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Biden Reassures Romanians of US Backing

US Vice-President Joe Biden on Tuesday arrived in Romania to reassure leaders of America’s continuing commitment in the face of Russia’s growing military assertiveness.

“It’s an obligation for us to stay close to you so, in the name of the US President, I should say, you can count on us,” Biden said shortly after he arrived in Bucharest.

Countries expecting fewer tourists from Russia

Countries expecting fewer tourists from Russia

Bulgaria and Montenegro are expecting a drop in Russian tourists this summer. Also in business news: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will invest 500 million euros in Cyprus.

The number of Russian tourists visiting the region this summer is expected to decline. [AFP]

Romania Belatedly Offers Help To Flooded Neighbours

Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced on Monday that Romania is to offer food, blankets and water to people in neighbouring Serbia and to Bosnia and Herzegovina in an effort to help flood victims.

Bucharest is also to send anti-flood pumps to the affected areas.

Daniel Kaddik: EU Skepticism is Triggered by Lack of Communication

Daniel Kaddik is the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom's Project Director for Southeast Europe. His fields of expertise include EU integration, the EU's Eastern Enlargement and its Eastern Partnership programs.

Bisons Return to the Wild in Romania

Almost 200 years after they became locally extinct, a large group of European bison was relocated on Saturday to the Tarcu Mountain in the Carpathians in Western Romania, in one of the largest reintroductions of the endangered mammal in Europe.

European Initiative for Media Pluralism Opens Bulgarian Unit

A non-governmental organization called European Initiative for Media Pluralism (EIMP) is registering a Bulgarian unit.

The NGO aims to encourage Bulgarian journalists to state their demand for dignified working conditions directly to the European Commission, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR).

Rasmussen: Russia Will Increase Pressure on Moldova, Georgia

Russia's military actions in Ukraine have changed the security situation in Europe dramatically, according to the Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

In an interview with the Romanian on Thursday, Rasmussen said that he expected a NATO summit in September to discuss long term measures to enhance the collective defense of member countries.

55 Kg of Heroin Seized on Bulgaria, Romania's Danube Bridge

Bulgarian border police authorities seized 55 kilograms of heroin on the Danube Bridge, at the crossing point leading out of the country.

In a joint operation of Ruse's customs unit and the Border Police, officials found the drug divided into fifty separate packages in a lorry with an international license plate, according to reports by the Bulgarian National Radio.

Romanian Museums Ready For All-Night Opening

The annual Night of Museums in Romania will involve exhibitions, dance and theatre performances, concerts and films in events all across the country, according to the official website for the event.

Thousands of Romanians are expected to attend the events, hearing hitherto little-known stories of different objects in the museums.

Russian rescuers arrive in flood-stricken Serbia

Russian rescuers arrive in flood-stricken Serbia

NIŠ -- The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations has responded to an appeal for assistance made by the Serbian government and sent a team of rescuers to Serbia.

Ivanovic beats Sharapova to reach Rome quarter-finals

ROME - Serbia's Ana Ivanovic reached the quarter-finals of the WTA tournament in Rome on Thursday by beating Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-1, 6-4 in the third round.

The win was Ivanovic's first against Sharapova after seven consecutive defeats.

In a bid to reach the semi-finals, Ivanovic will face Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who beat Romania's Simona Halep 2-1.

Polish PM Tusk Wants Increased NATO Presence in Eastern Europe

NATO needs to have a larger presence in eastern Europe in light of the crisis in Ukraine, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Thursday, quoted by The New York Times.

Tusk is in the Slovak capital Bratislava, to attend the session titled "Visegrad Up: Finding Common Grounds in Times of Crisis" at the 2014 GLOBSEC Security Forum. 

Bulgaria to Open 8 New Border Crossings By 2017

Bulgaria's Interior Ministry is planning to open eight new border crossing points by 2017, reports Sega daily. 

The checkpoints will be at the borders with Greece – one, Serbia – two, FYROM – three and Romania – two, shows a ministry plan, entitled Strategy for integrated border management. 

Romania to Wipe Out Defence Sector Debts

Romania has announced plans to cancel the debts of 15 companies in the defence sector, citing the worrying geopolitical context, which it says requires strengthening defence capacities.