Reuters: West slaps Russia with more finance, defence and energy sanctions

Reuters: West slaps Russia with more finance, defence and energy sanctions

01:23 | 29.07.2014 | by StandartNews
(Reuters) - U.S. and European leaders agreed on Monday to impose wider sanctions on Russia's financial, defense and energy sectors as Ukraine said its forces advanced toward the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17. The new sanctions, which U.S. President Barack Obama and leaders of Germany, Britain, France and Italy discussed in a conference call, are aimed at increasing the pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin after the Malaysian airliner was shot down over territory held by...
Bulgaria to pour BGN 1 billion in R&D in 2015

Bulgaria to pour BGN 1 billion in R&D in 2015

01:13 | 29.07.2014 | by StandartNews
Bulgaria is to spend BGN 937.9 million on innovations in 2015, almost twice the amount allocated in 2011, when the expenses for research and development amounted to BGN 429.6 million. The decision is part of the last version of the Innovation Strategy for Intelligent Specialization 2014-2020, which is aimed at determining the distribution of EU funding under the program "Innovations and Competitiveness" in the 2014-2020 programming period. Bulgaria's public spending on innovations will...
Ukraine: MH17 downed by shrapnel

Ukraine: MH17 downed by shrapnel

00:51 | 29.07.2014 | by StandartNews
Security officials in Ukraine say the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine suffered an explosive loss of pressure after it was punctured by shrapnel from a missile. They say the information came from the plane's flight data recorders, which are being analysed by British experts, BBC reports. However, it remains unclear who fired a missile, with pro-Russia rebels and Ukraine blaming each other. Many of the 298 people killed on board flight MH17 were from the Netherlands....
Pulev vs Klitschko: I am up against an empire

Pulev vs Klitschko: I am up against an empire

00:35 | 29.07.2014 | by StandartNews
Sofia. "This will be the greatest victory of my life. But let's not be too optimistic. I am not up against a man, but an empire. It will not be easy," said Bulgarian heavyweight boxing champion Kubrat Pulev to Nova TV a month before stepping into the ring against Wladimir Klitschko. Pulev is of yet undefeated. "I would advise him to be a man and give a doping sample. I personally am ready to do so at any time. I have nothing to hide," assured Pulev. "I have enough experience and energy...
Number of foreign tourists in Bulgaria up by only 1% Y/Y

Number of foreign tourists in Bulgaria up by only 1% Y/Y

00:30 | 29.07.2014 | by StandartNews
Sofia. 1.1765 million foreign tourists visited Bulgaria in June 2014, which is up by 1.0% y/y. Business and pleasure trips increased(16.3%, 3.0%), while trips with other purposes became less frequent (8.3%), data of the National Statistical Institute show. 55.2% of all tourists in the country were from other EU member states, which is up 0.9% y/y. Of these there was an increase in tourists from the following countries: Hungary (up 31.5%), Belgium (14.2%), UK (10.9%), Germany (8.8%), the...
Popstars threatened for their support for Palestine

Popstars threatened for their support for Palestine

00:10 | 29.07.2014 | by StandartNews
Hugely successful UK boyband One Direction star Zayn Malik has been bombarded with death threats by outraged Israelis after posting a #FreePalestine message on Twitter. The 21-year-old, who was brought up a Muslim in Bradford, Yorkshire, shared the #FreePalestine hashtag earlier today to his 13million followers, who retweeted it 140,000 times. However, moments after the post appeared, Zayn began receiving messages telling him to 'kill himself' and one even read: 'Let me kill you', Daily...
Bulgaria with real chance to become EU leader in IT and bio-foods

Bulgaria with real chance to become EU leader in IT and bio-foods

13:11 | 28.07.2014 | by StandartNews
Bulgaria has a real chance to become the European leader in several sectors. These are activities in which our country has traditionally achieved remarkable results. The European Commission asked Bulgaria to prepare a special "innovation strategy for smart specialization" (ISIS) initiatives for specialization, Angelina Todorova, an expert in the programming process told Standart. Brussels said that Bulgaria, as well as any other members, can not be good in all areas. So we have to choose...
MH17 victims' families to sue Putin

MH17 victims' families to sue Putin

12:56 | 28.07.2014 | by StandartNews
Grieving relatives of the victims of MH17 plane atrocity are preparing to sue Vladimir Putin over allegations he was involved.Lawyers from Britain are in talks with Ukrainian partners over how it would file legal action on behalf of the victims after the passenger jet was shot down by pro-Russian separatists over eastern Ukraine. The potential multi-million-pound lawsuit is likely to further damage relations between Russia and the West, Daily Mail reports. London law firm McCue &...
Grigor Dimitrov withdraws from Washington Citi Open blaming flu

Grigor Dimitrov withdraws from Washington Citi Open blaming flu

10:49 | 28.07.2014 | by StandartNews
WASHINGTON - Wimbledon semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria has withdrawn from the Citi Open hard-court tournament, citing the flu and a sinus infection. Dimitrov's decision was announced Sunday, a day before play begins. Bulgaria's ace is now a top-10 player who would have been seeded third at the tournament, part of the North American circuit of warm-up events ahead of the U.S. Open. Eugenie Bouchard, the women's runner-up at Wimbledon, withdrew from the Citi Open earlier....
US reveals satellite images it says prove that Russia fires rockets into Ukraine

US reveals satellite images it says prove that Russia fires rockets into Ukraine

10:43 | 28.07.2014 | by StandartNews
The US on Sunday released satellite images it said backed up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine and heavy artillery for separatists has also crossed the border. Officials said the images, which were sourced from the US director of national intelligence, showed heavy weapons fired between 21 July and 26 July, after the 17 July downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, over eastern Ukraine, The Guardian reports. The US on Sunday released satellite images...
Montenegro also interested in diversifying with the South Stream

Montenegro also interested in diversifying with the South Stream

10:34 | 28.07.2014 | by StandartNews
Montenegro is also interested in participating in the South Stream natural gas pipeline project in order to diversify its energy sources and improve the competitiveness of its economy, economy minister Vladimir Kavaric said on July 24 as quoted by broadcaster RTCG. "We have not received a formal invitation but there were certain talks on the subject with representatives of Russia's Gazprom, which is in charge of the project," Kavaric told the MPs. He added the two parties have discussed...
Bulgarian pilot killed in mountain rally

Bulgarian pilot killed in mountain rally

02:11 | 28.07.2014 | by StandartNews
Bulgarian pilot Milarov Jordan lost his life in a serious incident during the preparations for the UZANA mountain rally in Gabrovo. The 25-year-old driver from Gabrovo's ARA Motor Sport club suffered severe head trauma after having failed to take a turn and crashing into rocks. Subsequently, this year's rally was cancelled and all participants gathered yesterday at 11 am at the startline to pay tribute  to the victim.
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