Weber proud of Europe’s Christian values

A leading conservative candidate in the European Parliament elections that Europe should be proud of its Christian values. Speaking during a visit to Sofia, at a rally, Manfred Weber said: “It gives us also orientation for the future. We believe in these values.”

Sofia launches ‘Sofia’ jeans

“Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara launches all shapes, all sizes line of jeans online, including one pair named after herself. (Feb. 6)

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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.

‘Invisible hands’ key to Sofia’s recycling battle

Bulgaria’s capital Sofia has an army of some 5,000 unofficial garbage recyclers, saving an annual 70,000 to 100,000 tonnes of recyclable materials from the mixed containers but citizens rarely appreciate their important role. An unusual new theatre performance seeks to change that. A voiced AFPTV report.

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.

Merkel, May and Macron walk to summit in Sofia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron walk to summit after trilateral talks in Sofia as European Union and Balkan leaders meet. IMAGES

Macron and Orban hold bilateral talks in Sofia

French President Emmanuel Macron and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban hold bilateral talks in Sofia as European Union leaders meet their Balkan counterparts to hold out the promise of closer links to counter Russian influence, while steering clear of openly offering them membership. IMAGES

Merkel, May and Macron hold trilateral talks in Sofia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron hold trilateral talks in Sofia as European Union leaders meet their Balkan counterparts. IMAGES

Bulgaria’s capital plans to ban horse-drawn carts

Bulgaria’s capital Sofia is drafting plans to rid the common sight of creaking horse-drawn carts from its streets in an effort to brush up its image for the country’s EU presidency from January. The ban would hit people like Pavel Slavchev, from the predominantly Roma suburb of Fakulteta, who earn their daily bread transporting construction materials or other household refuse.

Stranded migrants struggle in hostile Bulgaria

Syrian refugees struggle to integrate in Bulgaria, the European Union’s poorest country: Fahim Jaber and his wife Fatima Batayi were met with hostility, refused registration and forced to move out from the small town of Elin Pelin, just outside Sofia, where they wanted to settle, while fellow Syrian Bilal Hasan and his wife and three children received a warmer welcome but complain the state does nothing to help their integration.

VICE News Daily: Land Day Protests in the West Bank

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Palestinians clash with Israeli troops during Land Day rallies, Chilean residents clean up after devastating floods, mothers breastfeed together in Bulgaria’s capital, and scientists say the planet is greener despite deforestation.

WEST BANK
Land Day Rallies Turn Violent
Israeli soldiers dispersed groups of protesters near the city of Nablus.

CHILE
Thousands Affected by Flooding in Atacama
At least 17 people are dead following the worst storms to hit the desert region in 80 years.

BULGARIA
Mothers Stage Public Breastfeeding Event in Sofia
The event was organized in support of a woman who was told she had to stop breastfeeding in front of a store at a shopping mall.

ENVIRONMENT
New Study Claims Earth is Greener Despite Deforestation
Scientists announced their findings after analyzing 20 years of satellite data.

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