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Romanian car mechanic charged with abducting and killing two teenage girls to stand trial

Gheorghe Dinca Caracal
Romania’s general prosecutor’s office says a mechanic will stand trial for the murder of two teenagers in a case that provoked widespread outrage and protests, and led to the dismissal of ministers and other officials. Bogdan Licu, acting prosecutor general, said Wednesday that Gheorghe Dinca, 65, faces eight charges, including the killing Alexandra Macesanu, 15 and Luiza Melencu,...

Theologian who headed Romanian institute tasked with investigating ’communist crimes’ fired after reports of poor management

Amid reports of negligence and poor management, Romania’s Prime Minister Ludovic Orban has fired the head of the institute tasked with investigating crimes committed by the communist regime which collapsed 30 years ago. Orban dismissed Radu Preda, an Orthodox priest and theologian, who has run the Institute for Investigating the Crimes of Communism since 2014.  

180 sheep rescued from capsized cargo ship find new home in Romania

A flock of 180 sheep saved from a capsized cargo ship in November have arrived at their new home in Romania. More than 14,000 sheep were being transported on the Queen Hind ship from Romania to Saudi Arabia, where they were due to be slaughtered. Rescuers managed to save 254 sheep. Dozens later died from exhaustion...

African swine fever continues to ravage Romania, though a slight drop in cases

Animal health and welfare authorities have reported 585 outbreaks of African swine fever in Romania, a slight drop in the number of cases since the last evaluation a week ago. The National Authority for Veterinary Health and Food Safety said that more than half a million pigs had been euthanized since the outbreak of...

Romania’s labor minister says gov’t can’t afford to hike child allowance until mid-2020

Romania’s labor minister says the government can’t afford to double child allowance until mid-2020 as there was no provision for the hike in the budget. The minister, Violeta Alexandru, said the increase from 150 lei per month to 300 lei, or about 63 euros, for children aged 2-18 “can’t happen overnight” and would likely occur when...

Billionaire Ion Tiriac, who lobbied against key railway line, meets transport minister to find ‘solutions’ to project

ion tiriac in fata siglei federatiei romane de tenis
Billionaire businessman, Ion Tiriac, who has fiercely lobbied against the building of a railway line linking Bucharest to the capital’s airport, has met the transport minister and railway officials to discuss project. Transport Minister Lucian Bode met with Tiriac, members of his foundation, and officials from the state railways CFR, Tiriac said...

Former Romanian strongman asks for retrial in corruption case; court defers judgment

liviu dragnea
A Romanian court has deferred a decision on whether to  grant a retrial to the former leader of the Social Democratic Party, Liviu Dragnea, who is serving a prison sentence on corruption charges. The five judges at the High Court of Cassation and Justice said Tuesday they needed more time to deliberate and would...

Fog envelops most of Romania, reduced visibility on roads, flights disrupted

Thick fog has enveloped swaths of southern and central Romania from the Danube to the Carpathians, reducing visibility and making driving conditions hazardous. The National Weather Administration said dense fog and black ice blanketed the capital and 27 counties, including Giugiu, Olt, Calarasi, Ilfov, Damvbovita, Brasov, Vrancea and Timis. Forecasters said the winter...

Man finds hundreds of medieval coins in field in southern Romania

An amateur with a metal detector has discovered a trove of almost 1,000 silver medieval coins from different countries believed to have been minted between 1500-1600 which were buried in a field in the southern county of Dambovita. The unnamed man from the capital Bucharest alerted authorities of the find, and on Monday archaeologists...

Romanian interior minister: I talked police officer out of shooting himself

Romania’s interior minister said he managed to calm down a police officer who brandished a pistol at his colleagues on Monday morning and threatened to kill himself. Colleagues said the traffic officer appeared at work and was behaving in an “agitated and incoherent” way. Officers eventually persuaded to give up the weapon, the Bacau County Police Inspectorate...

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