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NATO Plans New Eastern European Bases along Russia’s Borders

NATO chief has said the alliance plans to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe in response to the crisis in Ukraine and to address a new Russian military approach.

Euromoney: Analysts Say KTB Woes to Hit Bulgaria Standing in Brussels

The crisis at Corporate Commercial Bank (KTB) is likely to delay Bulgaria’s intention to join the Eurozone event further, Euromoney magazine has reported, quoting analysts.

Bulgaria's Poet Valeri Petrov Dies

Bulgaria's poet, playwright, script writer and translator Valeri Petrov  passed away at the age of 94 in Sofia Military Hospital on Wednesday, reports the Bulgarian National Radio.

Poroshenko-Putin Talks Fail to Yield Ceasefire Deal for East Ukraine

A meeting between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia has failed to yield an agreement to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Heineken Gets Almost Full Control Of Bulgaria's Zagorka

The largest European brewer, Heinenekn, successfully completed negotiations for the acquisition of Coca-Cola HBC's share in Bulgaria's Zagorka brewery, said the Dutch company in a statement.

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Spanish flamenco dancer Sara Baras performs on stage at Flamenco On Fire Festival in Pamplona, Spain, 26 August 2014, in which she presents her last performance "La guardiana" (The Guardian).

Argentineans Juan Malizia (R) and Manuela Rossi compete in the Buenos Aires World Tango Dance Contest in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 26 August 2014. Malizia and Rossi won the final of the `Tango Escenario` (stage tango) category, during the final day of the

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Ukraine's Independence Day: A Tale of Two Parades

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

Kiev (and Western Ukraine as a whole) was not the single city to mark the anniversary. Here, locals can be seen cheering during a ceremony in Slaviansk, once rebel-held.

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

In one of the biggest cities in Eastern Ukraine, on the other hand, one could see quite a different spectacle.

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

There was no doubt where Kiev thought a threat could come from. Neither was Poroshenko's "rearmament" plan surprising, given the accusations of Ukraine that Russia is smuggling weapons into the Donbass region.

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

Despite being of a military nature, the event did bring some colour to the streets of Kiev. Ukrainian military cadets can be seen here marching.

5 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.

6 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.

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

It was not all about arms, of course...

8 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.

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

This flag is not even in Ukraine.

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

Crisis-torn Ukraine used the occasion to make a display of its capabilities, hoping the show-off would assert citizens Kiev was committed to protect them.

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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