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ARCHIVE - 30 April 2013

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Business

Bulgaria's Govt Reports 5% Red Tape Reduction
Norway's Telenor Vows Key Changes to Bulgaria's 2nd Largest Telecom
Euro Area Unemployment Rate Climbs Slightly to 12.1% in March
Tax Freedom Day to Arrive for Bulgarians on May 1
Bulgarian Renewable Energy Producers Demand Resignation of Caretaker Minister

Politics

Bulgarian President to Honor Anti-Defamation League Centennary
Outstanding Debts of Bulgarian Municipalities Shrink to BGN 156.6 M
Roman Vasilev to Act as Interim Sofia City Prosecutor
Bulgaria Top Cop Admonishes Politicians to Not Comment Wiretapping
Bulgarian PM: Predecessor Borisov Is 'Victimized' by Wiretapping
PM: Wiretapping Probe Shows Working Bulgarian Democracy
Bulgarian Cabinet to Brave It, Voice Position on Wiretapping
Bulgaria's Ex Top Cop Too Busy to Study Prosecution's Incriminating Statement
Bulgaria's Ex Top Cop: Election Campaign Spiraled Out of Control
Prosecutors: Bulgarian Ex-Interior Min Responsible for Illegal Snooping
Bulgaria's Ex Ruling Party Wants Part in Election Parallel Count
Expert Predicts 20-Seat Margin in Favor of Bulgaria's GERB
Ex Bulgarian Ruling Party MP Lashes Out against GERB 'Snooping, Racketeering'
Unperturbed Bulgarian Ex Top Cop Vows Election Victory
Bulgarian Parties Scrap Feuds, Unite for Fair Elections against Ex Rulers GERB

Society

Bulgarian Police Take Measures to Ease Heavy Easter Traffic

Sports

Russian Champions Zenit Said to Fancy Berbatov
Bulgarian Rhythmic Gymnast's Impressive Routine Goes Viral

Crime

Bulgaria Renews Investigation into Wrecked Hera Ship

World

ECHR: Ukraine Violated Tymoshenko's Rights
Willem-Alexander Succeeds Mother Beatrix to Become New Dutch King
New Deadly Attack Blasts Syrian Capital Damascus
FBI Agents Search Home of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Widow

Business

Bulgaria's Govt Reports 5% Red Tape Reduction

Bulgaria's caretaker government has adopted a report on the implementation by end-2012 of the second action plan for reducing the administrative burden by 20% for the period 2012-2014.

Business | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 17:21

Norway's Telenor Vows Key Changes to Bulgaria's 2nd Largest Telecom

The new owners of Bulgarian mobile operator Globul have announced plans for substantial changes at the company.

Business | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 15:26

Euro Area Unemployment Rate Climbs Slightly to 12.1% in March

The euro area unemployment rate advanced to 12.1% in March from 12% in the previous two months, according to Eurostat.

Business » Finance | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 15:32

Tax Freedom Day to Arrive for Bulgarians on May 1

Bulgarians stop "working for the government" for this year on Wednesday,  May 1.

Business » Finance | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 13:59

Bulgarian Renewable Energy Producers Demand Resignation of Caretaker Minister

The Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) has called for the resignation of Asen Vasilev, caretaker Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, over discriminatory treatment of renewable energy producers.

Business » Energy | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 16:27

Politics

Bulgarian President to Honor Anti-Defamation League Centennary

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is on an official trip to the US to take part in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Anti-Defamation League Tuesday.

Politics » Diplomacy | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 08:12

Outstanding Debts of Bulgarian Municipalities Shrink to BGN 156.6 M

Outstanding debts of Bulgarian municipalities amounted to BGN 156.6 M by March 31, 2013, down by BGN 40 M from the same period of 2012, according to statistics of the Finance Ministry.

Politics » Domestic | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 19:09

Roman Vasilev to Act as Interim Sofia City Prosecutor

Roman Vasilev will replace Nikolay Kokinov at the post of Sofia City Prosecutor until a successor is appointed.

Politics » Domestic | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 18:02

Bulgaria Top Cop Admonishes Politicians to Not Comment Wiretapping

Bulgarian politicians should refrain from making inflammatory comments and let the prosecution and police do their work in the ongoing wiretapping scandal, according to Interior Minister Petya Parvanova.

Politics » Domestic | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 13:34

Bulgarian PM: Predecessor Borisov Is 'Victimized' by Wiretapping

Caretaker Bulgarian PM Marin Raykov has refused to comment his predecessor Boyko Borisov's behavior in a recently leaked controversial recorded conversation, which according to him is unfair to the ex PM.

Politics » Domestic | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 12:58

PM: Wiretapping Probe Shows Working Bulgarian Democracy

Political actors are trying to reap dividends from flaring the ongoing wiretapping scandal in Bulgaria, while institutions are resolutely doing their job, stated Bulgaria's caretaker PM Marin Raykov.

Politics » Domestic | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 12:08

Bulgarian Cabinet to Brave It, Voice Position on Wiretapping

Bulgarian caretaker PM Marin Raykov and Interior Minister Gen Petya Parvanova are expected Tuesday to reveal their position to a recently leaked scandalous conversation among present and past senior state officials.

Politics » Domestic | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 08:44

Bulgaria's Ex Top Cop Too Busy to Study Prosecution's Incriminating Statement

Bulgaria's former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told journalists Tuesday that he needed time to study the incriminating statement of the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office before offering comments.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 20:47

Bulgaria's Ex Top Cop: Election Campaign Spiraled Out of Control

Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Former Interior Minister and deputy chair of center-right party GERB, has refused to offer concrete comments on the announcement of the prosecuting authority that there was sufficient evidence indicating that he had committed a crime.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 20:11

Prosecutors: Bulgarian Ex-Interior Min Responsible for Illegal Snooping

The Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office has established that former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has committed a crime, as he has been deemed responsible for the illegal wiretapping done by the Interior Ministry.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 16:34

Bulgaria's Ex Ruling Party Wants Part in Election Parallel Count

Bulgaria's former ruling party GERB have requested to take part in an initiative annouced by the former opposition to peform a parallel count of the May 12 general elections.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 14:53

Expert Predicts 20-Seat Margin in Favor of Bulgaria's GERB

Bulgaria’s center-right GERB party will win approximately 100 seats in Parliament at the upcoming elections in May, according to Mihail Konstantinov, a mathematician and former head of state-owned IT company Information Services.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 12:47

Ex Bulgarian Ruling Party MP Lashes Out against GERB 'Snooping, Racketeering'

Ivan Petrov, MP in Bulgaria's last Parliament from former ruling GERB party, has voiced strong criticisms against anti-democratic practices which according to him are rampant in the party.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 10:56

Unperturbed Bulgarian Ex Top Cop Vows Election Victory

The center-right GERB party, which ruled Bulgaria 2009-13, goes at the May 12 early elections for nothing less than a clear victory, stated GERB campaign manager Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 10:27

Bulgarian Parties Scrap Feuds, Unite for Fair Elections against Ex Rulers GERB

All major Bulgarian political parties, except former ruling GERB, have teamed up in an unprecedented move to organize a parallel ballot count in the upcoming May 12 general elections.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 09:26

Society

Bulgarian Police Take Measures to Ease Heavy Easter Traffic

The Bulgarian police have said they have taken up a number of measures intended to facilitate heavy traffic in the country expected May 1-6.

Society | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 09:04

Sports

Russian Champions Zenit Said to Fancy Berbatov

Russian champions Zenit St. Petersburg are once again eager to snap up Fulham’s Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov, according to a Russian media report.

Sports | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 17:47

Bulgarian Rhythmic Gymnast's Impressive Routine Goes Viral

A 2008 ball routine from Bulgarian rhythmic gymnast Boyanka Angelova, which was uploaded just a few days ago, has turned out to be a viral sensation.

Sports | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 13:16

Crime

Bulgaria Renews Investigation into Wrecked Hera Ship

Bulgaria has decided to renew its investigation into the wreckage of the Hera ship, , which sank in 2014 with 17 Bulgarians onboard near the Bosphorus strait.

Crime | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 16:20

World

ECHR: Ukraine Violated Tymoshenko's Rights

Ukraine's pre-trial detention of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in 2011 was illegal and her rights to a legal review and compensation were violated, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

World | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 14:43

Willem-Alexander Succeeds Mother Beatrix to Become New Dutch King

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated on Tuesday, handing over to her eldest son, Willem-Alexander.

World | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 11:58

New Deadly Attack Blasts Syrian Capital Damascus

An explosion has gone off in the center of Syrian capital Damascus Tuesday, with people killed, according to inital reports.

World | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 11:51

FBI Agents Search Home of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Widow

FBI agents have visited Katherine Russell, the widow of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, at her family’s home in North Kingstown, R.

World | April 30, 2013, Tuesday // 11:21
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