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Bulgaria to expel 2 Russian diplomats accused of spying

Sep. 23, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Two Russian diplomats accused of spying by Bulgarian prosecutors will be expelled from the country, Bulgaria’s foreign ministry announced on Wednesday. It said that an official note has been sent to notify the Russian Embassy in Sofia that the diplomats have to leave Bulgaria...

A father shouts slogans as he holds his son on his shoulders during a protest in front of the new National Assembly building, demanding government resignation in Sofia, Bulgaria, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across Bulgaria on Tuesday, Independence Day, calling on the prime minister and the chief prosecutor to step down over allegations they allowed an oligarchic mafia to seize control of the Balkan country. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

Bulgaria: On Independence Day, thousands urge govt to resign

Sep. 22, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across Bulgaria on Tuesday, Independence Day, calling on the prime minister and the chief prosecutor to step down over allegations they allowed an oligarchic mafia to seize control of the Balkan country. The predominantly young...

2 sentenced to life in absentia over Bulgarian bus bombing

Sep. 21, 2020 5:48 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian court on Monday sentenced two men to life in prison for their involvement in the 2012 bombing of a tourist bus that killed five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian bus driver and injured nearly 40 people. Meliad Farah, a dual Lebanese-Australian national, and Hassan El...

Bulgarian politician gets 4-year sentence for extortion

Sep. 15, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A district court in Bulgaria imposed a four-year prison sentence Tuesday on a deputy parliament speaker and head of a small opposition party who was convicted of extorting money from a restaurant owner. Veselin Mareshki heads the populist Volya party, which is closely linked to the...

A protester shouts and holds the Bulgarian flag during the nearly two months of unceasing protests in front of the new National Assembly building, in an anti-government rally in Sofia, Thursday Sept. 3, 2020. Bulgaria's president called on the government Wednesday to step down, echoing the demands of protesters demanding the resignations of the prime minister and the chief prosecutor over allegations they allowed an oligarchic mafia to seize control of the Balkan country. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

Bulgaria PM replaces justice minister amid protests

Sep. 3, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s embattled Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Thursday replaced the minister of justice, a move that is unlikely to appease protesters calling for nearly two months for the whole government to step down. Justice Minister Danail Kirilov submitted his resignation last...

President urges govt to resign as Bulgaria protests heat up

Sep. 2, 2020 7:23 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's president called on the government Wednesday to step down, echoing the demands of protesters demanding the resignations of the prime minister and the chief prosecutor over allegations they allowed an oligarchic mafia to seize control of the Balkan country. The biggest...

Bulgaria: Justice minister favoring new constitution resigns

Aug. 26, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s justice minister resigned Wednesday amid strong public criticism of a controversial proposal for a new constitution he co-authored. Daniel Kirilov's resignation made him the fifth government minister to be sacked in Bulgaria as the Balkan country sees a wave of...

Bulgaria PM pitches overhaul, to resign if lawmakers approve

Aug. 14, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s embattled prime minister said Friday that he would step down if lawmakers approve his plans for the election of a grand national assembly that would push through constitutional amendments to overhaul the country's political system. In a televised address to the...

A protester holds a poster in front of the German Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Several hundred anti-government protesters gathered in front of Germany’s embassy in Sofia, calling on Berlin and Brussels to “open their eyes” to widespread corruption in Bulgaria. During the peaceful protest, dubbed “Eyes Wide Shut,” organizers complained that the European Union has willfully ignored the state of affairs in its poorest member state. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

Bulgaria: Protesters seek support from Berlin and Brussels

Aug. 12, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Several hundred anti-government protesters gathered on Wednesday in front of the German embassy in Sofia, calling on Berlin and Brussels to “open their eyes” to widespread corruption in Bulgaria. During the peaceful protest, dubbed “Eyes Wide Shut,”...

FILE - In this Monday, April 6, 2020 file photo, police perform checks on commercial and passenger traffic on the Dutch-Belgian border, during a partial lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Meer, Belgium. As European countries struggle to manage spikes in coronavirus cases, concern is mounting about a

Virus-linked border moves raise fears on free travel in EU

Aug. 10, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As European countries struggle to manage spikes in coronavirus cases, concern is mounting about a “second wave” of uncoordinated border restrictions within Europe that threatens the free movement of goods and people — a foundation that the world’s biggest trading...