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Earthquake Registered in Western Bulgaria

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.5 on the Richter scale was registered in western Bulgaria, Friday.

The quake was felt at 8.19 am some 16 kilometers south of Samokov, and 58 kilometers south of the capital city of Sofia at a depth of 2 kilometers, the European Seismological Center reports.

There is no information of victims or material damages.

At least 12 die as torrential rain, floods hit Bulgaria

At least 12 die as torrential rain, floods hit Bulgaria

VARNA -- Twelve people have died while several others are missing after torrential rain and heavy floods hit the port city of Varna, Bulgarian officials said.

The government in Sofia declared Monday, June 23, a day of mourning for the victims.

More than 50 million displaced worldwide, UN says

GENEVA - More than 50 million people were forcibly uprooted worldwide at the end of last year, the highest level since after World War Two, as people fled crises from Syria to South Sudan, the UN refugee agency said on Friday.

Released coup plot case convicts vow to ‘continue fight’

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy and retired general, Engin Alan, has vowed “punishment” for prosecutors of the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot trial, in his first comments following his release on June 19.

Man found dead in Piraeus apartment after fire

Firefighters discovered the body of a man on Friday in the debris after extinguishing a large fire that broke out earlier in the day on the third floor of an apartment block on 68 Philadelphias Street in Nikaia, a suburb of Piraeus.

Deputy PM Babacan presents journalism award for 'Erdoğan leak' story

The Economy Journalists Association’s (EGD) “Best News” award has gone to a report about a leaked phone conversation allegedly between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his son related to the graft investigation probe. Surprisingly, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan presented the award to a reporter of fiercely anti-government daily Sözcü, which published the winning piece. 

Law to repair consequences of floods soon

BELGRADE - Serbian Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic stated on Friday that the government will soon present the draft law on repair of the consequences of recent floods.

Central Bank Places Corporate Commercial Bank Under Supervision

Bulgaria's Central Bank (BNB) places under special supervision the Corporate Commercial Bank (KTB), said the BNB press office. 

According to BNB, CCB sent a letter asking for the supervision, due to “exhaustion of liquidity and termination of all payments and banking operations”. 

As of June 20, BNB revokes the rights of the KTB shareholders and appoints a supervisory board.

More than 160,000 people vote in Hong Kong democracy poll

More than 160,000 people took part in an unofficial Hong Kong vote on electoral reform Friday, at a time of heightened tensions as pro-democracy activists worry that Beijing will backtrack on its promise of universal suffrage.

RCC presents SEE 2020 Strategy

BUCHAREST - The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) has prepared a South East Europe 2020 strategy (SEE 2020) to help governments improve economies and create new jobs, participants of the First meeting of the Governing Board of the RCC SEE 2020 Strategy in Bucharest have said.

Santos: Greece could have beaten Japan but for red card

Greece could have emerged victorious from its 0-0 World Cup Group C draw with Japan on Thursday were it not for Costas Katsouranis's first-half red card, coach Fernando Santos said.

The Greek skipper was dismissed for a second yellow in the 38th minute, leaving his side to frantically defend for the remainder of the game with Japan having close to 70 percent possession.

Asparuhovo Deputy Mayor: Gullies Partly Caused Disaster

A drainage gully in Varna's Asparuhovo was dysfuctioning during the floods as temprorary outlets were located on it, the Deputy District Mayor argued.

Radoslav Koev suggested in an interview with that the location of commercial venues where water is to be deviated from the streets have severely affected the drainage infrastructure of the region.

Central bank issues collection coins dedicated to Bucharest University

The National Bank of Romania (BNR) will put into circulation a mint set comprising three coins (gold, silver and coppered tombac), and a separate silver coin dedicated to the anniversary of 150 years since the foundation of the University of Bucharest.

Commissioner: Government fails to implement decisions

Commissioner: Government fails to implement decisions

BELGRADE -- Rodoljub Šabić has said that the institution he heads has put into procedure 93 percent of requests for information received in 2013.