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Three Romanian journalists retained while trying to sneek onto the Bucharest International Airport Three Romanian journalists were temporarily held in custody by police officers for trying to illegally enter restricted areas on the Henri Coanda International Airport in Bucharest. According to local news television Realitatea TV, the journalists wanted to test the vigilance of the personnel.
EP quarrels over Nokia facility in Romania The head of the Socialist Party group in the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, demanded the European Union on Wednesday not to approve the opening of a Nokia facility in Romania, in the village of Jucu, near Cluj. Schulz claims that the production transfer from Germany to Romania is made with EU funds, a fact denied by the European Commission president, Jose Manuel Durrao Barroso. Sorin Frunzaverde, head of the Romanian delegation within the EP Popular Party group, qualified the statements made by Schulz as exaggerated and ill-timed. UPDATE: Romanian Socialist group member Adriana Ticau contradicted Martin Schulz, showing that Romania is the right place for IT and telecomm investments at this moment.
President Traian Basescu approves criminal investigation against 8 former and in office ministers Romania president Traian Basescu approved on Wednesday the launching of criminal investigations against eight former minister and members of the current Government. Labor Minister (in office) Paul Pacuraru, (former) Justice Minister Tudor Chiuariu, (resigned) Economy Minister Decebal Traian Remes, (former) prime minister Adrian Nastase, (former) Transport Minister Miron Mitrea, (resigned) Telecomm Minister Zsolt Nagy, (former) Defense Minister Victor Babiuc and (former) Economy Minister Codrut Seres. Traian Basescu demanded the interim Justice Minister, Teodor Melescanu, to open the procedures for the criminal investigation in all cases. The Anti-Graft Prosecution Office (DNA) spokesperson, Lidia Saplacan, declared for Hotnews.ro that the file roll will begin as soon as the Justice Ministry approves the launching of the criminal investigation.
Interim Justice Minister: PM Examines accusations against Norica Nicolai In an exclusive interview for Hotnews.ro, Liberal boar member and Defense Minister Teodor Melescanu claims that the accusations against Justice Minister seat candidate Norica Nicolai are thoroughly studied by the prime minister. Juridical counselors and Liberal party members are involved in the investigation but, up to this moment, there are no impediments in keeping on supporting Nicolai for the position.
Romanian hit-film loses Oscar nomination The jury of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences made a preliminary selection of the 63 movies running for the "Best foreign film" category. Nine movies were selected, out of which only five will participate in the competition. Romanian multi-awarded 4 Months, 3 weeks and 2 days was not included. Movie director Cristian Mungiu expressed his doubt on the fact that his film may receive a nomination ever since last year's Golden Lion awards, considered as the European Oscars. According to Mungiu, the American public is used to another kind of movies and, for the moment, he is fully satisfied with the European honors he received. 
Suicidal squirrels cause concern among parents The National Audio - Video Council (CNA) confronts a new problem these days: cable TV station AXN broadcasts a mini-cartoon series presenting squirrels that commit suicide inventing ingenious and rather gore methods to put an end to their lives. The TV station got its license in the UK, from its Ofcom, and obeys the British legislation, which doesn't prevent such clips from being broadcast at ant moment of the day. Romanian CNA received two complaints this year only regarding the broadcasting of Suicidal Squirrels cartoons during the day, when the show can be accessed by children.
Romanian President confirms Defense Minister Teodor Melescanu as Justice interim Romanian PM Tariceanu asked President Traian Basescu on Tuesday to accept an interim Justice Minister in order to avoid an institutional blockage, a press release of the Government informs. Tariceanu proposed Teodor Melescanu, current Defense Minister to temporarily occupy the Justice seat, left vacant after the resignation of minister Tudor Chiuariu late last year. The Presidency announced shortly that President Basescu has accepted the nomination.
Bush to be accommodated at Marriott, Merkel and Barroso at Hilton and Sarkozy at Sofitel Hungarian publication Nepszabadsag quoted by Romanian monitoring agency Rador informs the hotels which will accommodate the heads of state participating at the 2008 NATO Summit in Bucharest on April 2-4.
Second ice church in the world inaugurated in Romania The second ice church in the world, and the first in South East Europe has received its blessing at Balea Lac, Central Romania, local television Antena 3 informs. The church measuring 60 square meters was built in 3 weeks and already received some hundreds of tourists.
Queen Ana speaks about Romanian King Michael, royal life and family in first-ever interview Queen Ana of Romania, wife to King Michael, delivered her first interview ever in a show on Romanian public television TVR on Saturday. She used the occasion to reveal amusing details about her time beside King Michael over the years, her royal life and family.
Some 200 wild boars shot at private hunting event One of the richest Romanian businessmen, Ion Tiriac hosted its yearly hunting event at Balc, Western Romania that ended on Sunday after some 200 wild boars were shot dead, NewsIn informs. Even though, this year Tiriac refused to make reveal the list of his guests, influential and rich people joined him this weekend as Wolfgang Porsche, the heir to the Porsche family or Romanian Prince Dimitrie Sturdza were seen in Balc these days.
Romanian film director Cristian Mungiu fails to fetch Golden Globe Award Due to the US screenwriters' strike, the Golden Globe Awards could not be officially organized, so the organizers set up a conference to announce the winners this weekend. Romanian famous movie director, Cristian Mungiu did not win the Golden Globe Award for the best foreign film with his 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, as the went to Le Scaphandre et le Papillon by Julian Schnabel - which also got the award for best director.
Brussels officials may discuss activation of safeguarding clause on Justice again The Romanian Academic Society think tank puts forward a pessimistic report for 2008 Romania: the organization warns that the negative tendencies of 2007 have every chance of being multiplied in the upcoming year. Moreover, the think tank forecasts that Brussels officials could open up discussions to activate the safeguarding clause on Romanian Justice if attacks on anti-graft prosecutors are stopped.
Norica Nicolai will not retire: the 1997 incident is a lie, in 1991 I did not break the law Despite all the scandal around her being nominated for the Justice Minister seat, including the statements made on Friday night by president Basescu, Norica Nicolai will not retire from the race for the governmental position. In a press conference on Friday, after the speech held by president Basescu, Nicolai said the professional curricula was made up by the former political police, Securitate, when it comes to the 1987 incident referred to by Basescu, and that she did not break any laws in 1991. 
President Basescu: PM Tariceanu - A threat to national security President Traian Basescu put up a press conference on Friday night, a few hours after the press release referring to the reasons for which he would not accept Norica Nicolai as Justice Minister. Surprisingly, Basescu did not refer mainly to Nicolai, but to the fact that he failed to have a phone conversation with Prime Minister Tariceanu for two days. "I insisted to invite the Prime Minister to see and discuss the professional history of Norica Nicolai. But the thing is that I couldn't reach, with all the efforts, the prime minister. The telecomm system is conceived so it would not fail. The problem is that it could have been a national security issue, or something equally important, and the system failed. This is a problem of national security".
President unveils reasons to reject Norica Nicolai President Basescu publicly presented on Friday the reasons why he did not accept Norica Nicolai as Justice Minister. The reaction came after Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu declined two invitations from the president to discuss the situation and once again declared that he would not make other nomination that Norica Nicolai.
Sir Edmund Hillary, first man to conquer the Everest, dies aged 88 The first man who ever climbed the Everest, the world's highest mountain, died on Thursday night, aged 88, after a few years of worsening health conditions, the New Zealand Prime Minister declared, quoted by France Presse. Hillary dies after a heart crisis in a hospital in Auckland. “Sir Ed spoke of himself as a simple New Zealander, of modest quality. In fact, he was a Colossus, a hero", the prime minister wrote in a press release.
Romania not an actor in uranium and plutonium smuggling Romania is not included in the database of the International Atomic Energy Agency in any aspects of the illegal traffic of enriched uranium and plutonium, the IAEA website reveals. At the beginning of the week, IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei expressed his concern that Al-Qaeda may be supplied with nuclear or radioactive materials coming from Ukraine, Romania, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Romanian authorities reacted promptly, denying the existence of such a traffic on Romanian soil. 
Romania to build animal stunning facilities using EU funds Romanian authorities put up a plan to solve the problem of animal stunning and prepare to suggest in Brussels that such specialized facilities could be built through accessing EU non-refundable funds. At this moment, the stunning of pigs during Christmas holidays and of lambs during Easter is still conducted using traditional means, far from the European demands. The Veterinarian Authority chairman, Radu Roatis, says that the plan includes an education campaign for peasants. 
Judge Lidia Barbulescu elected new president in CSM The Superior Magistrates Council (CSM) elected a new president on Thursday. Lidia Barbulescu won the position almost unanimously, with 15 votes in favor and only one against. At the same time, Gratiana Isac was elected unanimously as vice president of the Council. For the first time in the history of this institution, the candidates had to present an action plan for their mandate.

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