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ARCHIVE - 16 November 2012

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Business

Bulgaria Launches New Bid for Railways Freight Privatization
Bulgaria 49th on Forbes' List of Best Countries for Business
Bulgaria's Unemployment Hits 11% in Oct 2012
Bulgarian Entrepreneurs Predict 27% Increase in Industrial Investments in 2013
Harris, Bulgaria Ink USD 8 M Digital TV Transmission Contract
Bulgaria's Maritsa Iztok 2 Thermal Power Plant to Get 2 New Units
Bulgaria's Industrial Consumers Set to Benefit Most from Russian Gas Discount
Bulgaria's Bansko Ranked Cheapest European Resort for Proficient Skiers

Politics

Bulgarian Nationalists Boycott Turkish Defense Minister Visit
EC Expects Transparency in Bulgaria's Judiciary Appointments
Bulgarian EPP MEP Surprisingly Quits European Parliament
Brussels Plays Wait and See on Unprecedented Blocking of Bulgarian Judge
Bulgarian MPs Restart Constitutional Judge Appointment
Opposition Rally in Sofia Ends with Riot, Clashes with Police
Bulgaria Top Cop Laments Crisis after Blocked Appointment of Tarnished Magistrate
Bulgarian PM: New Constitutional Judge Vote to Start ASAP

Society

WB: Roma to Make Up 20% of Bulgaria's Labor Market 2050
3 Die in Suspected Arson in Bulgaria's Coastal Sozopol
Bulgaria Bans Bear-Hunting Again, Pressed by EU, Greenies

Sports

Bulgarian Lottery Rolls over, Jackpot at Record BGN 9.5 M
Bulgarian Coach Takes over Angola's Kabuscorp do Palanca

Crime

Interpol Renews Search for Burgas Terror Bomber

Views on BG

Bulgarian Winemaker Eyes Asian Market
'The Optimists' Reveals Bulgarians' Courage amid Cruelty

World

Israel's Tel Aviv Hit by First Rockets in 20 Years
Israel to Mobilize 75 000 Reservists amidst Hamas Conflict Escalation
Iran's Key Nuclear Site Fully Equipped - IAEA
Benghazi Attack Was Terrorist Act, Ex CIA Chief Petraeus Testifies
Israel's Iron Dome Missile Shield Starts Paying Off in Hamas Attacks
Tymoshenko in Growing Pain, Doctor Says
Egypt Warns Israel of 'Price to Pay' over Gaza Offensive
Netanyahu Warns Gaza as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem under Rocket Fire
Russian Leader Putin: EU Is Cartel Led by Germany
Egyptian PM Vows Quest for Israel, Hamas Peace
Serbia Freezes Ties with Hague Tribunal after Gotovina's Acquittal
Angry West Bank Palestinians Urge Hamas to Bomb Israel
Oil Rig Explosion Kills 2 Off Louisiana Coast
Hezbollah 'Hails' Hamas Rocket Assaults on Israel
Israel, Hamas Conflict Escalates Despite Egypt PM Visit in Gaza
Israel Starts Drafting Reservists over Possible Gaza Offensive
Hague Tribunal Acquits Croatian Generals of Atrocities in Serbia
Egypt PM Arrives for Gaza Mission

Novinite Insider

Playwright Ivan Dimitrov: Bulgarian Theaters Favor Foreign Plays
O, Lord, Have Mercy on Us!
Everybody Loves Rosen! ('Cause of Markovska)

Business

Bulgaria Launches New Bid for Railways Freight Privatization

The Bulgarian government through its Privatization Agency has embarked Friday on a new campaign to privatize troubled Bulgarian State Railways BDZ's profit-making Freight Services unit to make up for losses from its passenger unit.

Business | November 16, 2012, Friday // 18:39

Bulgaria 49th on Forbes' List of Best Countries for Business

Bulgaria outpaces Romania in the 2012 edition of the Best Countries for Business ranking of Forbes.

Business | November 16, 2012, Friday // 18:15

Bulgaria's Unemployment Hits 11% in Oct 2012

Unemployment in Bulgaria has reached 11% in October 2012, according to data of the Employment Agency, which is 0.4% higher than September.

Business | November 16, 2012, Friday // 16:27

Bulgarian Entrepreneurs Predict 27% Increase in Industrial Investments in 2013

Industrial entrepreneurs in Bulgaria expect an annual increase in investments by 4.3% by end-2012, according to a survey of the National Statistical Institute (NSI) conducted in October.

Business | November 16, 2012, Friday // 14:51

Harris, Bulgaria Ink USD 8 M Digital TV Transmission Contract

Bulgarian TV transmission network operator NURTS has awarded Harris Corporation a nearly USD 8 M contract to transition the country to DVB-T over-the-air digital television (DTV), the international communications and information technology company said.

Business | November 16, 2012, Friday // 10:00

Bulgaria's Maritsa Iztok 2 Thermal Power Plant to Get 2 New Units

The Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) and the management of the state-owned Maritsa Iztok 2 thermal power plant (TPP) have an investment plan to build two new units at a specially earmarked site at the plant.

Business » Energy | November 16, 2012, Friday // 17:17

Bulgaria's Industrial Consumers Set to Benefit Most from Russian Gas Discount

Dimitar Gogov, CEO of state-owned gas supplier Bulgargaz, has said that the 20% discount on Russian gas supplies for Bulgaria entering into force on January 1, 2013 will reduce prices for end-consumers by at least 5-7%.

Business » Energy | November 16, 2012, Friday // 12:14

Bulgaria's Bansko Ranked Cheapest European Resort for Proficient Skiers

According to the Ski Resorts in Europe 2012/2013 survey of the European Consumer Centres' Network (ECC-Net), Bulgaria's Bansko is the cheapest option in the 51-100km category preferred by advance skiers.

Business » Tourism | November 16, 2012, Friday // 16:21

Politics

Bulgarian Nationalists Boycott Turkish Defense Minister Visit

Bulgaria's far-right, nationalist Ataka party staged a protest rally Friday against the visit of Turkish Defense Minister, Ismet Yilmaz, to Sofia.

Politics » Diplomacy | November 16, 2012, Friday // 14:08

EC Expects Transparency in Bulgaria's Judiciary Appointments

The European Commission has voiced expectations for Bulgaria to adhere to rules of transparency and integrity in making senior judicial appointments.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 16, 2012, Friday // 17:46

Bulgarian EPP MEP Surprisingly Quits European Parliament

Emil Stoyanov, who was elected MEP on the civil quota of the ruling GERB party, has unexpected quit the European Parliament.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 16, 2012, Friday // 13:03

Brussels Plays Wait and See on Unprecedented Blocking of Bulgarian Judge

Bulgaria's government is still keenly waiting a reaction from the European Commission, a day after the president blocked a judge suspected of graft from taking a position at the country's highest court amid EU concerns.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 16, 2012, Friday // 07:30

Bulgarian MPs Restart Constitutional Judge Appointment

The Bulgarian Parliament's Legal Committee decided Friday to start a new procedure to elect and appoint a constitutional judge from the parliamentary quota.

Politics » Domestic | November 16, 2012, Friday // 16:57

Opposition Rally in Sofia Ends with Riot, Clashes with Police

The protest rally in Sofia, organized by the party Civic Movement for Real Democracy, GORD, of Bulgarian independent Member of the European Parliament, Slavi Binev, has turned into a riot and clashes with police.

Politics » Domestic | November 16, 2012, Friday // 15:53

Bulgaria Top Cop Laments Crisis after Blocked Appointment of Tarnished Magistrate

Commenting on the postponed swearing-in of controversial magistrate Veneta Markovska as a Constitutional Court judge, Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said that Bulgaria faced an unprecedented constitutional crisis.

Politics » Domestic | November 16, 2012, Friday // 13:36

Bulgarian PM: New Constitutional Judge Vote to Start ASAP

The Bulgarian Parliament would be starting as early as Friday a procedure to elect a new constitutional judge from its quota, according to Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov.

Politics » Domestic | November 16, 2012, Friday // 12:46

Society

WB: Roma to Make Up 20% of Bulgaria's Labor Market 2050

The World Bank has sounded an alarm over the headlong fall in Bulgaria's demography and its gloomy implications in economic terms.

Society | November 16, 2012, Friday // 10:42

3 Die in Suspected Arson in Bulgaria's Coastal Sozopol

Three people have died in a fire in the old town of Sozopol, on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, which erupted in their wooden house and burned it down.

Society | November 16, 2012, Friday // 09:04

Bulgaria Bans Bear-Hunting Again, Pressed by EU, Greenies

Bulgaria's government has approved a bill reinstating a ban on hunting brown bears that was lifted two years ago following the death of a man.

Society » Environment | November 16, 2012, Friday // 15:11

Sports

Bulgarian Lottery Rolls over, Jackpot at Record BGN 9.5 M

The lottery craze in Bulgaria continues unabated after the jackpot in Bulgaria's state lottery "Toto", totaling the whopping BGN 8.6 M, survived Thursday night.

Sports | November 16, 2012, Friday // 08:36

Bulgarian Coach Takes over Angola's Kabuscorp do Palanca

Bulgarian Edward Antranik has been appointed coach of Angola's first league football team Kabuscorp do Palanca, the club announced on its website.

Sports | November 16, 2012, Friday // 08:05

Crime

Interpol Renews Search for Burgas Terror Bomber

Interpol is going to restart the search for the perpetrator(s) of the terror act at the airport of the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Burgas, says Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble

Crime | November 16, 2012, Friday // 13:19

Views on BG

Bulgarian Winemaker Eyes Asian Market

On a chilly November day, a Bulgarian farm village in the small eastern town of Sliven looked calm and peaceful, except a big winery in the center, after the end of the harvest season.

Views on BG | November 16, 2012, Friday // 08:42

'The Optimists' Reveals Bulgarians' Courage amid Cruelty

Jacky Comforty's documentary is a gripping retelling of how one nation's Jews and non-Jews banded together to face down the tyranny of World War II.

Views on BG | November 16, 2012, Friday // 07:00

World

Israel's Tel Aviv Hit by First Rockets in 20 Years

The residents of Israel's Tel Aviv appear not to be panicking by the first rockets to hit the city in 20 years, which Palestinian group Hamas keeps firing in reaction to an Israeli offensive in Gaza.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 21:30

Israel to Mobilize 75 000 Reservists amidst Hamas Conflict Escalation

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has sought government approval to mobilize up to 75 000 reserve troops for Israel's Gaza campaign, according to sources cited by international media.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 21:04

Iran's Key Nuclear Site Fully Equipped - IAEA

Iran is ready to boost significantly output at its most controversial nuclear plant, a new UN nuclear agency report showed Friday, taking Tehran closer - in theory - to being able to develop a nuclear weapon.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 20:43

Benghazi Attack Was Terrorist Act, Ex CIA Chief Petraeus Testifies

Former CIA director David Petraeus testified behind closed doors Friday that he believes the Sept.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 20:41

Israel's Iron Dome Missile Shield Starts Paying Off in Hamas Attacks

Iron Dome, Israel's theater missile defense system, is reported to be playing an increasingly important role in the growing confrontation between the Jewish state and Gaza-based militants from Hamas.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 20:31

Tymoshenko in Growing Pain, Doctor Says

Jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko is in "increased pain" following her two-week hunger strike, but is too weak to receive full-scale treatment, her doctor said Friday.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 20:18

Egypt Warns Israel of 'Price to Pay' over Gaza Offensive

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has warned Israel against the continuation of its military operation in Gaza, saying it will pay have to pay "a heavy price.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 20:14

Netanyahu Warns Gaza as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem under Rocket Fire

Palestinian militants have nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades, and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day, in a challenge to Israel's Gaza offensive after an Egyptian bid to broker a truce.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 19:49

Russian Leader Putin: EU Is Cartel Led by Germany

Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed Germany for involvement in a European Union "cartel" after Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country always coordinates its position with the other 26 EU member states.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 19:26

Egyptian PM Vows Quest for Israel, Hamas Peace

Egypt's Prime Minister has vowed to intensify his country's efforts to achieve a truce as the deadly aerial volleys between Israel and Hamas-led Gaza continued Friday with one rocket landing in a field outside Jerusalem.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 19:13

Serbia Freezes Ties with Hague Tribunal after Gotovina's Acquittal

The Serbian government met on Friday in Belgrade and decided to reduce its cooperation with the Hague-based UN War Crimes Tribunal to a technical level.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 19:09

Angry West Bank Palestinians Urge Hamas to Bomb Israel

Thousands of angry Palestinians have rallied across the West Bank urging Hamas militants to "bomb Tel Aviv" as Israel pursued its air campaign on the Gaza Strip.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 18:48

Oil Rig Explosion Kills 2 Off Louisiana Coast

An oil rig has exploded off the coast of Louisiana, killing at least two workers and sending four others to hospitals Friday while two others were believed to be missing, the US Coast Guard has announced.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 17:53

Hezbollah 'Hails' Hamas Rocket Assaults on Israel

The firing of long-range rockets by militant group Hamas from Gaza into Israel represents a "very significant development" in the conflict with the Jewish state, the chief of another group, Lebanon's Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, has said.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 17:45

Israel, Hamas Conflict Escalates Despite Egypt PM Visit in Gaza

The confrontation between Israel and Hamas continued to escalate Friday when Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil visited the Gaza Strip.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 17:05

Israel Starts Drafting Reservists over Possible Gaza Offensive

The Israeli army has started calling up 16,000 reservists in what might be a preparation for a possible ground offensive into the Gaza Strip.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 15:35

Hague Tribunal Acquits Croatian Generals of Atrocities in Serbia

The Hague War Crimes Tribunal has overturned the convictions of Croatian generals, Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac, charged with atrocities against Serbs in the 1990s.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 14:44

Egypt PM Arrives for Gaza Mission

Egypt's prime minister has arrived in Gaza to show support to Palestinians, after Israel struck at more than 130 targets overnight, while militants fired 11 rockets from Gaza.

World | November 16, 2012, Friday // 09:48

Novinite Insider

Playwright Ivan Dimitrov: Bulgarian Theaters Favor Foreign Plays

Ivan Dimitrov is a Bulgarian playwright, writer and poet. His play, "The Eyes of Others", recently became the first Bulgarian play to receive a major New York production.

Novinite Insider » Interview | November 16, 2012, Friday // 12:51

O, Lord, Have Mercy on Us!

Plagued by wrangling and greed, greatly discredited – this is what Bulgaria's Orthodox church has come to be in recent years, leaving Christian believers nothing but disturbed.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | November 16, 2012, Friday // 09:57

Everybody Loves Rosen! ('Cause of Markovska)

Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev has resorted to a dubious theatrical move by leaving the Constitutional Court inauguration to prevent a far more dubious judge, Veneta Markovska, from taking office.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | November 16, 2012, Friday // 06:38
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