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Greece just legalized same-sex marriage. Will other Orthodox countries join them any time soon?

Feb. 16, 2024 08:44 AM EST

Greece has become the first majority-Orthodox Christian nation to legalize same-sex marriage under civil law. At least for the near future, it will almost certainly be the only one. Eastern Orthodox leadership, despite lacking a single doctrinal authority like a pope, has been united...

Bulgaria's farmers are joining Europe-wide protests

Feb. 05, 2024 11:47 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Hundreds of angry farmers took to the streets in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, on Monday to complain of what they called “the total failure” of the government to meet the mounting challenges of the agricultural sector. They called on Agriculture Minister...

International Ice Hockey Federation signals it could allow Israel to play upcoming events

Jan. 12, 2024 09:17 AM EST

ZURICH (AP) — The International Ice Hockey Federation said Friday that it could allow Israel to play in some upcoming world championship tournaments after earlier indicating that Israeli teams would be barred over concerns about security at the events. The IIHF said Wednesday that...

Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania sign a deal to tackle Black Sea mines

Jan. 11, 2024 06:12 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania on Thursday signed an agreement to jointly tackle drifting sea mines that have threatened Black Sea shipping since the start of the Ukraine war. Turkish Defense Minister Yasar Guler said the agreement establishes a Mine Countermeasures...

Bulgaria and Romania overcome Austria's objections and get partial approval to join Schengen Area

Dec. 28, 2023 14:11 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria and Romania have received permission to join Europe’s passport- and visa-free Schengen Area, starting in March, the governments of the two countries said. The move initially will apply only to travelers arriving by air and sea, while Austria has...

Bulgaria dismantles a Soviet army monument that has dominated the Sofia skyline since 1954

Dec. 13, 2023 18:20 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria on Wednesday began dismantling a monument to the army of the Soviet Union that dominated the skyline of the capital, Sofia, for nearly 70 years and was widely seen as a symbol of Russia’s influence in the Balkan country. The monument was erected in...

Bulgarian parliament again approves additional military aid to Ukraine

Dec. 08, 2023 15:41 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s parliament on Friday approved the provision of additional military aid to Ukraine in its war with Russia. A majority of 147 lawmakers in the 240-seat chamber voted in favor of supplying Ukraine with portable anti-aircraft missile systems and...

Russian FM says he plans to attend OSCE meeting in North Macedonia

Nov. 27, 2023 17:35 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that he plans to travel to North Macedonia later this week to attend a conference, a trip that would mark his first visit to a NATO member country since Moscow sent troops to Ukraine. Russia is one of the 57 members...