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For Whom The Bells Toll in Sofia?

The story of Maria Zabova, bell ringer at Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, is a real epiphany, an inspiring tale of faith, commitment and strength.

Novinite Insider » Features | November 6, 2013, Wednesday // 10:23 | Viewed: 2655

Bulgaria's Burning Bushes

'Look what I'll do now!,' the man shouted, brandishing a lighter.

Novinite Insider » Features | March 27, 2013, Wednesday // 16:22 | Viewed: 3886

The Magic Number 270 that Leads to White House

US citizens don't elect their presidents and vice presidents in a direct vote since the winner is determined by votes cast by electors of the Electoral College.

Novinite Insider » Features | November 6, 2012, Tuesday // 16:23 | Viewed: 2176

A Flood of Failures

Before the communist regime collapse thousands of big and small dams were built in Bulgaria, making the water reserves of the country among the biggest in Europe. Now nobody knows who and how maintains them. This can be deadly dangerous.

Novinite Insider » Features | February 9, 2012, Thursday // 11:06 | Viewed: 3351

What Will 2012 Be Like for Bulgaria? (by &

As 2012 has kicked off, the journalists of (Sofia News Agency) and are offering you their takes on a crucial question...

Novinite Insider » Features | January 7, 2012, Saturday // 12:01 | Viewed: 3953

Bulgaria's Schengen (Corruption) Ordeal and Finland

One more obstacle on Bulgaria's way to join the Schengen Agreement seemed to vanish in mid-November when Finland officially softened its stance on the country's bid to enter EU's border-free zone.

Novinite Insider » Features | December 9, 2011, Friday // 10:13 | Viewed: 3017

Bulgaria - the Land of Alma Your Mater

A week ago, Bulgarian football legend Hristo Stoichkov was bestowed the title Doctor Honoris Causa of the "Paisiy Hilendarski" University in his native city of Plovdiv.

Novinite Insider » Features | November 18, 2011, Friday // 09:54 | Viewed: 3251

Old Town Sozopol - Bulgaria's 'Rescued' Miracle and Its Modern Day Saviors

On Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, in the farthest southern part of the Burgas Bay, some 35 km south of the city of Burgas, on a small rocky peninsula lays the top miracle of the Balkan country – the ancient town of Sozopol.

Novinite Insider » Features | October 10, 2011, Monday // 17:35 | Viewed: 18041

9/11 after 20 More Years: Memories from the Future

As the world marked the 10th year since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, known globally as 9/11, I decided that together with the numerous memoirs and commentaries it would be practical to offer a strategic solution.

Novinite Insider » Features | September 12, 2011, Monday // 17:13 | Viewed: 3615

9/11 with 007: Memories That Never Fall Asleep

9/11, i.e. September 11, 2001, Brussels. Bedford Business Hotel, no luxury. Time for afternoon tea, the English way. I am the Minister of Foreign Affairs selected just weeks ago.

Novinite Insider » Features | September 11, 2011, Sunday // 08:05 | Viewed: 2194

Ready, Set...Who Is Running for Bulgarian President?

As the presidential election campaign in Bulgaria is still in a relatively early stage, politicians are expectedly shy about announcing their candidacies.

Novinite Insider » Features | May 17, 2011, Tuesday // 16:04 | Viewed: 3015

Bulgarians - Pining for Socialism and Ivan Slavkov

Who was Ivan Slavkov? A former communist apparatchik, who climbed the career ladder thanks to his father-in-law Todor Zhivkov? A charismatic opportunist with a great sense of humour? A home-grown Ostap Bender? A mix of Casanova and Rigoletto?

Novinite Insider » Features | May 9, 2011, Monday // 14:44 | Viewed: 5404

Another Great Summer: Bulgaria's 2011 Music Calendar (Pt. 1)

As the long and exhausting winter is heading towards its end with (hopefully) last snowfalls for the season, Bulgaria starts preparing for another great summer of music.

Novinite Insider » Features | February 25, 2011, Friday // 15:20 | Viewed: 6228

Bulgaria's Student City - Where Your Call Center Agent Lives

A peculiar and refreshing article by Leif Petterse from Lonely Planet recently described several cities around the world as potential sex objects.

Novinite Insider » Features | February 19, 2011, Saturday // 16:35 | Viewed: 7406

The Soviet Army Monument in Sofia: Keep It but Explain It!

The fate of the large monument of the Soviet Army in downtown Sofia is one of the most controversial issues in today's Bulgaria for two major reasons.

Novinite Insider » Features | January 27, 2011, Thursday // 20:42 | Viewed: 6763

Palfreeman Trial in Bulgaria - Justice Impossible?

On a busy street corner in Sofia three years ago the lives of two families from Bulgaria and Australia were devastated after the murder of a young man. Can the court instill a sense of justice? Milena Hristova finds out the answer is no.

Novinite Insider » Features | January 24, 2011, Monday // 15:59 | Viewed: 5921

Bulgaria in 2011 - Forecasts, Must-Dos, Risks

Despite relentless headlines about shocking hikes and behind-the-scenes political haggling, we expect the spectacle to be mildly reassuring. Milena Hristova takes a look at the forecasts, must-do tasks and risks Bulgaria faces in 2011.

Novinite Insider » Features | January 10, 2011, Monday // 16:48 | Viewed: 5082

For Whom The Bells Toll on Christmas in Bulgaria

The story of Maria Zabova, bell ringer at Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, is a real epiphany, an inspiring tale of faith, strength and...mathematics. Milena Hristova finds out why the elderly woman is closer to God on Christmas than any of us.

Novinite Insider » Features | December 24, 2010, Friday // 08:59 | Viewed: 4866

Slightly Rebellious, Pink Flavored in Sofia

In times of severe economic and financial crises, most businesses are taking extreme measures in order to survive, including cutting expenses, delaying payments or laying off people.

Novinite Insider » Features | December 10, 2010, Friday // 19:32 | Viewed: 5296

Wary of Joining Troubled Euro? Not in Bulgaria!

Uncertainty surrounding the eurozone in the wake of the Greek and Irish debt crises has dampened the entry aspirations of the Czech Republic and the Baltic states, but Bulgaria is still flying the flag.

Novinite Insider » Features | November 29, 2010, Monday // 18:05 | Viewed: 3599

London Festival of Bulgarian Culture? Mission Possible

Try asking foreigners what they think about Bulgaria. The answers you will most probably get will be connected the beautiful beaches and mountains, or maybe about the famous yogurt or good wine.

Novinite Insider » Features | November 9, 2010, Tuesday // 20:11 | Viewed: 3483