Bulgaria - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Bulgaria Bulgaria seizes big haul of heroin bound for the Netherlands SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian customs agents have seized some 423 kilograms (933 pounds) of heroin worth an estimated $34 million at a border checkpoint with Romania. Customs chief Georgi Kostov said Sunday the drugs were in a truck stopped at the Danube Bridge near Vidin, 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. ... Sun, 21 May 2017 13:59:00 GMT 2017-05-21T13:59:00Z Ryanair flight diverted to Austria, unruly passenger removed VIENNA (AP) — Budget carrier Ryanair says a regular flight from Sofia to London was diverted to the Austrian city of Linz and a "disruptive" passenger handed over to police before the aircraft continued on to its destination. Company spokesman Ronan O'Keeffe said Wednesday that the incident occurred Tuesday but gave no details. State broadcaster ORF says ... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:32:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:32:00Z Bulgarians, Romanians face new limits to jobs in Switzerland GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's executive branch on Wednesday ordered a one-year cap on the number of workers from Bulgaria and Romania who can access Swiss jobs, after an influx from the two European Union member states in recent months. The decision by the seven-member Federal Council invokes rules of a deal between Switzerland and the 28-member bloc, of wh... Wed, 10 May 2017 16:59:00 GMT 2017-05-10T16:59:00Z Hungarian prosecutors indict 11 men in death of 71 migrants BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Eleven men have been indicted in the case of the deaths of 71 migrants who suffocated in the back of a refrigerated truck in 2015, Hungarian authorities said Thursday. Laszlo Nanasi, chief prosecutor of Bacs-Kiskun County, said the group includes men from Afghanistan, Bulgaria and Lebanon who allegedly smuggled some 1,200 people from the Hungary-Serb... Thu, 04 May 2017 14:49:00 GMT 2017-05-04T14:49:00Z Bulgaria's parliament approves new government SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's parliament on Thursday approved the country's new center-right government in a bid to restore stability, spur economic development and implement reforms. Lawmakers voted 133-100 to elect 57-year-old Boiko Borisov to a third term as prime minister. In a separate vote, legislators also approved the Cabine... Thu, 04 May 2017 10:48:00 GMT 2017-05-04T10:48:00Z EU rules out suspension of US, Canada visa-waivers BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it has decided not to suspend visa-free travel arrangements with the United States and Canada given good progress made on resolving the standoff. The United States is refusing to allow visa-free travel to citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania until they meet the requirements of U.S. law. Canada has limits on certain... Tue, 02 May 2017 15:57:00 GMT 2017-05-02T15:57:00Z 8 migrant smugglers arrested in Serbia BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police have arrested eight people suspected of smuggling migrants from the border with Bulgaria to the European Union. Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic says the "criminal group" arrested Wednesday is suspected of smuggling more than 200 migrants for a fee of 250 euros ($270) each "over a long period of time." ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:54:00 GMT 2017-04-19T12:54:00Z Figures of Trump and Putin meet in Bulgarian mall SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — You wouldn't expect to encounter Donald Trump in a Bulgarian shopping mall, especially not standing next to Vladimir Putin. Wax figures of both presidents are part of a visiting exhibition staged by the famous Retro Museum from the Black Sea town of Varna. It took nearly six months to create the Trump figure, muse... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 14:03:00 GMT 2017-04-01T14:03:00Z Down and nearly out: Dutch soccer in decline AMSTERDAM (AP) — Last year, their team absent from the European Championship, Dutch soccer fans sat drinking beer overlooking Marseille's Old Port under an orange banner which read: "We only do World Cups." That seems like wishful thinking now. Halfway through its qualifying campaign for the 2018 tournament, the Netherlands -- a finalist and semifinalist ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:56:00 GMT 2017-03-29T11:56:00Z No fairytale start for Grim: Italy beats Netherlands 2-1 AMSTERDAM (AP) — Italy beat the Netherlands 2-1 in a friendly Tuesday in caretaker Dutch coach Fred Grim's first and possibly only match in charge. The Dutch went down playing positive attacking football, unlike the meek capitulation in Saturday's 2-0 World Cup qualifier defeat to Bulgaria that cost Grim's predecessor Danny Blind his job. ... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:55:00 GMT 2017-03-28T21:55:00Z Bulgaria near final results give pro-EU party clear victory SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A center-right, pro-European Union party is the clear winner in Bulgaria's parliamentary election, according to near final results Monday. With about 96.7 percent of the votes counted, GERB had 32.6 percent of the votes, the central election commission said. The results allows party leader Boiko Borisov, a former prime minister, to form his third Cabinet. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:57:00 GMT 2017-03-27T09:57:00Z Germany, England, Poland stay on course in WCup qualifying BERLIN (AP) — Germany, England and Poland all took another step toward World Cup qualification but the Netherlands' failure to do the same cost national coach Danny Blind his job on Sunday. The Dutch football association fired Blind one day after his team's humiliating 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria in Sofia — a result that leaves the 2014 World Cup semifinalist in danger of missing... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:32:00 GMT 2017-03-26T22:32:00Z Center-right party tops Bulgaria election; Socialists yield SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov took the lead in Bulgaria's parliamentary election on Sunday, a pair of exit polls showed, a result that if confirmed by official returns indicates support for the country keeping its European identity. The Alpha Research exit poll said GERB won 32.2 percent of the v... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:59:00 GMT 2017-03-26T20:59:00Z The Latest: Bulgaria's Socialist leader concedes election SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Bulgaria's election Sunday: (all times local): 10:50 p.m. The leader of Bulgaria's Socialists has conceded defeat after exit polls showed her party placing second in the parliamentary election held Sunday. Socialist Party leader Kornelia Ninova congratulated former Prime Minister B... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:00:00 GMT 2017-03-26T20:00:00Z Danny Blind fired as coach of Dutch football team THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch football association fired national coach Danny Blind on Sunday, a day after his team's humiliating 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier in Sofia. KNVB director Jean Paul Decossaux said in a statement that Blind was removed because of poor results under his leadership. Blind said he bel... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:58:00 GMT 2017-03-26T19:58:00Z Ronaldo hits 70 int. goals, Dutch stunned in WCup qualifiers While Cristiano Ronaldo kept moving up Europe's all-time scorers list on Saturday, a demoralizing loss to Bulgaria endangered the Netherlands' World Cup qualification. With two goals in Portugal's 3-0 win over Hungary, Ronaldo moved into fourth place on the all-time scorers list for European nations. Ronaldo's 70 in 137 appearances trai... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:33:00 GMT 2017-03-25T23:33:00Z Bulgaria beats Netherlands 2-0 in World Cup qualifier Teenager Matthijs de Ligt's dream debut for the Netherlands quickly turned into a nightmare as he handed Bulgaria an early goal in a 2-0 defeat for the Dutch in World Cup qualifying on Saturday. With France staying on top of Group A by beating Luxembourg 3-1 and Sweden thrashing Belarus 4-0 to go second, the Netherlands slid to fourth, behind Bulgaria. ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:29:00 GMT 2017-03-25T22:29:00Z Bulgarian nationalists protest at Turkish border before vote SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) —  Bulgarian nationalists kept up their protests at the Turkish border Saturday against Bulgarian citizens living permanently in Turkey who are coming in to vote in Bulgaria's election. The border blockade reflects rising tensions between the two countries over Turkey's open backing for a group that represents Bulgaria's sizeable Turk... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:17:00 GMT 2017-03-25T14:17:00Z Janssen out of Dutch squad for Bulgaria World Cup qualifier THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen is sick and has been left out of the Netherlands squad travelling to Bulgaria for a World Cup qualifier. Coach Danny Blind has not called up a replacement for Janssen. Blind is leaving on Friday for Sofia with a 24-player squad for Saturday's match. The Netherlands ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:12:00 GMT 2017-03-24T09:12:00Z Erdogan calls for fair, transparent elections in Bulgaria ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized on Thursday what he described as "pressure" on ethnic Turks in Bulgaria ahead of elections in the country. Addressing representatives of Balkans' migrant groups, Erdogan said he hoped for "fair and transparent" parliamentary elections there on Sunday. Erdogan's comm... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:11:00 GMT 2017-03-23T22:11:00Z A look at the political blocs in Bulgaria's general election SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Some 6.8 million Bulgarians are eligible to choose their new parliament in an election widely predicted to fail to determine a clear winner, leading to a political deadlock instead of a new government. This will be the third parliamentary vote since 2013 and follows the resignation of the center-right government of Boiko Borisov ove... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:35:00 GMT 2017-03-23T13:35:00Z Bulgarians block roads to stop voters arriving from Turkey SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Several hundred Bulgarian nationalists have blocked the three main checkpoints at the Bulgarian-Turkish border for a few hours Tuesday to prevent what they called "electoral tourism" by Bulgarian citizens living permanently in Turkey. The organizers from the nationalist United Patriots coalition claimed they had information that som... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:52:00 GMT 2017-03-21T19:52:00Z Brignone leads Italian sweep, Worley wins World Cup GS title ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Tessa Worley waved her ski pole at the finish and pumped her fist. Rarely has not winning felt this rewarding. The Frenchwoman clinched the season-long giant slalom title Sunday with a conservative run on a day Federica Brignone led an Italian sweep at the World Cup Finals. "I just went for it, kep... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:27:00 GMT 2017-03-19T22:27:00Z Bulgaria: Australian's terror trial adjourned until April SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The trial of an Australian man charged with terrorism offenses in Bulgaria has been put on hold for three weeks after the court decided to hear testimony from additional witnesses. John "Ivan" Zahariev, a dual Australian-Bulgarian citizen, has been in custody since September, when he was arrested for allegedly planning to go to Syri... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:19:00 GMT 2017-03-17T16:19:00Z Netherlands coach names 2 new defenders in squad THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Netherlands coach Danny Blind named two new defenders Friday in his squad for a World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria and a friendly against Italy. Blind picked 17-year-old Ajax center back Matthijs de Ligt and Lazio defender Wesley Hoedt for his 25-man squad, looking to plug gaps left by a string of injuries to regulars such as Virgil van Dijk a... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:54:00 GMT 2017-03-17T13:54:00Z Dutch vote is step 1 as Europe elections test populism PARIS (AP) — As the Netherlands elects new leadership Wednesday, its European neighbors are watching with unusual interest — because the struggle between nationalist, anti-immigrant politicians and pro-EU forces is playing out across the continent in elections later this year. The Dutch vote is likely to resonate across borders, even though local campaign... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:49:00 GMT 2017-03-15T17:49:00Z AP Photos: East Europeans mark spring with good-luck charms BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Millions of Eastern Europeans celebrated the arrival of spring Wednesday with charms tied with red-and-white string, a centuries-old custom symbolizing hope and a new season. People across Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova buy and give good-luck trinkets to celebrate March 1, the day that marks the beginning of spring. In Romania whe... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:22:00 GMT 2017-03-01T13:22:00Z Russian world ice fishing champion, Ukraine team winner RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Russia's Dmitry Eliseev is the new World Ice Fishing Champion after beating a field of 78 others on the frozen Baltic Sea off the coast of the Latvian capital. Organizers said Eliseev's total catch of 5.2 kilograms (11.46 pounds) was more than a kilogram (2.2 pounds) heavier than that of Denys Novgorodskii of Ukraine and two kilograms heavier than what th... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:38:00 GMT 2017-02-26T19:38:00Z Top seed Cilic & defending champion Klizan lose in quarters ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Top-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia and defending champion Martin Klizan of Slovakia both lost in the quarterfinals of the World Tennis Tournament on Friday. Cilic was beaten 7-6 (8), 7-6 (5) by sixth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who defeated the former U.S. Open champion for only the second time in seven meetings. Tsonga had 12 aces compa... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:09:00 GMT 2017-02-17T23:09:00Z Pooh the cat gets a pair of bionic legs in Bulgaria SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A cat named Pooh has been given a new lease of life in Bulgaria, becoming the country's first "bionic cat" with a pair of prosthetic hind legs. Veterinary surgeon Vladislav Zlatinov carried out the operation that in Europe has only previously been done in Britain. He was aiming to give the fluffy, black-and-white cat who was probably hit by a train a c... 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