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ARCHIVE - 17 April 2013

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Business

Bulgaria's M3 Grabs SABRE Award for Best Corporate Website
Bulgarian Deputy-PM to Visit 'Key Partner' Qatar
French Retailer Carrefour Stops Payments to Bulgarian Suppliers
Romania Sells 15% Stake of Transgaz

Politics

Bulgarian President among 2 Heads of State at Thatcher Funeral, Obama Skips
US Ambassador Thanks Bulgarians for Boston Tragedy Support
Bulgaria to Fully Absorb EU Rural Development Funding by end-2013
EU Liberals: Wiretapping in Bulgaria Imperils Democracy
Brussels Reimburses Subsidies for Bulgarian Grain Producers
Swoboda Urges EC to Investigate Bulgarian Wiretapping Scandal
Reshuffles Await Bulgaria's Economy, Energy Ministry
Bulgarian PM Almost Worried by Wiretapping Scandal
Bulgaria Sacks Food Safety Agency Head
Police Chief Denies Claims of Illegal Snooping in Bulgaria
Prosecution Summons Notorious Ex GERB MP over Vote Buying
'Army' of Security Guards Protects Bulgaria's Ex-Interior Min
Bulgaria's GERB Slightly Ahead of Socialists in New Poll
Bulgarian Election Board to Hold 3rd Sitting

Society

Chief Police Secretary Interrogated by Bulgarian Prosecutors
Bulgarian Ombudsman: Someone Must Be Jailed for Snooping
Bulgaria's Audit Office: No Oversight of Bansko Ski Zone Concession for 10 Years
France Backs Bokova for 2nd Term as UNESCO Head

Crime

Bulgarian Prosecution Checks Senior Police Director on Drug Trafficking Signal
Bulgarian Investigative Journalist Receives Death Threat

World

Assad: West Will Pay Dear for Funding Al-Qaeda
US Recommends Recount of Venezuela Presidential Vote
Following Boston Bombing, Obama Receives 'Suspicious' Letter
British Queen Presides over Thatcher Funeral
2 Rockets Land in Southern Israel, No Injuries
Thatcher Funeral Procession Starts
US Rules out 'Broader Plot' behind Boston Bombing
Thatcher Supporters Gather Ahead of Funeral Procession
Ricin-Tainted Letter Sent to US Senator
Boston Marathon Bombs Were Fashioned Out of Pressure Cookers
UK, World to Bid Farewell to Margaret Thatcher

Novinite Insider

Hill+Knowlton Digital Director Europe Arve Overland: Facebook Should Police Activities in Bulgaria
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Business

Bulgaria's M3 Grabs SABRE Award for Best Corporate Website

Bulgaria's largest PR company M3 Communications Group, Inc. has received the 2012 Best Corporate Website title for its www.m3bg.com page from the SABRE Awards jury.

Business | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 16:00

Bulgarian Deputy-PM to Visit 'Key Partner' Qatar

Qatar is a key partner to Bulgaria, which has the potential to take part in specific infrastructure projects, said Bulgarian caretaker PM Marin Raykov.

Business | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 14:28

French Retailer Carrefour Stops Payments to Bulgarian Suppliers

The Greek representative of French retail group Carrefour, MarinopoulosGroup, has stopped payments to suppliers in Bulgaria due to temporary financial difficulties.

Business | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 12:35

Romania Sells 15% Stake of Transgaz

Romania raised over RON 315 M, or EUR 72 M, from the sale of a 15% stake in gas transmission company Transgaz.

Business » Energy | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 16:50

Politics

Bulgarian President among 2 Heads of State at Thatcher Funeral, Obama Skips

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev was one of the two acting heads of state who attended Wednesday's ceremonial funeral of former British PM Margaret Thatcher.

Politics » Diplomacy | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 17:19

US Ambassador Thanks Bulgarians for Boston Tragedy Support

US Ambassador in Sofia Marcie Ries has issued Wednesday a special statement thanking Bulgarian people for the support in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tradegy.

Politics » Diplomacy | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 12:46

Bulgaria to Fully Absorb EU Rural Development Funding by end-2013

Rumen Porozhanov, Executive Director of the State Fund Agriculture, has vowed that Bulgaria will not lose more EU funds under the Rural Development Program.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 18:20

EU Liberals: Wiretapping in Bulgaria Imperils Democracy

The liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament has issuing a strong statement of concern regarding the ongoing wiretapping scandal involving previous Bulgarian Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 15:56

Brussels Reimburses Subsidies for Bulgarian Grain Producers

The EU subsidies for Bulgarian grain producers have been deposited in the country's fiscal reserve, announced Rumen Porozhanov, executive director of the State Fund Agriculture (SFA).

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 13:59

Swoboda Urges EC to Investigate Bulgarian Wiretapping Scandal

Hannes Swoboda, president of the European Parliament’s S&D Group, has called upon the European Commission to investigate Bulgaria’s latest wiretapping scandal.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 11:15

Reshuffles Await Bulgaria's Economy, Energy Ministry

Bulgarian caretaker Minister of Economy and Energy Asen Vasilev has announced he intends to make some changes of personnel at the ministry.

Politics » Domestic | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 18:28

Bulgarian PM Almost Worried by Wiretapping Scandal

If true, prosecution findings of widespread violations in the Bulgarian police's wiretapping practices would be worrying, said Bulgarian caretaker PM Marin Raykov.

Politics » Domestic | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 14:56

Bulgaria Sacks Food Safety Agency Head

The first Director of Bulgaria's Food Safety Agency, Yordan Voynov, has submitted his resignation.

Politics » Domestic | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 14:26

Police Chief Denies Claims of Illegal Snooping in Bulgaria

There is no way policemen have sabotaged the prosecution probe in alleged breaches in the use of special surveillance devices, SRS, according to Kalin Georgiev, Chief Secretary of Bulgaria's Interior Ministry.

Politics » Domestic | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 10:34

Prosecution Summons Notorious Ex GERB MP over Vote Buying

The Prosecutor's Office has summoned Emil Dimitrov, former controversial Member of the Parliament from the centrist Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, over information of violation of voters' rights.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 15:17

'Army' of Security Guards Protects Bulgaria's Ex-Interior Min

No fewer than 15 security guards on state payroll are protecting Bulgaria’s former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov day and night, according to a local paper.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 12:15

Bulgaria's GERB Slightly Ahead of Socialists in New Poll

Bulgaria’s center-right GERB and the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) are tied in voting intentions ahead of the May 12 general elections, with GERB having a slight edge, according to a fresh poll.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 09:18

Bulgarian Election Board to Hold 3rd Sitting

Bulgaria’s ad hoc election board is to hold its third sitting in the country’s Council of Ministers on Wednesday.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 08:41

Society

Chief Police Secretary Interrogated by Bulgarian Prosecutors

Kalin Georgiev, Chief Secretary of Bulgaria's Interior Ministry, has been questioned by the Prosecutor's Office.

Society | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 16:42

Bulgarian Ombudsman: Someone Must Be Jailed for Snooping

Bulgaria's Ombudsman, Konstantin Penchev, is asking for a broader Court control on the permits for the use of special surveillance devices in the country.

Society | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 12:04

Bulgaria's Audit Office: No Oversight of Bansko Ski Zone Concession for 10 Years

Bulgaria's Environment Ministry exercised inefficient control over the implementation of the concession contract for the Bansko ski zone during the first ten years of the concession period, according to the National Audit Office.

Society » Environment | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 15:42

France Backs Bokova for 2nd Term as UNESCO Head

France has praised the job done by UNESCO’s Director General, Bulgarian Irina Bokova, hinting that she should be left in place for another four-year term at the helm of the organization.

Society » Culture | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 13:40

Crime

Bulgarian Prosecution Checks Senior Police Director on Drug Trafficking Signal

Bulgarian prosecution authorities have announced they have received copies of what is claimed to be classified police documents implicating police anti-organized crime unit head Stanimir Florov in facilitating drug trafficking.

Crime | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 20:11

Bulgarian Investigative Journalist Receives Death Threat

Investigative Bulgarian journalist, Hristo Hristov, whose work focuses on the secret files of the former Communist State Security, DS, has received an anonymous death threat.

Crime | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 13:17

World

Assad: West Will Pay Dear for Funding Al-Qaeda

Embattled Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has given an interview sharply renewing criticism of what he called Western countries' help of Al-Qaeda in Syria and elsewhere.

World | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 20:51

US Recommends Recount of Venezuela Presidential Vote

The USA are not prepared to recognize newly-elected Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, stated US Secretary of State John Kerry.

World | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 19:25

Following Boston Bombing, Obama Receives 'Suspicious' Letter

A letter addressed to US President Barack Obama and containing a "suspicious" substance, has been intercepted outside the White House, informed world agencies.

World | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 18:36

British Queen Presides over Thatcher Funeral

The solemn ceremony in honor of the late British PM Margaret Thatcher, held in London Wednesday in the attendance of more than 2,000 dignitaries from around the world, is now over.

World | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 16:39

2 Rockets Land in Southern Israel, No Injuries

Two rockets fired from Egypt's Sinai peninsula struck Israel's resort city of Eilat onWednesday, causing no casualties or damage.

World | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 14:41

Thatcher Funeral Procession Starts

A gun carriage bearing former British PM Margaret Thatcher's coffin is making its way to St Paul's Cathedral in a ceremonial procession to her funeral.

World | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 12:53

US Rules out 'Broader Plot' behind Boston Bombing

US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has stated that the deadly explosions in Boston which killed 3 people and injured 176 were not part of a broader plot.

World | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 11:20

Thatcher Supporters Gather Ahead of Funeral Procession

Supporters of former UK PM Margaret Thatcher have started lining the streets of London in their thousands, with some camping out overnight to get the best views of her funeral procession.

World | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 10:51

Ricin-Tainted Letter Sent to US Senator

A letter that has tested positive for the lethal toxin ricin or another poisonous substance has been posted to a US Republican senator.

World | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 09:58

Boston Marathon Bombs Were Fashioned Out of Pressure Cookers

The twin bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon were likely carried to the scene in dark nylon bags and fashioned out of pressure cookers, authorities have stated.

World | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 08:05

UK, World to Bid Farewell to Margaret Thatcher

The funeral of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will take place on Wednesday, April 17.

World | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 07:14

Novinite Insider

Hill+Knowlton Digital Director Europe Arve Overland: Facebook Should Police Activities in Bulgaria

Interview with Arve Overland, Digital Practice Director Europe at Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Novinite Insider » Interview | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 20:38

Too Small to Fail

A ‘bail-in’ saved Cyprus. But dark days are ahead.

Novinite Insider » Expert Voices | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 13:34
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