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Bulgaria is EU's other migrant pressure point

Rechowzite - Braving the Mediterranean may be the main route for refugees into Europe, but large numbers are also trying their luck via a treacherous land journey through Turkey into Bulgaria, the EU's poorest country.

Bulgarian prison conditions prompt German extradition refusals

Sofia - German courts have declined to hand over inmates to Bulgaria due to concerns over dire prison conditions in the European Union's poorest country, authorities said Monday.

Ghost super moon on February 18th will not be visible

The first "Super" moon of 2015 will rise on Feb. 18th. As the moon rises it will be a rare "Super New Moon" which means the moon will not be visible.

Bulgaria bids farewell to 'democracy hero' Zhelev

Sofia - Bulgaria bid farewell on Sunday to its first non-communist president Zhelyu Zhelev, hailed as a hero of freedom and democracy in the Balkan country.

Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president dies

Sofia - Zhelyu Zhelev, Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president and a humble hero in the toppling of communism, died on Friday aged 79, his family told AFP.

Bulgaria to extradite 'old friend' of Charlie Hebdo attackers

Haskovo - A Bulgarian court ruled Tuesday that a Frenchman who admits knowing the Charlie Hebdo attackers but denies being an Islamic extremist could be extradited to France following an arrest warrant issued by Paris.

Frenchman with alleged links to Paris attackers held in Bulgaria

Sofia - A Frenchman arrested in Bulgaria on January 1 trying to cross into Turkey had links to one of the two brothers who carried out the Islamist attacks in Paris last week, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Bulgaria statue for Cold War 'umbrella killing' victim

Sofia - Bulgaria's president inaugurated a statue of dissident Georgy Markov Tuesday in a rare official commemoration of the victim of the infamous Cold War "umbrella killing" in London in 1978.

Hollow election victory for Bulgarian tough guy

Sofia - Bulgaria looked set Monday for more political uncertainty after strongman ex-premier Boyko Borisov fell short of a majority in elections for the troubled country's third government in less than two years.

Boyko Borisov: Bulgaria's karate-kicking comeback king

Sofia - Boyko Borisov, who said he wants to form Bulgaria's next government despite his party falling well short of a majority in Sunday's elections, is not someone to shy from a fight.

Deflated Bulgarian strongman vows to form government

Sofia - Bulgarian strongman Boyko Borisov said Sunday he would try to form a government and avoid national "bankruptcy" after his right-wing party came first in elections but fell well short of a majority.

15 workers feared dead following massive explosion in Bulgaria

Vidin - Fifteen workers are missing and believed to have been killed after a massive explosion erupted at a Bulgarian explosives factory.

Soviet era monuments vandalized in Bulgaria

Sofia - A monument to Soviet troops located in Sofia the capital city of Bulgaria was spray- painted recently in one of several cases where Soviet era monuments have been vandalized.

Two die, hundreds are evacuated in Bulgaria floods

- Two people drowned and 900 were evacuated from their homes as flooding caused by torrential rains hit northwestern Bulgaria, the latest in a string of such disasters since June, the interior ministry said on Sunday.

Bulgaria PM resigns ahead of snap polls to end crisis

Sofia - Bulgaria's Socialists-backed Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski handed in the resignation of his cabinet Wednesday ahead of snap elections that will seek to end months of political turmoil in the European Union's poorest country.

14 dead in Bulgaria flash floods as rescuers search for missing

Varna - Flash floods in Bulgaria have killed at least 14 people, including two children, with others missing after torrential rains lashed the east of the country, authorities said Friday.

Bulgaria torn between EU and Moscow as Ukraine crisis lingers

Sofia - On the eve of a European vote, the Kremlin's closest EU-ally Bulgaria is torn between the bloc that provides it with vital investment or Russia, its deeply influential "big brother" and gas supplier.

EU court rules that data collection rules violate privacy rights

On Tuesday, a data communications collection requirement was struck down in the European Union and declared invalid, on the grounds that it infringed on basic privacy rights.

Bulgaria's Soviet sculpture given makeover in latest indignity

Sofia - In the latest indignity suffered by Soviet-era monuments in Bulgaria, unknown artists Saturday transformed a huge sculpture into a colossal version of a traditional lucky charm in the eastern European country.The two giant figures of a man and a woman ...

Big increase in net migration to UK pushes targets further away

The amount of people migrating into the UK against the levels of those emigrating out of the country, or net migration, has risen to 212,000. These figures are for the year to September 2013.
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