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Romanian president says govt must seek confidence of MPs

Bucharest - Romania's president said Wednesday that the Social Democrat (PSD) minority government must seek the confidence of MPs, a move which could bring it down.

Romania's PM vows to fight on despite end of coalition

Bucharest - Romania's Prime Minister Viorica Dancila vowed Tuesday her Social Democratic party would not lose power despite being abandoned by their coalition partner and facing an opposition no-confidence vote.

Prosecutors probe German teens 'enslaved' in Romania

Bucharest - Romanian authorities searched eight houses on Tuesday as part of a probe into a group suspected of mistreating German children under the umbrella of a social "re-education" programme, prosecutors said.

Thousands join anti-government protests in Romania

Bucharest - Thousands of people rallied in Bucharest on Saturday calling for the government's resignation, exactly one year after a demonstration was violently suppressed by security forces.

Shipping sheep in summer heat, Romania defies EU

Constanta - Under the burning sun in Romania's Midia port on the Black Sea, the Lady Maria stands ready to embark its passengers -- thousands of sheep to be shipped to Libya for the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Human remains found in Romania murder inquiry hunt for missing teen

Bucharest - Romanian prosecutors announced Monday they had found human remains that could belong to a second missing teenager, after a man confessed to abducting and killing two girls in a case that has sparked a public outcry.

DNA tests confirm death of missing Romanian teenager: prosecutors

Bucharest - The DNA of a missing Romanian teenage girl whose case has sparked massive protests has been found in calcinated human remains at the suspect's home, confirming her death, prosecutors said Saturday.

Romania's interior minister resigns over teen murder outcry

Bucharest - Romania's Interior Minister Nicolae Moga resigned on Tuesday amid a wave of public revulsion over a murder case in which police failed to react in time to save a teenage girl.

Romania suspect admits killing two teenage girls, charged with murder

Bucharest - A man in Romania has admitted to killing two teenage girls including a 15-year-old whose disappearance this week shook the country and claimed the scalp of the police chief, the suspect's lawyer said Sunday.

Girl's murder sparks outcry and protests in Romania

Bucharest - Several thousand protesters rallied in Bucharest on Saturday after Romania's police chief was fired over the murder of a 15-year-old girl who had made three emergency calls to report her own kidnapping and given clues to her whereabouts.

Romania to hold presidential elections in November

Bucharest - Romania will hold presidential elections in November, the prime minister announced Tuesday, with the ruling Social Democrats still reeling from poor EU election results and its leader being jailed for corruption.

Romania, Hungary trade barbs after scuffles at war cemetery

Bucharest - Romania and Hungary traded barbs Friday after scuffles broke out at a cemetery in Transylvania, amid tensions between Romanian nationalists and the region's minority ethnic-Hungarians.

Romanian president urges govt climbdown on justice reforms

Bucharest - Romanian president Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday called on the ruling left-wing government to back down over controversial judicial reforms that had triggered strong criticism and threats of sanctions from Brussels.

Romanians welcome pope who praises 'sacrifices' of emigrants

Bucharest - Romanians lined Bucharest streets and packed two cathedrals on Friday to welcome Pope Francis, who began a three-day trip to the country with a message of integration for a post-election European Union following nationalist gains.

Romania's ruling party reels from double blow

Bucharest - Romania's ruling Social Democrats, or PSD, held crisis meetings Tuesday after a disastrous 48 hours that saw them thrashed at the polls and their leader sent to jail.

Romania's ruling party strongman begins jail sentence

Bucharest - Romania's ruling party strongman Liviu Dragnea began a three-and-a-half-year jail sentence on Monday for corruption as his party grappled with a crushing defeat in the European elections.

Top jobs on the line in Europe's 'Game of Thrones'

Sibiu - EU leaders embarked the delicate task of filling key European posts Thursday, launching a diplomatic "Game of Thrones" sure to be filled with feuds, betrayals and last minute plot twists.

Europe rejects Iran 'ultimatum' but stands by nuke deal

Sibiu - European powers denounced Iran's threat to resume nuclear work on Thursday but vowed to save a landmark deal with Tehran despite US pressure.

EU leaders sideline euro divisions at summit on future

Sibiu - EU leaders meeting in a mountainous city in Romania on Thursday will discuss the future of Europe, but the fate of the euro will be mostly ignored.

EU meets for job tussle under shadow of Iran

Sibiu - European leaders are meeting in Romania on Thursday to start the race for the top jobs in Brussels and sketch a future without Britain, as the fate of the Iran nuclear deal teeters in the balance.
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