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BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania buys 3 extra Patriot missiles for long-term defense

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s defense ministry confirms it has paid for three air-and-missile defense systems from the United States for its long-term defense strategy. Defense Minister Mihai Fifor said Friday that the units, purchased this week, were in addition to a $3.9 billion military contract that Romania signed with the U.S. in 2017 for other … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania buys 3 extra Patriot missiles for long-term defense

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian govt move against prosecutors draws criticism

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s government passed an emergency ordinance Monday requiring prosecutors in key agencies to have more years of experience — a move that prosecutors say would hamper current investigations and force some anti-corruption prosecutors from their jobs. The move came on the same day that Justice Minister Tudorel Toader nominated a candidate to … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian govt move against prosecutors draws criticism

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania leader calls for dialogue after marriage referendum

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s president says the country needs dialogue and tolerance in the wake of a referendum that aimed to make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. The vote was voided because of low turnout. Klaus Iohannis was the first senior Romanian politician to come out in support of same-sex partnerships. He called Tuesday … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania leader calls for dialogue after marriage referendum

BUCHAREST, Romania | Elie Wiesel bust unveiled in Romania to mark Holocaust day

BUCHAREST, Romania — A bust of Romania-born writer Elie Wiesel has been unveiled in Bucharest on the country’s national Holocaust remembrance day. The director of Romania’s National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust joined Bucharest’s mayor and the U.S. and Israeli ambassadors for Tuesday’s event in a small square named for Wiesel. Wiesel and … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Elie Wiesel bust unveiled in Romania to mark Holocaust day

BUCHAREST, Romania | The Latest: Romania group says ‘disinformation’ hurt voting

BUCHAREST, Romania— The Latest on Romania’s vote to change the definition of marriage (all times local): 4:15 p.m. The conservative group that spearheaded a referendum to redefine marriage in Romania’s Constitution and make it harder to legalize same-sex marriages is blaming “disinformation” for low voter turnout. As of midday on Sunday, voter turnout was 11.67 … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | The Latest: Romania group says ‘disinformation’ hurt voting

BUCHAREST, Romania | The Latest: Church leaders urge Romanians to vote

BUCHAREST, Romania — The Latest on Romania’s vote to change the definition of marriage (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The head of the Romanian Orthodox Church is urging the faith’s adherents to vote in a referendum that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage, if it passes. The church’s news agency said Patriarch Daniel … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | The Latest: Church leaders urge Romanians to vote

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania: Broadcast of same-sex marriage debate interrupted

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s national broadcaster apologized Saturday after a studio camera operator interrupted a live TV debate on a referendum seeking to ban same-sex marriage. TVR1 said sorry to viewers after a broadcast was interrupted when a technical staff member used “inappropriate language,” during a Friday evening discussion between a spokesman supporting the referendum … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania: Broadcast of same-sex marriage debate interrupted

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian ex-prison chief sentenced to 20 years dies in jail

BUCHAREST, Romania — Ion Ficior, an ex-prison commander in Romania who was incarcerated for the deaths of 103 political inmates while in charge of a communist-era labor camp, has died. He was 90. Ficior died Wednesday at Jilava prison hospital, according to Bianca Filote, spokeswoman for the Institute for Investigating the Crimes of Communism. He … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian ex-prison chief sentenced to 20 years dies in jail