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ARCHIVE - 19 December 2012

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Business

Kuwait's Chamber of Commerce Seeks to Boost Trade with Bulgaria
Bulgarians Develop a Taste for Organic Food
Bulgaria Asks Russia to Amend 1986 Gas Transit Deal
Bulgarian Ministry Clears EIA Report of Nabucco Pipeline Section
Sviloza TPP Wins 35-Year Concession of Bulgaria's Vidin-South Port Terminal

Politics

Bulgaria, Serbia Launch Joint Police, Customs Call Center
Bulgaria to Buy Fighter Jets without Tender, Eyes Second-Hand Deal
EC Clears Funding for 2nd Stage of Sofia Waste Treatment Plant
Bulgaria Sees EU's Largest Y/Y Increase in Construction Production Oct 2012
EC Clears Support for Urban Regeneration Projects in Bulgaria, Greece
EU Plans to Spell the End of Cigarette Branding - Report
Bulgarian PM Answered Only 27 MP Questions in 2012
Bulgaria Allocates BGN 14 M for Nuclear Referendum
Bulgarian MPs Vote Themselves 18-Day Holiday Break

Society

Bulgaria to Brace for Cold, but Not Snowy Christmas
Mayor of Bulgaria's Bansko Seeks Expansion of Ski Zone
13 Bulgarian Regions under Code Orange over Severe Winter
Men Face Increasing Risk of Cancer - UK Experts

Sports

Bulgaria Slips to 50th in FIFA Ranking

Crime

Scope of Illegal Assets Probe in Bulgaria Shortened to 10 Years
4 Bulgarians Convicted for ATM Fraud in Uganda
'Radical Islam' Trial Set to Resume in Bulgaria

Lifestyle

Bulgarian Zhana Yaneva Vies for Miss Universe Crown

Views on BG

Bulgaria Asks for Permanent US Troops Presence - Report

Smiles

Braving the Cold

World

Tajikistan Wants to Join Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Bloc
Park Geun-hye Makes History as South Korea's First Female President
UK to Withdraw 4 000 Troops from Afghanistan in 2013
Obama Named Time's Person of the Year
Uzbekistan Quits Russia-Led Post-Soviet Security Treaty
US Report Slams Benghazi Consulate Security Fatal Failings
Park Tipped to Become South Korea's 1st Female President
Catalan Parties Agree on Independence Referendum in 2014
Greek Public Transport Workers Strike over Austerity

Novinite Insider

Bulgaria's 2013 Hotch-Potch

Business

Kuwait's Chamber of Commerce Seeks to Boost Trade with Bulgaria

The President of Kuwait's Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ali Al-Ghanem has discussed with Bulgarian Ambassador to Kuwait Alexandar Olshevski ways of bolstering economic cooperation and activating cooperation protocols signed between the two chambers.

Business | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 20:25

Bulgarians Develop a Taste for Organic Food

Organic food appears to be gaining in popularity among Bulgarians - traders have described the steady rise in clients going for organic products as one of the trends in food industry this year.

Business | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 11:38

Bulgaria Asks Russia to Amend 1986 Gas Transit Deal

Bulgaria's government seeks talks with Russia on amending a gas transit agreement from 1986.

Business » Energy | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 18:03

Bulgarian Ministry Clears EIA Report of Nabucco Pipeline Section

The Ministry of Environment has given the green light to the Bulgarian section of the Nabucco gas pipeline project.

Business » Energy | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 16:02

Sviloza TPP Wins 35-Year Concession of Bulgaria's Vidin-South Port Terminal

The Sviloza Thermal Power Plant in Bulgaria's Danube town of Svishtov has won the concession contract for the Vidin-South port terminal, according to a decision of the Bulgarian government.

Business » Energy | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 15:16

Politics

Bulgaria, Serbia Launch Joint Police, Customs Call Center

Bulgarian Deputy PM Tsvetan Tsvetanov and Serbian PM Ivica Dacic, who are both the Interior Ministers of their countries, have opened a joint police and customs call center.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 18:13

Bulgaria to Buy Fighter Jets without Tender, Eyes Second-Hand Deal

Bulgaria's Cabinet has granted a mandate to Defense Minister Anyu Angelov to negotiate without a tender the purchase of new fighter jets for the Bulgarian Air Force.

Politics » Defense | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 16:38

EC Clears Funding for 2nd Stage of Sofia Waste Treatment Plant

The European Commission has approved the application form for the second stage of the construction of the waste treatment plant in Sofia.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 17:28

Bulgaria Sees EU's Largest Y/Y Increase in Construction Production Oct 2012

Bulgaria observed EU's largest year on year increase of construction production in October 2012 (+5.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 14:45

EC Clears Support for Urban Regeneration Projects in Bulgaria, Greece

The European Commission (EC) has approved a Greek and a Bulgarian scheme aimed at supporting urban regeneration projects through the Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas (JESSICA) initiative.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 13:48

EU Plans to Spell the End of Cigarette Branding - Report

Taking a cue from Australia, the European Union is considering shock tactics on the cigarette market, including ban on menthol and electronic cigarettes and graphic anti-smoking warnings, according to reports.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 13:02

Bulgarian PM Answered Only 27 MP Questions in 2012

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has answered only 27 questions of Members of Parliament during the so called parliamentary control sessions throughout the entire 2012.

Politics » Domestic | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 19:55

Bulgaria Allocates BGN 14 M for Nuclear Referendum

Bulgaria's Cabinet has formally allocated a total of BGN 13.8 M for the holding of a referendum on the future of the construction of a second nuclear power plant in Bulgaria in January 2013.

Politics » Domestic | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 17:44

Bulgarian MPs Vote Themselves 18-Day Holiday Break

Bulgaria's lawmakers have voted themselves a nice big winter holiday break, local media inform.

Politics » Domestic | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 10:56

Society

Bulgaria to Brace for Cold, but Not Snowy Christmas

Bulgarians will not enjoy a snow blanket during their Christmas holiday and temperatures will be freezing cold, according to forecasts.

Society » Environment | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 17:35

Mayor of Bulgaria's Bansko Seeks Expansion of Ski Zone

Georgi Ikonomov, Mayor of Bulgaria's mountain resort of Bansko, has submitted a petition with the Council of Ministers requesting the launch of legal proceedings for the extension of the ski zone in the town.

Society » Environment | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 13:30

13 Bulgarian Regions under Code Orange over Severe Winter

A total of 13 Bulgarian regions have been placed under Code Orange due to severe winter conditions, according to the Bulgarian National Radio.

Society » Environment | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 08:33

Men Face Increasing Risk of Cancer - UK Experts

Men look set to have a one in two chance of developing cancer in their lifetime, UK experts predict.

Society » Health | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 15:20

Sports

Bulgaria Slips to 50th in FIFA Ranking

Bulgaria's national football team will finish 2012 as the world's 50th strongest, according to the latest FIFA/Coca Cola World Ranking.

Sports | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 12:27

Crime

Scope of Illegal Assets Probe in Bulgaria Shortened to 10 Years

The scope of the illegal assets probe in Bulgaria has been shortened from 15 to 10 years by Parliament.

Crime | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 12:20

4 Bulgarians Convicted for ATM Fraud in Uganda

Four Bulgarians accused of forging ATM cards have been convicted in Uganda.

Crime | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 09:17

'Radical Islam' Trial Set to Resume in Bulgaria

A Bulgarian court is to hold a new hearing Wednesday in the trial against thirteen religious leaders accused of preaching radical Islam.

Crime | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 08:08

Lifestyle

Bulgarian Zhana Yaneva Vies for Miss Universe Crown

22-year-old Bulgarian Zhana Yaneva will compete in the Miss Universe 2012 beauty pageant on Wednesday.

Lifestyle | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 10:18

Views on BG

Bulgaria Asks for Permanent US Troops Presence - Report

From RT and GRTV

Views on BG | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 16:04

Smiles

Braving the Cold

A pensioner from Sofia calls an elderly friend in the town of Kyustendil.

Smiles | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 18:02

World

Tajikistan Wants to Join Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Bloc

Tajikistan has signaled readiness to join the Customs Union of the ex-Soviet republics of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

World | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 19:02

Park Geun-hye Makes History as South Korea's First Female President

Park Geun-hye has made history by becoming the first female President of South Korea after defeating Moon Jae-in in elections Wednesday.

World | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 17:21

UK to Withdraw 4 000 Troops from Afghanistan in 2013

Britain will slash its military force in Afghanistan by nearly 4,000 troops in 2013 as local security forces become increasingly capable, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday.

World | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 16:29

Obama Named Time's Person of the Year

Time magazine has named the re-elected President Obama its "Person of the Year" for 2012.

World | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 15:55

Uzbekistan Quits Russia-Led Post-Soviet Security Treaty

Uzbekistan has officially suspended its membership in a Russian-led collective security organization, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Wednesday.

World | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 15:31

US Report Slams Benghazi Consulate Security Fatal Failings

Security at the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi was "grossly inadequate" when an attack killed the US ambassador, an official report says.

World | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 14:43

Park Tipped to Become South Korea's 1st Female President

Park Geun-hye of the ruling Saenuri Party has a very slim lead in South Korea's tight presidential race, according to an exit poll by three main television stations .

World | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 13:31

Catalan Parties Agree on Independence Referendum in 2014

The two main Catalan seperatist parties have agreed to stage a referendum on the independence of the region in north eastern Spain in 2014.

World | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 11:43

Greek Public Transport Workers Strike over Austerity

Greek public sector employees are striking on Wednesday against new austerity measures and planned layoffs.

World | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 09:52

Novinite Insider

Bulgaria's 2013 Hotch-Potch

Now, prior to Elections 2013, it is all about whether the former Sofia mayor will become a former prime minister as well.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 07:56
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