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ARCHIVE - 18 July 2013

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Business

Huawei Introduces Ascend P6, World's Slimmest Smartphone, in Bulgaria
Bulgarian Trade Union Head: 100-150 Bulgarian MPs Involved in Green Energy Industry
Bulgaria's Three Power Distributors Face Bankruptcy - Report
Brewers: 96% of Bulgaria's Beer Consumption Is National Production

Politics

French Ambassador 'Visits' Bulgarian Anti-Govt Rally
US Envoy to Bulgaria: It Would be Useful for EU to Blacklist Hezbollah
Bulgaria Expects European Commission Oral Report amid Turmoil
Bulgarians Stage Fresh Massive Anti-Government Rally
Key Center-Right MP to Quit Bulgarian Parliament
Bulgaria's Vice President Urges GERB Party to Return to Parliament
Condition of Dissident Bulgarian Poet Improves after End of Hunger Strike
Sofia Mayor Refuses to Ban Mass Anti-Govt Protests
Tensions in Sofia Escalate, Protesters 'Fire' Tomatoes at MPs
Bulgarian MPs Vow to Reduce Party Subsidies in 2014
Infamous 'Spy' Nominated to Head Bulgarian 'FBI'
Bulgarian Protesters 'Occupy' Downtown Sofia
Bulgarian MPs Surprisingly Scrap 'FBI' Head Vote
Protest Activists Call for 'White' Revolution in Bulgaria

Society

Bulgarian Town Buries 5 Youths Killed in Crash, Parents Inconsolable
Amvrosiy Becomes Varna Interim Metropolitan
Year After Deadly Burgas Bus Bombing, Bulgarians Fear Repetition – Maxim Benvenisti
British Boy’s Paper Olympic Torch Heads to Bulgaria
Search Continues for 2 Bulgarian Miners after Tragic Accident
Bulgaria’s Govt Vows to Tighten Safety Measures in Mines
Bulgaria Marks Birthday of National Hero Levski

Sports

Bulgaria's Star Sokolov: Every World League Match is Hard
Bulgaria Defeats Argentina in Tough FIVB World League Match

Crime

Bulgarians Pay Homage to Burgas Bombing Victims with Minute of Silence
'Amnesia' Strikes Bulgarian Conflict of Interest Watchdog Chair
Gruesome Murder Discovered in Sofia
Bulgaria Marks 1 Year Since Burgas Terror Act

World

Germany Shocked by Navalny Sentence
Leading Russian Dissident Sentenced to 5 Years

Business

Huawei Introduces Ascend P6, World's Slimmest Smartphone, in Bulgaria

Bulgarian smartphone fans have another temptation on the market - Huawei Ascend P6, the slimmest in the world for now.

Business | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 16:04

Bulgarian Trade Union Head: 100-150 Bulgarian MPs Involved in Green Energy Industry

Plamen Dimitrov, head of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria, CITUB, has suggested that plans to curb the capacity of Thermal Power Plant "Bobov Dol" to 850 000 MW during the next regulatory period are technically impossible because

Business » Energy | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 17:15

Bulgaria's Three Power Distributors Face Bankruptcy - Report

The three power distributors operating in Bulgaria, CEZ, EVN and Energo Pro, face de-facto bankruptcy due to the decrease in electricity prices in effect since March 2013, the new rules for purchasing renewable energy, and the obstructions to the reimburs

Business » Energy | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 15:46

Brewers: 96% of Bulgaria's Beer Consumption Is National Production

96% of the beer consumed in Bulgaria in 2012 came from Bulgaria-based plants, making the brewery industry a main contributor to the country’s GDP, according to the Union of Brewers in Bulgaria, SPB.

Business » Industry | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 19:42

Politics

French Ambassador 'Visits' Bulgarian Anti-Govt Rally

The Ambassador of France to Bulgaria, Philippe Autie, has visited Wednesday evening the anti-government protest rally.

Politics » Diplomacy | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 10:23

US Envoy to Bulgaria: It Would be Useful for EU to Blacklist Hezbollah

It would be useful for the European Union to take measures in order to restrict the actions of Hezbollah, US Ambassador to Bulgaria Marcie Ries said in the Black Sea city of Burgas on Thursday.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 15:02

Bulgaria Expects European Commission Oral Report amid Turmoil

The European Commission is expected to present on Thursday an oral presentation on Bulgaria's progress in the spheres of justice and home affairs.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 11:59

Bulgarians Stage Fresh Massive Anti-Government Rally

Thousands of Bulgarians have taken to the streets of the capital Sofia to demand the resignation of the country’s government for a 35th day in a row.

Politics » Domestic | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 20:45

Key Center-Right MP to Quit Bulgarian Parliament

Iskra Fidosova, a key lawmaker from Bulgaria’s opposition center-right GERB party, had decided to leave Parliament and quit her membership in the party’s executive committee.

Politics » Domestic | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 19:17

Bulgaria's Vice President Urges GERB Party to Return to Parliament

Vice President Margarita Popova has urged the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, to return to the Parliament, stressing that a rift is the last thing the country needs at the moment.

Politics » Domestic | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 18:12

Condition of Dissident Bulgarian Poet Improves after End of Hunger Strike

The condition of Edvin Sugarev, the Bulgarian poet who was on an anti-government hunger strike for 22 days, has been gradually stabilizing, his wife, Maria Arsenieva, has told the Bulgarian National Radio.

Politics » Domestic | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 17:36

Sofia Mayor Refuses to Ban Mass Anti-Govt Protests

Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova has refused to abolish the ongoing peaceful anti-government rallies in the Bulgarian capital, despite calls made by the ruling Socialists.

Politics » Domestic | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 15:43

Tensions in Sofia Escalate, Protesters 'Fire' Tomatoes at MPs

The blockade of downtown Sofia staged by the anti-government rally is growing Thursday and tensions are escalating.

Politics » Domestic | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 14:53

Bulgarian MPs Vow to Reduce Party Subsidies in 2014

Bulgarian MPs kept the existing mechanism for distributing state subsidies among political parties, agreeing that a change could be introduced at the beginning of 2014, depending on the condition of the state budget.

Politics » Domestic | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 12:09

Infamous 'Spy' Nominated to Head Bulgarian 'FBI'

Bulgarian Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, has chosen Vladimir Pisanchev as his nomination for director of the State Agency for National Security, DANS.

Politics » Domestic | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 12:07

Bulgarian Protesters 'Occupy' Downtown Sofia

The anti-government rally has led Thursday morning to a blockade of downtown Sofia.

Politics » Domestic | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 10:55

Bulgarian MPs Surprisingly Scrap 'FBI' Head Vote

The Bulgarian Parliament surprisingly postponed Thursday the election of a new director of the State Agency for National Security, DANS.

Politics » Domestic | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 09:52

Protest Activists Call for 'White' Revolution in Bulgaria

Bulgarians are staging once again Thursday the now-traditional coffee-drinking anti-government rally in front of the Parliament building in downtown Sofia.

Politics » Domestic | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 09:10

Society

Bulgarian Town Buries 5 Youths Killed in Crash, Parents Inconsolable

Heartbroken parents of five young Bulgarians, who lost their lives in a horrific car crash, were hardly able to stand on their feet as they bid farewell to their loved ones.

Society | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 14:53

Amvrosiy Becomes Varna Interim Metropolitan

Dorostol metropolitan Amvrosiy has been appointed interim metropolitan of Varna and Veliki Preslav.

Society | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 14:11

Year After Deadly Burgas Bus Bombing, Bulgarians Fear Repetition – Maxim Benvenisti

The bus bombing in the Black Sea city of Burgas, which happened a year ago today and claimed the lives of seven people, instilled fear of repetition, which means that it fulfilled its goal, according to Maxim Benvenisti, head of the organization of Jews i

Society | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 13:11

British Boy’s Paper Olympic Torch Heads to Bulgaria

A paper Olympic torch made by a six-year-old British boy to raise money for charity is heading to Bulgaria on the latest leg of its round-the-world trip, BBC reported.

Society | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 12:42

Search Continues for 2 Bulgarian Miners after Tragic Accident

Rescue workers are still searching for two workers who were trapped after a coal mine collapsed near the town of Simitli in southwestern Bulgaria on Tuesday.

Society | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 08:50

Bulgaria’s Govt Vows to Tighten Safety Measures in Mines

Bulgaria’s government has pledged to improve the working environment in mines in the wake of a tragic rockfall in a coal mine in the southwestern part of the country, that left two miners dead.

Society | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 08:43

Bulgaria Marks Birthday of National Hero Levski

Bulgaria marks Thursday 176 years since the birth of the "all-time greatest Bulgarian" Vasil Levski.

Society | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 08:30

Sports

Bulgaria's Star Sokolov: Every World League Match is Hard

Hours after Bulgaria secured an important victory over Argentina on the opening day of the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals, the team star shared his joy and even greater ambitions.

Sports | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 13:05

Bulgaria Defeats Argentina in Tough FIVB World League Match

Bulgaria has managed to secure an important victory over Argentina in the second match of the opening day of the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals on Wednesday.

Sports | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 09:17

Crime

Bulgarians Pay Homage to Burgas Bombing Victims with Minute of Silence

A commemorative service in honor of the victims of last year’s terror attack in Burgas was held in the Bulgarian Black Sea city on Thursday.

Crime | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 18:29

'Amnesia' Strikes Bulgarian Conflict of Interest Watchdog Chair

Filip Zlatanov, Chair of Bulgaria's Commission on Prevention and Ascertainment of Conflict of Interest (CPACI), has forgotten details of what he has written in his now-infamous notebook.

Crime | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 13:31

Gruesome Murder Discovered in Sofia

A gruesome murder of a woman has been discovered in the Hadzhi Dimitar district in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

Crime | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 11:34

Bulgaria Marks 1 Year Since Burgas Terror Act

Bulgaria is marking Thursday the one year anniversary of the terror act in Burgas.

Crime | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 08:14

World

Germany Shocked by Navalny Sentence

Germany has expressed shock over the controversial five-year prison sentence of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny.

World | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 16:13

Leading Russian Dissident Sentenced to 5 Years

A Russian court has controversially sentenced opposition leader Alexei Navalny to five years in jail on embezzlement charges.

World | July 18, 2013, Thursday // 14:16