News archive of August 2016

Turkey, Russia national teams meet in more just than a friendly

Both the timing and the venue of the Turkey-Russia friendly on Aug. 31, in the resort province of Antalya, attach great meaning to the friendly match - making it more than just preparation for their respective FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group campaigns.

Balkan Insight: Bulgaria's Impossible Balancing Act

Fear, rather than ambition, is driving Bulgaria's juggling act between Turkey, Russia and the EU, according to an analysis published by Balkan Insight, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)'s English-language website.

Bulgaria Mulls Tightening Restrictions in Migrant Centers

Bulgaria is working to change the regulations at some of the migrant accommodation centers across the country to boost "discipline and security", Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova has said.

The step could restrict movement out of or into the camp for its inhabitants, she has made clear.

Bulgaria's Main Ruling Party to Name Presidential Pair on Oct 2

GERB party of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said it will unveil its candidates for President and Vice President of the country on October 02.

The move will come just a week ahead of the start of election campaign that is due on October 09.

Romanian National Rescued after Getting Lost Near Bulgaria's Vladaya

A 22-year-old Romanian who disappeared in the area of Vladaya, not far from the capital Sofia, has been found, Bulgaria's Mountain Rescue Service says.

The man, who is in Bulgaria under an international exchange program, got lost after going out for a walk, rescue service officials have told Focus News Agency.

Bulgaria to Present Balkan Gas Hub Options Next Week

Potential investors are to be made familiar with four options drafted by Bulgaria as it aims to launch a "gas hub" project, gas grid operator Bulgartransgaz has said.

Montenegro Mulls Sending More Police to Kosovo Border

Montenegrin police told BIRN that the security situation is stable and denied it is has sent additional forces to its border with Kosovo ahead of a ratification vote in Pristina on Thursday on the controversial border demarcation agreement.

Pironkova Gets Off to a Good Start at US Open

Bulgaria's best-ranking female tennis player Tsvetana Pironkova has begun her participation at the US Open.

She has defeated WTA's No 166, Virginie Razzano of France 6:1, 6:2, in a 75-minute match.

Pironkova currently ranks 71st.

In the next round, she will face either Johanna Konta (UK) or Bethanie Mattek-Sands (US).

Serbia's Jeremic Third in Poll for UN Top Job

Jeremic came joint third in the vote by UN Security Council members on Monday alongside UNESCO chief Irina Bokova from Bulgaria.

The former top Serbian diplomat received seven positive votes, five negative (one more than in the second round) and three 'no opinion' votes.

Bulgaria's Bokova, Serbia's Jeremić Tied in 3rd UN Straw Poll

UNESCO head Irina Bokova and former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić have both gained the third-best result in a straw poll held by the UN Security Council on Monday.

The third such vote is part of the procedure that will determine the security council's nomination for a successor to Ban Ki-moon as head of the United Nations.