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Margaret Papandreou’s “Love and Power” presented at Ianos bookstore (pics)

Former first lady Margaret Papandreou presented her autobiography,  “Love and Power” (Patakis Publications) at Ianos bookstore at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

The panel of speakers included:

* Former deputy secretary-general of the UN, Sotiris Moussouris

Turkey declares national mourning over Taliban carnage in Pakistan

Turkey has declared a day of national mourning after Taliban insurgents killed at least 141 people, almost all of them children, by storming an army-run school on Dec. 16, in Pakistan's bloodiest ever terror attack.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu announced the declaration of national mourning during a joint conference in Ankara with his visiting counterpart from Chad.

Turkish PM, opposition leader exchange hard criticism

The prime minister lends support to opposition dissident, as CHP leader says Turkey in not ruled with reason Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu exchanged hard criticism on each other as both leaders announced their part squads in separate cities. 

Busy Romanian Book Fair Masks Decay in Reading

The ninth Bookfest, the most important book fair in Romania, opened on Thursday and will stay open until June 1.

Under the slogan “Quo Vadis, Poland To the next Nobel?” this year's fair will have a Polish flavour, with a series of events promoting Polish literature in Romania. Danuta Walesa, the wife of former Polish leader Lech Walesa, is among this year’s guests.

Interior Ministry Act Changes Pass 2nd Reading in Parliament

A set of changes to Bulgaria's Interior Ministry Act passed second reading in Parliament.

The bill was submitted by the Council of Ministers and it took a period of over six months to be conclusively approved.

During the second-reading procedure, center-right party GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) said it would expect the President to veto the bill.

Consumer Loan Act Changes Pass 1st Reading in Bulgaria's Parliament

A set of amendments to the Consumer Loan Act passed first reading in Bulgaria's Parliament.

The legal changes, put forth by Yordan Tsonev, MP from liberal party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) and Rumen Gechev, MP from the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), were approved with 99 votes in favor, 4 votes against and 7 abstentions, according to reports of dnevnik.bg.

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