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Georgian Official Steps Down Over Prison Abuse

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Georgia’s interior minister has resigned, amid continuing protests over alleged prisoner abuse that was filmed and aired on Georgian television this week. Bacho Akhalaia said in a statement Thursday that he is resigning because he feels personal responsibility that he failed to eradicate what he called the “horrible” practice of torture in prisons. Before taking […]

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Prisoner Abuse Video Sparks Protests in Georgia

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili has vowed to punish those responsible for the torture and rape of inmates at a Georgian prison. Videotape of the abuses was aired on opposition-backed television Tuesday. Mr. Saakashvili spoke Wednesday, ordering police into Georgia’s prisons and vowing “zero tolerance” of human rights abuses. The video sparked protests in the streets […]

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Thousands Protest Georgia Government

Posted May 27th, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of people rallied in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, to show their support for an opposition bid to oust President Mikhail Saakashvili’s governing party at upcoming elections. Sunday’s demonstration was organized by supporters of the ‘Georgian Dream’ opposition movement led by billionaire businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili. The rally, which ended at Georgia’s Freedom square, […]

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Georgia’s Stalin Museum to Focus on Dictator’s Crimes

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The museum in Josef Stalin’s hometown in Georgia is changing its focus to highlight the atrocities that were committed during the Soviet dictator’s rule. Georgian Culture Minister Nika Rurua said Monday the museum in Gori is incompatible with modern-day Georgia, which became independent in 1991. The museum was built in 1937 and includes the small […]

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Georgia’s Stalin Museum to Change Focus

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The museum in Josef Stalin’s hometown in Georgia is changing its focus to highlight the atrocities that were committed during the Soviet dictator’s rule. Georgia’s culture minister said Monday the museum in Gori is incompatible with modern-day Georgia,which became independent in 1991. The museum was built in 1937 and included the small house where Stalin […]

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Bombers Target Israeli Vehicles in India, Georgia

Posted February 13th, 2012 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli officials say bombers have targeted Israeli vehicles in India and Georgia. Authorities say two people were injured in the explosion Monday in New Delhi. The car bomb in Georgia was discovered before it went off. No other details were immediately available.

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South Ossetia’s Self-Proclaimed President Hospitalized After Police Raid

Posted February 10th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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South Ossetia’s self-proclaimed president, Alla Dzhioyeva, has been hospitalized in serious condition after becoming ill during police questioning, hours ahead of her planned inauguration Friday. Investigators in Georgia’s breakaway province said Friday the former education minister is suspected of organizing a coup attempt last year. Police went to Dzhioyeva’s headquarters to question her late Thursday […]

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Obama: US Considering Free Trade Pact with Georgia

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama says the United States is considering putting together a free trade pact with Georgia. Mr. Obama welcomed Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to the White House Monday, saying both countries have agreed to talk about ways to strengthen trade. The U.S. leader said this includes a possible free trade agreement. President Saakashvili said […]

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Georgian President Visits White House

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to the White House Monday for talks on further strengthening bilateral ties. The White House says Mr. Obama will reconfirm U.S. support for Georgia’s territorial integrity. It says Mr. Obama also is expected to underscore the importance of U.S. defense cooperation with Georgia, including Georgia’s contributions […]

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Georgian Sailors Freed After 16 Months with Somali Pirates

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Georgian officials say Somalia pirates have freed 15 crew members of a cargo ship seized more than a year ago. The officials gave no details of the release and did not say if a ransom was paid. They say the freed hostages are in satisfactory condition. The Somali pirates hijacked the Maltese-flagged ship in the […]

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