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UN to help Bulgaria accommodate refugees

UN to help Bulgaria accommodate refugees

Sofia, Reuters—The United Nations will give Bulgaria technical assistance to cope with a soaring number of asylum seekers, mainly Syrian refugees, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said on Friday. More than 9,800 people, mainly from Syria, have sought...
Bulgaria to put bombing suspects on trial

Bulgaria to put bombing suspects on trial

Sofia, AP—The suspects in a July 2012 bomb attack in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver will be put on trial early next year, the country’s chief prosecutor said Thursday. Sotir Tsatsarov told reporters that an indictment...
Bombs and bargain Hummers

Bombs and bargain Hummers

Rebel-held Syria, Asharq Al-Awsat—If you happen to be in Syria and you want to buy a Humvee, come to see Ibrahim and his friends. In a country besieged by war, food shortages and spiralling poverty, Ibrahim’s open-air luxury car market feels somewhat out of place. But...
EU ‘big three’ turn on Hezbollah

EU ‘big three’ turn on Hezbollah

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—France, Germany and the UK are to back attempts to have Hezbollah’s military wing declared a terrorist organization by the European Union. French and German officials signaled on Wednesday that they would support the move, following an appeal...
Why Europe Should Ban Hezbollah

Why Europe Should Ban Hezbollah

According to Bulgarian investigators, Hezbollah was responsible for the July 2012 bus bombing that left five Israelis and a Bulgarian dead at Burgas airport. Two of the Hezbollah operatives were Western citizens—a Canadian and an Australian—who returned to Lebanon via...