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    SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia said 47 officers were injured, two of them seriously, after a group of mostly young people threw stones, metal bars, eggs and Molotov cocktails at the parliament building in the capital late Tuesday. Thousands of people have protested nightly in Skopje since the weekend over a French proposal for a compromise aimed at lifting objections by neighboring Bulgaria to North Macedonia joining the European Union. Police said 11 protesters were detained Tuesday night. Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski condemned the attacks on the police, saying violence cannot be justified. Another protest was planned for Wednesday evening. Bulgaria, which as an EU member has veto powers over new members, wants North Macedonia to formally recognize its language has Bulgarian roots, to recognize a Bulgarian minority in the country and to quash “hate speech” against Bulgaria. Many in North Macedonia say acquiescing would undermine their national identity. North Macedonia’s president, Stevo Pendarovski, and the government back the proposed French deal, which calls for the country to acknowledge in its constitution...
    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — An international rights group said Thursday that Bulgarian authorities are attacking Afghan and other asylum-seekers, using police dogs and other violence to illegally push them back over the border into Turkey. Human Rights Watch said that the migrants reported being beaten, robbed and stripped. “Bulgarian authorities are brutally and summarily pushing back migrants and asylum-seekers across the land border with Turkey,” said Michelle Randhawa, refugee and migrant rights officer at HRW. “The European Union should ensure that Bulgaria immediately stops the illegal and dehumanizing pushbacks at its borders and allows asylum-seekers access to fair asylum procedures.” Bulgaria’s government didn’t immediately respond to HRW’s report. But officials have previously denied mistreating migrants. HRW said it interviewed 15 Afghans between November and April who told the organization that they were “victims of 19 pushbacks by Bulgarian authorities from Bulgaria to Turkey.” In November, Bulgaria’s Defense Ministry said it was deploying troops and army vehicles along its southern border with Turkey to help border police deal with a growing number of migrants trying to enter the country. The Balkan...
    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov was detained Thursday in a nationwide police operation following probes by the EU prosecutor’s office. The Interior Ministry said in a press release that Borissov has been taken in custody for 24 hours. It did not elaborate on the accusations against him. “A large-scale law enforcement operation is underway in connection with 120 cases of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office in Bulgaria,” the press release said. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian authorities say police have detained former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov following EU probe. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Associated Press SOFIA, Bulgaria — Protesters opposing COVID-19 restrictions in Bulgaria clashed Wednesday with police as they tried to storm the Parliament in the capital of Sofia. A heavy police presence prevented protesters from entering the building and some were detained. Several people, including police officers, were injured during the clashes. Eventually, the protesters were pushed back and police cordoned off the building. The violence erupted at a protest rally against mask and vaccine mandates organized by a nationalist group that is fiercely opposing the Bulgarian government’s anti-epidemic measures. “The aim of the protest is to remove the restrictive measures and especially, first of all, the unconstitutional green certificate,” Kostadin Kostadinov, leader of the Vazrazhdane party, said ahead of the protest. The nationalist group, which holds 13 seats in Parliament’s 240-seat chamber, has won support among opponents of coronavirus restrictions. The nearly 1,000 protesters, who waved national flags and sang patriotic songs, remained at the square in front of the National Assembly, saying they planned to stay there until their demands for abolishing the mandatory...
    Protesters opposing COVID-19 restrictions in Bulgaria clashed Wednesday with police as they tried to storm the Parliament in the capital of Sofia.  A heavy police presence prevented protesters from entering the building and some were detained. Several people, including police officers, were injured during the clashes. Eventually, the protesters were pushed back and police cordoned off the building.  The violence erupted at a protest rally against mask and vaccine mandates organized by a nationalist group that is fiercely opposing the Bulgarian government's anti-epidemic measures.  COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE NEEDS TO BE FULLY DEBATED, GERMAN PRESIDENT SAYS   Police officers line up as they try to keep protesters away from the Bulgarian Parliament building in Sofia, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.  (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova) "The aim of the protest is to remove the restrictive measures and especially, first of all, the unconstitutional green certificate," Kostadin Kostadinov, leader of the Vazrazhdane party, said ahead of the protest.  The nationalist group, which holds 13 seats in Parliament's 240-seat chamber, has won support among opponents of coronavirus restrictions.  The nearly 1,000 protesters, who waved national flags...
    National Review The Times Corrects the Record on Officer Sicknick’s Death, Sort Of A few days ago, the New York Times quietly “updated” its report, published over a month earlier, asserting that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick had been killed by being struck with a fire extinguisher during the January 6 riot. According to the update, “new information has emerged regarding the death of the Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick that questions the initial cause of his death provided by officials close to the Capitol Police.” As I detailed in a column last week, what the Times calls “new information” actually began emerging the same day the paper filed its January 8 report. That report was (and still is) entitled, “Capitol Police Officer Dies from Injuries in Pro-Trump Rampage.” It was not the only such Times report from that day. There was another, entitled, “He Dreamed of Being a Police Officer, Then Was Killed by a Pro-Trump Mob,” in which the Times asserted: On Wednesday, pro-Trump supporters attacked that citadel of democracy [i.e., the Capitol], overpowered Mr. Sicknick, 42, and...
    31-year-old Bulgarian Sylvia V. Was brutally murdered in Germany. The burnt body was found in Ohendung, Mayen – Cobblens. At the autopsy the young woman was raped and later shot. The main suspect is Durg Mehmood, who is believed to be in a relationship with the victim, Bild writes. Initially, investigators did not know who the victim was. They were spread in media photos of her two jewels. The burnt body was found on a bank of a country road running parallel to Ring Road 94 from Odentung. The general initial description revealed that the victim was about 1.60 meters tall, 55 kilograms, with reddish-yellow hair with reasonable skin and shoulder length. According to police, the young woman had a spike in her nose and a piercing in her ear. During the investigation, it was discovered that the victim was Sylvia from Bulgaria, who lived in the nearby town of Croft. After he was raped, he was killed by two shots to the head and finally set on fire, police said, probably hard to identify, German media...
    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarians gathered in downtown Sofia for another anti-government protest Thursday after a demonstration the night before led to violence, injuries and arrests. Several thousand people faced off against riot police in front of the parliament building while demanding the resignations of Bulgaria’s prime minister and the chief prosecutor late Wednesday, A small group began hurling small explosives and firecrackers at officers. Police put a water cannon on the square between parliament, and the offices of the government and the president and cordoned off the area. Violent clashes erupted. Sofia Police Chief Georgi Hadjiiski told reporters on Thursday that 80 police officers were injured and 126 people were detained, including 62 with criminal records as football hooligans. He said “a threshold of tolerance has been crossed” by demonstrators, who have held regular anti-government rallies for nearly two months. After Wednesday’s clashes, police removed tent camps erected by protesters blocked two key crossroads in the Bulgarian capital, the police chief said. The Union of Bulgarian Journalists issued a statement condemning “violence against journalists”...
    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Police in Slovenia said Monday they stopped a van carrying 43 migrants who entered the country illegally. They detained a 39-year-old Bulgarian citizen who was driving the van, which had Bulgarian license plates. The migrants said they came from Pakistan and Bangladesh. A patrol stopped the van on Sunday in the area of Sezana, near the border with Italy. Slovenia has reported a rise in illegal migration of people trying to reach Western Europe while fleeing violence or poverty in their home countries. The influx has picked up in the summer since the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures in the Balkans. Thousands of migrants remain stuck in the region while seeking to move toward Western Europe. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
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