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Minifootball: Romania team qualified for EURO 2018 final

Bucharest, Aug 18 /Agerpres/ - Romania team qualified on Saturday for the final of the European Minifootball Championships - EURO 2018 - in Kiev, by defeating Kazakhstan 3-1 after penalty shoot-outs, the score being 2-2 at the end of the regular time.

Ana Birchall: Kofi Annan - active militant for peace

Bucharest, Aug 18 /Agerpres/ - Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General in 1997-2006, was an active militant for peace, and his death is one of the saddest pieces of news lately, Deputy Prime Minister for implementing strategic partnerships of Romania, Ana Birchall wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

SRI: Massive cyber-attacks on some financial institutions in Romania, from June to August 2018

Bucharest, Aug 18 /Agerpres/ - The Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) announced on Saturday that through its cyber-intelligence unit - the National Cyberint Center (CNC) - it has certain data and information, including of technical nature, that massive cyber-attacks took place on some financial institutions in Romania from June to August of this year.

Bulgaria to Finish Building Fence on Romanian Border Next Week

Bulgaria has built over 101 kilometers out of the 133 kilometers of fencing on its border with Romania, with the purpose of preventing the spread of the African swine fever virus by boars in Romania that may cross the border, according to Bulgaria's deputy Agriculture minister Atanas Dobrev.

Dobrev estimated that the fence will be completed sometime next week.

PM Dancila's letter to EC top officials confirmed (Commission spokesperson)

Premier Viorica Dancila sent President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans a letter, the EU executive body confirmed on Friday.

We can confirm having received the letter and the answer will follow in due time, a spokesperson of the European Commission said on Friday, at the request of AGERPRES.

Genoa Bridge Collapse Sparks Safety Concerns in Balkans

The collapse of a bridge in the Italian city of Genoa which left 39 people dead on Tuesday has raised safety concerns in some Balkan countries over the state of their own transportation infrastructure.

Fugitive Romanian Crime Boss Awaits Extradition from Britain

One of Romania's most wanted organised crime bosses is in detention while waiting to be returned to his home country, after a British court ruled on Wednesday to remand him in custody until September 15.

Florin Ghinea, 43, was arrested on Tuesday as he was leaving a gym in Watford, Hertfordshire, according to the National Crime Agency's Armed Operations Unit.

Cigarettes black market in July hits 18.2 pct, highest level of 2018

The cigarettes' black market in July hit 18.2 pct of total consumption, up 2.1 pp against June, the highest level registered this year, over the 2017 average, of 16 pct, read the data released on Thursday by Novel Research.

The northeastern region continues to be the most affected, with 39.5 pct, while the illicit trade with cigarettes also grew in western Romania.

US Plans to Upgrade Military Bases in Romania, Bulgaria

The United States Army is set to invest almost $27 million in Romania and Bulgaria in 2019, according to the record $717 million defence budget signed on Tuesday by President Donald Trump.

PSD's Ecaterina Andronescu: PSD chair must take a step back; we need a gov't of super professionals

Bucharest, Aug 14 /Agerpres/ - The Social Democratic Party (PSD) Senator [ex-Education Minister - editor's note] Ecaterina Andronescu on Tuesday asked the leader of this political entity to take a step back "to the benefit of Romania and of the PSD," also adding that in the shortest while the party should come "with a new Prime Minister and a new PSD government of super professionals."