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Britain turns to Europe to save its crops

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:55 AM

A charter plane carrying 180 Romanian agricultural workers arrives in Britain at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has forced a lockdown and boosted demand for food

A seasonal worker from Romania picks strawberries at BR Brooks & Son farm in Faversham, south east England on June 29, 2018. - After weeks of uninterrupted sunshine the strawberry season is in full swing in the so-called Garden of England. But with a shortage of seasonal labourers to pick the fruits, a trend exacerbated by Brexit, there are growing fears many may be left to rot on their stems. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Resigned, fired: Health officials in other countries leave posts during pandemic

Apr 16, 2020 - 9:26 PM

(UPDATED) A health minister goes out for a walk at the beach despite lockdown restrictions. Another collapses during a session with parliament. Who else are stepping down in the face of the pandemic?

10 newborns contract virus at Romanian hospital

Apr 07, 2020 - 9:58 PM

'The mothers tested negative, but the babies tested positive, so we have to consider their contacts with medical staff,' says Health Minister Nelu Tataru

LOCKDOWN. An ambulance leaves the hospital in the town of Tandarei, where a complete lockdown has been in place, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic on April 4, 2020. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Romania reports 1st coronavirus case

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The Italian believed to be the source of Romania's first diagnosis tests positive for the deadly virus upon returning to Italy after a four-day visit to Gorj

CHECKPOINT. Green Berets from the Italian Finance guard (Guardia di Finanza) officers control a car by a checkpoint at one of the entrance of the small town of San Fiorano southeast of Milan, on February 26, 2020, situated in the red zone of the COVID-19 the novel coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Romania's liberal government falls after 3 months in office

Feb 05, 2020 - 11:01 PM

A total of 261 of 465 MPs vote in favor of a motion against the minority government led by Ludovic Orban, which took over in November

NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE. Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban looks on during a no-confidence vote initiated by the Social Democrat Party at the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest on February 5, 2020. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Romanian woman dies after 'igniting' during hospital op

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The woman suffers serious burns when surgeons used an electrical scalpel despite her being treated with an alcohol-based disinfectant

Electric scalpel image from Shutterstock

Romania upholds acquittals in notorious child trafficking case

Dec 24, 2019 - 8:24 AM

Police raids into child trafficking hubs discovered jewellery and large amounts of cash, as well as documents giving members of the network power of attorney over children, enabling them to be taken to Britain

ROMANIA. A silhouette on a Romanian flag is pictured as protesters march in downtown Bucharest demanding an independent justice system on March 3, 2019. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu / AFP

Thousands of sheep feared dead after vessel capsizes off Romania

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:07 AM

The disaster led to renewed calls for a ban on the controversial sea transport of livestock

Romania votes for president with liberal incumbent favored

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:03 PM

In all, 14 candidates are standing, with pro-European incumbent Klaus Iohannis the favorite to win

ROMANIA VOTES. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis casts his ballot at a polling station, in Bucharest, on November 10, 2019. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Romania's president names liberal as new premier

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Ludovic Orban, 56, a former transport minister, must now receive the backing from the fragmented parliament as the EU-member country struggles to overcome months of political instability

ORBAN. In this file photo, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis (L) and president of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Ludovic Orban (R) wave to supporters during the presidential candidature launching meeting in Bucharest, Romania on May 18, 2019. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

4 dead in Romania psychiatric hospital attack – reports

Aug 18, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Authorities say a 38-year-old man attacked other patients with a transfusion stand

Romania police chief sacked after girl's murder

Jul 27, 2019 - 4:18 PM

Relatives of the 15 year old victim allege the police failed to take the alert seriously and reacted too late

Pope Francis beatifies 7 Communist-era bishops in Romania

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Pope Francis says the 7 Greco-Catholic bishops 'suffered and sacrificed their lives, opposing a system of totalitarian and coercive ideology'

Pope Francis to 'go beyond fear' in Romania

May 31, 2019 - 3:23 PM

During the 3-day trip to Romania, Pope Francis is expected to touch on issues fuelling nationalism, such as poverty, as well as inter-religious relations

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane upon his departure for a three-day trip to Romania, on May 31, 2019 at Rome's Fiumicino airport . Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/ AFP

Romania's ruling party strongman begins jail sentence

May 27, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The verdict will almost certainly remove from public life a man who was widely seen as the puppet master behind the Social Democrats and the government they lead

JAILED. This file photo taken on April 15, 2019 shows Romania's Social Democrat Party leader Liviu Dragnea (C) leaving the High court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) after his last appeareance before the court in the 'fake jobs' case. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Romania police academy chiefs accused of threatening reporter quit

May 24, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Romania prosecutors claim the two men used a young police officer as an intermediary to send several messages to journalist Emilia Sercan warning that her life was at risk if she didn't stop her investigative work

This picture taken on 28 May, 2017 in Bucharest shows Romanian journalist Emilia Sercan during her book launch "The Doctorate Factory" at the international book fair "Bookfest 2017". - The chiefs of Romania's Police Academy resigned on May 24, 2019 over death threats that were sent to an investigative journalist who has uncovered instances of plagiarism committed by high-level officials. (Photo by Bogdan BUDA / AFP)

Measles: Nearly wiped-out, on the rise again

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The United Nations says worldwide cases of measles jumped by more than 30% in 2017, and infections continued to rise in 2018

MEASLES ON THE RISE. This file photo shows patients stricken with measles inside the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 11, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Crocodiles and birds were 'prehistoric bedfellows'

Feb 28, 2019 - 9:53 PM

An international team of researchers says the fossil find is 'unique in the vertebrate fossil record and represents the earliest record of disparate animals sharing the same nesting area'

Corruption warning as Romania takes over EU presidency

Jan 11, 2019 - 3:44 PM

The European Commission wants the left-leaning Romanian government to scrap controversial judicial reforms, saying they undermine the battle against graft

ROMANIA TAKES OVER. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) and Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila (L) arrive at the Romanian Atheneum to attend the ceremony marking the taking over the EU Council Presidency by Romania for the next six months in Bucharest January 10, 2019. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Juncker doubts Romania's ability to assume EU presidency

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:48 PM

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says the EU presidency ' requires a willingness to listen to others and a willingness to put one's own concerns in the background'

DOUBTING ROMANIA. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gestures ahead of a College Commissioners meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on July 18, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Romania takes EU helm amid tensions with Brussels

Dec 27, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Several crucial events will take place during Romania's first 6-month tenure in the presidency, including Brexit, EU parliamentary elections in which euroskeptics will vie for increased influence, and wrangling over the next budget

ROMANIA. Planes spread the colors of the national flag in the sky as they fly over the military parade on Romania's National Day in Bucharest, December 1, 2018. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Filipina Bella Santiago is grand winner of ‘X Factor Romania’

Dec 25, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Bella gave a powerhouse performance of Beyonce’s hits for the show’s finals

WINNER. Bella Santiago wins 'X Factor Romania.' Screenshot from

Glimmer of hope for Romania's faded architectural gems

Jun 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

A dozen young architects are striving to restore precious architectural gems that bore witness to centuries of Romanian history and the crowned heads who ruled it through the ages

ETERNAL BEAUTY. View of the main hall of the Imperial Baths built at the end of the 19th century, today abandoned, at Baile Herculane, southwestern Romania, May 11, 2018. Photo by Daniel Mihailsecu/AFP

Romania to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem – report

Apr 20, 2018 - 9:32 AM

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's government has agreed on 'the start of procedures with a view to the transfer of the embassy to Jerusalem'

HISTORIC CENTER. People look out at a view of the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock (C) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and the Western Wall (down) on December 5, 2017. Thomas Coex/AFP

The week in photos: December 16-22, 2017

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:57 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A girl waits for her present next to a man dressed as Santa Claus during a Christmas ceremony at the Palace of the National Military Club in Bucharest on December 21, 2017. Children of the Romanian Army army personnel, who were injured or died on duty, attended a children's show and received Christmas presents. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel MIHAILESCU

Romania stops Black Sea boats carrying 200 migrants

Sep 09, 2017 - 10:31 PM

EU member Romania is not part of the bloc s passport free Schengen zone and until now has largely avoided the kind of influx of refugees and migrants seen elsewhere on the continent over the last few years

Europe court backs employee fired over private messages

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:09 AM

Europe s top rights court restricts the ability of employers to snoop on their staff s private messages in a landmark ruling with wide ramifications for privacy in the workplace

Picture taken on April 23, 2015 shows the audience room of the European Court for Human Rights, in Strasbourg, eastern France. Patrick Hertzog/AFP

OKC’s Enes Kanter detained in Romania

May 21, 2017 - 12:08 AM

2ND UPDATE Basketball star Enes Kanter blames Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan whom he calls the Hitler of our century for his hours long detention in Bucharest

DETAINED. OKC's Enes Kanter posts a Twitter video after his passport was reportedly cancelled by the Turkish government. Screenshot from Kanter's Twitter account

Thousands of Romanian protesters return to streets

Feb 13, 2017 - 7:53 AM

The protesters are calling on the government to resign as they accused it of attempting to water down anti corruption laws

BACK IN THE STREET. People protest in front of the government headquarters in Bucharest, against the controversial corruption decrees on February 12, 2017. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Romanian president lambasts gov't over crisis

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis rebukes the leftwing government for doing too little to resolve the crisis rocking the country over a corruption decree but stops short of calling for its resignation

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis prepares to adress the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest, on February 7, 2017. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Romania protests rage on despite scrapping of corruption law

Feb 05, 2017 - 8:13 AM

3rd UPDATE The protesters welcome the repeal of a decree that would have decriminalized certain corruption offenses but say they will remain vigilant

People protest in front of the government headquarters in Bucharest, against the government's contentious corruption decree February 4, 2017. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Romanian president rejects left's PM candidate

Dec 27, 2016 - 8:07 PM

President Klaus Iohannis gives no reasons for his rejection of Sevil Shhaideh who would have been the EU country s first female and Muslim premier

In this file photo taken on April 21, 2016 Romanian President Klaus Iohannis attends a joint press conference with the Ukrainian President (unseen) at the the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest. Stringer/AFP

Asahi says paying $7.7B for AB InBev's eastern European business

Dec 14, 2016 - 9:49 AM

The takeover – also the largest by a Japanese beer company – includes popular Czech beer Pilsner Urquell and other businesses in Hungary Poland Romania and Slovakia

In this photo illustration, bottles of Pilsner Urquell from the Czech Republica are seen on December 13, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

In Romania, poignant memories of Holocaust survivor Wiesel

Jul 03, 2016 - 9:45 PM

He was a man who bequeathed to us the duty to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and to ensure that this tragedy never occurs again says Aurel Vainer

epa05404484 (FILE) A file photo dated 24 April 2012 of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel arriving for the 'Time 100 Gala' to celebrate the Time Magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in New York, New York, USA. Media reports on 02 July 2016 state that Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and author, died at the age of 87, citing Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaus Memorial. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Payet stunner rescues France in Euro 2016 opener

Jun 11, 2016 - 5:26 AM

Dimitri Payet s stunning 25 meter strike a minute from time got hosts France off to a winning start against Romania

WINNER. France's forward Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring the 2-1 goal during the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Romania. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

US missile shield starts up in Romania to Russian fury

May 12, 2016 - 9:15 PM

UPDATED The United States says the missile shield will help defend NATO members but Russia sees it as a security threat

epa05301204 US military helicopters fly over the Command Center building during the official inauguration ceremony held at Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS), a military anti-ballistic missile defense facility at Deveselu, 180 Km south from Bucharest, Romania, 12 May 2016. High ranked Romanian officials and representatives of the US Departments of Defense and State, the US Navy's European headquarters and NATO decision makers joined the event. Construction of Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System Complex was started in 2013, in order to support the European Phase Adaptive Approach Phase II (EPAA) missile defence base, the cost of building being estimated at 124 million US dollars. The facility was declared operational in the presence of Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General. EPA/ROBERT GHEMENT

Romania village wins protected status, blocking Canada mine plans

Jan 15, 2016 - 7:33 AM

The step is a new blow for Canada s Gabriel Resources which has been trying for 15 years to get an environment ministry permit to extract 300 tonnes of gold from the picturesque village

PROTECTED. In this file photo, a woman pushes a pram past the abandoned Cosma House, a historic building in Rosia Montana, a mining town in Transylvania, Western Romania, September 2011. File photo by Zsolt Czegledi/EPA

EU states pledge to move faster on migrant crisis

Nov 10, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Interior ministers pledge to move faster on those fronts as well as accelerate the building of shelters up through the western Balkans route from Greece

Two migrant girls sit in a train heading to Serbia from the Greece-Macedonia border near Gevgelija on November 7, 2015. Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Death toll from Romania nightclub fire soars to 43

Nov 08, 2015 - 5:24 PM

Romanian media criticized the authorities for failing to transfer some of the wounded to hospitals abroad in time

FIRE. A woman holds a placard in front of a Romanian national flag during a demonstration to protest against the political class and Romanian authorities during the fourth day of protest in Bucharest on November 6, 2015. Romania's former prime minister Victor Ponta quit on November 4, 2015 after a horrific fire at a Bucharest nightclub left 32 people dead, prompting tens of thousands of people to take to the streets demanding a ‘profound change’ in the government as a wave of grief and anger swept the country. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

German crisis talks falter as 13 more migrants drown off Greece

Nov 02, 2015 - 12:48 AM

Germany s ruling coalition fails to resolve major differences over the country s refugee policy as it grapples with the biggest wave of arrivals since the aftermath of World War II

DESTINATION: EU. A woman carries her belongings as migrants and refugees walk towards buses to be taken to a refugee centers after crossing Croatian-Slovenian border in Rigonce on October 27, 2015. Jure Makovec/AFP

Bucharest disco blaze kills 27, scores injured

Oct 31, 2015 - 2:00 PM

The blaze broke out at around 11:00 pm at the Colectiv night club where hundreds of people had gathered for a gig by rock group Goodbye to Gravity

CLUB FIRE. Emergency service and police forces gather near a club in Bucharest October 31. Photoby

EU risks 'tectonic changes' as migrant flow swells to over 700,000

Oct 28, 2015 - 2:28 PM

European Council president Tusk: I have no doubt that this challenge has the potential to change the European Union we have built

DESTINATION: EU. A woman carries her belongings as migrants and refugees walk towards buses to be taken to a refugee centers after crossing Croatian-Slovenian border in Rigonce on October 27, 2015. Jure Makovec/AFP

EU and Balkans leaders hold crisis refugee summit

Oct 25, 2015 - 1:59 PM

The meeting comes after Bulgaria Romania and Serbia warned they would not allow themselves to become a buffer zone for the tens of thousands of arrivals streaming into Europe

MISERY. A refugee child cries at the camp at the Slovenian-Austrian border near Spielfeld, Austria, October 24, 2015. Erwin Scheriau/EPA

EU and Balkans leaders hold crisis refugee summit

Oct 25, 2015 - 9:39 AM

The emergency talks come amid threats from three frontline states to close their borders if northern European Union countries stop accepting migrants

A refugee cries as he arrives at the main station in Dortmund, western Germany, on September 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DPA / MAJA HITIJ GERMANY OUT

Balkan leaders threaten border closures ahead of EU meet

Oct 24, 2015 - 9:12 PM

The EU holds a mini summit in Brussels on October 25 to try to work out a cross border approach to the worst migrant crisis in Europe since World War II which has seen 670 000 people land this year

Migrants and refugees wait to cross the Serbian-Croatian border on October 24, 2015 in Berkasovo. Prime ministers of Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, three countries on the migrants' route from Turkey up through the Balkans to northern Europe, were to hold talks on October 24 on how to tackle record numbers of migrants at the onset of winter, ahead of a mini-EU summit to discuss a coordinated response.

Migrants inundate new EU crisis hotspot Croatia

Sep 18, 2015 - 3:50 AM

2nd UPDATE Croatia says it will let people pass through freely on their way to other EU countries – but Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic warns his country s resources for dealing with the influx are limited

RUSH TO FREEDOM. Men, women and children break a police cordon to rushing towards waiting buses at the train station in the city of Tovarnik, close to the Croatian-Serbian border, on September 17, 2015. Stringer/AFP

EU divided as record wave of refugees stream into bloc

Sep 11, 2015 - 10:37 AM

The European Union is bitterly divided over how to cope with the biggest migrant crisis since World War II with some countries on the bloc s borders hardening their stance while others in Western Europe have opened their doors

Romanian PM temporarily vacates post for health reasons

Jun 21, 2015 - 10:38 PM

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta who is receiving treatment in Turkey for an injury sustained during a basketball game asks to have deputy prime minister Gabriel Oprea named as his replacement

VICTOR PONTA. In this file photo, Romania's Presidential candidate and prime minister Victor Ponta makes a statement after the first exit-poll figures were officially announced, at his party headquarters in Bucharest, Romania, late 16 November 2014. Photo by EPA

Romanian PM to face IMF grilling on budget

Nov 30, 2014 - 1:53 PM

Romania s PM Victor Ponta needs to convince IMF that raising minimum wage and doubling benefits can be met while still limiting the deficit to 1 4 of GDP

VICTOR PONTA. In this file photo, Romania's Presidential candidate and prime minister Victor Ponta makes a statement after the first exit-poll figures were officially announced, at his party headquarters in Bucharest, Romania, late 16 November 2014. Photo by EPA

Romanian PM concedes surprise defeat in presidential vote

Nov 17, 2014 - 8:07 AM

The upset comes after a record number of voters went to the polls with officials putting the turnout at more than 62

ROMANIA'S NEXT PRESIDENT. Presidential candidate Klaus Iohannis salutes the crowds, in central Bucharest Romania, 16 November 2014. Mihai Barbu/EPA