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Romanian forest attack highlights illegal logging 'scourge'

Sep. 18, 2021 05:39 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Two journalists and an environmental activist have been beaten up by suspected illegal loggers in a forest in northeastern Romania while making a documentary about illicit deforestation, authorities said Friday. Thursday's attack in Suceava...

The Latest: UN: Afghanistan on brink of “universal poverty”

Sep. 09, 2021 23:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations development agency says Afghanistan is teetering on the brink of “universal poverty” which could become a reality in the middle of next year unless urgent efforts are made to bolster local communities and their economies. It said...

Romania: No-confidence vote stalled, political crisis grows

Sep. 09, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s governing National Liberal Party on Thursday blocked — with the help of an opposition party — a no-confidence motion brought by a former coalition partner, capping a week of political turmoil in the Eastern European country. The...

N. Macedonia: Blaze at COVID-19 field hospital kills 14

Sep. 09, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s government declared three days of mourning Thursday following a deadly overnight fire in a COVID-19 field hospital that killed 14 people and injured a dozen. The blaze broke out late Wednesday in the western city of...

Romania's LGBT community sees gains, ongoing rights struggle

Aug. 22, 2021 03:33 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The last person jailed for being gay in Romania walked free in 1998. The country decriminalized homosexuality three years after that, in 2001, while reforming its laws to qualify for membership in the European Union. The...

The Latest: India evacuates 168 people on flight from Kabul

Aug. 21, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

NEW DELHI — An Indian official says an air force transport plane has left Kabul for New Delhi carrying 168 people on board. Arindam Bagchi, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, says the plane took off from Kabul on Sunday morning and the passengers include 107...

Bucharest gay pride march resumes after coronavirus pause

Aug. 14, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Several thousand LGBT supporters took to the streets in the Romanian capital of Bucharest Saturday for a gay pride parade that resumed after a year’s pause due to the pandemic. Marchers young and old walked through the capital’s streets,...

Romania: Cocaine found in Colombian banana boxes

Jul. 29, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

BUCHAREST (AP) — Romanian authorities have confiscated 503 kilograms (1,109 pounds) of cocaine that was discovered in a fruit and vegetable warehouse near Bucharest, officials said Thursday. The cocaine, which was hidden among 35 boxes of bananas in Chiajna, was seized...

U.S. Black Hawk helicopter forced to land in Bucharest

Jul. 15, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

BUCHAREST (AP) — A U.S. Black Hawk military helicopter training in Romania was forced to undertake an emergency landing Thursday in central Bucharest, bringing down two lampposts in the process. No one was injured. The helicopter, which landed near the Arc De Triumph in...

Romania: Former ruling party leader gets early jail release

Jul. 15, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

BUCHAREST (AP) — A former leader of Romania’s Social Democratic Party who was sentenced to 3 ½ years in jail for corruption in 2019 will be released early, a court ruled Thursday. Liviu Dragnea, who was convicted by the Supreme Court in May 2019 for official...