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ARCHIVE - 23 July 2013

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Business

Sofia Airport EAD Accused of Abusing Dominant Position
Bulgaria Launches 14km Section of Struma Highway
Bulgarian Parliamentary Committees Approve Budget Update amid Intense Booing
Bulgaria's FinMin: Budget Update Will Not Finance Shady Activities
Bulgaria's GERB Party Attends First Reading of Budget Update

Politics

Bulgaria Says Decision on Hezbollah Won't Hurt EU-Lebanon Relations
Hezbollah Slams EU over Blacklisting of Its Military Wing
No Direct Threat for Bulgaria over Blacklisting of Hezbollah - MEP
EC Says It Cannot Force Embattled Bulgarian Govt to Resign
Reding Urges Bulgaria to Deal with Corruption, Oligarchy
Bulgarian Interior Min Pleased over Blacklisting of Hezbollah Armed Wing
Bulgarian Parliament Blockaded by Protesters, 109 People Trapped Inside
Nationalist Party: Sofia Mayor Must Be Penalized for Failing to Rein In Protests
Chair of Bulgaria's Conflict of Interest Watchdog Out, Court Says
Bulgaria's GERB Party to Return to Parliament Thursday
Ruling on Bulgaria's Conflict of Interest Watchdog Chair Due

Society

Economic Crisis Nearly Stifles to Death Bulgaria Birth Rates
Death Toll of Sofia Hellish Taxi Crash Up to Two
Child Injured by Sofia 'Killer' Taxi Cab Dies
Bulgaria to Broil in August, Mercury Up to over 40C
Bulgaria Yet to Decide on Participation in Next Eurovision Contest
Shooting of Star-Packed Expendables 3 to Start in Bulgaria Next Month

Crime

US Revokes Extradition Request for Bulgarian Mother-of-Two
Bulgaria Boasts Progress in Burgas Bombing Investigation

Views on BG

EU Commissioner Viviane Reding Backs Bulgarian Protests
Bulgaria’s Anti-Govt Protesters Stand Firm Outside Parliament

Smiles

Recipe for Success

World

Al-Qaeda Claims It Freed Hundreds in Mass Jail Raids
Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem Welcome Second Baby
Best Wishes Pour in for Kate, William and Royal Baby
Kate Gives Birth to Boy

Business

Sofia Airport EAD Accused of Abusing Dominant Position

Bulgaria's Commission for Protection of Competition (KZK) has issued a Statement of Objection against Sofia Airport EAD for breaching Art.

Business | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 15:16

Bulgaria Launches 14km Section of Struma Highway

A section of Lot 1 of Bulgaria's Struma highway connecting the village of Dolna Dikanya to the Dupnitsa-north road junction is to be inaugurated on Tuesday.

Business | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 08:21

Bulgarian Parliamentary Committees Approve Budget Update amid Intense Booing

Bulgaria's parliamentary committees on budget and finance and social and economic policy adopted the government's proposal for a budget revision at a joint sitting on Tuesday.

Business » Finance | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 20:40

Bulgaria's FinMin: Budget Update Will Not Finance Shady Activities

Bulgarian Finance Minister Petar Chobanov has assured that the proposed budget update will not impair the fiscal stability of the country.

Business » Finance | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 20:21

Bulgaria's GERB Party Attends First Reading of Budget Update

Bulgarian center-right party GERB has returned to Parliament for the first-reading discussion of the budget revision.

Business » Finance | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 19:33

Politics

Bulgaria Says Decision on Hezbollah Won't Hurt EU-Lebanon Relations

EU’s decision to include the military wing of Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organizations would not  hinder the dialogue with all political parties in Lebanon, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin has said.

Politics » Diplomacy | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 17:45

Hezbollah Slams EU over Blacklisting of Its Military Wing

Hezbollah has accused the European Union of succumbing to "American and Israeli dictates" in deciding to blacklist the Lebanese organization's military wing.

Politics » Diplomacy | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 12:21

No Direct Threat for Bulgaria over Blacklisting of Hezbollah - MEP

Bulgaria is not directly threatened by the decision of the EU to list the armed wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist group, according to Bulgarian socialist MEP Ivaylo Kalfin.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 17:36

EC Says It Cannot Force Embattled Bulgarian Govt to Resign

Commenting on the political turmoil in Bulgaria, European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding remindedTuesday that the Commission cannot ask a whole government to resign.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 13:06

Reding Urges Bulgaria to Deal with Corruption, Oligarchy

European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding has called upon Bulgarian authorities to part with corruption and ensure justice.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 12:03

Bulgarian Interior Min Pleased over Blacklisting of Hezbollah Armed Wing

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev has expressed his satisfaction over the European Union’s decision to include Hezbollah’s military wing in its list of terrorist organizations.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 11:20

Bulgarian Parliament Blockaded by Protesters, 109 People Trapped Inside

Over 100 people, including MPs, current and former ministers and deputy ministers, and journalists, have been blocked in the Parliament building by a crowd of anti-government protesters.

Politics » Domestic | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 22:23

Nationalist Party: Sofia Mayor Must Be Penalized for Failing to Rein In Protests

Bulgarian nationalist party Ataka has asked Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov to probe Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova for failing to fulfill her duties concerning the preservation of public order amid the ongoing anti-government protests.

Politics » Domestic | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 16:27

Chair of Bulgaria's Conflict of Interest Watchdog Out, Court Says

An appeals court has upheld the dismissal of the chair of Bulgaria's Commission on Prevention and Ascertainment of Conflict of Interest (CPACI) over charges of malfeasance in office.

Politics » Domestic | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 13:51

Bulgaria's GERB Party to Return to Parliament Thursday

Bulgaria's center-right party GERB confirmed it will return to Parliament on Thursday when the budget revision bill will be put to the vote.

Politics » Domestic | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 10:38

Ruling on Bulgaria's Conflict of Interest Watchdog Chair Due

An appeals court is expected to rule on Tuesday on the dismissal of the chair of Bulgaria's Commission on Prevention and Ascertainment of Conflict of Interest (CPACI) over charges of malfeasance in office.

Politics » Domestic | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 09:05

Society

Economic Crisis Nearly Stifles to Death Bulgaria Birth Rates

Fewer babies will be born 2013 in Bulgaria than in any year since the end of the World War II, doctors have alarmed.

Society | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 14:50

Death Toll of Sofia Hellish Taxi Crash Up to Two

The death toll of the horrific crash on Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd in Sofia earlier this month rose to two after a little girl died in hospital.

Society | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 13:20

Child Injured by Sofia 'Killer' Taxi Cab Dies

The six-year-old girl, who was injured in the horrific crash on Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd in Sofia in the evening of July 10, has passed away.

Society | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 12:27

Bulgaria to Broil in August, Mercury Up to over 40C

The sizzling weather in Bulgaria will reach its peak in August, turning it into the hottest month of this year's summer, according to forecasts.

Society » Environment | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 09:20

Bulgaria Yet to Decide on Participation in Next Eurovision Contest

The Bulgarian National Television (BNT) has said that it not yet decided if the country will compete at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark.

Society » Culture | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 16:06

Shooting of Star-Packed Expendables 3 to Start in Bulgaria Next Month

The shooting of “The Expendables 3”, an action movie packed with old-school stars, is to start in Bulgaria on August 19, according to local media.

Society » Culture | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 14:07

Crime

US Revokes Extradition Request for Bulgarian Mother-of-Two

The US has revoked its request for the extradition of Gergana Pavlova, a Bulgarian mother of two, who was charged in a US court with illegal online drug sales and participating in a crime group specialized in money laundering.

Crime | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 18:34

Bulgaria Boasts Progress in Burgas Bombing Investigation

There has been progress the investigation of last year’s terror attack in Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Burgas, Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev has stated.

Crime | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 15:12

Views on BG

EU Commissioner Viviane Reding Backs Bulgarian Protests

The EU's Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has backed Bulgarian protesters who have been staging mass rallies daily against government corruption.

Views on BG | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 13:42

Smiles

Recipe for Success

Wake up early, work hard, drill for oil!

Smiles | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 11:14

World

Al-Qaeda Claims It Freed Hundreds in Mass Jail Raids

Al-Qaeda’s Iraq branch has said it carried out two mass jailbreaks in Iraq, which freed hundreds of prisoners including senior leaders of the Islamist militant group.

World | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 17:04

Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem Welcome Second Baby

Penelope Cruz has given birth to her second child - on the same day as the Royal baby.

World | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 13:32

Best Wishes Pour in for Kate, William and Royal Baby

Heads of state from across the world are sending their best wishes to Kate and William following the keenly expected birth of their baby boy.

World | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 07:36

Kate Gives Birth to Boy

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, Kensington Palace has announced.

World | July 23, 2013, Tuesday // 06:38
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