Iran's long-lasting love for gemstones

At a prominent Shiite shrine in southern Tehran, Qasem Ashgari was buying yet another gemstone ring in the hope it would help his prayers to be answered promptly.

Asghari, in his 30s, who was already wearing several bands on each hand, had a specific ring in mind: A silver one, adorned with yellow agate and engraved with religious scripts.

Schengen Entry in Limbo: Bulgaria-Austria Negotiations Stalled

Prime Minister Nikolai Denkov clarified that ongoing negotiations with Austria have yet to yield a finalized agreement for Bulgaria's accession to Schengen by air. Speaking to bTV, Denkov emphasized the necessity for compliance with general European regulations, dismissing the prospect of Bulgaria adhering to specific rules exclusive to the nation.

Bulgaria: A Child Repairs a Sidewalk in Sofia - The Authorities began an Inspection (VIDEO)

A small child arranges and carries tiles on the sidewalk on Boris III Blvd., where repairs are being made. This became known from a video of Teodor Mihailov, distributed on social networks and broadcast on bTV. After the case became public, the institutions started investigations into the case.

Single Turks say they would always wear wedding rings

Nine out of 10 single Turks have said that wedding rings should always be worn, a latest poll on changing marriage habits showed.


"The rate of married couples who say people should wear wedding rings is 63.8 percent, whereas it is 88 percent in among unmarried couples," said Yusuf Akın, an official from the research company conducting the poll.

Parliament to Have Special Sitting on Police Brutality Caught on Tape during anti-Government Protests Last Summer

In a statement on Saturday National
Assembly Chair Iva Miteva said she will convene an extraordinary parliamentary sitting on August 17 in connection with a video
of police brutality during last year's anti-government protests.
The video, shown in Parliament on Friday, caused shock and a wave of comments both on social networks and among politicians,

Bulgarian bTV Has New CEO – Martin Svehlak

Bulgaria's popular bTV channel announces that Florian Skala has resigned from his position as CEO of bTV and effectively immediately Martin Svehlak has been appointed as new CEO. Mr. Svehlak brings a rare depth of diverse media knowledge and managerial experience that spans TV, print, and online media, as well as digital platforms. Mr.