BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania detains Turkish journalist on Turkey’s request

BUCHAREST, Romania— A Turkish journalist suspected of links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, was temporarily detained Wednesday in Romania, authorities said. Bucharest prosecutor Viviana Ciuca told The Associated Press that Kamil Demirkaya was detained based on an extradition request from Turkey for “being a … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania detains Turkish journalist on Turkey’s request

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian leader says country not ready for EU presidency

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s president said Monday his country isn’t ready to take over the European Union’s rotating presidency on Jan. 1 and called for the government to step down. President Klaus Iohannis said “things have gone off the rails,” and that there was “a political necessity to replace the government,” which he called “an … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian leader says country not ready for EU presidency

BUCHAREST, Romania | Scuffles in Romania at blessing of Orthodox cathedral

BUCHAREST, Romania — Tens of thousands of Romanians braved hours of cold weather Sunday for the blessing of a grandiose Orthodox cathedral consecrated to mark 100 years since modern-day Romania was created in the aftermath of World War I. The event was marred after three people were hospitalized when scuffles broke out between riot police … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Scuffles in Romania at blessing of Orthodox cathedral

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian ex-prison chief who tortured inmates dies in jail

BUCHAREST, Romania  — Alexandru Visinescu, a Romanian communist-era prison guard serving a 20-year sentence for crimes against humanity, died Monday in prison at 93, Romanian authorities said. Visinescu was the first prison guard from the early years of communism to go on trial in Romania. He became a national symbol of the Communist era’s brutality … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian ex-prison chief who tortured inmates dies in jail

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania: Weak voter turnout voids gay marriage referendum

BUCHAREST, Romania — A referendum aimed at putting same-sex marriage further out of reach in Romania was invalidated Sunday after a quick tally showed too few voters cast ballots, election officials said. The weekend vote on a constitutional amendment that would have changed the definition of family to make marriage a union between a man … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania: Weak voter turnout voids gay marriage referendum

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania gov’t survives censure vote over judicial overhaul

BUCHAREST, Romania— Romania’s Social Democrat government on Thursday easily survived a no-confidence vote over a contentious judicial overhaul that opposition politicians say has harmed the rule of law and democracy in this European Union member nation. Lawmakers voted 161-3 to dismiss the left-wing government, far less than the 233 needed. Before the vote, Premier Viorica … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania gov’t survives censure vote over judicial overhaul

BUCHAREST, Romania | 6 Romanian ministers fired as party leader seeks more power

BUCHAREST, Romania  — Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party fired six ministers on Monday as the beleaguered party chairman sought to tighten his grip on the government. Social Democrat chairman Liviu Dragnea has come under fire for his management style and corruption convictions, but has vowed to continue as party leader even though he can’t be … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | 6 Romanian ministers fired as party leader seeks more power

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanians vote on putting gay marriage ban in constitution

BUCHAREST, Romania  — Two days of voting on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage is underway in Romania. A conservative group initiated the referendum being held on Saturday and Sunday, and the influential Romanian Orthodox Church is backing it. The proposed amendment would revise the definition of family in … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanians vote on putting gay marriage ban in constitution