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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.

Rumen Radev, Bulgaria's new Russophile president

Sofia - Rumen Radev, Bulgaria's surprise new Russophile president-elect, is a former flying ace with no political background who critics say could try to steer the EU's poorest country back into Moscow's orbit.

Bulgaria turmoil as Russophile wins presidency, PM quits

Sofia - EU member Bulgaria headed Monday into fresh political turbulence after a former airforce commander seen as more sympathetic to Russia triumphed in presidential elections, prompting Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to quit.

Russia-friendly opposition candidate wins Bulgaria presidential vote

Sofia - Bulgaria risked plunging into fresh political turmoil Sunday after a Moscow-friendly general backed by the Socialist opposition won the presidential run-off, beating the handpicked nominee of centre-right Prime Minister Boyko Borisov by a whopping marg...

Bulgarian government at stake in presidential poll

Sofia - Bulgarians voted Sunday in a high-stakes presidential run-off that could see centre-right Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's government fall if his handpicked candidate fails to defeat a Socialist-backed general.

Bulgarian government at stake in presidential poll

Sofia - Bulgarians voted Sunday in a high-stakes presidential run-off that could see centre-right Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's government fall if his handpicked candidate fails to defeat a Socialist-backed general.

Bulgarian government at stake in presidential poll

Sofia - Bulgarians voted Sunday in a high-stakes presidential run-off that could see centre-right Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's government fall if his handpicked candidate fails to defeat a Socialist-backed general.

Bulgaria opposition stuns PM in presidential poll

Sofia - A left-leaning air force general seen as sympathetic to Moscow won Bulgaria's presidential election first round, official results showed Monday, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.Rumen Radev, candidate of the opposition Socialists, won 25....

Bulgaria opposition stuns PM in presidential poll

Sofia - A left-leaning air force general seen as sympathetic to Moscow won Bulgaria's presidential election first round, official results showed Monday, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.Rumen Radev, candidate of the opposition Socialists, won 25....

Bulgaria opposition stuns PM in presidential poll

Sofia - A left-leaning air force general seen as sympathetic to Moscow won Bulgaria's presidential election first round, official results showed Monday, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.Rumen Radev, candidate of the opposition Socialists, won 25....

Election blow for Bulgarian PM: exit polls

Sofia - Bulgarian Prime Minister Bokyo Borisov suffered an embarrassing setback in the first round of presidential elections Sunday, with exit polls suggesting his candidate fell short of the top spot.Tsetska Tsacheva won 22.5-23.

Blow for Bulgarian PM in presidential poll

Sofia - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov suffered an embarrassing setback in the first round of presidential elections Sunday, with projections suggesting his nominee was beaten by a left-leaning opposition candidate.Tsetska Tsacheva won 22.

Bulgarian frogmen foil fake euro plot

Sofia - Bulgarian authorities said Tuesday they had seized a record amount of over 13 million euros' ($14.4 million) worth of counterfeit notes, most of them recovered by scuba divers in a reservoir.

Canada to lift Romania, Bulgaria visa requirement

Ottawa - Canada will lift a visa requirement for Romanian and Bulgarian travelers at the end of next year and ease some restrictions before then, the government announced Monday.

Bulgaria PM under fire over UN secretary general failure

Sofia - Bulgarian opposition parties called Thursday for the prime minister to resign after neither of the country's two candidates running for UN secretary general ended up getting the job.

Security Council powers weigh in to pick new UN chief

New York - The race to become the next UN chief takes a decisive turn on Wednesday when the big powers at the Security Council will for the first time indicate which candidates they are prepared to block.

Russia backs woman, East European for UN chief

New York - Russia said it would like to see a woman as the next UN secretary general and would back a candidate from Eastern Europe, days after Bulgarian Kristalina Georgieva entered the race.

Bulgaria's Georgieva unsettles race to be UN chief

New York - The newest candidate to be UN secretary-general, Kristalina Georgieva, says she may be a "latecomer" to the race, but still has strong credentials to become the first woman to lead the United Nations.

Bulgaria bans full-face Islamic veil

Sofia - Bulgaria banned on Friday face-covering Islamic veils in public, joining a small number of EU countries as the 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".
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