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ARCHIVE - 23 April 2013

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Business

Bulgaria 4th Global Source of Cyberattacks for 2012 - Study
Bulgaria's State Railways Company Posted Losses of BGN 22 M in 2012
Lufthansa with EUR 15 M in Losses over Strike
Watchdog to Announce 4% Decrease in Water Prices in Sofia
Bulgarian Taxpayers Shell 1 B for Illegal Electricity Export
Citigroup to Organize Refinancing of BNP Paribas Loan of Bulgaria's Power Co
Bulgarian Energy Holding Welcomes 2 New Board Members
Sofia Ranked again Europe's Most Affordable City

Politics

Bulgaria Shows Denmark Thracian Gold, Looks for Energy Efficiency
Energy Efficiency High on Agenda as Bulgarian President Visits Denmark
Bulgaria Appoints New Food Safety Agency Head
3 Bulgarian Police Directors Charged with Malfeasance over Wiretapping Scandal
New Protests to Block Bulgaria-Greece Border Crossing at Zlatograd
After Interrogation, Bulgaria's GERB Strongman Returns to Campaign
Bulgarian Parliament Ex Chief: GERB Party Ensured Economic Prosperity
Bulgarian MEP Vows to Alert Prosecution of GERB's Abuses

Society

Bulgarian Court Rules against Info Blackout on Govt Airbus Misuse
Bulgarian Businessman Buys Ultra Expensive Vienna Apartment

Sports

Bulgaria's Pironkova Puts End to Losing Streak

Crime

Bulgarian Ex-Top Cop Remains Tight Lipped on Wiretapping
Abductors Treated Bulgarian 'Cocaine King''s Daughter Nice - Report
Bulgaria Ex Interior Min: Framed Police Director Is Childhood Buddy
After Interrogation, Ex-Top Cop Lauds Charged Bulgarian Police Director
Reports Intensify That Iranian Agent Was Busted in Sofia in 2012
Bulgarian Ex-Top Cop Interrogated by Prosecutors for Over 4 H
Bulgarian Police Asked to Tackle Threat against Journalist
Bulgaria's Ex-Interior Minister Braces for Wiretapping Interrogation
Shot Bulgarian Mobster 'Baretata' Released from Hospital
Bulgarian Prosecutors Interrogate Ex Interior Minister

Views on BG

David Cameron Urged to Act over Bulgarian Immigration Plans

Quotes

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World

Israel Says Syria Using Chemical Weapons
FBI Faces Scrutiny over Handling of 2011 Boston Suspect Tip
Libya Condemns Terror Attack on French Embassy
At Least 26 Dead in Northern Iraq Clashes
Late Tsarnaev Brother Linked to Triple Murder 'Cold File'
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Says Tamerlan Was Driving Force in Bombing
Canada Thwarts Terror Plot on Passenger Train
Car Bomb Explodes outside French Embassy in Tripoli

Witness Account

Bulgaria's Angry Young People: We Rallied for Our Kids' Future

Business

Bulgaria 4th Global Source of Cyberattacks for 2012 - Study

Relatively small neighbors Romania and Bulgaria have made it to the top 4 sources of threats in Verizon's yearly report on cyberattacks for 2012.

Business | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 20:06

Bulgaria's State Railways Company Posted Losses of BGN 22 M in 2012

Bulgaria's State Railways Company (BDZ) ran up losses of BGN 22 M in 2012, according to the unaudited report of the company presented during a sitting of the public council at the Ministry of of Transport, Information Technology and Communications.

Business | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 15:18

Lufthansa with EUR 15 M in Losses over Strike

The Lufthansa strike that grounded about 1 700 flights on Monday has cost the German flag carrier EUR 15 M in losses.

Business | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 12:41

Watchdog to Announce 4% Decrease in Water Prices in Sofia

Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) is to approve Tuesday аn updated water tariff for Sofia.

Business | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 08:20

Bulgarian Taxpayers Shell 1 B for Illegal Electricity Export

Bulgarian taxpayers have been cheated of at least BGN 1 B as their money was used to pay for illegal export of electric power.

Business » Energy | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 13:48

Citigroup to Organize Refinancing of BNP Paribas Loan of Bulgaria's Power Co

Citigroup will organize the refinancing the loan of the National Electric Company (NEK) to BNP Paribas, according to a media statement of the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH).

Business » Energy | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 13:12

Bulgarian Energy Holding Welcomes 2 New Board Members

Bozhan Stoyanov and Todor Shopov have been appointed members of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH).

Business » Energy | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 10:33

Sofia Ranked again Europe's Most Affordable City

Bulgaria's capital Sofia has been named the most affordable tourist destination in Europe in a ranking of Hufftington Post, based on their own research and results of the European 3-Star Traveler Index.

Business » Tourism | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 14:53

Politics

Bulgaria Shows Denmark Thracian Gold, Looks for Energy Efficiency

Denmark will help Bulgaria boost its energy efficiency, stated Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt after meeting Tuesday.

Politics » Diplomacy | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 18:36

Energy Efficiency High on Agenda as Bulgarian President Visits Denmark

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev will embark on a two-day trip to Denmark on Tuesday, his press office has announced.

Politics » Diplomacy | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 11:50

Bulgaria Appoints New Food Safety Agency Head

Ventseslava Taseva will take over as the new Director of Bulgaria’s Food Safety Agency, the government announced on Tuesday.

Politics » Domestic | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 17:46

3 Bulgarian Police Directors Charged with Malfeasance over Wiretapping Scandal

The Sofia City Prosecutor's Office has pressed charges against three former directors of the Specialized Directorate Technical Operations of the Interior Ministry (SDOTO), Sergey Katsarov, Kamen Kostov and Tsvetan Ivanov, and one employee of the unit for

Politics » Domestic | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 14:38

New Protests to Block Bulgaria-Greece Border Crossing at Zlatograd

A new protest has been scheduled for Tuesday at the Zlatograd border crossing point on the border with Greece.

Politics » Domestic | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 09:06

After Interrogation, Bulgaria's GERB Strongman Returns to Campaign

Former Bulgarian ruling party GERB vice-chair and election campaign manager Tsvetan Tsvetanov vowed victory on the May 12 vote at party rally in Blagoevgrad Tuesday evening.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 20:52

Bulgarian Parliament Ex Chief: GERB Party Ensured Economic Prosperity

Bulgaria's former ruling GERB party ensured stable EU funding for SMEs, said former Parliament Speaker Tsetska Tsacheva on a campaign trip for May 12 early elections Tuesday.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 18:17

Bulgarian MEP Vows to Alert Prosecution of GERB's Abuses

Bulgarian independent MEP Slavi Binev pledged Tuesday to make shocking and scandalous revelations of large-scale, blatant embezzlement, committed by senior officials and State servants between 2008 and now.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 17:03

Society

Bulgarian Court Rules against Info Blackout on Govt Airbus Misuse

The Sofia Administrative Court has ruled to revoke the silent refusal of the government to provide information on flights with Bulgaria's "Air Force 1" requested by former Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov.

Society | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 16:30

Bulgarian Businessman Buys Ultra Expensive Vienna Apartment

A Bulgarian businessman has bought one of the most expensive apartments in Vienna.

Society | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 11:43

Sports

Bulgaria's Pironkova Puts End to Losing Streak

Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova broke an 8-game losing streak on Tuesday, as she won against Karolina Pliskova in Marrakesh.

Sports | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 16:08

Crime

Bulgarian Ex-Top Cop Remains Tight Lipped on Wiretapping

Former Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov was questioned for more than 2.5 hours by Bulgaria's special prosecution for organized crime Tuesday.

Crime | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 19:19

Abductors Treated Bulgarian 'Cocaine King''s Daughter Nice - Report

The family of abducted and returned 10-year-old Bulgarian girl Lara Baneva have confirmed they have paid a ransom for her return.

Crime | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 17:01

Bulgaria Ex Interior Min: Framed Police Director Is Childhood Buddy

Bulgarian anti-mafia police unit director Stanimir Florov, who has been charged with facilitating drug traffic, and Bulgarian ex-Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov are childhood friends, according to the latter's admission.

Crime | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 15:54

After Interrogation, Ex-Top Cop Lauds Charged Bulgarian Police Director

Former Bulgarian Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov has emerged from the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office after close to 5 hours of interrogations.

Crime | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 15:05

Reports Intensify That Iranian Agent Was Busted in Sofia in 2012

A Canadian paper has reported that a woman holding a Canadian passport was arrested in the Bulgarian capital Sofia last year, accused of being an Iranian agent monitoring a local Jewish center.

Crime | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 14:39

Bulgarian Ex-Top Cop Interrogated by Prosecutors for Over 4 H

Bulgaria's former Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov has been questioned for some 4.5 hours now by the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office.

Crime | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 14:28

Bulgarian Police Asked to Tackle Threat against Journalist

Over a dozen of prominent Bulgarian public figures are calling on the police to find those behind the recently issued death threat against investigative journalist, Hristo Hristov.

Crime | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 14:21

Bulgaria's Ex-Interior Minister Braces for Wiretapping Interrogation

Bulgaria’s former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, who is currently being questioned by the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office, is to be subjected to one more interrogation on Tuesday.

Crime | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 13:46

Shot Bulgarian Mobster 'Baretata' Released from Hospital

Notorious Bulgarian drug lord Zlatomir Ivanov aka Baretata (The Beret), who lapsed into coma after being shot in downtown Sofia in January, has recovered and has been released from hospital.

Crime | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 13:10

Bulgarian Prosecutors Interrogate Ex Interior Minister

Bulgaria's former Interior Minister in the GERB Cabinet, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, has been summoned for questioning Tuesday morning by the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office.

Crime | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 10:50

Views on BG

David Cameron Urged to Act over Bulgarian Immigration Plans

DAVID CAMERON last night faced demands for urgent action after one in 10 Bulgarians said they planned to head to the UK.

Views on BG | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 11:14

Quotes

Today's Quote

"Truth must triumph. I trust the professionalism of honest and hardworking prosecutors and judges. Stanimir Florov has a significant conribution to the struggle against organized crime in Bulgaria

Quotes | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 16:33

World

Israel Says Syria Using Chemical Weapons

The Syrian government is using chemical weapons against rebel forces, according to an Israeli official.

World | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 17:07

FBI Faces Scrutiny over Handling of 2011 Boston Suspect Tip

The FBI is facing scrutiny from Congress about its handling of a 2011 Russian tip that might have averted the Boston Marathon bombing.

World | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 15:34

Libya Condemns Terror Attack on French Embassy

Libyan authorities have condemned the car bomb attack on the French embassy in Tripoli, describing it as a terrorist act.

World | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 13:07

At Least 26 Dead in Northern Iraq Clashes

At least 26 people have been killed in clashes between security forces and Sunni Arab protesters in Northern Iraq, officials say.

World | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 12:27

Late Tsarnaev Brother Linked to Triple Murder 'Cold File'

Investigators in Boston are probing whether suspected marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have been involved in an unsolved grisly triple homicide of three men.

World | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 12:11

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Says Tamerlan Was Driving Force in Bombing

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in last week’s Boston Marathon bombing, has claimed that his elder brother Tamerlan was the driving force behind the attack, according to a report.

World | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 11:18

Canada Thwarts Terror Plot on Passenger Train

Two foreign men, living in Canada, will appear in court Tuesday for a bail hearing after they were charged with plotting a terrorist attack on a passenger train, with support from al-Qaeda elements in Iran.

World | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 10:20

Car Bomb Explodes outside French Embassy in Tripoli

A car bomb has exploded outside the French Embassy in Tripoli, leaving two security guards injured.

World | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 09:24

Witness Account

Bulgaria's Angry Young People: We Rallied for Our Kids' Future

Maria Georgieva is one of the voices of young Bulgarian protesters, who took to the streets in February.

Witness Account | April 23, 2013, Tuesday // 10:29