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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...

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...

Bulgaria arrests 6 soccer fans following racist acts

Oct. 16, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian police arrested six soccer fans Wednesday and identified 15 people linked to making racist gestures, including Nazi salutes, during a European Championship qualifying match against England. Bulgarian fans also directed monkey noises at England's black players during the...

Australian held 11 years for Bulgaria stabbing out on parole

Oct. 15, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — An Australian man who has spent 11 years in Bulgarian custody over a fatally stabbing was released from immigration detention Tuesday after a court unexpectedly ordered him paroled. Jock Palfreeman must remain in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, and report to local police weekly,...

President of Bulgarian soccer resigns after fan racism, loss

Oct. 15, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Criticized around Europe for the racist behavior of Bulgarian fans and under pressure from the country's prime minister following a run of poor results, the president of the country's soccer federation resigned on Tuesday. A few hours later, Bulgarian special police forces raided the...

England's Euro qualifier in Bulgaria marred by racist abuse

Oct. 14, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — England's Football Association called on UEFA to take "very stringent" action after the country's European Championship qualifier against Bulgaria was stopped twice in the first half because of racist chants and Nazi salutes from the home supporters. England's 6-0 win was halted in...

Bulgarian court to eye revoking parole for Australian man

Sep. 27, 2019 5:37 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's highest court says it will look into a petition by the chief prosecutor to revoke the parole by a lower court to an Australian man convicted of fatally stabbing a Bulgarian student during a 2007 brawl. The Supreme Court of Cassation announced Thursday it will hold a...