Romania ruling party boss gets 3½ years in prison for graft

World 05/27/19, 14:17

Romania's most powerful politician was sentenced Monday to 3½ years in prison for official misconduct in a graft case.The jail time for Liviu Dragnea, party leader of the ruling Social Democrats, came after a conviction last year for having two party members paid by a public agency for fake jobs.According ...

Simulated subway attack in Romania for NATO medical exercise

Europe 04/12/19, 07:29

NATO is holding a massive medical exercise in Romania, with more than 2,500 medical personnel involved in responding to a simulated attack on the subway system of Bucharest, the Romanian capital.Dubbed Vigorous Warrior 2019, Friday's training session also included members of Romania's emergency services in the staged evacuation of 200 ...

Former Romanian leader to face crimes against humanity trial

Europe 04/08/19, 17:28

Former Romanian President Ion Iliescu is to be tried for crimes against humanity for his role in the country's bloody 1989 anti-communist uprising, Romania's top prosecutor said Monday in announcing the conclusion of a judicial investigation.Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar said files documenting the events of 30 years ago, commonly referred ...

Greece’s bailout lenders approve big debt relief payout

Europe 04/05/19, 05:46

Greece's bailout creditors have backed a payout worth $1 billion to Greece as part of a debt relief package after the eurozone country carried out a series of reforms.Mario Centeno, who heads the group of 19 eurozone finance ministers, told reporters after a meeting in Bucharest, Romania, on Friday, that ...

Romanian leader rejects concerns about legal changes

Europe 04/04/19, 10:26

Romania's prime minister on Thursday rejected calls by ambassadors from 12 countries, including the United States and Germany, to refrain from amending laws on fighting crime and corruption by decree.According to local reports, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said ambassadors "do not set the prime minister's agenda in any country" and ...

Update: Germany, other EU nations hail new Brexit deal

Europe 03/12/19, 05:52

The Latest on Brexit (all times local):10:50 a.m.Germany and other EU nations welcomed the overnight agreement reached between European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Theresa May as a last-ditch effort to avoid a chaotic Brexit at the end of the month.Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, speaks during ...

Romania recognizes Guaido as Venezuela interim president

Europe 02/08/19, 06:52

Romania's president has officially recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president almost a week after other European Union countries recognized him.President Klaus Iohannis said Friday that Romania had decided to join other EU countries and allies in recognizing Guaido partly because Bucharest currently holds the EU's rotating presidency. Iohannis, in ...

Romania detains Italian man who posed as plastic surgeon

Europe 02/06/19, 15:05

Romanian police on Wednesday detained an Italian man who allegedly posed as a plastic surgeon in clinics around Bucharest, doing dozens of operations including breast implants.Border police detained Matteo Politi on a train on the Romanian-Hungarian border early Wednesday after an alert went out and he was brought to Bucharest. ...

EU: Future member states must hold democratic elections

Europe 02/01/19, 08:36

The European Union's foreign policy chief says would-be member states from the former Soviet Union must hold free and fair elections to be eligible for future membership.Federica Mogherini was referring to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia who signed association agreements with the EU in 2014, amid sharp criticism from Russia.She said ...

Iran says US-sanctions workaround by EU soon to be announced

Europe 01/31/19, 07:38

Iran's deputy foreign minister says he believes European Union nations soon will announce they've created a program for Iran to continue trade there and avoid re-imposed U.S. sanctions.Abbas Araghchi told Iranian state television by telephone on Thursday that he expected the program, known as the "special purpose vehicle," to be ...

NATO chief urges Russia to comply with missile pact

Politics 01/30/19, 13:32

NATO's secretary-general has urged Russia to respect a Cold War-era missile treaty saying its missiles are nuclear capable and could reach European cities. Jens Stoltenberg said in Bucharest on Wednesday that Russia was violating the treaty and had "developed and deployed new intermediate range missiles," which were "hard to detect, mobile." The ...

European Union presidency to back Macedonia accession talks

Europe 01/28/19, 09:37

The European Union presidency says it will back Macedonia to open accession talks after it reached a deal to change its name.Romanian European Affairs Minister George Ciamba said Monday he wanted negotiations to start for Macedonia in June at a meeting of EU ministers.Romania, which currently holds the bloc's rotating ...

Romania official at odds with EU, won’t attend key EU event

Europe 01/10/19, 06:41

The chairman of Romania's ruling party, who has clashed with the European Union over the government's approach to fighting high-level corruption, is expected to miss events Thursday marking Romania's six-month presidency of the bloc.Liviu Dragnea, Romania's most powerful politician, won't be attending as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European ...

Romanian engineer who saved churches from destruction dies

World 01/06/19, 10:40

Eugeniu Iordachescu, a Romanian civil engineer who devised an ingenious way to save 12 churches and many other historic buildings from being destroyed by the country's former Communist strongman, has died. He was 89.He died Friday from a heart attack and his funeral was being held Sunday, his daughter-in-law, Ligia ...

EU leader concerned about Romania holding bloc presidency

Europe 12/29/18, 10:37

The head of the European Union's executive branch has questioned whether Romania is ready for the political give-and-take of holding the EU presidency, though he says the country is "technically well-prepared" for the role.EU countries take turns occupying the presidency for six-month terms. The position involves setting the bloc's agenda ...

5 things to know about Romania’s EU presidency before Jan. 1

Europe 12/28/18, 09:19

Romania will take over the rotating presidency of the European Union on Jan. 1 from Austria. The role is partly symbolic but does involve setting the EU agenda and being a diplomatic go-between to reach consensus among the 28 members on issues ranging from Brexit to fishing rights. Here are five ...

Romanians mark 1989 revolt, reject government’s amnesty plan

Europe 12/22/18, 15:36

Romanians are demanding more democracy at an anti-government march to commemorate the victims of the country's 1989 anti-communist revolt.Protesters gathered Saturday outside government offices in Bucharest carrying candles and Romanian flags before marching to Revolution Square, where late Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu fled in a helicopter as crowds demanded his ...

Romanians protest poor air quality in congested Bucharest

Europe 12/12/18, 09:26

Dozens of Romanians have protested against poor air quality in the capital, which recently was ranked one of Europe's most traffic-congested cities.People walk wearing masks during an anti-pollution protest outside the city hall in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)Demonstrators wore medical face masks as they protested outside City ...

Romania detains Turkish journalist on Turkey’s request

Europe 12/05/18, 14:16

A Turkish journalist suspected of links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, was temporarily detained Wednesday in Romania, authorities said.Bucharest prosecutor Viviana Ciuca told The Associated Press that Kamil Demirkaya was detained based on an extradition request from Turkey for ...

Romania celebrates 100th birthday amid rule of law concerns

Europe 12/01/18, 09:18

Thousands turned out Saturday to celebrate 100 years since Romania became a modern-day state, amid concerns about rule of law and the state of democracy.Romanians waving the country's flag attended huge military parades Saturday in Bucharest and Alba Iulia, the Transylvanian city that symbolizes Romania's 1918 reunification. Crowds braved temperatures ...

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