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United States | On the Occasion of Bulgaria’s National Day

United States – On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Bulgaria on your National Day. March 3 marks the creation of an independent, modern Bulgaria. Later this month we will also celebrate Bulgaria’s sovereign decision to join NATO 15 years ago. Since Bulgaria shed the Communist … Continue reading United States | On the Occasion of Bulgaria’s National Day

Stoltenberg: NATO doesn’t want a new Cold War

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — NATO’s secretary-general warned Friday that Russia’s violation of a key Cold War-era treaty is one of the most pressing security challenges for the alliance. Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia to return to compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which has been the cornerstone for arm control for decades. Last month, … Continue reading Stoltenberg: NATO doesn’t want a new Cold War

SOFIA, Bulgaria | Bulgaria revokes citizenship for Russian tycoon Adonev

SOFIA, Bulgaria—January 28, 2019— A Bulgarian official says the Bulgarian citizenship of Russian millionaire Sergey Adonev has been revoked over a 20-year-old fraud conviction in the United States. In an interview with the private bTV channel on Sunday, Bulgarian Vice President Iliana Yotova said she had signed the final document revoking Adonev’s citizenship in May 2018. … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | Bulgaria revokes citizenship for Russian tycoon Adonev

United States | Bulgaria’s Defense Modernization

United States – The United States welcomes Bulgaria’s defense modernization plans and looks forward to the country’s imminent selection of a new multirole fighter aircraft. As I emphasized during my phone call with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on December 18, and as Deputy Secretary Sullivan underlined during his visit to Sofia last weekend, the United … Continue reading United States | Bulgaria’s Defense Modernization

VATICAN CITY | Correction: Vatican-Bulgaria-Macedonia story

VATICAN CITY — In a story Dec. 13 about the pope’s May travel schedule, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bulgaria is a former Soviet republic. During the Cold War, Bulgaria was one of the Soviet allies that formed the Warsaw Pact. A corrected version of the story is below: Pope to visit Bulgaria, Macedonia … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Correction: Vatican-Bulgaria-Macedonia story

United States | Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Marik String Travels to Lithuania and Bulgaria

United States – Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Marik String Travels to Lithuania and Bulgaria November 12-15, 2018. In Vilnius, Lithuania, Deputy Assistant Secretary String will join senior Department of State and Department of Defense officials on the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Baltic Dialogue with senior government and military representatives from … Continue reading United States | Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Marik String Travels to Lithuania and Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgaria | Bulgarian money counterfeiters busted by authorities

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Bulgarian authorities say they have successfully taken down an illegal counterfeit operation that was printing high quality bogus euro and U.S. dollar banknotes. Deputy chief prosecutor Ivan Geshev said Monday that counterfeit bills worth 11.5 million euros and US$2 million were seized in the “biggest illegal workshop dismantled in the last 11 … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | Bulgarian money counterfeiters busted by authorities

SOFIA, Bulgaria | Suspect says he didn’t mean to kill Bulgarian journalist

SOFIA, Bulgaria— A Bulgarian court has ordered a suspect in the rape and slaying of a television journalist to remain in custody until his trial. Severin Krassimirov told reporters before the district court hearing in Ruse on Friday that he killed Viktoria Marinova, but didn’t mean to. The 21-year-old Krassimirov said: “I regret it so … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | Suspect says he didn’t mean to kill Bulgarian journalist

BERLIN | Germany extradites suspect in Bulgarian reporter’s slaying

BERLIN — German authorities say the suspect arrested in the rape and slaying of a Bulgarian television journalist has been extradited to Bulgaria. Bernd Kolkmeier, a spokesman for prosecutors who had jurisdiction in the case, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the suspect was returned to Bulgaria on Wednesday. The 21-year-old suspect was apprehended … Continue reading BERLIN | Germany extradites suspect in Bulgarian reporter’s slaying

RUSE, Bulgaria | Man to be freed in slain Bulgarian journalist investigation

RUSE, Bulgaria — Bulgarian authorities on Tuesday will release and won’t charge a man taken into custody in connection with the slaying of Bulgarian television reporter Viktoria Marinova, whose body was found after she highlighted possible government corruption. The man, who wasn’t identified, would be freed “very shortly,” said Teodor Atanassov, chief police officer of … Continue reading RUSE, Bulgaria | Man to be freed in slain Bulgarian journalist investigation

RUSE, Bulgaria | The Latest: Mob investigator on case of journalist’s death

RUSE, Bulgaria — The Latest on the slaying of a female journalist in Bulgaria (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry says top investigators have been assigned to solve the “brutal” slaying of a Bulgarian journalist. The ministry said “a Romanian citizen of Ukrainian descent” was taken into custody Tuesday and others leads were … Continue reading RUSE, Bulgaria | The Latest: Mob investigator on case of journalist’s death

SOFIA, Bulgaria | The Latest: UN’s Guterres notes violence against journalists

SOFIA, Bulgaria  — The Latest on the rape and slaying of a Bulgarian journalist (all times local): 10:00 p.m. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on governments to ensure “accountability” for crimes against journalists such as the “grisly murder and rape.” — including Bulgarian TV reporter Viktoria Marinova. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | The Latest: UN’s Guterres notes violence against journalists

SOFIA, Bulgaria | The Latest: No new leads in Bulgarian journalist’s killing

SOFIA, Bulgaria — The Latest on the rape and slaying of a Bulgarian journalist (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Bulgaria’s top prosecutor says authorities have no new leads on the motives for the rape and slaying of a Bulgarian television reporter. Chief Public Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said that officials were following all lines of inquiry … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | The Latest: No new leads in Bulgarian journalist’s killing

SOFIA, Bulgaria | Bulgarian customs officials seize heroin bound for Austria

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Bulgarian customs officials say they have seized 712 kilograms (1,566 pounds) of heroin found in two Iranian trucks entering Bulgaria from Turkey. Officials on Saturday valued the record heroin haul at 23 million euros ($27 million). The drugs were found in two Iran-registered trucks at the Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint on the Turkish … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | Bulgarian customs officials seize heroin bound for Austria

SOFIA, Bulgaria | 5 still critical after Bulgarian bus crash that killed 16

SOFIA, Bulgaria  — Five people still have life-threatening injuries Sunday, a day after their tourist bus flipped over on a Bulgarian highway, killing at least 16 people and leaving 18 injured, authorities said. Dr. Nikolay Gabrovski from Sofia’s emergency hospital spoke Sunday about the victims’ injuries. Police said the bus was carrying 33 pilgrims from … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | 5 still critical after Bulgarian bus crash that killed 16

SOFIA, Bulgaria | Chinese premier praises EU, says free trade must be upheld

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Free trade and international cooperation must be upheld to avoid slowing down the global economy, the Chinese premier told peers from central and eastern Europe Saturday. Premier Li Keqiang also praised the European Union, calling the 28-member bloc an “indispensable force” and important for global peace, stability and prosperity. Li, China’s No. … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | Chinese premier praises EU, says free trade must be upheld

SOFIA, Bulgaria | Iran deal: Merkel cautious on compensation after US pullout

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled Thursday that it won’t be feasible to offer wide-ranging compensation to European companies affected by U.S. sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program. President Donald Trump last week withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, but European signatories vowed to salvage it. Trump’s move means that … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | Iran deal: Merkel cautious on compensation after US pullout

SOFIA, Bulgaria | US stocks veer mostly higher in morning trade; oil slides

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A top European Union official branded President Donald Trump selfish and capricious Wednesday as EU leaders gathered to count the likely economic damage U.S. policies might inflict on the bloc and to try to rescue the Iran nuclear deal. In a striking rhetorical assault on the leader of Europe’s biggest ally, … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | US stocks veer mostly higher in morning trade; oil slides

SOFIA, Bulgaria | EU chief lashes out at Trump amid new push to save Iran deal

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A top European Union official branded President Donald Trump selfish and capricious Wednesday as EU leaders gathered to count the likely economic damage U.S. policies might inflict on the bloc and to try to rescue the Iran nuclear deal. In a striking rhetorical assault on the leader of Europe’s biggest ally, … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | EU chief lashes out at Trump amid new push to save Iran deal

EU looks set to boost strained ties with Turkey

SOFIA, Bulgaria/January 11, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The European Union looks set to make an opening to help improve badly damaged relations with Turkey in the near future, boosted by recent talks between Turkish and French and German leaders and officials. After more than a year of insults and a diplomatic standoff between EU member nations and Turkey, … Continue reading EU looks set to boost strained ties with Turkey