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Business

Bulgaria's Labor Minister: Maternity Benefits Can Increase if Leave Is Shortened

Deyana Kostadinova, caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labor and Social Policy, has said that in order to increase maternity benefits, the period of paid parental leave must be shortened.

Business | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 19:45

Completion Date of Bulgaria's Trakia Highway Postponed to mid-June

The final section of Bulgaria's Trakia highway connecting the southeastern cities of Yambol and Karnobat will not be ready by the completion date, March 31, according to Ekaterina Zaharieva, caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Regional Development Ministe

Business | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 17:24

Sales of Cigarettes in Bulgaria Fell 3-4% after Smoking Ban

The average effective excise duty rate on cigarettes in Bulgaria went up 4.6-fold in the period 2005 – 2013, causing average cigarette prices to rise 3.3-fold from end-2004 until present, according to an analysis of Industry Watch.

Business | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 16:48

OMV Buys RWE Stake in Nabucco Gas Pipeline Project

Austrian energy group OMV has bought the 16.67% stake of German power utility RWE in the Nabucco gas pipeline project.

Business » Energy | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 15:26

Politics

EU Moves to Tackle Tax Evasion

The finance ministers of the six biggest economies in the European Union have made a unanimous decision to fight together against tax evasion and "tax havens.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 10:11

Bulgarian Socialists Deny Collusion on Making Kristalina Georgieva Prime Minister

The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has rejected claims that it is conducting secret negotiations won how to make Bulgaria's current EU Commissioner,  Kristalina Georgieva, the next Prime Minister.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 18:43

Ex Regional Minister: Far-Left Rule to End EU Funds for Bulgaria

There is a serious threat for EU funds already negotiated for Bulgaria if the extreme left comes to power after the May 12 snap general elections, according to former Regional Minister, Lilyana Pavlova.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 14:49

Varna Demonstrators Boo GERB's Election Hopefuls

Disgruntled residents of Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna booed Sunday former Regional Minister, Lilyana Pavlova, who is leading the ticket of the centrist GERB party.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 14:24

Bulgarian PR Expert: Lobbyism Is Easy to Spot

Political lobbyism is very easy to catch and expose, says leading Bulgarian PR expert Maxim Behar.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 13:55

Ex Bulgarian Foreign Minister: Borisov Must Thank Me for Every Ribbon He Cut

Former Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, must have kissed my right hand every time he cut a ribbon for an infrastructure project, says ex Bulgarian Foreign Minister, Solomon Passy.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 12:57

Society

Top Bulgarian Socialist to Tie Knot after Elections

The leader of the European Socialists, Bulgarian Socialists and former Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev, will tie the knot with girlfriend Monika Yanova after the May 12 snap general elections.

Society | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 12:01

Sofia Residents Rally against Municipal Companies

Sofia residents are staging Sunday a protest rally against the heating utility and other municipal companies.

Society | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 11:00

3.2-Magnitude Earthquake Registered near Bulgaria's Topolovgrad

A 3.2-magnitude earthquake was registered Saturday afternoon near the southeastern Bulgarian town of Topolovgrad, according to reports of the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

Society » Environment | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 19:09

Crime

Prosecutor Claims Bulgaria 'Buried' Murder Committed by Son of Libyan Diplomat

A 2004 murder case, in which the son of then Libyan Ambassador in Sofia has been the prime suspect, has been "crushed" and "buried" by Bulgarian magistrates.

Crime | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 10:39

World

Bus Crashes in Belgium, 5 Dead

A bus has crashed near the port city of Antwerp, Belgium, Sunday, killing at least five people and leaving five more critically injured.

World | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 13:30

Croatia Holds First EP Elections

Croatians are going to the polls Sunday to elect their first ever Members of the European Parliament.

World | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 12:30

Venezuela Elects Chavez' Successor

Almost 19 million Venezuelans are voting Sunday to elect a successor to Hugo Chavez.

World | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 11:32
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