ARCHIVE - 8 February 2013

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Business

Maxim Behar in Davos: Last Year for Facebook, New Media Coming!
Bulgarian Court Freezes Assets of State Railways Cargo Unit
Greek Farmers May Block Kulata-Promachonas Border Crossing in Austerity Protest
Bulgarians Too Faithless for Business Start-Ups - Trade Union
15 Bulgarian Cities Stage Protests over Higher Electricity Bills
Construction Works to Obstruct Bulgaria-Greece Traffic in Summer
Bulgaria's Bansko Will Face Unemployment without Urgent Development - Minister
Bulgarian Lures French Tourists with Culture, History

Politics

15 EU States Ready to Support Bulgaria's Burgas Bombing Investigation
Vatican Denies Pope Benedict XVI Plans to Visit Bulgaria
Iran Played No Part in Bulgaria Bomb Attack - Ambassador
US Says Threat from Hezbollah Now Highest in 20 Years
Hezbollah, Lebanon Getting Ready for Israeli Attack - Report
Bulgaria to Receive EUR 15 B in EU Funding 2014-2020
Bulgaria Dissatisfied with Cohesion Funding for 2014-2020 - Report
UKIP MEP Visit to Sofia Incites Bulgarian Politicians Clash
EU Budget Summit Wrestles over Cuts
Bulgaria's Socialists May Embark on 'Anti-Flat Tax' Course ahead of Elections

Society

Cyber Attack Floods again Bulgarian Whistleblowing Site
Bulgaria's Capital Sofia Wakes Up to Fresh Snow
Sofia's Last Ambulance Makes Its Way to Berlinale 2013
Bulgaria Bids Farewell to Prominent Poet Leda Mileva

Crime

Burgas Bombers Entered Bulgaria with Real IDs - Top Cop
Mother of Bulgaria's Berbatov Faces Charges of Hooliganism
Bulgaria Extremely Grateful to Australia, Canada for Burgas Probe Help
Bulgaria Police Bust Crime Ring Involved in Massive VAT Fraud
Broken Rib Halts Bulgaria's 'Octopus' Mega Trial
Eco Activist's Car Set on Fire in Sofia Suburb
Nationalist Leader: Bulgaria Plays Dangerous Game with Hezbollah
UK Finds Bulgarian Midwife Guilty of Misconduct

Views on BG

Bulgarian Charge of Hezbollah Bombing Was an 'Assumption'
NYT: Multinational Search in Bulgaria Blast
*Furious Bulgarians Protest outside British Embassy
The Next Wave?

World

EU Leaders Reach Budget Cut Deal
Blast Kills 54 Military Factory Workers in Syria - Report
New Strong Quake Jolts Solomon Islands

Business

Maxim Behar in Davos: Last Year for Facebook, New Media Coming!

The web has been flooded with new social media already overshadowing Facebook, emblematic Bulgarian PR expert Maxim Behar stated at the opening of the World PR Forum in Davos, "Communication on Top".

Business | February 8, 2013, Friday // 16:56

Bulgarian Court Freezes Assets of State Railways Cargo Unit

The Sofia City Court has ordered a freeze of 100% of the assets of the cargo unit of Bulgarian State Railways company, BDZ Holding.

Business | February 8, 2013, Friday // 14:04

Greek Farmers May Block Kulata-Promachonas Border Crossing in Austerity Protest

Greek farmers have voiced readiness to block the Kulata-Promachonas border crossing with Bulgaria to protest against the government's austerity measures.

Business | February 8, 2013, Friday // 12:04

Bulgarians Too Faithless for Business Start-Ups - Trade Union

Banks in Bulgaria continue to record steady growth in savings, because Bulgarians believe in nothing anymore and steer clear from investments, a trade unionist has said.

Business | February 8, 2013, Friday // 11:32

15 Bulgarian Cities Stage Protests over Higher Electricity Bills

Citizens of over 15 Bulgarian cities plan to stage protests over dramatically higher electricity bills for December.

Business » Energy | February 8, 2013, Friday // 16:30

Construction Works to Obstruct Bulgaria-Greece Traffic in Summer

Bulgaria's Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) has warned that the construction of Lot 4 of the Struma Highway is expected to cause traffic obstructions in the summer.

Business » Tourism | February 8, 2013, Friday // 18:04

Bulgaria's Bansko Will Face Unemployment without Urgent Development - Minister

Delyan Dobrev, Minister of Economy, Energy, and Tourism, has said that the mountain resort of Bansko has reached its full capacity against the backdrop of increasing numbers of tourists.

Business » Tourism | February 8, 2013, Friday // 17:21

Bulgarian Lures French Tourists with Culture, History

The top six French tour operators are going to arrive in Bulgaria in April to learn about the opportunities for cultural and historical tourism in the country.

Business » Tourism | February 8, 2013, Friday // 14:45

Politics

15 EU States Ready to Support Bulgaria's Burgas Bombing Investigation

Bulgaria's European and Euro-Atlantic partners have expressed their support for Bulgaria in the fight against terrorism, according to Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 8, 2013, Friday // 19:20

Vatican Denies Pope Benedict XVI Plans to Visit Bulgaria

The Vatican has denied media reports that Pope Benedict XVI is going to visit Bulgaria next year at the invitation of the Atlantic Club.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 8, 2013, Friday // 14:47

Iran Played No Part in Bulgaria Bomb Attack - Ambassador

Iran has vehemently denied allegations that it participated in the bombing of a bus last year in Bulgaria that killed Israeli tourists.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 8, 2013, Friday // 13:39

US Says Threat from Hezbollah Now Highest in 20 Years

US security officials have warned that the terrorist threat from Hezbollah is at its highest level for 20 years.

Politics » Defense | February 8, 2013, Friday // 14:53

Hezbollah, Lebanon Getting Ready for Israeli Attack - Report

The Lebanese army and Hezbollah are reportedly upping their preparedness in the southern part of Lebanon in response to flyovers by the Israeli Air Force last week.

Politics » Defense | February 8, 2013, Friday // 14:19

Bulgaria to Receive EUR 15 B in EU Funding 2014-2020

Bulgaria is one of the only four EU member states that will receive a bigger net sum from the EU budget in the 2014-2020 period compared to the current programming period.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 8, 2013, Friday // 20:41

Bulgaria Dissatisfied with Cohesion Funding for 2014-2020 - Report

The Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania are dissatisfied with the way cohesion funding is calculated in the draft EU budget proposal for the period 2014-2020, according to reports of a senior member state official.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 8, 2013, Friday // 14:52

UKIP MEP Visit to Sofia Incites Bulgarian Politicians Clash

British MEP Paul Nuttall, deputy leader of the UK Independence Party, gave a press conference in Sofia which turned into a clash between two Bulgarian nationalist politicians.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 8, 2013, Friday // 10:49

EU Budget Summit Wrestles over Cuts

EU leaders have worked through the night to try to agree a budget deal, amid deep divisions over spending priorities for the next seven years, BBC reported.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 8, 2013, Friday // 08:55

Bulgaria's Socialists May Embark on 'Anti-Flat Tax' Course ahead of Elections

The largest opposition party in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Socialist Party, is likely to set out to revise the country's flat 10% corporate and income tax rates at a party congress next week, just months ahead of the upcoming general elections.

Politics » Domestic | February 8, 2013, Friday // 18:15

Society

Cyber Attack Floods again Bulgarian Whistleblowing Site

The independent site for investigative journalism Bivol.bg which published formerly classified documents, revealing that Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, has been a person of interest for the anti-mafia police in the 90s, became subject of a second "floodin

Society | February 8, 2013, Friday // 16:12

Bulgaria's Capital Sofia Wakes Up to Fresh Snow

Bulgaria's capital Sofia woke up Friday morning to freezing cold accompanied by a fresh snow cover, but without record low temperatures.

Society » Environment | February 8, 2013, Friday // 08:29

Sofia's Last Ambulance Makes Its Way to Berlinale 2013

The Bulgarian actors and director of the critically acclaimed documentary "Sofia's Last Ambulance" are due to become part of a cineaste's dream - Berlin International Film Festival.

Society » Culture | February 8, 2013, Friday // 12:57

Bulgaria Bids Farewell to Prominent Poet Leda Mileva

Bulgarians will pay their last respects on Friday to pominent Bulgarian poet, writer, translator, and author of children's literature, Leda Mileva, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 93.

Society » Obituaries | February 8, 2013, Friday // 08:07

Crime

Burgas Bombers Entered Bulgaria with Real IDs - Top Cop

The terrorists who killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver in the city of Burgas last year enter Bulgaria with their real IDs, the country's Interior Minister confirmed Friday.

Crime | February 8, 2013, Friday // 16:21

Mother of Bulgaria's Berbatov Faces Charges of Hooliganism

Margarita Berbatova, mother of Bulgarian football star and Fulham striker, Dimitar Berbatov, is appearing before a judge Friday on charges of disorderly conduct.

Crime | February 8, 2013, Friday // 15:42

Bulgaria Extremely Grateful to Australia, Canada for Burgas Probe Help

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has declared that he is "extremely grateful" to Australia and Canada for their assistance in the Burgas terror attack investigation.

Crime | February 8, 2013, Friday // 15:33

Bulgaria Police Bust Crime Ring Involved in Massive VAT Fraud

An organized crime group for VAT fraud has been busted within a special police operation codenamed "Sweets", according to reports of Bulgaria's Interior Ministry.

Crime | February 8, 2013, Friday // 13:37

Broken Rib Halts Bulgaria's 'Octopus' Mega Trial

The court trial codenamed Octopus was placed on hold Friday for at least a month because one of the defendants has suffered a broken rib after slipping and falling in his bathroom.

Crime | February 8, 2013, Friday // 13:20

Eco Activist's Car Set on Fire in Sofia Suburb

Two automobiles have been set purposely on fire in the affluent Sofia suburb of Boyana overnight.

Crime | February 8, 2013, Friday // 12:35

Nationalist Leader: Bulgaria Plays Dangerous Game with Hezbollah

Bulgaria will pay a high price for announcing Hezbollah may have been involved in last year's terror attack in Burgas, the leader of the country's nationalist party has warned.

Crime | February 8, 2013, Friday // 10:02

UK Finds Bulgarian Midwife Guilty of Misconduct

A British nursing and midwife council panel has found builty on several accounts a Bulgarian midwife after she came close to injecting a new-born baby with an air bubble.

Crime | February 8, 2013, Friday // 09:22

Views on BG

Bulgarian Charge of Hezbollah Bombing Was an 'Assumption'

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov's dramatic announcement Tuesday on the Bulgarian investigation of the July 2012 terror bombing of an Israeli tourist bus was initially reported by Western news media as suggesting clear evidence of Hezbollah's

Views on BG | February 8, 2013, Friday // 16:00

NYT: Multinational Search in Bulgaria Blast

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Law enforcement and intelligence officials from several countries are working to find two presumed Hezbollah members, a Canadian and an Australian, both of Lebanese descent, who are believed to be behind a deadly bombing of a bus full of

Views on BG | February 8, 2013, Friday // 11:34

*Furious Bulgarians Protest outside British Embassy

Hundreds of angry Bulgarians staged an anti-British rally today claiming it was 'arrogant' to assume hoards of eastern Europeans would flock to the UK for free handouts as soon as restrictions are relaxed.

Views on BG | February 8, 2013, Friday // 11:01

The Next Wave?

Rich EU countries fret over all the Romanians and Bulgarians heading their way.

Views on BG | February 8, 2013, Friday // 07:54

World

EU Leaders Reach Budget Cut Deal

European Union leaders have reportedly reached an agreement on the bloc's long-term spending plans until the end of the decade.

World | February 8, 2013, Friday // 18:01

Blast Kills 54 Military Factory Workers in Syria - Report

More than 50 workers at a military factory in central Syria were killed in a bombing earlier this week, according to the London-based oppositional Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

World | February 8, 2013, Friday // 17:45

New Strong Quake Jolts Solomon Islands

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook the Solomon Islands on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

World | February 8, 2013, Friday // 17:07