Chess Full Smoking Ban Effective in Bulgaria on Children’s Day

June 1 was slated as the only day in Bulgaria when the full smoking ban, passed by the previous Parliament, would come into effect. 10 days ago, the current General Assembly revoked the full smoking ban and adopted a more liberal regime to enter into force on June


Chess SSE scales back interest in EDF business

The utility scales back interest in the ?4bn sale of EDF's UK electricity distribution business saying it was thinking of taking a smaller stake


Chess Top Afghanistan Al-Qaeda Leader ‘Killed’ by US Drone

Al-Qaeda's number three leader in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, has been killed, reports say. Yazid, also known as Sheikh Said al-Masri, died along with his wife and three children, Islamist websites said, quoting a statement from al-Qaeda. US officials say


Chess Bulgarian Red Cross Sends Aid to Flooded Poland

The leadership of the Bulgarian Red Cross has decided Tuesday to sent aid to those who sustained damage during the disaster May floods in Poland. The amount slated is EUR 3 000 to be given to the Polish Red Cross and comes from the Bulgarian organization's own res


Chess Money Sent by Bulgarian Emigrants Slumps Q1 Y/Y

Money sent by Bulgarian emigrants to relatives in the country has gone down significantly during the first quarter of 2010, data from the Bulgarian Central Bank, BNB, shows. From January to March 2010, emigrants have wired EUR 231 M, which is nearly 11% less compa


Chess Bulgarian Supreme Council Chastises Judges in Real Estate Scandal

The "Professional Ethics" Committee at the Bulgarian Supreme Judicial Council (VSS) has decided to begin disciplinary actions against judges involved in the latest scandal that is shaking Bulgaria's judicial system. The proposal is to be submitted Thursday and wou


Chess Bulgarian Supreme Magistrates Chastise Judges in Real Estate Scandal

The "Professional Ethics" Committee at the Bulgarian Supreme Judicial Council (VSS) has decided to begin disciplinary actions against judges involved in the latest scandal that is shaking Bulgaria's judicial system. The proposal is to be submitted Thursday and wou


Chess Experts seek to learn from similar blowout

Striking parallels with a 1979 accident in the Gulf of Mexico, which gushed oil and gas for more than nine months, offer uncomfortable lessons for BP as it struggles to contain the oil spill


Chess Bulgarian Police Conducts ‘Excise Duty’ Special Ops

The Bulgarian police had carried out during the night their latest special police operation codenamed "Excise Duty." Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, informs Tuesday morning that 4 individuals have been arrested in the village of Kamen, near the southern city


Chess 2 Bulgarian Journalists Held at Israeli Deportation Center

The two Bulgarian journalists, who were arrested after Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, have spent the night at a deportation center, Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov, informed. Mladenov said in a TV interview Tuesday th


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