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Prosecutor demands life terms in Bosphorus human smuggling case

An Istanbul prosecutor has demanded 13 life sentences in addition to 362 years in jail for four suspects, one of whom is on the run, in the case of a boat accident that took the lives of 27 migrants late last year.

Serkan Uyar, Do?an Odac?o?lu and Kerem Sinayi Çakan are under arrest in the case, while Afghan national Murteza Hashimi is still on the run.

Cotroceni: Consultations between President Iohannis and minorities' group deputies begin

Consultations between President Klaus Iohannis and representatives of the minorities' group deputies, part of the series of consultations between the head of state and the political formations in Parliament on the topic of the Defense budget, have begun on Monday at the Cotroceni Palace.

Photo credit: (c) Alex MICSIK / AGERPRES PHOTO

E.ON Distributie Romania begins operating from January 1

E.ON Distributie Romania, the first integrated gas and electricity distributor in Romania has begun activity from Jan. 1 and is operating over 20,000 kilometres of natural gas distribution network and more than 80,000 kilometres of electricity distribution network serving around three million clients overall, the company said in a release on Monday.

Bulgaria Trades More with EU, Less with Third Countries - NSI

Bulgaria has expanded its trade with the European Union (EU),while it has contracted its trade with third countries, shows National Statistical Institute (NSI) data, which was published on Monday.

In the period January - October 2014 Bulgarian exports to the EU amounted to BGN 22.4 B, recording an increase of 2.4 % compared to the same period in 2013.

Earnings advance, population declines in November (statistics)

The monthly average net nominal earnings were 1,743 lei in November in Romania, up 38 lei from October, a release of the National Institute of Statistics (INS) informed AGERPRES on Monday.

Photo credit: (c) Cristian NISTOR/AGERPRES ARCHIVE

Tennis: WTA rankings - Simona Halep keeps at No. 3

Romania's Simona Halep is keeping at No. 3 in the world rankings of the best women tennis players (WTA) made public on Monday, after having won Shenzhen, China tournament on Saturday.

Photo credit: (c) Mao Siqian / XINHUA FLOW

4.1 earthquake jolts eastern Romania

An earthquake measuring 4.1 Richter jolted the seismic area of Vrancea (eastern Romania) at 8:08 a.m. (6.08 UTC) on Monday, at 17 kilometers depth, the National Institute for Earth Physics has announced.

Photo credit: (c) Angelo BREZOIANU / AGERPRES ARCHIVE

Since the beginning of the year, 11 earthquakes have hit Vrancea, with the most powerful measuring 4.3 Richter.

Bulgaria Mulls New Entity to Fight High-Level Corruption

Bulgarian Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov has backed the establishment of a new entity tasked with investigating high-level corruption.

In a Friday interview for the Bulgarian National Television, Ivanov made clear that the proposal was part of his judicial reform plan.