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Bulgaria panel elects top prosecutor despite veto, protests

Nov. 14, 2019 9:50 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s supreme judicial panel has voted to override a presidential veto of the election of the new chief prosecutor, despite criticism from the public. The panel voted 20-4 Thursday to elect Ivan Geshev for a seven-year term. The 49-year-old Geshev was the only candidate...

Bulgarian president vetoes appointment of new prosecutor

Nov. 7, 2019 1:27 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's president has vetoed the appointment of Ivan Geshev as new chief prosecutor. President Rumen Radev on Thursday that he would ask the judicial panel that elected Geshev, currently a deputy chief prosecutor, to review its choice. Last month, the panel voted 20-4 to elect...

Serbia asks Russia's help to fight blaze on Bulgaria border

Oct. 29, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has asked for Russia's help in fighting a wildfire that has been raging for the past three days in a remote mountainous area on the border between Serbia and Bulgaria. Hundreds of firefighters in both countries have been struggling to contain the blaze on the Stara Planina...

Bulgaria expels Russian diplomat that it accused of spying

Oct. 28, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria has expelled a Russian diplomat accused by the prosecutor's office of spying. Bulgaria's foreign ministry said Monday it had asked the Russian ambassador in Sofia to recall a diplomat accused of spying. The prosecutor's office said it had received information from the...

PM's party has strong showing in Bulgaria's local elections

Oct. 27, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Exit poll results from Sunday's local elections in Bulgaria reaffirm Prime Minister Boyko Borissov's center-right GERB party's political dominance. The main challengers, the Socialists and a liberal pro-Western bloc, failed to gain outright victories in the capital, Sofia, and in...

The Latest: UK police arrest 4th person in truck deaths case

Oct. 25, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the case of 39 people found dead in a truck in England (all times local): 6:10 p.m. British police say they have arrested a fourth person in connection with the deaths of 39 people found in a truck in southeast England. Essex Police deputy chief Pippa Mills says a 48-year-old...

Bulgaria's new prosecutor sparks anti-corruption protests

Oct. 25, 2019 7:37 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's supreme judicial council has elected Ivan Geshev as the country's chief prosecutor, despite public criticism of him. The top judicial panel voted 20-4 on Thursday to elect Geshev, currently a deputy chief prosecutor, for a 7-year term. Geshev, 49, was the only candidate...

Rivals don't believe they can beat Shiffrin to overall title

Oct. 24, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — With Mikaela Shiffrin's dominance in the Alpine skiing World Cup increasing each year, some of her main competitors don't seem to hold out much hope of beating the American standout for the overall title. Like Wendy Holdener, who was runner-up to Shiffrin two years ago and third...

Grim find: 39 dead in one of UK's worst trafficking cases

Oct. 23, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

GRAYS, England (AP) — Authorities found 39 people dead in a truck in an industrial park in England on Wednesday and arrested the driver on suspicion of murder in one of Britain's worst human-smuggling tragedies. Police were reconstructing the final journey of the victims as they tried to piece together...

The Latest: Truck with 39 dead came to England from Belgium

Oct. 23, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the death of 39 people in a truck container in southeastern England (all times local): 4:25 p.m. U.K. police are revising their theories about a truck found in southeast England with 39 bodies inside, saying it traveled from Belgium to England, not from Ireland as they thought...