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Hollow election victory for Bulgarian tough guy

Sofia - Bulgaria looked set Monday for more political uncertainty after strongman ex-premier Boyko Borisov fell short of a majority in elections for the troubled country's third government in less than two years.

Boyko Borisov: Bulgaria's karate-kicking comeback king

Sofia - Boyko Borisov, who said he wants to form Bulgaria's next government despite his party falling well short of a majority in Sunday's elections, is not someone to shy from a fight.

Deflated Bulgarian strongman vows to form government

Sofia - Bulgarian strongman Boyko Borisov said Sunday he would try to form a government and avoid national "bankruptcy" after his right-wing party came first in elections but fell well short of a majority.

15 workers feared dead following massive explosion in Bulgaria

Vidin - Fifteen workers are missing and believed to have been killed after a massive explosion erupted at a Bulgarian explosives factory.

Soviet era monuments vandalized in Bulgaria

Sofia - A monument to Soviet troops located in Sofia the capital city of Bulgaria was spray- painted recently in one of several cases where Soviet era monuments have been vandalized.

Two die, hundreds are evacuated in Bulgaria floods

- Two people drowned and 900 were evacuated from their homes as flooding caused by torrential rains hit northwestern Bulgaria, the latest in a string of such disasters since June, the interior ministry said on Sunday.

Bulgaria PM resigns ahead of snap polls to end crisis

Sofia - Bulgaria's Socialists-backed Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski handed in the resignation of his cabinet Wednesday ahead of snap elections that will seek to end months of political turmoil in the European Union's poorest country.

1,000 Romanian tourists stranded by Bulgaria flash floods

Bucharest - Around a thousand tourists from Romania have been left stranded by flash floods in Bulgaria which left 14 dead around the Black Sea resort of Varna, the Romanian government said on Saturday.

14 dead in Bulgaria flash floods as rescuers search for missing

Varna - Flash floods in Bulgaria have killed at least 14 people, including two children, with others missing after torrential rains lashed the east of the country, authorities said Friday.

Bulgaria torn between EU and Moscow as Ukraine crisis lingers

Sofia - On the eve of a European vote, the Kremlin's closest EU-ally Bulgaria is torn between the bloc that provides it with vital investment or Russia, its deeply influential "big brother" and gas supplier.

Bulgaria's Soviet sculpture given makeover in latest indignity

Sofia - In the latest indignity suffered by Soviet-era monuments in Bulgaria, unknown artists Saturday transformed a huge sculpture into a colossal version of a traditional lucky charm in the eastern European country.The two giant figures of a man and a woman ...

Bulgaria artists deface monument to support Ukraine protests

Sofia - A monument to the Soviet Army in Bulgaria received a pro-Ukrainian makeover Sunday morning, as anonymous artists showed their support for the anti-government protests in Kiev.A large Ukrainian flag was planted on the monument overnight in the centre of...

International operation busts Bulgarian banking fraud ring

Sofia - Bulgarian and Spanish law enforcement officers have busted an international crime ring stealing card numbers from ATM machines worldwide, authorities in Sofia said Saturday.Twenty-five people were arrested in Bulgaria, Spain and Hungary in a massive po...

Bulgarian minority honours age-old wedding rites

- The communists tried hard to stamp out the culture of Bulgaria's rural Pomak minority, and since then tough times in the European Union's poorest country have made many leave, but one village is keeping traditions alive.Nestled in the southern snow-cap...

Bulgarian nationalists try to storm mosque, 120 arrests

Plovdiv - Bulgarian police arrested Friday more than 120 people after hundreds of stone-throwing nationalists and football hooligans chanting racist slogans tried to storm a mosque in Plovdiv, officials said."One policeman and several protesters were injured.

Seven arrests in Greece over baby trafficking

Athens - Police in central Greece on Saturday said they had arrested seven people including five Bulgarians for attempted baby trafficking.

Bulgarian and Romanian migrants are net contributors

Stockholm - Bulgarian and Romanian migrants contribute more than they cost to Western European economies, especially to Britain and Ireland, a Swedish economist said Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Occupy Wall Street and the discontent of nations

New York - The crowds in the parks have died down for now, but the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to be a powerful symbol of discontent for a great many people in the United States who are fed up with Wall Street and a bought-and-paid-for two-party system.

Op-Ed: Stepping into Schengen — Solidarity with Romania and Bulgaria Special

In response to the March 2013 decision to postpone Romania and Bulgaria entry in the visa-free Schengen zone under the threat of a German veto, a young group of people has decided to launch a solidarity initiative with Romanian and Bulgarian citizens.

Bulgaria won't pressure EU to level sanctions against Hezbollah

The European nation of Bulgaria which was site of a terrorist attack last year will not push the EU to place sanctions on the Hezbollah organization which was blamed for the attack says the new Bulgarian Prime Minister Marin Raikov.

Canadian dual citizen linked to Bulgarian bus terror attack

Ottawa - An attack on a Bulgarian tour bus in 2012, carrying Israeli tourists in the Black Sea city of Burgas has been blamed on Hezbollah. A dual Canadian citizen has been linked to the attack.

Bulgarian science minister sacked for alleged corruption

Sergei Ignatov, the Bulgarian science and education minister, has been fired by the country's prime minister due to allegations of corruption and nepotism.

Bulgarian opposition leader survives assassination attempt

Sofia - The leader of a Bulgarian opposition party survived an assassination attempt in Sofia on Saturday when the would-be assassin's gun misfired.

Temple dedicated to 'penis-god' Priapus unearthed in Bulgaria

Sozopol - The head of Bulgaria's National History Museum has announced that an ancient temple dedicated to the Greek penis-god Priapus, was unearthed in the Black Sea town of Sozopol.

Archeologists in Bulgaria say they've found Europe's oldest town

Provadia - Archaeologists in Bulgaria say they have uncovered Europe's oldest town. The remains of the prehistoric town are believed to date between 4700 and 4200 BC.

Investigator now says man in CCTV video not Burgas bomber

The man identified in CCTV video as the main suspect in the bombing of a busload of Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria 2 weeks ago, no longer appears to be a suspect in the case.

Israelis vow retaliation for terror attack in Bulgaria

Jerusalem - On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia, perpetrated the suicide attack against Israeli tourists in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists.

Burgas bus bomber — Swedish citizen, former Guantanamo detainee?

Several news reports are claiming that the identity of the suicide bomber of an Israeli tourist bus in Bulgaria on Wednesday, July 18, is said to have been Mehdi Ghezali, a Swedish citizen known for Muslim extremist activities.

Video: Bulgaria suicide-bomber caught on CCTV at Burgas airport

Burgas - The suicide bomber who blew up a tourist bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria has been caught on the CCTV camera in the Burgas airport.

Bus in Bulgaria explodes killing six tourists

Burgas - Six people were killed and another 30 seriously injured in a bus explosion, in Bulgaria. Bulgarian officials believe it is a terrorist attack.
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