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Business

Bulgaria's Energy Watchdog Oks Lower Gas Prices
Bulgaria Police, Watchdog Storm Power Distributors Offices
Bulgarian Watchdog Launches Collusion Probe of Power Distributors
Bulgaria's Caretaker Deputy PM: Electricity Market Liberalization Will Not Increase Prices
Bulgaria's Energy Watchdog to Announce Q2, 2013 Gas Prices

Politics

Bulgaria to Open Honorary Consulate in Stuttgart
UK Not Afraid of Bulgarian Influx, Envoy Says
Bulgaria to Reveal Fresh Evidence on Burgas Bombing
Employees of Bulgaria's Port Varna Stage Protest
Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt to Earmark Resources to Help Poorest
Bulgarian Ex-PM Tells Party 'Not to Lie' Ahead of Elections

Society

Bulgaria Caretaker Govt Allocates BGN 41 M to Help Low-Income Households
Minivan Carrying 6 Children Overturns in NE Bulgaria, No Victims

Sports

UEFA Urges Referees to Abandon Matches in Case of Racism
Agent Puts GBP 2 M Price Tag on Sought-after Bulgaria Winger

Crime

Sofia's Main Courthouse Closed over Bomb Threat Yet Again
Masked Men Attempt Bank Robbery in Bulgaria's Pernik

Views on BG

Here Come the Romanians - or Not? Talk of a Housing Crisis is a Scare Story

Quotes

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World

Cyprus FM: Capital Controls May Last a Month
Economists: Cyprus May Keep Capital Curbs for Months
Cyprus President Cuts Salary by 25%, Ministers Follow Suit
Brussels Backs Unprecedented Capital Curbs in Cyprus
Putin Orders Surprise Black Sea Military Drills
Cyprus - First Eurozone Member to Bring in Capital Controls
Cypriot Banks Reopen with Tough Limits on Transactions
Cyprus Stock Exchange to Remain Closed
Cyprus Banks to Reopen amid Tight Restrictions, Security Measures

Business

Bulgaria's Energy Watchdog Oks Lower Gas Prices

Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) announced Thursday new, lower gas prices as of the second quarter of 2013, confirming expectations.

Business » Energy | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 19:59

Bulgaria Police, Watchdog Storm Power Distributors Offices

Police and anti-monopoly watchdog representatives have raided the premises of the three power distributors operating in Bulgaria - CEZ, EVN, and Energo Pro.

Business » Energy | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 17:51

Bulgarian Watchdog Launches Collusion Probe of Power Distributors

Petko Nikolov, Chair of Bulgaria's Commission for Protection of Competition (KZK), has said that the watchdog has launched new procedures against power distributors.

Business » Energy | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 15:17

Bulgaria's Caretaker Deputy PM: Electricity Market Liberalization Will Not Increase Prices

Ekaterina Zaharieva, caretaker Deputy Minister, has assured that the liberalization of the electricity market in Bulgaria will not result in increased electricity prices.

Business » Energy | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 12:36

Bulgaria's Energy Watchdog to Announce Q2, 2013 Gas Prices

Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) is to announce Thursday gas prices for the second quarter of 2013.

Business » Energy | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 08:56

Politics

Bulgaria to Open Honorary Consulate in Stuttgart

Bulgaria is to open an honorary consulate in Stuttgart, Germany, the government in Sofia decided on Thursday.

Politics » Diplomacy | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 17:02

UK Not Afraid of Bulgarian Influx, Envoy Says

British Ambassador to Bulgaria Jonathan Allen has refuted rumors that his country is afraid of a Bulgarian "influx" once labor restrictions are lifted at the end of 2013.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 15:59

Bulgaria to Reveal Fresh Evidence on Burgas Bombing

Bulgaria's caretaker Prime Minister Marin Raykov has announced that his country will present new evidence on last year's bus bombing in the Black Sea city of Burgas that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 11:58

Employees of Bulgaria's Port Varna Stage Protest

Workers at Bulgaria's largest Black Sea port, Port Varna, will stage a new protest Thursday to oppose a project for converting a large portion of the port to pedestrian use.

Politics » Domestic | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 09:52

Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt to Earmark Resources to Help Poorest

Bulgaria's caretaker government will announce Thursday the money it will allocate from the budget for measures to assist low-income groups.

Politics » Domestic | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 08:39

Bulgarian Ex-PM Tells Party 'Not to Lie' Ahead of Elections

Bulgaria's former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has told the senior officials in his center-right GERB party not to tell a single lie during the campaign for the upcoming snap elections, according to former Economy Minister Delyan Dobrev.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 13:25

Society

Bulgaria Caretaker Govt Allocates BGN 41 M to Help Low-Income Households

Bulgaria's caretaker government has allocated BGN 41 M for measures to help low-income households through employment programs, compensations and benefits.

Society | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 13:39

Minivan Carrying 6 Children Overturns in NE Bulgaria, No Victims

A minivan carrying children overturned Thursday morning on the road connecting the northeastern Bulgarian village of Sevar and the town of Kubrat, without causing serious injuries.

Society | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 11:25

Sports

UEFA Urges Referees to Abandon Matches in Case of Racism

During a meeting in Bulgaria's capital Sofia, UEFA called upon referees to stop matches when there are incidents of racism.

Sports | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 16:58

Agent Puts GBP 2 M Price Tag on Sought-after Bulgaria Winger

Bulgarian international winger Aleksandar Tonev will cost around GBP 2 M, according to his agent.

Sports | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 12:46

Crime

Sofia's Main Courthouse Closed over Bomb Threat Yet Again

The main courthouse in Bulgaria's capital Sofia was closed once again on Thursday due to an anonymous bomb threat.

Crime | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 10:12

Masked Men Attempt Bank Robbery in Bulgaria's Pernik

Shortly after 4am on Thursday, a group of armed men have tried to break into a bank office in the western town of Pernik.

Crime | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 08:10

Views on BG

Here Come the Romanians - or Not? Talk of a Housing Crisis is a Scare Story

An official petition to halt the free entry of Bulgarians and Romanians into Britain from January next year has already gained 130,000 signatures.

Views on BG | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 10:20

Quotes

Today's Quote

"If the Bank of Cyprus collapses, all the small business, the large businesses, everything collapses.

Quotes | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 20:19

World

Cyprus FM: Capital Controls May Last a Month

Restrictions on cash withdrawals, money transfers and the movement of cash in and out of Cyprus could remain in place for a month, the foreign minister says.

World | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 20:33

Economists: Cyprus May Keep Capital Curbs for Months

The unprecedented capital control measures, which crisis-hit Cyprus introduced, may not be as temporary as the ministry of finance claims, economists have warned.

World | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 19:25

Cyprus President Cuts Salary by 25%, Ministers Follow Suit

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has decided to cut his own salary by 25%, a presidential aide announced on Thursday.

World | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 17:24

Brussels Backs Unprecedented Capital Curbs in Cyprus

The European Commission has justified the introduction of unprecedented restrictions on capital in Cyprus, even though they are widely seen as a profound breach of an EU principle.

World | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 15:12

Putin Orders Surprise Black Sea Military Drills

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a large-scale military exercise in the Black Sea region without prior warning, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

World | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 14:46

Cyprus - First Eurozone Member to Bring in Capital Controls

Cyprus has become the first eurozone member country to bring in capital controls as its banks reopened on Thursday amid tough curbs.

World | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 14:28

Cypriot Banks Reopen with Tough Limits on Transactions

Banks in Cyprus have reopened after a two-week closure sparked by discussions on an EU-IMF bailout.

World | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 13:38

Cyprus Stock Exchange to Remain Closed

The Cypriot Stock Exchange (CSE) has extended its almost two-week shutdown after the country placed controls on currency transactions to prevent a run on deposits when banks reopen on Thursday.

World | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 11:14

Cyprus Banks to Reopen amid Tight Restrictions, Security Measures

Banks in Cyprus will reopen Thursday noon for six hours, amid tight security measures, after being closed for 12 days to prevent a bank run during the negotiations on a bailout deal.

World | March 28, 2013, Thursday // 10:55
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