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ARCHIVE - 1 February 2013

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Business

Four Major Players Vying for Bulgarian Telco Globul - Report
Heating Utility in Bulgaria's Shumen Sold to Israeli Company
Sofia City Hall Introduces New Subway Parking Fees
Bulgaria Reports BGN 6.1 B Fiscal Reserve in 2012
Bulgarian Institutions Gave Hefty Holiday Bonuses
Bulgaria 'Makes' Europe Top 5 by Gazprom Highest Prices
Amendments to Bulgaria's Energy Efficiency Act Pass First Reading
Bulgaria's Ruling GERB Hints of New U-Turn on Belene NPP

Politics

Bulgaria's Dec 2012 Unemployment Rate above EU Average
UK Diplomat: Labor Restrictions for Bulgarians, Romanians Will Be Lifted in January 2014
Bulgarian FM Slams British Fear-Mongering Campaign

Society

Soviet Army Monument in Bulgaria's Sofia 'Decorated' Again
Israel Offers Stipend to Child of Bulgarian Driver Killed in Burgas Bombing
Bulgarian Princess Kalina Moves to Get Bulgarian Citizenship
Bulgaria Bows to Victims of Communism
Olympiad Prizes of Bulgarian Students Confiscated at Frankfurt Airport
Bulgaria's Surva Kukeri Festival Kicks off in Pernik
Bulgarian Artists Rise against New Tourist Brand
Bulgarians Celebrate Major Wine, Vine Holiday
Bulgarian MPs Resuscitate Smoking Ban Debates
Bulgarian Smokers to Stage Yet Another Anti-Ban Protest

Sports

Manolev Moves on Loan Deal to Fulham

Crime

Bulgarian Customs Officers Seize ATM Skimmer Parts Stuffed in Croissants
Shot Bulgarian Mobster Remains in Critical Condition - Report
Khomeini Ordered John Paul II Shooting, Gunman Says

Views on BG

Bulgarians React with Dismay to British Anti-immigration Campaign
Bulgarians Brush Off UK Fears on Migration

World

Civil Unrest Spikes in Iraq, Rallies Demand PM Ouster
US Confirms Ankara Embassy Blast Was Terrorist Attack
US Embassy Blast in Ankara Caused by Suicide Bomber
One Reported Dead in Ankara US Embassy Blast
Explosion outside US Embassy in Ankara Leaves Several Wounded
Russian Zenit-3SL Rocket with US Satellite Fails at Launch
Romania Govt Awards Shale Gas Exploration Permit to Chevron
At Least 25 Killed in Mexico Tower Block Explosion
Armenian Presidential Runner Shot in Yerevan

Business

Four Major Players Vying for Bulgarian Telco Globul - Report

Four major telecoms companies are competing to buy Bulgarian mobile operator Globul in a deal expected to be worth about EUR 700 M, according to a report by Reuters.

Business | February 1, 2013, Friday // 17:48

Heating Utility in Bulgaria's Shumen Sold to Israeli Company

The heating utility in the northeastern Bulgarian city of Shumen has been sold to Israeli company Telemania.

Business | February 1, 2013, Friday // 15:58

Sofia City Hall Introduces New Subway Parking Fees

Sofia residents and visitors can now use the subway parking lots free of charge with a personalized public transportation card.

Business | February 1, 2013, Friday // 14:46

Bulgaria Reports BGN 6.1 B Fiscal Reserve in 2012

Bulgaria's fiscal reserve as of December 31, 2012, amounted to BGN 6.1 B (7.8 % of the planned GDP).

Business » Finance | February 1, 2013, Friday // 12:03

Bulgarian Institutions Gave Hefty Holiday Bonuses

Bulgarian ministries, with almost no exception, have given holiday bonuses to their employees, despite pledges to not do so.

Business » Finance | February 1, 2013, Friday // 11:40

Bulgaria 'Makes' Europe Top 5 by Gazprom Highest Prices

Bulgaria is among the five countries in Europe that purchase natural gas from Russian giant Gazprom for the highest prices.

Business » Energy | February 1, 2013, Friday // 15:37

Amendments to Bulgaria's Energy Efficiency Act Pass First Reading

Bulgaria's Parliament has adopted at first reading amendments to the Energy Efficiency Act.

Business » Energy | February 1, 2013, Friday // 15:17

Bulgaria's Ruling GERB Hints of New U-Turn on Belene NPP

The ruling party GERB could decide to unfreeze the project to build a second Nuclear Power Plant in the Danube town of Belene.

Business » Energy | February 1, 2013, Friday // 13:01

Politics

Bulgaria's Dec 2012 Unemployment Rate above EU Average

The unemployment rate in Bulgaria has reached 12.3% in December 2012, according to figures published Friday by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 1, 2013, Friday // 16:06

UK Diplomat: Labor Restrictions for Bulgarians, Romanians Will Be Lifted in January 2014

The official stance of the UK government is that the labor restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians will be lifted from January 1, 2014, according to Catherine Barber, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Sofia.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 1, 2013, Friday // 12:25

Bulgarian FM Slams British Fear-Mongering Campaign

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov has criticized recent claims made by British media and politicians that hundreds of thousands of Bulgarian and Romanian workers will "flood" the UK after the end of 2013.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 1, 2013, Friday // 09:02

Society

Soviet Army Monument in Bulgaria's Sofia 'Decorated' Again

The controversial monument of the Soviet Army in the downtown of the Bulgarian capital Sofia has been colored once again.

Society | February 1, 2013, Friday // 16:54

Israel Offers Stipend to Child of Bulgarian Driver Killed in Burgas Bombing

Israel is offering a stipend to the daughter of Mustafa Kyosev, the Bulgarian bus driver killed in the terror act in Burgas.

Society | February 1, 2013, Friday // 16:47

Bulgarian Princess Kalina Moves to Get Bulgarian Citizenship

Bulgaria's Princess Kalina wants to gain Bulgarian citizenship, local media have announced.

Society | February 1, 2013, Friday // 14:45

Bulgaria Bows to Victims of Communism

Bulgaria is marking Friday for the third time the official Day of Gratitude and Homage to the Victims of the Communist Regime.

Society | February 1, 2013, Friday // 10:42

Olympiad Prizes of Bulgarian Students Confiscated at Frankfurt Airport

Bulgarian students who participated in an international Olympiad in mathematics, physics, and informatics in Kazakstan have had their awards confiscated at Frankfurt Airport on suspicions of smuggling.

Society » Education | February 1, 2013, Friday // 17:54

Bulgaria's Surva Kukeri Festival Kicks off in Pernik

The 22st edition of Bulgaria's largest and most impressive Kukeri event – the Surva Festival – kicked off in the western city of Pernik on Saturday.

Society » Culture | February 1, 2013, Friday // 17:40

Bulgarian Artists Rise against New Tourist Brand

Bulgarian visual artists have united in their disapproval of the country's new tourist brand, which was officially presented on January 17.

Society » Culture | February 1, 2013, Friday // 17:19

Bulgarians Celebrate Major Wine, Vine Holiday

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church honors on Friday, February 1, the Day of Saint Trifon, the patron of vine-growers, wine-producers and tavern-keepers.

Society » Culture | February 1, 2013, Friday // 08:17

Bulgarian MPs Resuscitate Smoking Ban Debates

Parliamentary debates on the full smoking ban imposed in Bulgaria on June 1, 2012, will continue in plenary hall.

Society » Health | February 1, 2013, Friday // 13:54

Bulgarian Smokers to Stage Yet Another Anti-Ban Protest

Bulgarian protesters are to gather in front of the Parliament in downtown Sofia on Friday to stage a new rally in favor of "equal rights for smokers and non-smokers.

Society » Health | February 1, 2013, Friday // 11:41

Sports

Manolev Moves on Loan Deal to Fulham

Fulham have completed the signing of Bulgarian defender Stanislav Manolev on loan until the end of the season.

Sports | February 1, 2013, Friday // 08:03

Crime

Bulgarian Customs Officers Seize ATM Skimmer Parts Stuffed in Croissants

Bulgarian customs officials have seized parts of ATM skimming devices from the luggage of a Bulgarian national traveling to Germany on a bus.

Crime | February 1, 2013, Friday // 16:40

Shot Bulgarian Mobster Remains in Critical Condition - Report

Notorious Bulgarian drug lord Zlatomir Ivanov aka The Beret, who was shot Tuesday in downtown Sofia, remains in critical condition, according to reports.

Crime | February 1, 2013, Friday // 12:47

Khomeini Ordered John Paul II Shooting, Gunman Says

Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca has revealed that it was Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who ordered the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II back in 1981.

Crime | February 1, 2013, Friday // 10:11

Views on BG

Bulgarians React with Dismay to British Anti-immigration Campaign

From The Guardian

Views on BG | February 1, 2013, Friday // 19:54

Bulgarians Brush Off UK Fears on Migration

From The Financial Times

Views on BG | February 1, 2013, Friday // 18:31

World

Civil Unrest Spikes in Iraq, Rallies Demand PM Ouster

Tens of thousands protesters rallied against Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Sunni areas Friday as data showed a rise in attacks, indicating militants are seeking to capitalize on a prolonged political crisis.

World | February 1, 2013, Friday // 18:55

US Confirms Ankara Embassy Blast Was Terrorist Attack

The US State Department has confirmed that a terror attack occurred just outside the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

World | February 1, 2013, Friday // 16:45

US Embassy Blast in Ankara Caused by Suicide Bomber

The explosion in front of the US Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara on Friday has been caused by a suicide bomber, according to witness reports.

World | February 1, 2013, Friday // 14:51

One Reported Dead in Ankara US Embassy Blast

At least one person died Friday, as a blast has struck the second gate of the US embassy in Turkey's capital Ankara , according to state-run news agency Anatolia.

World | February 1, 2013, Friday // 13:56

Explosion outside US Embassy in Ankara Leaves Several Wounded

An explosion in front of the US Embassy in Ankara on Friday reportedly wounded several people.

World | February 1, 2013, Friday // 13:47

Russian Zenit-3SL Rocket with US Satellite Fails at Launch

Russia's Zenit-3SL rocket carrying a US-made telecommunications satellite has plunged into the Pacific Ocean shortly after launch.

World | February 1, 2013, Friday // 13:39

Romania Govt Awards Shale Gas Exploration Permit to Chevron

The Romanian government awarded Thursday a shale gas exploration permit to US energy giant Chevron for the eastern part of the country.

World | February 1, 2013, Friday // 13:22

At Least 25 Killed in Mexico Tower Block Explosion

At least 25 people were killed by a blast in Mexico City at the headquarters of the state oil company, Pemex, according to Mexican authorities.

World | February 1, 2013, Friday // 10:46

Armenian Presidential Runner Shot in Yerevan

Paruyr Hayrikyan, a candidate in Armenia's upcoming presidential election has been wounded in a shooting in the capital Yerevan.

World | February 1, 2013, Friday // 09:35