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Small plane crashes in southern Bulgaria, 2 killed

Apr. 20, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Authorities in Bulgaria say a small private plane has crashed in a field in a southern region, killing the pilot and the lone passenger on board. Plovdiv police chief Atanas Ilkov said the two-seat Zodiac aircraft was on a demonstration tour when one of its wings separated in flight...

Bulgarian customs officials seize heroin from Iranian truck

Apr. 19, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian customs officials say they have seized 288 kilograms (635 pounds) of heroin found in an Iranian truck entering Bulgaria from Turkey. The drugs were discovered at the Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint, customs officer Ivan Kuchmov said on Friday. They were stashed in 144 packages...

Bulgaria police seize 200kg of cocaine recovered from sea

Apr. 17, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian border police have discovered and seized more than 200 kilograms (441 pounds) of cocaine in waters near the country's Black Sea coast. The District Prosecutor's Office in Dobrich said Wednesday a third cocaine haul in a week — a 16-kilogram bag of the drug —...

Anti-Roma protests take place in Bulgarian city of Gabrovo

Apr. 12, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Protests against the Roma community have taken place in the northern Bulgarian city of Gabrovo, sparked by an alleged attack by Roma men on a shopkeeper. Nine people were arrested and three reported injured Thursday evening during the latest clashes between protesters and police....

Police detain 5 for critically endangered eel smuggling

Apr. 11, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have detained five men, including two Chinese citizens and a customs official, on suspicion of smuggling a critically endangered species of eel. Police said Thursday that four of the suspects allegedly purchased 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of...

Greek police arrest suspect in Greek-Australian's murder

Apr. 5, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities said Friday they have arrested and charged a Bulgarian man over the suspected contract killing of a Greek Australian who was fatally shot outside his home in an Athens seaside suburb last year. The suspect's brother is also wanted on suspicion of having helped plan...

Small plane crashes in North Macedonia, 4 feared dead

Apr. 2, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Authorities in North Macedonia say a small private plane has crashed into a mountain in a central region of the country and all four Bulgarian nationals on board are feared dead. National Commission for Air Accidents head Zoran Ilievski told The Associated Press police...

Romania premier lauds benefits of new gas pipeline

Mar. 29, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister says a number of European countries need to diversify energy sources to lessen dependence on Russian gas. Ahead of a meeting of Balkan leaders, Premier Viorica Dancila said a planned gas pipeline pumping Romanian gas from the Black Sea to Bulgaria, Hungary...

Bulgaria: Senior politicians depart over property scandal

Mar. 28, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

S0FIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's prime minister is removing several key political figures after they were involved in a public scandal over real estate purchases. Seeking to avoid any setback before the European Parliament elections, Boyko Borissov on Thursday accepted the resignation from parliament of...

New Zealand gunman entranced with Ottoman sites in Europe

Mar. 16, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The white supremacist suspected in the mosque shootings that left at least 50 people dead in New Zealand had traveled to the Balkans in the past three years, where he toured historic sites and apparently studied battles between Christians and the Ottoman empire. Authorities in...