SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria and Greece are launching the construction of a pipeline to transport Azeri gas to Bulgaria to ease its almost total dependence on Russian gas supplies.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A leading conservative candidate in next week's European Parliament elections has promised Bulgarians tight measures against illegal migration.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Bulgarian government says the country's agriculture minister has resigned amid allegations about the misuse of European Union funds.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's soccer federation has hired 1994 World Cup star Krasimir Balakov as national team coach, looking to end a 16-year wait to play at a major...
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The future of Bulgaria's vast number of low-wage truck drivers has become a top campaign issue in the country heading into European Parliament elections, with debates raging...
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Five international investors are bidding for a 35-year concession to operate the main ?irport in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to North Macedonia (all times local):
An Eastern rite Catholic priest has told Pope Francis during a visit to...
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...
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Bulgaria (all times local):
Pope Francis is presiding over a peace meeting in Bulgaria with members of the Balkan...
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...
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Bulgaria (all times local):
Pope Francis called for a "revolution of charity" based on God's love while celebrating...
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who opened 2019 with trips to the Muslim world, is shifting gears to tend to Orthodox relations, with a delicate visit starting Sunday to the Balkan nations of...
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.
Small plane crashes in southern Bulgaria, 2 killed
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Authorities in Bulgaria say a small private plane has crashed in a field in a southern region, killing the pilot and the lone passenger on board.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian customs officials say they have seized 288 kilograms (635 pounds) of heroin found in an Iranian truck entering Bulgaria from Turkey.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian border police have discovered and seized more than 200 kilograms (441 pounds) of cocaine in waters near the country's Black Sea coast.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Protests against the Roma community have taken place in the northern Bulgarian city of Gabrovo, sparked by an alleged attack by Roma men on a shopkeeper.
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Police detain 5 for critically endangered eel smuggling
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have detained five men, including two Chinese citizens and a customs official, on suspicion of smuggling a critically endangered...
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities said Friday they have arrested and charged a Bulgarian man over the suspected contract killing of a Greek Australian who was fatally shot outside his home...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Authorities in North Macedonia say a small private plane has crashed into a mountain in a central region of the country and all four Bulgarian nationals on board are...
S0FIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's prime minister is removing several key political figures after they were involved in a public scandal over real estate purchases.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The white supremacist suspected in the mosque shootings that left at least 50 people dead in New Zealand had traveled to the Balkans in the past three years, where he...
The Latest: Death toll in mosque attacks rises to 50
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Stoltenberg: NATO doesn’t want a new Cold War
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — NATO's secretary-general warned Friday that Russia's violation of a key Cold War-era treaty is one of the most pressing security challenges for the alliance.
Bulgaria proceeds with plans to build Turk Stream extension
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's state-run gas network operator Bulgartransgaz is relaunching a 1.4 billion euro ($1.6 billion) tender to expand the country's gas transport system from Turkey to...
EU to help finance Turkish rail line to Bulgaria
ISTANBUL (AP) — A top European Union official says the EU will help finance the construction of a railway line connecting Istanbul to the Bulgarian border with a 275-million-euro ($314 million)...
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Canceled World Cup race in Bulgaria will not be rescheduled
BANSKO, Bulgaria (AP) — The men's World Cup super-G that was canceled due to snowfall Saturday will not be replaced.
FIS men's race director Markus Waldner says "there is no more time" in...
Bulgarian nationalists march in honor of pro-Nazi general
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian nationalists have marched through Sofia, the country's capital, to honor a World War II general known for his anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi activities.
The annual Lukov March, staged by the far-right Bulgarian National Union, attracted hundreds of dark-clad supporters who walked through downtown Sofia holding torches and Bulgarian flags and chanting nationalist slogans.
World Jewish Congress concerned about neo-Nazism in Europe
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The World Jewish Congress is voicing concern about the rise of far-right activities across Europe attempting to promote anti-Semitism, hatred, xenophobia, and Nazi glorification among young people.
Investigative group names possible UK poisoning suspect
MOSCOW (AP) — The Bellingcat investigative organization says it has established the identity of an alleged Russian military intelligence officer who was in Britain when a Russian former double agent and his daughter were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.
Bellingcat on Thursday identified the man as Denis Sergeyev, a graduate of the Military Diplomatic Academy, a training ground for intelligence officers.
Bulgaria freezes accounts receiving millions from Venezuela
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Officials in Bulgaria say they have frozen several bank accounts that received millions of euros transferred from Venezuela's state-owned oil company.
Chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said Wednesday that the money was meant to be eventually sent to accounts abroad.
"All measures have been taken so that the funds that are still in the accounts ... will be fully under our control and not leave the country on false grounds," he said.
Bulgaria, UK to investigate possible poisoning links
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria and Britain said Monday they will jointly investigate possible connections between a poison attack on a Russian ex-spy in England that has been blamed on Russian military intelligence and the poisoning of the Bulgarian owner of an arms factory in 2015.
Bulgaria to investigate 3rd suspect in UK ex-spy poisoning
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria plans to investigate reports that a third suspect in the nerve agent poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in England allegedly was involved in a 2015 poisoning in Bulgaria, a Bulgarian party official said Sunday.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov of the ruling GERB party said the probe was being coordinated with foreign partners. He told Bulgaria's bTV channel that intelligence officials plan to present evidence on the topic Thursday to a parliamentary homeland security committee.
Macedonia’s leader hopes EU membership talks start in June
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister says he hopes his country can launch membership talks with the European Union in June now that an agreement to end a dispute with Greece has been ratified.
Zoran Zaev negotiated a deal with his Greek counterpart last year that called for Macedonia to be renamed North Macedonia in return for Greece lifting objections to its neighbor joining NATO and the EU.
Bulgaria still hopes to adopt euro by 2022
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's prime minister said Tuesday that his country still aims to adopt the euro by 2022 despite some opposition by some local businesses that fear greater scrutiny of the economy.
Bulgaria revokes citizenship for Russian millionaire Adonev
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian official says the Bulgarian citizenship of Russian millionaire Sergey Adonev has been revoked over a 20-year-old fraud conviction in the United States.
In an interview with the private bTV channel on Sunday, Bulgarian Vice President Iliana Yotova said she had signed the final document revoking Adonev's citizenship in May 2018. According to Bulgarian law, her office has the final say about granting or revoking citizenship.
Bulgaria makes terror financing arrests across the country
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Police in Bulgaria says they have busted a suspected terrorism financing ring and detained 43 people in raids across the country.
Deputy Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev told reporters on Friday that one of the suspects was a Syrian citizen permanently residing in Bulgaria who allegedly transferred money to people abroad linked to international extremist groups.
Bulgaria’s parliament OKs talks with US on F-16 jet deal
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's Parliament has approved a government plan to open talks with the United States on a deal for eight new F-16 fighter jets to replace its aging Russian MiG-29s and bring its air force in line with NATO standards.
Parliament on Wednesday approved the plan in a 130-84 vote after a long, heated debate. Supporters called it a strategic choice for the country, while opponents voiced fears that the jets would be too expensive.
Bulgaria’s oldest city honored as European culture capital
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Plovdiv, the oldest city in Bulgaria, has been officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture for 2019.
Some 50,000 people gathered on a main square Saturday to watch the opening show dubbed "We are all colors" with 1,500 local and foreign artists on several stages. The entertainment included traditional Bulgarian folk dancers, 200 choir singers, a brass orchestra and a musical and laser spectacle.
Avalanches, accidents bring Europe’s winter death toll to 21
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Heavy snow paralyzed much of Europe for yet another day, cutting off mountain villages, sparking avalanches like one that crashed into a Swiss hotel and killing at least four more people Friday.
Christians celebrate Epiphany across Europe
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Christians across Europe celebrated Epiphany on Sunday, with worshippers plunging into icy waters and parades being held in Poland and elsewhere.
At the Vatican, Pope Francis marked the Epiphany feast day by urging people to follow the path of "humble love" and care for those who can give nothing back.
The Latest: Hundreds of thousands in Polish Epiphany parades
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Epiphany celebrations (all times local):
Organizers say that hundreds of thousands of people have participated in colorful Epiphany processions in more than 700 locations across predominantly Catholic Poland.
Around 40,000 people of all ages, wearing paper crowns, walked in the procession in downtown Warsaw that included actors richly dressed as the three wise men, and a paper dragon.
Dimitrov, Raonic win 1st round matches at Brisbane
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and Canada's Milos Roanic ensured no slip ups in their final outing of 2018 by having straight-set victories in their respective first round matches at the Brisbane International on Monday.
Modric wins Balkan award ahead of Djokovic and Halep
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Croatia soccer star Luka Modric has been chosen Balkan athlete of the year.
Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July, where the midfielder was voted player of the tournament. He also won the prestigious Ballon d'Or for the first time earlier in December.
Tennis great Novak Djokovic of Serbia was second in the Balkan poll, and Romania's Simona Halep third.
UEFA fines 3 clubs for breaking financial fair play rules
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has fined three clubs for breaking "Financial Fair Play" rules and threatened two of them with a one-season ban from the Champions League or Europa League.
European soccer's governing body says Vardar and Levski Sofia must each pay 100,000 euros ($114,000), and Sporting Lisbon 50,000 euros ($57,000).
Correction: Vatican-Bulgaria-Macedonia story
VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a story Dec. 13 about the pope's May travel schedule, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bulgaria is a former Soviet republic. During the Cold War, Bulgaria was one of the Soviet allies that formed the Warsaw Pact.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Pope to visit Bulgaria, Macedonia in May in busy travel year
The Latest: Austrian police stop van with 22 Iraqis, Syrians
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):
Austrian police say they have found 22 asylum-seekers from Iraq and Syria in a van near the country's eastern border.
Police in Burgenland province said the Romanian-registered van was stopped Tuesday evening at Rattersdorf, on the border with Hungary.
Bulgarian police seize huge amount of weapons during raids
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian authorities say they have seized a huge amount of weapons and munitions during police raids in the capital Sofia and a small village in central Bulgaria.
Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said the amount of high quality weapons confiscated by police exceeded that available to the country's special force unit.