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ARCHIVE - 5 November 2012

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Business

Bulgaria's Port Burgas Sees Record Container Trade
Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association: Grey Economy Is Shrinking
Growing Economic Pessimism Registered in Bulgaria
2 Bidders DQd from Privatization of Troubled Bulgarian Military Plant
Bulgaria's Alcomet Plant to Cut Energy Costs by 30%
Maxim Behar at First Global PR Summit: Watch Out for the East, Europe
Bulgaria's Q3, 2012 Unemployment Rate at 11.5%
Bulgaria to Sell 49% Stake in International Plovdiv Fair
Bulgaria Eyes Construction Projects in Azerbaijan
SP Raises Credit Rating of Bulgaria's Sofia
Bulgarian Firm Said to Build Hydro-Plant in Lebanon
Russia Still Interested in Belene NPP, Medvedev Tells Plevneliev at ASEM Summit
Bulgarian Section of Nabucco Enters EIA Procedure
Turkey Not to Build NPP on Bulgarian Border - Report
Bulgaria to Showcase Its 'Unique Diversity' in London

Politics

Borisov, Mikati Deny Meeting over 'Bulgarian' Explosives in Lebanese Terror Attack
Lebanon Not to Take Sides in Syria Civil War, PM Mitaki States in Bulgaria
Lebanese PM Refuses Clear-Cut Answer on Hezbollah's Alleged Role in Bulgaria Bombing
Turkey Wants to Open 3rd Consulate in Bulgarian Provinces
South Korea Backs Bulgaria's Bokova for 2nd UNESCO Chief Term
Govt Tries to Rescue Bulgarians on Death Row in Malaysia
Bulgaria's President Heads for Asia-Europe Summit in Laos
More and More Italians Enjoying Bulgarian License Plates - Report
EC 'Disturbed' by Case of Bulgarians on Death Row in Malaysia
Bulgarian PM Asks Tainted Judge to Quit after 2nd EC Warning
EC Confirms Interim Report Warning for Bulgaria Is Official
Bulgarian PM Rises in Defense of Tarnished Judge
Bulgaria's Far Right Demands Ban of Ethnic Turkish Party
Outgoing Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Wants DA for Successor
Party Chief Backs Bulgarian Ethnic Turks in Ottoman Liberator Dispute

Society

Bulgarian Youth Stage 'Anonymous' Rally Against Govt, Besiege Parliament
Bulgarian Investigative Report Exposes Further Tainted Judge
Young Bulgarian Roma Apologize by Singing National Anthem
Light Earthquake Registered in SW Bulgaria

Sports

Dimitrov Becomes 1st Bulgarian in ATP Top 50

Crime

Bulgarian Police Bust Defrauding Fake 'US Marines'
Bulgarians Busted for ATM Fraud in Thailand
Interpol Worried by Lack of Progress in Burgas Bombing Investigation

World

IPB: EU's Nobel Peace Prize Unlawful
Car Bomb Kills 50 Syrian Regime Troops in Hama
Ukrainian Opposition Threaten Call for New Elections after 'Rigged' Vote
Obama Builds Small Early Voting Lead

Business

Bulgaria's Port Burgas Sees Record Container Trade

Bulgaria's second largest Black Sea port, Port Burgas, has processed over 2 million tons of goods and raw materials in the first 10 months of 2012, port data indicates.

Business | November 5, 2012, Monday // 18:58

Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association: Grey Economy Is Shrinking

Milena Angelova, Chief Secretary of the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (BICA), has claimed that the share of the grey economy in Bulgaria is dropping.

Business | November 5, 2012, Monday // 17:51

Growing Economic Pessimism Registered in Bulgaria

In October 2012, the total consumer confidence in Bulgaria indicator decreased by 4.3%, compared to its level 3 months ago.

Business | November 5, 2012, Monday // 16:32

2 Bidders DQd from Privatization of Troubled Bulgarian Military Plant

Two bidders have been disqualified from the tender for the privatization of Bulgaria's largest military-industrial plant, VMZ Sopot, leaving Emko EOOD as the only eligible candidate, according to the website of the Privatization and Post-Privatization Con

Business | November 5, 2012, Monday // 15:35

Bulgaria's Alcomet Plant to Cut Energy Costs by 30%

Bulgarian aluminum products marker Alcomet will cut energy costs by 30% thanks to a project under the Competitive Power Operational Program.

Business | November 5, 2012, Monday // 14:01

Maxim Behar at First Global PR Summit: Watch Out for the East, Europe

Everybody is now looking to the East but they should also keep an eye on Europe as well, Bulgarian PR expert Maxim Behar told participants in the First Global PR Summit in Miami, FL.

Business | November 5, 2012, Monday // 13:02

Bulgaria's Q3, 2012 Unemployment Rate at 11.5%

In the third quarter of 2012, the unemployment rate in Bulgaria increased by 1.3 percentage points as compared to the same period of 2011, according to the Labor Force Survey (LFS) of the National Statistical Institute (NSI).

Business | November 5, 2012, Monday // 12:44

Bulgaria to Sell 49% Stake in International Plovdiv Fair

After the successful privatization of the state-owned 33% stakes in the three power distributors through the Bulgarian Stock Exchange (BSE), the government is preparing to offer for sale its 49% stake in International Plovdiv Fair.

Business | November 5, 2012, Monday // 12:06

Bulgaria Eyes Construction Projects in Azerbaijan

Bulgaria is interested in taking part is some of Azerbaijan's major construction projects, Bulgarian Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova has revealed.

Business | November 5, 2012, Monday // 11:01

SP Raises Credit Rating of Bulgaria's Sofia

Standard and Poor's Ratings Services has raised its long-term issuer credit rating on the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia to 'BBB' from 'BBB-', with a stable outlook.

Business » Finance | November 5, 2012, Monday // 17:14

Bulgarian Firm Said to Build Hydro-Plant in Lebanon

An unnamed Bulgarian company is set to construct a hydropower plant in Lebanon, Bulgarian Prime Minister has told reporters in Sofia during a joint news conference with his Lebanese counterpart Najib Mikati.

Business » Energy | November 5, 2012, Monday // 17:15

Russia Still Interested in Belene NPP, Medvedev Tells Plevneliev at ASEM Summit

Russia is still interested in the construction of the Belene Nuclear Power Plant in Bulgaria, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has told Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev in the capital of Laos, Vientiane.

Business » Energy | November 5, 2012, Monday // 17:11

Bulgarian Section of Nabucco Enters EIA Procedure

Nabucco Gas Pipeline Bulgaria EOOD has submitted for approval the documents related to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the 422-km section of the pipeline on Bulgarian territory.

Business » Energy | November 5, 2012, Monday // 16:56

Turkey Not to Build NPP on Bulgarian Border - Report

Turkey does not intend to construct a nuclear power plant several kilometers away from its border with Bulgaria, a Bulgarian official has stated, denying earlier reports.

Business » Energy | November 5, 2012, Monday // 14:48

Bulgaria to Showcase Its 'Unique Diversity' in London

Bulgaria will take part in the World Travel Market in London, the country's motto for the event being "Bulgaria: Unique in Its Diversity.

Business » Tourism | November 5, 2012, Monday // 08:41

Politics

Borisov, Mikati Deny Meeting over 'Bulgarian' Explosives in Lebanese Terror Attack

The Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and Lebanon, Boyko Borisov and Najib Mikati, have denied that their Monday's meeting in Sofia was caused by investigators' conclusion that Bulgarian-made explosives were used in a recent terrorist attack in Beirut.

Politics » Diplomacy | November 5, 2012, Monday // 19:08

Lebanon Not to Take Sides in Syria Civil War, PM Mitaki States in Bulgaria

Lebanon will not take sides in the deadly conflict in neighbouring Syria, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Monday during a visit to Bulgaria.

Politics » Diplomacy | November 5, 2012, Monday // 19:03

Lebanese PM Refuses Clear-Cut Answer on Hezbollah's Alleged Role in Bulgaria Bombing

Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati has warned against premature accusations over the July 18, 2012, terrorist attack in Bulgaria's Burgas, which killed 5 Israeli tourists and one Bulgarian man.

Politics » Diplomacy | November 5, 2012, Monday // 16:59

Turkey Wants to Open 3rd Consulate in Bulgarian Provinces

Turkey intends to open a General Consulate in the northeastern Bulgarian city of Shumen, Turkish Ambassador Ismail Aramaz has announced.

Politics » Diplomacy | November 5, 2012, Monday // 16:34

South Korea Backs Bulgaria's Bokova for 2nd UNESCO Chief Term

South Korea stands behind the nomination of Bulgarian Irina Bokova for a second term as Secretary General of UNESCO, according to the country's Prime Minister, Kim Hwang-sik.

Politics » Diplomacy | November 5, 2012, Monday // 13:21

Govt Tries to Rescue Bulgarians on Death Row in Malaysia

Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry will attempt to rescue the two Bulgarians recently sentenced to death for drug trafficking in Malaysia, it has been made clear.

Politics » Diplomacy | November 5, 2012, Monday // 09:52

Bulgaria's President Heads for Asia-Europe Summit in Laos

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev will take part in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM-9) summit, scheduled on Monday and Tuesday in Laos.

Politics » Diplomacy | November 5, 2012, Monday // 08:12

More and More Italians Enjoying Bulgarian License Plates - Report

An increasing number of Italians are eager to register their vehicles in Bulgaria and Romania, fellow EU countries, in order to avoid Italian car taxes and traffic police fines, a report in the French paper Le Figaro says.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 5, 2012, Monday // 19:29

EC 'Disturbed' by Case of Bulgarians on Death Row in Malaysia

The European Commission is monitoring closely the case of the Bulgarians sentenced to death in Malaysia, says Maja Kocijancic, Spokesperson to EC Vice-President, Catherine Ashton.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 5, 2012, Monday // 18:12

Bulgarian PM Asks Tainted Judge to Quit after 2nd EC Warning

Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, has asked controversial magistrate, Veneta Markovska, who was recently elected constitutional judge, to withdraw in case the European Commission continues to cast doubt in her appointment.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 5, 2012, Monday // 17:32

EC Confirms Interim Report Warning for Bulgaria Is Official

The last-week warning of the European Commission about a possible interim monitoring report on Bulgaria is the EC official position.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 5, 2012, Monday // 14:30

Bulgarian PM Rises in Defense of Tarnished Judge

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has demanded answers from the European Commission regarding the recent scandal involving notorious constitutional judge Veneta Markovska.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 5, 2012, Monday // 12:46

Bulgaria's Far Right Demands Ban of Ethnic Turkish Party

Bulgaria's far-right party "Ataka" has started a petition among the Members of Parliament in order to ask the Constitutional Court to declare the ethnic Turkish party DPS ("Movement for Rights and Freedoms") unconstitutional.

Politics » Domestic | November 5, 2012, Monday // 16:00

Outgoing Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Wants DA for Successor

Boris Velchev, the outgoing Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor, firmly believes that his successor must be someone from the Prosecutor's Office, a prosecutor who knows the issues in the system.

Politics » Domestic | November 5, 2012, Monday // 12:41

Party Chief Backs Bulgarian Ethnic Turks in Ottoman Liberator Dispute

 Ahmed Dogan, leader of the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS stresses on the need for all ethnicities in Bulgaria to have a common interpretation of the history of the Balkans.

Politics » Domestic | November 5, 2012, Monday // 12:02

Society

Bulgarian Youth Stage 'Anonymous' Rally Against Govt, Besiege Parliament

Several thousand Bulgarian youngsters have staged a mass anti-government rally in downtown Sofia demanding an end to the rule of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the GERB party, while shouting other anti-etstablishment slogans as well.

Society | November 5, 2012, Monday // 20:23

Bulgarian Investigative Report Exposes Further Tainted Judge

The controversial magistrate, Veneta Markovska, who was recently elected constitutional judge, triggering outrage in the EU and in Bulgaria, has been further exposed for several blunt lies.

Society | November 5, 2012, Monday // 15:46

Young Bulgarian Roma Apologize by Singing National Anthem

Young Roma from the central Bulgarian city of Stara Zagora have apologized to their country for three other teens from their minority mocking and deriding national heroes.

Society | November 5, 2012, Monday // 13:58

Light Earthquake Registered in SW Bulgaria

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.5 points on the Richter scale has been registered in southwestern Bulgaria Monday, in the first hours of the new week.

Society » Environment | November 5, 2012, Monday // 11:17

Sports

Dimitrov Becomes 1st Bulgarian in ATP Top 50

Bulgaria's top male tennis player Grigor Dimitrov has entered Top 50 in the ATP ranking for the first time in his career, climbing to the 48th spot with 866 points.

Sports | November 5, 2012, Monday // 13:41

Crime

Bulgarian Police Bust Defrauding Fake 'US Marines'

The Bulgarian police have arrested two men from Liberia holding EU passports who pretended to be former US marines in order to commit fraud.

Crime | November 5, 2012, Monday // 16:17

Bulgarians Busted for ATM Fraud in Thailand

Thai Police have arrested two Bulgarians for having allegedly attempted to steal electronic data for cloning ATM cards in the island province of Phuket.

Crime | November 5, 2012, Monday // 11:44

Interpol Worried by Lack of Progress in Burgas Bombing Investigation

Interpol is concerned with the lack of progress in the investigation of the terror attack in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Burgas.

Crime | November 5, 2012, Monday // 10:27

World

IPB: EU's Nobel Peace Prize Unlawful

The awarding of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union is "unlawful" since it is not a "champion of peace" as defined by the will of founder Alfred Nobel, the International Peace Bureau, a Geneva-based international NGO, said on Monday.

World | November 5, 2012, Monday // 16:23

Car Bomb Kills 50 Syrian Regime Troops in Hama

A suicide car bomb attack near a military post in the central Syria province of Hama has killed at least 50 soldiers and pro-regime fighters on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

World | November 5, 2012, Monday // 16:01

Ukrainian Opposition Threaten Call for New Elections after 'Rigged' Vote

Several hundred Ukrainian opposition protesters took to the streets in Kiev on Monday to protest against last week's allegedly rigged parliamentary elections.

World | November 5, 2012, Monday // 15:53

Obama Builds Small Early Voting Lead

US incumbent President Barack Obama has built a lead in early and absentee voting ahead of Election Day in several battleground states, according to statistical data.

World | November 5, 2012, Monday // 09:16
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