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Sunday, October 19, was one of a few days when the Bulgarian Orthodox Church honors St. Ivan Rilski, one of Bulgaria's most beloved saints.

A group of priests was waiting for center-right GERB's leader Boyko Borisov in front of the National Palace of Culture (NDK), demanding that GERB work toward a "deeper integration" of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

Moto3 rider Australia`s Jack Miller of Red Bull KTM leads on turn 4 during the second practice session in the lead up to the 2014 Australian MotoGP, at Phillip Island, Friday 17 Oct. 2014. The Australian MotoGP runs from the 17-19 of Oct.

Sofia's fire brigades got new equipment.

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, USA, 16 October 2014. The winner of the National

A choppine women`s plattform shoe from 16th century is on display in the exhibition `History under your feet- 3000 years of shoes` at the Toy Worlds Museum in Basel, Switzerland, 17 October 2014. The exhibition in collaboration with the Northampton Museum

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C-R) with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic (C-L) attend a wreath laying ceremony at the cemetery of Liberators of Belgrade, in Belgrade, Serbia, 16 October 2014.

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Sweden Searches for Suspected Foreign Submarine off Stockholm

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Swedish corvette HMS Visby taking part in search for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, 19 October 2014. The Swedish operation in the waters off Stockholm also involves helicopters and boats.

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Swedish Navy fast-attack ships search for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm Archipelago, 19 October 2014. The Swedish military have neither confirmed nor denied they are searching for a crippled Russian submarine.

3 of 10 | October 20, 2014, Monday // 11:48 EPA/BGNES

An amateur photograph made available 19 October 2014 by Swedish Navy shows an unidentified dark object in white surf in the sea to the left of the birch at center.

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Swedish minesweeper HMS Koster in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, 19 October 2014 taking part in what Swedish military described as a search for the source of a `foreign underwater activity' launched 17 October 2014 in the waters off Stockholm.

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Swedish Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad talks to media at a press conference, in Stockholm, Sweden, 17 October 2014, about what the military says is `foreign underwater activity` in the Stockholm Archipelago.

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Swedish minesweeper HMS Kullen (L) is engaged in a search for a suspected foreign vessel in the waters off Stockholm, Sweden, 19 October 2014.

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A Swedish Navy fast-attack vessel taking part in a search for a suspected foreign sumbarine in the the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, 18 October 2014.

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A Swedish Navy fast-attack boat taking part in a massive search operation for a mysterious foreign submarine thought to be stricken in the the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, 18 October 2014.

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Swedish minesweeper HMS Kullen in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, 19 October 2014. The Swedish military said 18 October 2014 it was searching for a foreign vessel in the waters off Stockholm using helicopters and boats.

10 of 10 | October 20, 2014, Monday // 11:48 EPA/BGNES

A Swedish Navy patrol vessel (R) in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, 18 October 2014.

Sweden has intensified its search of what it described as "foreign underwater activity" in the Baltic Sea less than 50 km from Stockholm in an operation reminiscent of the days of the Cold War. 

Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet quoted unidentified inside sources as saying the search had begun on October 17 following interception of a radio transmission in Russian on an emergency frequency on the evening of October 16.

After the search was launched, further encrypted radio traffic was intercepted between a point in the Stockholm archipelago and Russia's Kaliningrad, where Moscow's Baltic Fleet has its headquarters.

Russia's Defence Ministry said over the weekend there was no emergency situation involving Russian Navy surface ships or submarines in the Baltic Sea.

In the 70s and 80s Sweden repeatedly reported hunting suspected Soviet spy subs in the Baltic off the shores of Stockholm. 

 

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