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Athens-Thessaloniki rail travel time to be slashed

The project to electrify the railway section between Lianokladi and Domokos on the Athens-Thessaloniki route will reportedly be completed by the end of the month, allowing Italian-owned railway service operator Trainose to launch the Pendolino ETR-485 electric trains that will cut the journey between the two cities to just over four hours.

Nearly half of EU covered by forests: Eurostat

The European Union had around 182 million hectares of forests and other wooded land in 2015, corresponding to 43 percent of its land area, the bloc's statistical office said on March 21.

DefMin Les: Romania will have maintenance centres for Patriot missile systems

Romania will create maintenance centres for the Patriot surface-to-air missile systems, National Defence Minister Gabriel Les announced on Thursday. According to him, the creation of the maintenance centres is part of the contract Romania concluded with the US partners, which also provides industrial cooperation regarding the missile system.

The EU Postpones Brexit until May 22 if the London Government Approves the Divorce Deal

All 27 state and government leaders of the remaining EU member states have unanimously decided to postpone the release date of the UK on the basis of two possible scenarios. This was announced by European Council President Donald Tusk after the end of the first day of the summit in Brussels, Reuters and TASS reported.
 

Illegal Logging in Bulgaria is Estimated at BGN 150 Million Per Year

The annual volume of illegal logging in Bulgaria reaches 2.4 - 2.7 million cubic meters. This is between a quarter and a third of the total yield, which forms a shady business of nearly 150 million leva per year. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said.

Forum "Women. Technology. Time" Held in Sofia

How technology fits into the hectic daily routine of women who increasingly perform different social roles - mothers, wives, career professionals. This is the topic of a forum organised by the 'Women Today' magazine, a 75-year-old edition, reports BNT. 

The conversation about the future is under the motto "Women, Technology, Time".

Islamophobia and Turkish-Armenian controversy: Analysis

Religion plays an important role in the 1915 Events and the related Turkish-Armenian controversy. In the Armenian genocide narrative, Armenians are frequently portrayed as the downtrodden "first Christian nation", while Turks are portrayed as the cruel Muslims who sought to annihilate various Christian groups.

Bulgarian Police Shuts Down 2 illegal Cannabis Production Greenhouses

The Bulgarian authorities have shut down two illegal cannabis production greenhouses and arrested two suspects, the Interior Ministry said in a press release on Thursday.

A total of 429 pots with cannabis plants and 64.7 kg of raw cannabis were found in the first greenhouse in the town of Gabrovo, some 200 km east of Sofia, the ministry said.

Clear Sky until Noon, some Clouds later Today in East Bulgaria, Highs Between 14-19°C

Mostly sunshine before noon today and then more cloud for some time in Eastern Bulgaria, but no rain. This is what meteorologist Georgi Tsekov, National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, told Focus News Agency. Light northern wind. This will be a warmer day with highs between 14°C and 19°C.

EcoMin Badalau:Romania to associate with Italian firearm producer Beretta to produce two new types of rifles

Romania will associate with the Italian firearms producer Beretta in view of manufacturing, at the Mechanic Plant in Plopeni of Prahova County, two types of weapons, Economy Minister Nicolae Badalau announced on Thursday. According to him, the Romanian state and the Italian company will establish a new company, in which the Romanian side will own 80 percent of the shares.

Bomb disposal team at Russian consulate in Athens

Greek police say a bomb disposal squad has been sent to the Russian consulate in Athens after cameras showed a suspicious object believed to be a hand grenade being thrown over the perimeter fence overnight.

Turkey slams Trump's Golan Heights tweet

U.S. President Donald Trump's statement that it was time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights has brought the region to the edge of a new crisis, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan said on March 22.

Attackers throw explosive at Russian consulate in Athens

Attackers on a motorcycle threw an explosive device, possibly a hand grenade, at the Russian consulate in Athens early on Friday, police said.

"It was probably a hand grenade, no one was injured," one police official told Reuters.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack on the consulate in the Athens suburb of Psychico.

Attackers throw explosive at Russian consul in Athens

Attackers on a motorcycle threw an explosive device, possibly a hand grenade, at the Russian consulate in Athens early on Friday, police said.

"It was probably a hand grenade, no one was injured," one police official told Reuters.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack on the consulate in the Athens suburb of Psychico.

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