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2,000 protest in Romania over minister's immunity

Bucharest - Around 2,000 people protested in Romanian capital Bucharest late Thursday over the Senate's refusal to lift the immunity from prosecution of a former interior minister for "involuntary homicide".

Romanian revolution cradle to be EU culture capital 2021

Bucharest - Timisoara, the cradle of Romania's 1989 revolution against communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, was named Friday by the EU as the European capital of culture for 2021.

Romanian ex-secret service agent held over anti-graft chief plot

Bucharest - A former Romanian secret service agent has been arrested for allegedly masterminding an operation to intimidate a key anti-corruption official, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

France backs EU ethics probe into Barroso's Goldman job

Bucharest - French President Francois Hollande Tuesday threw his weight behind a Brussels probe into whether former European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso breached EU ethics guidelines by joining US bank Goldman Sachs.

Funeral held for 'last queen' of Romania

Bucharest - Bucharest declared a national day of mourning Saturday as a funeral was held for Anne of Romania, wife of the country's former king, who died this month aged 92."We are turning a page on history.

Ex-Ceausescu officials charged over death of Romanian dissident

Bucharest - Four former communist officials in Romania, including the head of the hated secret police and the then interior minister, will go on trial over the 1985 death of a dissident, prosecutors said Monday.

38 remanded as Romanian police free 'slaves'

Bucharest - Romanian authorities remanded 38 people in custody on Thursday suspected of holding dozens of vulnerable young men and boys like slaves, chaining them up and forcing them to fight, authorities said.

Bucharest gay pride rally draws crowds

Bucharest - Around 1,000 people took to the streets of Bucharest on Saturday for a gay pride march as participants demanded equal rights in a country where same sex marriage remains illegal.

Movile Cave in Romania has an ecosystem unlike any other on Earth

Movile Cave can be found in a barren, featureless field in Constanța County, Romania, not too far from the Black Sea. The cave is closed to visitors because of its unique ecosystem, and because it is extremely hazardous to humans.

Romania's Senate speaker charged with lying in fraud probe

Bucharest - Romania's anti-corruption prosecutor announced Tuesday that Senate speaker and former prime minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu has been charged with making false statements under oath about real estate fraud that cost the state 135 million euros ($150 mi...

Romanian groups push for same-sex marriage ban

Bucharest - Romanian campaigners said Monday they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state.

U.S. embassy in Romania criticizes central bank for racist coin

Bucharest - The U.S. Embassy in Romania is criticizing the nation's bank for portraying the image of a former bank governor that ardently promoted antisemitism in the World War II era.

US missile shield in Romania goes live to Russian fury

Deveselul - A US anti-missile defence system in Romania aimed at protecting NATO members from threats by "rogue" nations became operational Thursday, triggering Russian fury despite US insistence it does not target Moscow.

US heralds Romania missile defence system as step forward

Bucharest - A US missile defence system in Romania will become operational Thursday in a move welcomed by US officials as an "important step" but also one likely to infuriate Moscow.

Pregnant at 15, the teenage mothers of Romania

- "God has given me a beautiful little girl. But life is difficult because I am still a child myself," says Lorena, one of more than 2,000 girls under 16 who give birth in Romania each year, some as young as 12.

Op-Ed: Ethics vs corporate crime — Who's winning? Not you

Sydney - Corporate greed, lack of ethics and crime are destroying societies and economies. The Great Recession totally trashed the American middle class, formerly the most prosperous social group in history. There’s now a call for “ethics”...?

Ex-head of Romania communist work camp jailed for 20 years

Bucharest - An 88-year-old Romanian communist-era labour camp commander was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday for crimes against humanity committed over half a century ago.

Home of Romania's Ceausescu opened to the public

Bucharest - The opulent former residence of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was opened to the public for the first time on Saturday some 26 years after the fall of his Communist regime.

FacePalm Friday: Woman ripped hubby's testicles off over chores

Vaslui - A woman in Romania is being accused of ripping off her husband's testicles because he didn't give her flowers and he refused to help her with the housework.

Romania turns its back on dark past of Roma slavery

Bucharest - For generations, they were owned by the rich and powerful, who bought and sold them as chattels.
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