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Singer/songwriter Josh Kelley keeps on keeping it country Special

The southern boy "went country" in 2009 when he signed with MCA Nashville, after having begun his career playing rock and blues. His latest album is the follow-up to his country debut, 2011's 'Georgia Clay.'

With an eye on Russia, US and Georgia ink defence pact

Tbili - The United States and Georgia signed a security deal Wednesday designed to shore up the former Soviet republic's defences against Russia as it waits to join NATO.

Georgia's rebel region to vote on joining Russia in 2017: Official

Moscow - Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia will hold a referendum on joining Russia next year, its president and parliament speaker said in a statement Thursday.

NATO aims to 'destabilise' Caucasus with Georgia drills: Moscow

Moscow - Russian foreign ministry on Friday accused NATO of seeking to destabilise the Caucasus region with upcoming joint exercises in Georgia, where US soldiers will train together with Georgian forces this month.

Georgia detains six over alleged plan to sell uranium

Tbili - Georgia has arrested three of its nationals and three citizens of Armenia for trying to sell the radioactive substance uranium-238, the ex-Soviet country's security services said Monday.

Pope announces trips to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Vatican City - Pope Francis will visit Armenia and Azerbaijan later this year, the Vatican announced Saturday, amid tensions in the region following a flare-up of violence over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.

Georgian billionaire ex-PM stirs ire for shifting tree by ship

Tbili - Georgia's eccentric billionaire, former premier Bidzina Ivanishvili, has come under fire from environmentalists for uprooting a rare giant tree and transporting it by boat to his private park.

U.S. governor rejects Georgia bill deemed anti-gay

New York - The Republican governor of Georgia has rejected a "religious freedoms" bill that giant corporations, Hollywood and activists bitterly complained would infringe gay rights in the southeastern US state.

Georgia rocked by sex video scandal ahead of polls

Tbili - A political scandal has rocked pro-Western Georgia after a sex video of an opposition party member was posted online and other politicians received similar threats, just months before parliamentary polls.

Georgia welcomes probe into 2008 war with Russia

Tbili - Georgia on Thursday welcomed the International Criminal Court's inquiry into alleged war crimes committed during its 2008 war with Russia over Moscow-backed breakaway South Ossetia region.

ICC prosecutors to probe 2008 alleged war crimes in Georgia

Den Haag - Judges at the world's only permanent war crimes court Wednesday gave prosecutors permission to launch their first investigation outside of Africa, approving a probe into alleged abuses during a brief 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili confirmed as Georgia PM

Tbili - Georgia's parliament confirmed Wednesday former foreign minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili as the country's prime minister, six days after Irakli Garibashvili's surprise resignation from the post.

Georgia deputy to step in after PM's resignation

Tbili - Georgia's president on Friday nominated vice premier Giorgi Kvirikashvili as the new head of government after the surprise resignation of Irakli Garibashvili.

Georgia Prime Minister Garibashvili resigns

Tbili - Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili resigned on Wednesday after two years in power, with the ruling coalition struggling to boost its popularity ahead of parliamentary polls next year.

EU's Juncker recommends visa liberalisation for Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo

Brussels - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday the EU should offer visa-free short-stay travel to the bloc for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo, all three locked in bitter disputes with Russia.

Talking Christmas and 'The Dukes of Hazzard' with actor Tom Wopat Special

The 64 year old, fondly remembered for playing Luke Duke, has been making his way the only way he knows how for over 40 years and last month he and his 'Dukes of Hazzard' co-star, John Schneider, re-released their 2014 Christmas album, this time on vinyl.

Georgia revokes ex-president Saakashvili's citizenship

Tbili - Georgia on Friday stripped former leader and reformer Mikheil Saakashvili of his citizenship as he had acquired a Ukrainian passport to serve as governor of the strategic Odessa region.

Review: The Black Crowes are to re-release their first four albums

Georgia's finest, who called it quits earlier this year after a quarter of a century together, are about to remind us their fans of what we're going to miss - on 180-gram vinyl, no less.

Georgia arrests four for alleged links to Islamic State

Tbili - Georgia has arrested four of its nationals on suspicion of having links with the Islamic State group, the ex-Soviet country's officials said Tuesday.

Georgia TV channel vows to fight back amid government pressure

Tbili - Staff at Georgia's most popular TV station on Friday promised to resist government pressure after a court ordered a change of management at the opposition channel.The ruling ratcheted up tensions in the ex-Soviet country of 4.

Watch the most incredible college football play of the year

Get comfortable and watch the shocking game-winning touchdown everyone is talking about now. Tied 16-16, Georgia Tech blocked a last-second FG attempt by FSU, scooped up the loose ball and scored a touchdown to win the battle.

Georgia launches probe into 'coup plot'

Tbili - Georgia said Saturday it had launched a probe into controversial media reports suggesting that exiled former president Mikheil Saakashvili was plotting a coup to overthrow the authorities.

Study highlights importance of bats for rare frog, other species

Knoxville - A tiny and rare species of frog living in remote, hidden caves in the heavily forested mountains near Russia and Georgia depends on bats for its survival, according to a recent study.

Fear of turmoil in Georgia as top TV channel faces government pressure

Tbili - Thousands of protesters rallied in Georgia on Thursday against the government's alleged attempts to silence the country's most popular television channel, raising fears of political turmoil in the Western-backed nation.

Georgia TV head accuses government of blackmail in power struggle

Tbili - The head of Georgia's main independent television station on Wednesday accused the government of trying to blackmail him as part of a struggle for control that critics say is aimed at stifling free media in the ex-Soviet state.

Georgia breakaway region eyes Crimea-style vote on joining Russia

Moscow - Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia has said it plans to hold a referendum on joining Russia but the Kremlin appeared to pour cold water on the idea Tuesday.

ICC prosecutor formally asks to probe 2008 Georgia war

Den Haag - The prosecutor for the world's only permanent war crimes court Tuesday formally requested to open the tribunal's first inquiry into alleged abuses by Russia, by probing its 2008 war with Georgia.

ICC prosecutor seeking probe into 2008 Russia-Georgia war

Tbili - The prosecutor for the world's only permanent war crimes court Thursday called for an inquiry to be opened into alleged abuses during a swift but brutal 2008 conflict between Georgia and Russia.

Pop star Bera talks 'I Look Good On You,' future and Taylor Swift Special

International pop star Bera chatted with Digital Journal about his single and music video for "I Look Good On You" and his future plans.

Georgia jails top opposition leader for four and a half years

Tbili - A court in ex-Soviet Georgia sentenced a top opposition leader to four and a half years in jail for misspending public funds, a charge he denounced as trumped-up and politically motivated.
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Bobby Deen and Jaime Deen greeting fans and signing books at the 2014 Savannah Book Festival.  Savan...
Bobby Deen and Jaime Deen greeting fans and signing books at the 2014 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/15/14
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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Freddie Falcon gives a high-five to a member of the Savannah Falcons  cheerleading squad at The Atla...
Freddie Falcon gives a high-five to a member of the Savannah Falcons' cheerleading squad at The Atlanta Falcons Tailgate Team event. Savannah, Ga. 10/15/13
Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft at Savannah Book Festival.  Savannah  Ga.  2/16/13
Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft at Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/16/13
Jake Tapper (right) with Cooper  son of fallen soldier Sgt. Buddy Hughie  Hughie s father-in-law  an...
Jake Tapper (right) with Cooper, son of fallen soldier Sgt. Buddy Hughie, Hughie's father-in-law, and Sgt. Birchfield at 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga.
Leopold s Ice Cream - In honor of Heidi Squier Kraft  Rose Number Two  from Rule Number Two - Rose P...
Leopold's Ice Cream - In honor of Heidi Squier Kraft "Rose Number Two" from Rule Number Two - Rose Petal Cream. Savannah, Ga. 2/17/13
Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft at Savannah Book Festival.  Savannah  Ga.  2/16/13
Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft at Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/16/13
One little girl seemed especially excited to see the MLK Parade in Savannah  GA.  1/20/14
One little girl seemed especially excited to see the MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
Tybee Island s north beach.  Tybee Island  Ga.
Tybee Island's north beach. Tybee Island, Ga.
Entrance to Colonial Park Cemetery.  Savannah  GA  June 2012
Entrance to Colonial Park Cemetery. Savannah, GA June 2012
Melanie Benjamin in the Author Signing Tent at the Savannah Book Festival.  Savannah  Ga.  2/15/14
Melanie Benjamin in the Author Signing Tent at the Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/15/14
at Leopold s Ice Cream.  Savannah  GA
at Leopold's Ice Cream. Savannah, GA
Tybee Island  Ga.
Tybee Island, Ga.
First Order Fresnel Lens atop the Tybee Island Lighthouse.  Tybee Island  Ga.
First Order Fresnel Lens atop the Tybee Island Lighthouse. Tybee Island, Ga.
Calm ocean and beautiful evening at Tybee Island  Georgia.  8/16/13
Calm ocean and beautiful evening at Tybee Island, Georgia. 8/16/13
Shrimp Po Bubba at Uncle Bubba s Oyster House.  Savannah  GA
Shrimp Po Bubba at Uncle Bubba's Oyster House. Savannah, GA
Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg signing his book  Wilson  at the Savannah Book Festival....
Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg signing his book, Wilson, at the Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/15/14
Don Mann at 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah  Ga.
Don Mann at 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga.
Close-up of Camellia tree s flowers.  Savannah  Ga.  January 2013
Close-up of Camellia tree's flowers. Savannah, Ga. January 2013
Heidi Squier Kraft at 2013 Savannah Book Festival.  Savannah  Ga.  2/16/13
Heidi Squier Kraft at 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/16/13