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ARCHIVE - 21 November 2012

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Business

Bulgarian - Turkish Border Still Clogged by Truck Traffic
Bulgaria's Unemployment Rate Hits 11.5% in Q3 2012
Sofia Subway Used by 300 000 Passengers Daily
Turk Telekom Places Bids for Bulgaria's Globul, Germanos
Bulgarian Dairy Processors Snub Health Warning on Imitation Products
Sofia Launches Construction of Subway to Airport
Turkey's Border Checkpoints with Bulgaria Now Working
Bulgaria's FinMin to Overseee Crucial Nuclear Referendum
Bulgarians Mostly 'Ignorant' about Nuclear Issues - Poll
Units 3, 4 of Kozloduy NPP Turn Radioactive Waste Management Facilities
Bulgarian PM: South Stream Has Better Prospects than Nabucco
Chinese Journalists to Take Tourist Trip across Bulgaria

Politics

Fog Thickens around Bulgarian PM-Obama 'Imminent' Talks
NATO SG: Bulgaria's Accession to NATO Strengthened Its Own Security
Bomb Blast Reported near Bulgarian Embassy in Kabul
EP Elects Malta's Tonio Borg New Health Commissioner
Contracted Funds under Administrative Capacity OP in Bulgaria at 73%
Ex Bulgarian President Top Court Bid Stirs Riot in Own Party
Bulgarian Nationalists Form Eurosceptic Coalition

Society

Bulgarian Parliament under 'Tomato Revolution' Threat
Wife of Bulgaria's Only Chief Prosecutor Candidate Implicated in Tax Evasion
No Sign of Romanian Worker Who Fell off Danube Bridge 2
Sexy Beauties Undress to Promote Bulgaria's Agricultural Produce
Bulgarian Man Faces 2 Years in Jail for Throwing Tomato at Parliament
European Commission Warns Bulgaria over Landfills
Orthodox Bulgarians Mark Christian Family Day

Crime

Bomb Threat Reported in Sofia School despite Police Busts
Bulgaria to Probe Prosecutor in Flopped SAPARD Trial
Alleged Bulgarian SAPARD Fraudster Fully Cleared
Bulgarian Youngsters Nabbed for Terrorizing Schools with Bomb Alerts

Views on BG

Black Belts and Bulgarian Politics

World

Ceasefire Reached in Gaza Conflict
Interpol 'Interested' in Ex Russian MP Bulgarian Business
Tel Aviv Bus Bomb Blast Injures 22
Tel Aviv Bus Blast Injures at Least 10
Israel Gives More Time for Gaza Truce Talks - Report
Hillary Clinton Joins Gaza Truce Talks

Business

Bulgarian - Turkish Border Still Clogged by Truck Traffic

Traffic at checkpoints between Bulgaria and Turkey remains heavy with fewer problems in processing vehicles on both sides of the border.

Business | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 20:30

Bulgaria's Unemployment Rate Hits 11.5% in Q3 2012

In the third quarter of 2012, the unemployment rate in Bulgaria was 11.5%, by 1.3% higher compared to the same quarter of 2011.

Business | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 16:31

Sofia Subway Used by 300 000 Passengers Daily

Over 300 000 people use the Sofia subway on a daily basis and the passenger numbers are increasing, according to Stoyan Bratoev, Executive Director of municipality-owned company Metropoliten EAD.

Business | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 14:21

Turk Telekom Places Bids for Bulgaria's Globul, Germanos

Turkey's telecoms company Turk Telekom said on Wednesday it had submitted non-binding bids to buy Bulgarian mobile operator Globul and the electronic appliance retail chain Germanos, put up for sale by the owner, Greece's OTE.

Business | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 12:59

Bulgarian Dairy Processors Snub Health Warning on Imitation Products

Dilyana Slavova, head of the National Association of Dairy Processors, has opposed the proposal of Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov that milk products containing vegetable fat should carry health warnings.

Business | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 12:00

Sofia Launches Construction of Subway to Airport

The construction of the subway section connecting Bulgarian capital Sofia's Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd and the city's airport is to start on Wednesday.

Business | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 09:46

Turkey's Border Checkpoints with Bulgaria Now Working

All Bulgarian border checkpoints with Turkey are now functioning properly, officials have told local media.

Business | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 09:12

Bulgaria's FinMin to Overseee Crucial Nuclear Referendum

Bulgaria's finance minister has been assigned the task to oversee the much debated national referendum on development of atomic energy, due on January 27, 2013.

Business » Energy | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 18:57

Bulgarians Mostly 'Ignorant' about Nuclear Issues - Poll

Only 7% of Bulgarians say they feel informed about nuclear energy issues, according to newly-released poll of the National Center for Study of Public Opinion (NZIOM).

Business » Energy | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 17:06

Units 3, 4 of Kozloduy NPP Turn Radioactive Waste Management Facilities

Bulgaria's government declared Wednesday units 3 and 4 of the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant radioactive waste management facilities.

Business » Energy | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 16:35

Bulgarian PM: South Stream Has Better Prospects than Nabucco

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has defended his country's agreement with Russia to build the South Stream gas pipeline, arguing that it will benefit Europe.

Business » Energy | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 11:02

Chinese Journalists to Take Tourist Trip across Bulgaria

Representatives of leading Chinese media outlets and an expert from Qatar Airways will take a trip around the country organized by Bulgaria's Ministry of Economy, Energy, and Tourism (MIET) on November 21-26.

Business » Tourism | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 17:32

Politics

Fog Thickens around Bulgarian PM-Obama 'Imminent' Talks

The reported upcoming trip of Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, to Washington DC for a meeting with US President, Barack Obama, is becoming surrounded with a deepening mystery.

Politics » Diplomacy | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 18:41

NATO SG: Bulgaria's Accession to NATO Strengthened Its Own Security

Bulgaria's accession to NATO helped strengthen its own security, according to the statement of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on the occasion of the 10th anniversary from the Prague Summit.

Politics » Diplomacy | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 15:15

Bomb Blast Reported near Bulgarian Embassy in Kabul

A bomb has exploded in a terror act in the capital of Afghanistan Kabul, about 2 km away from the building of the Bulgarian Embassy.

Politics » Defense | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 19:06

EP Elects Malta's Tonio Borg New Health Commissioner

The European Parliament approved on Wednesday the controversial nomination of Malta's Tonio Borg for health and consumer protection commissioner.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 16:01

Contracted Funds under Administrative Capacity OP in Bulgaria at 73%

Monika Dimitrova-Beecher, head of the Managing Authority of the Administrative Capacity Operational Program (OPAC) at Bulgaria's Ministry of Finance, has announced that contracted funds under the program amount to 73% and paid funds amount to 37%.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 13:12

Ex Bulgarian President Top Court Bid Stirs Riot in Own Party

Members of the Parliament from the right-wing Blue Coalition rose against the nomination of former Bulgarian right-wing President, Petar Stoyanov, for constitutional judge.

Politics » Domestic | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 15:51

Bulgarian Nationalists Form Eurosceptic Coalition

Two former members of Bulgaria's far-right Ataka (Attack) party have announced the formation of a new political coalition called "No to EU", local media say.

Politics » Domestic | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 14:16

Society

Bulgarian Parliament under 'Tomato Revolution' Threat

Disgruntled Bulgarians are organizing themselves on social networks to stage a "Tomato Revolution."

Society | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 20:00

Wife of Bulgaria's Only Chief Prosecutor Candidate Implicated in Tax Evasion

The spouse of Sotir Tsatsarov, Chairman of the Plovdiv Regional Court and the only Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor candidate so far, has been implicated in a tax evasion scam.

Society | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 17:50

No Sign of Romanian Worker Who Fell off Danube Bridge 2

Bulgarian rescue teams have been searching in vain for a Romanian worker who fell off Danube Bridge 2 into the river and presumably drowned.

Society | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 17:25

Sexy Beauties Undress to Promote Bulgaria's Agricultural Produce

Models and Playboy playmates feature in Bulgaria's 2013 erotic farmers calendar, which not only seeks to boost the spirit of those working in the agrarian sector, but also to advertise their production.

Society | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 14:39

Bulgarian Man Faces 2 Years in Jail for Throwing Tomato at Parliament

Bulgarian dissident Nikolay Kolev may face up to two years behind bars for throwing a tomato at the Parliament in Sofia as an act of protest against the rampant corruption in the country, Kolev himself has told reporters.

Society | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 12:42

European Commission Warns Bulgaria over Landfills

The European Commission has asked Bulgaria to bring its landfills in line with EU legislation as a part of a horizontal exercise that concerns several Member States.

Society » Environment | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 14:46

Orthodox Bulgarians Mark Christian Family Day

Bulgarian Orthodox Christians mark Wednesday the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin, a day traditionally dedicated to the Christian family and youth.

Society » Culture | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 08:07

Crime

Bomb Threat Reported in Sofia School despite Police Busts

One more school in the Bulgarian capital Sofia has been shaken by a bomb threat Wednesday.

Crime | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 19:32

Bulgaria to Probe Prosecutor in Flopped SAPARD Trial

The decision to not protest the acquittal of businessmen Mario Nikolov, Lyudmil Stoykov and the other defendants in Bulgaria's highly publicized SAPARD money laundering case has been made singlehandedly and will be investigated.

Crime | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 14:58

Alleged Bulgarian SAPARD Fraudster Fully Cleared

Bulgaria's prosecutors have stepped back from their protest at the acquittal of businessman Mario Nikolov and the other defendants in the country's highly publicized SAPARD money laundering case.

Crime | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 13:52

Bulgarian Youngsters Nabbed for Terrorizing Schools with Bomb Alerts

Bulgarian police have captured a total of five youngsters suspected of making the anonymous bomb hoax calls that affected a dozen of schools in the capital Sofia this week.

Crime | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 11:40

Views on BG

Black Belts and Bulgarian Politics

After spending an hour today with Boyko Borisov, Bulgaria's prime minister, I am more convinced than ever that a political career in the Balkans is not for the faint-hearted.

Views on BG | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 13:36

World

Ceasefire Reached in Gaza Conflict

A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement which governs Gaza has come into effect.

World | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 22:38

Interpol 'Interested' in Ex Russian MP Bulgarian Business

The international police organization Interpol has taken an interest in the business in Bulgaria and Cyprus of former Russian opposition lawmaker Gennady Gudkov.

World | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 21:00

Tel Aviv Bus Bomb Blast Injures 22

At least 22 people have been injured in the explosion on a bus in Israel's commercial capital, Tel Aviv, in what one Israeli official described as a "terrorist attack".

World | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 16:31

Tel Aviv Bus Blast Injures at Least 10

At least ten people were injured when an explosion hit a bus in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

World | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 13:06

Israel Gives More Time for Gaza Truce Talks - Report

Israel will give extra time for diplomatic efforts needed to solve the ongoing Gaza military crisis, an Israeli government source has told a Russian news agency.

World | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 10:19

Hillary Clinton Joins Gaza Truce Talks

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has called for an end to rocket attacks on Israel and a durable regional peace as she arrived in the Middle East to join ceasefire talks.

World | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 08:36
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