Romania priests, volunteers deliver Holy Light to stay-at-home worshippers | AFP

Priests and volunteers in Romania deliver the Holy Light from door to door during the Orthodox Easter as people are not allowed to attend church because of the restrictions enforced due to the novel coronavirus. The Easter midnight mass is held by priests without worshippers, who are not even allowed to go outside their homes after 10pm because of a national curfew. About 88 percent of Romania’s population is Orthodox.

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Activists concerned over increase in waste smuggling in Romania | AFP

Since China and Malaysia took the decision to ban the import of waste, Romania has seen an increase in the traffic of waste on its soil from Western European countries. Waste from Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy is accumulating in a country whose treatment infrastructure is already saturated.

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Coronavirus: in Romania, network of volunteers help most vulnerable get essential supplies | AFP

As cases of the novel coronavirus start to increase in Romania, a network of volunteers is springing up in the capital Bucharest to help the elderly and those with health difficulties get essential supplies.

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Rescued sheep await adoption in Romania after surviving capsize | AFP

180 rams, saved by an NGO following the capsize of a ship, are cared for in an animal shelter near Bucharest while awaiting adoption. The cargo ship Queen Hind capsized last Sunday as it left the southeastern port of Midia with 14,600 sheep bound for Saudi Arabia. Romania is the third biggest producer of sheep in the European Union and has exported millions in the past two years, in particular to Jordan and Libya.

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Misinformation from the archives: Timisoara’s ‘mass graves’ | AFP

Naked bodies lined up in the mud in a cemetery in Romania: the city of Timisoara, crucible of the anti-communist revolution in 1989, is also remembered for one of the most infamous examples of misinformation in the modern era.

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Romania’s forests under mounting threat — along with rangers | AFP

Illegal logging is taking a human toll in Romania. State rangers are being beaten, chased or threaten by timber thieves. Two were recently killed while facing alleged thieves. Two major protests, one by rangers and one organised by Greenpeace, have taken place to call upon the government to step up its measures to protect forests and their guardians.

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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

Today in History for December 22nd

(23 Dec 2018) Highlights of this day in history: Uprising topples Romania’s Nicolae Ceausescu; Richard Reid tries to light explosives in his shoes on Miami flight; French army officer Alfred Dreyfus convicted of treason; Pop star Madonna marries Guy Ritchie. (Dec. 22)

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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.