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EximBank finalises Banca Romaneasca's takeover

EximBank has finalized the acquisition of Banca Romaneasca SA (BROM), with the submitted bid being part of the agreement concluded in June 2019 between EximBank and National Bank of Greece (NBG) on the purchase of the latter's 99.28 percent stake in BROM, the bank said in a release.

Moscow denies reports it plans to recognize Turkish-occupied Cyprus

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has denied rumors that Moscow plans to recognize Turkish-occupied Cyprus which, according to some Turkish media reports, would take place in exchange for Turkey recognizing Abkhazia.

Turkey aims to soothe NATO over Russian missiles

Turkey's foreign minister has reiterated a proposal to establish a NATO-lead committee to review possible threats to the alliance from Turkey's purchase of a Russian-made missile defense system.

Bosnian Serb Army Officer Charged with Persecuting Bosniaks

The Bosnian state prosecution on Thursday charged Mile Ujic, the former deputy commander of Rogatica Brigade of the Bosnian Serb Army, with committing crimes against humanity in the Rogatica area in 1992 and 1993.

Number of foreign Danube Delta visitors plunges more than 20 pct in 2019

The total number of travelers to the Danube Delta last year was almost in line with that of 2018, but the downward trend in foreign tourist arrivals continued, shows data of the Danube Delta Tourist Destination Management Association (AMDTDD).

Belgrade-Pristina Flights Won’t Get Kosovo Serbs Airborne

Everyone said it couldn't be done. But for the first time in a generation, there will be direct flights between Serbia and Kosovo. Another win. Thanks to @WHNSC Ambassador Robert O'Brien and Ambassador @RichardGrenell!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2020

Bosnian MPs Reject Legislation to Criminalise Genocide Denial

The House of Peoples, the upper house of the Bosnian parliament, voted on Thursday against changing the criminal code of Bosnia and Herzegovina to criminalise the denial of genocide and war crimes.

New Rules for Gambling in Bulgaria

The bill establishing a National Gambling Agency, which replaces the State Gambling Commission, has been published for discussion, BNR reported.

Flu Epidemic throughout Bulgaria

Flu epidemic was declared the northwestern city of Montana on January 22. A ban on visitors to hospitals is in place. Planned surgical operations, scheduled and non-urgent medical consultations for children and women have been suspended.

Bulgaria and Greece to Strengthen their Relations and to Deepen Cooperation in the Field of Tourism

The government has approved a draft Joint Action Programme between Bulgaria's Ministry of Tourism and Greece' Ministry of Tourism for 2020-2022, said the government press office.
The document reflects the willingness of the countries to strengthen their friendly relations and to contribute to the further development of cooperation in the field of tourism.

President Radev: Huge Investments are Yet to be Made in the Water Sector in Bulgaria

Huge investments are yet to be made in the water supply systems in Bulgaria and it is extremely important that these funds be used efficiently and effectively. Before spending them in a piecemeal fashion, we should draw on other countries' good practices and experience. This is what President Rumen Radev told journalists after visiting the company that manages the water resources of Jerusalem.

Bulgaria Join in the IMF's Somalia Debt Fundraising Initiative

The Council of Ministers approved the participation of the Republic of Bulgaria in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) initiative to raise funds to settle Somalia's debt to the IMF, amounting to EUR 242 million.

The amount with which Bulgaria will join is amounting to 1.48 million SDR (special drawing rights)

No country to send military to Libya while truce lasts: Turkish FM

No one will send to Libya any additional advisors or troops or mercenaries or other personnel as long as the truce is observed, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Jan. 23.

The issue of sanctions will not be raised under the same condition, the minister said in an interview with Russia's RIA News Agency.