Georgia’s president called Russia “an enemy and occupier” and suggested Moscow had helped trigger protests that rocked Tbilisi, but the Kremlin on Friday blamed radical Georgian politicians for what it called “an anti-Russian provocation”. The strong statement from President Salome Zurabishvili followed violent scenes in the Georgian capital, where police late on Thursday used tear gas and fired rubber bullets to stop crowds angered by the visit of a Russian lawmaker from storming the parliament building.
Republican Karen Handel defeated Jon Ossoff last night with over 11,000 votes more than Ossoff at the closely watched special congressional election in Georgia’s 6th District. The win for Handel is a big setback for Democrats who were hoping to capitalize on Trump’s low approval rating to win a Republican seat. Georgia’s special election goes into the records as the most expensive House race in U.S. history.
Dozens of nearby residents have been forced to leave their homes in Georgia after a wildfire broke out in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Authorities added that the wildfire might not be fully contained for months. Almost a third of the refuge (about 130,000 acres or 52,600 hectares) has already been burnt. Refuge, popular among tourists, is home to black bears, alligators, and sandhill cranes. As of Sunday afternoon, there were more than 500 people fighting the blaze, which has only been contained up to 12 percent, according to the website InciWeb. A gymnasium in Folkston, Georgia has been prepared for the evacuated 79 residents of the tiny town of St. George, Georgia.