Pilgrims perform cosmic-like meditative dance in Bulgaria’s Rila mountains | AFP

Thousands of pilgrims gather in Bulgaria’s Rila mountains to welcome their “spiritual” new year with a cosmic-like dance performed in concentric circles, creating a striking image on the verdant mountain plain.

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Adventurers start journey in reed boat to test ancient trade routes | AFP

A group of experimental archeologists and volunteers embark in Bulgaria on a 700-nautical-mile journey with a reed boat to test a hypothesis that ancient Egyptians were able to trade over the high seas.

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Remembering German victims of Bulgaria’s Iron Curtain | AFP

At a time when Europe prepares to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain, the issue of communist-era killings of East Germans who tried to flee to the West via Bulgaria’s southern border remains taboo.

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Voting underway in Greece for European parliamentary election

Greeks cast their votes in the European parliamentary election at a polling station in Athens. Greece is one of the first countries to open its polling stations along with Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania and Cyprus as tens of millions of Europeans in 21 countries prepare choose their representatives. IMAGES

Pope Francis celebrates mass on second day of visit to Bulgaria

Several hundred worshippers pack into the Holy Heart of Jesus catholic church in the town of Rakovski in southern Bulgaria, with thousands more outside, for a service in which Pope Francis gave 245 local children their first holy communion, the first time he has done this on a foreign trip. The pope is on the 2nd of a three-day visit in the Balkans.

Pope Francis arrives in Bulgaria for Balkan visit, meets PM

Pope Francis arrives at the airport in Bulgaria, where he is greeted by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. The Pope will meet members of the tiny Catholic community, but the main Orthodox Church has rejected the idea of holding joint prayers with the pontiff. IMAGES of his arrival

From Bulgaria to Kent, Brexit stirs fears for migrant workers

A small Bulgarian village thousands of kilometres from the UK is worried about how Brexit will play out. That’s because every year hundreds of locals travel from Brashten to work on a fruit farm in Kent, and are concerned that may no longer be possible post-Brexit.