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ARCHIVE - 7 December 2012

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Business

Bulgaria's Unemployment Rate Up by 0.3 pp in November
CNN Intl Links with New Bulgarian TV, CEO - Controversial, Pro-Govt Journalist
Bulgaria Scores First Win against Viva Ventures in Paris Court - Report
Turkey Denies Plans to Build Any Power Plant on Bulgarian Border
Bulgarian Representative 'Signs' South Stream Pipeline
South Stream Not Rival to Nabucco, TANAP, ITGI, Turkey Says
Construction of South Stream Gas Pipeline Officially Launched
RWE, OMV Confirm Nabucco Stake Talks
Bulgaria Sends Regional Dev Minister to South Stream Launch
Bulgaria's Industrial Production Slightly Down in October
Dundee to Export Bulgaria-Produced Pyrite to China

Politics

Bulgaria's NATO Afghanistan Forces Down to 160 by 2015
Bulgarian Maverick Right-Wingers Mull New Formation
Bulgarian FinMin Labels Judiciary Bonuses Disgusting
Illegal Assets Forfeiture Bill Passes in Bulgarian Parliament

Society

2nd Tipoff Logged against Constitution Court Hopeful
Bulgaria to Replace Management of Embattled Research Fund
Bulgarian Constitution Court Candidate Linked to Money Laundering
Opera with Bulgarian Star Soprano Nominated for Grammy
Bulgarian Parliament to Discuss Lifting of Smoking Ban

Crime

German Probe: Bulgariа's Borisov Was Criminal's 'Big Brother'
New Bomb Threat Closes Sofia Court Building
Bulgarian Cancer Patient Dies in Care of Drunken Doctor
2 More Bulgarian Courts Closed over Bomb Threats

Lifestyle

Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady Welcome Baby Girl

Views on BG

Rebels in a Strange Land
How Are Haiti and Bulgaria the Same?
Ask Lonely Planet: History Treat in Bulgaria

Smiles

Coping with a Layoff

World

Netherlands Set to Send Patriot Missiles to Turkey-Syria Border
Exiled Hamas Leader Returns to Gaza after 37 Years
Egyptian Opposition Turns Down Talks with President Morsi
Independent Scotland Will Have to Apply for EU - Barroso
US Unemployment Rate Declines to 7.7%
UN Chief Ban Warns Assad's Syria against Use of Nuclear Weapons
Russia Doesn't Aim 'Re-Sovietization' of Eastern Europe, Envoy Says
US Positions Warships to Watch N Korea Missile Launch
Strong Quake Shakes Eastern Japan, Tsunami Warning Issued
Egypt Braces for More Protests as Morsi Refuses to Back off
Hamas Leader Set for His First Gaza Visit

Business

Bulgaria's Unemployment Rate Up by 0.3 pp in November

Bulgaria's unemployment rate in November 2012 was 11.3%, up by 0.3 percentage points compared with October, according to latest data of the State Employment Agency.

Business | December 7, 2012, Friday // 17:55

CNN Intl Links with New Bulgarian TV, CEO - Controversial, Pro-Govt Journalist

Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited, parent company of CNN International, has inked a broadcast affiliate agreement with soon-to-launch Bulgarian channel News7.

Business | December 7, 2012, Friday // 13:59

Bulgaria Scores First Win against Viva Ventures in Paris Court - Report

Bulgaria has won its first lawsuit against UK-based equity fund Advent International's subsidiary Viva Ventures, the country's telco former owner, at the arbitration court in Paris, media reports say.

Business | December 7, 2012, Friday // 10:08

Turkey Denies Plans to Build Any Power Plant on Bulgarian Border

Turkey's Deputy Environment Minister Muhammet Balta has refuted the reports that there is a project to build a power plant on the Black Sea coast on the Bulgarian border, the bulgarian Environment Ministry reported, referring to the information that has c

Business » Energy | December 7, 2012, Friday // 20:10

Bulgarian Representative 'Signs' South Stream Pipeline

Bulgaria's Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova, who was the official representative of the Bulgarian government to Friday's launch of the construction of the South Stream gas transit pipeline, has taken part in the ceremony in Anapa, Russia, by

Business » Energy | December 7, 2012, Friday // 19:48

South Stream Not Rival to Nabucco, TANAP, ITGI, Turkey Says

The South Stream gas transit pipeline, whose construction was formally launched in Russia on Friday, is not a harbinger of the end of alternative pipeline projects that go through Turkey like the planned Nabucco line, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız

Business » Energy | December 7, 2012, Friday // 16:47

Construction of South Stream Gas Pipeline Officially Launched

The construction of the South Stream gas pipeline was launched on Friday, with Russian President Vladimir Putin being among the officials present at the launching ceremony in Anapa.

Business » Energy | December 7, 2012, Friday // 16:21

RWE, OMV Confirm Nabucco Stake Talks

Energy companies RWE and OMV have confirmed that they are in talks over RWE's 16.

Business » Energy | December 7, 2012, Friday // 15:52

Bulgaria Sends Regional Dev Minister to South Stream Launch

Regional Development and Public Works Minister Liliyana Pavlova will represent Bulgaria as Russian President Vladimir Putin launches the construction of the South Stream pipeline on Friday.

Business » Energy | December 7, 2012, Friday // 08:44

Bulgaria's Industrial Production Slightly Down in October

Bulgaria's seasonally adjusted industrial production index decreased by 0.4% in October 2012 compared with the previous month.

Business » Industry | December 7, 2012, Friday // 12:52

Dundee to Export Bulgaria-Produced Pyrite to China

Dundee Precious Metals is to sell to China's Xiangguang Copper Co up to 200,000 tons of pyrite concentrate per year to, to be produced in Bulgaria, the company announced.

Business » Industry | December 7, 2012, Friday // 11:58

Politics

Bulgaria's NATO Afghanistan Forces Down to 160 by 2015

Bulgaria's government will withdraw most of the country's rangers in the NATO security mission in Afghanistan with only 160 of them remaining there by the end of 2014, Defense Minister, Anyu Angelov, has confirmed.

Politics » Defense | December 7, 2012, Friday // 14:49

Bulgarian Maverick Right-Wingers Mull New Formation

Former member of Bulgaria's right-wing Union of Democratic Forces party may create a new political formation, according to local media.

Politics » Domestic | December 7, 2012, Friday // 13:52

Bulgarian FinMin Labels Judiciary Bonuses Disgusting

Giving bonuses to magistrates is disgusting, according to Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov.

Politics » Domestic | December 7, 2012, Friday // 13:07

Illegal Assets Forfeiture Bill Passes in Bulgarian Parliament

Amendments to a bill authorizing the confiscation of illegal assets passed on first reading in the Bulgarian Parliament on Friday.

Politics » Domestic | December 7, 2012, Friday // 11:45

Society

2nd Tipoff Logged against Constitution Court Hopeful

The Parliamentary Legal Committee has received a second tipoff against Galya Gugusheva, Deputy Dead of Bulgaria's Special Anti-mafia Prosecutor's Office of Appeals and candidate for constitutional judge of Bulgaria's right-wing Union of Democratic Forces

Society | December 7, 2012, Friday // 17:15

Bulgaria to Replace Management of Embattled Research Fund

The Bulgarian Education Ministry has already prepared new rules for the work of the country's embattled Scientific Research Fund and its management would be replaced.

Society | December 7, 2012, Friday // 14:21

Bulgarian Constitution Court Candidate Linked to Money Laundering

The Parliamentary Legal Committee has received a money laundering tipoff against Galya Gugusheva, Deputy Dead of Bulgaria's Special Anti-mafia Prosecutor's Office of Appeals and candidate for constitutional judge of Bulgaria's right-wing Union of Democrat

Society | December 7, 2012, Friday // 12:33

Opera with Bulgarian Star Soprano Nominated for Grammy

Handel's opera Agrippina where the main part is performed by the Bulgarian prima Alexandrina Pendatchanska has been nominated for the prestigious American Grammy award for Best Opera Recording.

Society » Culture | December 7, 2012, Friday // 17:42

Bulgarian Parliament to Discuss Lifting of Smoking Ban

Bulgaria's Parliament will discuss the possibility of lifting the full smoking ban in closed public spaces, according to parliamentary health committee head Desislava Daritkova.

Society » Health | December 7, 2012, Friday // 14:39

Crime

German Probe: Bulgariа's Borisov Was Criminal's 'Big Brother'

A leaked report of German's special services has once again implicated Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov in illegal activities in the past, the site for investigative journalism Bivol.

Crime | December 7, 2012, Friday // 18:48

New Bomb Threat Closes Sofia Court Building

A phone call, alerting about a bomb at the Sofia Regional Court, has been placed on the emergency 112 hotline Friday.

Crime | December 7, 2012, Friday // 16:34

Bulgarian Cancer Patient Dies in Care of Drunken Doctor

A Bulgarian emergency room doctor in the Black Sea city of Varna has been arrested after relatives of a cancer patient alerted the police.

Crime | December 7, 2012, Friday // 13:32

2 More Bulgarian Courts Closed over Bomb Threats

The wave of anonymous bomb threats in Bulgaria continued on Friday, as two court buildings in the Black Sea city of Varna were closed over bomb alerts.

Crime | December 7, 2012, Friday // 12:17

Lifestyle

Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady Welcome Baby Girl

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has reportedly given birth to a baby girl, her second child.

Lifestyle | December 7, 2012, Friday // 13:00

Views on BG

Rebels in a Strange Land

Woe betide the foreign bureaucrat who tries to push around a determined Bulgarian woman.

Views on BG | December 7, 2012, Friday // 14:21

How Are Haiti and Bulgaria the Same?

This morning a sweet young girl came into the World Wide Oprhans (WWO) office in Kenscoff, Haiti and stated that she needed to give her child up and put him in an orphanage.

Views on BG | December 7, 2012, Friday // 09:55

Ask Lonely Planet: History Treat in Bulgaria

Tucked into the southeastern corner of Europe, Bulgaria is best known for its long Black Sea coast, speckled with historic seaside towns, remote beaches and brash clubland resorts.

Views on BG | December 7, 2012, Friday // 08:28

Smiles

Coping with a Layoff

The boss of a small company one day gathered the staff and said:

Smiles | December 7, 2012, Friday // 15:04

World

Netherlands Set to Send Patriot Missiles to Turkey-Syria Border

The Cabinet of the Netherlands has approved the sending of NATO Patriot missiles to Turkey to defend its border against Syria.

World | December 7, 2012, Friday // 19:56

Exiled Hamas Leader Returns to Gaza after 37 Years

Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of Hamas, has arrived in the Gaza Strip, setting foot on Palestinian soil for the first time in 37 years, regional media reported on Friday.

World | December 7, 2012, Friday // 18:21

Egyptian Opposition Turns Down Talks with President Morsi

Egypt's National Rescue Front, a coalition of the country's largest liberal-democratic parties and movements, has officially rejected talks proposed by Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

World | December 7, 2012, Friday // 17:40

Independent Scotland Will Have to Apply for EU - Barroso

Scotland will not be an EU member state if it becomes independent, according to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

World | December 7, 2012, Friday // 17:37

US Unemployment Rate Declines to 7.7%

The unemployment rate in the US has declined down to 7.7% in November, according to latest government figures.

World | December 7, 2012, Friday // 16:18

UN Chief Ban Warns Assad's Syria against Use of Nuclear Weapons

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has declared that the potential use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to combat the revolt would be an "outrageous crime".

World | December 7, 2012, Friday // 16:12

Russia Doesn't Aim 'Re-Sovietization' of Eastern Europe, Envoy Says

Russian NATO envoy Alexander Grushko refuted on Friday claims by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Russia is aiming to "re-Sovietize" Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

World | December 7, 2012, Friday // 16:01

US Positions Warships to Watch N Korea Missile Launch

The US is shifting warships into position to track and possibly defend against a planned North Korean rocket launch, international media inform.

World | December 7, 2012, Friday // 15:20

Strong Quake Shakes Eastern Japan, Tsunami Warning Issued

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's eastern coast on Friday, prompting a tsunami warning.

World | December 7, 2012, Friday // 11:04

Egypt Braces for More Protests as Morsi Refuses to Back off

Egypt is bracing for a day of fresh protests, unnerved by President Mohamed Morsi's latest address and the threats of punishment.

World | December 7, 2012, Friday // 09:19

Hamas Leader Set for His First Gaza Visit

The exiled political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, is due to make his first ever visit to Gaza to mark the organisation's 25th anniversary.

World | December 7, 2012, Friday // 08:02
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