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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.

Bulgaria artists deface monument to support Ukraine protests

Sofia - A monument to the Soviet Army in Bulgaria received a pro-Ukrainian makeover Sunday morning, as anonymous artists showed their support for the anti-government protests in Kiev.A large Ukrainian flag was planted on the monument overnight in the centre of...

International operation busts Bulgarian banking fraud ring

Sofia - Bulgarian and Spanish law enforcement officers have busted an international crime ring stealing card numbers from ATM machines worldwide, authorities in Sofia said Saturday.Twenty-five people were arrested in Bulgaria, Spain and Hungary in a massive po...

Bulgarian minority honours age-old wedding rites

- The communists tried hard to stamp out the culture of Bulgaria's rural Pomak minority, and since then tough times in the European Union's poorest country have made many leave, but one village is keeping traditions alive.Nestled in the southern snow-cap...

Bulgarian nationalists try to storm mosque, 120 arrests

Plovdiv - Bulgarian police arrested Friday more than 120 people after hundreds of stone-throwing nationalists and football hooligans chanting racist slogans tried to storm a mosque in Plovdiv, officials said."One policeman and several protesters were injured.

Romania suspends small-scale hydropower plants in protected areas

Romania has recently announced its decision to suspend the construction or operation of hundreds of small-scale hydropower plants in protected areas across the Carpathian Mountains, in order to protect regional biodiversity and aquatic ecosystems.

Op-Ed: In Russia's backyard — Belarus’ partnership with China

Since July 2013, Belarus and China have started building a comprehensive strategic partnership, by signing multiple key agreements, which would lead to an anticipated 150 mutually beneficial investment projects until 2020.

Bulgarian 'shepherd conman' arrested in Spain

Torrevieja - A conman from Bulgaria had been scamming would-be shepherds to make them pay for non-existent jobs in Australia. He has now been arrested in Spain. You just can't make up these stories.

Royal Canin pledges help after Four Paws bear-baiting controversy

Vienna - After being linked to an illegal bear-baiting contest, pet food manufacturer Royal Canin has offered help in support of a Four Paws program for rescued bears.
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