Chess Bulgaria to Boost Its Troops in Afghanistan with Combat Unit

Bulgaria plans to dispatch a 700-strong combat unit to boost its troops in Afghanistan as of 2013 at the latest, the defense minister has announced. "About 700 Bulgarian troops will be trained to join the military operations of NATO-led International Security Ass


Chess Future of Bulgarian Mining Industry Looks Bright

After an 11.2% contraction in 2009, the Bulgarian mining industry is expected to grow by 1.4% in 2010 to be worth BGN 1.... Source


Chess Bulgaria’s Trade Deficit Halves in 2009 Y/Y

Bulgaria had a trade deficit of BGN 10.1 B in 2009, according to final data released Friday by the National Statistical Institute. Thus, the country's trade deficit in 2009 was twice smaller than it was in 2008 when it reached almost BGN 20 B.... Source


Chess House to take up offshore drilling reform bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three months after the catastrophic oil rig explosion that sent millions of gallons of crude spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. House of Representatives was poised on Friday to debate legislation clamping down on the industry's offshor


Chess U.N. panel to probe further Kyoto CO2-cut projects

LONDON (Reuters) - A United Nations climate panel will ask a sub-panel to investigate further claims that a Kyoto Protocol scheme may be incentivizing participants to emit more greenhouse gases, environmental groups said on Friday. Source


Chess Bulgarian PM Backs Extreme Nationalist on Media Purge

Bulgaria's PM Boyko Borisov backed leader of nationalist Ataka party Volen Siderov regarding the latter's comments that Bulgarian National Radio and TV should be purged of people related to the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and the Movement for Rights and Freedom


Chess 100,000 Tourists Reported Stranded in Greece

A total of 100,000 tourists from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Macedonia, who are traveling by car, remain stranded in northern Greece because of the lorry drivers strike, according to reports. Tourist agents complain that the image of the country has been dealt a


Chess Bulgaria’s Blizoo Acquires Yet Another Local Internet Provider

Bulgaria's top cable providers Eurocom and CableTel, which merged earlier this year under the brand Blizoo, have acquired 100% in Link BG, the biggest Internet provider in the northeastern town of Dobrich. The price of the deal was not disclosed. The acquisition


Chess Bulgarian Luxury Housing Market Still Lucrative

Despite the economic crisis, luxury estates in certain Bulgarian neighborhoods are generally retaining their prices and their purchase appears to be a profitable investment. The Bulgarian newspaper Dnevnik has come to this conclusion after surveying real estate ag


Chess Bulgarian Mystery Voice Passes Away

Stefka Sabotinova, celebrated and universally loved Bulgarian folk singer, passed away at the age of 80 Friday. Sabotinova was born April 2, 1930 in the village of Rozov Kladenec in Bulgaria's southern Stara Zagora region. She grew up nourished by the live herita


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