Runaway tiger kills man in Tbilisi after flood damages zoo

Jun 18, 2015

Runaway tiger kills man in Tbilisi after flood damages zoo

A tiger that broke loose after severe flooding at the Tbilisi Zoo mauled a man to death in the Georgian capital before being shot by police Wednesday, a day after officials said all the zoo’s tigers had died. Zoo Director Zurab Gurielidze acknowledged he ...

All lions, tigers accounted for in Tbilisi zoo flooding

Jun 17, 2015

All lions, tigers accounted for in Tbilisi zoo flooding

All of the lions and tigers that were missing after severe flooding swamped Tbilisi’s zoo have been found dead. One jaguar remained unaccounted for, but zoo staffers said they have little hope that it survived. The discovery of the last of the missing lions ...

Ex-Georgian president named governor of Ukraine region

May 31, 2015

Ex-Georgian president named governor of Ukraine region

Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili on Saturday was appointed governor of Ukraine’s troubled Odessa region. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko posted the appointment announcement on his website and presented Saakashvili to officials in the city of Odessa, the region’s capital. Odessa is Ukraine’s largest seaport ...

Government changing official pronunciation of Georgia

Apr 15, 2015

Government changing official pronunciation of Georgia

The Diet has enacted a bill to change the official Japanese name for the country of Georgia from “Gurujia,” which derives from the Russian term “Gruziya,” to “Jojia,” based on the English pronunciation of the former Soviet republic’s name. The bill to revise the ...

Putin signs treaty integrating South Ossetia into Russia

Mar 19, 2015

Putin signs treaty integrating South Ossetia into Russia

Russia tightened its control Wednesday over a second breakaway region of Georgia, with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leader of South Ossetia signing a new treaty that calls for nearly full integration. Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili denounced the signing as a “destructive” move ...

Get a taste of Georgian wine at Festivin

Nov 27, 2014

Get a taste of Georgian wine at Festivin

by Melinda Joe

In the four years since it started, Festivin has grown from an intimate gathering of natural wine enthusiasts to one of the most eagerly anticipated wine celebrations in Japan. Like many avant-garde movements in the food and beverage world, the idea for Festivin began ...

Russia infuriates Georgia with deal that 'annexes' rebel Abkhazia

Nov 25, 2014

Russia infuriates Georgia with deal that 'annexes' rebel Abkhazia

Russia cemented control over neighboring Georgia’s independence-minded Abkhazia region Monday with a “strategic partnership” deal which the Georgian government said amounts to annexation. President Vladimir Putin signed the “alliance and strategic partnership” agreement, which formalizes Russian dominance of the tiny separatist region’s foreign policy, ...