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Romania ruling party chief handed jail term over fake jobs scandal

Bucharest - Romania's high court on Thursday sentenced the leader of the ruling left-wing Social Democrat party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, to three-and-a-half years in prison over a fake jobs scandal.

Thousands protest in Romania, saying corruption fight hampered

Bucharest - Thousands of Romanians took to the streets Wednesday to protest against a relaxation of criminal legislation they believe will hamper the fight against corruption.

Romanian president sounds alarm over penal code changes

Bucharest - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and the public prosecutor expressed alarm Tuesday over amendments to the penal code voted through by left-wing government MPs fearing the judiciary could be damaged.

US says Romania a 'model' in fight against corruption

Bucharest - Romania is a model for combating corruption in eastern Europe, a senior US official said Monday, as its left-wing government tries to dismiss the country's top graft fighter.

Romanian judges protest ruling party chief's attacks

Bucharest - Romanian judges and prosecutors hit back Monday at attacks on the judiciary by the ruling party's embattled head Liviu Dragnea, who compared prosecutors to the communist-era secret police, saying he should be punished for intimidation.

Government-backed mass rally in Romania against judicial 'abuses'

Bucharest - Tens of thousands of supporters of Romania's left-wing government took to the streets of Bucharest on Saturday in an unprecedented protest against the "abuses" of the country's own judiciary, several members of which are embroiled in corruption cases.

Rainbow flags fly across Europe at Gay Pride parades

Bucharest - Thousands of people took to the streets to support LGBT rights in cities across Europe on Saturday, with marchers waving rainbow flags and condemning discrimination in all its forms.

Romanian government mobilises against judicial 'abuses'

Bucharest - From busing supporters to Bucharest to mass mailings of party slogans, Romania's left-wing government is pulling out all the stops for a demonstration on Saturday against the country's own judiciary.

Romania hands jail sentence to ex-minister exiled in Costa Rica

Bucharest - A Romanian court on Tuesday sentenced in absentia a former minster who fled legal troubles by seeking refuge in Costa Rica to six years in prison for a corruption conviction.

Court forces Romanian president to fire anti-graft prosecutor

Bucharest - Romania's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that President Klaus Iohannis must approve the government's dismissal of the country's top anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Kovesi.

Romanian president in new foreign policy spat with government

Bucharest - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Saturday clashed with the government over its Middle East and EU policies Saturday, lambasting them as "improvised" and bad for the country.

Romanian ex-PM cleared of fraud charges

Bucharest - Former Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta was on Thursday cleared of fraud and other charges by the country's high court after a corruption probe.

Romanian anti-communist icon Doina Cornea dies at 88

Bucharest - Doina Cornea, icon of the resistance against communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, died on Friday at the age of 88, her son told local media."After a life full of challenges she's on her way to the big challenge.

Romanian president refuses to approve controversial judicial reforms

Bucharest - Romania's centre-right President Klaus Iohannis refused Wednesday to approve in its current form a package of judicial reforms proposed by the government which Brussels says threatens the judiciary's independence.

Romanian president seeks PM's resignation over Israel embassy row

Bucharest - Romania's President Klaus Iohannis called Friday for the resignation of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila amid a row sparked by the possible move of the country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Romanian PM to visit Israel as embassy row brews

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila is due to start a two-day visit to Israel Wednesday, as a political row brews at home over the possible transfer of Romania's embassy to Jerusalem.

Romanian president slams plan to move Israel embassy

Bucharest - A row erupted Friday between Romania's government and President Klaus Iohannis over a proposal to move the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Romania to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem: report

Bucharest - The Romanian government will follow the United States and transfer its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader said Thursday ."The decision has been taken (...

In Romania, distrust of vaccines kills

Bucharest - Measles still claims young lives in Romania, where nearly 40 children have died in an outbreak that many blame on parents being misled by scare stories that vaccinating them is dangerous.

Romanian president refuses to sack corruption prosecutor

Bucharest - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis announced Monday that he has refused a government request to fire the country's popular chief anti-corruption prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi.
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