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FBI Pittsburgh Special Agent Michael Christman speaks in a video presented by Portuguese police chief inspector Paulo Goncalves, at left, during a news conference at the police headquarters in Lisbon, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. European and American officials say that they have arrested 20 individuals for allegedly belonging to an international ring that laundered millions of euros stolen by cybercriminals in an international police operation led by Portuguese investigators and the F.B.I. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Cybercrime money-launders busted by European police, FBI

Oct. 15, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — European and American officials said Thursday that they have arrested 20 people in several countries for allegedly belonging to an international ring that laundered millions of euros stolen by cybercriminals through malware schemes. The international police operation...

The youngest nephew of Azime Ali Topchu, 48, a Bulgarian Roma woman, peers from behind a curtain in a village on the outskirts of Burgas, Bulgaria, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Human rights activists and experts say local officials in several countries with significant Roma populations have used the pandemic to unlawfully target the minority group, which is Europe's largest and has faced centuries of severe discrimination. In Bulgaria, Roma communities were sprayed with disinfectant from crop dusters this spring as coronavirus cases surged in the country. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Some European officials use virus as a cover to target Roma

Oct. 15, 2020 5:06 AM EDT

BURGAS, Bulgaria (AP) — In Bulgaria, Roma communities were sprayed with disinfectant from crop dusters this spring as coronavirus cases surged in the country. In Slovakia, their villages were the only ones where the army conducted testing. And across Central and Eastern Europe, reports of police using...

Healthcare workers attending to COVID-19 patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) at Na Bulovce hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. A record surge of new coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic in September has been followed by a record surge of those hospitalized with COVID-19. The development has started to put the health system in the country under serious pressure for the first time since the pandemic hit Europe. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Czech Republic tops record infection surge in Eastern Europe

Oct. 8, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government announced further restrictions Thursday to contain the pandemic in the hardest hit-country in struggling Central and Eastern Europe, where a record surge of infections was also recorded in most other countries. Calling his country's record spike “alarming,”...

European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova speaks during a media conference on the Rule of Law Report 2020 at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

European report finds waning of democracy in Poland, Hungary

Sep. 30, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Democratic standards are facing “important challenges” in some European Union countries, particularly in Hungary and Poland, where the judicial systems are under threat, the EU's executive commission said Wednesday in its first report on adherence to the rule of law. The...

Bulgaria to expel 2 Russian diplomats accused of spying

Sep. 23, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Two Russian diplomats accused of spying by Bulgarian prosecutors will be expelled from the country, Bulgaria’s foreign ministry announced on Wednesday. It said that an official note has been sent to notify the Russian Embassy in Sofia that the diplomats have to leave Bulgaria...

A father shouts slogans as he holds his son on his shoulders during a protest in front of the new National Assembly building, demanding government resignation in Sofia, Bulgaria, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across Bulgaria on Tuesday, Independence Day, calling on the prime minister and the chief prosecutor to step down over allegations they allowed an oligarchic mafia to seize control of the Balkan country. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

Bulgaria: On Independence Day, thousands urge govt to resign

Sep. 22, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across Bulgaria on Tuesday, Independence Day, calling on the prime minister and the chief prosecutor to step down over allegations they allowed an oligarchic mafia to seize control of the Balkan country. The predominantly young...

2 sentenced to life in absentia over Bulgarian bus bombing

Sep. 21, 2020 5:48 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian court on Monday sentenced two men to life in prison for their involvement in the 2012 bombing of a tourist bus that killed five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian bus driver and injured nearly 40 people. Meliad Farah, a dual Lebanese-Australian national, and Hassan El...

Bulgarian politician gets 4-year sentence for extortion

Sep. 15, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A district court in Bulgaria imposed a four-year prison sentence Tuesday on a deputy parliament speaker and head of a small opposition party who was convicted of extorting money from a restaurant owner. Veselin Mareshki heads the populist Volya party, which is closely linked to the...

A protester shouts and holds the Bulgarian flag during the nearly two months of unceasing protests in front of the new National Assembly building, in an anti-government rally in Sofia, Thursday Sept. 3, 2020. Bulgaria's president called on the government Wednesday to step down, echoing the demands of protesters demanding the resignations of the prime minister and the chief prosecutor over allegations they allowed an oligarchic mafia to seize control of the Balkan country. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

Bulgaria PM replaces justice minister amid protests

Sep. 3, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s embattled Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Thursday replaced the minister of justice, a move that is unlikely to appease protesters calling for nearly two months for the whole government to step down. Justice Minister Danail Kirilov submitted his resignation last...

President urges govt to resign as Bulgaria protests heat up

Sep. 2, 2020 7:23 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's president called on the government Wednesday to step down, echoing the demands of protesters demanding the resignations of the prime minister and the chief prosecutor over allegations they allowed an oligarchic mafia to seize control of the Balkan country. The biggest...