European Commission president-elect seeks rebalancing of EU
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen says that rebalancing the European Union will be a "very important" task for her.
Bomb threats sent to Bulgarian media offices, airports
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Police in Bulgaria are investigating several bomb threats sent by email to media outlets in the capital, Sofia, and to major airports in the country.
7 groups interested in investing in Bulgaria nuclear project
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - Seven international groups have expressed interest in becoming strategic investors in the construction of Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant, the...
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) — Five international investors are bidding for a 35-year concession to operate the main ?irport in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
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...
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.
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...
SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — Dominik Paris of Italy led the final training run for the men's downhill at the World Cup Finals on Tuesday, and Stephanie Venier of Austria was fastest in the women's...
SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — World champion Kjetil Jansrud and Olympic champion Sofia Goggia were fastest in downhill training runs Monday at the World Cup finals.
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.
Goggia wins World Cup downhill marred by faulty race timing
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic champion Sofia Goggia won the first World Cup downhill of the post-Lindsey Vonn era on Saturday, when a malfunctioning race timing system fell short of...
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.
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.
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.
Venier wins crash-interrupted downhill World Cup, Goggia 2nd
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Austrian skier Stephanie Venier edged Olympic champion Sofia Goggia to win her first World Cup in a crash-interrupted downhill race that was ended early on Sunday.
The race finished with 10 skiers still waiting to descend the Kandahar course after Federica Sosio became the seventh competitor to crash after a jump. The 24-year-old Sosio was taken to the local hospital by helicopter.
Schmidhofer wins super-G, denies Goggia in comeback race
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — It was almost perfect.
But Austrian skier Nicole Schmidhofer denied Sofia Goggia a fairytale comeback by winning her first World Cup super-G on Saturday.
Schmidhofer, the super-G world champion, finished 0.23 seconds ahead of Olympic downhill champion Goggia, who was racing for the first time since October when she broke a bone in her right ankle while training.
Samodurova beats Zagitova to European figure skating gold
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Sofia Samodurova stormed past fellow Russian and Olympic champion Alina Zagitova to win the European figure skating title on Friday.
Samodurova's clean free skate included seven triple jumps and scored a personal best 140.96 for a total of 213.84, 15.50 points ahead of Zagitova in the duel of the two 16-year-olds.
Zagitova, who led after the short program, fell on a triple toe loop and put her hand down on a triple lutz. She was tearful when receiving her marks.
Puchner fastest, Goggia improves in 2nd downhill training
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Austrian skier Mirjam Puchner was fastest in the second training run for a World Cup downhill on Friday, with Olympic champion Sofia Goggia seventh as she worked on her comeback.
Puchner raced down the almost 3-kilometer (1.8-mile) Kandahar course in 1 minute, 40.22 seconds down, finishing 0.08 seconds ahead of Corinne Suter and 0.25 ahead of Ramona Siebenhofer.
Zagitova wobbles but leads European champs short program
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova wobbled but still took the lead in Wednesday's short program at the European Championships.
The defending champion from Russia survived an under-rotated triple loop and a shaky landing on a triple flip to score 75 points — a relatively low score by her standards but still more than second-place teammate Sofia Samodurova with 72.88.
Olympic downhill champion Goggia plans return from injury
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Olympic downhill champion Sofia Goggia is planning to return from injury this month but remains in doubt for the upcoming world championships.
A spokesman for the Italian Winter Sports Federation says Goggia will participate in downhill training in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, beginning Jan. 24 with an eye toward competing in downhill and super-G races at the German resort on Jan. 26 and 27, respectively.
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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.
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).
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.
Bulgarian miners protest to demand job security
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Hundreds of Bulgarian coal miners and energy workers protested on Thursday to demand government guarantees that their jobs will be preserved amid bids by the European Union to close mines and tackle climate change.
Buses carried protesters from across Bulgaria for the march in downtown Sofia, where some 2,000 demonstrators chanted "victory" as they marched to the headquarters of the EU offices in Bulgaria and rallied there Thursday.
Purported mother of suspect in Bulgaria slaying speaks out
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The mother of the suspect arrested for the rape and killing of a Bulgarian television journalist has reportedly said her son admitted the murder to her.
Bulgarian private Nova TV station on Thursday broadcast an interview with Nadezhda Krassimirova, the purported mother of Severin Krassimirov, 21, who was arrested Tuesday in Germany on a European arrest warrant.
The Latest: UN’s Guterres notes violence against journalists
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on the rape and slaying of a Bulgarian journalist (all times local):
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on governments to ensure "accountability" for crimes against journalists such as the "grisly murder and rape" of Bulgarian TV reporter Viktoria Marinova.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that Guterres was "very concerned" about Marinova's slaying and awaited the conclusions of the investigation into her killing.
Teacher shortage affecting schools in Bulgaria set to deepen
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — As Bulgarian children returned to school on Monday, 400 teaching positions remain unfilled across the country and Bulgaria's teachers' union predicts that the country's shortage of teachers will reach nearly 40,000 by 2026.
Officials say low wages — currently around 380 euros ($444) a month — and other factors are making it difficult to attract young people to the profession. Only 8 percent of all teachers in Bulgaria are younger than 35 and their average age is 50.
Bulgarian police detain journalists probing EU funds fraud
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Two journalists were detained overnight by Bulgarian police after they found burning and shredded documents while working on a story about suspected fraud involving European Union funds, one of the reporters said Friday. Bulgarian authorities confirmed the two were taken into custody and released.
In Bulgaria 3 ministers resign over deadly bus crash
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Three Bulgarian ministers have resigned in the aftermath of a bus crash that killed 17 people and injured several others.
Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called Friday for the resignations of his interior, transport and regional development ministers over the crash, and Valentin Radev, Ivaylo Moskovki and Nikolay Nankov later agreed they would take political responsibility and resign.
Bulgarian village buries 15 killed in pilgrimage bus crash
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian village near the capital has held funeral services for 15 of its residents who died in a bus crash over the weekend.
Many of the 2,000 residents of Svetovrachene who came to pay final respects on Tuesday were related to the victims of the accident, which killed 17 people when a bus full of religious pilgrims overturned and fell off a highway about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Sofia.
5 still critical after Bulgarian bus crash that killed 16
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Five people still have life-threatening injuries Sunday, a day after their tourist bus flipped over on a Bulgarian highway, killing at least 16 people and leaving 18 injured, authorities said.
Dr. Nikolay Gabrovski from Sofia's emergency hospital spoke Sunday about the victims' injuries.
Tourist bus crashes in Bulgaria; 16 reported killed
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian authorities say a tourist bus has flipped over on a highway near Sofia, the capital, killing at least 16 people and leaving 26 others injured.
Police said a bus carrying tourists on a weekend trip to a nearby resort overturned and then fell down a side road 20 meters (66 feet) below the highway. The accident happened at 5:10 p.m. Saturday about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Sofia.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police say they have detained 28 Croatian soccer fans suspected of robbing a gas station.
Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic says on Friday police stopped about 400 Hajduk-Split fans who were returning from a Europa League qualifying match in Bulgaria against Slavia Sofia. Police say the fans carried batons, axes, and some drugs.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Free trade and international cooperation must be upheld to avoid slowing down the global economy, the Chinese premier told peers from central and eastern Europe Saturday.
Premier Li Keqiang also praised the European Union, calling the 28-member bloc an "indispensable force" and important for global peace, stability and prosperity.
Bulgarian government survives no-confidence vote
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's ruling coalition has survived a no-confidence vote called by the opposition, which accused the government of failing to deal with surging crime or to guarantee the rule of law.
The 240-member parliament on Friday rejected the motion in a 131-104 vote. Five lawmakers were absent.
It was the second vote on Prime Minister Boyko Borissov's center-right government, which came to power last year.
EU to Trump: Stop threatening us with tariffs
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The European Union has called on U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to stop threatening it with tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying Thursday it is prepared to discuss new trade incentives.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — European Union leaders on Thursday encouraged Balkan countries to continue on the path of EU-oriented reform but were cool on any of the six joining the bloc in the near future.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A top European Union official branded President Donald Trump selfish and capricious Wednesday as EU leaders met to count the likely economic damage U.S. policies might inflict on the bloc and to try to rescue the Iran nuclear deal.
In a striking rhetorical assault on the leader of Europe's biggest ally, EU Council President Donald Tusk said, given Trump's recent decisions, "someone could even think 'with friends like that, who needs enemies?'"
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says that all efforts must be made to keep the Iran nuclear agreement alive despite the U.S. pullout because "to end the deal would gravely threaten the peace and security in this tumultuous region."
Juncker was heading for Sofia, Bulgaria, for a summit with the 28 European Union leaders, hoping to forge a common stance on the agreement and the threat of U.S. sanctions which could hurt EU companies.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia have scheduled a meeting to try to end a longstanding dispute between the neighboring countries over Macedonia's name.
United Nations mediator Matthew Nimetz announced on Saturday that Macedonia's Zoran Zaev and Greece's Alex Tsipras are set to meet Thursday in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia.
Nimetz said the foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia did "hard, intensive and good work" to lay the groundwork for the Tsipras-Zaev summit.
European creditors: Greece due to exit bailout in August
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's creditors said Friday that the country is on track to reach a final deal on June 21 on fully exiting its international bailout in August, though work remains to be done and debt inspectors will return to Athens next month for a final review.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece should emerge from its third and final bailout in a few months' time without the need for a backup loan from its creditors, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday.
Juncker spoke after meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ahead of a eurozone finance ministers' meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, where Greece's finance minister will present his country's post-bailout plans.
Bus crash in Bulgaria kills 6 people, injures 22
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian authorities say that a passenger bus flipped over on a highway near the capital, Sofia, killing at least six people and leaving 22 others injured, including one child.
Police said that the accident occurred on Monday after a car crashed into the bus. The bus driver then lost control of the vehicle and the bus overturned into a roadside ditch.
The driver of the car was taken into custody for questioning.