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/ 26 May 2008

UN: Russia shot down Georgian spy plane

The United Nations said on Monday that a Russian air force plane shot down an unmanned Georgian spy drone over Abkhazia last month, strengthening Tbilisi’s claims that Moscow is aiding the rebel territory.The UN report was the weightiest independent endorsement to date of Tbilisi’s allegation that a Russian jet downed its spy plane on April 20.

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/ 6 January 2008

Georgian opposition call protest over polls

Georgia’s opposition called for its supporters to take to the streets on Sunday after a disputed exit poll showed incumbent Mikheil Saakashvili winning in the first round of a snap presidential vote. Saakashvili predicted victory, saying in a statement that independent exit polls "show that we are winning in the first round".

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/ 7 November 2007

Violent protests engulf Georgian capital

Georgian police firing rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons fought running battles with anti-government protesters on Wednesday, plunging the ex-Soviet republic’s capital, Tbilisi, into chaos. All day hundreds of riot police in black body armour clashed with demonstrators demanding the resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili.

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/ 8 October 2007

Georgia’s latest weapon against separatists: Disco

Authorities in ex-Soviet Georgia have turned to a new weapon in their struggle against rebel separatists in the breakaway region of South Ossetia: disco. Officials have announced that disco legends Boney M, known for such 1970s hits as <i>Rasputin</i> and <i>Daddy Cool</i>, will play a concert on Saturday in the tiny, Georgian-controlled village of Tamarasheni.

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/ 2 October 2006

Georgia hands over Russian ‘spies’

Georgia on Monday handed over to international mediators four Russian army officers whose arrest on spying charges triggered the worst crisis in years between the ex-Soviet neighbours. As the handover was going ahead, Moscow ignored international appeals for a similar goodwill gesture and announced it would cut air, sea and land links between the two countries.

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/ 29 September 2006

Russian officials pull out of Georgia in spy row

Russia began pulling out some of its diplomats and their families from Georgia on Friday as the small ex-Soviet state pressed spying charges against a group of Russian army officers. Nato, which pro-Western Georgia wants to join to the dismay of Russia, urged both sides to show restraint but said it had no clear role to play in helping defuse the row.

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/ 27 January 2006

Georgia strikes gas-supply deal with Iran

Georgia announced on Friday a deal with Iran to provide natural gas from the start of next week, offering hope of relief following a severe disruption to energy supplies as a result of a mysterious attack on the main pipeline from neighbouring Russia. President Mikheil Saakashvili hailed the deal struck in Tehran.

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/ 1 November 2005

Man who threw grenade at Bush was ‘acting alone’

A man who admitted throwing a live grenade toward United States President George Bush during a rally in Georgia acted alone and had no links to foreign nations. Vladimir Arutyunian, who was indicted in September by a US grand jury on charges of trying to assassinate the president, will face trial in Georgia soon, said Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili.

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/ 15 September 2005

Rundown street named after Bush

City officials in the capital of ex-Soviet Georgia voted to rename a street after United States President George Bush, an official statement released on Thursday said. The decision to rename the rundown residential street was taken at a council meeting on Wednesday.

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/ 13 August 2004

Georgia plunged into darkness

An electricity blackout left much of Georgia in darkness on Friday, stranding thousands of people in subway cars and cutting off water supplies in the capital of one of the world’s poorest countries. A break in high-tension wires cut off power at 1.30pm local time.

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/ 28 November 2003

Georgia’s opposition looks to the future

Georgia’s opposition has pledged to put up a single presidential candidate for the forthcoming elections after the resignation of Eduard Shevardnadze in an attempt to shore up popular support for the difficult programme of reform ahead. Opposition leader Mikhail Saakashvili said the candidate would be selected before the end of the week.

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/ 24 November 2003

The two faces of Georgia’s economy

Georgia’s crumbling economy, which sparked the unrest that forced President Eduard Shevardnadze to resign, now lands in the lap of its new leaders and could decide whether they manage to stay in power. About 54% of Georgia’s population live below the poverty line, but the country sports dozens of billionaire businessmen.

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/ 24 November 2003

Georgia’s velvet revolution

Georgia’s veteran President Eduard Shevardnadze resigned on Sunday to scenes of wild jubilation in the streets of Tbilisi, as the man who helped end the Cold War was forced to step down after weeks of angry protests. He handed over power to former Parliament speaker Nino Burjanadze in a dramatic climax to mounting popular unrest.

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/ 23 November 2003

Georgia on the brink of chaos

Georgia’s army has not been given any orders to use force against the opposition, the country’s defence minister said on Sunday. He spoke a day after opposition protesters stormed the Georgian Parliament, forcing embattled President Eduard Shevardnadze to flee and sending the former Soviet republic to the brink of chaos.