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Russian diplomats to depart Bulgaria amid soaring tensions

Jul. 03, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Two Russian airplanes departed Bulgaria on Sunday with scores of Russian diplomatic staff and their families amid a mass expulsion that has sent tensions soaring between the historically close nations, a Russian diplomat said. Filip Voskresenski, a...

Bulgarian finance chief gets mandate as Russia tensions soar

Jul. 01, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's president on Friday handed the mandate to try and form a new government to the country's finance minister, four days after pro-Western reformist Kiril Petkov resigned following a no-confidence vote in Parliament. Asen Vassilev, from Petkov's We...

Bulgarian lawmakers vote to unblock N Macedonia's EU bid

Jun. 24, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s parliament voted Friday to lift a veto that has long blocked European Union membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, raising fresh hopes that the bloc can now press on with its expansion plans in the Western Balkans amid Russia’s war in...

Bulgaria's no-confidence vote could hamper EU expansion

Jun. 22, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Lawmakers in Bulgaria on Wednesday approved a no-confidence motion against the country’s minority coalition government that could topple the centrist prime minister and further stall efforts by Balkan countries to join the European Union. The center-right...

Bulgarian PM appeals for support ahead of no-confidence vote

Jun. 21, 2022 16:33 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian lawmakers on Tuesday started debating a no-confidence motion against the minority government, on the eve of the vote that could well topple centrist Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, elected just months ago on pledges to fight corruption. Parliament will...

EU expansion drive in Balkans adds to Bulgarian PM's woes

Jun. 17, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — After just seven months in office, and now reduced to heading a minority government, Bulgaria’s liberal Prime Minister Kiril Petkov finds himself between a rock and a hard place over European Union enlargement amid the war in Ukraine. Russia’s invasion...

3 dead in Bulgaria as passenger train hits truck at crossing

Jun. 07, 2022 10:43 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Three people were killed when a passenger train crashed into a truck at an unguarded railway crossing in northwestern Bulgaria Tuesday, authorities said. The accident occurred near Gara Oreshets, at 1:35 p.m. local time (1135 GMT), police said. ...

Live updates | Kyiv theater reopens with soldout performance

Jun. 06, 2022 23:23 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — A theater in Ukraine’s capital has reopened for the first time since Russian forces invaded the country, and tickets sold out for Sunday's performance. Theater on Podil was the latest cultural institution in Kyiv to resume operations. Movie theaters and the...

Bulgaria: Bodies found outside cemetery, funeral agent held

May. 25, 2022 06:17 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Authorities in Bulgaria said Wednesday that the bodies of seven people were discovered outside a cemetery near the capital. Police said that according to initial data, the bodies buried in a forest without coffins belonged to older adults who had died of...

Bulgaria rejects EU pressure to allow N Macedonia to join

May. 20, 2022 14:03 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria is sticking to its position blocking North Macedonia’s accession talks with the European Union despite growing pressures from its Western partners to lift its veto following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Hours after EU Enlargement Commissioner...