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A 51 year old Romanians killed himself in the square where Italy’s unification was being celebrated A 51 year old Romanian died on Thursday, in Rome, after throwing himself off the Vittoriano monument, as Italians were celebrating 150 years since Italy’s unification, HotNews.ro correspondent reports.
European Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger about the nuclear accident in Japan: it’s the apocalypse, I do not exclude the worst  European Commissioner for Energy, Gunther Oettinger qualified on Tuesday, the nuclear accident in Japan as an apocalypse, saying that local authorities practically lost control of the situation at the Fukushima plant, AFP informs.
 President Basescu’s statements at the EU Summit on Libya triggered a new nervous breakdown of Nicolas Sarkozy – EUObserver  President Traian Basescu’s statements at the recent EU Summit on Libya triggered a new nervous breakdown of Nicolas Sarkozy, determining Angela Merkel to call for calmness, EUObserver reads, quoting unidentified sources.
Romanian President in Brussels for European Council meeting Romanian President Traian Basescu was in Brussels on Friday to attend the extraordinary meeting of the European Council, the agenda of which includes the political situation in Libya and countries in the region, news agency Agerpres reports. The Friday meeting was called by European Council president Herman Van Rompuy because of the political situation in European Union's neighboring countries in the south.
VIDEO Sonja Kreibich, economic attache at German Embassy: investors complain of difficulty to find qualified work force in Romania One of the problems of the Romanian economy that German investors complain about is the difficulty to find skilled workers here, says Sonja Kreibich, economic attache at the German Embassy to Romania, in an interview with HotNews.ro. She said Romania remains an interesting market to invest as it has very significant strengths and says the country really needed to implement structural reforms.
Romania 63rd worldwide in list of countries seen as most attractive for tourism development Switzerland, Germany and France are the most attractive countries worldwide in terms of tourism development, according to an annual report of the World Economic Forum, published on Monday and quoted by AFP. Romania comes 63rd in the list of 139 countries.
Muammar Gaddafi uses Serb, Ukrainian, Romanian mercenaries to attack rebels, Arab newspaper claims Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is using mercenaries from Serbia, Ukraine and Romania to attack rebels in his country, claims Arab newspaper Ashark al-Awsat, quoted by Jerusalem Post.
Libya: 16 Romanians evacuated aboard planes sent by Ukraine, Poland Sixteen Romanians were evacuated from Libya aboard two planes - one sent by Ukraine and one by Poland - on Thursday, according to Romanian news agency Mediafax, quoting Interfax Ukraine. It reads that the Romanian citizens left the African country together with Ukrainian, Russian, Slovak, Polish and British citizens.
Bulgarian PM: Schengen accession would encourage us Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borisov said following talks with European Council head Herman Van Rompuy on Wednesday that Schengen accession would encourage his country to protect EU external borders and be more active in fulfilling duties, Novinite.com reads.
Protesters and police clash in Athens Police have used tear gas against people throwing rocks and bottles at them during protests against austerity measures in Athens, Greece, Reuters reports.
EC report on Bulgaria: Bulgaria made insufficient progress in its judicial reform and fight against corruption  Bulgaria registered some progress to reform the judiciary and its fight against corruption but efforts remain insufficient to be considered a good standard for the EU, the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism on Bulgaria reads, quoted by news agency Mediafax.
Romania on first place in the EU on construction activity in December Romania occupied in December the first place in the EU on construction activity in December when it increased by 17.6% compared to November, Eurostat reports. At the EU level, the activity in construction dropped by 3.1% in December and in the euro zone by 1.8%.
European Commissioner Viviane Reding about arrests at Romanian customs: it is a sign that justice starts to work European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding commented in a talk show for RFI and TV5 Monde the recent arrests at Romania’s customs saying that investigations which ended with the arrest of tens of customs and police officers prove that justice is starting to work in Romania.
Adevarul Holding shuts down the print version of the Blik daily in Ukraine  Adevarul Holding shuts down the print version of Blik daily in Ukraine, paginademedia.ro informs, reporting that Ukrainian journalists were announced by the decision in a meeting on Monday morning. Paginademedia.ro quotes Romanian businessman Dinu Patriciu saying that he decided to shut the print daily and orient on weekly prints because distribution is difficult.
14 Romanians exploited and beaten by co-nationals in Spain The nightmare of 14 Romanians, accommodated in a factory hall in Villamarciel city, Valladolid region obliged to work for free ended when the Spanish police was alerted by one of them who managed to escape and make the announcement.
Dutch minister: it’s in Romania’s interest to join Schengen when it is ready Netherlands was always favorable to Romania and Bulgaria joining Schengen but just like France, we consider that at this moment, the two countries are not ready to join, Dutch Immigration minister Gerd Leers declared. He talks, in an interview for RFI about an issue of trust in his attempt to explain the delay.
Romanian minors’ virginity out for auction, 40 pimps arrested in Italy Italian police arrested 40 people in an operation against a specialized human trafficking network involving tens of Romanian prostitutes. The organization had branches in several cities across Italy. Shocking aspects were found: the virginity of minor Romanian girls was sold on the internet.
Yet anoter step for a new natural gas route: Azerbaijan, Georgia and Romania establish project company AGRI The joint company due to develop the AGRI project was established in Romania on January 21, 2011, according to information obtained by HotNews.ro from the Economy Ministry. AGRI LNG Project Company will develop the feasibility study for the AGRI project due to bring natural gas to Europe via Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania. According to Economy Ministry representatives, the feasibility study will be conceived by the winner of a tender organized in this regard.
Romania’s Foreign Affairs ministry warns that some roads and customs points in Greece will be blocked  Romania’s Foreign Affairs ministry informs Romanian citizens wishing to travel to Greece that in the upcoming period new protests will be organized that will block main roads in Greece and customs points to and from Bulgaria.
Al Jazeera to launch a channel for the Balkans Al Jazeera will launch in April, the latest, a news channel that will cover the Balkans. The new television network aims at exceed the audiences of CNN and implement new professional standars in an area still divided by inter-ethnic conflicts.

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