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28 July 2015, Issue 4295
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Turkey Hasn’t Asked for ‘Substantial’ NATO Help - Stoltenberg
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday that Turkey has not asked the Alliance for “substantial military support” in its fight against the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants. read
Greece Starts Talks on New Bailout Package with Creditors
Discussions on a third bailout package have started in Athens between Greek authorities and representatives of Greece’s international creditors, the European Commission announced on Monday. read
TURKISH AUTHORITIES WARN OF POSSIBLE TERROR ATTACKS IN CITIES
Turkey’s state intelligence agency MIT and Istanbul police have warned of possible terror attacks in major cities following military operations against the Islamic State (IS) group and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants, todayszaman.com reported on Monday.
The Istanbul Police Department warned all of its units of possible attacks in crowded areas in the city, particularly on public transport vehicles, police buildings as well as vehicles used by security forces. read more
COST OF BULGARIA’S STRUMA MOTORWAY SWELLS BY BGN 3 M DUE TO ANTI-LANDSLIDE MEASURES
Bulgaria’s Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) has allocated an additional BGN 3 M to anti-landslide fortification in two sections of the Struma motorway.
GBS Infrastructure Construction AD has been awarded nearly BGN 500 000 without a tender to build a wall at the 317th kilometer of the Struma motorway (Lot 1) in an area plagued by a landslide in spring, according to reports of Capital daily. read more
WORKERS AT BULGARIA’S MILITARY PLANT VMZ SOPOT DEMAND PAY RISES
Dimitar Atanasov, trade union representative at Bulgarian state-owned military plant VMZ Sopot, has said that workers plan to stage a protest to demand pay rises and streamlined operations.
Atanasov told the Bulgarian National Radio Monday that the Economy Minister was not to blame for the current state of affairs at the plant, adding that he had been misled by Yulian Naskov, outgoing member of the Board of Directors of VMZ Sopot. read more
BANKING SUPERVISION IN BULGARIA 'NOT STRICTLY APPLIED' IN PAST YEARS
Banking supervision procedures were not strictly applied in Bulgaria in recent years, the head of the country's national auditing body has said.
FIGHT AGAINST SMUGGLING HAS FETCHED REVENUES OF OVER BGN 2 B - BULGARIA’S PM
Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has claimed that anti-smuggling measures have generated over BGN 2 B in budget revenue since the beginning of 2015.
Speaking at the opening of a wastewater treatment plant in the southern town of Rakovski on Sunday, Borisov informed that the proceeds generated by anti-smuggling activities went to the construction of EU-funded wastewater treatment plants. read more
BULGARIAN EMPLOYERS, TRADE UNIONS TO PROTEST PLANNED POWER PRICE HIKE
More than 1000 firms will participate in a protest against the planned hike of electricity prices for businesses, which will take place in 28 Bulgarian cities on Wednesday.
The largest protest will be held in the capital Sofia with 5000-6000 people expected to attend the demonstration in front of the building of the Council of Ministers. read more
EU COMMISSIONER FOR ENERGY UNION MAROS SEFCOVIC TO VISIT BULGARIA ON SEPTEMBER 15
European Commission Vice-President in charge of Energy Union Maros Sefcovic is to visit Bulgaria on September 15.
BULGARIANS COMPLETE MORE HOLIDAY TRIPS, EXCURSIONS ABROAD IN JUNE
In the month of June, Bulgarians completed 468 319 trips abroad, which represented an increase of 13.9 % compared to the same month last year.
This is shown by the latest figures of the National Statistical Institute (NSI), which were released on Monday. read more
COUNCIL OF EUROPE ANTI-TORTURE COMMITTEE HEAD CONDEMNS BULGARIA’S FAILURE TO REPORT POLICE BRUTALITY CASES
Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), has argued that police brutality constitutes a systemic problem in Bulgaria.
In an interview for mediapool.bg, he claims that Bulgaria fails to make progress in the sphere, despite the recommendations from the CPT and the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. read more
SOFIA MUSEUM HOSTS LOUVRE EXHIBITION ON EGYPT
An exhibition on Ancient Egypt is now on display at the Sofia History Museum in the downtown area of Bulgaria's capital.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVER 11TH CENTURY RAKIA DISTILLATION VESSEL
Bulgarian archaeologists recently discovered an 11th century fragment of a distillation vessel used for the production of the country's traditional fruit brandy, which is known as rakia.
The fragment was uncovered during the excavation works, which are being conducted by the National Historical Museum (NIM) at the medieval Lyutitsa fortress. read more
WILDFIRE FORCES EVACUATION OF 10,000 CAMPERS IN SOUTHERN FRANCE
Some 10,000 holidaymakers had to leave three campsites in southern France on Monday due to a wildfire, thelocal.fr reported.
The fire broke out in early afternoon on Bagnols-en-Forêt road around the Pin de la Lègue campsite and spread on about 30 hectares of land near the town of Frejus. About 50 fire trucks, 200 firefighters, and water planes have been mobilized to fight the blaze. read more
WILDFIRE IN BULGARIA'S RILA MOUNTAIN CONTAINED
A wildfire in the Rila Mountain in Southwestern Bulgaria has now been fully contained, the local firefighters' service says.
BULGARIAN CAMERAMAN DROWNS WHILE TRYING TO RESCUE TEENAGER
A Bulgarian cameraman drowned on Sunday near the Black Sea resort of Albena while helping a 16-year-old girl out of the water.
The cameraman had been known for shooting a number of TV series and movies including The Foreigner, a 2011 movie by director and actor Niki Iliev. read more
BULGARIA'S LUDOGORETS SIGNS PROMISING SAO PAULO WINGER
The Bulgarian reigning football champion Ludogorets signed a contract with one of the most promising players of Sao Paulo – Jonathan Renato Barbosa – Cafu.
The 24-year-old Brazilian, who plays as a winger, joins the Bulgarian team after having played eleven matches for Sao Paulo this season. read more
BULGARIA'S STOEVI SISTERS WIN RUSSIAN OPEN GRAND PRIX
Bulgarian badminton players – sisters Gabriela and Stefani Stoevi won the Russian Open Grand Prix, which took place in Vladivostok.
In the final, which was played on Sunday, the Bulgarians defeated Johanna Goliszewski and Carla Nelte from Germany. read more
MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPORTS HALL TO OPEN NEXT TO SOFIA CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION
A multifunctional sports hall spanning an area of 1500 square meters is to open right next to the Sofia Central Railway Station.
It has a separate entrance just a few meters away from the railway station. read more
DRAW DETERMINES TOUGH OPPONENTS FOR BULGARIA IN 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
The draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which was held in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, determined tough opponents for the Bulgarian men's national football team.
Bulgaria was drawn in qualification group A along with the teams of the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Belarus and Luxembourg. read more
CORRUPTION ENABLING HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN BULGARIA, US STATE DEPT SAYS
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A NONDEMANDING WIFE
"Darling... I thought my salary won't be enough for you," a newlywed tells his bride.
Q: What kind of music do mummies listen to?
A: Wrap music. read more
NO AGREEMENT TO SET UP NO-FLY ZONE IN TURKEY, US OFFICIAL SAYS
There is no agreement with Ankara to establish a no-fly zone in Turkey, a senior US administration official has said, the CNN reported on Monday.
Speaking ahead of a NATO meeting on Tuesday called at Turkey’s request to discuss the country’s military operations against the Islamic State group and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants, the official said the arrangement granting the US access to air bases in Turkey to crack down on IS militants is essentially creating "nearly the same effect" as a no-fly zone. Turkey agreed on Friday to open its Incirlik Air Base to aircraft from the US-led coalition against IS. read more
TURKEY PM HAILS STRIKES ON IS, PKK BEFORE NATO MEETING
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said "everyone should see" that a move by his country to use its force effectively can "change the game in Syria, Iraq and the entire region".
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg later confirmed that a meeting of ambassadors will meet for consultations on Tuesday, in a session held under Article 4 for a fifth time in the alliance's history. Two of the four meetings so far were also initiated by Turkey, in 2003 and 2012 respectively.
TURKEY HASN’T ASKED FOR ‘SUBSTANTIAL’ NATO HELP - STOLTENBERG
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday that Turkey has not asked the Alliance for “substantial military support” in its fight against the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants.
"Turkey has a very strong army and very strong security forces. So there has been no request for any substantial NATO military support," AFP quoted Stoltenberg as saying in an interview with the BBC. read more
GREECE STARTS TALKS ON NEW BAILOUT PACKAGE WITH CREDITORS
Discussions on a third bailout package have started in Athens between Greek authorities and representatives of Greece’s international creditors, the European Commission announced on Monday.
A Greek government spokeswoman, however, said that high-level talks would not begin until later this week, according to the BBC. read more
COST OF MACEDONIA'S SKOPJE 2014 'SOARED TO EUR 560 M'
The price tag of the so-called Skopje 2014 project has risen to EUR 560 M, up from the initially announced EUR 80 M, an investigative network has argued.
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