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ARCHIVE - 7 February 2013

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Business

Bulgarian Parliament OKs 'Easy' Sale of Military Plant

Politics

British Embassy Confirms Labor Restrictions Lift for Bulgarians
Hezbollah: Burgas Bombing Charges Are 'Israeli Smear Campaign'
France to Study Bulgarian Probe Before Deciding on Hezbollah
Reporters Without Borders: Bulgarian PM Threatens Journalists Cold-War Style
Bulgarian Ex-PM Assuages UK's Migrant Worker Fears
European Council to Discuss Burgas Terror Probe
PES Leader Slams EPP's Daul over Hezbollah Remark
Bulgaria PM Heads for EU Council Meeting in Brussels
PM Borisov: Buddha File Means Bulgarian Mafia on Last Feet!
Bulgaria's Parliament Rejects Proposed PM Hearing on Burgas Bombing

Society

FT Reporter Apologizes for Tweeting 'Israel Bribed Bulgaria'
Bulgaria's Rulers Kill Proposed Black Sea Coast Construction Ban
3.1-Magnitude Quake Registered Southeast of Bulgaria's Shabla

Crime

Burgas Bomber's Car Spotted by CCTV in Varna - Report
Shot Bulgarian Mobster Reported in Stable Condition
Greek Appeals Court Upholds Bulgarian Pilot Guilty Verdict
Border Police in Bulgaria's Elhovo Detain 25 Illegal Immigrants
Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor: Leaks Are Skeletons in Closet
Anti-Mafia Unit Director: 4 Suspects in Burgas Bus Bombing Stayed in Bulgaria
New Leaks Expose Bulgarian PM in Past 'Criminal Orientation'
Bulgaria Says It Came to Hezbollah Assumption in Mid-January
1 of Burgas Bus Bombers 'Was Born in Lebanon' - Report
Anti-Mafia Police Detain Man over Phone Threat against Bulgaria PM
Israeli PM Thanks Bulgarian Counterpart for Professional Investigation of Burgas Bombing

Views on BG

Hezbollah at Europe's Doorstep
The Shadow War Between Iran and Israel: The Bulgaria Front

World

Turkey Tells US Ambassador to 'Mind His Business'
Pussy Riot Appeal Conviction at European Court of Human Rights

Business

Bulgarian Parliament OKs 'Easy' Sale of Military Plant

After heated debates, lasting for over three hours, the Bulgarian Parliament decided to remove troubled State-owned arms manufacturer, VMZ, from the list of privatization bans.

Business » Industry | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 15:39

Politics

British Embassy Confirms Labor Restrictions Lift for Bulgarians

Labor restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians will be lifted in the UK from January 1, 2014, according to Catherine Barber, Deputy and Interim Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Sofia.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 17:39

Hezbollah: Burgas Bombing Charges Are 'Israeli Smear Campaign'

Lebanese organization Hezbollah has dismissed the allegation voiced by Bulgaria that it was involved in the terror attack in Burgas last year as an "Israeli smear campaign.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 14:46

France to Study Bulgarian Probe Before Deciding on Hezbollah

French President Franocis Hollande has declared that his country will study the evidence assembled by Bulgarian investigators on last year's terror attack in Burgas before making a decision on blacklisting Hezbollah.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 11:50

Reporters Without Borders: Bulgarian PM Threatens Journalists Cold-War Style

Reporters Without Borders has issued a statement Thursday condemning recent words of Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, threatening journalists with the country's secret services.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 18:01

Bulgarian Ex-PM Assuages UK's Migrant Worker Fears

Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stabishev has declared that there will be "no influx" of Bulgarians to the UK when labor restrictions are lifted at the end of 2013.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 16:36

European Council to Discuss Burgas Terror Probe

Last year's terror attack in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Burgas will be discussed at the European Council meeting on Thursday, according to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 15:45

PES Leader Slams EPP's Daul over Hezbollah Remark

Sergey Stanishev, leader of the Part of European Socialists, has reacted strongly to EPP group leader Joseph Daul's statement that he sided with Hezbollah in in the aftermath of the Bulgarian Burgas bombing probe.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 14:15

Bulgaria PM Heads for EU Council Meeting in Brussels

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is heading for Brussels to take part in a European Council meeting scheduled for February 7-8.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 08:24

PM Borisov: Buddha File Means Bulgarian Mafia on Last Feet!

The Buddha file, according to which Bulgaria's anti-mafia unit tried to recruit Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov as an organized crime informant in the late 1990s, is a plot meaning that the Bulgarian mafia is on its last feet, Borisov himself decla

Politics » Domestic | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 19:34

Bulgaria's Parliament Rejects Proposed PM Hearing on Burgas Bombing

Bulgaria's Parliament has rejected a demand of right-wing leader Ivan Kostov for a hearing of Prime Minister Borisov on the government's stance on the Burgas bus bombing.

Politics » Domestic | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 10:18

Society

FT Reporter Apologizes for Tweeting 'Israel Bribed Bulgaria'

Borzou Daragahi, a Financial Times reporter who claimed that Israel bribed Bulgaria into blaming Hezbollah for last year's terror attack in Burgas, has apologized.

Society | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 12:22

Bulgaria's Rulers Kill Proposed Black Sea Coast Construction Ban

MPs from Bulgaria's ruling center-right party GERB have rejected a proposed moratorium on resort construction on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.

Society » Environment | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 18:48

3.1-Magnitude Quake Registered Southeast of Bulgaria's Shabla

A 3.1-magnitude earthquake was registered at 0:45 a.m. on Thursday in the Black Sea, according to reports of the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

Society » Environment | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 09:22

Crime

Burgas Bomber's Car Spotted by CCTV in Varna - Report

The terrorist who killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver in the Black Sea city of Burgas last year was in the city of Varna several days prior to the attack, according to a report.

Crime | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 17:48

Shot Bulgarian Mobster Reported in Stable Condition

The condition of notorious Bulgarian drug lord Zlatomir Ivanov aka Baretata (The Beret), who was shot on January 29 in downtown Sofia, is improving.

Crime | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 16:22

Greek Appeals Court Upholds Bulgarian Pilot Guilty Verdict

The Appellate Court in Athens has upheld the guilty verdicts for the defendants in the case of the Helios Airways crash in 2005.

Crime | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 16:17

Border Police in Bulgaria's Elhovo Detain 25 Illegal Immigrants

Officers of the Regional Border Police Directorate in Elhovo have detained twenty-five illegal immigrants, nineteen of them from Africa.

Crime | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 15:10

Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor: Leaks Are Skeletons in Closet

Leaked classified documents are a closet full of skeletons that opens periodically when the political situation is suitable, according to Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov.

Crime | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 14:05

Anti-Mafia Unit Director: 4 Suspects in Burgas Bus Bombing Stayed in Bulgaria

Four people connected to the Burgas bus bombing have stayed in Bulgaria, according to Stanimir Florov, head of the Chief Directorate "Combating Organized Crime".

Crime | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 13:24

New Leaks Expose Bulgarian PM in Past 'Criminal Orientation'

The independent site for investigative journalism Bivol.bg published just before midnight Wednesday new documents from the Buddha police file of Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov.

Crime | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 13:09

Bulgaria Says It Came to Hezbollah Assumption in Mid-January

It was in January 2013 when Bulgarian authorities came to their "well-founded assumption" that Hezbollah may have been involved in last year's terror attack in Burgas last year, according to Bulgaria's Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

Crime | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 13:00

1 of Burgas Bus Bombers 'Was Born in Lebanon' - Report

One of the suspected organizers of last year's terror attack in Burgas was born in Lebanon and then immigrated to Canada with his parents, according to Canadian media.

Crime | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 11:20

Anti-Mafia Police Detain Man over Phone Threat against Bulgaria PM

Officers of Bulgaria's Chief Directorate "Combating Organized Crime" have detained a man who made a phone threat against Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

Crime | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 11:19

Israeli PM Thanks Bulgarian Counterpart for Professional Investigation of Burgas Bombing

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov in a phone conversation for the professional and comprehensive investigation of the July 18 Burgas bus bombing.

Crime | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 09:02

Views on BG

Hezbollah at Europe's Doorstep

What further evidence does the European Union need to declare Hezbollah an international terrorist group?The latest proof comes from Bulgaria.

Views on BG | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 17:07

The Shadow War Between Iran and Israel: The Bulgaria Front

Raymonde Siboni saw the bus driver come apart in front of her.

Views on BG | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 13:00

World

Turkey Tells US Ambassador to 'Mind His Business'

Turkey bluntly told the US ambassador on Thursday to stop meddling in its domestic affairs after he fired off a strident attack on the country's justice system.

World | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 20:32

Pussy Riot Appeal Conviction at European Court of Human Rights

Pussy Riot members, who were sentenced to two years of imprisonment for staging a protest in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral last year, are contesting their convictions in the European Court of Human Rights.

World | February 7, 2013, Thursday // 14:24