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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

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 | Teacher shortage affecting schools in Bulgaria set to deepen

SOFIA, Bulgaria— As Bulgarian children returned to school on Monday, 400 teaching positions remain unfilled across the country and Bulgaria’s teachers’ union predicts that the country’s shortage of teachers will reach nearly 40,000 by 2026. Officials say low wages — currently around 380 euros ($444) a month — and other factors are making it difficult … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | Teacher shortage affecting schools in Bulgaria set to deepen

SOFIA, Bulgaria | Bulgarian police detain journalists probing EU funds fraud

SOFIA, Bulgaria  — Two journalists were detained overnight by Bulgarian police after they found burning and shredded documents while working on a story about suspected fraud involving European Union funds, one of the reporters said Friday. Bulgarian authorities confirmed the two were taken into custody and released. Attila Biro, an investigative journalist with the Rise … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | Bulgarian police detain journalists probing EU funds fraud

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 | EU to Trump: stop threatening us with tariffs

SOFIA, Bulgaria — The European Union has called on U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to stop threating it with tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying Thursday it is prepared to discuss trade — but not at gun-point. In March, Trump slapped tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminum, but … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | EU to Trump: stop threatening us with tariffs