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Bulgarian president takes oath of office for second term

Jan. 19, 2022 06:31 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian President Rumen Radev took the oath of office Wednesday for his second term. Radev, who is the country’s fifth democratically elected president, was sworn in at a ceremony in parliament together with Vice President Iliana Yotova. ...

Bulgarian PM visits North Macedonia to boost battered ties

Jan. 18, 2022 09:53 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The new prime ministers of North Macedonia and Bulgaria agreed Tuesday to redouble efforts to improve relations between the Balkan neighbors, which soured after Bulgaria blocked North Macedonia’s bid to join the European Union. Bulgarian Prime...

From Bergamo to Beijing, Italy aims for more Olympic success

Jan. 17, 2022 05:25 AM EST

MODENA, Italy (AP) — The endless cacophony of ambulance sirens. The convoys of military trucks carrying away the overflowing coffins. The funerals — or lack thereof. Nobody who lived through the initial wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Bergamo — the first epicenter of...

North Macedonia: Center-left government OK'd by parliament

Jan. 16, 2022 18:07 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s parliament on Sunday approved a new coalition Cabinet led by the Social Democrats, with two ethnic Albanian parties as junior partners. The Cabinet won the confidence vote 62-46 in the 120-member legislature. It enjoys somewhat...

Anti-vaccine protesters try to storm Bulgarian parliament

Jan. 12, 2022 09:46 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Protesters opposing COVID-19 restrictions in Bulgaria clashed Wednesday with police as they tried to storm the Parliament in the capital of Sofia. A heavy police presence prevented protesters from entering the building and some were detained. Several people,...

Court: Bulgaria's surveillance laws breach rights convention

Jan. 11, 2022 14:03 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Bulgaria’s legislation on secret surveillance breaches the European human rights convention. The Strasbourg-based court was asked to evaluate Bulgaria’s 1997 surveillance law as well as several articles...

Bulgaria's leaders self-isolate after speaker COVID-positive

Jan. 11, 2022 06:18 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s top leaders are self-isolating after being in contact with the parliamentary speaker who tested positive for the coronavirus, the country’s chief health inspector said Tuesday. Speaker Nikola Minchev felt unwell and later tested positive for...

Bulgarian sees its population decline by 11.5% in a decade

Jan. 07, 2022 06:41 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s population has declined by 11.5% in the past decade, according to first results from the 2021 census. The National Statistical Institute said that the nation has shrunk by 844,000 people, from some 7.3 million in 2011 to 6.5 million today. ...

Christian world marks Epiphany with series of celebrations

Jan. 06, 2022 08:05 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Christians around the world on Thursday marked Epiphany, known as Three Kings Day for Catholics and the Baptism of Christ for the Orthodox, with a series of celebrations. Pope Francis used a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica to decry consumerism, parades were held...

Bulgaria, Romania see benefits and snags since joining EU

Jan. 05, 2022 08:25 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Fifteen years after Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union, many residents say the former communist nations certainly are better for it. But the two countries still have a way to go to deliver on ending endemic corruption and generating the kind...