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Business

Russia: Bulgaria Violates Intellectual Property Laws in Arms Production, Trade
Construction Workers Protest Overdue Wages on Bulgaria's Trakia, Maritsa Highways
InvestBulgaria Agency to Launch Overseas Promotional Campaign in March
Bulgaria with World's Fifth-Highest Pain-at-the-Pump Score
Bulgarian Industrialists Oppose 'Street Pressure' over Electricity Prices
Bulgaria's Supreme Administrative Prosecutor's Office to Probe Energy Watchdog
Yuliana Ivanova to Chair Bulgaria's Energy Watchdog

Politics

Hamas Officials Reportedly Visiting, Bulgaria Denies
Sofia, Tel Aviv to Erect Monuments Dedicated to Rescue of 50 000 Jews
EU, US Aim to Agree Free-Trade Deal in 2 Years
EU and US Free-Trade Talks Launched
Israel to EU: Hezbollah Doesn't Have Wings
Netherlands No Longer Binds Romania's Schengen Bid with CVM Report
Netherlands Softens Stance on Bulgaria's Schengen Entry
Bulgaria Eases Citizenship Terms for Foreign Investors
Bulgarian Parliament Refuses to Discuss PM's Alleged Murky Past

Sports

Bulgaria Shocked as Wrestling Heads for Exit from Olympics

Crime

Canadians Startled by Alleged Involvement in Terror Attack in Bulgaria
Bulgarian Journalists Arrested for Drugs Possession in Barcelona
OLAF Probes Suspicious Funding of Bulgarian Facebook, Twitter Accounts
Burgas Bus Bombing Was 'Family Affair' - Report

Lifestyle

It's Official: Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem Expect Second Baby

Views on BG

Why Bulgaria? Why Now?

World

Plane Crash-Lands in Ukraine, One Reported Dead
Pope Benedict Holds Last Public Mass
Tired Pope Benedict Thanks Public for 'Love and Prayers'
French Lower House Okays Same-Sex Marriage
UN Security Council Condemns North Korean Nuclear Test

Business

Russia: Bulgaria Violates Intellectual Property Laws in Arms Production, Trade

Russia continues talks with Bulgaria on the use of patents for weapons, according to Rosoboronexport general director Anatoly Isaikin.

Business | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 17:52

Construction Workers Protest Overdue Wages on Bulgaria's Trakia, Maritsa Highways

Owners of land and companies involved in the construction of new sections of Bulgaria's Trakia and Maritsa highways have staged protests, demanding their long-overdue payments.

Business | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 14:38

InvestBulgaria Agency to Launch Overseas Promotional Campaign in March

Borislav Stefanov, Executive Director of the InvestBulgaria Agency, has announced that a 3-month-long campaign promoting Bulgaria as an investment destination will be launched in March.

Business | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 12:59

Bulgaria with World's Fifth-Highest Pain-at-the-Pump Score

It is small wonder that Bulgarians find it difficult to fill up their car tank since the country has the fifth-highest pain-at-the-pump score in the world, according to a Bloomberg survey.

Business » Energy | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 18:54

Bulgarian Industrialists Oppose 'Street Pressure' over Electricity Prices

The Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria has called on the competent authorities to not yield to protesters or any other type of non-economic pressure in the attempts to handle growing public discontent over high electricity prices.

Business » Energy | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 17:13

Bulgaria's Supreme Administrative Prosecutor's Office to Probe Energy Watchdog

Bulgaria's Supreme Administrative Prosecutor's Office will probe the legality of the acts of the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation as a specialized regulatory body overseeing the application of the Energy Act and related subsidiary legislat

Business » Energy | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 16:04

Yuliana Ivanova to Chair Bulgaria's Energy Watchdog

Yuliana Ivanova is the new Chair of Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR).

Business » Energy | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 11:39

Politics

Hamas Officials Reportedly Visiting, Bulgaria Denies

Representatives of Palestine group Hamas were paying a visit to Bulgaria Wednesday, according to reports of Palestinian media.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 19:03

Sofia, Tel Aviv to Erect Monuments Dedicated to Rescue of 50 000 Jews

Monuments dedicated to Bulgaria's heroic rescue of 50 000 Jews from Nazi concentration camps 70 in World War II will be erected in Sofia and Tel Aviv.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 12:55

EU, US Aim to Agree Free-Trade Deal in 2 Years

The US and European Union hope to complete talks on a multi-trillion dollar free-trade pact to boost economic growth in about two years.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 17:50

EU and US Free-Trade Talks Launched

The European Union and the US will begin formal talks on a free-trade agreement, paving the way for the biggest trade deal in history.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 17:33

Israel to EU: Hezbollah Doesn't Have Wings

Israel's Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor has urged the European Union to place Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organizations.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 14:48

Netherlands No Longer Binds Romania's Schengen Bid with CVM Report

The Netherlands no longer binds Romania's bid to join the Schengen Agreement with the European Commission's Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Report, according to a report.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 13:53

Netherlands Softens Stance on Bulgaria's Schengen Entry

The Netherlands has "considerably softened" its stance on Bulgaria's Schengen entry bid, according to Bulgarian media.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 09:54

Bulgaria Eases Citizenship Terms for Foreign Investors

Bulgaria has passed a law that will ease even further the process of granting citizenship to foreign investors in a bid to boost the country's ailing economy.

Politics » Domestic | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 16:38

Bulgarian Parliament Refuses to Discuss PM's Alleged Murky Past

The Bulgarian Parliament expectedly refused to create an ad-hoc committee of inquiry that would discuss Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's alleged past as a secret informant for the country's anti-mafia unit back in the 1990s.

Politics » Domestic | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 11:21

Sports

Bulgaria Shocked as Wrestling Heads for Exit from Olympics

Ordinary people and sports officials in Bulgaria have been stunned and shocked by the news that wrestling – one of the few traditional and medal-winning sports in the country - is set to be dropped from the 2020 Olympic Games.

Sports | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 20:47

Crime

Canadians Startled by Alleged Involvement in Terror Attack in Bulgaria

Recent allegations of Canadian involvement in the terrorist attack in Bulgaria have raised questions about why some Canadians have become anti-Western extremists who want to commit violence at home and abroad, local media reported.

Crime | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 16:07

Bulgarian Journalists Arrested for Drugs Possession in Barcelona

Two Bulgarian journalists have been arrested for possession of drugs in Barcelona, where they were attending an international conference, local media reported.

Crime | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 15:07

OLAF Probes Suspicious Funding of Bulgarian Facebook, Twitter Accounts

The European Anti-Fraud Office, OLAF, has launched an investigation into allegations that EUR 50,000 in rural development funding was due to be paid for opening and running a Facebook page and a Twitter account in Bulgaria.

Crime | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 12:07

Burgas Bus Bombing Was 'Family Affair' - Report

A Canadian suspected of organizing the bombing of a bus full of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria's Burgas  last year is a relative of the unidentified terrorist who died while planting the explosives, a report says.

Crime | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 09:26

Lifestyle

It's Official: Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem Expect Second Baby

Spanish actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are expecting their second child, their publicists have confirmed.

Lifestyle | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 15:41

Views on BG

Why Bulgaria? Why Now?

The announcement by Bulgaria that the airport bus bombing there last July was likely the handiwork of Hezbollah operatives now has European officials scrambling to decide what, if anything, to do about the fact that the group has now resumed executing att

Views on BG | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 08:03

World

Plane Crash-Lands in Ukraine, One Reported Dead

A passenger plane has crash-landed and caught fire near the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk, with reports of at least one death.

World | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 20:11

Pope Benedict Holds Last Public Mass

Pope Benedict XVI held his last scheduled public Mass, for Ash Wednesday, in St Peter's Basilica, following his resignation.

World | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 19:39

Tired Pope Benedict Thanks Public for 'Love and Prayers'

Looking tired and drawn, Pope Benedict XVI has thanked the public for their "love and prayers" in his first public appearance since announcing his shock resignation.

World | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 14:20

French Lower House Okays Same-Sex Marriage

France's National Assembly has approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.

World | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 10:26

UN Security Council Condemns North Korean Nuclear Test

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test, calling Pyongyang's latest defiant act "a clear threat to international peace and security.

World | February 13, 2013, Wednesday // 08:36
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