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Bulgaria stops 100 migrants at Greek border

Sofia - Bulgaria has for the first time blocked around a hundred migrants from entering through its southern border with Greece, sending a "strong message" to human traffickers, a minister said Sunday.

Bulgaria PM urges Eastern Europe to end opposition to migrant quotas

Sofia - Eastern European countries opposing new refugee quotas should show more solidarity with the European Union, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said Thursday, adding that Sofia would accept its share of people fleeing war and persecution to Europe.

Bulgaria's Bokova sees manipulation in race to be UN chief

New York - Bulgaria's Irina Bokova on Thursday hits back at reports of corruption in the UN agency she has been running for seven years, branding them an attack aimed at undermining her bid to become the next UN chief.

Bulgaria's new 'Iron Curtain' keeping people out, not in

Edirne - In Soviet times, the now rusty watchtowers and barbed wire fences near the windswept Bulgarian village of Shtit stopped people escaping Communism over the border into Turkey.

Bulgarian truckers block Greek border over farm protest

Sofia - Bulgarian truckers sealed off all six checkpoints along the country's land border with Greece on Friday to protest at weeks of intermittent blockades by Greek farmers that have disrupted road traffic.

Babies for sale: Bulgarian Roma fuel illegal adoption trade

Burgas - Over the past 15 years, the sale of babies in Bulgaria's poor Roma communities has become almost commonplace. With help from traffickers, destitute parents are selling their newborns in neighbouring Greece, where adoption laws are lax.

Bulgaria's Irina Bokova enters race for UN leadership

Sofia - Bulgaria's foreign ministry on Tuesday formally announced its nomination of UNESCO chief Irina Bokova for UN secretary-general.

Two migrant women dead from cold in Bulgaria: Minister

Sofia - Two female migrants found dead in a mountainous rural region of Bulgaria died due to freezing conditions, authorities said Sunday, as asylum seekers continue to try to reach the EU despite harsh winter weather.

Bulgaria seeks to benefit from Russia-Turkey spat

Sofia - In a fine balancing act, Bulgaria seeks to benefit from a spat between Turkey and Russia to revive weakened economic ties with Moscow -- its main gas supplier -- without offending Ankara, an important ally in the migrant crisis.

Bulgaria reopens border with Turkey after raid, prosecutor says

Sofia - Bulgaria on Sunday reopened its border with Turkey after closing it for five hours during an anti-corruption raid that led to 33 customs officials being detained, prosecutors said.

Rights groups accuse Bulgaria of abusing migrants

Sofia - Migrants passing through Bulgaria on their way to western Europe are subject to violence, threats and even police dog attacks, according to a damning new report released by anti-poverty agency Oxfam Friday.

More than 100 migrants found in Bulgarian refrigerated truck

Sofia - Some 130 migrants, most believed to be from Syria, were discovered Saturday in a refrigerated truck on the Bulgarian border with Turkey, Bulgaria's interior ministry said, adding that the lorry driver had been arrested.

Afghan migrant shot dead trying to enter Bulgaria: ministry

Sofia - An Afghan migrant was shot by Bulgarian border guards trying to cross into the country from Turkey and died on his way to hospital, the interior ministry said."A big group of illegal migrants attempted to enter Bulgaria from Turkey.

Don't let Muslim migrants in, says Bulgaria's Orthodox Church

Sofia - Bulgaria's Orthodox Church has called on its government not to let any more Muslim refugees into the country to prevent an "invasion".

Bulgarian traffickers making a killing in EU migrant crisis

Sofia - The truck with 71 dead migrants abandoned in August on an Austrian motorway had Hungarian plates and a Slovakian poultry firm's livery. But five of the six suspects since arrested are Bulgarians.

Bulgaria deploying up to 1,000 troops at Turkish border

Sofia - Bulgaria began deploying up to 1,000 troops Thursday to buttress its southeastern border with Turkey with hundreds of migrants stranded for a third day on the Turkish side, a senior official said.

Bulgaria offers to check Syria-bound Russian aircraft

Sofia - Bulgaria said Wednesday it would allow Syria-bound Russian planes over its airspace if Moscow agrees to let it inspect the cargo, following concerns they might be carrying arms for the Syrian regime.

Bulgaria bars Syria-bound Russian planes as NATO fears grow

Sofia - Bulgaria said Tuesday it had refused permission for Russian aircraft to cross its airspace last week as concern grows among NATO members that Moscow is boosting military aid to Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

Russia demands answers from Sofia, Athens as Syria flights blocked

Moscow - Moscow on Tuesday demanded answers from Greece and Bulgaria after Sofia banned Russian supply flights to Syria from its airspace and Athens said it had been asked by Washington to do the same.

Suspected Austria death truck driver denies knowledge of cargo

Montana - One of the suspected drivers of the truck found abandoned in Austria with the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants inside denied Thursday knowing there was anyone on board, as a Bulgarian court remanded him in custody.

Bulgarian PM's plane makes second emergency landing

Sofia - A plane carrying Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov made an emergency landing on Sunday because of a problem with the landing gear, the second such incident involving the leader in six months, the transport ministry said.

New arrest in Hungary over Austrian migrant tragedy

Budapest - Hungarian police said Sunday that they have arrested a fifth man over the deaths of 71 migrants found in an abandoned truck in Austria last week.

Suspected Islamist hacker detained in Bulgaria

Sofia - A man suspected of belonging to a network of Islamist hackers responsible for attacks on more than 3,500 websites worldwide was arrested in Bulgaria, the interior ministry announced Wednesday.

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.
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