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ARCHIVE - 21 December 2012

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Business

Value Retailer Lidl Opens 63rd Store in Bulgaria
Construction of Bulgarian South Stream Section Set for June 2013 - Gazprom
Turkey Not to Build Power Plant on Bulgarian Border - EconMin

Politics

Bulgarian Navy Delivers Blood to Snow-Blocked Districts by 'Panthers'
Putin Tells EU-Russia Summit Visas 'Restraining Factor'
EC Says New CVM Report on Bulgaria May Arrive Any Time
EU Okays Spain's Restriction on Romanian Workers
Putin Flies to Brussels amid Low Expectations for 30th EU-Russia Summit
Bulgarian President Appoints Controversial Judge as Chief Prosecutor
Bulgarian Opposition Urges President to Block Chief Prosecutor Appointment
Bulgaria Biggest Human Rights Group Slams, Quits Highest Juridical Body
Bulgaria Top Cop: Chief Prosecutor Election Most Transparent Ever

Society

Bulgaria Remembers Indigo Club Tragedy 11 Years Later
Sudden Good News for Warmer Christmas in Bulgaria
487 Bulgarian Schools Close Early over Severe Winter
Snowfall Closes Bulgaria's Major Highways
Snow Blizzards Cause Emergency Situations in 12 Bulgarian Municipalities
Hundreds Bid Farewell to Great Bulgarian Actor Kaloyanchev
Bulgaria Bids Farewell to Great Actor Kaloyanchev

Sports

Kevin Keegan Praises Berbatov's Football Brain
Boxers Kubrat Pulev, Tervel Pulev Top Bulgaria's Sportsman of 2012 Ranking

Crime

Bomb Threats Close Sofia Business Park, Shopping Mall
Bulgarian Boy Murderer Jail Time Cut to 28 Years
Bulgarian Police Bust 'Amateur' Wannabe Kidnappers

Lifestyle

Psy's Gangnam Style Video Nearing 1 Billion Views on YouTube

World

Italian PM Monti Resigns
Artur Mas Reelected as Catalan President
EU Expands Sanctions on Iran
Cold Claims 49 Lives in Poland This Month
Putin: World will End in 4.5 Billion Years
Serbia Proposes Demilitarization of Kosovo
US House Passes USD 633 B Defense Bill
Canadian, US Police Thwart Arizona Girl's School Shooting Plot
'Mayan Apocalypse' Prediction Spurs Doomsday Sex Search

Business

Value Retailer Lidl Opens 63rd Store in Bulgaria

German-owned retailer Lidl has opened its 12th store in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

Business | December 21, 2012, Friday // 10:45

Construction of Bulgarian South Stream Section Set for June 2013 - Gazprom

The construction of European overland section of the Russian-sponsored gas transit pipeline South Stream will start in Bulgaria in June 2013, according to a Gazprom statement.

Business » Energy | December 21, 2012, Friday // 14:51

Turkey Not to Build Power Plant on Bulgarian Border - EconMin

Turkey has no definite plans to construct a nuclear power plant or a thermal power plant on the Bulgarian border, Bulgarian Economy Minister Delyan Dobrev told Parliament Friday.

Business » Energy | December 21, 2012, Friday // 14:28

Politics

Bulgarian Navy Delivers Blood to Snow-Blocked Districts by 'Panthers'

The Bulgarian Navy was using Friday its newly acquired Eurocopter Panther helicopters to deliver food supplies and blood to Dobrich and Silistra, two district capitals in Northeastern Bulgaria blockaded by heavy snowfall.

Politics » Defense | December 21, 2012, Friday // 15:03

Putin Tells EU-Russia Summit Visas 'Restraining Factor'

The visa requirement is a restraining factor in Russia-EU relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 21, 2012, Friday // 15:09

EC Says New CVM Report on Bulgaria May Arrive Any Time

The European Commission follows closely Bulgaria's judiciary and home affairs, with a new Cooperation and Verification Mechanism report possible at any time, an EC spokesperson has stated.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 21, 2012, Friday // 14:59

EU Okays Spain's Restriction on Romanian Workers

The European Commission has approved a request from the Spanish authorities made on 13 December 2012 to extend the temporary restriction on access for Romanian workers to the Spanish labour market until 31 December 2013.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 21, 2012, Friday // 14:22

Putin Flies to Brussels amid Low Expectations for 30th EU-Russia Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Brussels to attend on Friday a Russia-EU summit, which is said to have few prospects for any breakthrough agreements on common issues.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 21, 2012, Friday // 09:33

Bulgarian President Appoints Controversial Judge as Chief Prosecutor

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has signed a decree officially appointing controversially elected chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov.

Politics » Domestic | December 21, 2012, Friday // 18:38

Bulgarian Opposition Urges President to Block Chief Prosecutor Appointment

The oppositional Bulgaria for Citizens party of former EU Commissioner Meglena Kuneva has strongly criticized Thursday's controversial election of a new chief prosecutor by the country's Supreme Judicial Council.

Politics » Domestic | December 21, 2012, Friday // 16:49

Bulgaria Biggest Human Rights Group Slams, Quits Highest Juridical Body

Bulgaria's largest human rights group has quit the civic council with the country's top juridical body in the wake of the controversial election of new chief prosecutor.

Politics » Domestic | December 21, 2012, Friday // 13:34

Bulgaria Top Cop: Chief Prosecutor Election Most Transparent Ever

Bulgaria's interior minister has vehemently defended the highly controversial election of a new chief prosecutor, who is believed to be his ally.

Politics » Domestic | December 21, 2012, Friday // 12:01

Society

Bulgaria Remembers Indigo Club Tragedy 11 Years Later

Bulgaria marks Friday the eleventh year since the tragic stampede at the "Indigo" disco club in Sofia that killed seven teenagers.

Society | December 21, 2012, Friday // 09:49

Sudden Good News for Warmer Christmas in Bulgaria

Bulgarians may not have to brave a particularly cold Christmas after weather men brought the good news of an expected warm up.

Society » Environment | December 21, 2012, Friday // 17:25

487 Bulgarian Schools Close Early over Severe Winter

Vacation is starting early for 487 schools in Bulgaria, as they were all forced to close Friday due to the severe winter weather.

Society » Environment | December 21, 2012, Friday // 15:29

Snowfall Closes Bulgaria's Major Highways

The blizzards that have paralyzed Eastern Bulgaria in the past couple of days have led the authorities to close sections of major roads and highways.

Society » Environment | December 21, 2012, Friday // 08:40

Snow Blizzards Cause Emergency Situations in 12 Bulgarian Municipalities

Inclement winter weather has caused emergency situations in 12 municipalities in Eastern Bulgaria.

Society » Environment | December 21, 2012, Friday // 08:33

Hundreds Bid Farewell to Great Bulgarian Actor Kaloyanchev

Relatives, friends, colleagues, politicians and ministers bowed heads in memory of Georgi Kaloyanchev, the prominent and beloved Bulgarian actor, at a funeral service on December 21.

Society » Obituaries | December 21, 2012, Friday // 16:03

Bulgaria Bids Farewell to Great Actor Kaloyanchev

Bulgarians pay their last respects on Friday to Georgi Kaloyanchev, one of the country's most prominent and beloved actors.

Society » Obituaries | December 21, 2012, Friday // 11:08

Sports

Kevin Keegan Praises Berbatov's Football Brain

Former footballer and England manager Kevin Keegan has lauded the intelligence and skills of Fulham's in-form striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Sports | December 21, 2012, Friday // 19:24

Boxers Kubrat Pulev, Tervel Pulev Top Bulgaria's Sportsman of 2012 Ranking

Bulgaria’s first and only professional heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev has been voted its top sports personality of 2012 in the traditional annual poll.

Sports | December 21, 2012, Friday // 08:03

Crime

Bomb Threats Close Sofia Business Park, Shopping Mall

Business Park Sofia has become the latest target in the recent series of numerous bomb threats in the Bulgarian capital.

Crime | December 21, 2012, Friday // 17:23

Bulgarian Boy Murderer Jail Time Cut to 28 Years

A Bulgarian court of appeals has reduced to twenty eight years in jail a 20-year-old man, who confessed to the brutal murder of an 11-year-old boy last year.

Crime | December 21, 2012, Friday // 14:51

Bulgarian Police Bust 'Amateur' Wannabe Kidnappers

Bulgarian police have arrest three men described by Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov as "amateurs" plotting the kidnapping of a businessman's son.

Crime | December 21, 2012, Friday // 10:28

Lifestyle

Psy's Gangnam Style Video Nearing 1 Billion Views on YouTube

Psy's "Gangnam Style" video was approaching the one-billion-view mark on YouTube Friday, as a result of the enduring global craze for the South Korean rapper.

Lifestyle | December 21, 2012, Friday // 08:50

World

Italian PM Monti Resigns

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has resigned, paving the way for elections in February.

World | December 21, 2012, Friday // 20:49

Artur Mas Reelected as Catalan President

Artur Mas, head of the Convergence and Union group, was re-elected as president of Catalonia on Friday.

World | December 21, 2012, Friday // 20:39

EU Expands Sanctions on Iran

The EU Council of Ministers Friday approved the implementing legislation for the most recent EU sanctions on Iran in response to the Iranian nuclear program.

World | December 21, 2012, Friday // 18:03

Cold Claims 49 Lives in Poland This Month

A total of 49 people have died from the cold since the beginning of December as temperatures in Poland plunged to minus 10 degrees Celsius, Polish police authorities say.

World | December 21, 2012, Friday // 15:58

Putin: World will End in 4.5 Billion Years

Russian President Vladimir Putin claims that the Mayans, who predicted that the world will end this week, have got their calculations wrong.

World | December 21, 2012, Friday // 12:51

Serbia Proposes Demilitarization of Kosovo

Serbia's draft strategy for the settling of its conflict with its former province Kosovo will propose the demilitarization of the latter.

World | December 21, 2012, Friday // 09:59

US House Passes USD 633 B Defense Bill

The US House of Representatives has passed a USD 633 B defense authorization bill which includes news sanctions against Iran and funds the war in Afghanistan.

World | December 21, 2012, Friday // 09:19

Canadian, US Police Thwart Arizona Girl's School Shooting Plot

Authorities in Arizona, with the help of the police in Canada's Toronto, have arrested a 16-year-old high school girl who they say was plotting to shoot her classmates and then kill herself.

World | December 21, 2012, Friday // 07:54

'Mayan Apocalypse' Prediction Spurs Doomsday Sex Search

Online dating and sex searching tools have enjoyed increased popularity, at least in the USA, as many believe that believe the world will come to an abrupt end on Friday, Dec.

World | December 21, 2012, Friday // 07:08
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