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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.
French European Affairs minister: we do not oppose Romania’s adhesion out of principle, but Romania and Bulgaria cannot join the next 3 months  French European Affairs minister Laurent Wauquiez said at RFI that his country does not oppose Romania’s adhesion to Schengen “out of mere principle, but definitely Romania and Bulgaria cannot join in the next three months because Bulgaria is not ready and Romania cannot join without Bulgaria. If the two countries are ready to join this year and all guarantees that they are ready exist, then we will not oppose.”
Rome: fire in a Romanian gypsy camp leaving 4 dead children  Four brothers, aged between 4 to 11 years died on Sunday in a fire that shattered a Romanian gypsy camp in Rome. The fire started from an improvised shack on Via Appia Nuova but causes are still unknown, Corrierre.it reads.
EC institutes infringement procedure against Romania on energy product storage warehouses legislation The European Commission has instituted infringement proceedings against Romania over legislation saying that only warehousekeepers who are authorized to produce energy products and keep petrol refining capacities are allowed to use storage warehouses for energy products. In January, the National Union of Road Transporters in Romania (UNTRR) notified the Commission about an emergency ordinance issued by the government in 2010 which includes the new rules.
AUDIO INTERVIEW Kamran Bokhari, Stratfor analyst: Unlike the 1989 anti-Communist movements, there will be no domino effect in the Middle East The uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have been presented as a 1989 of the Muslim world. Why doesn’t the comparison stand? Kamran Bokhari, Stratfor director for Middle East explains in an interview for HotNews.ro the major problems of the countries in the region. Bokhari says Syria and Yemen are in a fragile position and talks about possible scenarios after Hosni Mubarak.
Romanian football player Cristi Chivu, suspended four games in the A series  The Italian disciplinary committee decided to suspend Romanian Cristi Chivu four games, after he hit a Bari player, Marco Rossi in the game the team of the Romanian international, Inter Milan won with 3 to 0.
Discovery reshuffles its operations in the region / Three Romanians in the South East European management  Ada Roseti, Andrei Grigorescu and Gabriela Stoian are part of the South East European Discovery Networks as Discovery reshuffled its organization at the regional level, an official press release reads. This shows that the Bucharest office becomes the most important in the region which included Bulgaria, Croatia, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia.
Russia accuses EU, US and Romania for pressuring Moldova  EU, US and Romania pressure Moldova’s political processes in an attempt to draw the state towards their area of influence, Russia’s Ambassador to Chisinau, Valeri Kuzmin declared. During the electoral campaign, Russia adopted a politically correct attitude, as the practice of international relations requests it, the Russian diplomat said.
Wired: how Ramnicu Valcea transformed into Hackerville With only 120,000 people, Ramnicu Valcea is known to security experts across the world as Hackerville because the town is full of online hackers that haunt the city’s streets in expensive European cars, an article in the prestigious American IT magazine Wired reads about Ramnicu Valcea.
Bulgarian press: Bulgaria’s technical report postponed due to Slovenia Some problems raised by Slovenia caused the adoption of Bulgaria’s technical report for Schengen to be postponed, Bulgarian deputy Interior minister Dimitar Georgiev declared, SofiaEcho reads quoting the Bulgarian news agency BTA.
EPP group demands Germany and France to give a “powerful political signal” to Romania and Bulgaria regarding Schengen adhesion  EPP Conservative group in the European Parliament, demanded France and Germany to give a “powerful political signal” to Romania and Bulgaria regarding their perspectives to adhere to Schengen, AFP informs.
Experts adopted Romania's technical report for Schengen. Sources: Bulgaria's reports postponed Members of the Schengen evaluation group adopted on Friday the technical report on the implementation in Romania of necessary systems to join Schengen, Marian Tutilescu, head of the Schengen Department in Romania's Interior and Administration Ministry, has told HotNews.ro. Sources in Brussels said that Bulgaria's two technical reports have been postponed as Sofia is "surprisingly" late in providing answers to experts' requests.
Dutch gipsy, survivor of Holocaust criticizes Romania, Bulgaria, Italy and France for undignified treatment towards the gipsy  Zoni Weisz, a Dutch gipsy, survivor of the Holocaust held on Thursday, in Berlin the first speech on behalf of the community as Germany marks the commemoration of Nazi victims, according to AFP. At over 65 years since the Holocaust, Zoni Weisz held a speech in front of the Bundestag, accusing Romania, Bulgaria, Italy and France that it treats the Roma community undignified.
Two Romanians sentenced in Great Britain for traffic of persons and prostitution A British court sentenced Marius Nejloveanu and his father, Bogdan to 21 and 6 years of prison for traffic of persons and prostitution, CNN reads. The two brought to Great Britain at least 5 women aged between 15 to 23 years old whom they obliged to prostitute in Manchester, Birmingham and other cities.
Romanian Ioana Visan: “I am a lucky girl; Meeting PM Berlusconi is like touching the sky” Italian daily La Repubblica released in its 23rd of January edition an interview with Romanian Ioana Visan, the young Romanian girl involved in the Rubygate scandal which targets PM Berlusconi. In the interview the 32 year old Romanian, known as Annina, brings new details related to her relationship with Berlusconi, which she met several years ago at the theater.
UPDATE Suicide bomber kills 35 and injured 130 on Domodedovo international airport in Moscow / Authorities are looking for three suspects A new toll announce 31 dead and over 130 injured in the explosion that took place on Monday on the Russian international airport Domodedovo, RIA Novosti informs. From the first information, it seems to have been a suicide bomber. 6:30 PM A spokesperson of the airport declares the toll is 35 deaths. 6:15 PM Several police sources said it was a suicide bomber and the bomb’s power is the equivalent of 5 kg of TNT. The attacker was in the middle of the crowd that was waiting for travelers to arrive when the bomb went off.
The French are pleased by the competences of nurses from Romania / There are only advantages with their arrival, a French surgeon says  12 Romanian nurses started working, as of December 18, at the Les Chenes hospital, from Aire sur L Ádour in the Landes region in France. They gain 1,500 euro/monthly and everybody is satisfied with their work. The nurses chose to leave the country mainly because in Romania they earn somewhere between 150 to 300 euro/month, SudOuest.fr publication reads.
Bulgarian customs officers arrested for requesting money from foreigners  Bulgarian authorities arrested 14 customs officers working at the bridge across the Danube with Romania, accused of requesting money from foreigners who were outside the EU, Novinite informs. The National Bulgarian Radio declared that some of the customs officers requested different sums in dollars.
Cuba: New blows and misfortunes If thousands of Cubans think of the 12 months of 2010 as a period of sustained beating, they will not find 2011 any better. The year is going to thrust them into a much deeper suffering and a lot more is to be expected. The predictions made at the start of the year 2011 are not better in the sense that Cuba would finally leave behind the air of doom and anxiety. Quite the opposite.

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