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Bulgaria's Outlook 2020 Officially Approved

The working paper called Outlook 2020: Bulgaria and NATO in European Defense has been unanimously approved at Monday's Council of Ministers session, the ministerial press office says.

Bulgaria's Public Debt Sees Significant Increase in July

Bulgaria's public debt at the end of July 2014 amounted to EUR 9.4242B, according to data revealed by the Ministry of Finance.

Power of Siberia Pipeline Construction Kicks Off

Russian President Vladimir Putin has attended a ceremony to mark the first weld of the Power of Siberia held Monday.

Bulgaria’s Prison Officers Stage National Protest

Bulgaria’s prison employees will stage a national protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, Monday.

Turkey Summons US Charge d'Affaires over Spying Report

Turkey's Foreign Ministry has summoned the US charge d'affaires over a media report that the United States had spied on Turkey intensively since 2006.

Opinions

Tusk and Mogherini – Good Lesson To Be Learned

Poland’s Donald Tusk is the new EU Council President and Italy’s Federica Mogherini is the new foreign policy chief of an increasingly variegated but still united Europe.

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Would Bulgaria be better off under a presidential system?

» No - 41.4 %

» Yes - 39.5 %

» It is difficult to tell - 19.1 %

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In Pictures

View of the head of a dragonboat during the ICF Dragon Boat World Champinships in Poznan, Poland, 28 August 2014. The competition runs from 28 to 31 August.

Helpers build up the mobile sculpture of the social project `Kuechenmonument` (Kitchen Monument) at the Berlinische Galerie, in Berlin, Germany, 28 August 2014. The gallery is inviting people to take part in workshops, talks and gastronomy events in the b

Rider crosses the bay of Mont Saint-Michel as they compete in the Endurance competition during the World Equestrian Games 2014 in Dragey, France

French actors/cast members Elodie Bouchez (L) and Jonathan Lambert (C) and a member of the crew costumed as a rat (R) pose at a photocall for `Reality` during the 71st annual Venice International Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, 28 August 2014. The movie

Femen activists stage a protest against the recent cases of sexual violence and rapes against women in front of the Ministry of Interior in Madrid, Spain

Marcos Giron of the US hits a return to John Isner of the US during the second day of the 2014 US Open Tennis Championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, Meadows, New York, USA, 26 August 2014. The US Open runs through 08 September, a 15-

Young Palestinians celebrate a ceasefire in Gaza City, 26 August 2014. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on 26 August 2014 an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire proposal to end seven weeks of fighting between Israel and militant groups in the Gaza St

 

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Ukraine's Independence Day: A Tale of Two Parades

1 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who greeted the cheerful spectators, was clear the country now needed to be permanently ready for external aggression and would have to boost defense expenditures.

2 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

It seems there is one similarity between the two events, though; neither side spares children from taking part in the propaganda.

3 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

Ukrainian soldiers salute as the drive in their military vehicles on the Independence Square. Critics have argued the decision to hold such a parade was strange against the backdrop of Ukraine's economic situation.

4 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

This flag is not even in Ukraine.

5 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

It is being held by members of Czech Ukrainian community as they march to mark the Independence Day on the medevial Charles bridge in Prague, the Czech Republic's capital.

6 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

It might be hard to tell at a first glance whether the event was designed to coincide with the Independence Day. But the Donetsk People's Republic reported Saturday that the national celebration would be cancelled in the city.

7 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

Performances of Ukrainian artists in traditional national dresses were also part of the Kiev show.

8 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

An anti-war rally was held in Donetsk as well, with demostrators showing placards reading `Stop Fascism` and `Fascism will not pass`.

9 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

In downtown Donetsk, military personnel of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People`s Republic escort Ukrainian army prisoners of war.

10 of 19 | August 24, 2014, Sunday // 16:17 EPA/BGNES

Locals had the opportunity to inspect military equipment of the Ukrainian army destroyed by rebels' military personnel.

Ukraine celebrated its 23rd Independence Day on August 24, with a military parade in its capital Kiev held to mark the anniversary.

Although the event divided opinions among Ukrainians (or those considering themselves Ukrainians) themselves, it did not seem to provoke huge outrage among the ranks of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic representatives.

To the contrary, what they seem to have made is a rival march: a parade of their own.

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