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USS Donald Cook Leaves Black Sea

The US guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook has left the Black Sea, reported the Russian wire service ITAR-TASS on Friday.

The information was confirmed on the site of the US Navy. 

USS Donald Cook left the Black Sea on Thursday, passed through the straits and entered the Aegean Sea.

'Welcome to Mesozoic' exhibition opens on April 30

BELGRADE - The exhibition entitled 'Welcome to Mesozoic' on the long-gone world and times which still attract most attention of all bygone geological eras will open in the Gallery of the Museum of Natural History in Belgrade on April 30.

Mother of drowned children held in custody

Mother of drowned children held in custody

ALEKSINAC -- A 27-year-old woman whose two children drowned on Wednesday in the Turija River in southeastern Serbia has been arrested.

A judge in Aleksinac ordered that the woman, identified with her initials as B.M., be held in custody for 30 days.

Sasho Donchev Reelected Chair of Bulgarian Industrial Association

The Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA) has reelected Sasho Donchev, CEO of Overgas, as Chair of the Management Board for a second 5-year term in office.

Bozhidar Danev also keeps the office of Executive Chair of BIA.

Violina Marinova, Chief Executive Officer of DSK Bank, enters the Management Board of BIA.

Eurojust Busts Fraud Ring With BG Participation

The EU judicial cooperation unit Eurojust bust an organized crime group that committed fraud on a large scale in Belgium and the Netherlands. 

It operated in Belgium, the Netherlands, Romania and Bulgaria and drained the social security systems in Belgium and the Netherlands. 

Turkish Govt 'Committed Corruption of Consience' - Top Judge

Hasim Kilic, the head of Turkey's Constitutional Court, criticized the government on Friday over its meddling into judiciary affairs.

Kilic claimed the cabinet was committing "a corruption of conscience", as Hurriyet Daily News quoted it as saying.

Media laws to come before new Serbian gov't soon

NOVI SAD - Draft media laws will soon be presented to the new Serbian government and forwarded to the parliament in the shortest possible time, State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture and Information Gordana Predic said Friday.

Sunny Beach Hotel Owners Demand Stiff Fines for Balconing

The Union of hotel owners in Sunny Beach demands that the state introduces fines for balconing. 

Last summer in result of jumping from the hotel balcony into the swimming pool or between balconies, in the Black Sea resort died several foreign tourists. 

The hotel owners propose that the fine be at least EUR 300 and be imposed by police. 

Bulgaria Invests BGN 1 M Daily in Transport Infrastructure - Minister

Transport Minister Danail Papazov has argued that a sum of over BGN 1 M is invested in transport infrastructure in Bulgaria on a daily basis.

Papazov presented Friday in Sandanski operational program "Transport and Transport Infrastructure" 2014-2020.

Novi Sad may become European Capital of Culture in 2021

NOVI SAD - The European Union has adopted a decision under which Novi Sad may become a European Capital of Culture in 2021 instead of in 2020 as previously planned, the Cultural Centre of Novi Sad said in a statement on Friday.

Heavy rainfall and clouds with hail threaten Serbia

BELGRADE - Heavy rainfall and overflowing streams have put in danger the center of Vrnjacka Banja, Cacak, Guca, Majdanpek, Lucane and Ivanjica, and there is an additional threat of hailstorm, Serbia’s Emergency Situations Sector chief Predrag Maric has told Tanjug.

Most open issues in draft version of statute adjusted

NOVI SAD - Members of the Vojvodina Assembly Collegium and the Working group in charge of preparation of the draft statute of the province reached an agreement on a majority of open issues and adopted decisions concerning alternative solutions in the text, the cabinet of Vojvodina Assembly President Istvan Pastor released.

Iran Petrol Prices Up 75% in Hours

A severe oil price hike was triggered in Iran by President Rouhani's decision to cut petrol subsisides, in a desperate attempt to address long-standing economic issues.

Subsidized fuel (available to each driver in limited quantities) thus rose from USD 0.16 to USD 0.28 per liter, according to Al Jazeera English.

EU invites proposals for Civil Society Facility programme

BELGRADE - The EU Delegation to Serbia has issued a new call for proposals that cover three topics, the battle against corruption, discrimination and cooperation between Belgrade and Pristina, with the total amount of grants available being EUR 2.4 million, according to what was said at the presentation of the invitation on Friday.

Bulgarian President Calls for Clean Election Campaign

Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev urged political parties to engage in a constructive dialogue during the European elections campaign, which began on Friday.