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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. 

"Russia doesn't make anything, its population is shrinking"

"Russia doesn't make anything, its population is shrinking"

LONDON -- U.S. President Barack Obama has described Russia as a country that "doesn't make anything" and whose population is "shrinking."

DSS: Result of government’s work – Serbia’s decline

BELGRADE - Deputy leader of the extra-parliamentary Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) Slobodan Samardzic said Monday that the result of the work of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic is Serbia’s collapse in terms of economy and state and foreign policy.

Manslaughter Proceedings Opened over Flood Victim in NW Bulgaria

Pre-trial proceedings for manslaughter have been opened over the flood victim in the northwestern Bulgarian town of Mizia.

The flood claimed the life of one on Sunday, with one person still missing, after the Skat River overflowed, flooding the lower parts of the town, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Television.

Victor Ponta has to choose between being presidential candidate or PM (Diaconescu, PMP)

Cristian Diaconescu, the candidate of the People's Movement Party (PMP) for President, said on Monday that Victor Ponta has to choose between being a presidential candidate or a prime minister, declaring that "it is unacceptable to make promises by taking advantage of the ambiguity of this capacity".

Comet-chaser nears prey after crossing kilometers

After a decade-long quest spanning six billion kilometers, a European probe will come face to face Aug. 6 with a comet, one of the Solar System’s enigmatic wanderers.

The moment will mark a key phase of the most ambitious project ever undertaken by the European Space Agency (ESA), a 1.3 billion euro bid to get to know these timeless space rovers.

Two Drown at Bulgarian Black Sea Beaches

Two men have drowned at Bulgarian Black Sea beaches on Sunday.

According to local police reports, a 73-year old man from Sofia has drowned at the beach in Primorsko, 50 km from the city of Burgas, reported on Monday.

The name of the man was not released.

More than 400 Ukrainian soldiers "flee to to Russia"

More than 400 Ukrainian soldiers "flee to to Russia"

MOSCOW -- Ukrainian authorities' orders to troops to fight their own people are "impossible," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told Itar-Tass on Monday.

His comments came as 438 Ukrainian military personnel reportedly fled across the border into Russia overnight.

Tunceli locals march against power plant in Munzur Valley

Thousands of Tunceli locals marched on Aug. 3 against the hydroelectric power plant (HES) project planned to be built in Munzur Valley, located in Turkey’s southeastern province.

The group carried banners and chanted slogans while marching toward Munzur Valley.

Economic sentiment down slightly in July, according to IOBE think-tank.

Economic sentiment in July fell slightly from the previous month, according to the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research (IOBE).

IOBE’s economic climate index, which combines consumer confidence with sub-indexes of business expectations in industry, construction, retail trade and services, came in at 102.3 points.

Germany scraps major arms deal with Russia

Germany has stopped a major deal to provide a fully equipped training camp to Russian forces due to the crisis in Ukraine, the government said Monday.
Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said he has withdrawn his authorisation for the training camp project, which had already been put on hold in March after Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

Bulgaria's State Budget Not to Be Overhauled as MPs End Last Workday

Lawmakers in Bulgaria's Parliament decided not to discuss an update of the 2014 state budget.

As their emergency session held Monday kicked off, MPs voted that the motion initially proposed by the Council of Ministers would not be included into the agenda.