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As United States cracks down on refugee resettlement, the 'Ellis Island of the South' keeps open….

As United States cracks down on refugee resettlement, the 'Ellis Island of the South' keeps open armsThe Clarkston, Georgia area accepts 1,500 refugees a year, but Trump's anti-immigration agenda threatens the town's inclusiveness.Clarkston area residents hold signs reading GA loves refugees' while posing for a drone ...

- ThinkProgress - US

Jailed blogger in Azerbaijan seeks extradition to Israel.

BAKU, Azerbaijan " The lawyer for a Russian blogger jailed in Azerbaijan for traveling to a separatist-controlled region of the former Soviet republic says his client has petitioned to be extradited to Israel.Alexander Lapshin...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Cheers and Jeers: Thursday.

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… > > > 2 < < <  Weeks 'til Netroots Nation Atlanta Two weeks from today, Kossacks and other lefties from a who's who of progressive organizations will descend on Atlanta for the annual activism party that is the Netroots Nation convention. The grapevine tells me that the official hotel ...

- Daily Kos - US

NFL Star Loses $100K Treasure in Lake.

An NFL star's diamond earring valued at more than $100,000 is now presumed lost on the murky bottom of a Georgia lake, per the AP . Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver Julio Jones lost it when he hit a boat wake and took a spill while jet skiing in Lake...

- Newser - US

Backstreet Boys, Florida Georgia Line Team Up for 'CMT Crossroads'.

Florida Georgia Line and the Backstreet Boys are partnering to perform their biggest hits on CMT's “Crossroads.” The genre-blending collaboration will feature arrangements of Backstreet Boys' tracks “I Want It That Way” and “As Long As You Want Me,” and Florida Georgia Line's ...

- Variety - US

Rally in support of Saakashvili held in central Kyiv.

A rally in support of Mikheil Saakashvili, former president of Georgia and former head of Odesa Region State Administration, who was deprived of his Ukrainian citizenship, is being held in central Kyiv. Several dozens of Saakashvili supporters have gathered at a stele on Independence Square, an Interfax-Ukraine ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Lost Ukraine citizenship due to president's fear of opposition: Ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili.

Poroshenko stripped Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship on Wednesday for allegedly providing false information on his citizenship registration form in 2015. 

- Zee News - IN

Azerbaijan, Without Explanation, Drops Out of NATO Exercises.

When NATO military exercises kick off in Georgia next week, they will include troops from the United States, Germany, Turkey, Ukraine, and Armenia. But they won't include Azerbaijan, an unexpected, last-minute dropout. Azerbaijan also didn't participate in another set of recently concluded NATO-affiliated drills in Romania, ...

- EurasiaNet - US

Kvirikashvili: US Vice President's upcoming visit to Georgia to confirm support for Tbilisi.

TBILISI - U.S. Vice President Michael Pence's upcoming visit to Georgia confirms Washington's support for Tbilisi, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said. Georgia has established very close relations with the new U.S. administration, and Pence will visit Georgia on July 31-August 1, Kvirikashvili said at a ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Stripping Saakashvili of Ukrainian citizenship connected with false information.

The termination of Ukrainian citizenship of ex-president of Georgia, former head of Odesa regional state administration Mikheil Saakashvili is due to false information provided by him when registering citizenship, the presidential administration of Ukraine said. “Upon submission of the State Migration Service, which ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Ex-Georgia leader vows to regain Ukrainian citizenship.

Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, who moved to Ukraine to lead one of the country's most corruption-ridden regions, says he will fight to keep his Ukrainian citizenship.

- FOX News - US

Straw Stadium Mocks Russia's Zenit Arena

A farmer in Russia's north Caucasus has built a straw stadium to mock the delays, budget overruns, and corruption scandals surrounding the construction of the Zenit Arena in St. Petersburg -- a key venue in the 2018 World Cup.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Georgia ex-leader Saakashvili stripped of Ukraine's citizenship

Georgia's ex-leader vows to fight against the move by President Petro Poroshenko, a one-time ally.

- BBC - UK

​Former Major League Baseball player Jason Varitek sells Georgia home for $1.25M

Former Georgia Tech baseball player Jason Varitek just sold his 5,957-square-foot mansion in Gwinnett County. The Gold Glove Award winner, Silver Slugger Award winner, three-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion's former home sits on 0.53 acres at 5654 Brendlynn Drive in Suwanee . It was built in 2006 and has six ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Agco to buy planting equipment line from Monsanto

Georgia-based farm equipment manufacturer Agco Corp. has agreed to acquire a line of high-tech planting equipment from Monsanto Co. after the seed company abandoned plans to sell the unit to Deere & Co. under pressure from the Justice Department, The Wall Street Journal reports. Agco said Wednesday that Precision Planting ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Azerbaijan: Urban Renewal Causes Forced Displacement

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- EurasiaNet - US

GDLA Holds 50th Annual Meeting at The Breakers

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association?the state?s civil defense bar?held its 50th Annual Meeting at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, in June. Events culminated with a black-tie gala on Saturday evening.

- Atlanta Daily Report - US

Reuters: Ukraine president strips one-time ally Saakashvili of citizenship

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has stripped one-time ally Mikheil Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship, the migration service said on Wednesday, spelling the likely end of the former Georgian president's political aspirations in Ukraine. Saakashvili, who is widely credited with cracking down on graft as president ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Armenia continues breaking ceasefire with Azerbaijan

Over the past 24 hours, Armenia's armed forces have 155 times violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said July 27.

- AzerNews - AZ

PACE co-rapporteurs due in Azerbaijan

Co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will visit in Baku in one month, PACE co-rapporteur for Azerbaijan Stefan Schennach tweeted July 26.

- AzerNews - AZ

Armenia continues breaking ceasefire with Azerbaijan

- Today.Az - AZ

Poroshenko strips political opponent Mikheil Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship

The official reason why Mikheil Saakashvili has been stripped of the Ukrainian citizenship he was ceremoniously granted in May 2015 is that he concealed criminal proceedings against him in his native Georgia

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Russian Blogger Jailed In Azerbaijan Seeks Extradition To Israel

A Russian blogger who was jailed after traveling to a breakaway region of Azerbaijan has petitioned to be extradited to Israel, his lawyer said on July 26.

- Radio Free Europe - US

BuzzFeed: Stateless ex-Georgian president is headed to New York City

Mikheil Saakashvili, once the president of Georgia, later the governor of the Odesa region of Ukraine, was expected to arrive in New York City at 4 PM Eastern, two individuals close to the ex-president tell BuzzFeed News.

- UNIAN - UA

Julio Jones lost a $100,000 diamond earring while jet skiing — so he hired a dive team to retrieve it

Ronald Martinez/Getty He may not have a Super Bowl ring, but Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is a man who enjoys his jewelry. Case in point: the four-time Pro Bowler lost a diamond earring while jet skiing on Georgia's Lake Lanier, so he hired a dive team to retrieve it. The earring was worth over $100,000, ...

- Business Insider - US

Georgian Activists Warned Not To Patrol Contact Lines With Breakaway Regions

Georgia's Interior Ministry has urged an activist group not to patrol the "contact lines" separating government-held territory from land controlled by Russia-backed separatists in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Kadyrov's Evolving Role In A Chechen-Avar Standoff In Daghestan

Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov appears to have capitalized on Daghestani authorities' perceived failure to address grievances that led to a brawl between Chechens and Avars last month in order to cast Chechnya's controversial parliamentary chairman in the role of peacemaker.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Ukraine strips citizenship of ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili

Ukraine's president has rescinded the citizenship of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia who moved to Ukraine to become leader of one of its most corruption-plagued regions and later resigned.

- FOX News - US

Moody's revises IBA's ratings

After the adoption of the plan for the restructuring of external debts of the International Bank of Azerbaijan by foreign creditors, Moody's upgraded the ratings of the bank.

- AzerNews - AZ

Czech business interested in broader cooperation with Baku

The new agreement negotiated between Azerbaijan and European Union, aiming to replace the one issued in 1996, will open new page in the cooperation of Baku with European continent.

- AzerNews - AZ

Armenia reduces funding of education, tries to enslave population

Armenia has introduced several specific initiatives related to the Nation Army concept that the government launched last year.

- AzerNews - AZ

Azerbaijani MP: Russia should abandon pro-Armenian orientation

Russia should abandon the traditional pro-Armenian orientation so that everything goes smoothly in its South Caucasus policy, Yagub Mammadov, Azerbaijani MP, director of the Institute of History at the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences , told Trend.

- AzerNews - AZ

Expert: Armenia is at risk of remaining in debt hole, political isolation

Armenia's economy remains critical for a long time, demonstrating unbelievably low indices each year. The situation in the country further deteriorates, as Armenia lacks any governmental program to change it.

- AzerNews - AZ

Industrial complex to be created in Hajigabul

One more industrial complex will be created in Azerbaijan, with impressive and fruitful economic diversification.

- AzerNews - AZ

Armenia a serious threat to regional peace, security: Azerbaijan

The war Armenia wages against Azerbaijan by violating the norms and principles of international law and by continuing the occupation of the Azerbaijani territories, not only violates the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan, but also seriously threatens peace and security in the region, says a joint statement ...

- AzerNews - AZ

New complex significantly increase metallurgical produce in Azerbaijan

The country's third largest city Sumgayit will be the home for a huge metallurgical complex to be jointly built by Azerbaijan and Italy.

- AzerNews - AZ

Armenia, Georgia pollute Kura river

Pollution of the transboundary rivers remains high in Azerbaijan due to fault of the neighboring countries where the rivers originate.

- AzerNews - AZ

Exchange, off-exchange transactions up by almost 4 times in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan's National Depository Center CJSC registered 1,176 stock exchange transactions for the purchase and sale of securities worth 427.95 million manats in 1H17, which is by 3.56 times more than in the same period of 2016, says the statistical data posted on the Center's website July 26.

- AzerNews - AZ

Azerbaijan announces manat rate for July 27

Official exchange rate of Azerbaijan's national currency, the manat, against the US dollar was set at 1.7010 AZN/USD for July 27, the Central Bank of Azerbaijan said July 26.

- AzerNews - AZ

Armenia breaks ceasefire with Azerbaijan 128 times in 24 hours

- Today.Az - AZ

Armenia a serious threat to regional peace, security: Azerbaijan

- Today.Az - AZ

Azerbaijan announces manat rate for July 27

- Today.Az - AZ

Exchange, off-exchange transactions up by almost 4 times in Azerbaijan

- Today.Az - AZ

Georgia not to extradite ex-mayor of Kyiv Chernovetsky to Ukraine

TBILISI. July 26– The Georgian Prosecutor's Office has not received a request to detain and extradite former Kyiv mayor Leonid Chernovetsky charged with misuse of his official position in Ukraine, the Georgian Prosecutor General's Office said on July 26. “If there is a request for detention and extradition of ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Jailed blogger in Azerbaijan seeks extradition to Israel

The lawyer for a Russian blogger jailed in Azerbaijan for traveling to a separatist-controlled region of the former Soviet republic says his client has petitioned to be extradited to Israel.

- FOX News - US

Backstreet Boys, Florida Georgia Line back together on CMT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. " Backstreet Boys got their first hit country song this year on a collaboration with country duo Florida Georgia and now the two powerhouse acts are teaming up for a "CMT Crossroads" episode airing Aug. 30.The...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Azerbaijan Quickly Becoming Turks' Best Friend

Turkey has gone through a rough foreign policy patch over the past few years, feuding variously with the United States, Europe, Russia, and much of the Arab world. So is its only remaining friend Azerbaijan? That seems to be the conclusion of a new survey, the annual Public Perceptions on Turkish Foreign Policy report by ...

- EurasiaNet - US

UPS CEO signs pledge to 'advance diversity and inclusion'

United Parcel Service Inc. Chairman David Abney has joined a growing list of CEOs that pledge to emphasize the importance of diversity in the workforce. One month after 175 CEOs launched the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, nearly 100 more have taken the pledge, committing themselves – and the organizations they lead ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Georgia country artist Sam Hunt sings to the tune of $580,000 in Alpharetta

Cedartown, Ga.-native Sam Hunt recently had a big night in his home state. Hunt with support from Maren Morris and Chris Janson performed to a sold-out crowd of 12,500 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta July 14. The show, which was promoted by Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Live Nation Entertainment ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Georgia senators vote to take up Obamacare repeal

Georgia's two U.S. senators voted with their fellow Republicans Tuesday to move forward with debate over repealing Obamacare. The Senate voted 50-50 to resume efforts that have stalled since the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed an alternative to the Affordable Care Act in May. Vice President Mike Pence, ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

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