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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.

Poland banks on 'dialogue' to solve EU rule-of-law row

Sofia - Warsaw banks on "dialogue" to solve its row with the EU over recent reforms denounced by Brussels as violating the rule of law, Poland's new Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said Monday.

Japan's Abe seeks to drum up EU pressure on North Korea

Sofia - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought to drum up EU pressure on North Korea on Sunday in Sofia, while pledging to boost economic cooperation with Bulgaria and the Balkans.

Bulgaria parliament overrides president's veto of corruption bill

Sofia - Bulgarian lawmakers on Friday voted to leave a contentious anti-corruption bill unchanged even after the country's president refused to sign it into law.

Bulgaria targets better Turkey ties in EU presidency

Sofia - Bulgaria said Friday it wants to use its EU presidency to improve the bloc's relations with Turkey "without hiding the problems", after ties soured over Ankara's crackdown following an attempted coup.

Bulgaria pushes to enter euro 'waiting room'

Sofia - Bulgaria, the EU's poorest member state, on Thursday said it wants to enter the "waiting room" to join the euro as it marked the start of the bloc's presidency.

Bulgaria's EU presidency start drowned by protest shouts

Sofia - Bulgaria's six-month EU presidency stint Thursday got off to a noisy start as anti-corruption protesters blocked streets in heavily-guarded capital Sofia.More than 1,500 people shouted "Mafia!", "Resign!

Bulgaria's smoggy capital cleans up to host EU presidency

Sofia - Bulgaria's capital Sofia was all done-up to host incoming European Union officials for the opening of its EU Council presidency on Thursday, but it remained blanketed by smog.

Turkey reopens iconic 'Iron Church' after revamp

Istanbul - The leaders of Turkey and Bulgaria on Sunday reopened the Bulgarian St Stephen's Church in Istanbul after seven years of restoration, a gesture of harmony in an often turbulent relationship between the two neighbours.

Turkey to reopen iconic 'Iron Church' after revamp

Istanbul - The leaders of Turkey and Bulgaria are Sunday due to reopen the Bulgarian St Stephen's Church in Istanbul after seven years of restoration, in a gesture of harmony in an often turbulent relationship between the two neighbours.

Corruption bill vetoed in graft-riddled Bulgaria

Sofia - Bulgaria's president on Tuesday vetoed legislation demanded by Brussels aimed at tackling rampant corruption, saying it fails to protect whistleblowers.

Corruption bill vetoed in graft-riddled Bulgaria

Sofia - Bulgaria's president on Tuesday vetoed legislation demanded by Brussels aimed at tackling rampant corruption, saying it fails to protect whistleblowers.

Bulgaria takes over revolving EU presidency

Sofia - Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest member state, on Monday took over the bloc's six-month revolving presidency with the ongoing migrant crisis and Brexit among the top items on its agenda.

Reporters face obstacle run in corruption-hit Bulgaria

Sofia - Cartoonist Hristo Komarnitski and his colleagues had no illusions: launching a satirical journal was always going to be tricky in Bulgaria, new holder of the EU presidency but also ranked as the bloc's worst press freedom violator.
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