Aviation's black week: 461 die in plane crashes since last Thursday

Aviation's black week: 461 die in plane crashes since last Thursday

02:48 | 25.07.2014 | by р=StandartNews
An Algerian aircraft carrying 110 passengers and six crew disappeared and was believed to have crashed over northern Africa early on Thursday in the the third plane crash in just a week. The three air tragedies  last Thursday have most likely claimed 461 lives from all around the world. Seven days ago, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine killing all 298 people – including 193 Dutch citizens, 10 Britons, four Germans and four Belgians as well as...
Children and women suffer: Israel air strike on Gaza school kills at least 15

Children and women suffer: Israel air strike on Gaza school kills at least 15

02:36 | 25.07.2014 | by StandartNews
International scrutiny of Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip intensified on Thursday when more than 15 Palestinians were killed and 200 injured in a strike on a UN school in northern Gaza crowded with hundreds of displaced civilians, The Guardian reports. Most of the injured were women and children. Among the dead was a mother and her one-year-old baby. UN staff had been attempting to organise the school's evacuation when the attack took place. Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the UN,...
Bulgaria's biggest bank robbery: CCB owner drags in 200 employees to hide BGN 3.5BN

Bulgaria's biggest bank robbery: CCB owner drags in 200 employees to hide BGN 3.5BN

02:15 | 25.07.2014 | by StandartNews
Credits worth BGN 3.5 billion from the Corporate Commercial Bank were taken by the employees of owner Tsvetan Vassilev, it became clear yesterday from the words of Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov. in addition to their daily work commitments, over 200 CCB employees were engaged as formal owners, managers or board members in more than 120 companies, which are under the direct control of the CCB owner Tsvetan Vassilev. Over the years they withdrew more than BGN 3.5 billion worth credit from...
Wreckage of crashed Air Algerie flight carrying 116 on board found in Mali

Wreckage of crashed Air Algerie flight carrying 116 on board found in Mali

01:58 | 25.07.2014 | by StandartNews
Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said on Thursday that the wreckage of a missing Air Algerie flight had been spotted in his country's desert north. "I have just been informed that the wreckage has been found between Aguelhoc and Kidal," Keita said during a meeting of political, religious and civil society leaders in Bamako. He did not give any more details, Reuters reports. An Algerian aircraft carrying 110 passengers and six crew disappeared and was believed to have crashed over...
NY Times: Political Crisis Jeopardizes Future of Bulgarian Bank

NY Times: Political Crisis Jeopardizes Future of Bulgarian Bank

01:46 | 25.07.2014 | by StandartNews
By The New York Times The fate of one of the biggest banks in the European Union's poorest country, Bulgaria, remains hostage to a political crisis, which caused the prime minister's government to resign on Wednesday. The resignation of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski and his cabinet, which had been expected for weeks, comes as Bulgaria's worst banking crisis since the 1990s threatens to take an economic toll on local businesses and foreign investors. And with a caretaker government...
Bulgarians climb 8047m Broad Peak

Bulgarians climb 8047m Broad Peak

01:33 | 25.07.2014 | by StandartNews
Karakorum. Two Bulgarian alpinists climbed Mount Broad Peak (8047 m), which is the 12th highest in the world. According to a leading Russian website for mountaineering Boyan Petrov and Ivan Tomov reached the top at about 2 am and are already back down at camp 3. Petrov became the first Bulgarian to climb two 8000+ peaks in a year. Two months ago he reached Kachendzyonga (8586 m and № 3 in the world) and became the first Bulgarian to climb it. Petrov plans to attack the second highest peak...
CIA ran secret jail in a Polish forest

CIA ran secret jail in a Polish forest

01:29 | 25.07.2014 | by StandartNews
(Reuters) - The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington's closest allies, to break its long silence about the global programme for detaining al Qaeda suspects. The court said it had been established that the CIA used a facility in a northern Polish forest, code named "Quartz", as a hub in its network for interrogating suspected al Qaeda operatives rounded up after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks....
RWB warn about threat to media coverage of Bulgaria's banks

RWB warn about threat to media coverage of Bulgaria's banks

15:33 | 24.07.2014 | by StandartNews
Riporters Without Borders warn Bulgaria's legislators about threat to media coverage of banks in an open letter which reads as follows: Paris, 23 July 2014 Dear Parliamentarians, The National Assembly adopted an amendment to Bulgaria's penal code on first reading on 16 June that is very disturbing because it envisages sentences of two to five years in prison for circulating "false or misleading information" about banks that could "cause panic." The amendment follows a series...
Oresharski: History will judge us

Oresharski: History will judge us

15:07 | 24.07.2014 | by StandartNews
''I am used to asses not to be assessed. Let's see how the story will judge the government, "said Oresharski briefing in Parliament minutes after the resignation of the cabinet. "I came to the helm of a government without broad parliamentary support and enforced an expert model of government. I presented programs and plans, which formed the basis of all our actions. We worked in the most complex political environment. We fulfilled the majority of our engagements by the end of May this...
Pairlament accepts Oresharski cabinet's resignation

Pairlament accepts Oresharski cabinet's resignation

13:11 | 24.07.2014 | by StandartNews
Sofia. The Bulgarian Parliament accepted the resignation of former PM Plamen Oresharski's Cabinet with 180 votes in favor (93 from GERB, 40 from the BSP and 30 from the MRF), 8 against (BSP) and 8 undecided (7 BSP, 1 MRF). Almost all MPs were present in plenary, as were the members of Cabinet. The government of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski submitted its resignation to the National Assembly yesterday. Oresharski announced July 23 as the most appropriate day to resign at the...
Another plane in trouble: Algeria loses contact with flight carrying 112 passangers

Another plane in trouble: Algeria loses contact with flight carrying 112 passangers

13:04 | 24.07.2014 | by StandartNews
Algerian aviation authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie aircraft en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers, about 50 minutes after take-off, the APS state news agency reported on Thursday. According to AFP, there are 112 passangers on the board of the missing flight, which is operated in a DC-9 aircraft, rented from Portugal. "The plane was not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the...
Turkey approves South Stream offshore section

Turkey approves South Stream offshore section

12:53 | 24.07.2014 | by StandartNews
The Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation has approved the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA Report) for the section of the South Stream Offshore Pipeline that will cross the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Turkey, a press release informs. The pipeline will be constructed at a distance of over 110 km from the Turkish coast, in waters up to 2200 m deep. Due to the anoxic nature of the Black Sea environment, with virtually no oxygen below 100 - 200 m, hardly any life...
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