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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...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

May. 11, 2022 20:38 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — An adviser to the Mariupol mayor said Wednesday that Russian forces have blocked all evacuation routes out of the city. The adviser, Petro Andriushchenko, said there were few apartment buildings fit to live in after the weeks of bombardment and very little food or...

Live updates | UN: More than 300 evacuated from Mariupol

May. 04, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

The United Nations says more than 300 civilians from the besieged southeastern city of Mariupol and four other towns have been evacuated to Ukrainian-held Zaporizhzhia in a second successful operation to get civilians out of areas subject to Russian shelling and attacks. Osnat...

Live updates | US set to send more military aid to Ukraine

Apr. 21, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is set to announce plans Thursday to send additional military aid to help Ukraine fight back against the Russian invasion, according to a U.S. official. The official, who was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke on the condition of...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

Apr. 19, 2022 20:52 PM EDT

Russia assaulted cities and towns along a boomerang-shaped front hundreds of miles long and poured more troops into Ukraine on Tuesday in a potentially pivotal battle for control of the country’s eastern industrial heartland of coal mines and factories. If successful, the Russian...

EU approves Bulgaria’s post-pandemic recovery fund plan

Apr. 07, 2022 08:28 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Brussels has given the green light to Bulgaria’s European Union-funded recovery and sustainability plan, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said during a visit to Sofia on Thursday. The Balkan country is among the last EU members to get...

New radio station helps Ukrainian refugees adapt in Prague

Apr. 02, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — This is Radio Ukraine calling. A new Prague-based internet radio station has started to broadcast news, information and music tailored to the day-to-day concerns of some 300,000 Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in the Czech Republic since Russia launched its...

North Macedonia, Bulgaria reestablish commercial air link

Mar. 26, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia and Bulgaria reestablished a commercial air link Saturday after 13 years of interruption, as a symbolic trust-building move. Relations between the two Balkan neighbors have long been strained as the Bulgarians do not recognize a...

Live updates: Zelenskyy reassures Ukraine in nightly address

Mar. 24, 2022 23:17 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine — With the war headed into its second month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke of hope and determination in his nighttime video address to the nation late Thursday. “It is already night. But we are working,” he said in a quiet voice. “The country...

Teenage pilot starts around-the-world flight from Bulgaria

Mar. 23, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Like brother, like sister. A Belgian-British teenage pilot hopes to join his sister in the record books after starting his attempt to become the youngest person to fly around the world solo in a small plane on Wednesday. With his parents...