Romanian PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu sticks to nomination of Norica Nicolai as Justice minister despite presidential opposition Romanian prime minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu informed President Traian Basescu in a letter on Wednesday that he sticks to the nomination of Liberal Senator for the seat of Justice minister, a day after Basescu informed him in a letter that he he disagreed with her nomination. Tariceanu fiercely attacked the head of state, saying Basescu couldn't reject a person "for the simple reason of bearing a strong political and personal dislike" towards her.
How to play with faces on the FBI website A technical vulnerability of the website allows users to play and have friends, rivals or personalities figure as one of the "most wanted" people looked for by the FBI. A cowboy-looking President of Romania, Traian Basescu, has already landed on the FBI website, funny-face accompanied by a text that calls him "the Tony Soprano of Romania".
Child porn scandal shocks Bulgaria Advertising clips of a new Bulgarian movie, Baklava (a kind of Turkish cake), directed by Alekso Petrov, shocked Bulgaria, Rador informs. Terrible scenes of homosexuality, violence and pornography, all involving children, as well as scenes of drunk minors smoking and taking drugs caused a huge scandal among Bulgarians. The clips were filmed in an orphanage, "A.G. Kodjakafalieta", in the city of Burgas.
Over 100 Romanians attacked in xenophobic outburst in Italy On the night of January 7/8, over 100 Romanians camped in an abandoned wine factory in Aprilia, Italy, were victims of a new xenophobic attack. The immigrants occupied a factory on via Nettunese, as shelter from the cold. On Monday night, an organized group of Italian youngsters threw Molotov cocktails through the factory windows, then destroyed the windows of cars parked nearby.
Lobby to hire a nephew for Norica Nicolai Former deputy manager at the National penitentiary Administration Sorin Dumitrascu declared for that he was asked to employ Norica Nicolai's nephew shortly after the Parliament incident involving her. Norica Nicolai, suggested for the Justice Minister seat, as rejected by President Traian Basescu because some 18 months ago she was involved in a scandal, when she let a nephew vote in her place in the Parliament. The nephew, Ana Hanes Manea, was employed in the National Office against Money Laundering, where she still works. Dumitrascu refuses to point at the person(s) who put pressure on him to hire Manea, but admits that is the same person involved in the scandal of the illegal vote and that the lobby referred to a position that did not involve contact with the convicts.
World Bank foresees global economic slowdown in 2008 The global economy growth rate is expected to decrease to 3.3%, the World Bank estimates. The institution draws the attention towards the fact that the lack of financial stability may cause a recession in the US economy, NewsIn informs.
Putin may visit Romania during the 2008 NATO summit Romania prepares for the NATO summit scheduled for April 2008, in Bucharest. According to the Russian news agency Novyi Region, quoting Deutsche Welle, some surprises may take place during the reunion. Organizers say that a visit of the Russian strongman Vladimir Putin may be expected, this being the first time the leader would arrive in Romania.German analysts see in the meeting between Romanian president Traian Basescu and Vladimir Putin - as president or prime minister - a possibility to improve the relations between Romania and Russia.
Surprising victory of Hillary Clinton Democrat senator Hillary Clinton won the confrontation against senator Barrack Obama in the preliminary elections in New Hampshire. The race was a lot tighter than expected. Clinton won by just 2%, after Obama was indicated as favorite by pre-scrutiny polls. Advisers in the Democrat campaign say that Hillary won due to her sensitive attitude. In the Republican camp, John McCain won by far, with 37%. 
VIDEO:  Yokozuna Asashoryu makes quite an impression on return to sumo competition Grand champion Asashoryu made quite an appearance on his return to training before the Tokyo sumo turney due to begin late this week on Tuesday. It was the first appearance of the Mongol after the scandal last year when he was seen playing football in Mongolia shortly after refusing to attend the sumo circuit on medical grounds.
VIDEO: Bill Gates the billionaire mocks Bill Gates the pensioner Bill Gates presented a funny and cool moment in which he mocks his own person at the Consumer Electronics Show 2008 in Las Vegas, where the founder of Microsoft talked about his imminent withdrawal from the company. View a film depicting Bill Gates poking fun at himself as a pensioner:
Fugitive Omar Hayssam awaits the Romanian justice in Lebanon Omar Hayssam, a fugitive businessman of Syrian origin accused of terrorist acts in Romania, told Romanian prosecutor Ciprian Nastasiu in a wired telephone conversation that he can meet him in Lebanon whenever he wants, Romanian daily Gandul reads, quoting news agency Mediafax. Moreover, he added that the prosecutor can enjoy a nice holiday in Lebanon with expensive cars and women. Hayssam confessed that he left the country with a fake passport.
US Embassy employee who injured Romanian citizen left the country An employee working with the US Embassy to Bucharest who was involved in a serious car crash in the Romanian capital which caused serious injuries to a Romanian woman has left the country, Romanian newspaper Gardianul informs. According to the newspaper, agent Kevin Sandlin, an American Secret Services employee, left the country on Monday morning. 
Home alone: an entire village left for Spain Their children have computers and go skiing in the Austrian Alps. They learn Spanish from soap operas and dream of becoming football players or music stars. Some 648 people from Hordo, a village where George Cosbuc, a famous Romanian poet was born, have left for Spain in search for better jobs and money to raise their children. However, their kids, left behind with their grandparents, feel abandoned in front of all the high tech surrounding them.
Romanian NGO SoJust urges magistrates to resign Romanian NGO Society for Justice (SoJust) reveals that all exams to occupy leading positions in courts and prosecutor's offices during the period of 2005-2007 did not comply with the necessary procedures and therefore calls on all members of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) to resign.UPDATE: The Council responded by saying that "such manifestations occur when SoJust members attend exams to be promoted to decision-making positions where they obtain mediocre results".
4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days film among favorites in New York Times preferences ''4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days'', the film of the famous Romanian director Cristian Mungiu numbers among the New York Times critics favorites in an unofficial Oscar list published on Sunday, Romanian Cultural Institute informs.
Romanian Agriculture Minister: Romania needs to regain its credibility within the EU Romanian Agriculture Minister, Dacian Ciolos talks in an interview for - BBC about the problems his Ministry faces in dealing with the European Union on many issues. He argues that Romania needs to regain its credibility and comply to EU standards. But he also says that at Romania's request recently, the EU has agreed not to push measures in the near future preventing Romanians to sacrifice pigs and lambs on Christmas Eve and Easter respectively.
Romania challenges EC decision to cut carbon emmissions Romania has urged the Court of Justice of the European Communities to annul an European Commission decision to demand a Romanian cut of carbon emissions by 20%. The Romanian government made the decision to move against the EC call at its last session last year, arguing that the Commission exceeded its attributions through a discriminatory measure. It is the first such act by the government in Bucharest since Romania joined the EU a year ago.
American woman of Romanian descent collects money for Iraq football league A football league for children is expected to be established in Iraq by the end of the month in a project aimed at contributing to the reconciliation between various ethnic groups in the country. The initiative belongs to an American woman who has discovered her passion for football in her country of origin, Romania.
Romanians blocked on airports at home, in London Hundreds of Romanians have been stuck for more than 24 hours on airports in Bucharest and abroad by Friday at noon. On the Henri Coanda International Airport in Otopeni, Bucharest some 200 people waited for over 30 hours to leave for Vienna and London - which they finally did as late as Friday afternoon. In London, about 150 Romanians waiting to return home since Thursday morning learned they would only fly home on Monday.
Hundreds of Romanian tourists still trapped in Bulgaria Hundreds of Romanian tourists were still blocked in Northern Bulgaria on Friday morning but the Romanian Embassy in Sofia announced that they were expected to be able to leave soon. Bulgarian authorities, on the other part, assured that they will unlock the roads by Friday afternoon the latest after heavy snow storms over the past two days.


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