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 ...

Romanians vote overwhelmingly to back anti-corruption effort

Europe 05/27/19, 07:33

Romanians have voted overwhelmingly in support of anti-corruption initiatives in a referendum called by the country's president.According to data released Monday by the Central Electoral Bureau, 80% of voters cast ballots in favor of two questions in the referendum seeking to pressure the governing coalition into abandoning efforts to water ...

No election fever in Romanian village thriving with EU funds

Europe 05/24/19, 05:46

In 2014, the Romanian village of Luncavita had one of the lowest voter turnouts in the country for the European Parliament election — all of 19.3%.But the southeastern village has increasingly figured out how to draw in exceptional amounts of European Union money for development projects. When the polling stations ...

Romania sets big fines for drivers of ride-hailing services

Europe 05/16/19, 10:51

The Romanian government has issued an emergency decree ramping up steep fines for drivers of ride-hailing services like Uber and Taxify.The decree taking effect Thursday fines drivers transporting people in their car without a valid taxi license up to $1,175 (1,050 euros) already from the first offense. Previously, drivers were ...

Cyprus president slams Turkey over offshore drill bid

Europe 05/09/19, 08:22

Cyprus' president has slammed Turkey for an "unprecedented escalation of illegal action" in the eastern Mediterranean, equating Ankara's bid to drill for gas in waters where the Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights as being tantamount to a new invasion.At an informal meeting on Thursday of European Union leaders ...

Update: Cyprus seeks EU support against Turkey drilling

Europe 05/09/19, 05:35

The Latest on the European Union summit in Romania (all times local):12:30 p.m.Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades is seeking support from other European Union leaders at an informal summit in Romania against Turkey's bid to drill for hydrocarbons in waters where the Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights.A child walks ...

EU summit of unity assesses an uncertain future

Europe 05/09/19, 02:07

Even at a summit of unity, European Union leaders will always find something to disagree about.The 27 EU nations, minus Britain, will be plotting a united way ahead in the wake of Brexit negotiations which have preoccupied the bloc for the past two years.Britain is still nominally a member, but ...

Romanian villagers light graveyard fires in Easter ritual

Europe 04/25/19, 07:27

Orthodox Christians in a southern Romanian village lit fires and candles at the gravesites of friends and relatives, part of a centuries-old Easter ritual.The fires burning Thursday before dawn in the village of Copaciu are believed to guide the souls of the dead during the night — or keep snakes, ...

Fed Cup semifinal: Mladenovic vs. Halep in opening singles

Tennis 04/19/19, 07:59

Kristina Mladenovic of France will face second-ranked Simona Halep of Romania in the opening singles of their Fed Cup semifinal Saturday.No. 21 Caroline Garcia meets Mihaela Buzarnescu in the second singles at the clay-court Kindarena in Rouen, northwest France.Following the reverse singles on Sunday, Garcia and Mladenovic will take on ...

Romanian justice minister resigns after losing party support

Europe 04/18/19, 11:35

Romania's justice minister says he is resigning after losing the support of the governing Social Democratic Party.Tudorel Toader says in a statement Thursday he decided to present his resignation to Prime Minister Viorica Dancila despite declaring hours earlier that he would stay in his post.Toader's downfall was seen as linked ...

Romanian court delays appeal decision in graft conviction

Europe 04/15/19, 11:06

A Romanian court has postponed until May 20 its decision on an appeal by the country's most powerful politician against his 3 ½ year prison sentence for official misconduct in a graft case.A few supporters of Social Democratic Party leader Liviu Dragnea scuffled with police Monday outside the courthouse as ...

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 ...

Romania seizes more than ton of cocaine; 2 arrested

Europe 03/26/19, 11:01

Romanian authorities have seized more than a ton of high-grade cocaine stashed on a boat that capsized in the Danube Delta.Police hauled bags of cocaine, with an estimated street value of 300 million euros ($338 million), on Tuesday outside the agency that investigates organized crime in the Romanian capital.Felix Banila, ...

Jordan king cancels Romania trip over Jerusalem declaration

Europe 03/25/19, 06:48

Jordan's King Abdullah II has canceled a visit to Romania to protest its prime minister's support for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.The Royal Hashemite Court said Monday that the decision came "in solidarity with Jerusalem." Abdullah was scheduled to visit Romania later in the day.On Sunday, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica ...

PHOTOS: Romanian youth spin burning tires in Lent ritual

World 03/23/19, 02:48

Romanian children and youth spin burning tires and light fires in the Transylvanian hills in a ritual that marks the beginning of Orthodox Lent.Dozens of young residents gathered on a hill outside the village of Poplaca, in the foothills of the Cindrel mountains on March 10, a day before the ...

Romania prosecutor opposed by own govt picked for EU job

Europe 02/27/19, 08:40

A European Parliament committee has picked a Romanian prosecutor to head a new prosecutor's office fighting fraud, despite fierce opposition from her own government.The justice and civil liberties department on Wednesday gave the most votes to Romania's Laura Codruta Kovesi, placing her above two other candidates.Kovesi successfully prosecuted hundreds of ...

Moldova parliamentary ballot: what’s at stake?

Europe 02/23/19, 03:16

More than three million Moldovans are eligible to vote in parliamentary elections Sunday in this former Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine. They will choose representatives for the next four-year term of the 101-seat legislature. No outright winner is expected and the ballot will likely deepen a rift between ...

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