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Hans Zimmer to Perform in Sofia on May 16

German composer Hans Zimmer is coming to Sofia on May 16 for what the organizers from Sofia Music Enterprises have described as a "half-rock, half-classical" concert.

Zimmer is bringing a symphony orchestra, a rock band an a choir for the show that is to take place at the Arena Armeec hall in Sofia.

Saxo Bank’s economist writes about an upcoming crisis

Christopher Dembik, Economist of Saxo Bank, claims that a new crisis is coming and explains it in four points:

• Shortening economic cycle means more frequent crises
• ‘Great Divergence’ model saw China assuming the US’ leadership role
• We have likely reached the limits of adjusting monetary policy
• States have compromised a return to growth due to debt

58 employees fired from opposition media outlet in Istanbul

More than 50 employees of several opposition media outlets that were recently placed under the management of a trustee panel have been relieved of their duties, daily Hürriyet has reported.

Class split after parent rejects mixed-sex seating in Turkey's south

A class at a primary school in the Mediterranean province of Antalya has been split into two, after a teacher rejected a demand from the parents of a seven-year-old female student that she be exempt from sitting with male students in the classroom. 

Turkey completes electoral cycle, political risks persist

The outcome of Turkey's general election on Nov. 1, which saw the Justice and Development Party (AKP) regain its parliamentary majority, follows a period of heightened political uncertainty that will not necessarily come to an end, international credit rating company Fitch Ratings has stated.

Women are still paid less than men, EU says

On the occasion of European Equal Pay Day 2015, the European Commission draws attention to the gender pay gap, and its underlying causes.

The gender pay gap reflects ongoing discrimination and inequalities in the labour market which, in practice, mainly affect women. Its causes are complex and interrelated.

10 factors explaining how the AKP made a comeback in Turkey's Nov 1 election

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) scored an unexpected success in the Nov. 1, making a strong comeback after losing nine percentage points in the June 7 general election. In what came as a surprising victory even to its own deputies, the AKP managed to mobilize voters both inside Turkey and abroad. 

Obama says Syria deployment doesn't break no 'boots on ground' pledge

President Barack Obama said on Nov. 2 the planned deployment of dozens of U.S. special forces to Syria to advise opposition forces fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) did not break his promise not to put "boots on the ground" in the Syrian conflict.

Merkel warns of war if Germany closes its borders

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaking to supporters of her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) in Darmstadt on Monday she defended the deal on transit zone and said that if Germany closed its border it could result in military conflicts adding that Social Democrats (SPD) need to support the transit zones.

Google aims to begin drone package deliveries in 2017

Internet giant Alphabet Inc , the new holding company for Google, expects to begin delivering packages to consumers via drones sometime in 2017, the executive in charge of its drone effort said on Nov 2.

Death toll from bootleg alcohol crisis in Istanbul rises to 20

The death toll in the bootleg alcohol consumption crisis in Istanbul has risen to 20, while a total of 91 people have applied to hospitals for treatment.

According to samples obtained during treatment, the cause of death was alcohol poisoning.

Nine people are still under treatment in the intensive care unit, while another 12 have been transferred to hospitals.

Migrant crisis spurs child statelessness, UN warns

A stateless child is born every 10 minutes, the United Nations said Nov 3, warning that the problem has intensified as the conflict in Syria has sparked a global migrant and refugee crisis.

A new report by the UN refugee agency highlights the long-term consequences of statelessness for children such as being deprived of medical care, education and future access to employment.    

US to operate 'wherever' international law allows in S. China Sea: Admiral

The US military will continue to operate "wherever" international law allows, including in the South China Sea, a top US admiral said in Beijing on Nov 3, a week after America infuriated China by sailing close to artificial islands it is building in the contested waters.