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Bulgaria bans full-face Islamic veil

Sofia - Bulgaria's parliament approved on Friday legislation outlawing face-covering Islamic veils in public, joining a small number of EU countries as debate rages across Europe about religious freedoms.

Russia questions Bulgaria over new candidate for UN chief

New York - Russia and three other Security Council members on Thursday raised questions after Bulgaria formally presented European budget commissioner Kristalina Georgieva as its candidate to be the next UN secretary-general.

Bulgaria candidate swap shakes up race for UN top job

Sofia - Bulgaria on Wednesday switched its candidate to be the next head of the United Nations, shaking up the race to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on December 31.

Bulgaria court error delays trial over Israeli bombing

Sofia - The trial over a deadly 2012 bombing of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, due to start on Monday, has been pushed back to November because of a procedural error, prosecutors said.

Bulgaria's Georgieva hints at bid to become UN chief

New York - European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva on Thursday gave her clearest signal yet that she is ready to enter the race to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations.

Bulgaria: New end of the road on the migrant trail

Sofia - Until recently, most migrants entering Bulgaria from Turkey would not hang around, seeking to continue their journeys towards western Europe. But now they are finding themselves stranded in the EU's poorest country.

EU funds feed Bulgaria's grain millionaires

- The farms of the two old classmates sit side by side in the central Bulgarian countryside. On one, a fleet of tractors ploughs through endless golden fields of wheat. On the other, a woman picks raspberries in the searing sun.

Bokova still in running for UN chief: Bulgaria

Sofia - Bulgaria on Tuesday said UNESCO chief Irina Bokova was still in the running for the UN's top job, dismissing rumours the government was switching its support to a different candidate.

Bulgaria approves extradition of Charlie Hebdo killer relative

Sofia - A Bulgarian court ordered Tuesday that the brother-in-law of one of the men who attacked French magazine Charlie Hebdo be extradited to France after he was caught allegedly trying to join Islamic State fighters in Syria.

Brother-in-law of Charlie Hebdo killer agrees to extradition

Sofia - The brother-in-law of one of the Islamic extremists behind the January 2015 attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday agreed to his extradition from Bulgaria but denied being a "terrorist".

Brits lead 'dream life' in EU's poorest country

Bulgaria - Every year, hordes of Britons move to Spain's Costa del Sol or southern France in search of a sunnier, more relaxed lifestyle.

Guns, not roses: Conflicts fire up Bulgaria arms trade

Bulgaria - Spiralling conflicts in Syria and the Middle East have sparked a flurry of activity in Bulgarian arms factories not seen since the collapse of communism.The small EU member specialises in the production of affordable, lightweight Soviet-style weapons.

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.
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