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Mar 19, 2014

Bulgarian sentenced to year in jail for spreading radical Islam

SOFIA (Reuters) – A Bulgarian man was sentenced to a year in jail on Wednesday for spreading radical Islam, in a case seen as a test for the delicate relations between the country’s minority Muslims and Orthodox Christian majority.

The trial has provoked protest rallies both by Muslims and by nationalists claiming to represent the majority. Supporters of the nationalist VMRO party gathered outside the court on Wednesday in support of the prosecution.

Mar 19, 2014

Bulgaria starts process to revoke power distributors’ licences

SOFIA, March 19 (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s energy regulator on
Wednesday started a process to revoke the operating licences of
three foreign-owned power distributors in an escalating row that
could damage investment in the European Union’s poorest country.

Austria’s EVN, Czech firm CEZ and
Energo-Pro were given an ultimatum to pay some 318
million levs ($226.47 million) owed to state power provider NEK
by Wednesday or risk losing their licences.

Mar 18, 2014

Bulgaria gives ultimatum to power distributors over licences

SOFIA, March 18 (Reuters) – Bulgaria has given three
foreign-owned energy distributors until Wednesday to pay back
money it says they owe to state power provider NEK or risk
losing their licences, escalating a standoff that could hurt the
country’s investment climate.

The chairman of Bulgaria’s energy regulator, Boyan Boev,
said the companies, controlled by Austrian EVN, Czech
CEZ and Energo-Pro, must pay back 318 million
levs ($226.4 million) to state utility NEK.

Mar 16, 2014

US destroyer to conduct more drills in Black Sea amid Crimea crisis

ABOARD THE USS TRUXTUN, Bulgaria (Reuters) – The USS Truxtun, a U.S. guided-missile destroyer, will carry out more exercises with allied ships in the Black Sea, its commander said on Saturday, amid an East-West crisis triggered by Russia’s takeover of Crimea.

Commander Andrew Biehn was briefing reporters aboard the 300-crew destroyer as it bobbed gently in the spring sunshine in the Bulgarian port of Varna, a popular seaside resort.

Mar 12, 2014

Bulgarian nationalist leader charged with hooliganism

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarian nationalist party leader Volen Siderov was charged with hooliganism on Wednesday over his alleged involvement in an airport scuffle in January, in a politically sensitive case for the country’s fragile coalition government.

Siderov, 57, denies injuring a male passenger and a policeman in an incident on a runway bus at the airport in the Black Sea city of Varna. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.

Mar 12, 2014

U.S. Black Sea naval drills start near Crimea

SOFIA (Reuters) – A joint exercise involving U.S., Bulgarian and Romanian naval forces in the Black Sea started on Wednesday just across the water from the Crimean Peninsula, where Russian military groups have seized control from Ukrainian authorities.

The United States says the naval exercises were planned before the crisis in Ukraine.

Mar 5, 2014

Soccer-Troubled CSKA Sofia seek to raise $6.3 mln from IPO

SOFIA, March 5 (Reuters) – Troubled CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria’s most successful soccer club, hope to raise nine million levs ($6.32 million) in an initial public offering (IPO), they said on Wednesday.

CSKA, who will be the first Bulgarian club to be publicly traded, won 31 league titles and reached three European semi-finals between 1967 and 1989 but have hit difficult times of late with crippling levels of debt.

Feb 27, 2014

Soccer-Bulgarian fans put aside club loyalty to back Ludogorets

SOFIA, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Thousands of Bulgarian fans will put their club loyalties to one side on Thursday to support champions Ludogorets in their Europa League match against Lazio.

Supporters of Sofia rivals CSKA and Levski, as well as fans of Botev Plovdiv and Lokomotiv, will pour into the Vasil Levski national stadium hoping that Ludogorets, 1-0 up from the first leg of the last-32 tie, can extend their fairytale campaign.

Feb 17, 2014

Bulgarian police launch match-fixing probe

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarian police have begun an investigation into claims that fixers attempted to rig the result of a domestic league match this season, the country’s football union (BFU) said on Monday.

“A regional police department outside capital Sofia informed us that they initiated an investigation over possible match-fixing and it’s the first time they’re doing something like this in Bulgaria,” BFU’s press officer Pavel Kolev told Reuters.

Feb 17, 2014

Soccer-Bulgarian police launch match-fixing probe

SOFIA, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Bulgarian police have begun an investigation into claims that fixers attempted to rig the result of a domestic league match this season, the country’s football union (BFU) said on Monday.

“A regional police department outside capital Sofia informed us that they initiated an investigation over possible match-fixing and it’s the first time they’re doing something like this in Bulgaria,” BFU’s press officer Pavel Kolev told Reuters.

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