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Romanian villagers take on Chevron over shale gas

Pungesti - US energy major Chevron, shielded by barbed wire, under police protection and under fire from egg throwers, is in trouble in Romania with villagers angry at its drive to drill for shale gas.
In the Media by Isabelle Wesselingh (AFP)

Angelina Jolie look-alike rapes cab driver at knifepoint

Tulcea - A Romanian woman resembling Angelina Jolie allegedly kidnapped a male cab driver and performed sexual acts on him at knifepoint.
In the Media by Sylvannia Soulet

Romania presses for NATO redeployment over Ukraine crisis

Bucharest - NATO should redeploy its forces in eastern Europe and take a firm stand to prevent a contagion of the Ukraine crisis, Romania's foreign minister urged in an interview Thursday with AFP.
In the Media by Isabelle Wesselingh (AFP)

Romania keeps ancient tradition of bee medicine alive

Bucharest - Bee venom to combat multiple sclerosis, pollen for indigestion, honey to heal wounds -- the humble bee has been a key source of alternative medicines since ancient times, and Romania is working to keep the tradition of "apitherapy" alive.
In the Media by Isabelle Wesselingh (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

Romanian man swallows metal fork to win a bet

Bacau - A young man in Romania swallowed a metal fork to win a bet while drunk. The act, meant to impress his friends, led the man to the hospital.
In the Media by Ernest Dempsey

Moldova urges EU to fast-track integration

Bucharest - The president of the former Soviet republic of Moldova on Wednesday called on the European Union to speed up his country's integration, as Moscow tightened its grip on Crimea.Pro-Western President Nicolae Timofti's appeal came a day after he cautioned ...
In the Media by AFP

Europe and the mystery of the 'flying' bears

A genetic study of brown bears in Bulgarian mountain regions provided evidence for the existence of individuals of Carpathian origin. It seems that they were flown into the region by the former rule of Romania, Ceausescu, for sport.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Below par Messi and Argentina fail to impress

Bucharest - Argentina didn't do their tag as World Cup contenders much good on Wednesday as they laboured to a 0-0 draw against Romania in a friendly which also saw Lionel Messi struggle with illness.Argentina -- who are grouped with Iran, debutants Bosnia-Herzego...
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Kev Hedges - 1 comment

Massive logging leaves deep scars in Eastern Europe

Bucharest - With its steep, forested mountains set against blue skies, Romania's central Pojarna Valley once looked like a postcard landscape but illegal logging has turned the site into an ugly scar."The guys who did this used excavators.
In the Media by Mihaela Rodina (AFP) - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Update- Reporters Without Borders: U.S. ranks 46 in press freedom

Sydney - The freedom of the press is looking like a mere buzz phrase like never before, according to Reporters without Borders. The U.S., inventor of the idea of press freedom, now ranks an abysmal 46th regarding the freedom of its own press.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by Raluca Besliu - 1 comment

Suspected celebrity hacker Guccifer arrested

Bucharest - A man suspected of breaking into the email accounts of Romanian and US celebrities, including the Bush family, under the nickname "Guccifer" has been arrested in Romania with US help.
In the Media by AFP

IMF mission set for Romania amid fuel tax row

Bucharest - An IMF mission will visit Romania next week to discuss the ways to secure the 2014 budget deficit target after the government postponed a tax on fuel.
In the Media by AFP

Dance singer Alexandra Stan performs New Year's show in Romania

Alexandra Stan is a Romanian dance singer, songwriter and model, whose music I recently discovered and I have been hooked ever since.
In the Media by Markos Papadatos

Romania's parliament exempts itself from anti-corruption laws

Faced with a host of investigations and indictments for corruption, the Romanian parliament this week voted to exempt themselves and several other government officials from anti-corruption laws.
In the Media by Martin Laine

Romanian farmers sue when subsidies for 'virtual cows' cut off

It's not unusual to read about governments helping farmers with subsidies. In Romania, farmers are paid $150 per cow, and this can be a big help. There is just one little problem with the plan though. No one thought to mention the cows had to be real.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Assessing the World Cup 2014 Draw

The World Cup draw earlier turned up some shockers, with some of the best teams in the world pitted against each other so early in the tournament.
In the Media by Daryl Hammond - 1 comment

Op-Ed: The other Marissa Alexanders

Tallahassee - The case of Marissa Alexander provoked outrage, but the excessive sentence handed down to this Florida mother is far from an anomaly.
In the Media by Alexander Baron
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