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As Ukrainians protest, Georgia looks West

ISTANBUL — With attention focused on Ukraine, whose president prompted mass protests with his last-minute decision to abandon plans for European integration last month, developments in other former Soviet countries have been less visible. Among them, Georgia initialed an agreement with the EU, quietly nearing the finish line in what's perhaps been the most dramatic story of geopolitical wrangling between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

Death of Georgia teen found rolled in gym mat to be reinvestigated

"[His parents] never believed he died the way the sheriff concluded. They believe that it defies logic, the laws of physics as well as common sense," said family attorney Benjamin Crump to Fox News. "They think this is a cover-up to protect the person or people responsible for their son’s death."

Giorgi Margvelashvili wins Georgian presidential election: exit polls

Margvelashvili, 44, has won 66 to 68 percent of the vote, according to exit surveys, in an election that pitted him against a member of the current president’s party.

Georgians prepare for election amid worries about what will follow

TBILISI — Whatever happens in this country’s presidential election later this month, one matter is certain: the political landscape will change after the two clashing personalities that have recently defined it officially leave government.

Sheriff's deputy in Georgia caught selling marijuana to undercover agent

A Georgia sheriff's deputy will face drug and firearms charges after he was caught selling marijuana to federal agents out of his very own squad car.

Afghanistan attacks rattle a staunch coalition member

TBILISI — When a truck bomb in Afghanistan’s restive Helmand province killed seven soldiers serving with ISAF last week, it was the deadliest attack on coalition troops in almost a year. It's also unnerved many Georgians and prompted debate about the country’s priorities.

Rising church asserts itself in Georgia after Orthodox Christian protesters attack gay-rights activists

TBILISI — Many believe the government is seeking to divert attention from a confrontation with an increasingly powerful church by arresting the head of the main opposition party, a close ally of outgoing President Mikheil Saakashvili. That’s helping raise concerns about the country’s direction months before a presidential election this fall.

Georgian soldiers killed in Afghanistan attack

Defense Minister Irakli Alasania said the soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber drove a truck carrying explosives into their base in Helmand province.

Early foreign policy signs from Georgia seem positive

New government will maintain ties to West, but also strengthen ties to Moscow.
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Georgia's new Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili smiles as he attends a session of the Georgian parliament in Kutaisi, on Oct. 25, 2012. (Vano Shlamov/AFP/Getty Images)
With a successful round of elections and a promising new leader, Georgia is in a prime position to boost its image domestically and abroad.

Georgia election: President Mikheil Saakashvili concedes defeat in historic vote

It marks the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union that Georgia has changed governments in a democratic vote, not a revolution.
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