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 ...

Balkan leaders look to bolster Serbia’s EU bid

Sports 12/22/18, 07:28

Leaders from the Balkans have discussed ways to bolster Serbia's bid to join the European Union.The leaders from Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Serbia met in the Serbian capital of Belgrade Saturday as part of a regular regional initiative.Of the four, Serbia is looking to join the others in the EU.Romania's ...

Austrian leader says tax could deter investment in Romania

Europe 12/21/18, 09:54

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has suggested that foreign companies could pull out of Romania after the government unveiled a surprise plan to levy extra taxes on banks and energy companies.Kurz was visiting Romania Friday before it takes over the European Union's rotating presidency on Jan. 1. He said Austrian companies ...

Romania government faces censure vote over judicial overhaul

Europe 12/20/18, 07:13

Romania's Social Democrat government on Thursday, Dec. 20, faced a no-confidence vote over a contentious judicial overhaul that opposition politicians said has harmed the rule of law and democracy in this European Union member nation. Ahead of the vote, Premier Viorica Dancila told lawmakers she would not comment on the overhaul ...

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 ...

Romania shuts hospital after babies diagnosed with superbug

Europe 11/30/18, 14:25

Romanian health authorities on Friday temporarily closed a maternity hospital in the capital after 13 babies born there recently were diagnosed with a drug-resistant superbug.The Health Ministry said the Giulesti Maternity Hospital in Bucharest would stop admissions after the newborns were diagnosed with antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The hospital said it ...

Ecumenical Patriarch blesses Romanian cathedral

Europe 11/25/18, 02:45

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and the Romanian patriarch have blessed an Orthodox cathedral consecrated to mark 100 years since modern-day Romania was created in the aftermath of World War I.Tens of thousands stood outside the "Salvation of the People" cathedral for Sunday's service led by Patriarch Daniel and the ...

Update: 2 bodies wash up on Spanish beaches in 24 hours

Europe 11/21/18, 09:58

The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):Spain's Civil Guard says the bodies of a woman and a man have separately washed up over the past 24 hours on beaches in the southern province of Cadiz.The body of a woman apparently from Sub-Saharan Africa was found ...

Romania agrees to support EU migration reforms

Europe 11/21/18, 07:22

A top European Union official says Romania's government has agreed to back EU reforms to overhaul the bloc's migration system.European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, left, shakes hands with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Victoria Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)European Parliament President Antonio ...

Subway workers to stage strike in Romanian capital

World 11/19/18, 10:06

Subway workers in the Romanian capital will go on strike this week after they failed to win an agreement on wage demands.The subway union said Monday there would be a 12-hour strike Wednesday, defying a court ruling that the strike was illegal.The union wants a 42-percent salary hike, while managers ...

6 Romanian ministers fired as party leader seeks more power

Europe 11/19/18, 09:50

Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party fired six ministers on Monday as the beleaguered party chairman sought to tighten his grip on the government.Social Democrat chairman Liviu Dragnea has come under fire for his management style and corruption convictions, but has vowed to continue as party leader even though he can't ...

Painting found in Romania studied as possibly stolen Picasso

Entertainment 11/18/18, 10:02

Romanian prosecutors are investigating if a painting by Pablo Picasso that was snatched from a museum in the Netherlands six years ago has turned up in Romania.Four Romanians were convicted in the 2012 heist of Picasso's "Tete d'Arlequin" and six other valuable paintings from the Kunsthal gallery in Rotterdam.One of ...

Romanian ex-prison chief who tortured inmates dies in jail

World 11/05/18, 12:31

Alexandru Visinescu, a Romanian communist-era prison guard serving a 20-year sentence for crimes against humanity, died Monday in prison at 93, Romanian authorities said.Visinescu was the first prison guard from the early years of communism to go on trial in Romania. He became a national symbol of the Communist era's ...

Romania marks 3 years since deadly nightclub fire

Europe 10/30/18, 12:14

Romania's president on Tuesday laid a wreath to mark three years since a deadly nightclub fire in the capital Bucharest killed 64 people, and a march is planned to remember the victims and protest the slow pace of the trial. President Klaus Iohannis laid the wreath outside the Colectiv nightclub, and ...

Big quake in Romania could topple many schools, buildings

Science 10/29/18, 13:03

Romanian authorities say 170 schools and some 350 apartment buildings in the capital of Bucharest would not withstand a major earthquake. They spoke Monday, a day after a quake with a magnitude of 5.8 hit eastern and central Romania, the biggest in 14 years. There were no reports of significant damage. The ...

Romanian church urges unity for Orthodox churches

Europe 10/26/18, 10:11

Romania's Orthodox Church has called for unity among Orthodox churches after a meeting to discuss a rupture between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.FILE - In this April 9, 2018 file photo, Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I, right, speaks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Istanbul, ...

UEFA punishes Romania for racism, misconduct by fans

Soccer 10/26/18, 05:53

Romania will have to play its next competitive game behind closed doors and its soccer association has been fined by UEFA for racist chants and banners at a Nations League game.UEFA says the Romanian soccer association was fined 50,000 euros ($57,080) for the racist behavior of its supporters and another ...

UEFA charges Romania for racism, misconduct by fans

Soccer 10/16/18, 11:05

UEFA has charged the Romanian soccer federation with fan misconduct for racist chants and banners at a Nations League game.UEFA says the "racist behavior" includes incidents targeting Romanian neighbor Hungary when the national team played to a 0-0 draw against Serbia on Sunday.Romania fans also held up a banner linking ...

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