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Third suspect faces charges over Bulgaria taxpayer data hack

Jul 30, 2019 - 8:32 PM

A 20-year-old cyber-crime specialist, his senior manager, and the owner of the company they work for face cyberterrorism charges from the attack. Thousands of tax agency files are leaked to the press in mid-July due to it.

Team Philippines triumphs at Mathematics Without Borders

Jul 02, 2019 - 8:05 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Eight Pinoy whiz kids win multiple awards at the Mathematics Without Borders Tournament Finals in Nessebar, Bulgaria

Probes show Russia staged Salisbury chemical attack from London

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:17 PM

Investigations show a top Russian military intelligence officer coordinated a 2018 chemical attack in Salisbury, which saw former Russian spy Sergei Skripa and his daughter slumped over a park bench after being poisoned

SCENE OF CRIME. In this file photo taken on March 8, members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits fix the tent over the bench where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in critical condition at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Pope Francis asks Bulgarians to 'open hearts' to migrants

May 05, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Pope Francis urges Bulgarians to 'not close your eyes, your hearts, or your hands to those who knock at your door'

Britain and Bulgaria to probe report of new Skripal suspect

Feb 11, 2019 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) A report by the investigative website Bellingcat identifies a hitherto unknown possible third suspect in the 2018 attack in Salisbury on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter

NEW SUSPECT. In this file photo taken on March 8, members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits fix the tent over the bench where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in critical condition at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Bulgaria extradites graft suspect to China in EU first

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:37 PM

Yao Jinqi, 62, is sent back to China after it was established he would not face the death penalty

EXTRADITE. Yao Jinqi is escorted by the police at Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, November 30, 2018. Photo from Xinhua

Suspect arrested in Germany over killing of Bulgaria journalist

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov says 'at this stage, we do not believe that the murder is linked' to Viktoria Marinova's work

IN MEMORY. A man (C) holds a picture of murdered Bulgarian TV journalist Viktoria Marinova during a vigil in in Sofia on October 8, 2018.Photo by Nikolay Doychinov/AFP

Journalist brutally murdered in Bulgaria

Oct 07, 2018 - 10:50 PM

A regional prosecutor says the death was caused by blows on the head and suffocation

Countdown begins for tough EU asylum reform by June

Jan 25, 2018 - 1:07 PM

The European Commission aims to insist all member countries accept controversial refugee quotas at the talks in Sofia with the 28-nation bloc's interior ministers

TOPIC: EU ASYLUM. EU Commissioner of Migration & Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos speaks during an interview at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 23, 2018. John Thys/AFP

Bulgaria charges 3 after deadly migrant crash

Jun 08, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Bulgarian authorities seek assistance from the embassies of the countries of the victims to identify them None of the migrants had identity documents

Miss Universe Bulgaria gives her evening gown to Filipino teen

Jan 31, 2017 - 10:23 PM

Violina Ancheva gives the gown she wore to the pageant to the daughter of a single mom

MISS BULGARIA. Violina Ancheva gives her gown to a lucky Filipino teen. Photo courtesy of HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Miss Universe Bulgaria offers pageant gown as prom dress

Jan 31, 2017 - 8:02 AM

Miss Bulgaria Violina Ancheva offers to give the Sherri Hill dress she wore for the pageant s opening number to a Filipino who needs it

MISS BULGARIA 2016. Violina Ancheva offers the blue gown she wore for the Miss Universe opening number as a prom dress to a lucky Filipino fan. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Bulgaria in turmoil after PM quits over new pro-Russia president

Nov 14, 2016 - 1:14 PM

Critics fear the surprise win could tilt ex communist Bulgaria which has long walked a tightrope between Moscow and Brussels towards Russia s orbit

Former head of the Bulgarian airforce and leading candidate of the opposition Socialists Rumen Radev gestures after a press conference in Sofia on November 13, 2016. Nikolay Doychinov/AFP

Ronaldo gagal penalti, Portugal dikalahkan Bulgaria 0-1

Mar 26, 2016 - 9:53 AM

Serangan bertubi tubi Ronaldo gagal buahkan hasil bagi Portugal

Ronaldo gagal mengeksekusi penalti saat Portugal menjamu Bulgaria, pada 26 Maret 2016. Foto dari Twitter/@UEFAEuro

EU chief sees first consensus on migrant crisis

Mar 05, 2016 - 11:15 AM

New official figures show that a record 1 2 million asylum seekers arrived in the EU in 2015 – more than double the figure from the year before

CONSENSUS? Migrants and refugees from Pakistan who arrived at the Greek island of Lesvos, wait at the port of Mytilini, Lesvos island, March 2, 2016. File photo by Panagiotis Balaskas/EPA

EU states pledge to move faster on migrant crisis

Nov 10, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Interior ministers pledge to move faster on those fronts as well as accelerate the building of shelters up through the western Balkans route from Greece

Two migrant girls sit in a train heading to Serbia from the Greece-Macedonia border near Gevgelija on November 7, 2015. Robert Atanasovski/AFP

German crisis talks falter as 13 more migrants drown off Greece

Nov 02, 2015 - 12:48 AM

Germany s ruling coalition fails to resolve major differences over the country s refugee policy as it grapples with the biggest wave of arrivals since the aftermath of World War II

DESTINATION: EU. A woman carries her belongings as migrants and refugees walk towards buses to be taken to a refugee centers after crossing Croatian-Slovenian border in Rigonce on October 27, 2015. Jure Makovec/AFP

EU risks 'tectonic changes' as migrant flow swells to over 700,000

Oct 28, 2015 - 2:28 PM

European Council president Tusk: I have no doubt that this challenge has the potential to change the European Union we have built

DESTINATION: EU. A woman carries her belongings as migrants and refugees walk towards buses to be taken to a refugee centers after crossing Croatian-Slovenian border in Rigonce on October 27, 2015. Jure Makovec/AFP

EU and Balkans leaders hold crisis refugee summit

Oct 25, 2015 - 1:59 PM

The meeting comes after Bulgaria Romania and Serbia warned they would not allow themselves to become a buffer zone for the tens of thousands of arrivals streaming into Europe

MISERY. A refugee child cries at the camp at the Slovenian-Austrian border near Spielfeld, Austria, October 24, 2015. Erwin Scheriau/EPA

EU and Balkans leaders hold crisis refugee summit

Oct 25, 2015 - 9:39 AM

The emergency talks come amid threats from three frontline states to close their borders if northern European Union countries stop accepting migrants

A refugee cries as he arrives at the main station in Dortmund, western Germany, on September 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DPA / MAJA HITIJ GERMANY OUT

Balkan leaders threaten border closures ahead of EU meet

Oct 24, 2015 - 9:12 PM

The EU holds a mini summit in Brussels on October 25 to try to work out a cross border approach to the worst migrant crisis in Europe since World War II which has seen 670 000 people land this year

Migrants and refugees wait to cross the Serbian-Croatian border on October 24, 2015 in Berkasovo. Prime ministers of Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, three countries on the migrants' route from Turkey up through the Balkans to northern Europe, were to hold talks on October 24 on how to tackle record numbers of migrants at the onset of winter, ahead of a mini-EU summit to discuss a coordinated response.

Bulgaria deploying up to 1,000 troops at Turkish border

Sep 17, 2015 - 11:23 PM

EU member Bulgaria has already sent more than 1 000 extra police to its porous 260 kilometer 160 mile Turkish border

Ayala's electronics unit spends $1.25M for Bulgaria plant

Jul 22, 2015 - 8:45 PM

The Ayala led Integrated Micro Electronics acquires a €1 14 million 16 275 sq m site with a building in Botevgrad Bulgaria to service more automotive and industrial electronics markets

MORE MARKETS. With additional capacity in its Bulgaria plant, IMI says it can service more original electronic manufacturer requirements

Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey join hands to fight migration

May 25, 2015 - 9:45 PM

This agreement guarantees closer cooperation of the 3 countries that face one and the same challenges migration organized crime and terrorism says Bulgaria s Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova

Bulgaria to extradite 'old friend' of Charlie Hebdo attackers

Jan 20, 2015 - 11:26 PM

Muslim convert Fritz Joly Joachin is taken into custody on January 1 while trying to cross from Bulgaria into Turkey He tells the court in Haskovo in southern Bulgaria I am innocent I want to return to France

Bulgaria election fails to produce clear result

Oct 05, 2014 - 10:55 PM

Elections result are expected to favor Boyko Borisov who resigned less than two years ago

Tough East-West dilemma for next Bulgarian government

Sep 25, 2014 - 2:07 PM

Whoever wins the general elections on October 5 has to walk a tightrope trying to keep happy both their gas rich Slavic cousins in Moscow and Bulgaria s bankrollers in Brussels

RUSSIA? BULGARIA, ACTUALLY. People take part in the annual 'Russophiles meet' at Koprinka dam near the central Bulgarian town of Kazanlak on September 23, 2014. Nikolay Doychinov/AFP

Libya Islamists seize key Benghazi army base

Jul 30, 2014 - 8:45 AM

An Islamist and jihadist alliance announced the capture Tuesday of the main military base in the eastern Libyan city in a statement

Moscow slams Bulgaria's suspension of gas pipeline

Jun 09, 2014 - 11:05 PM

The decision came after the EU asked Bulgaria to suspend work on the multinational pipeline designed to bring Russian gas to Europe while bypassing crisis hit Ukraine

SUSPENDED. Steel pipe before the ceremony for the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline in a field north of Belgrade marked the ceremonial start of construction work in Serbia in November 2013. File photo by Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Bulgaria suspends work on South Stream pipeline

Jun 09, 2014 - 12:33 AM

The controversial pipeline is designed to bring Russian gas to Europe while bypassing crisis hit Ukraine

Conservatives win EU vote in Bulgaria: official results

May 26, 2014 - 9:21 PM

Many of the 6 5 million eligible voters however stayed away from the polling stations Voter turnout was only 35

BULGARIA VOTES. A mother with her child vote at a polling station during EU elections in Sofia, Bulgaria on May 25, 2014. The European elections will form a new European Parliament, whose 751 members will help set laws in the European Union for five years to come. Photo by Vassil Donev/EPA

Michael Martinez pulls out of World Juniors

Mar 08, 2014 - 12:18 PM

The Filipino figure skater who had an impressive finish at the Sochi Olympics withdraws from the annual Junior World Figure Skating Championships due to injuries

NO MORE BULGARIA. Michael Christian Martinez withdraws from the 2014 World Junior Championships in Bulgaria. File Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Final polls predict tight Bulgarian election

May 10, 2013 - 8:41 PM

According to 8 new opinion surveys former bodyguard ex premier Boyko Borisov s GERB party is forecast to be the top vote getter only 3 months after resigning amid Bulgaria s biggest unrest in years

Hezbollah slams Israeli 'campaign' over Bulgaria attack

Feb 06, 2013 - 11:44 PM

UPDATED The militant group slammed the international campaign of intimidation waged by Israel against Hezbollah

DEADLY BOMBING. A handout picture taken and released on July 19, 2012 by the Bulgarian Interior Ministry shows the wreckage of a bus in Burgas after an explosion ripped through the bus on July 18, injuring more than 30 Israelis and killing six people, including the Bulgarian driver. AFP PHOTO / BULGARIAN INTERIOR MINISTRY

Bulgaria says Hezbollah behind deadly anti-Israeli attack

Feb 06, 2013 - 12:04 AM

The Bulgarian government said two people with Canadian and Australian passports linked to the Lebanese militia movement Hezbollah were behind a bomb attack in July that killed five Israeli tourists

Bulgaria shows images of suicide bomber

Jul 20, 2012 - 7:42 AM

Bulgarian authorities release images of the suspected suicide bomber behind an attack that killed 6 Israeli tourists

BOMBING SUSPECT. Hand out picture released by the Bulgarian Interior Ministry on July 19, 2012, and taken from security camera footage at the Bourgas airport on July 18, shows the suspected suicide bomber who attacked a bus filled with Israeli tourists. AFP PHOTO / BULGARIAN INTERIOR MINISTRY

At least 31 Israelis wounded in Bulgaria attack: Israel

Jul 19, 2012 - 11:38 AM

The Israeli foreign ministry confirmed Thursday July 19 that at least 31 Israelis had been wounded in a Bulgarian bomb attack and that identification of several dead was under way

BUS BLAST. A picture shows destroyed buses after a bomb explosion at Bourgas airport on July 18, 2012. Three people were killed and more than 20 wounded on Wednesday in an apparent bomb attack on a bus packed with Israeli passengers at a Bulgarian airport, officials said, with media saying the toll would rise. AFP PHOTO / BULFOTO

West expels Syrian envoys over Houla massacre

May 30, 2012 - 7:34 AM

The coordinated envoy expulsions followed mounting international outrage over the massacre on Friday in the central town of Houla in which at least 108 people including 49 children were killed according to UN figures