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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Georgia: Riot police use water cannons to disperse protesters | AFP

Hundreds of riot police in body armour and helmets spray water cannons to break up a crowd of several hundred protesters outside the parliament building in the capital Tbilisi after the ruling party backtracked on promised electoral reforms. The police crackdown came after more than 20,000 demonstrators rallied outside parliament on Sunday in the largest anti-government rally in years, urging the government to resign and calling for new legislative elections.

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Thousands protest in Georgia demanding snap polls | AFP

Thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Georgia on Sunday, demanding the government’s resignation and early parliamentary polls after the increasingly unpopular ruling party backtracked on promised electoral reforms. Protesters gathered outside the parliament building on the capital Tbilisi’s main thoroughfare in one of the biggest anti-government rallies in years amid mounting pressure on the ruling Georgian Dream party led by powerful oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili. 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 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.

Rave to protest: Anti-drug op in clubs arouses massive protest in Tbilisi

Several thousand people are out protesting in the capital of the south Caucasus country of Georgia, following overnight anti-drugs raids on two clubs. The Georgian Interior Ministry says 8 suspected dealers were arrested. But the demonstrators say officers used excessive force and that their operation was a ‘deliberate provocation’. The protesters are now calling for both the Prime Minister and the Interior Minister to quit.

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Outraged crowd protests Georgian football player’s ‘support for LGBT’ armband

Six rally participants were detained after attempting to throw crackers into the building of Georgian Football Federation in Tbilisi on Tuesday, according to local police.

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Despite risks, stateless Saakashvili to attempt Ukraine entry

Stateless former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili says he is determined to return to Ukraine on Sunday, to reclaim the Ukrainian citizenship which was stripped from him, although he runs the risk of being arrested at Tbilisi’s request. IMAGES

RAW: Georgian deputies brawl on live TV

Tbilisi city hall deputies stage fist fight while live on a TV show. The confrontation started when independent deputy Aleko Elisashvili accused City Hall officials of taking bribes.

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