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Major film studios threaten to boycott Georgia over abortion law

May 31, 2019 - 5:13 PM

Film studios like WarnerMedia, Sony Pictures, and NBCUniversal are threatening to pull their productions out of Georgia due to its controversial abortion law

Billionaire to grads at U.S. black college: I'll pay off your student loans

May 20, 2019 - 8:03 AM

Robert F. Smith, an African-American businessman tells the new graduating class of historically black Morehouse College that he plans to pay off the entirety of their student debt: an estimated $40 million

PAY IT FORWARD. File photo of Robert F. Smith. Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images  North America/AFP

Hollywood loves Georgia's low taxes but fumes over strict abortion law

May 12, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Celebrities led by Alyssa Milano have threatened in late March to refuse to work in Georgia if it adopted the new abortion restrictions

U.S. state Georgia passes bill banning first-heartbeat abortion

Mar 30, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Georgia's lower house approves the 'heartbeat bill' which prohibits abortions as soon as the first beats of the fetus are heard – from 6 weeks – something that happens when most mothers still don't know they are pregnant

Fil-Australian teen swimmer breaks Akiko Thomson's record

Feb 13, 2019 - 12:43 PM

Georgia Peregrina smashes the national women's senior 200m backstroke record Olympian Akiko Thomson held for 26 years

NEW ERA. Georgia Peregrina breaks the last of Olympian Akiko Thomson's records. Photo from Georgia Peregrina's Facebook

European court faults Russia for mass deportation of Georgians

Jan 31, 2019 - 9:32 PM

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights orders Moscow to pay 10 million euros ($11.4 million), with each deportee receiving 2,000 euros and those unlawfully jailed getting an additional 10,000 to 15,000 euros

Georgia's first female president sworn in

Dec 16, 2018 - 10:28 PM

The inauguration paves the way for a new constitution to come into force, transforming the country into a parliamentary republic

Ex-diplomat Zurabishvili elected Georgia's first woman president

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:50 PM

With all votes counted, the French-born ex-diplomat has taken 59.52% of the vote in the second round run-off

Florida braces for recounts in governor, Senate races

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Democrats Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African-American governors, but the races are tilting in favor of their Republican rivals

RECOUNT. Democratic candidates Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African-American governors. File photos from Gillum and Abrams' official Facebook pages

Races to watch in U.S. midterm elections 2018

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Here is a look at some of the most interesting contests

SENATE RACE. Incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz is facing Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke. Photos from Shutterstock

Georgia presidential vote goes to run-off

Oct 29, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Official turnout was nearly 47% at 8 pm local time (1600 GMT) on Sunday, when the polls closed, the central election commission says

GEORGIA PRESIDENTIAL VOTE. An official speaks with voters at a polling station in Tbilisi on October 28, 2018, during the first round of the Georgian presidential election at a polling station. Photo by Vano Shlamov/AFP

Tiger Woods favored, but history against Augusta victory

Mar 30, 2018 - 1:44 PM

Woods won US Masters titles in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005, but his last top-10 finish at Augusta National was a tie for fourth in 2013

ANOTHER SHOT. In this file photo, Tiger Woods plays his shot from the 16th tee during the final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 18, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images/AFP

'Devastation' in Florida Keys as storm Irma weakens

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED Across the Caribbean hard hit residents struggle to get back on their feet as Britain France the Netherlands and the United States ramp up relief efforts for their overseas territories

POST-IRMA. A man looks at damaged boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, Florida, September 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Irma weakens but continues to batter Florida

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:52 PM

Irma is projected to become a tropical storm as it moves into northern Florida or southern Georgia

ASHORE. A boat is washed on shore at the Watson Island marina as Hurricane Irma passed through the area on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Irma's deadly passage batters Caribbean, at least 12 dead

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Barreling across the Caribbean the rare Category Five Irma wielded monster winds and torrential rain wreaking destruction on tiny islands like St Martin before slamming into the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

DEVASTATED. A photo taken on September 7, 2017 shows damage in Orient Bay on the French Carribean island of Saint-Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

U.S. cop who said 'we only kill black people' loses job

Sep 01, 2017 - 6:49 PM

In the dash cam video Lieutenant Greg Abbott tells a woman who feared moving her hands during a traffic stop not to worry because we only kill black people

TRAFFIC STOP. Screen shot of the WSB-TV Youtube video which aired the dash-cam footage of a traffic stop. Image from WSB-TV on YouTube.

Pence slams Russian 'occupation' on Georgia visit

Aug 01, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Pence is currently on a tour of Eastern Europe aimed at reassuring US allies rattled over Russia s 2014 annexation of Crimea and backing for a bloody separatist rebellion in Ukraine

PENCE. US Vice President Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower in New York City on November 18, 2016 in New York. Photo by Dominick Reuter/AFP

Trump rides high after Republican election win

Jun 22, 2017 - 11:10 AM

The president seizes on the result of a closely watched special election in Georgia as a vote of confidence

TALKING TO SUPPORTERS. US President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on June 21, 2017, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Republican wins Georgia election, blow to anti-Trump effort

Jun 21, 2017 - 10:26 AM

UPDATED Republican Karen Handel wins a fierce closely watched special congressional election in Georgia US media project salvaging a seat in traditional conservative territory

WINNER. Georgia's 6th Congressional district Republican candidate Karen Handel addresses supporters gathered at Hyatt Regency at Villa Christina on June 20, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images/AFP

Democrat eyes anti-Trump upset in high-stakes Georgia race

Jun 20, 2017 - 2:37 PM

UPDATED Republicans are facing a sobering reminder of their president s poor approval ratings as 30 year old centrist Democrat Jon Ossoff a filmmaker and onetime political assistant clings to the narrowest of leads

CHALLENGER. Jon Ossoff in a file photo. Photo courtesy Ossoff's Twitter account

Nadal merciless as Djokovic toils in Paris

Jun 03, 2017 - 1:44 PM

Rafael Nadal demonstrates why he is once more considered the overwhelming favorite at Roland Garros while defending champion Novak Djokovik escapes trouble against Diego Schwartzman

Georgia race seen as early Trump test goes to run-off

Apr 19, 2017 - 1:16 PM

UPDATED A Democrat nearly claims outright victory in a closely watched congressional primary in Georgia

'FLIP THE 6TH' Supporters of Georgia 6th district congressional candidate Jon Ossoff hold up campaign signs in a photo posted on Ossoff's page on Facebook, April 18, 2017. Photo by Dustin Chambers/Jon Ossoff campaign page on Facebook

With Georgia congressional race, litmus test looms for Trump

Apr 18, 2017 - 9:13 AM

Democrat Jon Ossoff aims to strike the first blow in what is shaping up to be a bitter 18 month battle for control of the US Congress in the 2018 elections that come halfway through Trump s presidential term

WILL HE TRUMP TRUMP? Jon Ossoff, running for the House seat for the 6th district of Georgia, hopes to flip the district in favor of the Democrats, in a test of Donald Trump's popularity. Photo courtesy Jon Ossoff/Twitter

Political calculation: The math behind the US election

Nov 01, 2016 - 3:25 PM

UPDATED The victor must get to the magic number of 270 electoral college votes – but just trying to anticipate the result is a complicated exercise in adding subtracting and combining

Georgia ruling party scores landslide win in disputed polls

Oct 31, 2016 - 1:40 PM

Georgia s ruling Georgian Dream party has scored a landslide win in disputed parliamentary polls according to official results

An official walks with a ballot box along election posters during the second round of parliamentary elections in Tbilisi on October 30, 2016. Vano Shlamov/AFP

Ruling party wins Georgia vote, opposition alleges fraud

Oct 09, 2016 - 12:54 PM

The ruling Georgian Dream party won Georgia s parliamentary elections official early results showed but accusations of vote rigging from the opposition sparked fears of political instability in the Caucasus nation

A man leaves a voting booth at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Tbilisi on October 8, 2016. Vano Shlamov/AFP

Hurricane Matthew lashes Florida, Georgia, South Carolina

Oct 07, 2016 - 6:16 PM

3rd UPDATE Emergency services are on lockdown and millions of people are urged to evacuate Matthew hit Haiti as a Category Four hurricane but weakened as it approached the US mainland

Commuters make their way past an electric board in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016, ahead of hurricane Matthew. Photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP

With an eye on Russia, US and Georgia ink defense pact

Jul 06, 2016 - 9:01 PM

UPDATED US Secretary of State John Kerry and Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili ink the agreement at a ceremony in Tbilisi just two days before the annual NATO summit in Warsaw

DEFENSE PARTNERSHIP. US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili give a press conference in Tbilisi on July 6, 2016. Photo by Vano Shlamov / AFP

US states sue federal government over transgender bathroom use

May 26, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Texas and 10 other states accuse the Obama administration of running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights

epa05303100 (FILE) A file picture dated 16 april 2016 shows an 'All Gender' bathroom sign at the San Diego International Airport in San Diego, California, USA. According to reports from 13 May 2016, the US administration plans to direct public schools to allow transgender students use whichever bathroom they prefer to match their gender identity. EPA/JASON SZENES

Pope announces trips to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia

Apr 09, 2016 - 11:05 PM

The news comes amid tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region

Pope Francis in December 2013. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Screenwriter and actress Barbara Turner dies

Apr 06, 2016 - 10:07 AM

Barbara a screenwriter and mother of actress Jennifer Jason Leigh dies at 79

BARBARA TURNER. This December 15, 2003 file photo shows screenwriter and actress Barbara Turner attending the VIP screening of 'The Company' at the Paris Theatre in New York City. Turner, an award-winning screenwriter and mother of actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, died on April 5, 2016, aged 79, media reports said. Photo from AFP / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Mark Mainz

Disney, Marvel warn of boycotting US state if 'anti-gay' bill is signed into law

Mar 24, 2016 - 12:51 PM

Disney with its subsidiary Marvel threatens to stop filming in Georgia USA if a religious liberty bill tagged as anti gay is signed into law

Photo courtesy of Marvel

#USVote: Lessons from Super Tuesday

Mar 02, 2016 - 2:22 PM

Four lessons learned from the events of Super Tuesday

epa05189535 Mary Austin hands out 'I Voted' stickers at a polling center in Edmond, Oklahoma, USA, 01 March 2016. People in 12 states are voting in primary elections to determine the candidates for president of the United States of America. EPA/J PAT CARTER

#USVote: Super Tuesday winners, state by state

Mar 02, 2016 - 10:53 AM

3rd UPDATE Here is a state by state breakdown of projected winners on the pivotal day of the 2016 White House race

Poll manager Ty Stepter hands a sticker to a voter after they cast their ballot at All Saints Episcopal Church, during the Super Tuesday US presidential primary voting in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, March 1, 2016. Erik S Lesser/EPA

US elections: Clinton, Trump win big on Super Tuesday

Mar 02, 2016 - 8:50 AM

UPDATED Super Tuesday is the most pivotal day of the presidential primary season so far with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hoping to wipe out all rivals for their party nominations

BIG WINNER. US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a campaign rally at a film studio in Miami, Florida, USA, March 1, 2016. Joe Skipper/EPA

Super Tuesday: Trump, Clinton eye big boost

Mar 02, 2016 - 12:29 AM

UPDATED Millions of people are taking part in Super Tuesday – a series of primary votes and caucuses in a dozen states stretching from Virginia on the east coast all the way to Alaska

SUPER TUESDAY. People wait in line to vote at a polling center in Edmond, Oklahoma, USA, March 1, 2016. Photo by J Pat Carter/EPA

First humans out of Africa now in Manila

Mar 01, 2016 - 9:56 AM

The Homo erectus one of the first humans to have successfully settled outside Africa is the centerpiece of a new traveling exhibition

ANCESTOR. The skull of Homo erectus, found in Dmanisi, Georgia, part of the 'First Humans Out of Africa' exhibit currently at the Ateneo de Manila University. Photo by Shaira Panela

FAST FACTS: US 'Super Tuesday'

Mar 01, 2016 - 9:18 AM

Here is what is at stake on Super Tuesday which could have a big impact on Democratic and Republican contenders still in the race for the White House

A poll worker at a polling station in a school gym during the Democratic presidential primary in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, February 27, 2016. Richard Ellis/EPA

Super Tuesday: Trump, Clinton heavy favorites

Mar 01, 2016 - 7:49 AM

UPDATED With just hours to go before polls open the Republican and Democratic frontrunners fend off rivals and appeal to supporters in a dozen states

SUPER TUESDAY COMBATANTS. This combination of pictures created on February 25, 2016 shows top US presidential candidates (L-R) Republican Marco Rubio on January 14, 2016; Republican Ted Cruz on February 23, 2016; Democrat Bernie Sanders on on February 04, 2016; Republican Donald Trump on February 23, 2016; and Democrat Hillary Clinton on February 04, 2016. AFP photos

Clinton, Trump shoot for inevitability on Super Tuesday

Feb 29, 2016 - 3:33 PM

Clinton and Trump are well positioned to secure the lion s share of the delegate bonanza in the 11 states voting in each party s primaries

DEMOCRATIC FRONTRUNNER. Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a 'Get Out The Vote' rally at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff on February 28, 2016 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-US president Carter declares he's free of cancer – reports

Dec 07, 2015 - 3:28 AM

Went for an MRI this past week and they didn t find any cancer at all in the brain Carter tells church parishioners in his native Georgia on Sunday

File photo of President Jimmy Carter presenting an award during the 53rd annual ASCAP Country Music awards in November 2015. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images/AFP

Student shot dead at US university

Aug 28, 2015 - 9:07 PM

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident along with campus police because the university is a state school

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Georgia accuses Russia of 'land grab' near breakaway region

Jul 14, 2015 - 9:21 PM

Georgia decries Moscow s creeping annexation of its territory after Russian border guards moved border markers further into Tbilisi controlled area leaving a portion of an international oil pipeline in territory under Russian control

‘CREEPING ANNEXATION.’ David Vanishvili, 80, talks to journalists as he stands behind a wire barricade erected by Russian and Ossetian troops along Georgia's de-facto border with its breakaway region of South Ossetia in the village of Khurvaleti on July 14, 2015. Photo by Vano Shlamov / AFP

Some Georgia zoo animals 'may still be on the loose'

Jun 19, 2015 - 12:38 AM

More than half of the zoo s 600 animals either drowned in the muddy waters or are killed by police

ESCAPED TIGER. An escaped tiger kills a man in Gerogia after the zoo gets hit by flood. File photo of tiger in Indonesia by Made Nagi/EPA

Escaped tiger from flooded Georgia zoo kills man

Jun 17, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Floods hit Tbilisi on Sunday killing at least 17 people and ravaging the city s central districts including the zoo

20 missing, animals still loose after deadly Georgia floods

Jun 15, 2015 - 7:33 PM

The disaster leaves dozens of families without homes wipes out several roads in central Tbilisi and seriously disrupts traffic

FLOODING. A handout picture provided by the Georgian Prime Minister's press office shows cars submerged in floodwaters in Tbilisi, Georgia, 14 June 2015. Photo by Beso Gulashvili/EPA

12 dead as tigers, lions roam Georgia's capital after floods

Jun 14, 2015 - 5:06 PM

UPDATED The Vere river burst its banks in the capital Tbilisi after hours of torrential rain turning streets and squares into raging streams Police soldiers hunting down the animals recapturing some and shooting others dead

HIPPO IN THE CITY. A handout picture provided by the Georgian Prime Minister's press office shows a runaway hippo on a flooded street in Tbilisi, Georgia, 14 June 2015. Beso Gulashvili/Georgian Prime Minister's Office Press Service/Handout/EPA

Entertainment giant declares 'National Concert Day'

May 01, 2015 - 2:17 AM

Rappers Kid Rock and Wiz Khalifa Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and the country duo Florida Georgia Line will be among the acts to perform

WIZ. He will be one of the artists to perform on 'National Concert Day. Photo by Ennio Leanza/EPA

Thousands in Georgia march call for government to step down

Mar 22, 2015 - 1:08 AM

Protesters pack Tbilisi s central Freedom Square after being called onto the streets by exiled former president Mikheil Saakashvili s United National Movement UNM before marching towards the State Chancellery building the seat of government

LIBERATE GEORGIA. Exiled former Georgia president Mikheil Saakashvili addresses thousands of protesters by video link from Brussels as the cheering crowd chanted his name. File photo by Leigh Vogel/AFP

Marcos vs Aquino, and past snap elections around the world

Feb 07, 2015 - 2:43 PM

Similar presidential and parliamentary snap polls have resulted in a change in leadership, while others have solidified the incumbent's hold on power

THE OPPONENT. Corazon Aquino, the wife of slain opposition leader Benigno Aquino Jr, is cheered by her advisers after announcing on December 3, 1985, in Manila, that she will run against President Ferdinand Marcos in the presidential snap poll on February 7. At left is opposition stalwart Lorenzo Tañada, and at right is Member of Parliament Cecilia Muñoz Palma.