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ARCHIVE - 14 December 2012

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Business

Russia Sentences Ex Policeman for Politkovskaya's Murder
M3 Communications Group Declared Top Bulgarian PR Brand
Bulgaria's Sole NPP Formally Moves to Build 7th Unit
Bulgaria's Nuclear Plant among World's Best - Expert

Politics

Bulgarian PM Congratulates Brazil's 'Bulgarian' President on Her Birthday
Bulgaria, Estonia Ratify EU-Philippines Trade Deal
Bulgaria's Ruling GERB Aborts Key Election Code Vote
Lack of Quorum Halts Bulgarian MPs Key Election Code Vote

Society

81% of Bulgarians Oppose Legalization of Soft Drugs
Bulgarian Supreme Judiciary Deadlocked on Prosecutor Vote
Strong Earthquake Shattered Bulgarian City's Heating
Severe Cold Claims Two Lives in Bulgaria
Mercury Falls to Minus 22C in Bulgaria
Only Starting Teachers' Salaries Upped by 12% in Bulgaria
Bulgarian Health Minister Slams Bar Owners over Smoking Ban Boycott
Bulgarian PM Hopes Smoking Ban Will Survive

Crime

Sofia CSKA Sports Club Facilities Closed over Bomb Threat
9 Bulgarian Footballers Remain in Jail for Illegal Betting
24 Busted in Bulgaria in Operation 'Shock' Remain in Jail
Sofia Mall Closed over Bomb Threat Yet Again
US Senators Introduce Resolution on Burgas Terror Act
Bulgarian Pilot Awaits Greek Appeal Court Rule on Jail Term

World

27 Killed in Shootout in Connecticut Elementary School
US Moves to Deploy Troops, Missiles to Turkey-Border
Russia Backtracks on Syria Statement, Says Its Stance Is Firm
2 Strong Quakes Jolt California, Mexico Coast
Rice Quits Secretary of State Race, Kerry Tipped as Frontrunner
US Set to Send Patriot Missiles to Turkey
Poisoning Ruled Out in Turkish President Ozal's Death

Novinite Insider

To Be Part of Europe, Accept the Rules

Business

Russia Sentences Ex Policeman for Politkovskaya's Murder

A Moscow court has sentenced a former police officer to 11 years in prison on Friday for his role in the 2006 killing of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

Business | December 14, 2012, Friday // 15:01

M3 Communications Group Declared Top Bulgarian PR Brand

Bulgaria's largest PR аgency M3 Communications Group, Inc., has been recognized as the strongest PR brand on the Bulgarian market, according survey of the local consumer segment by Superbrands, the world's largest independent arbiter of brands.

Business | December 14, 2012, Friday // 11:39

Bulgaria's Sole NPP Formally Moves to Build 7th Unit

The management of Bulgaria's only operational nuclear power plant Kozloduy has formally filed a request with the Sofia-based Nuclear Regulation Agency for a permit for the construction of what will become its 7th unit.

Business » Energy | December 14, 2012, Friday // 19:47

Bulgaria's Nuclear Plant among World's Best - Expert

Bulgaria's sole nuclear power plant, Kozloduy, is among the world's best, Bulgarian nuclear expert Sergey Tsochev has declared.

Business » Energy | December 14, 2012, Friday // 11:45

Politics

Bulgarian PM Congratulates Brazil's 'Bulgarian' President on Her Birthday

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has sent a congratulatory address to Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, who is of Bulgarian origin, on the occasion of her birthday.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 14, 2012, Friday // 18:36

Bulgaria, Estonia Ratify EU-Philippines Trade Deal

Estonia and Bulgaria were the first countries to ratify a trade agreement reached between the Philippines and the European Union.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 14, 2012, Friday // 16:07

Bulgaria's Ruling GERB Aborts Key Election Code Vote

Bulgaria's ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, is halting all debates on the embattled Election Code and will resume them only after an apology from the opposition.

Politics » Domestic | December 14, 2012, Friday // 15:02

Lack of Quorum Halts Bulgarian MPs Key Election Code Vote

The Speaker of the Bulgarian Parliament, Tsetska Tsacheva, dismissed Friday all present MPs due to lack of quorum.

Politics » Domestic | December 14, 2012, Friday // 12:32

Society

81% of Bulgarians Oppose Legalization of Soft Drugs

Some 81% of adult Bulgarians oppose the legalization of soft drugs, including marijuana, according to a survey conducted by the National Center for Study of Public Opinion.

Society | December 14, 2012, Friday // 15:36

Bulgarian Supreme Judiciary Deadlocked on Prosecutor Vote

Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council, VSS, remains deadlocked on the way it will vote in the election of the country's new Chief Prosecutor.

Society | December 14, 2012, Friday // 10:40

Strong Earthquake Shattered Bulgarian City's Heating

The central heating system of the Bulgarian city of Pernik has turned out to have been badly damaged by the May 20, 2012, earthquake that shook Western Bulgaria.

Society » Environment | December 14, 2012, Friday // 18:52

Severe Cold Claims Two Lives in Bulgaria

A severe cold spell continues to affect in Bulgaria, with two lives claimed by the freezing weather in the country.

Society » Environment | December 14, 2012, Friday // 13:43

Mercury Falls to Minus 22C in Bulgaria

Code orange over extremely low temperatures has been declared in the western Kyustendil and Pernik regions, the National Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) announced Friday morning.

Society » Environment | December 14, 2012, Friday // 08:09

Only Starting Teachers' Salaries Upped by 12% in Bulgaria

Only the starting salaries of junior, senior and supervising teachers will be increased by 12% in 2013, Bulgarian Education Minister, Sergey Ignatov, has announced.

Society » Education | December 14, 2012, Friday // 14:37

Bulgarian Health Minister Slams Bar Owners over Smoking Ban Boycott

Bulgarian Health Minister Desislava Atanasova has criticized managers of bars, restaurants and other establishment s over the planned boycott of the full smoking ban in enclosed public spaces.

Society » Health | December 14, 2012, Friday // 17:45

Bulgarian PM Hopes Smoking Ban Will Survive

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has expressed his hope that the Parliament will resist the temptation to lift the full smoking ban in enclosed public spaces.

Society » Health | December 14, 2012, Friday // 12:33

Crime

Sofia CSKA Sports Club Facilities Closed over Bomb Threat

An anonymous bomb threat has been received Friday for the facility of the Sofia sports club CSKA.

Crime | December 14, 2012, Friday // 14:06

9 Bulgarian Footballers Remain in Jail for Illegal Betting

Nine of the twelve arrested football players from two teams in the Black Sea city of Burgas remain behind bars.

Crime | December 14, 2012, Friday // 13:42

24 Busted in Bulgaria in Operation 'Shock' Remain in Jail

The Regional Court in Bulgaria's second largest city of Plovdiv ruled to leave behind bars 24 of the 26 people arrested in special police operation "Shock 2.

Crime | December 14, 2012, Friday // 13:07

Sofia Mall Closed over Bomb Threat Yet Again

The series of anonymous bomb threats targeting  shopping center buildings in Bulgaria's Sofia continued on Friday, with the Serdika Center Mall being the latest victim.

Crime | December 14, 2012, Friday // 13:06

US Senators Introduce Resolution on Burgas Terror Act

US Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Bob Casey (D-PA), and James Risch (R-ID) have coauthored a resolution, urging the European Union to sanction Lebanese Hezbollah both for terrorism and for its direct and material support to Bashar al Assad in his war a

Crime | December 14, 2012, Friday // 10:07

Bulgarian Pilot Awaits Greek Appeal Court Rule on Jail Term

Bulgarian pilot, Yanko Stoimenov, who was sentenced to 123 years of jail time by a Greek Court, is expecting to hear on December 19 the decision of the appellate magistrates.

Crime | December 14, 2012, Friday // 09:13

World

27 Killed in Shootout in Connecticut Elementary School

At least 27 people, including 18 children, have been killed in a shooting in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

World | December 14, 2012, Friday // 20:05

US Moves to Deploy Troops, Missiles to Turkey-Border

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has signed the order for the deployment of two Patriot missile batteries and 400 US troops on the border between Syria and Turkey.

World | December 14, 2012, Friday // 18:11

Russia Backtracks on Syria Statement, Says Its Stance Is Firm

Russia's foreign ministry has insisted that the country has not changed its position on Syria and "never will".

World | December 14, 2012, Friday // 16:46

2 Strong Quakes Jolt California, Mexico Coast

Two strong earthquakes have struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California and Mexico, according to the US Geological Survey.

World | December 14, 2012, Friday // 14:56

Rice Quits Secretary of State Race, Kerry Tipped as Frontrunner

US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for Secretary of State.

World | December 14, 2012, Friday // 14:29

US Set to Send Patriot Missiles to Turkey

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has signed the order to send two US Patriot missile batteries to Turkey.

World | December 14, 2012, Friday // 11:16

Poisoning Ruled Out in Turkish President Ozal's Death

The late Turkish President Turgut Ozal has not died from poisoning, but the exact cause of death cannot be determined.

World | December 14, 2012, Friday // 08:40

Novinite Insider

To Be Part of Europe, Accept the Rules

An op-ed by Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov for the Trud Daily, published Friday, December 14, 2012, reprinted by Novinite.

Novinite Insider » Expert Voices | December 14, 2012, Friday // 15:40
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