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Business

Employers in Southern Bulgaria to Welcome Axed Staff of Troubled Military Plant
Bulgarian PM, AmCham Lunch Unperturbed by Mobster's Assassination Attempt
Bulgaria Has Eastern Europe's 2nd Lowest Borrowing Need
Bulgaria PM: Grid Access Fee for Renewable Energy Producers Was Unavoidable
Belene NPP Project Returns to Bulgaria's Parliament after Refefendum
Bulgaria to Announce New Energy Watchdog Head Next Week
Bulgarian NGO: Reshuffle at Energy Watchdog Signals Lack of Independence

Politics

US Deputy Secretary of State: Visa Requirements for Bulgarians Will Be Reconsidered
Hollande Vows French Support for Bulgaria's Schengen Bid
NATO Crisis Management Center to Be Set Up in Bulgaria's Sofia
Bulgarian Left-Wing Leader Wants Top Cop, AgriMin Axed
Bulgarian Rightists Launch Petition for Smoking Ban Referendum
Right-Winger: Bulgarian PM Failed to Cope with Corruption, Crime
Bulgarian Energy Watchdog Head Confirms Resignation
Bulgarian MP Questions FinMin in Science Fund Abuse

Society

Plovdiv Municipal Councilor Proposes Expansion of Stolipinovo Roma District

Sports

Bulgaria's Manolev to Move on Loan Deal to Fulham - Report

Crime

Shot Bulgarian Drug Lord 'In State of Shock', Doctors Say
Shot Bulgarian Gangster Undergoes Surgery for Hours
Bulgarian Top Cop Denounces Assassination Attempt on Mobster
Bulgarian Court Rules to Keep Dogan's Attacker Jailed
Bulgarian Nationalists Rally in Support of Dogan's Attacker
Bulgarian Prosecutor's Starts Probe of 'Beret's Assassination Attempt'
Easy Assassination Spot in Downtown Sofia, Bulgarian PM Tells AmCham
2 Sharpshooter Teams Besieged Bulgarian Mobster - Report
Attempt on Bulgarian Mobster's Life Fails to Stop Dogan Assault Hearing
Bulgarian Mobster Baretata Shot from Sofia Bar Association Building
Bulgarian Mobster Baretata Hit by 4 Bullets
Shooting at Bulgarian Mobster Baretata Came from Opposite Building
Lawyer Unaware of Death Threats against Shot Bulgarian Mobster
Who Is Who: Shot Bulgarian Mobster Zlatomir Ivanov, aka Zlatko Baretata (Beret)
Convicted Mobster Baretata Shot in Downtown Sofia

Views on BG

The Government's Attitude to Romania and Bulgaria Is Contemptible
Bulgarians Vote for New Nuclear Power, but Referendum Is Not Binding
Begging in Bulgaria or Benefits in Belgravia?

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World

Dozens of Dead Bodies Found in Syria's Aleppo
Plane Crash Kills All Passengers on Board in Kazakhstan

Business

Employers in Southern Bulgaria to Welcome Axed Staff of Troubled Military Plant

Labor Minister Totyu Mladenov has said that a total of 225 employers in the Plovdiv district have declared their readiness to fill 400 vacancies with laid-off workers of state-owned military plant VMZ Sopot.

Business | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 14:50

Bulgarian PM, AmCham Lunch Unperturbed by Mobster's Assassination Attempt

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov arrived Tuesday noon for a luncheon with the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (AmCham) in downtown Sofia even though an attempt to assassinate an emblematic mobster was made just meters away from the meeting

Business | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 12:30

Bulgaria Has Eastern Europe's 2nd Lowest Borrowing Need

The Bulgarian government's financing needs are the second lowest in eastern Europe, according to Moody's Investors Service.

Business » Finance | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 20:32

Bulgaria PM: Grid Access Fee for Renewable Energy Producers Was Unavoidable

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has admitted that the introduction of the contested grid access fee for renewable energy producers was his idea, but the decision was tough to take.

Business » Energy | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 18:01

Belene NPP Project Returns to Bulgaria's Parliament after Refefendum

Bulgaria's Central Electoral Commission has announced the final results from the January 27 nationwide referendum on the development of nuclear energy in Bulgaria.

Business » Energy | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 17:00

Bulgaria to Announce New Energy Watchdog Head Next Week

The new chair of Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation will be announced next week, Bulgarian Economy and Energy Minister Delyan Dobrev stated Wednesday.

Business » Energy | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 15:00

Bulgarian NGO: Reshuffle at Energy Watchdog Signals Lack of Independence

Ruslan Stefanov from the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) has argued that the dismissal of the Chair of Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation will be interpreted by the EU as a sign of the lack of independence of the watchdog.

Business » Energy | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 13:39

Politics

US Deputy Secretary of State: Visa Requirements for Bulgarians Will Be Reconsidered

US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns has assured that the visa requirements for Bulgarian citizens will be reconsidered in the light of US legislation aimed at reducing the number of visa rejections.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 12:28

Hollande Vows French Support for Bulgaria's Schengen Bid

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, and his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, have joined around the opinion relations between the two countries are excellent at all levels.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 09:11

NATO Crisis Management Center to Be Set Up in Bulgaria's Sofia

A NATO center for studying, creating, and perfecting the capacities of the Alliance in crisis management and disaster relief is to be set up in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Bulgarian Deputy Defense Minister Avgustina Tsvetkova announced Tuesday.

Politics » Defense | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 15:39

Bulgarian Left-Wing Leader Wants Top Cop, AgriMin Axed

Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev has demanded the resignations of two more Cabinet members – Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov and Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov.

Politics » Domestic | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 16:23

Bulgarian Rightists Launch Petition for Smoking Ban Referendum

Bulgaria's right-wing Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) will start a petition for a referendum on smoking in public spaces next week, according to UDF leader Emil Kabaivanov.

Politics » Domestic | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 15:29

Right-Winger: Bulgarian PM Failed to Cope with Corruption, Crime

Atanas Atanasov, the former head of Bulgaria's National Security Service, has declared that the country's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has failed to combat crime and corruption.

Politics » Domestic | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 14:33

Bulgarian Energy Watchdog Head Confirms Resignation

The Chairman of the Bulgarian State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation, DKEVR, Angel Semerdzhiev, confirmed Tuesday that he had submitted his resignation.

Politics » Domestic | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 13:09

Bulgarian MP Questions FinMin in Science Fund Abuse

The Chair of the Parliamentary Education Committee, Ognyan Stoichkov, is questioning the control of Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, on Bulgaria's embattled Science Research Fund.

Politics » Domestic | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 08:12

Society

Plovdiv Municipal Councilor Proposes Expansion of Stolipinovo Roma District

A municipal councilor in the southern Bulgarian city of Plovdiv has called for the expansion of the Roma residential district "Stolipinovo.

Society | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 16:19

Sports

Bulgaria's Manolev to Move on Loan Deal to Fulham - Report

Bulgarian international Stanislav Manolev is likely to move to Fulham on a loan deal until the end of the season, according to a report.

Sports | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 19:49

Crime

Shot Bulgarian Drug Lord 'In State of Shock', Doctors Say

High-profile Bulgarian mobster Zlatomir Ivanov, aka Zlatko Baretata (The Beret), who has shot in downtown Sofia Tuesday morning, is in a state of shock due to a heavy blood loss, medics have told reporters.

Crime | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 18:24

Shot Bulgarian Gangster Undergoes Surgery for Hours

Emblematic Bulgarian mobster Zlatomir Ivanov, aka Zlatko Baretata (The Beret), who has shot in downtown Sofia Tuesday morning, has been in surgery for several hours.

Crime | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 17:21

Bulgarian Top Cop Denounces Assassination Attempt on Mobster

Tuesday's failed assassination attempt on notorious Bulgarian drug lord Zlatomir Ivanov was "extremely bad news", according to Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvatanov.

Crime | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 15:44

Bulgarian Court Rules to Keep Dogan's Attacker Jailed

The Sofia City Court ruled Tuesday to keep under permanent detention the young man who attacked ethnic Turkish leader, Ahmed Dogan, with a gas pistol.

Crime | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 14:44

Bulgarian Nationalists Rally in Support of Dogan's Attacker

A group of nationalists, headed by the former leader of the extreme-right formation Bulgarian National Union, Boyan Rasate, rallied in support of the attacker of ethnic Turkish leader Ahmed Dogan.

Crime | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 14:04

Bulgarian Prosecutor's Starts Probe of 'Beret's Assassination Attempt'

Bulgaria's Prosecutor's Office has started a pre-court procedure against an unknown perpetrator for the assassination attempt against mafia boss Zlatomir Ivanov, aka Zlatko Baretata ("The Beret), committed in downtown Sofia Tuesday morning.

Crime | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 13:55

Easy Assassination Spot in Downtown Sofia, Bulgarian PM Tells AmCham

The spot before the Central Courthouse in Bulgaria's capital is an "easy" one for shooting, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov told AmCham during his annual luncheon with US investors in downtown Sofia shortly after a failed assassination attempt agai

Crime | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 12:55

2 Sharpshooter Teams Besieged Bulgarian Mobster - Report

Two teams of sharpshooters have been waiting to shoot at Bulgarian top crime boss, Zlatomir Ivanov aka Baretata (The Beret, The Barret).

Crime | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 12:51

Attempt on Bulgarian Mobster's Life Fails to Stop Dogan Assault Hearing

The attempt on the life of Bulgarian mafia boss Zlatomir Ivanov, aka Zlatko Baretata, made Tuesday morning in front of the Central Courthouse in Bulgaria's Sofia, has not postponed the hearing against Oktay Enimehmedov, the failed assassin of ethnic Turki

Crime | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 12:14

Bulgarian Mobster Baretata Shot from Sofia Bar Association Building

The shooting at Bulgarian mobster Zlatomir Ivanov, aka Zlatko Baretata (The Beret), Tuesday morning before the Central Courthouse in Sofia, came from the roof of the building of Sofia Bar Association.

Crime | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 12:07

Bulgarian Mobster Baretata Hit by 4 Bullets

Bulgarian top crime boss, Zlatomir Ivanov aka Baretata (The Beret, The Barret), who was shot in broad daylight in downtown Sofia, has four gunshot wounds.

Crime | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 11:43

Shooting at Bulgarian Mobster Baretata Came from Opposite Building

The shooter, who opened fire on alleged top crime boss Zlatomir Ivanov aka Baretata (The Beret, The Barret) in downtown Sofia on Tuesday morning, most probably took aim from the building opposite the Sofia Court House.

Crime | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 11:41

Lawyer Unaware of Death Threats against Shot Bulgarian Mobster

No one has issued death threats against Bulgarian top crime boss, Zlatomir Ivanov aka Baretata (The Beret, The Barret).

Crime | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 10:52

Who Is Who: Shot Bulgarian Mobster Zlatomir Ivanov, aka Zlatko Baretata (Beret)

Bulgarian mobster Zlatomir Ivanov, aka Zlatko Baretata (The Beret), was shot and injured before the Central Courthouse in Bulgaria's capital Sofia the morning of January 29, 2013.

Crime | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 10:17

Convicted Mobster Baretata Shot in Downtown Sofia

Alleged Bulgarian top crime boss, Zlatomir Ivanov aka Baretata (The Beret, The Barret) has been shot in downtown Sofia.

Crime | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 09:55

Views on BG

The Government's Attitude to Romania and Bulgaria Is Contemptible

Pity the staff at the British embassy in Bucharest. Only last month they were cheerfully banging the drum for Great Britain, telling Romanians what a swell country this rain-soaked archipelago is.

Views on BG | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 19:07

Bulgarians Vote for New Nuclear Power, but Referendum Is Not Binding

Those (few)Bulgarians who made it to the polls in Sunday's referendum on nuclear power have voted in favour of further development.

Views on BG | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 09:45

Begging in Bulgaria or Benefits in Belgravia?

The Government is planning an expensive advertising campaign to dissuade Romanians and Bulgarians from moving to Britain when immigration restrictions are lifted at the end of this year.

Views on BG | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 08:36

Quotes

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"This is a very easy spot for shooting.

Quotes | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 13:20

World

Dozens of Dead Bodies Found in Syria's Aleppo

The bodies of dozens of young men have been discovered in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, according to rebels and activists.

World | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 17:02

Plane Crash Kills All Passengers on Board in Kazakhstan

Twenty-two people were killed in a passenger plane crash near Kazakhstan's commercial capital Almaty, an emergency services official said.

World | January 29, 2013, Tuesday // 10:31
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