Prominent Bulgarian Wrestler Stanka Zlateva Announces Her Retirement

The prominent Bulgarian female freestyle wrestler Stanka Zlateva announced her retirement on Monday due to an injury in the back.

The treatment of the injury, which occurred in the summer of last year, was a lengthy one and it did not allow her to prepare for the forthcoming Olympic qualifications which are to take place in April.

Bulgaria Loses Vital 2016 Olympics Volleyball Qualifier

The Bulgarian men's national volleyball team lost on Thursday its second match from the European 2016 Olympic qualification tournament which is taking place in Berlin.

Bulgaria was defeated by Russia with 0:3 (20:25, 22:25, 17:25) in a match which lasted 78 minutes.

Thus Bulgarian chances of qualifying for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro considerably diminished.

Bulgaria Defeats Finland in Opening 2016 Volleyball Olympics Qualifier

The Bulgarian men's national volleyball team defeated Finland in its opening game of the European Olympic qualification tournament, which is taking place in Berlin between January 5 and 10.

Bulgaria won with 3:1 (29:27, 25:15, 23:25, 25:22) in a match which lasted slightly over two hours.

Investors eye data in year's last week

Japanese factory output and U.S. consumer confidence are among the few trading cues in the last trading week of the year, with Tokyo's Nikkei 225 on track to be one of the best-performing major stock indices globally.

The Japanese market is open from today through Dec. 20 in what is expected to be quiet trading in a holiday-shortened week.

Greek manga marries Japan, Ancient Greek mythology and parkour (pics + vid)

The manga style of comics is linked to Japan, however there’s a growing hub of Thessaloniki-based Mangatellers in Greece. Enough to warrant a publication of manga comics written by Raphael Voutsidis and Karyofyllis-Christos Hatzopoulos and cartoonist Manos Lagouvardos.