Romania, Hungary recruit in Asia to fill labour shortage | AFP

Sporting yellow helmets, some 30 men are busy on a construction site south of Bucharest, exchanging a few words in Vietnamese. Faced with a growing labour shortage, which threatens their economies, Romania and Hungary alike are courting Asian workers, belying Hungarian nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-immigration rhetoric.

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Thousands join anti-government protests in Romania | AFP

Thousands of people rally in Bucharest, calling for the government’s resignation, exactly one year after a demonstration was violently suppressed by security forces.

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Romania’s ‘Roma palaces’, a status symbol for poor minority | AFP

With their soaring marble columns, turrets and pagoda-style roofs, elaborate mansions built by affluent Roma dot Romania’s countryside in their thousands. Amid modest surroundings of fields or small towns, the so-called Roma palaces seem improbable, even outlandish, but reveal a quest for status within a marginalised and mostly poor minority.

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Girl’s murder sparks outcry and protests in Romania | AFP

Several thousand protesters rally in Bucharest on Saturday after Romania’s police chief was fired over the murder of a 15-year-old girl who had made three emergency calls to report her own kidnapping and given clues to her whereabouts.

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Halep presents Wimbledon trophy to fans in Romania | AFP

Romanian tennis star Simona Halep presents her Wimbledon trophy to fans back home in Bucharest stadium.

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Roma community in Romania prepares for Pope Francis’ visit | AFP

A Roma community in the Romanian town of Blaj have mixed feelings ahead of a visit by Pope Francis on Sunday.

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Pope Francis visits Romania | AFP

Pope Francis arrives in Romania with a message of integration not just for its faith communities but for a post-election European Union, following nationalist gains.

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Pope Francis arrives at Orthodox church in Romania | AFP

Pope Francis arrives at an Orthodox church in Bucharest during a three-day visit to Romania, sat at the crossroads of western and eastern Europe, Francis is expected to raise issues fuelling nationalism, such as poverty, as well as inter-religious relations.

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Pope Francis arrives in Romania for three-day visit (2) | AFP

Pope Francis arrives in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, where he is greeted by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. During the three-day trip to the mainly Orthodox country, which sits at the crossroads of Western and Eastern Europe, Francis is expected to touch on issues fuelling nationalism, such as poverty, as well as inter-religious relations. IMAGES / TO COMPLETE VIDI1H3542_EN AND VID1351611_EN

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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

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Romania consecrates huge orthodox ‘people’s salvation’ cathedral

Tens of thousands of worshippers attend the inauguration of a massive new Orthodox cathedral in Bucharest, amid criticism that public funding for the project could be better used to pay for hospitals and schools in one of the EU’s poorest members. Construction of the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral in Bucharest began in 2010 and is only scheduled to be completed in 2024.

This is probably the weirdest traffic accident we’ve ever seen!

WTF? Apparently, this happened in Romania. And we have ZERO idea what the hell is going on!!! #RealNews

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RAW: Thousands protest in Romania capital after police crackdown

Thousands of people joined an anti-government rally in Bucharest on Saturday just one day after more than 400 people were injured. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9c7z

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Glimmer of hope for Romania’s faded architectural gems

In a spa town nestled near Romania’s border with Bulgaria and Serbia, Oana Chirila puts on her hard hat and gets down to work with a dozen other young architects to try to save their country’s heritage. Some of the precious architectural gems they are striving to restore bore witness to centuries of Romanian history and the crowned heads who ruled it through the ages.

Lithuania & Romania complicit in CIA torture program, EU court rules

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Lithuania and Romania participated in the CIA’s programme of secret black site detentions and also violated the prohibition on torture – by helping the Agency with interrogation of two al-Qaeda terror suspects.

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