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BSP Leader Stanishev Hints at Early Elections, Mandatory Voting

The leader of the ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Sergey Stanishev, hinted at the likelihood of early parliamentary elections, at a press conference on Friday morning.

He, however, refused to set a specific date for the elections or for the eventual resignation of the government of Plamen Oresharski.

Serbian Protesters Urge 'Plagiarising' Minister To Quit

The protest held in Belgrade's main square against the Interior Minister was organized on Facebook by group called “Citizens against Nebojsa Stefanovic." 

It has attracted more than 4,200 likes and reflects the anger felt by some over claims that Minister Stefanovic plagiarised parts of his PhD thesis on local government.

Hidden Greek gems billionaire emerges with Folli Follie

By Tom Metcalf

Dimitrios Koutsolioutsos, the founder and chairman of Folli Follie SA (FFGRP), has become a billionaire as the Athens-based maker of jewelry, handbags and fashion accessories increased almost 10-fold in the last two years.

Djuric discussess Kosovo situation with Belgian delegation

BELGRADE - The head of the Serbian government Office for Kosovo-Metohija Marko Djuric has discussed the situation in the Serbian province with a delegation of the Belgian foreign ministry.

City Hall presses for rehiring of ex municipal police officers

City Hall is pressing for former municipal police officers who have not been rehired as employees of the Greek Police force to be taken on to staff "critical services."

In a statement late on Thursday, City Hall called on the Administrative Reform Ministry to accept its appeal "even at the eleventh hour" and rehire the staff.

Budget Committee in Parliament Approves State Debt Emission

The budget committee in Parliament approved the emission of a new state debt of Bulgaria, reports BNT. 

The loan of around BGN 3 B, according to Finance Minister Petar Chobanov, will be used for paying off old debts and covering the budget deficit. He said that no matter when the early elections will be held, the country will remain in a stable financial position. 

37 bodies discovered in Rudnica so far

RUDNICA - The remains of 37 people killed in the Kosovo conflict in 1999 have so far been exhumed from the Rudnica quarry, southern Serbia, head of the commission on missing persons Veljko Odalovic has said during a visit to the location.

Hague Prosecutor Criticises Bosnia War Case Delays

The prosecutor told the UN that there was still a huge backlog of war crimes cases from the Bosnian conflict and progress towards clearing them by the 2023 deadline was unacceptably slow.

"No plans to delay South Stream" - minister

"No plans to delay South Stream" - minister

BELGRADE -- Mining and Energy Minister Aleksandar Antić has said there are "no plans to delay the building of the Serbian leg of the South Stream natural gas pipeline."

FM: Funds from donations won't be enough

FM: Funds from donations won't be enough

JAGODINA -- Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić says it is "not realistic to expect that Serbia will be able to make up for all the damage from the floods with foreign donations."

Bulgarian Economy Minister on China Visit

Bulgaria's Minister of Economy and Energy Dragomir Stoynev is on a visit to China, accompanied by a business delegation.

Emotional robot set for sale in Japan next year

A cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile.
    

International Theatre Festival Kicks off in Romania

Over 600,000 visitors are expected to take part at the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, FITS, one of the most important performing arts festival in Europe.

Some 350 events are scheduled to take place in Sibiu between June 6 and 15, gathering participants from 70 countries.

Albanian Jihadist Militants Link up on Facebook

The Facebook page, set up in February, which currently has 429 likes, hails the activities of ethnic Albanian jihadists fighting in Syria, and appears to serve as an information point in Albanian for the fighters.

In a post on May 6, a communiqué announced the truce announced by the al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra with the ISIS.

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