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.

RAW: Crime ring printing fake US dollars busted in Bulgaria

Bulgarian authorities say they have busted an organized crime ring that was printing high quality fake US dollar banknotes.

Police in the Black Sea city of Varna have seized counterfeit 100-US dollar banknotes in different degrees of completion worth 1.35 million US dollars, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

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Bulgarian anti-corruption journalist brutally murdered

A candlelit vigil has been held in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, for an investigative journalist who was murdered in the country at the weekend. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9g2w

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Bulgaria’s mentally ill battle for dignity

In the psychiatric hospital in Kurilo, in the mountainous countryside near the Bulgarian capital Sofia, around 100 patients languish on their beds amid dilapidated surroundings. Eleven of the country’s twelve public psychiatric hospitals are, like Kurilo, in remote locations, a legacy of the communist era when patients were hidden away lest they mar the image of a socialist paradise portrayed in official propaganda.

Grammy-winning Bulgarian folk choir returns with modern twist

Thirty years ago an all-female folk choir set up in Bulgaria became the darling of Western audiences with its tradition-steeped a cappella singing, before the fall of communism threatened its survival. The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices ensemble conquered the international charts during the Cold War at a time when world music was beginning to gain popularity. Now the Grammy-winning choir from Sofia is back, having teamed up with Australian-born Lisa Gerrard of the music group, Dead Can Dance.

Turkish rescuers attend to passengers after train accident

Ten people were killed and more than 70 injured on Sunday when a train packed with weekend passengers derailed in northwest Turkey, the health ministry said. The train, with over 360 people on board, was travelling from the Edirne region on the Greek and Bulgarian borders to Istanbul’s Halkali station when six of its carriages derailed in the Tekirdag region.