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ARCHIVE - 11 December 2012

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Business

Major Sofia Mall Closed for 24 H after Bomb Threat
Belarusian MTZ Launches Technical Center in Bulgaria's Pleven
Opposition: Bulgarian Govt Leads 'Secret Talks' on Belene NPP
Bulgaria's Prista Oil to Build Plant in Ukraine
Bulgaria's Energy Minister Vows Cheaper Domestic Gas from January
Heating Rates in Bulgaria To Drop by up to 7.5% in Q1, 2013
Sofianites Gather for New Anti-Shale Gas Rally
Construction of South Stream Underwater Section to Start in 2014

Politics

Bulgaria to Open Iraq Embassy in January
Bulgarian FM Hopes EU to Approve Bulgaria's Stance on Macedonia
Bulgaria to Block Start of Macedonia EU Accession Talks
Prosecution Starts Check of Failed Bulgarian Const Court Hopeful
Yet Another Tip-off Filed Against Notorious Bulgarian Prosecutor
Framed Bulgarian Const Court Candidate Retracts Nomination
Bulgarian Top Cop Claims He's Not at Odds with President
Bulgaria's Ruling Party Dumps Controversial Constitution Court Hopeful

Society

Bulgaria Imposes Full Ban on Bear Hunting
Bulgaria under Code Yellow over Snow, Rain, Winds
Eagles Bridge Protesters Named Bulgaria's 'Human of the Year'
2.1 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded near Sofia
Sofia in the Whirl of Tango Passion
Bulgarian Health Minister, MPs Clash over Full Smoking Ban

Crime

Bulgarian Student Workers 'Defrauded' in US, Sue Employer
Specialized Police Operation 'Shock 2' underway in Bulgaria, Italy
45 kg of Heroin Seized at Bulgarian-Turkish Border

World

Romania's Center-Left to Enjoy Constitutional Majority
EU's Stance to Israel Is Like Ignoring Holocaust - Israeli FM
North Korea Starts Disassembling Missile - Report
Kate and William May Name First Child Diana, Pal Claims
EU Condemns N Korea's Planned Rocket Launch
Scotland Demands Early Talks over EU Membership
Turkey Named World's Worst Jailor of Journalists
The World In 2030: Asia Rises, The West Declines

Novinite Insider

Lord of the Lady Flies?
Bulgaria's Painful Constitution Court Election

Letters to the Editor

Bulgaria in Pursue of Shadows

Business

Major Sofia Mall Closed for 24 H after Bomb Threat

The Serdika Mall in Bulgarian capital Sofia has been closed after police received a signal for a bomb placed in the shopping and business center.

Business | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 19:04

Belarusian MTZ Launches Technical Center in Bulgaria's Pleven

The Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ) has opened a technical center in the Bulgarian city of Pleven, according to the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.

Business | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 11:40

Opposition: Bulgarian Govt Leads 'Secret Talks' on Belene NPP

The Bulgarian government is conducting secret negotiations with a private company for the construction of the controversial Belene NPP, according to key politicians of the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party.

Business » Energy | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 20:23

Bulgaria's Prista Oil to Build Plant in Ukraine

Prista Oil, Bulgaria's largest automobile and industrial lubricant-maker, will build the first waste lubricant recycling plant in Ukraine in the spring of 2013.

Business » Energy | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 15:11

Bulgaria's Energy Minister Vows Cheaper Domestic Gas from January

Apart from cheaper Russian gas supplies for Bulgaria, the cost of locally produced natural gas will also drop from January 2013, according to Delyan Dobrev, Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism.

Business » Energy | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 13:32

Heating Rates in Bulgaria To Drop by up to 7.5% in Q1, 2013

Heating rates will drop by 3-7.5% starting January 1, 2013, according to Angel Semerdzhiev, Chair of Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR).

Business » Energy | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 12:38

Sofianites Gather for New Anti-Shale Gas Rally

A small number of people staged an anti-fracking protest in Bulgaria's capital Sofia on Tuesday.

Business » Energy | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 12:32

Construction of South Stream Underwater Section to Start in 2014

The construction of the underwater section of the South Stream gas pipeline will start no earlier than 2014, according to sources from the South Stream Transport consortium which runs the project.

Business » Energy | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 11:53

Politics

Bulgaria to Open Iraq Embassy in January

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov has pledged that his country will open an embassy in Iraq in January, said senior Iraqi parlamentarian Humam Hamoudi.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 16:57

Bulgarian FM Hopes EU to Approve Bulgaria's Stance on Macedonia

Bulgaria hopes that EU leaders will support Bulgaria's position on the European integration of Macedonia as conditional on good relations with its neighbors, stated Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Minister Nikolay Mladenov.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 16:10

Bulgaria to Block Start of Macedonia EU Accession Talks

Bulgaria will not support setting a starting date of EU accession talks with Macedonia, said Tuesday the office of Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 14:17

Prosecution Starts Check of Failed Bulgarian Const Court Hopeful

Bulgarian acting Chief Prosecutor Boyko Naydenov has ordered the start of investigations against prosecutor Galya Gugusheva, who Tuesday withdrew her candidacy for Bulgaria's Constitutional Court.

Politics » Domestic | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 19:36

Yet Another Tip-off Filed Against Notorious Bulgarian Prosecutor

Bulgarian Prosecutor Galya Gugusheva, who failed to become one of the country's constitutional judges, faces fresh allegations, it emerged on Tuesday.

Politics » Domestic | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 16:01

Framed Bulgarian Const Court Candidate Retracts Nomination

Prosecutor Galya Gugusheva has withdrawn her candidacy to become a member of Bulgaria's Constitutional Court following a series of allegations of past abuse of power.

Politics » Domestic | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 15:18

Bulgarian Top Cop Claims He's Not at Odds with President

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has stated that he is not engaged in a conflict with President Rosen Plevneliev.

Politics » Domestic | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 11:22

Bulgaria's Ruling Party Dumps Controversial Constitution Court Hopeful

Center-right ruling party GERB has declared it will not back the controversial nomination of Galya Gugusheva for Constitutional Court member.

Politics » Domestic | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 09:00

Society

Bulgaria Imposes Full Ban on Bear Hunting

The Bulgarian Parliament voted Tuesday legislative amendments banning all hunting of bears on the territory of Bulgaria.

Society » Environment | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 18:15

Bulgaria under Code Yellow over Snow, Rain, Winds

Twenty Bulgarian regions are under code yellow on Tuesday over snow, rains and gusty winds, the National Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) announced.

Society » Environment | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 16:39

Eagles Bridge Protesters Named Bulgaria's 'Human of the Year'

The people who gathered in downtown Sofia to protest a controversial forestry act in June have been collectively named the country's Human of the Year by a Bulgarian human rights NGO.

Society » Environment | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 14:34

2.1 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded near Sofia

A light earthquake measuring 2.1 on the Richter scale was registered in the small hours of Tuesday near Sofia.

Society » Environment | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 10:12

Sofia in the Whirl of Tango Passion

Tango lovers in Bulgaria and all over the world are gathering on Tuesday to celebrate this beautiful dance of passion.

Society » Culture | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 11:32

Bulgarian Health Minister, MPs Clash over Full Smoking Ban

Bulgarian Health Minister Desislava Atanasova and some lawmakers from her centrist-right GERB party appear to have clashed over the potential lifting of the country's full smoking ban in closed public spaces.

Society » Health | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 17:10

Crime

Bulgarian Student Workers 'Defrauded' in US, Sue Employer

Forty-one students from Bulgaria and the Ukraine who worked on the Emerald Coast, Florida, this summer through a visa program have sued the company that made their living and working arrangements, local media reported.

Crime | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 12:33

Specialized Police Operation 'Shock 2' underway in Bulgaria, Italy

Bulgarian and Italian police forces and Europol have launched a special operation codenamed "Shock 2" to detain persons under European Arrest Warrants (EAW).

Crime | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 09:47

45 kg of Heroin Seized at Bulgarian-Turkish Border

Turkish border authorities have seized nearly 45 kilograms of heroin hidden in a car travelling to Bulgaria.

Crime | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 08:17

World

Romania's Center-Left to Enjoy Constitutional Majority

Romanian ruling Social Liberal Union is set to win a two-thirds constitutional majority following Sunday's general elections.

World | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 21:03

EU's Stance to Israel Is Like Ignoring Holocaust - Israeli FM

Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that the EU's stance to Israel resembles that of European countries which ignored the Holocaust during the first half of the 20th c.

World | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 18:43

North Korea Starts Disassembling Missile - Report

North Korea is said to have started disassembling the long-range rocket it had been preparing to launch between December 10 and December 29.

World | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 17:46

Kate and William May Name First Child Diana, Pal Claims

Kate Middleton and Prince William may call their first child Diana after the late Princess of Wales, if it is a baby girl, a former schoolmate of the Duchess of Cambridge claims.

World | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 15:45

EU Condemns N Korea's Planned Rocket Launch

EU's Foreign Ministers have declared that the planned missile launch by North Korea would be a "provocative act" in breach of UN resolutions and require an international response.

World | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 15:16

Scotland Demands Early Talks over EU Membership

The Scottish government has called for urgent talks with the European Commission over the potential status of independent Scotland.

World | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 13:46

Turkey Named World's Worst Jailor of Journalists

Turkey is the world's worst jailer of journalists, with a total of 49 journalists behind bars, according to the latest report published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

World | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 13:01

The World In 2030: Asia Rises, The West Declines

In a new report, the US National Intelligence Council predicts the winding down of "Pax Americana" and China's ascent as the world's top economy by 2030.

World | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 11:50

Novinite Insider

Lord of the Lady Flies?

Was he sleeping or was he texting? That was the question that triggered heated debates online as Bulgarians saw a picture of their prime minister, his head dropped to his chest, at the Nobel ceremony in Oslo.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 11:12

Bulgaria's Painful Constitution Court Election

Bulgaria sank in a serious constitutional crisis after two nominations for constitutional magistrates from the parliamentary quota crashed in a scandal sending shockwaves all the way to Brussels.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 10:33

Letters to the Editor

Bulgaria in Pursue of Shadows

I would like to congratulate Novinite journalists and correspondents for every contribution they have made through their publications on the real dark side of what is really going on in that doomed country called Bulgaria, especially about Boiko Borisov.

Letters to the Editor | December 11, 2012, Tuesday // 11:28
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