Georgia: hundreds of people turn up for mass baptism | AFP

Hundreds of children are baptised at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, as the latest godchildren of the head of Georgia’s Orthodox Church who offered in 2008 to become godfather to every third child born to a family. The initiative met with a spike in birth rates among Georgian families and now the Church says the patriarch is godfather to some 40,000 children.

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Beating, homesickness: tough path to the top for Georgian sumo star | AFP

The sumo champion hauls his giant frame from the ground, sand and clay caking his sweaty back and fury flashing from his eyes as he chastises himself for his defeat. His 178-kilogramme (392-pound) body and white mawashi, or belt, are commonplace, but his bright blue eyes and Western features instantly mark out Georgia-born Levan Gorgadze as different in the traditional Japanese sport.

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Georgia far-right groups protest at gay film premiere | AFP

Far-right groups in Georgia protest as an Oscar-nominated Swedish-Georgian gay film premieres in the capital with a heavy police presence. Set in Georgia, “And Then We Danced”, Sweden’s official Oscar submission in the best international feature film category, is a love story about two male dancers in Georgia’s national ballet company. The drama has won worldwide critical acclaim but was denounced by the Caucasus country’s influential Orthodox Church as an “affront to the traditional Georgian values”. IMAGES

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Thousands of protesters try to storm Georgia parliament | AFP

Thousands of protesters attempt to storm the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi, furious that a Russian lawmaker addressed the assembly from the speaker’s seat during an international event.

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Thousands of protesters try to storm Georgia parliament | AFP

Thousands of protesters attempt to storm the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi, furious that a Russian lawmaker addressed the assembly from the speaker’s seat during an international event. IMAGES

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Thousands of protesters try to storm Georgia parliament | AFP

Thousands of protesters attempt to storm the Georgian parliament in Tbilisi, furious that a Russian lawmaker addressed the assembly from the speaker’s seat during an international event. Demanding that the parliamentary speaker resign, about 10,000 protesters broke riot police cordons to enter the parliament’s courtyard, an AFP reporter witnessed. Police pushed them back, but several protesters continued trying to enter the building. IMAGES of protesters gathered outside the parliament

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Georgia court rules to extradite British speedboat killer

A Georgian court rules to extradite a British man who killed his date in a speedboat crash in London. He gave himself up in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, where he had fled to from the UK. Jack Shepherd, 31, “consented to the prosecutor’s demand for his extradition and will most likely be sent to Britain next week,” his lawyer Tariel Kakabadze told AFP.

Macron hosts Georgian counterpart Salome Zurabishvili for talks

Georgia’s newly-elected President Salome Zurabishvili arrives at the Elysée Palace for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. The former French diplomat has said her election is a step forward for women and a move closer to Europe. IMAGES

Georgia Senator Nikema Williams decries her arrest

(14 Nov 2018) Georgian state senator Nikema Williams, an Atlanta Democrat, decries her arrest during a protest with her constituents as they demanded all votes be counted. She was one of 15 people arrested in the rotunda of the statehouse. (Nov. 14)

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Ten years since Georgia attacked South Ossetia and Russia – not the other way around

Wednesday marks exactly a decade since an ambitious Georgian leader shook world politics and ushered in a new era of antagonism between Russia and the West.

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Ceremony in Georgia for 10th anniversary of war with Russia

Georgia commemorates the 10th anniversary of the war with Russia. Georgian government officials and visiting foreign ministers from Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, as well as Ukraine’s vice premier, attend a ceremony at the monument for Georgian soldiers killed in the 2008 war. IMAGES

Inside The London Hotel With Secret Harry Potter-Themed Rooms

The Georgian House Hotel in London has rooms, which are inspired by the Harry Potter books, to make you feel like you’re spending the night at Hogwarts. The rooms are appropriately called “Wizard Chambers” and “Enchanted Chambers.” Each room features stained glass windows, stone walls, cauldrons, and curious artifacts to invoke that Harry Potter feel.

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