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Bulgarian lawmakers seal deal to buy 8 new F-16s from US

Jul. 19, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's parliament has approved the purchase of eight new American fighter jets as part of a plan to replace the Balkan country's aging Soviet-built jets and to bring its air force in line with NATO standards. Lawmakers voted 123-78 on Friday in favor of a government motion to buy...

Bulgaria detains cybersecurity employee in tax data hacking

Jul. 17, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian police have detained a suspect who is allegedly behind the hacking of the national revenue agency, an attack that leaked the personal and financial data of millions of Bulgarians and companies. Police cybersecurity chief Yavor Kolev said Wednesday a 20-year-old Bulgarian...

Hackers steal millions of Bulgarians' data; Russian tie seen

Jul. 16, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian officials said Tuesday that unidentified hackers have stolen the personal details of millions of people from Bulgaria's national revenue agency and noted a possible Russian link in the case. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called an emergency meeting of all law enforcement...

Bulgaria's government to buy 8 new F-16s from US

Jul. 10, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's government gave the go-ahead Wednesday for the purchase of eight new F-16 fighters in a bid to replace its aging Soviet-built jets and bring its air force in line with NATO standards. The decision for the biggest military purchase in post-Communist Bulgaria still needs...

'The Father' wins Karlovy Vary film fest's top prize

Jul. 6, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — "The Father," a movie directed by Bulgaria's filmmaking duo Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, has won the top prize at the 54th edition of an international film festival in the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary. The movie was chosen from 12 contenders for the Crystal Globe by the Karlovy...

Sweden beats England 2-1 to take third at Women's World Cup

Jul. 6, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson each scored and Sweden beat England 2-1 Saturday night to take third place in the Women's World Cup. Asllani, who was taken off the field in a stretcher during Sweden's semifinal loss to the Netherlands, started Saturday and gave the Swedes the lead...

Analysis: EU leaders leader fail again to share out top jobs

Jul. 1, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders let their people down Monday. And now they're hoping some sleep will help them save face and wrap up a never-ending summit that has turned into a massive embarrassment. After a choppy few years, they had a precious opportunity to show unity as they huddled to make...

Bulgarian brothers banned from tennis for corruption

Jun. 17, 2019 6:23 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Two brothers from Bulgaria have been provisionally suspended from professional tennis for corruption. The Tennis Integrity Unity says 24-year-old Karen Khachatyran and 19-year-old Yuri Khachatyran "are ineligible to compete in or attend any sanctioned event organized or recognized" by the...

Mayor joins pride parade amid Poland's anti-LGBT campaign

Jun. 8, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The largest gay pride parade in central and eastern Europe brought tens of thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw on Saturday at a time when Poland's LGBT rights movement is the target of a government campaign depicting it as a threat. Diplomats from the United States, Canada...

The Latest: Salvini says populists will control 150 EU seats

Jun. 8, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local): 3 p.m. The leader of Italy's right-wing League Party, Matteo Salvini, calculates that populist and nationalist parties will control at least 150 seats in the new 751-seat European Parliament. Votes were still coming in...