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Op-Ed: Dear Brussels, we should talk about smuggling

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions" goes a saying familiar to both Madonna fans and politicians. Unlike Madonna, the latter group has all too often been confronted with unexpected consequences of even the most carefully planned out bills

Rights groups accuse Bulgaria of abusing migrants

Sofia - Migrants passing through Bulgaria on their way to western Europe are subject to violence, threats and even police dog attacks, according to a damning new report released by anti-poverty agency Oxfam Friday.

More than 100 migrants found in Bulgarian refrigerated truck

Sofia - Some 130 migrants, most believed to be from Syria, were discovered Saturday in a refrigerated truck on the Bulgarian border with Turkey, Bulgaria's interior ministry said, adding that the lorry driver had been arrested.

Balkan leaders threaten border closures ahead of EU meet

Sofia - Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia on Saturday threatened to close their borders if EU countries to the north stop accepting migrants, as European leaders prepare for emergency talks on the continent's worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Afghan migrant shot dead trying to enter Bulgaria: ministry

Sofia - An Afghan migrant was shot by Bulgarian border guards trying to cross into the country from Turkey and died on his way to hospital, the interior ministry said."A big group of illegal migrants attempted to enter Bulgaria from Turkey.

Don't let Muslim migrants in, says Bulgaria's Orthodox Church

Sofia - Bulgaria's Orthodox Church has called on its government not to let any more Muslim refugees into the country to prevent an "invasion".

Bulgarian traffickers making a killing in EU migrant crisis

Sofia - The truck with 71 dead migrants abandoned in August on an Austrian motorway had Hungarian plates and a Slovakian poultry firm's livery. But five of the six suspects since arrested are Bulgarians.

Bulgaria deploying up to 1,000 troops at Turkish border

Sofia - Bulgaria began deploying up to 1,000 troops Thursday to buttress its southeastern border with Turkey with hundreds of migrants stranded for a third day on the Turkish side, a senior official said.

Syria archeological sites looted 'on industrial scale': UNESCO

Sofia - Archeological sites in Syria are being looted "on an industrial scale," with proceeds being used to fund Islamic State extremists, the head of UNESCO warned Wednesday.

Bulgaria offers to check Syria-bound Russian aircraft

Sofia - Bulgaria said Wednesday it would allow Syria-bound Russian planes over its airspace if Moscow agrees to let it inspect the cargo, following concerns they might be carrying arms for the Syrian regime.

Bulgaria bars Syria-bound Russian planes as NATO fears grow

Sofia - Bulgaria said Tuesday it had refused permission for Russian aircraft to cross its airspace last week as concern grows among NATO members that Moscow is boosting military aid to Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

Suspected Austria death truck driver denies knowledge of cargo

Montana - One of the suspected drivers of the truck found abandoned in Austria with the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants inside denied Thursday knowing there was anyone on board, as a Bulgarian court remanded him in custody.

Bulgarian PM's plane makes second emergency landing

Sofia - A plane carrying Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov made an emergency landing on Sunday because of a problem with the landing gear, the second such incident involving the leader in six months, the transport ministry said.

Ten take the Oath of Allegiance and become U.S. citizens today Special

Pittsburgh - Ten immigrants from nine different countries proudly stood and took the Oath of Allegiance to become U.S. citizens on Sunday during a naturalization ceremony in downtown Pittsburgh.

Suspected Islamist hacker detained in Bulgaria

Sofia - A man suspected of belonging to a network of Islamist hackers responsible for attacks on more than 3,500 websites worldwide was arrested in Bulgaria, the interior ministry announced Wednesday.

Bulgarian 'gulag' survivors keep painful memories alive

Belene - Gone now are the barracks, the sadistic guards and the barbed wire. Just one remaining watchtower and a plaque show that this marshy nature reserve on a river island in Bulgaria was once a place of misery.

Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey join hands to fight migration

Sofia - Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey agreed on Monday to set up a common border police and customs centre to exchange information to combat a surge in illegal migration.

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.
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