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ARCHIVE - 8 January 2013

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Business

9 Companies Buy Papers for Bulgaria State Rail Privatization
Bulgaria Sees EU's 3rd Largest Retail Trade Drop Nov 2012 Y/Y
EBRD Finances Bulgaria's Billboard Printing House
Bulgarians Spent BGN 4 B during Winter Holidays - NRA
Bulgaria for Citizens Movement Cofounder: Nuclear Referendum is Sloppily Organized
Petroceltic Targets More Gas Offshore Bulgaria
Momento Plus Opens Two Restaurants at Sofia Airport Center

Politics

Bulgaria's Burgas to Modernize Sarafovo Fishing Port with EU Funds
Bulgaria's Unemployment Rate Was 12.4% in November 2012
UKIP Leader: Irresponsible, Wrong to Open Borders for Bulgaria, Romania
Bulgaria May Face Stalemate on Schengen after March 2013
Bulgarian Righists to Organize Smoking Referendum
Socialist MP: Bulgaria PM's 'No' to Belene NPP Highlights Inconsistency
Bulgaria Vice-PM: I'm Godfather of Many!

Society

Bulgaria Ranks 42nd in Human Freedom Index
Bulgarian Flag Waves Proudly at South Pole
Man Perishes in Bulgaria's Latest Hunting Accident
Sofia Braces Up for 'Anonymous' Anti-Govt Rally Follow-Up
Aftershocks Continue in Wake of Turkey Earthquake
5.8 Quake Causes Panic in Istanbul, No Victims, Damage
Strong Quake Jolts Turkey's Aegean Coast, Felt in Bulgaria
Earthquake Felt Lightly in Bulgaria's Sofia
Cannon Bulgaria Opens 'Photo of the Year - Bulgaria 2012 Contest'
Mario Vargas Llosa to Visit Bulgaria in May

Sports

FIFA Punishes Bulgaria for Racist Fans in Denmark Game
Miodrag Jesic Returns as Coach to Revive CSKA Sofia
Bulgaria Football Championship Ranked 68th Globally
Bulgaria's Bojinov Looking to Leave Verona
Messi Grabs Ballon d'Or for Record-Breaking Fourth Time

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World

Albanian Nationalists Request Unification with Kosovo
US Drone Strike Kills 8 Militants in Pakistan
Obama Names Chuck Hagel for Defense, John Brennan for CIA

Business

9 Companies Buy Papers for Bulgaria State Rail Privatization

9 companies have bought the documents for the privatization procedure of the freight unit of Bulgaria's state railway operator, BDZ.

Business | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 16:23

Bulgaria Sees EU's 3rd Largest Retail Trade Drop Nov 2012 Y/Y

Bulgaria registered EU's third largest year-on-year decrease in total retail trade in November 2012 (-5.2%), according to Eurostat.

Business | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 13:42

EBRD Finances Bulgaria's Billboard Printing House

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has signed a EUR 5.5 M loan with Billboard AD, a major Bulgarian provider of printing and outdoor advertising solutions.

Business | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 12:30

Bulgarians Spent BGN 4 B during Winter Holidays - NRA

Bulgarians spent a total of BGN 4 B during the latest winter holidays, according to the country's National Revenue Agency.

Business | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 11:46

Bulgaria for Citizens Movement Cofounder: Nuclear Referendum is Sloppily Organized

Daniel Valchev, former Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister and co-founder of the Bulgaria for Citizens Movement, has urged Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to bear in mind that he owes his spending of poorly absorbed EU funds to former EU Commissione

Business » Energy | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 13:22

Petroceltic Targets More Gas Offshore Bulgaria

Ireland's Petroceltic is lining up four exploratory wells in the Black Sea offshore Bulgaria and Romania.

Business » Energy | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 13:11

Momento Plus Opens Two Restaurants at Sofia Airport Center

Momento Plus, a concept that blends fast food, sit-down service and catering, is about to open two restaurants at Sofia Airport Center (SAC), which was recently crowned Building of the Year for 2012.

Business » Properties | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 15:37

Politics

Bulgaria's Burgas to Modernize Sarafovo Fishing Port with EU Funds

Dragomir Gospodinov, Executive Director of the Bulgarian Fisheries and Aquaculture Executive Agency, and Dimitar Nikolov, Mayor of the Burgas Municipality, have signed a contract for the reconstruction and modernization of the Sarafovo fishing port.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 18:03

Bulgaria's Unemployment Rate Was 12.4% in November 2012

Bulgaria's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 12.4% in November 2012, which was above the average for the EU, according to Eurostat.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 15:35

UKIP Leader: Irresponsible, Wrong to Open Borders for Bulgaria, Romania

The UK Independence Party leader has argued it was "irresponsible and wrong" to open the British borders to Bulgarians and Romanians from next year.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 10:23

Bulgaria May Face Stalemate on Schengen after March 2013

The political decision for the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to Schengen is likely to be postponed even after March 2013, according to diplomatic sources in Brussels.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 09:33

Bulgarian Righists to Organize Smoking Referendum

Minor Bulgarian rightist Union of Democratic Forces party has announced it will start a petition for a nationwide referendum on the recently imposed full smoking ban in the country.

Politics » Domestic | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 15:34

Socialist MP: Bulgaria PM's 'No' to Belene NPP Highlights Inconsistency

Bulgarian socialist MP Rumen Petkov has suggested that the recent calls of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov for an adamant "no" to the Belene NPP project have exposed his inability to pursue a consistent policy on issues of strategic importance.

Politics » Domestic | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 15:20

Bulgaria Vice-PM: I'm Godfather of Many!

Bulgarian Vice-PM and Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has denied all involvement in the recent scandal with an illicit construction permit on sand dunes near popular resort town Nessebar on the Black Sea.

Politics » Domestic | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 15:06

Society

Bulgaria Ranks 42nd in Human Freedom Index

Bulgaria has been placed 42nd in the latest index of human freedom, released Tuesday by the Fraser Institute.

Society | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 19:15

Bulgarian Flag Waves Proudly at South Pole

The Bulgarian national flag is now waving at the South Pole for the first time ever, the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute has announced.

Society | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 12:14

Man Perishes in Bulgaria's Latest Hunting Accident

A 64-year-old Bulgarian man passed away on Tuesday, three days after he was accidentally shot during a hunt near the southwestern village of Studena.

Society | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 11:08

Sofia Braces Up for 'Anonymous' Anti-Govt Rally Follow-Up

Thousands of Bulgarians are expected to take to the streets of the capital Sofia on Tuesday in an anti-establishment protest, which comes on the heels of November's mass rally organized by the local unit of the Anonymous hacktivists.

Society | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 08:51

Aftershocks Continue in Wake of Turkey Earthquake

More than 30 aftershocks have been recorded after the 5.8 degree earthquake in the Turkish Aegean Sea Tuesday afternoon.

Society » Environment | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 20:05

5.8 Quake Causes Panic in Istanbul, No Victims, Damage

The 5.8 Richter degree earthquake in the Aegean Sea Tuesday afternoon was strongly felt in Turkey's north-west, but has caused no reported casualties and damages.

Society » Environment | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 18:36

Strong Quake Jolts Turkey's Aegean Coast, Felt in Bulgaria

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck just off Turkey's northwestern Aegean coast on Tuesday, according to the US Geological Survey.

Society » Environment | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 16:55

Earthquake Felt Lightly in Bulgaria's Sofia

A light earthquake was felt in Bulgaria's capital Sofia around 4:16 pm EET on Tuesday.

Society » Environment | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 16:25

Cannon Bulgaria Opens 'Photo of the Year - Bulgaria 2012 Contest'

Cannon Bulgaria invites photographers to take part in the "Photo of the year – Bulgaria 2012" contest.

Society » Culture | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 16:19

Mario Vargas Llosa to Visit Bulgaria in May

Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa will visit Bulgaria and meet some of his Bulgarian readers in May 2013, it has been announced.

Society » Culture | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 14:54

Sports

FIFA Punishes Bulgaria for Racist Fans in Denmark Game

FIFA has punished the Bulgarian national football team for racist behavior of local fans during a home match against Denmark in the World Cup 2014 qualifiers.

Sports | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 20:33

Miodrag Jesic Returns as Coach to Revive CSKA Sofia

Serbian coach Miodrag Jesic has officially returned to lead top Bulgarian team CSKA Sofia as the side's manager.

Sports | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 18:24

Bulgaria Football Championship Ranked 68th Globally

The A-League of Bulgaria's national football championship has been ranked 68th in the world by the International Federation of Fotball History and Statistics.

Sports | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 17:07

Bulgaria's Bojinov Looking to Leave Verona

Verona striker Valeri Bojinov has told Bulgarian reporters that he is eager to leave the Italian Serie B club.

Sports | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 14:42

Messi Grabs Ballon d'Or for Record-Breaking Fourth Time

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been awarded the Ballon d'Or for a fourth year running, an unprecedented achievement, which confirmed his status of a legend.

Sports | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 07:37

Quotes

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"You know, I get invited to be the best man of many couples and the godfather of many children.

Quotes | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 17:21

World

Albanian Nationalists Request Unification with Kosovo

Albanian nationalist Red and Black Alliance has filed a request with Albania's election authorities for the calling of a referendum for the unification between Albania and Kosovo.

World | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 21:08

US Drone Strike Kills 8 Militants in Pakistan

Several missiles fired from American drones slammed into a compound near the Afghan border in Pakistan early Tuesday, killing eight suspected militants, according to officials.

World | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 12:59

Obama Names Chuck Hagel for Defense, John Brennan for CIA

US President Obama has nominated former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to head the Department of Defense and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the CIA.

World | January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 08:01
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