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Latest Georgia News

Mudslide Blocks Vital Armenia-Russia Trade Route

A vital trade crossing on the Russian-Georgian border has been closed for nearly a week due to a massive mudslide on the Georgian side of the road. More

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland

Nuland 'To Meet With Top Putin Aide'

Russian state media report that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland is scheduled to meet in the Russian capital on June 23 with Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal adviser on Moscow's relationships with Ukraine and Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. More

ECHR: Georgian Ex-Prime Minister’s Detention Partially Illegal

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the 2013 detention of Georgia's former Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili was partially illegal. More

Tom Kent

Veteran AP Editor Tom Kent Appointed President Of Radio Free Europe

Veteran Associated Press journalist Tom Kent has been appointed president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. More

Georgian Defense Minister Tinatin Khidasheli called for 'bold' action by NATO to bring Georgia into the military alliance.

Georgian Officials Call For 'Bold' Action On NATO Membership

Senior Georgian officials say "bold" action is needed on Tbilisi's NATO aspirations and that the Western military alliance should be "desperate" for it to gain membership to demonstrate that Russia is not dictating its policies. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Georgian Defense Minister Under Fire Over Conscription Decree

Georgian Defense Minister Tinatin Khidasheli has incurred criticism from representatives of the ruling Georgian Dream coalition for announcing without prior warning at a press conference on June 27 that conscription of young men to serve in the armed forces has been suspended as of 2017. More

Abkhaz Leader Agrees To Opposition's Demand For Referendum

Under pressure from opposition forces that have branded his accession to power two years ago illegal and unconstitutional, Raul Khajimba, the de facto president of Georgia's breakaway Republic of Abkhazia, has scheduled for July 10 a referendum on whether or not to hold an early presidential election. More
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Features & Commentary

Explainer: The ‘Holy And Great Council’ Of Orthodox Churches

The first gathering of the "Holy and Great Council" of Orthodox churches in more than a millennium has been in preparation for 55 years, but infighting began even before the event could begin this week on the Greek island of Crete.

Photogallery Russian Return To ‘Soviet Riviera’ Brings Hope, Concern To Breakaway Abkhazia

Russian vacationers are the lifeblood of Abkhazia, and the breakaway Georgian region is getting an infusion as the number of visitors from its giant patron grows. But a dispute over whether to let foreigners buy property in the lush Black Sea territory reflects concerns over the extent of Russia’s clout.

In Zika-Risk Zone, No Buzz Despite WHO Warning

In breakaway Abkhazia, officials and vacationers are outwardly unconcerned about what the World Health Organization warns is a high risk of local transmission of the Zika virus. At the same time, though, Russian and separatist authorities say they have renewed a Soviet-era mosquito fumigation program for the first time in more than 20 years.

Audio Slide Show At Outsiders' 'World Cup,' Somaliland Team Sees Way To Give Back

There are plenty of things the Somaliland soccer team lacks: a training camp, a full-time coach, even an internationally recognized country to represent. And after two games in an obscure tournament in the breakaway Black Sea region of Abkhazia, the team did not have a single goal to its name.

Sausage-Wielding Extremists Attack Vegan Cafe In Tbilisi

A vegan cafe in the historic center of Tbilisi was forced to cancel an English-language video screening over the weekend when a group described by witnesses as far-right extremists threw meat into patrons' vegan dinners and started a brawl.
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