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Bulgarians bid farewell to murdered journalist

Ruse - Hundreds of people turned out Friday for the funeral of murdered Bulgarian television journalist, Viktoria Marinova, as authorities said a suspect arrested in Germany would be extradited soon.

Germany to extradite suspect in Bulgarian journalist killing 'soon'

Berlin - A German court said Friday that a man suspected of the rape and murder of Bulgarian television journalist Viktoria Marinova would be extradited to Bulgaria in the coming days.

Germany arrests suspect over killing of Bulgarian journalist

Sofia - German police have arrested a man suspected of the rape and murder of Bulgarian television journalist Viktoria Marinova, Bulgarian officials said Wednesday.

Suspect arrested in Germany over killing of Bulgaria journalist

Sofia - Police in Germany have arrested a man in connection with the rape and brutal murder of Bulgarian television journalist Viktoria Marinova, Bulgarian officials said Wednesday.

Man held in Bulgarian journalist murder probe to be released

Ruse - A Romanian man who had been detained as part of the investigation into the killing of a Bulgarian journalist in the northern town of Ruse will be freed, police said on Tuesday.

Bulgaria under pressure after journalist's brutal murder

- Bulgaria was under pressure Monday to find the killer of a television journalist whose brutal murder sparked international condemnation, as mourners thronged candlelight vigils in the capital Sofia and the northern town of Ruse where she was killed.

Bulgaria under pressure after journalist's brutal murder

Sofia - Corruption-plagued EU member Bulgaria was under pressure Monday to find the killer of a television journalist whose brutal murder at the weekend has shocked the country and sparked international condemnation.

Journalist brutally murdered in Bulgaria: prosecutors

Sofia - A television journalist has been brutally murdered in Bulgaria's northern town of Ruse, prosecutors said Sunday, in a case that has sparked international condemnation.

Bulgaria mulls to oppose possible EU sanctions against Hungary

Sofia - Bulgaria's defence minister said Wednesday his country would oppose EU sanctions against Hungary, which Brussels accuses of posing a "systematic threat" to the bloc's founding values and the rule of law.

Bulgaria's mentally ill battle for dignity

Bulgaria - At the psychiatric hospital in Kurilo in the mountainous countryside near the Bulgarian capital Sofia, around 100 patients languish on their beds in dilapidated surroundings.

16 dead in Bulgarian bus crash: minister

Bulgaria - Sixteen people died after a tourist bus crashed along a winding road in west Bulgaria on Saturday, interior minister Alentin Radev said, after rushing to the scene of the accident.

15 dead in Bulgarian coach crash

Bulgaria - At least 15 people were killed when a tourist coach crashed along a winding road in west Bulgaria on Saturday, the health ministry said."We can confirm 15 dead and 27 injured," ministry spokeswoman Katia Sungarska told BNT public television.

Sofia theatre group explores 'invisible hands' of recycling

Sofia - In a neighbourhood in downtown Sofia, theatregoers are looking for entertainment among the city's rubbish -- quite literally.

Bulgarian memories of Prague Spring: 'We weren't aggressors'

Sofia - Bulgarian soldiers who took part in crushing the 1968 Prague Spring democracy movement under orders from Moscow bristle at being considered aggressors.

Bulgaria's famed all-female folk choir back with a modern twist

Varna - Thirty years ago an all-female folk choir set up in Bulgaria became the darling of Western audiences with its tradition-steeped a cappella singing, before the fall of communism threatened its survival.

Bulgaria edges closer to joining euro

Apo - Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country, moved a step closer to joining the euro on Thursday.

China eyes eastern Europe investment as US trade war sizzles

Sofia - As a trade war rages between China and the US, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is meeting leaders from central and eastern Europe in Bulgaria on Saturday to discuss investment opportunities.

Scratchcard lottery craze grips Bulgaria

Pernik - Armed with a coin, 96-year-old Stoyan Stoimenov from the small village of Tsurkva outside Sofia hunches over and tries his luck on yet another scratchcard. "I tell myself: 'I will win again.' It's not very likely but who knows," he says, winking.

Artist Christo launches 7,500 floating barrels in London

London - The artist Christo on Monday unveiled 7,506 coloured barrels floating on a lake in central London, a puzzling installation designed to stimulate debate as much as the senses.

Penka the cow spared death over crossing EU border

Sofia - Bulgarian authorities announced Monday that Penka, the cow who risked death by straying over the EU border, will not be put down after all.

Rainbow flags fly across Europe at Gay Pride parades

Bucharest - Thousands of people took to the streets to support LGBT rights in cities across Europe on Saturday, with marchers waving rainbow flags and condemning discrimination in all its forms.

Philosopher Kristeva 'collaborated' with communists: Bulgaria

Sofia - French-Bulgarian philosopher Julia Kristeva briefly collaborated with Bulgaria's communist-era secret services, but was of limited use to them, according to archive material published on Friday.

Reporters urged to 'take' jailed colleagues to EU-Turkey talks

Sofia - A media freedom group urged journalists Thursday to symbolically 'take' nearly 100 colleagues jailed in Turkey's post-coup crackdown to talks between EU leaders and Turkey in Bulgaria next week.

Bulgaria's skiing boomtown sparks dire nature warnings

Bansko - "Unlimited Ski and Fun!" promises a pamphlet touting the Bansko ski resort, a magnet for bargain-hunting holidaymakers in southwest Bulgaria.

Far-right nationalists march through EU presidency capital Sofia

Sofia - Hundreds of far-right nationalists marched Saturday night through Sofia, capital of current EU president Bulgaria, lighting torches to honour a late pro-Nazi general.

Bulgaria bids for snap partial entry to Schengen area

Sofia - Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, whose country holds the EU's rotating presidency, called Thursday for Bulgaria to be given partial entry to the Schengen free movement area.

EU presidency urges Britain to ditch Brexit

Sofia - Bulgaria, which holds the presidency of the EU, on Thursday warned of poor progress in Brexit talks and told Britain it was still not too late to abandon its plan to quit the bloc.

EU presidency slaps down May on post-Brexit citizens' rights

Brussels - Bulgaria, which holds the presidency of the EU, warned British Prime Minister Theresa May against plans to deny residency rights to Europeans arriving during the post-Brexit transition period.

EU starts countdown to settle refugee quotas row by June

Sofia - EU ministers stuck Thursday to opposing east-west camps as they started a countdown to try and overhaul Europe's asylum rules by June when the three-year-old migration crisis could flare anew.

Bulgarian trial begins over deadly 2012 Israeli bombing

Sofia - Two men allegedly linked to Lebanon's Hezbollah movement went on trial in absentia in Bulgaria on Wednesday over a deadly bomb attack on Israeli tourists in July 2012.
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