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Tenders Launched for 2 Sections of Struma Motorway Lot 3

The first stage of the selection of a contractor for two sections of lot 3 of the Struma motorway has started.

The National Company Strategic Infrastructure Projects (NCSIP) has launched tenders for the designing and construction of the motorway sections Blagoevgrad – Krupnik, including a 2km tunnel at the village of Zheleznitsa and Kresna – Sandanski.

Bulgaria’s NZOK Health Fund Gets Extra BGN 225 M

Bulgaria’s National Health Insurance Fund, NZOK, has been granted an additional BGN 225 M to keep the state-run fund afloat by the end of the year.

PM meets with Arab ambassadors, urges ceasefire in Gaza

PM meets with Arab ambassadors, urges ceasefire in Gaza

BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić on Monday met with several ambassadors of Arab countries, and spoke in favor of "an urgent ceasefire" in the Gaza Strip.

Gov’t delays tradesmen’s debts in Soma after mining disaster

Small shop owners’ debts in the town of Soma in the Aegean province of Manisa have been postponed for a year to support the business in the town, which was hit by the major mining disaster that killed 301 workers.

Jobs, education, security top list for Africans, ONE poll shows

Africans see jobs, education and security as their biggest areas of concern, according to a poll on Aug. 4 conducted by ONE, the anti-poverty campaign co-founded by rockers Bono and Bob Geldof.

Obama: 'Russia doesn't make anything,' West must be firm with China

President Barack Obama dismissed Russia as a nation that "doesn't make anything" and said in an interview with the Economist magazine that the West needs to be "pretty firm" with China as Beijing pushes to expand its role in the world economy.

MPs Turn Down Proposal to Open Politicians' KTB Credit Files

Bulgarian lawmakers have rejected a motion that would have revoked the secrecy protecting credit files of politicians at Corporate Commercial Bank (KTB).

The bill was proposed by Yordan Tsonev, an MP from the liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) who was also the Chair of the outgoing Parliament's Budget and Finance Committee.

Nikolić attends WW1 event in Belgium

Nikolić attends WW1 event in Belgium

LIEGE -- Tomislav Nikolić has arrived in Liege, Belgium, and is attending the central event commemorating 100 years since the start of World War I on the western front.

1 Israeli killed, 5 hurt as excavator rams Jerusalem bus

One Israeli was killed and five others injured Monday when an excavator rammed into a Jerusalem bus, turning it over before the driver was shot dead by police, officials said.        

Will Europe's banking 'big bang' loosen lending?

By Paul Taylor

In the biggest advance in European integration since the launch of the euro in 1999, the European Central Bank will take charge of supervising banks from Helsinki to Lisbon in November after subjecting their books to unprecedented scrutiny.

Far-Right MP Quits His Parliament Group of Last Day of Work

Galen Monev, a lawmaker from far-right Ataka party, has deposited his resignation as part of the group in Bulgaria's Parliament.

Monev submitted his request on the day when the National Assembly held its last (and extraordinary) session to vote on updates to the state budget and healthcare expenditures.

Construction permits to be issued in 28 days

BELGRADE - The amendments to the Law on Planning and Construction due to be adopted in early September will make room for procurement of construction permits within 28 days and introduce a special counter for investors, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Zorana Mihajlovic stated on Monday.

Four-year-old dies after father travels to three cities across Anatolia to find treatment

A four-year-old boy diagnosed of meningitis has died after his father traveled to three cities across eastern and central Anatolia after doctors at hospitals refused to treat him.

Mücahit Gürcan first took his son to the public hospital of his hometown of Iğdır in northeastern Turkey after his son Diyar fell sick on July 29 last week.

Russian Tourists Stranded At Bulgaria's Burgas Airport

More than 200 Russian tourists are stranded at the airport of Bulgaria's coast city of Burgas, reports the Nova TV national channel. 

The reason is the bankruptcy of the major Russian touroperator Labirint.