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ARCHIVE - 5 February 2013

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Business

Bulgaria Extends Bid Submission Deadline for Tutrakan Port Terminal Concession
Bulgaria's State-Owned Gas Supplier Gears Up for Expansion - CEO
Bulgaria Energy Min: Govt Won't Reconsider Shale Gas Ban
Bulgaria Energy Minister Boasts Serious Investor Interest in Black Sea Exploration Blocks
Staff of Faltering Bulgarian Military Plant on 2-Week Leave

Politics

Bulgaria FM Informs Arab Allies of Burgas Terror Probe
Lebanon Ready to Help Bulgaria in Burgas Terror Probe
Israel Welcomes Bulgarian Bus Bombing Probe
Bulgaria Counts on 'Good Ties' with Lebanon for Burgas Bombing Investigation
US, Israel Fear 'Ambiguous' Bulgarian Statement on Hezbollah - Report
Bulgaria Didn't Formally Blame Hezbollah for Burgas Terror - Analyst
Opposition Leader: Bulgaria's Rulers Followed Israel, Imperil Security
Bulgaria Tightens Security of Its Embassy in Lebanon
Bulgaria Confirms: Australian Involved in Burgas Bombing
Bulgaria Interior Min: Hezbollah May Be behind Burgas Terror
Bulgaria Min: 2 Lebanon Residents Implicated in Burgas Terror
Bulgaria Interior Min: Hezbollah Could Be behind Burgas Terror
Bulgarian President Fails to Name Organization behind Burgas Terror
Bulgaria Learns Identity of Burgas Bombing Accomplices
Bulgaria's National Security Council Discusses Dogan Attack
EU: More Time Needed for Burgas Terror Investigation
EC Spokesman: EC Requests More Efforts from Bulgaria
EC May Penalize Bulgaria over Backyard Cattle Slaughter
MP: UK Derides Bulgarians
9,720 Votes Missing in Bulgaria's Nuclear Referendum
Bulgarian PM Offers Perplexing Explanations in 'Buddha' Case Scandal
Bulgarian President Condemns Dogan Attack

Society

Light Earthquake Registered in SW Bulgaria
Smoking in Public Spaces Doomed to Fail in Bulgarian Referendum - Poll
Prominent Bulgarian Poet Leda Mileva Dies at 93

Sports

Bulgaria Loses FIFA Racism Appeal

Crime

The Commentator: Bulgaria to Blame Hezbollah for Burgas Bombing
Australian Suspected in Burgas Bus Bombing - Report
Shot Bulgarian Mobster Reported in Coma
Bulgaria in International Headlines over Hezbollah Blame
Petition to Sue Dogan Attacker Thrashers Filed with Bulgarian Prosecutor
New Leaks Expose Bulgarian PM as Person of Police Interest

Views on BG

Bulgaria Implicates Hezbollah in Deadly Israeli Bus Blast
Media Freedom Up against All Odds in Bulgaria
Europeans Await Report on Bus Blast in Bulgaria

Quotes

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World

US: Bulgaria Showed EU Must 'Pro-Actively Act' against Hezbollah
EU Urges Turkey to Respect Freedom of Speech

Novinite Insider

Middle East Expert Prof. Vladimir Chukov: Bulgaria Chose Shrewd 'Hybrid' Wording on Hezbollah's Role in Burgas Bus Bombing
British National Party Leader, MEP Nick Griffin: UK Press Targets Bulgarians, Romanians Because They Are White Europeans, Not Muslims
Bulgarian Buddha, Hezbollah, and National Insecurity

Business

Bulgaria Extends Bid Submission Deadline for Tutrakan Port Terminal Concession

Bulgaria's Ministry of Transport, Information Technology, and Communications has announced a new extension of the bid submission deadline for the service concession of the Tutrakan port terminal on the Danube River.

Business | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 13:42

Bulgaria's State-Owned Gas Supplier Gears Up for Expansion - CEO

Dimitar Gogov, CEO of state-owned gas supplier Bulgargaz, has said that the company is gearing up for expansion on gas markets.

Business » Energy | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 18:09

Bulgaria Energy Min: Govt Won't Reconsider Shale Gas Ban

Economy and Energy Minister Delyan Dobrev has assured that the Bulgarian government has not changed its stance on the shale gas moratorium introduced in the beginning of 2012.

Business » Energy | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 14:55

Bulgaria Energy Minister Boasts Serious Investor Interest in Black Sea Exploration Blocks

The Total-led consortium, which was awarded a concession for oil and gas exploration in the Khan Asparuh Black Sea block last year, will invest a total of BGN 1 B to EUR 1 B, according to Bulgarian Energy Minister Dobrev.

Business » Energy | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 11:57

Staff of Faltering Bulgarian Military Plant on 2-Week Leave

All workers of Bulgaria's state-owned military plant VMZ Sopot will go on a two-week leave during which the ones to be dismissed will be selected, according to Dimitar Atanasov from the Podkrepa Labor Confederation.

Business » Industry | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 12:44

Politics

Bulgaria FM Informs Arab Allies of Burgas Terror Probe

Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Minister Nikolay Mladenov held a meeting with ambassadors from Arab countries to Bulgaria right after the Bulgarian government implicated Hezbollah in the 2012 Burgas bus bombing.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 20:55

Lebanon Ready to Help Bulgaria in Burgas Terror Probe

Lebanon is ready to assist Bulgaria in investigating the 2012 Burgas bus bombing, stated Lebanese PM Najib Mikati Tuesday.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 19:48

Israel Welcomes Bulgarian Bus Bombing Probe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has welcomed the results from the Bulgarian probe into last year's terror attack in the Black Sea city of Burgas,

Politics » Diplomacy | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 18:07

Bulgaria Counts on 'Good Ties' with Lebanon for Burgas Bombing Investigation

Bulgaria relies on the government of Lebanon for assistance in investigating the 2012 Burgas bus bombing, stated Bulgarian Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov, just after implicating Hezbollah in the attack.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 17:29

US, Israel Fear 'Ambiguous' Bulgarian Statement on Hezbollah - Report

Israel and the United States are waiting for an official Bulgarian statement on last year's Burgas bus bombing on Tuesday, according to an Israeli paper.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 13:11

Bulgaria Didn't Formally Blame Hezbollah for Burgas Terror - Analyst

The Bulgarian government has not made a formal statement implicating Hezbollah for the 2012 Burgas bus bombing, according to leading Bulgarian Middle East expert Vladimir Chukov.

Politics » Defense | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 20:35

Opposition Leader: Bulgaria's Rulers Followed Israel, Imperil Security

The Bulgarian government's implication of Hezbollah in the Burgas bus bombing is poorly founded and imperils the national security, argued opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev.

Politics » Defense | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 19:09

Bulgaria Tightens Security of Its Embassy in Lebanon

Security was tightened at the Bulgarian embassy in Beirut on Tuesday, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has told local media.

Politics » Defense | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 17:20

Bulgaria Confirms: Australian Involved in Burgas Bombing

An Australian national was involved in last year's deadly terror attack in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Burgas, Bulgarian authorities confirmed Tuesday.

Politics » Defense | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 16:56

Bulgaria Interior Min: Hezbollah May Be behind Burgas Terror

Two of the people who organized the July 2012 terror attack in Burgas, Bulgaria could have belonged to Hezbollah, according to Bulgarian Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

Politics » Defense | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 16:40

Bulgaria Min: 2 Lebanon Residents Implicated in Burgas Terror

Bulgaria has identified two of the three persons who perpetrated the July 2012 terror attack against Israeli tourists in Burgas, stated Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

Politics » Defense | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 16:31

Bulgaria Interior Min: Hezbollah Could Be behind Burgas Terror

Bulgarian investigators have information suggesting that Hezbollah could have financed the July 2012 terror attack in Burgas, stated Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov Tuesday.

Politics » Defense | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 16:26

Bulgarian President Fails to Name Organization behind Burgas Terror

Investigation of the July 2012 anti-Israeli terror attack in Bulgaria is still under way and no final results can be announced at this point, stated President Rosen Plevneliev.

Politics » Defense | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 16:19

Bulgaria Learns Identity of Burgas Bombing Accomplices

Bulgarian authorities have identified several people involved in last year's terror attack in the Black Sea city of Burgas, a Bulgarian Member of Parliament told reporters on Tuesday.

Politics » Defense | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 16:06

Bulgaria's National Security Council Discusses Dogan Attack

Bulgaria's Consultative Council for National Security is convening Tuesday to discuss the attack against ethnic Turkish leader Ahmed Dogan.

Politics » Defense | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 08:54

EU: More Time Needed for Burgas Terror Investigation

The EU needs to consider carefuly all data from the investigation of the 2012 Burgas bus bombing, stated Tuesday EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 17:52

EC Spokesman: EC Requests More Efforts from Bulgaria

EC spokesman Mark Gray has confirmed that the Commission has revealed the so-called oral assessment for Bulgaria under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 16:05

EC May Penalize Bulgaria over Backyard Cattle Slaughter

Bulgaria's Ministry of Agriculture and Food is preparing an action plan to solve the problem with backyard slaughter of cattle for personal consumption by end-March to avoid EU penalty.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 15:54

MP: UK Derides Bulgarians

Bulgarian independent Member of the Parliament, Kiril Gumnerov, voiced indignation about Bulgarian politicians keeping silent all while another EU Member State is deriding Bulgaria.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 13:47

9,720 Votes Missing in Bulgaria's Nuclear Referendum

Official data published at the website of Bulgaria's election authority suggest that 9,720 votes at the January 27 referendum on nuclear energy went uncounted.

Politics » Domestic | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 15:22

Bulgarian PM Offers Perplexing Explanations in 'Buddha' Case Scandal

Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, has claimed that the police case for operative surveillance against him was launched because he has been a private bodyguard of Communist Dictator Todor Zhivkov and of former Tsar, Simeon Saxe-Coburg.

Politics » Domestic | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 12:25

Bulgarian President Condemns Dogan Attack

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has once again condemned the gas pistol attack against former ethnic Turkish leader Ahmed Dogan.

Politics » Domestic | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 12:05

Society

Light Earthquake Registered in SW Bulgaria

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 points on the Richter scale has been registered in southwestern Bulgaria Tuesday, in the first hours of the new week.

Society » Environment | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 10:11

Smoking in Public Spaces Doomed to Fail in Bulgarian Referendum - Poll

Supporters of the existing full smoking ban for enclosed public spaces in Bulgaria will win overwhelmingly if a referendum takes place on the issue, according to a poll.

Society » Health | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 12:34

Prominent Bulgarian Poet Leda Mileva Dies at 93

Prominent Bulgarian poet, writer, translator, and author of children's literature, Leda Mileva, has passed away Tuesday at the age of 93.

Society » Obituaries | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 10:37

Sports

Bulgaria Loses FIFA Racism Appeal

The Bulgarian Football Union has lost its appeal against the sanction levied against it by FIFA for supporter racism, it was made clear on Tuesday.

Sports | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 14:32

Crime

The Commentator: Bulgaria to Blame Hezbollah for Burgas Bombing

The Bulgarian government is to blame Hezbollah for last year's deadly terror attack in the coastal city of Burgas, according to The Commentator.

Crime | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 15:19

Australian Suspected in Burgas Bus Bombing - Report

An Australian national has emerged as a suspect in last year's terror attack in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Burgas, according to two Western officials.

Crime | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 13:44

Shot Bulgarian Mobster Reported in Coma

Notorious Bulgarian drug lord Zlatomir Ivanov aka The Beret, who was shot last Tuesday in downtown Sofia, is in a state of medically-induced coma, according to local media.

Crime | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 11:23

Bulgaria in International Headlines over Hezbollah Blame

Two of the most respected and popular US dailies, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, have published articles about anticipations Bulgaria will blame Tuesday Hezbollah for the Burgas terror act.

Crime | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 11:19

Petition to Sue Dogan Attacker Thrashers Filed with Bulgarian Prosecutor

Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, is getting Tuesday a petition with 10 000 signatures demanding legal proceedings against the people thrashing the man who attacked ethnic Turkish leader, Ahmed Dogan.

Crime | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 09:38

New Leaks Expose Bulgarian PM as Person of Police Interest

The site for investigative journalism Bivol.bg has published late Monday evening a new document further revealing that Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, was a target of the police in the 90s of the 20th century.

Crime | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 08:19

Views on BG

Bulgaria Implicates Hezbollah in Deadly Israeli Bus Blast

The Bulgarian government said Tuesday that two of the people behind a deadly bombing attack that targeted an Israeli tourist bus six months ago were believed to be members of the military wing of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Views on BG | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 17:41

Media Freedom Up against All Odds in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a small country located in the heart of the Balkans which managed to obtain EU membership six years ago.

Views on BG | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 13:56

Europeans Await Report on Bus Blast in Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgaria — A meeting of top government officials and security personnel of this small Balkan country on Tuesday could have wide-reaching repercussions for Europe's uneasy détente with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah

Views on BG | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 09:50

Quotes

Today's Quote

"What they have done, I can cook it for all of you standing here today.

Quotes | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 12:45

World

US: Bulgaria Showed EU Must 'Pro-Actively Act' against Hezbollah

The White House has interpreted as conclusive the Bulgarian government's Tuesday statement that Hezbollah might be involved in the 2012 Burgas bus bombing.

World | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 18:33

EU Urges Turkey to Respect Freedom of Speech

Council of Europe head Thorbjorn Jagland has called upon EU hopeful Turkey to to improve its dismal record on freedom of expression.

World | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 15:47

Novinite Insider

Middle East Expert Prof. Vladimir Chukov: Bulgaria Chose Shrewd 'Hybrid' Wording on Hezbollah's Role in Burgas Bus Bombing

An exclusive blitz interview of Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) and Novinite.bg with Bulgarian Arab Studies expert, prof. Vladimir Chukov, on the role of pro-Iranian Lebanese group Hezbollah in the Burgas Bus Bombing

Novinite Insider » Interview | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 17:41

British National Party Leader, MEP Nick Griffin: UK Press Targets Bulgarians, Romanians Because They Are White Europeans, Not Muslims

An exclusive interview of Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) and Novinite.bg with Member of the European Parliament and leader of the nationalist British National Party Nick Griffin on the issue of Bulgarian and Romanian migrant labor in the UK.

Novinite Insider » Interview | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 15:14

Bulgarian Buddha, Hezbollah, and National Insecurity

Previously classified documents from the 90s, just published by the independent site  for investigative journalism Bivol.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 16:11