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ARCHIVE - 9 July 2013

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Business

New Standard to Designate Food Made of Bulgarian Raw Materials
Latvia Given Green Light to Join Eurozone on Jan 1, 2014
Bulgaria's Energy Minister Pledges Increase in Coal Prices

Politics

Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Reiterates Insistence on Good-Neighbors Treaty with Macedonia
Azeri-US Military Drills to Be Conducted in Bulgaria
Bulgaria Sends Fresh Troops to Afghanistan
EC To Present Oral Report on Bulgaria on July 18
Most Bulgarians, Poles Living in Netherlands Likely to Leave - Report
Rainy Weather Reduces Number of Anti-Govt Protesters in Sofia on Day 26
Bulgaria's Former Rulers Challenge Health Fund Chair Dismissal
Constitutional Court Confirms Legality of Bulgarian Elections
Bulgaria's Ex-Ruling Party Won't Fall Apart, MP Says
President: Bulgarians Must Forge Own Democracy
Bulgarian MPs to Elect New Health Insurance Fund Head

Society

OSCE Urges Bulgaria to Defend Media against Controversial Nationalist
86% of Bulgarians Say Judiciary Is Corrupt
Bulgarian Govt Backtracks on Lifting Full Smoking Ban
Powerful Bulgarian Bishop Found Dead, Foul Play Suspected

Sports

Berbatov Says He Loves to Work with Fulham Boss Jol
Gazprom to Ink Sponsorship Deal with Bulgaria’s FC Levski in August
Bulgaria’s Dimitrov Advances in Swedish Open

Crime

Bulgarian Football Star, Ex Mayor Acquitted of Malfeasance in Office
Bulgaria's Ex Interior Minister Fined BGN 100 for Refusing Police Registration
Dogan Attacker Indicted for Attempted Murder
Bulgaria's Prosecution Denies Palfreeman Transfer to Australia
Bulgarian 'Cocaine King' Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail in Italy

World

Muslim Brotherhood Rejects Mansour's Election Timetable
Egypt Interim President Sets Transition Timetable
Shots Heard in Istanbul’s Taksim Protests

Business

New Standard to Designate Food Made of Bulgarian Raw Materials

Deputy Agriculture Minister Yavor Gechev has vowed new standards which will designate food products made of raw materials of Bulgarian origin.

Business | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 15:08

Latvia Given Green Light to Join Eurozone on Jan 1, 2014

EU finance minsters have officially approved Latvia's application to become the 18th country to join the Eurozone.

Business » Finance | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 14:43

Bulgaria's Energy Minister Pledges Increase in Coal Prices

Dragomir Stoynev, Bulgaria's Minister of Economy and Energy, has vowed an increase in coal prices by end-2013 from the current "unrealistically low" levels.

Business » Energy | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 18:25

Politics

Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Reiterates Insistence on Good-Neighbors Treaty with Macedonia

Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin has reiterated Bulgaria's commitment to signing a good neighbor agreement with Macedonia, stressing that the treaty will pave the way toward the country's EU accession.

Politics » Diplomacy | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 20:40

Azeri-US Military Drills to Be Conducted in Bulgaria

Soldiers from Azerbaijan's armed forces will participate in tactical trainin starting next week in Bulgaria.

Politics » Defense | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 12:24

Bulgaria Sends Fresh Troops to Afghanistan

A new detachment of Bulgarian soldiers is to be sent out Tuesday to be deployed in Afghanistan.

Politics » Defense | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 08:36

EC To Present Oral Report on Bulgaria on July 18

The European Commission will come up with an oral presentation on Bulgaria's progress in the spheres of justice and home affairs in July, according to Zinaida Zlatanova, Justice Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 19:57

Most Bulgarians, Poles Living in Netherlands Likely to Leave - Report

Slightly less than half of all Polish nationals living in the Netherlands and just over a quarter of Bulgarians think they will stay in the country, according to a report published on  Tuesday by the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP).

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 16:28

Rainy Weather Reduces Number of Anti-Govt Protesters in Sofia on Day 26

Bulgarians have gathered for the 26th day in a row in front of the Council of Ministers building in Sofia to demand the resignation of the socialist-led government of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.

Politics » Domestic | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 20:58

Bulgaria's Former Rulers Challenge Health Fund Chair Dismissal

MPs from Bulgaria's former ruling GERB party have filed a plea with the Constitutional Court challenging the constitutiuonality of Parliament's dismissal of National Health Insurance Fund director Plamen Tsekov.

Politics » Domestic | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 14:51

Constitutional Court Confirms Legality of Bulgarian Elections

Bulgaria's Constitutional Court has found no grounds to cancel the results of May 12 early general elections, announced the court Tuesday.

Politics » Domestic | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 14:05

Bulgaria's Ex-Ruling Party Won't Fall Apart, MP Says

Bulgaria’s center-right GERB party, whose government was in power between 2009 and 2013, will not fall apart, GERB lawmaker Plamen Nunev has declared.

Politics » Domestic | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 13:25

President: Bulgarians Must Forge Own Democracy

Bulgarian citizens must find their own resources to get rid of the ills of their political system, stated Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev.

Politics » Domestic | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 12:55

Bulgarian MPs to Elect New Health Insurance Fund Head

Bulgaria’s parliamentary health committee is to elect on Tuesday a new director of the National Health Insurance Fund, NZOK.

Politics » Domestic | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 10:01

Society

OSCE Urges Bulgaria to Defend Media against Controversial Nationalist

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has expressed concern over the latest attack against journalists staged by controversial politician Volen Siderov.

Society | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 14:09

86% of Bulgarians Say Judiciary Is Corrupt

As many as 86% of all Bulgarians believe the country’s judiciary is affected by corruption, according to Transparency International’s latest Global Corruption Barometer.

Society | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 12:09

Bulgarian Govt Backtracks on Lifting Full Smoking Ban

Bulgaria’s Socialist-led government appears to have backtracked on its intention to scrap the existing full smoking ban in enclosed public spaces.

Society » Health | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 11:31

Powerful Bulgarian Bishop Found Dead, Foul Play Suspected

The dead body of Varna metropolitan bishop Kiril, a former interim Patriarch and one of the most powerful members of the country’s senior clergy, was discovered near Varna on Tuesday.

Society » Obituaries | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 12:28

Sports

Berbatov Says He Loves to Work with Fulham Boss Jol

Fulham’s Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov has told reporters that he loves to work with Dutch manager Marin Jol.

Sports | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 17:03

Gazprom to Ink Sponsorship Deal with Bulgaria’s FC Levski in August

Bulgarian top football team Levski Sofia is at the final stretch of becoming part of Russian gas giant Gazprom’s sports empire.

Sports | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 10:37

Bulgaria’s Dimitrov Advances in Swedish Open

Bulgaria’s best male tennis player Grigor Dimitrov has defeated Elias Ymer, a Swedish wild card, in the opening round of the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad.

Sports | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 09:23

Crime

Bulgarian Football Star, Ex Mayor Acquitted of Malfeasance in Office

The Plovdiv Appellate Court has revoked the guilty verdict passed on Yordan Lechkov,  Bulgarian football legend and former Mayor of Sliven, by the Stara Zagora District Court on charges of malfeasance in office.

Crime | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 17:23

Bulgaria's Ex Interior Minister Fined BGN 100 for Refusing Police Registration

Former Bulgarian Interior Minister and current MP and Deputy Chair of the center-right GERB party, Tsvetan Tsvetanov has been fined BGN 100 over refusing to have his personal information (DNA sample, fingerprints, photo, etc) taken and entered into police

Crime | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 16:24

Dogan Attacker Indicted for Attempted Murder

Oktay Enimehmedov, the man who pointed a gas gun at influential Bulgarian politician Ahmed Dogan earlier this year, has been indicted on attempted murder charges.

Crime | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 15:45

Bulgaria's Prosecution Denies Palfreeman Transfer to Australia

The Bulgarian Prosecutor's Office has officially denied a request by its Australian counterpart to transfer to his home country a young Australian national sentenced to 20 years in jail for murder.

Crime | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 10:56

Bulgarian 'Cocaine King' Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail in Italy

An Italian court has sentenced to twenty years in jail alleged Bulgarian drug lord Evelin Banev AKA Brendo, wrapping up the trial against the so-called "Cocaine Kings”.

Crime | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 10:49

World

Muslim Brotherhood Rejects Mansour's Election Timetable

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has rejected a timetable for new elections laid out by interim president Adly Mansour, saying it is illegitimate.

World | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 17:48

Egypt Interim President Sets Transition Timetable

Egypt is could hold new parliamentary elections in February 2014, after interim president Adly Mansour adopted a swift timetable for change.

World | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 09:20

Shots Heard in Istanbul’s Taksim Protests

Gun shots were produced overnight in Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul, heightening fears that ongoing protests are attracting violence.

World | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 08:16
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