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Bulgarian 'gulag' survivors keep painful memories alive

Belene - Gone now are the barracks, the sadistic guards and the barbed wire. Just one remaining watchtower and a plaque show that this marshy nature reserve on a river island in Bulgaria was once a place of misery.

Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey join hands to fight migration

Sofia - Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey agreed on Monday to set up a common border police and customs centre to exchange information to combat a surge in illegal migration.

Bulgaria is EU's other migrant pressure point

Rechowzite - Braving the Mediterranean may be the main route for refugees into Europe, but large numbers are also trying their luck via a treacherous land journey through Turkey into Bulgaria, the EU's poorest country.

Bulgarian prison conditions prompt German extradition refusals

Sofia - German courts have declined to hand over inmates to Bulgaria due to concerns over dire prison conditions in the European Union's poorest country, authorities said Monday.

Bulgaria bids farewell to 'democracy hero' Zhelev

Sofia - Bulgaria bid farewell on Sunday to its first non-communist president Zhelyu Zhelev, hailed as a hero of freedom and democracy in the Balkan country.

Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president dies

Sofia - Zhelyu Zhelev, Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president and a humble hero in the toppling of communism, died on Friday aged 79, his family told AFP.

Bulgaria to extradite 'old friend' of Charlie Hebdo attackers

Haskovo - A Bulgarian court ruled Tuesday that a Frenchman who admits knowing the Charlie Hebdo attackers but denies being an Islamic extremist could be extradited to France following an arrest warrant issued by Paris.

Frenchman with alleged links to Paris attackers held in Bulgaria

Sofia - A Frenchman arrested in Bulgaria on January 1 trying to cross into Turkey had links to one of the two brothers who carried out the Islamist attacks in Paris last week, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Kerry heads to India seeking economic gains

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry left for India on his first foreign trip of 2015, with a heavy focus on trade and investment with the South Asian economic giant.

Bulgaria statue for Cold War 'umbrella killing' victim

Sofia - Bulgaria's president inaugurated a statue of dissident Georgy Markov Tuesday in a rare official commemoration of the victim of the infamous Cold War "umbrella killing" in London in 1978.

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.

1,000 Romanian tourists stranded by Bulgaria flash floods

Bucharest - Around a thousand tourists from Romania have been left stranded by flash floods in Bulgaria which left 14 dead around the Black Sea resort of Varna, the Romanian government said on Saturday.

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.

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 ...

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.

Seven arrests in Greece over baby trafficking

Athens - Police in central Greece on Saturday said they had arrested seven people including five Bulgarians for attempted baby trafficking.

Bulgarian and Romanian migrants are net contributors

Stockholm - Bulgarian and Romanian migrants contribute more than they cost to Western European economies, especially to Britain and Ireland, a Swedish economist said Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Occupy Wall Street and the discontent of nations

New York - The crowds in the parks have died down for now, but the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to be a powerful symbol of discontent for a great many people in the United States who are fed up with Wall Street and a bought-and-paid-for two-party system.

Op-Ed: Stepping into Schengen — Solidarity with Romania and Bulgaria Special

In response to the March 2013 decision to postpone Romania and Bulgaria entry in the visa-free Schengen zone under the threat of a German veto, a young group of people has decided to launch a solidarity initiative with Romanian and Bulgarian citizens.

Bulgaria won't pressure EU to level sanctions against Hezbollah

The European nation of Bulgaria which was site of a terrorist attack last year will not push the EU to place sanctions on the Hezbollah organization which was blamed for the attack says the new Bulgarian Prime Minister Marin Raikov.
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