EU says it’s ready to hit back if US imposes car tariffs
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A European Union official says "there is full support" from member states to hit back if U.S. President Donald Trump imposes tariffs on cars and car parts.
Romania detains Italian man who posed as plastic surgeon
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian police on Wednesday detained an Italian man who allegedly posed as a plastic surgeon in clinics around Bucharest, doing dozens of operations including breast implants.
Border police detained Matteo Politi on a train on the Romanian-Hungarian border early Wednesday after an alert went out and he was brought to Bucharest. A statement said he was being investigated for fraud.
Romania investigates man who posed as plastic surgeon
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Authorities in Romania are investigating an Italian citizen who allegedly posed as a plastic surgeon in clinics around Bucharest.
The College of Medics said Tuesday that it hadn't issued Matteo Politi, who used the alias Matthew Mode, with a license to practice.
Romanian health authorities, who must also issue a separate permit to doctors, say he was given one in March 2018 after submitting a fake diploma claiming he'd qualified as a doctor in Kosovo.
EU: Future member states must hold democratic elections
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief says would-be member states from the former Soviet Union must hold free and fair elections to be eligible for future membership.
Federica Mogherini was referring to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia who signed association agreements with the EU in 2014, amid sharp criticism from Russia.
NATO chief urges Russia to comply with missile pact
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — NATO's secretary-general has urged Russia to respect a Cold War-era missile treaty saying its missiles are nuclear capable and could reach European cities.
Jens Stoltenberg said in Bucharest on Wednesday that Russia was violating the treaty and had "developed and deployed new intermediate range missiles," which were "hard to detect, mobile."
European Union presidency to back Macedonia accession talks
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The European Union presidency says it will back Macedonia to open accession talks after it reached a deal to change its name.
Romanian European Affairs Minister George Ciamba said Monday he wanted negotiations to start for Macedonia in June at a meeting of EU ministers.
Romania, which currently holds the bloc's rotating presidency, also supports Albania opening accession talks.
Freezing rain downs 800 trees, delays flights in Romania
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Authorities say freezing rain in Romania's capital has downed hundreds of trees and electricity lines, damaging cars and causing long flight delays.
Dozens of flights were late or canceled at Bucharest's Henry Coanda Airport due to icy conditions on Saturday. Power outages of several hours were reported in the capital from fallen electricity lines.
Plane makes emergency landing in Black Sea port in Romania
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian authorities say an airplane flying from Cyprus to the Romanian capital has made an emergency landing in the Black Sea port of Constanta because of a problem with the wing flaps. Nobody has been reported injured.
Authorities said the Romanian airline Blue Air flight from Larnaca to Bucharest, carrying 109 passengers and crew, landed safely in Constanta on Sunday afternoon.
Pope to visit Romania in spring during busy 2019 travel
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is adding another trip to his busy 2019 travel schedule with a three-day visit to Romania May 31-June 2.
The Vatican press office announced Friday Francis would visit the capital, Bucharest, Iasi in northeastern Romania known for its Orthodox churches and monasteries, and Blaj, the seat of the Catholic Church. Also on the itinerary is a visit to the Marian shrine at Sumuleu Ciuc.
Backstage drama accompanies Romania’s debut in EU presidency
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Backstage drama came to the fore Thursday as Romania assumed the presidency of the European Union for the first time, an international debut that was preceded by questions about the country's readiness for the role.
Romania insists it’s up to the EU presidency
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's government insists it is capable of handling the rotating presidency of the European Union, dismissing remarks made by the head of the bloc's executive branch.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recently questioned whether Romania was ready for the political give-and-take of holding the presidency which began this month, adding it was "technically well-prepared" for the role.
Romanian engineer who saved churches from destruction dies
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Eugeniu Iordachescu, a Romanian civil engineer who devised an ingenious way to save 12 churches and many other historic buildings from being destroyed by the country's former Communist strongman, has died. He was 89.
He died Friday from a heart attack and his funeral was being held Sunday, his daughter-in-law, Ligia Iordachescu, told The Associated Press.
Romania slams EU for treating it as ‘second-rate’ country
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian officials on Monday slammed European Union officials for treating it as "a second-rate" country as it prepares to take over the EU's rotating presidency.
Underlining the fractious mood between Romania and Brussels, a senior official of Romania's governing Social Democratic Party blasted top EU officials including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for alleged prejudices.
EU leader concerned about Romania holding bloc presidency
BERLIN (AP) — The head of the European Union's executive branch has questioned whether Romania is ready for the political give-and-take of holding the EU presidency, though he says the country is "technically well-prepared" for the role.
5 things to know about Romania’s EU presidency before Jan. 1
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania will take over the rotating presidency of the European Union on Jan. 1 from Austria. The role is partly symbolic but does involve setting the EU agenda and being a diplomatic go-between to reach consensus among the 28 members on issues ranging from Brexit to fishing rights.
Here are five things you should know about the East European country's first ever EU presidency.
Romanians mark 1989 revolt, reject government’s amnesty plan
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians are demanding more democracy at an anti-government march to commemorate the victims of the country's 1989 anti-communist revolt.
Protesters gathered Saturday outside government offices in Bucharest carrying candles and Romanian flags before marching to Revolution Square, where late Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu fled in a helicopter as crowds demanded his ouster.
Romania maternity hospital hit by superbug to reopen
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's health minister says a maternity hospital in the capital where 45 babies were diagnosed with a drug-resistant superbug has been given the all-clear to reopen.
Sorina Pintea said Tuesday that the Giulesti Maternity Hospital, closed on Nov. 30 after newborns were diagnosed with antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, will reopen Dec. 21 after "preliminary results say we don't have problems."
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Romanians protest poor air quality in congested Bucharest
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Dozens of Romanians have protested against poor air quality in the capital, which recently was ranked one of Europe's most traffic-congested cities.
Demonstrators wore medical face masks as they protested outside City Hall in Bucharest on Wednesday. The city of 2.1 million residents has poor roads, limited parking and some 1.25 million registered vehicles.
Romania hospital says 39 babies now diagnosed with superbug
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The number of babies diagnosed with a drug-resistant superbug at a maternity hospital in Romania's capital has risen to 39, authorities said Monday.
Raluca Alexandru, spokeswoman for Giulesti Maternity hospital, closed Nov. 30 due to the outbreak, said tests have confirmed the latest figure. It is triple the number of newborns diagnosed with antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus last month.
Romania detains Turkish journalist on Turkey’s request
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Turkish journalist suspected of links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, was temporarily detained Wednesday in Romania, authorities said.
Bucharest prosecutor Viviana Ciuca told The Associated Press that Kamil Demirkaya was detained based on an extradition request from Turkey for "being a member of criminal, terrorist group."
Romania celebrates 100th birthday amid rule of law concerns
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Despite freezing temperatures, tens of thousands of Romanians turned out Saturday to celebrate 100 years since their nation became a modern-day state, with some noting concerns now about the rule of law and the state of democracy in the Balkan nation.
Romania shuts hospital after babies diagnosed with superbug
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian health authorities on Friday temporarily closed a maternity hospital in the capital after 13 babies born there recently were diagnosed with a drug-resistant superbug.
Ecumenical Patriarch in Romania for dedication of cathedral
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople has arrived in Bucharest for the dedication of a cathedral to mark 100 years since modern-day Romania was created in the aftermath of World War I.
The Istanbul-based patriarch Bartholomew I, considered the "first among equals" in the Orthodox world, praised the Romanian Orthodox Church on Friday for its "conciliatory and peaceful" nature.
Romania agrees to support EU migration reforms
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's government has agreed to back EU reforms to overhaul the bloc's migration system, a top European Union official said Wednesday.
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said that Romanian Premier Viorica Dancila had promised to support seven proposals on migration that would reform the Dublin Regulation, the EU's current asylum system.
6 Romanian ministers fired as party leader seeks more power
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party fired six ministers on Monday as the beleaguered party chairman sought to tighten his grip on the government.
Social Democrat chairman Liviu Dragnea has come under fire for his management style and corruption convictions, but has vowed to continue as party leader even though he can't be prime minister because of a conviction in 2016 for vote-rigging.
Subway workers to stage strike in Romanian capital
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Subway workers in the Romanian capital will go on strike this week after they failed to win an agreement on wage demands.
The subway union said Monday there would be a 12-hour strike Wednesday, defying a court ruling that the strike was illegal.
The union wants a 42-percent salary hike, while managers have offered 18 percent.
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Eagles on 9-win streak after beating Romania 31-5
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The United States will face Ireland next week unbeaten this year and on a nine-test winning streak after accounting for Romania 31-5 on Saturday.
The Eagles scored five tries to one in a scrappy test against a depleted Oaks side at Ghencea Stadium.
Subway workers stage strike over wages in Romanian capital
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Subway workers have staged a two-hour strike in the Romanian capital and threatened an all-out walkout if the government doesn't agree to their wage demands.
Trains didn't run early Thursday after talks broke down between the subway trade union and management. Bucharest authorities laid on extra buses and trams.
Romanian ex-prison chief who tortured inmates dies in jail
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Alexandru Visinescu, a Romanian communist-era prison guard serving a 20-year sentence for crimes against humanity, died Monday in prison at 93, Romanian authorities said.
Visinescu was the first prison guard from the early years of communism to go on trial in Romania. He became a national symbol of the Communist era's brutality against its own people, most of whom who had simply fallen afoul of the regime.
Switzerland to lift limits on Romanian, Bulgarian workers
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Swiss president says his country will lift restrictions next year on Romanians and Bulgarians who want to work in Switzerland.
President Alain Berset said Thursday in Bucharest that the current limits imposed on Romanian and Bulgarian workers will end next May.
Romanians gather to mark 3 years since deadly nightclub fire
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — More than 1,000 people, some grieving and others protesting, marched in Romania's capital Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of a nightclub fire that broke out during a rock band's pyrotechnics display and caused 64 deaths.
As evening fell, hundreds of mourners gathered outside the former site of the Colectiv nightclub clutching flowers, candles and searing memories of the Oct. 30, 2015 blaze, which left some 190 people injured.
Big quake in Romania could topple many schools, buildings
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian authorities say 170 schools and some 350 apartment buildings in the capital of Bucharest would not withstand a major earthquake.
They spoke Monday, a day after a quake with a magnitude of 5.8 hit eastern and central Romania, the biggest in 14 years. There were no reports of significant damage.
The Inspectorate for Emergency Situations said kindergartens, schools and higher education facilities such as the Law Faculty were among the educational facilities at risk.
5.8 earthquake rattles Romania, felt in Ukraine, elsewhere
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 rattled central and eastern Romania early Sunday and was also felt in Ukraine, Moldova and Bulgaria. No significant damage was reported.
The temblor, which lasted for several seconds, occurred at 3:38 a.m. Sunday in the eastern quake-prone region of Vrancea at a depth of 150 kilometers (94 miles), Romania's National Earth Physics Institute said.
UEFA punishes Romania for racism, misconduct by fans
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Romania will have to play its next competitive game behind closed doors and its soccer association has been fined by UEFA for racist chants and banners at a Nations League game.
UEFA says the Romanian soccer association was fined 50,000 euros ($57,080) for the racist behavior of its supporters and another 23,000 euros ($26,250) for fans invading the field and lighting fireworks at the national stadium in Bucharest.
Flight from Georgia diverted to Romania due to bomb threat
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian authorities say a Wizz Air flight from Georgia to Poland was forced to make an emergency landing in Bucharest because of a bomb threat.
The Airbus A320 traveling from Kutaisi in Georgia to Warsaw, the Polish capital, landed safely after it was diverted to Romania on Thursday afternoon.
Romanian police question fake medic on suspicion of rapes
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian police say they are questioning a man who falsely posed as a gynecologist on suspicion of 27 counts of rape and sexual abuse.
In a statement Friday, Bucharest police said the unnamed 52-year-old man sent scam mails to lure potential candidates for job interviews and then told respondents they required a medical test to be hired.
Elie Wiesel bust unveiled in Romania to mark Holocaust day
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A bust of Romania-born writer and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel was unveiled Tuesday in Bucharest on the country's national Holocaust remembrance day.
The director of Romania's National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust joined Bucharest's mayor and the U.S. and Israeli ambassadors for the event, held in a small square named for Wiesel.
Romania: Weak voter turnout voids gay marriage referendum
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A referendum aimed at putting same-sex marriage further out of reach in Romania was invalidated Sunday after a quick tally showed too few voters cast ballots, election officials said.
The weekend vote on a constitutional amendment that would have changed the definition of family to make marriage a union between a man and a woman instead of between "spouses" required voter turnout of at least 30 percent for the result to stand.
Romanians vote on putting gay marriage ban in constitution
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians have begun two days of voting on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. The vote has raised concerns that non-traditional families will be discriminated against.
A conservative group initiated the referendum being held on Saturday and Sunday, and the influential Romanian Orthodox Church is backing it.
AP Explains: Romanians to vote on gay marriage amendment
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Florin Buhuceanu and his partner are boycotting a referendum this weekend that would revise the definition of family in the Constitution of Romania, an amendment intended to prevent same-sex marriages from being legalized that critics fear also could have consequences for households led by single parents and grandparents.
Romania ruling party endorses embattled party chief
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party on Friday endorsed its chairman despite his recent conviction for abuse of power.
Colleagues had called for Liviu Dragnea to step down, but party members voted in support of Dragnea, who is barred from becoming prime minister because of a 2016 conviction for electoral fraud.
There were conflicting figures about the vote tally Friday, which came after an eight-hour meeting.
Romania: Party colleagues want leader out over graft trial
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Three senior members of Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party on Wednesday urged the party's powerful chairman to resign, saying he's a liability due to a conviction for abuse of power.
Signatories of the nine-point letter, including Bucharest mayor Gabriela Firea, claimed that under Liviu Dragnea the party's reputation and popularity had suffered over a contentious judicial overhaul, criticized by the European Union and the U.S.
US: Europe should cut dependence on Russia gas
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Europe should lessen its dependence on Russian gas and diversify energy sources, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday at a summit to improve ties between eastern Europe and the U.S. and the European Union.
Perry asserted that Europe's dependence on Russian gas has increased from 30 percent to 40 percent in recent years, calling it "a cause for concern."
US, EU and China vie for influence in Eastern Europe
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday reaffirmed Washington's support for a business summit that aims to boost connectivity in Eastern Europe and improve ties between the region and the U.S. and European Union.
2 US basketball players stabbed in Romania; 1 seriously hurt
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Two U.S. basketball players have been stabbed in a club in eastern Romania and one is in a serious condition, Romanian authorities said Sunday.
Police said Darrell Bowie, 24, and Joseph McClain, 25, who play for local club ACS Cuza Braila, were attacked Saturday night in the city after a fight broke out with locals.
NATO members concerned about Russia “military posturing”
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania, Turkey and Poland have expressed concern about what they call Russia's "increasing and visible offensive military posturing," near NATO borders.
The foreign ministers of the three NATO members on the eastern flank issued a statement condemning "the repeated violation of NATO airspace, the continued military buildup in Crimea and Kaliningrad" and "continued violation of obligations and commitments on arms control."
Romanian official: US can help Eastern EU members develop
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian official said Monday that the U.S. needs to have a strong presence in Eastern Europe before a summit on boosting development in the region.
Romania's presidency hosts the 12-member Three Seas Initiative on Sept. 17-18 where officials will discuss about 40 regional government-approved projects that aim to boost interconnectivity in transportation, energy and the digital fields.
Romania: mayor urges powerful party leader to resign
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The mayor of Bucharest launched an attack on the powerful leader of Romania's ruling party, saying he should resign for the good of "the party and country."
Mayor Gabriela Firea accused Social Democratic Party chairman Liviu Dragnea of running the party in an underhand way, and of indirectly blocking city hall projects. Firea is also a member of the party