News archive of July 2018

Ukraine jails scientist, 84, for spying for Russia

A Ukrainian court on Tuesday sentenced an 84-year-old scientist to 12 years in prison for passing on military information to Russia, his lawyer and the prosecutor said.

Shooting in Brussels Injures at Least One Person

A shooting has taken place in the area of the Brussels-South railway station this morning, the prosecutor's office is investigating the incident, the supervisory agency reported.

The incident occurred on Argon Street, by the Brussels-South railway station and several hotels.

Perpetual preservation

Workers stand on scaffolding at the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill in Athens, Tuesday. Years of repair work continue at the 2,500-year-old temple, dedicated to the goddess Athena. [AP]

Georgia's High Court Removes Marijuana Possession Penalties

People can't be punished for possession of marijuana in Georgia, the small nation on the shores of the Black Sea in the Caucasus region, following a ruling by the country's highest constitutional review court on Monday.

Man 'Blows Himself up' on Football Pitch

It is believed that this is an isolated act and authorities have been to the victim's home to ensure there are no other explosives there.

The victim has not been formally identified but Le Soir newspaper is reporting it was a former soldier who lived close by.

The Repairs on Sofia Boulevards are Delayed by the Rain

A delay of three days in the repairs on the boulevards in Sofia has established the check of the Mayor Yordanka Fandakova. She commented that the reason for this is the rainy summer, but the delay is not fatal, BNR reported.

Benaki initiative invites citizens to capture 'One-Minute Athens'

The historians of the future will have to carefully examine this new wave of interest in Athens - or is it love? The trend was perhaps sparked by the country's financial crisis and the ensuing urban decay, but it cannot be denied that rejection is not the only reaction to the Greek capital. In fact, a new interpretation has surfaced.

Turkish court rejects US pastor Brunson's appeal against house arrest

A court in Turkey's western province of İzmir rejected an appeal on July 31 for United States Christian pastor Andrew Brunson to be released from house arrest during his trial on terrorism charges, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. 

Rains Hit on Bulgaria's 2018 Wheat Harvest

SOFIA, July 31 (Reuters) - Extensive rains in July have hit Bulgaria's wheat sowings and are likely to cut its 2018 crop to about 5.5 million tonnes, with average yields down some 7 percent from a year ago, a senior official at the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday.

In June, the ministry hoped that the wheat crop would match last year's bumper crop of 6.1 million tonnes.