician to reclaim his citizenship stripped by President Petro Poroshenko after they fell out.

Former Georgian president Saakashvili forces his way into Ukraine

Medyka - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili and hundreds of his supporters on Sunday forced their way into Ukraine in a bid by the firebrand politician to reclaim his citizenship stripped by President Petro Poroshenko after they fell out.

Saakashvili says determined to return to Ukraine Sunday

Varsovia - Exiled former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili said he was determined to return to Ukraine on Sunday, despite Tbilisi's request that Kiev detain and extradite him, amid his feud with the Ukrainian leader.

Georgia seeks Saakashvili's extradition from Ukraine

Kiev - Tbilisi has asked Kiev to extradite former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, who is locked in a feud with Ukraine's leader, authorities said on Tuesday.

Ukraine to deport ex-Georgian leader's brother amid feud

Kiev - Ukrainian officials moved Saturday to deport the brother of former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, who is locked in a fierce feud with the country's leader Petro Poroshenko.

Stateless Saakashvili vows return to Ukraine next month

Varsovia - Georgia's exiled former president Mikheil Saakashvili, stripped of both his Georgian and Ukrainian citizenship, announced on Friday he would try to cross the border into Ukraine next month.

Georgia slams Putin's visit to Moscow-backed rebel region

Moscow - Georgia reacted furiously on Tuesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Moscow-backed separatist region of Abkhazia on the anniversary of the outbreak of a brief war between Tbilisi and Moscow.

Georgian soldier killed in Taliban suicide attack: NATO

Kabul - A Georgian soldier was killed in a Taliban suicide bomb attack on a convoy of foreign forces near Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, NATO said Friday.

Georgian ex-leader vows court battle over Ukraine citizenship

Kiev - Former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday pledged to fight a fierce court battle to reclaim his Ukrainian citizenship after political rival President Petro Poroshenko revoked his passport.

Pence slams Russian 'occupation' on Georgia visit

Tbili - US Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday blasted Russia's "ocupation" of Georgian territory, as he pledged Donald Trump will sign off on new sanctions against Moscow "soon".

Ukraine strips Georgia's ex-leader Saakashvili of citzenship

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday he has stripped former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship, paving the way for his possible extradition to Georgia.

Facing Russia threat, Ukraine and Georgia join in push West

Tbili - The presidents of Ukraine and Georgia on Tuesday agreed to work together to further their ambitions to join NATO and the European Union, in defiance of threats from former master Russia.

Republican wins Georgia election in blow to anti-Trump effort

Washington - Republican Karen Handel won a closely watched special congressional election Tuesday, salvaging a seat in the traditionally conservative Georgia where Democrats had hoped to strike a blow against Donald Trump's presidency.

Four dead and dozens of overdoses as new drug hits middle Georgia

At least four people have died so far in a wave of dozens of drug overdoses that swept through communities in Middle Georgia, health officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

Georgia race seen as early Trump test goes to run-off

Washington - A Democrat came close to outright victory in Tuesday's closely watched US congressional primary in Georgia, heading to a run-off in a race which Democrats tout as an early test of resistance to President Donald Trump.

With Georgia race, litmus test looms for Trump

Washington - A 30-year-old Democrat hopes to capitalize Tuesday on Donald Trump's lackluster popularity by seizing a Georgia congressional seat held by Republicans for decades, in an election seen as a litmus test of the president's first 100 days.

Georgia wins visa-free EU travel for citizens

Brussels - European Union member states on Monday approved visa-free travel for Georgia, after agreeing safeguards to prevent any upsurge in arrivals from the former Soviet satellite.

Alleged murder plot shakes Georgian Orthodox Church

Tbili - Georgia's Orthodox Church was rocked Monday after police announced the arrest of a priest over a suspected poisoning plot targeting a high-ranking Church figure.

Review: Compelling drama ‘Liv Stein’ relentless in English-language debut Special

Toronto - “Liv Stein” is like an edgier “All About Eve”, set in the classical music world, with a climax that takes cues from “Saw”. If that description is hard to believe, it suits a play about how the desperate believe anything they want to be true.

Dionne Warwick set to perform at charity awards show in Georgia Special

Atlanta-based charity the Not Alone Foundation recently announced its fifth annual Diamond Awards, featuring a special live performance by the legendary Dionne Warwick. Digital Journal spoke to her.

Spain arrests 45 over suspected Georgian burglary ring

Madrid - Spanish police have arrested 45 suspected members of a Georgian burglary ring that broke into more than 100 homes, a force spokeswoman said Wednesday after a coordinated nationwide sweep.

Georgia PM vows security boost after reelection win

Tbili - Georgia's acting prime minister on Tuesday pledged to meet security and economic challenges in the fervently pro-Western nation as he named a new cabinet following his party's landslide re-election victory.

Georgia's ex-president vows to force early Ukraine elections

Kiev - Georgia's pro-Western former president Mikheil Saakashvili on Friday announced plans to create a new opposition movement in Ukraine that aims to topple the current leadership and force early elections.
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Paula’s Original Black Pepper Shrimp at The Lady & Sons in Savannah, Georgia.
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Forsyth Park fountain has been "greened" for St. Patrick's Day. Savannah, Ga. 3/9/13
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The buffet at The Lady & Sons. Savannah, Ga.
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Heidi Squier Kraft at 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/16/13
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Gregg Allman at the 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/16/13
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Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae). Tyee Island, GA
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Bobby Deen and Jaime Deen in the Deen Brothers Signing Tent at the Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/15/14
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Looking medieval, the flag of Georgia.
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Close-up of Camellia tree's flowers. Savannah, Ga. January 2013
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Mitch Albom delivers the keynote address at the 2014 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/14/14/
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A view of Drayton Street with Spanish Moss hanging from live oaks. Savannah, GA June 2012
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Azaleas in Forsyth Park. Savannah, GA
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Kitesurfers' kites near Tybee Creek at Tybee Island, Georgia. 8/25/13
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"No Campaigning" sign at Chatham County Voter Registration Office. Savannah, Ga. Nov. 2, 2012