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Eastern Europeans bite back over 'food apartheid'

Sofia - It looks like Nutella, smells like Nutella and yet doesn't quite taste like the famous Italian chocolate spread.

Five dead as heatwave hits Bulgarian capital

Sofia - Five people died on Saturday as soaring temperatures hit the Bulgarian capital Sofia where the mercury was expected to reach as high as 44 degrees Celsius (111.2 degrees Fahrenheit), hospital sources said.

23 arrests in crackdown on Bulgarian border corruption

Sofia - Twenty-three customs officers and businessmen have been arrested in a probe into corruption at a major checkpoint on Bulgaria's border with Greece, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Outcry in Bulgaria as nationalist heads panel on minorities

Sofia - Bulgaria's government sparked an outcry Thursday after it announced that the country's vice premier, a nationalist notorious for verbal attacks on Roma and migrants, would head a major panel on minorities.

Bulgarians jailed for baby sale in Greece

Sofia - Two Bulgarian men were jailed on Friday for 10 years and a woman for six years for trafficking two pregnant women to sell their babies in neighbouring Greece.

Ergodan referendum splits Bulgaria's Turks

Dzhebel - Turkey's upcoming referendum on expanding the president's powers has sparked deep rifts among ethnic Turks in neighbouring Bulgaria, who find themselves caught in a tug-of-war between Sofia and Ankara.

Boyko Borisov, Bulgaria's Mr. Big

Sofia - Boyko Borisov, who scored yet another comeback in snap elections Sunday, has long dominated the Bulgarian political scene in a manner befitting his imposing physical presence.

Bulgaria's Borisov faces tough task after election win

Sofia - Bulgaria's comeback king Boyko Borisov faced an uphill battle on Monday to build a stable coalition government following an election victory that will see him crowned prime minister for a third time.

Bulgaria's Borisov faces tough task after election win

Sofia - Bulgaria's comeback king Boyko Borisov faced an uphill battle on Monday to build a stable coalition government following an election victory that will see him crowned prime minister for a third time.

Bulgaria's Borisov faces tough task after election win

Sofia - Bulgaria's comeback king Boyko Borisov faced an uphill battle on Monday to build a stable coalition government following an election victory that will see him crowned prime minister for a third time.

Bulgaria election: the main players

Sofia - Bulgaria's parliamentary election on Sunday is tipped to be a close race between the Socialists, seen as closer to Russia, and the centre-right. A new grouping of nationalist "patriots" is forecast to come third.

Close race in Bulgaria vote

Sofia - Bulgarian voters went to the polls Sunday in a tightly fought election pitting Socialists seen as closer to Russia against two-time centre-right premier Boyko Borisov, who is seeking another comeback.

Bulgarian nationalists block Turkish border crossings

Kemal - Bulgarian nationalists blocked for several hours Friday the three main crossing points with Turkey to prevent coaches bringing in thousands of Turks with Bulgarian passports to vote in Sunday's elections, organisers said.

Bulgarian Socialists seek to end Borisov era

Sofia - Bulgaria's Socialists hope Sunday to win power and end years of dominance by karate-kicking former premier Boyko Borisov, in elections that could tilt the EU and NATO member more towards Russia.

Erdogan slams 'pressure' on Turks in Bulgaria ahead of vote

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back Thursday at what he called "pressure" on the 700,000 Turks in Bulgaria, as tensions mounted between Ankara and Sofia ahead of elections in the EU state.

Bulgaria says ready to protect border with Turkey

Sofia - Bulgaria said Saturday it was ready to boost patrols and finish a fence along its southeastern frontier with Turkey in an effort to hold off any new influx of migrants.

Bulgaria president lashes Turkey vote 'interference'

Sofia - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on Friday accused neighbouring Turkey of "interference" in the country's March 26 general elections and warned his government would not accept it.

Bulgarian Turkish community leader slams Erdogan

Sofia - A senior figure in Bulgaria's Turkish community lashed out Friday at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a further escalation of a spat ahead of elections in the EU country and a referendum in Turkey.

Freed Bulgaria 'vigilante' vows to pursue migrant hunt

Sofia - A self-styled Bulgarian border vigilante vowed Wednesday to continue his hunt for migrants trying to enter the EU country, after a court acquitted him of illegally detaining and abusing three asylum-seekers.

Brazen phone scammers terrorise Bulgaria's elderly

Bulgaria - From impersonating police to threatening to hurt loved ones, brazen Bulgarian gangs terrorise the elderly and rob them of their life savings with increasingly aggressive phone scams netting millions of euros.

NATO, Trump both want dialogue with Russia: Stoltenberg

Brussels - US President Donald Trump and NATO both agree on the need for dialogue with Russia from a position of strength, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday.

Paw-fect rescue: Bulgarian stray cats get bionic legs

Sofia - Two stray Bulgarian cats who lost their hind legs in accidents have been given bionic paws, in what vets say is the first such operation in Europe outside groundbreaking Britain.

EU tells Bulgaria, Romania to do more on corruption

Brussels - Bulgaria and Romania must do more to meet European Union standards on crime, corruption and judicial reform, the EU's executive arm said Wednesday.

New Bulgarian president says Trump gives 'hope'

Sofia - Bulgaria's president-elect, seen as more sympathetic to Moscow than his predecessor, said Thursday that Donald Trump offers "hope" for an improvement in relations between Russia and the West.

Letting off steam: Angry Bulgarians invade tracks to stop train

Sofia - Some people just don't want to be late. A group of Bulgarian passengers took this to a dangerous extreme by standing in front of an oncoming express train to make it stop.

Investigators probe speeding in Bulgaria train blast

Sofia - Bulgarian investigators said on Tuesday that speeding, not deliberate action, was the most likely cause of a gas train derailment and explosion that left seven people dead.

7 killed in blast as Bulgaria gas train derails

- Seven people were killed and dozens were injured on Saturday when a freight train carrying highly flammable gas derailed and then exploded, devastating a village in northeastern Bulgaria.

Bulgaria to 'isolate' 1,000 migrants from Harmanli after riots

Sofia - A thousand migrants who clashed with police Thursday will be moved from Bulgaria's largest refugee camp in Harmanli into former army barracks near the Turkish border before being expelled, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said.

Migrants, police clash in Bulgaria refugee camp

Sofia - Around 1,500 migrants have rioted in Bulgaria's largest refugee camp, triggering clashes that left two dozen police injured and prompted the arrest of hundreds of protesters, officials said.

Boyko Borisov: Knockout for Bulgaria's black-belt PM

Sofia - The resignation of Bulgaria's charismatic Prime Minister Boyko Borisov -- holder of a black belt in karate -- comes as a self-inflicted knockout.The burly bruiser had vowed to quit if his presidential nominee Tsetska Tsacheva lost Sunday's election.
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