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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.

Svaneti: Georgia's rocky wilderness, new ski 'paradise'

Georgia - With its rugged landscape of rocky peaks, virgin slopes and breathtaking vistas, Georgia's most isolated region, Upper Svaneti, is a magnet for skiers and even hopes to host the Winter Olympics one day.

Ten injured, 50 held as police storm Kiev protest camp

Kiev - Ten people were injured and at least 50 arrested in Kiev on Saturday following clashes between police and anti-corruption protesters who have set up camp outside the Ukrainian parliament.

State of Georgia considers bill to allow cryptocoins to pay taxes

Atlanta - Two state senators in Georgia have proposed a bill that would allow citizens to pay their tax obligations in bitcoin or other cryptocoins not yet specified.

Ukraine bans Saakashvili for three years

Kiev - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili on Wednesday was banned from entering Ukraine for three years after Kiev deported the opposition leader earlier this month.

In the Netherlands, Saakashvili vows to 'continue fight'

Rotterdam - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili vowed Wednesday to press on with his fight, as the stateless politician arrived in the Netherlands to join his family after being expelled from Ukraine.

In the Netherlands, Saakashvili vows to 'continue fight'

Rotterdam - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili vowed to continue his fight Wednesday, as he arrived in the Netherlands after being expelled by Ukraine.

Saakashvili forced out of Ukraine, but for how long?

Kiev - By deporting him to Poland, President Petro Poroshenko may have managed to get rid of his arch-enemy Mikheil Saakashvili for now.

Saakashvili forced out of Ukraine, but for how long?

Kiev - By deporting him to Poland, President Petro Poroshenko may have managed to get rid of his arch-enemy Mikheil Saakashvili for now.

Saakashvili says counting on supporters for Ukraine return

Warsaw - Mikheil Saakashvili, a former Georgian president and current opposition leader in Ukraine, on Tuesday said he was counting on help from his supporters to return to Kiev after being deported to Poland.

Ukraine drops nocturnal curfew for Saakashvili

Kiev - Ukraine's public prosecutor said Tuesday that a nighttime curfew for opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili, accused of plotting a coup, had expired and would not be renewed.

Ukrainian court slaps curfew on Saakashvili

Kiev - A Ukrainian court on Friday slapped a curfew on former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, who stands accused of trying to stage a coup sponsored by Russia.
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Mary and Stratton Leopold in front of counter. Leopold's Ice Cream. Savannah, GA June 2012
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Fresh produce, plants, and more at Polk's Plus. Pooler, Ga.
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Birthday party guests of all ages enjoyed Leopold's Ice Cream. Savannah, GA August 18, 2012
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