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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...

EU elections: Weber, in Bulgaria, vows tough migration laws

May. 19, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A leading conservative candidate in next week's European Parliament elections has promised Bulgarians tight measures against illegal migration. Manfred Weber said in Sofia that "the state must win over the human traffickers in the fight against illegal migration." The center-right...

Bids in to operate main airport in Bulgaria capital of Sofia

May. 9, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Five international investors are bidding for a 35-year concession to operate the main ?irport in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. Bulgaria's transport ministry said Thursday that all five bidders met the tender requirements. As well as paying an annual lease to the Bulgarian...

Pope in Bulgaria says refugees need love; Orthodox stay away

May. 6, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis told refugees Monday in Bulgaria's showcase refugee center that they are bearing the "cross of humanity," as he pressed his call for the migrant-skeptic Balkan country to welcome poor and desperate foreigners with love. On his second and final day in Bulgaria, Francis...

The Latest: Orthodox reps not at pope's multi-faith event

May. 6, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Bulgaria (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Pope Francis is presiding over a peace meeting in Bulgaria with members of the Balkan country's different faith communities and a children's choir singing "We Are the World." There were no immediate signs at...

Pope urges migrant-skeptic Bulgarians to open hearts, homes

May. 5, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis urged Bulgarians on Sunday to open their hearts and homes to migrants, arguing that a country like Bulgaria, which is losing so much of its population to emigration, should well understand the forces that drive people to seek better lives elsewhere. As he arrived in the...

The Latest: Traveling pope urges 'revolution of charity'

May. 5, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Bulgaria (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Pope Francis called for a "revolution of charity" based on God's love while celebrating his first Mass in the majority Orthodox nation of Bulgaria. The Vatican, citing local organizers, estimated 12,000 people...

Far-right leaders rally in Bulgaria ahead of EU elections

May. 3, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Far-right party leaders have accused the European Union of promoting migration policies that aim to destroy the values of EU member nations. Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Rally, and Gerolf Annemans, president of the EU parliament's Movement for a Europe of Nations and...