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Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency)
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Avalanche Killed a Young Woman in Pirin

Avalanche buried and killed a 25-year-old girl in Pirin on Saturday. The incident occurred in the late afternoon hours in the Momin Vrch near Sinanitsa hut, the Mountain Rescue Service announced.

A huge snow peace fell from Mount Sinanitsa, while there were tourists in the area and buried the girl. Rescue teams were sent to the site, but they found the young woman dead. Her body was found by a Mountain Rescue Service dog. The saviors are about to take down the woman's body with a sled, but the terrain is extremely heavy. Over the last few days there have been warnings of avalanche danger in the mountains because of the warm weather. The last such incident was on Wednesday, again in Pirin, but the  snowboarder was saved.

American Warships Entered the Black Sea

Two US warships entered the Black Sea. The first was Ross, but hours later Carney joined him.
This is confirmed by the Sixth US Navy. Ships are sent with a security mission.

The decision has been taken in advance and is not in response to anyone's actions, they have added from there.

Under the provisions of the Monterrey Convention of 1936, warships of countries outside the Black Sea in peacetime may remain for no more than 21 days.

An Earthquake Shook Britain

An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 was registered in the UK on the night of Saturday to Sunday, the British Geophysical Institute reported.

This is Britain's strongest quake for a decade. Its epicenter was 20km north of the Welsh town of Swansea. The buildings there have been shaken for a few seconds, and the campus of the local university has been evacuated. There is no evidence of damage. The tremor was felt in parts of Wales and Southwest England. It is relatively weak but is the strongest registered on the island after the earthquake of magnitude 5.2 in 2008.

Passenger Airliner with 66 People Crashed in Iran

An Iranian passenger plane crashed in the southwestern part of the country. It is believed that all 66 people on board have died, local media reported, quoted by Reuters.

The plane was flying from the capital city of Tehran to the city of Yassuj. It was crashed in a mountainous area about 480 km south of the Iranian capital. The plane is from the Aseman airline. Their spokesperson said it was believed that all the people on board had died.

A rescue helicopter was sent to the scene, but it was unable to land because of a dense fog. So the place has to be reached through the ground. The plane has disappeared from the radar 50 minutes after its departure from one of Tehran's airports. It's in a mountain ridge. So far, the causes of the crash are not clear.

The machine is ATR 72-500 and is a passenger powered aircraft produced in France. Over the last decades, several aircraft crashes have occurred in Iran. Authorities complain that they can not buy new aircraft or parts of existing ones because of US sanctions.

A week ago, 71 people died in a plane crash in Russia.

Bulgarian Citizen was Repeatedly Ran Over on a Highway in the UK

A Bulgarian who recently arrived in the UK has been hit by several vehicles on M5 motorways between Devon and Cornwall, British media reported.

The man traveled with his Citroen van, but after getting out of the car near Cullompton, he was hit many times by other cars found out the police. For now, investigators do not consider the death to be suspicious. The family of the deceased has been informed of the tragedy.

The police were called to where the man's body was, about 6:40 am on Tuesday. The motorway was shut for 8 hours to allow the police to investigate what had happened. It is believed that the unraveling of the case will take several weeks.

Three Suicide Bombers took 18 Lives in Nigeria

Three suicide bombers blasted and killed 18 people on Friday night in the northeastern Nigerian town of Maiduguri - the epicenter of the rebellion of Islamic extremists from the Boko Haram group, Reuters reported, citing the police.

Borno State Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu said the attack took place on a fish market in the vicinity of the state capital, and that there are also 22 injured people.

Syria: Turkey Hit Afrin with Chemical Projectiles

The Turkish army used chemical projectiles to attack the Syrian province of Afrin, the Syrian government agency SANA reported.

Six people suffered. They are admitted to a hospital with suffocating complaints. The Turkish army uses napalm and shells of chlorine, said spokesman Kurdish People's Self-Defense Forces Reizan Hedu. He accused Ankara of using weapons prohibited by international conventions.

According to city hospitals in northern Syria, 142 civilians have died so far as a result of the bombing and artillery shelling by the Turkish armed forces. Medical help was given to 345 injured. Many victims are women and children. As a result of the military operations that began on January 20th, economic infrastructure in the region, residential homes, mosques and historical monuments was destroyed.

A Powerful Earthquake in Mexico (Video)

An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 shook the southern and central parts of Mexico. There are no victims of the quake. A helicopter carrying Mexican interior minister Alfonso Navarre to the site of the earthquake has crashed in the landing, causing the deaths of several people on the ground.

The epicenter of the quake was near the Pacific coast, 2 kilometers east of Pinotapa de Don Luis, 148 kilometers southwest of Oaxaca, in the southern state of Oaxaca. There is no verified evidence of the depth of the earthquake, the information is between 10 and 45 km. The state of Oaxaca is located about 600 kilometers south of the capital of Mexico, the France press recalls.

So far, minor damage to buildings in Oaxaca has been reported. There is no tsunami alarm. Around 1 million people were left without electricity for a while. After the earthquake, 60 secondary quakes were recorded, with the strongest of magnitude 5.9, TASS reported.

Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete traveled together with Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat and several government officials to the city of Pinotapa de San Luis, the zone that was thwarted by the strong earthquake. "Minister Navarre and governor Alejandro Murat, as well as the crew, are unharmed, unfortunately several people have died on the ground and others have been injured," President Enrique Penya Nieto wrote on Twiter and offered condolences to the families of the victims.

 
In front of the TV channel, Alfonso Navarre said the helicopter pilot had lost control over the machine about 40 m from the ground. A TV reporter who traveled with the minister said that the helicopter suddenly fell after lifting a large cloud of dust over the landing. The journalist, who managed to leave the apparatus with the help of the military, saw at least three bodies.

 
The powerful earthquake in the state of Oaxaca was strongly felt in the capital, but according to the authorities, it did not cause any casualties or serious damage. The natural phenomenon was also felt in Guatemala. In the capital of Mexico, the buildings were swinging for more than a minute. Television shows how thousands of people go out on the streets of the Mexican capital scared.
 
On September 7, a magnitude 8.2 earthquake shook Mexico and killed 96 people mainly in the state of Oaxaca. On 19 September, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed 369 people in the country on the day the Mexicans had the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that killed 10,000 people.

Five Police Cars Chased a Bulgarian Woman Driving 200 km / h. in Italy

A 36-year-old Bulgarian made five Italian police traffic patrols chase her for 80 km while driving a powerful Jaguar XF on the A4 motorway.

On Wednesday evening, the Verona police car patrol tried to stop the driver of the luxury white sedan, but she did not react and continued on the highway with 200 km / h, the Corriere del Veneto newspaper reported.

Three police cars began chasing after which two more of Bassano del Grappa joined them. The chase, which began with Verona, continued through Padua to Vicenza. The policemen chased the woman for 80 kilometers. All the while, the Bulgarian stepped up the gas, making a series of risky maneuvers, including a reverse turn, sweeping the mantelins to avoid the already built police blockade on the highway. In the last maneuver, the Jaguar driver hit one of the police officers who was transported with leg injury to a hospital.

"I was enjoying myself," she explained with a mocking smile after she was detained and refused to be tested for alcohol and drugs for which her driver's license was taken away. According to the media, the car is registered in the name of another Bulgarian, the police have suspended the vehicle for three months and several cases of criminal offenses have been filed in a lawsuit, with a separate fine of 20,000 euros.

PM Borisov Wants Cheaper Aircraft and Tanks from the United States

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has asked the US to offer lower prices for the aircrafts and tanks that our country wants to buy.

Borisov pointed out that the two countries are strategic partners and Bulgaria is in such a place that there may be special prices for it.

"How do they dare put such prices for airplanes and tanks, we do give them training conditions in our territory, in Novo Selo, for example," Borisov commented. The prime minister added that he had received praise from British counterpart Theresa May for the good interaction of the intelligence services of both countries. May asked Borisov to let the services work as they did before, regardless of Brexit.

Le Point: Mariya Gabriel is One of the Most Actively Working Commissioners

The prestigious French newspaper Le Point points to the Bulgarian commissioner, Mariya Gabriel, as one of the most active members of the European Commission and adds that she is only 38 years old. The publication calls the Bulgarian commissioner "the smallest child in the family (of the European Commissioners)" and, in a well-meaning tone, calls her a "striker" when talking about the volume of her activity, announced by the EC Representation in Bulgaria.

In this regard, the magazine is impressed by the fact that Mariya Gabriel finds time to  meet 15 people a day, mainly from the digital world, and travels to at least five places in Europe per month.

?he newspaper tries to explain the daily life of EU commissioners, consisting of very tedious work, preparation for conferences, round tables, meetings not only in Brussels but also in other cities in Europe and beyond.

The publication points out that the high level of activity of the Bulgarian commissioner is explainable, as her Digital Economy and society practically affects everything. They also noted that Gabriel ranks first with her Hungarian counterpart, EU commissioner Navracic, at pronounced speeches - 11 per month.

 

Three Turkish Journalists Sentenced to Life due to Relations with Gulen

A Turkish court has sentenced three prominent journalists to a life in prison because of relations with the organization accused of an unsuccessful attempt at a coup d'état in 2016, state media reported, quoted by BGNES.

Veteran journalists Nazili Iliqak and the brothers Mehmet and Ahmet Altan received life sentences at the end of a trial in Istanbul on charges of ties to the forbidden organization of the US Islamic preacher, Fethullah Gullen, the Anatolian agency said.

Three other defendants have also received severe sentences.

Pony Runs Faster than a Train (Video)

Pony managed to outrace a train in Thailand on whose railroad line it stood, said UPI and BTA.

Stunned witnesses of the scene took a video and released the clip on the internet. It is clearly heard how worried people are shouting and pushing the horns of the cars to warn the pony to escape while a train is coming to it at great speed. Finally, the pony sees the train and begins to run in front of it, for a moment they are only a few centimeters apart. Ultimately, the animal manages to outrun the train before it stops.

The pony lived in a nearby stables, but escaped.

1438 Square Meters of Concrete were Removed from the Seaside of Sunny Beach Resort

1438 square meters of beach strip "Sunny Beach - North", occupied by concrete elements of the mini golf course, are removed. It is among the illegal objects collected during the clearing of the new tenant's strip and is part of his contract obligations. Removal of unregulated buildings is part of the preparatory activities before the start of the forthcoming summer season.

Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelova made an on-site inspection at the end of last week to check how the illegal sites are being taken off. It was then found that more than 190 illegal buildings were removed. All unregulated sites must be demolished and the beach cleared until mid-May when a ban on construction of resorts enters into force.

In 2016, a contract with the concessionaire of Sunny Beach - North was terminated due to the deployment of sites with an area of ??more than 8000 square meters approved by the Minister of Tourism. A new tenant on the beach was appointed in early 2017. The term of the contract is 5 years, for each he will pay to the state fee of 1,650 million BGN. Prices of beach accessories were reduced to to 8 BGN per 1 umbrella and 1 lounge chair.

Russia is Considering Banning Smartphones in the Army

The Russian Ministry of Defense is considering banning the use of "modern means of cellular communication" at all levels in the armed forces, including in military units and governing structures, reports Dnevnik. 

This was reported by Kommersant newspaper, quoting two sources in the armed forces close to the General Staff. According to the report, the information was confirmed by a man in the ministry's leadership. The reasons can be summarized as "privacy considerations".

Instead of smartphones according to the proposal, the simplest button phone models can be used without features such as taking pictures or videos, not supporting geolocation but be capable of sending messages and have a flashlight and an alarm as an embedded feature.

This is how, according to the ministry headed by Sergei Shoigu, the army can cope with cases of leak of information, including in the media.

Kommersant notes that a senior Chief of Staff in charge of information security has compiled a list of mobile devices that need to be "authorized" and use specific security protocols. For example, older generations of models such as the Samsung GT-E1272 and the Alctatel One Touch 1020D are given.

It is possible that the new measures will come into force on 1 March.

In recent years, the army has often been discussing leakage issues such as those during the Crimean annexation to Russia when pictures made by peninsular soldiers appeared on the internet and gave the West an occasion to talk about "Russian aggression, or during an attack on Syrian Air Force Base "Hymeim".

Thus, according to Kommersant, the military hopes on less information to be found in the media.

Earlier this week, Izvestia wrote that military and civilian defense ministry officials are advised to opt out of social networks, and the ministry wants to request legal corrections to make it mandatory.

Romania's Foreign Minister: Postponing the Accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen Area is a Political Issu

In a special interview with the Bulgarian National Television, Romania's Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu announced that his country is considering the possibility of joining the Schengen issue in Brussels together with Bulgaria.

He participates in the meeting of EU foreign ministers, which takes place in Sofia.

According to Melescanu, postponing the accession of the two countries to the Schengen area is a political issue because both Bulgaria and Romania have long fulfilled the criteria of the Schengen Agreement.



Source: BNT

Grigor Dimitrov Will Play in the Semifinals in Rotterdam

Our best tennis player, Grigor Dimitrov, qualified for the second time after 2013 for the semifinals of the tournament in a hall in Rotterdam with a prize of 2 million euros, reported bTV. 

With the victory, the 26-year-old tennis player guarantees his return to fourth place in the world rankings, which will replace the German Alexander Zverev.

For a place in the final, the Bulgarian will play against number 4 in the David Göfen (Belgium).

Bulgaria’s Q4 Household Spending Rises 13%

The average expenditure per household in Bulgaria rose 13.2% year-on-year to BGN 1,368 ($872.5/699.4 euro) in the fourth quarter of 2017, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on Thursday.

Expenditure on food had a share of 31% of total household spending during the October-December period, while expenditure on housing constituted 18.8% of the total, NSI said in a statement.

Expenditure on food and non-alcoholic beverages per household member increased by an annual 12.5% to BGN 424 during the period under review.

Housing expenditure per household member grew 17.3% on the year to BGN 257, while expenditure on transport and tecommunications rose 10.5% to BGN 143.

During the fourth quarter, the total average income per household member rose by an annual 9.3% to BGN 1,449. Wages and salaries accounted for 53.9% of the total income, followed by income from pensions with 26.2% and self-employment with 7%.

The average nominal income from wages and salaries per household member rose 9.2% on the year to BGN 715 while income from pensions grew by 2.3% to BGN 380, quoted by See News. 

Beer Spa Center Open for Visitors (Photos and Video)

In the Spanish city of Granada you can not only drink a lot of beer, but you can also take a bath in it. The reason - newly opened SPA center devoted to the sparkling potion.

Beer Spa Granada offers its guests traditional procedures, but there are exclusive beer massages and skin peels.

The beer used for the procedures is not suitable for drinking but has a beneficial effect on the body. Its special composition contributes to the regeneration of the skin and the elimination of the harmful substances from it.

The prices of services in the complex range from 30 to 500 euros.

Film Stars Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are Separated

Actors Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux said they were separated after two years of marriage, the France press reported.

"The decision was mutual and made with love at the end of last year," say Aniston and Theroux, in a joint statement.

"We are two wonderful friends who decided to split up as a couple, but we want to continue our friendship," the message said. Aniston and Theroux announced their engagement in August 2012 and married in August 2015. Jennifer Aniston is best known for her role as Rachel in the Friends series. Justin Teroux has starred in films like Miami Vice and Mulholland Drive and starred in The Leftovers.

Watch the Documentary Movie For Dobri Dobrev - a Bulgarian Man Known For His Extreme Generosity

 "Grandpa" Dobri, a beggar hailed as a living saint in Bulgaria for donating thousands to Orthodox Christian churches, died Tuesday at the age of 103, church leaders said.

For over 25 years, the hunched figure in a threadbare coat and peasant sandals holding a cup for donations was a regular sight at the entrance to Sofia's Seven Saints church or the Alexander Nevski cathedral in the city centre.

Dobri Dobrev became the golden-domed cathedral's largest private donor with his gift of 35,700 leva (18,200 euros, ,500) in 2009.

He went on to help a number of monasteries and smaller churches by donating the alms he collected through the years, which added up to considerable sums in Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country.

"Grandpa" Dobri, as he was commonly known, led an ascetic life, lodging in a small hut furnished with just a bed and a table in a church courtyard in Baylovo, his native village near Sofia.

Although he shied away from popular culture, he became an internet star as fans set up several Facebook pages dedicated to him, garnering thousands of followers.

Street artists painted a huge image of the white-haired man holding a candle on the facade of an apartment building in Sofia, while media dubbed him "The Living Saint from Baylovo".

His name, which comes from the Bulgarian word for "good", has also become a symbol of goodness for many disillusioned Bulgarians in a country rife with corruption and where many live in poverty.

Surprisingly, neither the Alexander Nevski cathedral nor any other of the Sofia churches that he frequented hosted a vigil for him./nst.com.my

Watch the video for ''Grandpa'' Dobri.

According to the Polish Prime Minister, "North Stream-2" Could Trigger a Russian-Ukrainian War

According to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the planned Russian-German gas pipeline North Stream-2 could trigger a Russian-Ukrainian war, EUObserver reports, quoted by Focus News Agency.

The prime minister described the project as "superfluous and separating". The pipeline will bypass Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic republics. Morawiecki said that if "North Stream-2" starts to work, Russia can escalate the conflict in Ukraine by closing its pipelines.

Interview with Rebecca Sommer About Muslim Immigrants in Germany

Recently we from Novinite.com published an article about German activist, artist and humanitarian Rebecca Sommer. We were contacted by a friend of hers about certain inaccuracies and therefore contacted Rebecca. She was kind enough to send us a translated version of the original interview she made for Polish media. 

 Rebecca Sommer is an internationally known German artist, journalist, photographer and award-winning filmmaker. She’s been living in Berlin since 2012. Before returning to Germany, she worked as a non-governmental human rights advocate with special advisory status ECOSOC (UN Economic and Social Council) at United Nations headquarters as well as in Geneva. She specializes in the rights of indigenous peoples. For over a decade, she worked with UNHCHR (United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights), with UNPFII (United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples) and with UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). She participated in the negotiations regarding the Declaration of the Indigenous People Rights, and was part of the  promotion that lead to the adoption in 2007 by almost all countries. She visited numerous indigenous peoples around the world and provided human rights documentation to the UN, organized various campaigns, reported  human rights violations against indigenous peoples in UN reports, pictures, writing and films and publications. As a recognized indigenous peoples rights expert, she produced the film “Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations”, commissioned by the UN. In addition, she took part in climate negotiations (UNFCCC) and is member of Climate Justice Now. She worked as an editor in major British magazines, such as “Scene”, “The Face” and “Spirit”, as well as in American magazines “Black Book” and “Madison”. She lived and worked in India, Great Britain, South Africa and the United States. Since 2012, she has been involved in the human rights of refugees in Europe, set up the Workinggroup refugees+human rights (AG F + M), an initiative supporting refugees in Berlin.

 

 

N.O-S .: Rebecca, you have worked for many years with refugees and immigrants, you are a well-known human rights activist. Already years before the refugee wave 2015, you was a well-known person fighting for unlimited admission of these people to Germany. What influenced the change of your views?

Rebecca Sommer: I would like to point out that I have never endorsed  “unlimited” admission of migrants, because it is impossible for any country to adopt indefinitely. I am a humanist and human rights activist. For the first years I believed that people who come here are real refugees and are happy that they will be safe now and because of that they will show a good faith in order to adapt here and to integrate. But with time, step by step an unpleasant awakening came about.

The reasons for this were so complex that I just could not ignore them anymore. For sure, one of the main turning points was 2015 New Year’s Eve in Cologne. Then I finally had to admit to myself that that this behavior suits the overwhelming majority of Muslims, the way they see things, with whom I had to deal with in my life. In that moment I said to myself: “Rebecca, now you have to pull the emergency breaks, last but not least because as a human rights advocate you are oblied to focus also on women’s rights, with your responsibility to us, as a woman. I have tried to justify these constantly repeated patterns of behavior and mind set of most of the refugees, their way of perceiving the world, which is based on their religion, Islam, and their culture, for example in such a way – that they are new here. I believed that their medieval views would change over time. I placed great trust in our libertarian, equitable european and western values, and I naively thought that every person must welcome them and take them on. But after looking back through the years of repetitive experiences and my own work environment as a volunteer, I had to admit to myself that when it comes to Muslim refugees, they have grown up with completely different values. They have been passing through brainwashing and are indoctrinated by Islam and most have no intention of taking over our values – worse, they look at us „unbelievers“ with superiority and arrogance. I call it the „Kopftuch im Kopf“ (headscarf in the head). And additionally, after their arrival here, many of them fall into the tentacles of fundamental Imams, (the political Islam imported from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran etc.) who strengthen and encourage their fundamentalism, that prohibits them to integrate with us „infidels“ and our way of life, prohibits the acceptance of our perception of the world and our scientific achievements. And unfortunately, the German state seems to have no longer any control over it.

Another good example which helped me to open my eyes, happened in 2016. I then learned the truth about a certain group of refugees, whom I looked after for a long time. They had become my friends in the meantime. I helped them during the asylum procedures, I dealt with their official matters, I got them apartments, furniture, cell phones, computers, clothing, courses, jobs, scholarships and spent countless free hours of my private time on their individual cases. At a certain moment, I finally realized that these people were playing a wrong game with me Taqyyia. I was deceived by them, which disappointed me a lot. I was constantly warned against this Muslim misleading strategy, by people from Arab countries and Kurds who did not only flee from war zones, but had to flee from Muslims.
However, I did not want to listen to them. And suddenly it turned out that those people I did everything for, who drank, danced and laughed with me; who did not pray, did not go to the mosque, did not follow Ramadan, mocked religion and deeply religious people, they all, while eating my food and sitting in my garden, called me behind my back “a stupid German whore”. This not only hurt me a lot, because I was their friend, their sister and their mother, and I really trusted them, but it gave me another impulse to reflect. Because they were a living example and hope for a successful integration and also for friendship between Western-oriented and Arab-Muslim people. I helped them, protected and supported them and gave them real friendship. I accepted them with open arms in Germany and for this I got disrespect by their words and deeds as a “thank you”.

In the meantime, I have organized the files of all the cases that I have ever worked on, or that I still work on, and I’m following the progress of my present and former mentees much more critically and accurately. As well as the cases of the other volunteers from our volunteering group. Unfortunately, due to similar experiences, like mine, many people have quit volunteering and the new ones who are starting are as naive as I once was. But in contrast to what we are told in the media, not so many new volunteers are added, and others who have been doing this as long as me, many simply started to make money on it. From them you won’t hear about disappointment, it would not be in their interest.

N.O-S . And what has emerged from your tracking on the progress of immigrants?

Rebecca Sommer: Many still do not work and many still do speak sufficient German. And they stay among themselves, have little or no German friends. Others became even criminals. Others got radicalized. Or one finds out later, that they were al-Nusra or ISIS fighters who still admire these organizations. Of course, there are exceptions – they work, speak German, but the so-called “headscarf in the head “, the perception of themselves as Muslims, as something better, this indescribable haughtiness towards us, remains in the majority of cases after all. Since then, I have lost all my commitment and willingness to volunteer with those Muslims obviously glorifying the patriarchate. Now I recognize how they function.

Although I carry on with the open cases, I only accept new cases in which in my opinion, it’s about real refugees. Who have a reason to come here, to a secular state where women and men are equal before the law. Where we eat pork, where they could even sunbathe naked on the beach. This freedom is very precious and very fragile. If you only consider how many people suddenly come here, wearing their „headscarf in their heads“, and change everything simply because of their amount in numbers. We see it already happening. I became very cautious and extremely distrustful. I believe that those who don’t really need asylum with us should seek asylum or work and a better life in a Muslim country instead of trying to impose their misogynist, medieval values ??on us, and over time simply hurt us all.

That is why I am now above all helping primarily women and religious minorities who have had to escape from Muslim countries: political refugees, journalists, Muslims who have renounced their faith and are therefore persecuted. And as I said, I am particularly happy to help women. There are some who now want to part from their husbands, with their new financial security, which they enjoy here in Germany. They were forcibly married and had to serve this man they hate inwardly for a lifetime with a smile. There is much psychological violence and rape in many of these Muslim marriages. The woman has no human worth, she is perceived as a sexual object and not as a partner, she is a workhorse and a birthing machine. This is her job as a good Muslim woman. Due to their financial independence in Germany, they can part from their husbands. Most Muslims do not respect us, nor do they respect their women. Not everyone, I also know very sweet couples, but most of them. This also applies to Muslims with German citizenship. Islam gives this right. That’s why I am warning against it now. I saw enough, heard and experienced it. I have my facts.

N.O-S: You used the word taqiyya. How do you understand it and where did you come across this?

Rebecca Sommer: Almost no Europeans know the word Taqiyya. People who try to warn against this form of behavior are immediately stigmatized as racists, even if they themselves come from the same regions and cultural background as the immigrants, which we call without any differentiation refugees here in Germany. Taqiyya means “cheating, deceit”. Taqiyya (originally was supposed to protect Muslims against persecution – ed.), gives permission to Muslims to be insincere to us non-Muslims, if it serves the protection of Islam and Muslims.
There are various forms of lies that are allowed under certain circumstances in relations with non-Muslims, and Taqiyya is the best known. The circumstances are typically those that are promoting Islamic interests, as well as a single Muslim belonging to the Ummah collective – For example by gaining the trust of „unbelievers“ through a lie, which then makes them vulnerable and weak, and eventually they can be defeated. Undermining of trust is programmed here. A Muslim is allowed to deceive and lie to a non-muslim, it is ethically not blameworthy as long as his deceipt will further his interest or the interest of the Ummah collective. He does not have to be ashamed of it. In order to extract benefits from the unbeliever, they are allowed to pretend friendship or love, as long as they don’t mean it in their hearts. Thanks to the existence of taqiyya Muslims are free from any responsibility towards the unbeliever – this is my warning for women who deal with them! But especially for our politicians who enter into agreements with Islamic unions — no oath, even in the name of Allah, matters because of taqiyya, because Allah has dispensed his faithful from oaths towards unbelievers. There is only one condition: a liar must deeply believe in the Koran and Allah. Taqiyya even allows a Muslim to pretend that he is not a Muslim. He may say and do everything as long as it is used to, for example, gain the trust of a person. Or of a country. Now think about what religious ideology we are dealing with! Taqiyya, I think, comes from Shiism, but it is also used, even if it is denied, by Sunnis and even allows eating haram (impure) dishes or pretending to be an atheist. So you have to be aware that saying the untruth to non-Muslims is not considered reprehensible in Muslim countries. And such a gullible German volunteer comes into contact with a culture he completely misunderstands.

Especially in the refugee volunteering work you notice after a while that many refugees, not all , but too many, manipulate you by deception to get as much and especially dedicated help from you, and above all, how fundamentally religious they are in reality and how much they reject our system of values and our society. They all say similar stories: that they studied medicine, law or computer science, that their parents are dead, and that their minor brothers are dying of hunger on the streets of Turkey and we have to help them bring them here, or even that the whole family died in war. And we have to help this man – presenting himself as secular and moderately modern – to bring his beloved wife (who would live here just as free as us) and children. Suddenly, aunts, uncles and parents appear in Germany, and suddenly the whole deceased family already has 15 people and owns three apartments. A younger brother arrives who, unlike what you have heard, is not defenseless at all, but actually was an Al Nusra’s fighter, his parents are not dead but live safely in Turkey, and the older brother is not a moderate Muslim at all. Or you find out that their diploma was bought. Or that their family is poor, but lived in safe territory in Syria and came to us to have a better life. Either way, after successfully bringing family of the one who claims to be a moderate husband, you are asked if you can help him bring his second wife and children. This wife, presented as beloved and modern, arrives completely veiled and, according to her reports, is deeply unhappy, because he beats her and forbids her everything because he is a particularly deeply believing Muslim. I learned from this that among Muslims, the exploitation of good hearted naivety-in their eyes weakness, is not condemned as something bad.

It is not „only“ the Islam, although it already offers enough potential for conflict. The socialization of these often very young newarrivals took place in archaic and tribal structures, where, for example, the blood revenge and the honor killing prevails. They come from violent cultures anyway, in which the law of the strongest applies and the use of force is a positively charged sign of masculinity and strength – and in which a concession (of the state, of other people, even more of women) is considered a sign of weakness, which of course has to be exploited. They come from countries full of centuries-old ethnic conflicts (Sunni-Shiites, Muslim Christians, Arab Turks, Turks-Kurds, Arab-Africans, Arab-Persians, etc.), which are now being lived out in Germany in shelters and in public. But what unites them all is again the theology, the Islam, where they eventually become brothers – against us. It’s just a fact. All this is either not known or ignored by the responsible politicians, the Left, the Greens, the „Nobody is Illegal“ people, both of which are incomprehensible.

In this culture, what counts is strength and if you help someone just like that, out of a good heart, it does not fit in their understanding of the world. You are just stupid to them, which means weak. And so they perceive us – as fools, fallen society of weaklings. Most Europeans can’t understand this because it does not coincide with our reformed, enlightened, Christian-humanist values on which our culture is based. Of course, I know many individual exceptions, but they confirm the rule. I consider it important in dealing with Muslims to be open to everyone, I am still open and I have Muslim friends. However, if there are discrepancies in what they tell or in behavior, I recommend caution because of taqiyya.

N.O-S: You’ve also worked in refugee centers. What caught your attention?

Rebecca Sommer: There, people of many regions, cultures and religions meet, especially Muslim men, but also those who have been oppressed, persecuted, raped, tortured, and burned down by entire villages by Muslims. It creates a lot of tention. Most often, however, it comes to the suppression or at least the disrespecting of other faithful, non-believers by Muslims. Muslims form the majority in the homes. Many seem to believe that they are a kind of „superior“ and those who do not profess to Islam are considered inferior. In a small area, these conflicts intensify. For example, there are situations when “infidels” are not supposed be with them at the same time in the shared kitchen space or laundry room and are arrogantly and even aggressively chased away. Of course, as always, we have opposite situations when women from different religious and language groups made friends with each other in the kitchen, and not necessarily just for the sake of not being alone with the men in the shared kitchen. We have had several incidents of Muslim men bothering women, even Muslim women traveling alone. And we had even incidents where security was involved in such act, with a Turkish, Arab or even Roma migrant background. Here we have this phenomenon again — Muslims against “others”, no matter what country they come from. In followed up on a situation, where an Eritrean refugee was molested by a security guy. We had to report it to the police, but nothing was done about it.

N.O-S: You mentioned volunteers being molested. However, no information on that can be found in the press. Why?

Rebecca Sommer: The sexual molesting of volunteers happens all the time, but none of us has ever reported such a case to the police because none of us wanted to be seen as an opponent of refugees and cause problems for the refugee center. In this case, the same mechanism that worked for me is working for them — constant justification: he is new, he has no idea how to behave, he does not understand our culture. And this is how this behavior is justified, not associating it with the sense of superiority that these men have instilled by Islam towards „unbelievers“ and women. And especially over western “whores”, because they are coming from their homelands with such an idea about European women. In my group, molestment happened repeatedly here and there, especially to female volunteers teaching German and having contact with a given refugee several times a week. One example: After a volunteer spent three months teaching German to a Syrian twice a week 1 1/2 hours, she was convinced that everything was going well. She was just trying to be kind and accepted the invitation from her pupil for a meal together. She just thinks that he wants to thank her for her help, and he thinks that the “whore” wants sex. It is not clear to the woman that she is regarded by many men from this cultural background as an infidel, immoral, a sex object – available to the man.Because most refugees seem to be very nice and polite and well-behaved right at the beginning, so often they also operate the above mentioned Taqyyia. And then there was the very unpleasant surprise when the friendly — until now — refugee dragged her by her hair into the bathroom at the moment when she wanted to say goodbye. And the reason for this is that he cannot understand that she wants to go now. Because, why did the “whore” come alone to his room?

N.O-S: How would you describe the attitude of immigrants to women and broadly understood woman rights?

Rebecca Sommer:Especially when asking Muslim refugees about their attitude to basic human rights such as personal freedom, self-determination, equality between men and women, 75% admit that they disagree with them. That is why I am very worried when I see that more and more German girls and women enter in relationships with immigrants. They do not understand their culture and have no idea what most immigrants say about them among themselves. They do not know that many of them already have wives in their country of origin who will come to them as part of family reunification. Or that the cousin with whom his marriage was arranged waits only for permission to enter Germany.

The truth is that at the beginning, most younger Muslim refugees do not show their religiosity, they hide it – they drink and eat German dishes and take advantage of all the aspects and pleasure that such a relationship offers them. And these women think that their partner is an exception and that all circulating stories are not true. Even if there are among them people with moderate views who integrate and marry German or other women, I fear their intolerance then begins with their daughters.

In the end, almost everyone wants to have a subordinate Muslim woman, preferably wearing headscarf, of course, who does not wear short skimpy clothes, serves him, gives birth to children, has no male friends, who can be commanded, does not refuse him, does not leave the house without permission and obeys him in everything. These marriages are not about love. Love belongs to the mother and family. The woman is always subordinate. She is an object with specific tasks. Western women are mattresses and a trampoline, and at the end they are also badly treated. For the very reason that they are “whores”, just because she slept with him. They are considered no good material for a wife. If, however, such a woman wants to separate with such a man, it may happen that she is beeing killed for that. Just like what recently happened in Kandel. Or they will do anything to harm her good name. And here I always say — exceptions confirm the rule. I know those too. For now. We will see what will happen next.

N.O-S .: What is the gender ratio and level of education among this new immigration? We have heard that these are women and children who are fleeing the war and highly educated specialists.

Rebecca Sommer: The overwhelming majority of the so-called refugees and immigrants, including those from way before 2015, are men. However, in the recent years we have already had many family reunification cases, and on this basis, the refugee lobby creates myths about many women and children fleeing to Germany from bombs. During my work, by 2015, they were almost exclusively young men; I helped them, in a few cases I still help, bring their relatives to Germany, and I know that such procedures are carried out intensively all the time. Most women brought to Germany are either pregnant, or already gave birth again in Germany.

As for the level of education of Syrian refugees, who form the main part of the Muslim refugees who came to us from 2012 onwards, unfortunately I must admit that the majority of them have no adequate education at all. I know that at the beginning the press reported that they are highly educated people and specialists in various fields, but it is simply not true. I myself disseminated such information, because I simply believed what the refugees told me. The truth is that this information was just repeated by everyone, but few journalists have ever met the refugees. An additional problem is that if these people really have some education, it is often not compatible with our system and they often need to start from scratch.

Most of them, like all young people, still have to learn something, have an apprenticeship, finish school, some are already studying. It costs millions. In many cases, I see that most Syrians are not and will not be able to support their family. People from Somalia, Nigeria – also very difficult when we talk about education. What’s more, many are extremely aggressive, religiously fundamentalist. Refugees from Eritrea: the majority are peaceful Christians, you find also Muslims among them. The people from Eritrea, however, are quite different than those from the Middle East. In my experience, they have almost always insufficient education and are learning extremely slow German. I know cases where, after three years, they still do not know German, despite the many courses for which we all pay. Afghanistan, Pakistan — same thing. I took care of the refugees who had to start with ABC. Most live on welfare and I fear that it will remain so. Even if someone comes as a doctor or dentist from the Middle East, studies there are so different from ours that it will take a long time until they might be able to work here.

Of course there are also many positive exceptions. A Syrian friend finished his courses and works in pension insurance. A pharmacist has found a job. Another opened a restaurant. An educated Muslim architect from Eritrea found a job in a design office. There are also refugees who do not concentrate on education, right after completion of the obligatory German courses, they are looking for a job to earn money. As security in a refugee center or in supermarket’s such as Lidl. Others are redoing and passing their driver’s license and work as drivers. My protegée, a Syrian IT specialist, found a job very soon, currently earning 3,000 euros. However, it is worth mentioning that she is an atheist, completely cut herself off from religious Muslims. Because, she says, she has suffered her whole life as a modern and independently thinking woman under the yoke of Islam, and according to her, “all religious Muslims are the same.”

N.O-S: I have heard that the influx of new immigrants from Muslim countries also pose a threat to the liberal Muslims living here?

Rebecca Sommer: We have especially many women in Germany with an Arabic, Kurdish and Turkish background, coming from Muslim families who have lived here for many years, [women] who have successfully fought for their right to self-determination within their Muslim family structures. I have friends and acquaintances who have escaped honor killings and live with a different identity and escaped from the family that would murder them. Here, in Germany, think about it! They are educated, they are doctors, artists, teachers, social workers, professors and they don’t cover their hair. They live with their boyfriends without being married. And they’re enjoying the freedom that is normal in our country. And they tell me that in the area where many Muslims live, and now many immigrants from Arab countries flooding in, their freedom is being limited again. If such fundamental Muslims recognize in them a woman from their cultural background, they constantly approach her, criticizing sometimes even aggressively, her attire as too Western and even threatening her. Also female-refugees behave like that and instruct them to wear a headscarf and dress “decently”.  We, as a state, much too often pay benefits to these people for their lack of integration and we look helplessly at threats and attacks on already integrated ones. We also have a clear regression — many of these women who live here for a long time, are wearing nowadays their head scarves again. In addition, the percentage of honor killings is constantly growing — let’s remember that in this culture a woman is a man’s property.

Disturbing situations shook the university in Hamburg recently: the school had to create a ten-point rule on personal and religious freedom in early October 2017 because Muslim male students bothered in an unacceptable manner Muslim females who didn’t wear headscarves, which disrupted the order of the entire university. In the meantime, other forms of aggression — such as requests to remove pork from the cafeteria or separate prayer rooms for different sexes are happening on a regular basis. Above all, political Islam in Germany is trying hard, as they say, to get the foot in the door even deeper. Muslims are constantly trying to portray themselves as victims, complaining that they are offended or discriminated against, that the West is to blame for everything, ultimately leading everyone to give in, to retreat. Above all, our politicians. This is due to a false understanding of tolerance and the common belief that nobody should feel oppressed in Germany. But no one seems to realize that this is where our own values begin to be discriminated against, and we are discriminated against by Muslims. It makes me furious. I feel sorry for Germans, especially women. We have good intentions, but what we are harvesting is the loss of everything our grandmothers have fought so hard to obtain.

N.O-S: I have heard from Seyran Ates from the Berlin’s liberal mosque that forced marriages are a very big problem in Germany.

Rebecca Sommer: I love Seyran Ates, she is a wonderful and courageous woman. Yes, because of the rapid increase in the number of Muslims from Turkey, Middle East and the Balkans, we have more and more forced marriages and even child trafficking. We have already reported such cases to the police, but the police and offices have a tough nut to crack with such matters. There were even excuses that it “is part of their culture”. So suddenly we have two legal systems valid in one country! Sometimes the problem is also the fact that such a girl does not want to leave her husband because she knows nothing other than the culture in which she was brought up. This is what government officials mean when they state: “That’s how it is with them.” But fact is, the girls are bought and sold. They live as sex and work slaves, always guarded and deprived of their freedom. In Germany!

In one of my cases the girl was bought and sold for 8,000 euros. Another, a Roma child from Poland, was abducted. And despite this we have such, for me already criminal politicians, who call for not canceling those child marriages, because they say it is not good of the spouses. This is their response to our growing problem, which also arose as a result of an influx of islamic refugees, among which many minors have been forced-married in their homelands and who are already coming as spouses. I demand the separation of such marriages, the girl should first have a chance to develop freely, go to school and when she is 18, she can decide if she wants to live with her husband or not. According to German law, no one can force her to do it. We had a case of a Pakistani who raped a six-year-old girl and was given a suspended sentence because of his “cultural background”.

Another problem is violence in marriages. A typical anecdote, which I like to tell: newcomer with their wife and children are warned by others not to beat their wife and children in front of the Germans, because it is prohibited here. Does this mean that it is allowed without them watching? A man from Afghanistan, who was reported to the police by his wife because he had raped her many times, was not sentenced to prison, “because he was not aware that it was a rape.” Islam allows such treatment; in other words, the wife must sleep with him unless she has her period or she’s ill. In other cases, she cannot refuse. And there are instructions in the Koran where the beating of the woman, if she is unruly, is permitted. The judge referred to this in his judgment as a mitigating circumstance. This means that even judges, through such false tolerance, undermine our legal system. It looks like we have more and more double standards. The courts here are rather leftist. Many judges are pro-immigrant and there are cases where refugees and Germans with a migratory background receive a “cultural and religious bonus” and are favored. Among them are also female judges and I consider them particularly bad — women who are against women. In one case, a female judge was looking for reasons that could justify a Turkish rapist. He thrust the woman’s head between the rungs of the bed and raped her brutally for hours. The forensic investigations revealed clear extreme violence, the woman was barely able to walk for two weeks, she was marked with bruises everywhere. But the decisive factor for the end of this case was the question of the judge addressed to the victim witness: “Is it possible that the accused thought that the victim consented?” “It is possible” – the witness replied. She could not say whether this event, which was perceived by the victim as a rape, the rapist – with the mentality raised from his Turkish cultural background – only considered the so-called “Wild sex.” The perpetrator was acquitted. The prosecutor admitted that it had to be a big blow for the injured party, but the conviction was not possible because no premeditated activity was demonstrated. Rapes almost never lead to strict sentences in German courts. Especially when the perpetrators are migrants. Therefore, it has been publicly known for a long time about the so-called migrants-bonuses for cases of rape and other offenses. Our legal system slowly cease to function. The next problem is polygamy. Here, too, there are cases when politicians are calling to allow it.

N.O-S: What about criminality?

Rebecca Sommer: We have real problems. I can only talk about my region, where I live and information from the media. In Hamburg and the Schleswig-Holstein area, we have an Arab clan that shakes the surrounding area. In Berlin, we have a clan from Lebanon, which according to experts in only 20 years has grown up to 1000 people and which mainly but not only trade drugs. Parallel laws have developed, where our legal system does not reach anymore, it seems that everyone is afraid of them: judges, lawyers, the police. The state has lost all the control.Judge Kirstin Heisig was murdered in my opinion because she tried to do something about it. Currently, it is the third generation of Berlin gangs. For Berliners they are extremely dangerous. They have a culture of hatred and scorn – and that’s why they commit their crimes in cold blood and without emotions. They have no scruples and are brutal, which again can be reduced to a Muslim – religious ideology, but – to be fair it has to be added here – it is being rejected by many moderate Muslims in this form.

Refugees are recruited by clans. Already in 2012, expensive cars in front of the refugee centers attracted attention. People wondered who these relatives were, who talked to one or another. Soon volunteers and social workers realized that they were not relatives, but Lebanese, who recruited young refugees to do dirty work. They have businesses everywhere, where they do money laundery: bakeries, pizzerias, hairdressers, corner shops, gambeling, shisha bars, where refugees work illegally and are used as drug delivery couriers. There was a report on television – most of them still receive benefits, they cheat our system and we let them cheat us. I even say: yes, the Muslim world is laughing at us! If you look at it all, we’re really crazy!

We also have clans from the Balkans. Many repeatedly come back as asylum seekers, they collect money from the state, many simply stay. Their activities include falsification of passports and sex slaves trafficking, pimping. Among them are 12-year-old girls, sold as forced married wives. Many of these clans commit rapes, blackmailing, and do business with child pornography. I had a pupil – 14-year-old Serbian girl, who was raped by several adult men and filmed at the same time. This movie can be found on the Internet! I already knew her as a 10-year-old girl and it was a terrible blow for me. And I know further cases of sexual abuse. I sent hundreds of letters to the press. With no result. The police also did not know how to approach this problem; I learned that such girls, without any support from outside or without a family who supports them and help them, have little chance of getting out of this situation. In addition, immigrants do make up a significant percentage of people who are in conflict with the law. I consider, based on a study, that Somali refugees are particularly dangerous because of their religious fundamentalism, their culturally rooted scorn for women.

N.O-S: I have heard that the situation in German schools is quite dramatic. What can you say about this?

Rebecca Sommer: According to the the latest survey, which focused on fourth grade students in cities, over 50% have a migration background, and the level of teaching has decreased so dramatically that — according to research — that education is at the level of an emerging country. However, our biggest problem is with children from Muslim families, who form the largest group among children with a migration background. As I have already noted, it is a culture of the strongest, and a big problem is the potential for aggression. Unlike in German families, those children are often brought up with corporal punishment; and beatings by the father or elder brother, as I see and hear, they belong to everyday life. This makes these children aggressive — they solve problems quicker by force. And they show typical herd behaviors. Completely differently brought up children from other cultures are immediately in a lost position. They are thought the freedom of opinion, tolerance and how to discuss. Such children are immediately in a lost position. They try to have a conversation, which in the eyes of Muslim children makes them weak and turns them into potential victims. Trying to argue – which in the Muslim eyes makes them weak, they become potential victims. Muslim children act in groups – if you get into conflict with one, you have a group of several dozen people against you, because they perceive the world as “Muslims against the others.” It came and comes to severe bodily harm, and the hands of the teachers is tied, because the law gives them little resources to react adequately. Special schools for socially disadvantaged children are already full and lack teachers and resources that would allow them to react and counteract. An additional problem that I observe is accelerated training programs for teachers – refugees who were teachers in their countries. I see more problems here. First of all, many such co-workers wear headscarves, which is against the law of religious neutrality (in Berlin) and is a negative example for children. Secondly, after 1.5 to 2 years, their German is still poor, and this entails the danger that the students will learn German with mistakes. Thirdly, these new teachers have not received the same education as teachers in Germany. And fourthly and most disturbing to me: some of them are very religious and do not believe in science, only in what is written in the Koran. Some would not even shake a man’s hand. I do not want such teachers in our schools, where our future generation is shaped. And I do not want teachers in headscarves, which will be a role model for young people. The headscarf signalizes that segregation by gender is right; that is the silent but eloquent message of the headscarf: It says — I am subordinate to man. This is a confession, a religious-ideological symbol that divides the world according to the Muslim point of view in haram and halal. This message says: women’s hair is so embarrassing that they become “pubic hairs”. Why do we want this in our schools?

N.O-S: What do you think is the biggest mistake in the migration policy?

Rebecca Sommer: First of all, the law treats every refugee as an immigrant, i.e. not as a protection seeker who has only came here for a limited time for savelty and then returns home. And if that’s what it is, then you should also be so honest, and call these people immigrants, as you do in Poland. And accordingly set laws that people no longer need to lie in their asylum claim. Develop immigration laws that allow us to let in those we need and others not. Who will work and are not dependent on the social system. The next problem are gaps in our asylum law. Our law says that everyone has the right to asylum until the asylum seeker has been checked, accepted or rejected. Such a proceedure, however, takes a very long time and such persons may receive the “tolerated” status (Duldung).According to the definition of German residence law, this mandates a “temporary suspension of deportation” concerning foreigners obliged to leave the country. It does not give you the right to stay. That is why “tolerated” are still obliged to leave Germany. Asylum seekers file complaints when they receive notice to leave Germany, and for bureaucratic and legal reasons, such cases can take years. These people remain in Germany for a long time, and after a few years most of them receive at the end a residence permit.

From safe countries there are crowds of people in Germany who demand asylum for the most bizarre reasons, for example: “My neighbor is angry with me because I destroyed his car and I can not cover the costs.” And this is how the Asylum law machine is put into motion, which takes many months and even years. Most often these people receive the final decision and notice to leave Germany, and suddenly one of the family members gets sick — mental illnesses, a nervous breakdown — and due to this illness, the proceedings, also concerning the whole family, are stopped. People who have been rejected once, return here with the same documents and surnames, apply for asylum again and take the place of the real needy. If such a person leaves voluntarily, he has the right to return to Germany after three months. Beyond every human being, there may be a reason to ask for asylum and be persecuted, for example as a sexual minority, even if it comes from a country that is considered safe.

As I have realized, many “asylum seekers” have houses and even farms in their homelands, and there is no reason why they would have to leave their country. These are economic migrants fleeing poverty, which is of course a good reason if we are considering it from a human point of view, but it has nothing to do with asylum law. Some of them live here during the asylum procedure with benefits, some may work illegally. I often see large cars that transport the acquired goods to their homelands, which they then sell when the order to leave Germany is irrevocable, and leave voluntarily. Then many families come back and try again for asylum, with the same cause, passport and name. In my opinion, at the latest at the second attempt, you should not let these people in and do not drag them over again through asylum procedures, multiplying the related costs.

N.O-S: As we know, there are also family reunification plans. What do you think about it?

Rebecca Sommer: A security official with whom I spoke to told me that in the next three years several million people would arrive to Germany, both family members through family reunification and new asylum seekers. We all know that integration is extremely problematic, but some of our politicians are still following this path, shouting slogans such as “Nobody is illegal.” Among my past and present refugees that I do support, I can count on one hand cases of those who are, in my opinion, completely and successfully integrated. And here I don’t mean the loss of identity or culture, but acceptance of our lifestyle here in Germany, which is associated with having several German friends, not just one or two who help you in the struggle of filling out forms. Most people I deal with surround themselves only with people from their countries, or other Muslims and live in a parallel society, where their cultural-religious value systems ??are upheld; they are thus rather separated from our society.

As more and more people settling here, they no longer have to adapt, it clearly strengthens a Muslim parallel society. This is the problem with family reunion as I see it. I think that it is important to evaluate those who want to simply stay here as classical immigration cases. It should be much more accurately checked if there is a real reason for applying for asylum. If necessary, control cells, FB, TT, in every possible way. Because the question arises: where is the main part of the family? We have many minor refugees whose family is living in a safe place, but is waiting for the ability to move to Germany. Why should we bring the whole family if their young one could go back to them? We know that some are here only because their family sent them in the beginning. From Beirut, I hear that many people are waiting to be brought to Germany by family reunification. 

Then we have those who really need protection, who want to stay here forever and have very good reasons – those who are persecuted in their homeland, often because they have a different faith, Christians, Yazidis. Ex-Muslims. These people have to wait far too long for their family to arrive, which is absolutely tragic and not right. Also because these families are often waiting in Muslim countries, where they have to be afraid. They should be treated separately and should be entitled to a special accelerated procedure. But one thing must be said: they actually often come with whole families to us. 

And we still need to check who is looking for temporary protection and then wants to return to his country. In this case, I think it is wrong to allow bringing the whole family, because once this family is here, most will stay. What worries me about family reunification: In oriental Muslim societies, family means a patriarchal-organized clan, an extended family, covering a large group of people. With family reunification we are importing an Islamic family system that only leads to parallel societies and integration problems. The teenager does not have to adjust anymore, he stays among his own, imported traditions live on. And this is exactly what I observe in the case of minors who came alone, who have already adapted well after three years, also thanks to the network of social workers, introducing them to our culture and our values. Who made friends by going to school with German teenagers. It all disappears when the family arrives. We’ve seen it often. Where the adolescent met us with openness and curiosity, the defense against us, the contempt, the rejection of our non-Muslim way of life solidified in no time at all, because the family now stands behind it, which rejects it. And to sum up: I just do not want to expand on a parallel society, which ultimately is oppressing us women, harassing us, depriving us more and more of our freedom.

N.O-S: What do you think you should do with immigrants who do not integrate?

Rebecca Sommer: It is not so simple. You cannot get rid of someone from a war country, even if he lied about his age, or committed crimes. This should change — whoever commits a crime should be kicked out, and those who held a weapon in their hands and killed other people, shouldn’t get asylum. Whoever is against our state must leave. The government is helpless here. For example, the Syrians — first they were here because of the war and now because everyone claims they were against Assad and they face the death penalty there. And although there are those among them who belonged to ISIS or other terrorist groups, or have already been radicalized or committed crimes, the law does not allow their deportation. It’s not even taken into consideration. And another question — how do we measure integration? You are not integrated just because you can speak German and you do work. If you reject our values, you don’t show loyalty to the West, Germany and to us, or you think that Germany must accept Muslim values and give in to your cultural — religious special wishes, then I think you do not fit here.

N.O-S: And how should Islam be treated in Germany?

Rebecca Sommer: Political Islam must be prevented by all means, rather than continued to be courted. This includes not only a few of the mosques. First, we need regulations of what can be preached in mosques, but above all – what should be forbidden. Therefore, one should not just allow the continuous building of more mosques, before you examine the already existing ones more attentively, and above all to observe more closely at who finances it.
In many mosques, people are called upon to reject „unbelievers“, not to integrate. This was shown by the study of many mosques by ARD journalist Constantin Schreiber. In some mosques, people are even radicalized; experts have been warning against this for years. Mosques are built from the resources of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the imams are also paid from there. Many do not speak German. But politicians do not seem to care. I am also for a ban of wearing headscarf in the school for teachers and students, and in the public service.
I am afraid that in the next election, in four years, we can see a new phenomenon – Muslims will sooner or later establish their party and because they already have a large electorate, they will be unstoppable. With the help of the left wing and almost all parties, they will begin to change the rules to which we will have to adapt. As we know, many Muslims believe that unbelievers should be converted or taxed, or oppressed with other methods. Many Muslims, most notably the political, state-driven Islam, are considering how to assert their interests – and they do not even hide it. As long as they continue to do so, they will continue to grow in Germany. We know about FB profiles, which clearly call for the Islamization of Germany, where we find posts contrary to the constitution, and such discussions can be found everywhere. FB profiles where a dog pees on the Israeli flag, profiles spreading hatred and call for violence against us. And these profiles are not removed, as well as Salafite profiles! Despite the fact that FB is very thoroughly controlled in this country. Profiles of people expressing anti-Islamic views are blocked. If we don’t wake up quickly, the whole situation will end badly.

N.O-S: What would you like to tell to Poland and Poles?

Rebecca Sommer: Remain strong in your opposition to the violation of international law by the EU, and in this case against an external distribution of refugees. Every country and nation has the right to choose their guests. No state should give up its self-determination. People within their state have a right to govern themselves without outside interference. International law states that you have a right to determine your own political path and status and to be free from foreign rule.
Do not lose your identity, no nation, group, be it indigenous peoples, Italians, French or Poles can preserve themselves if they do not delineate themselves in a rational way according to their interests. I would suggest to you to think carefully, whom you would like to accept willingly. There are so many refugees who are increasingly fleeing Muslim countries, as they are being persecuted there more and more. These include, for example many Christians and other minorities who will be coping well with your Western-oriented value system and who will integrate well with your support.

Bulgarian Couple 'Executed' in Southern Suburbs Home in Cape Town

A Bulgarian facing charges relating to a credit card fraud syndicate was “executed” with his wife at their Cape Town home.

Police said they found Angelo Dimov and his second wife‚ Nessie Peeva‚ in Bergvliet‚ in the southern suburbs‚ with gunshot wounds to their heads. A police source said they were "executed" and laptops and cellphones had been stolen.

Dimov was fighting charges relating to credit card fraud in the commercial crimes court in Bellville and was being represented by Cape Town lawyer William Booth.

Booth said he did not want to comment on the incident as it was a police investigation but he said they were trying to help the couple’s six-year-old daughter.

The girl was in Grade 1 and it is understood the alarm about the murders was raised when her parents did not arrive to collect her from aftercare on Monday.

Neighbours said they did not hear anything on the night of the murders despite a family dog also being killed by a gunshot.

Peeva was the owner of The Cake Witch‚ making novelty cakes for birthdays and weddings. She worked at a well-known restaurant in Newlands before meeting Dimov.

A family friend said Peeva’s company was successful but she did not know anything about her husband’s business. He spent a lot of time out of the country‚ she said.

TimesLIVE has established from a source close to the family that Dimov’s 27-year-old son from his first marriage was staying in a cottage in the couple's garden.

He was seriously injured in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident last December and spent time in a coma before going to Bulgaria to recuperate. He only recently returned to South Africa.

A friend said Peeva did not have a wide social circle and often left functions she attended with Dimov because she “didn’t like the alcohol and drugs” that were usually plentiful there.

Another source said that last December Angelo’s business partner‚ who lived in Tokai‚ had an armed robbery at his house‚ and since then he had been raising the walls and putting in bulletproof glass.

The source said acquaintances of the family‚ who were suspicious about Dimov’s business activities‚ believed there may be a link between the robbery and the executions./timeslive.co.za

President Rumen Radev Met with Macedonian Counterpart Gjorge Ivanov

President Rumen Radev met with Macedonian counterpart Gjorge Ivanov.

This is the first state visit since the entry into force of the Treaty of Friendship, Good Neighborhood and Cooperation between the two countries.

The official welcoming ceremony took place at Villa ,,Vodno'' Residence.

Radev will also meet Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Talat Xhaferi, chairman of the Assembly.

Key topics of the visit will be the implementation of the Friendship Treaty as well as Bulgaria's support for the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Macedonia.

Hungary Anti-Immigration Bill an 'Assault on Human Rights': U.N.

The United Nations on Friday labeled an anti-immigration law proposed in Hungary an “assault on human rights” and urged its government to uphold the right of freedom of association.

The nationalist government in Budapest on Tuesday submitted legislation to parliament that would empower the interior minister to ban non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support migration and pose a “national security risk”.

The bill is part of an anti-immigration drive by Prime Minister Viktor Orban that has set its sights on a campaign by Hungarian-born financier and philanthropist George Soros to bolster liberal and open-border values in eastern Europe.

It appeared to mark a further tightening of controls on groups “working on issues the government regards as against state interests, such as migration and asylum”, U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said.

It represented “an unjustified restriction on the right to freedom of association and is a worrying continuation of the government’s assault on human rights and civic space,” he told a Geneva news briefing.

The government says the bill, which would also impose a 25 percent tax on foreign donations to NGOs that back migration in Hungary, is meant to deter illegal immigration Orban says is eroding European stability and has been stoked in part by Soros, who has dual Hungarian and U.S. citizenship.

“Such a tax is likely to result in reduced budgets and disrupt fundraising, thereby undermining NGOs’ ability to carry out their activities and services,” Colville said.

Western Balkan Nations Told to Work Harder to Join EU

The European Union on Friday told six Western Balkan nations seeking membership that they would have to implement difficult reforms before they can be allowed to join the wealthy bloc, according to Reuters. 

Worried about growing Russian and Chinese influence in the Balkans, the EU has launched a new integration campaign, giving Serbia and Montenegro a tentative accession date of 2025.

But many EU members remain wary of letting in a region still scarred by wars fought along ethnic lines in the 1990s and dogged by a reputation for lawlessness.

They say the candidates - which also include Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo and Bosnia - must improve their democratic credentials and root out graft and organized crime.

“Everybody realizes that the conditions have to be met, that quality comes before speed, that the strategy is not an invitation to do away with conditionality,” the EU’s top enlargement official, Johannes Hahn, told a meeting of EU and Western Balkan foreign ministers in Bulgaria, which holds the bloc’s rotating six-month presidency.

REGIONAL DISPUTES

Germany leads the skeptics’ camp, highlighting continued problems with corruption and the rule of law in countries that have joined the EU since 2004, including Poland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.

“It is important to move forward, but on both sides. We need to be open and we need to ask for a lot of reforms,” said Belgium’s Didier Reynders.

Regional disputes also hamper the accession process, with Serbia - and some EU member states - refusing to recognize the independence of Kosovo, and Macedonia still locked in a name dispute with its southern neighbor Greece.

Spain, where a standoff between the central government in Madrid and Catalan separatists has intensified in recent months, is among five EU states that do not recognize Kosovo.

Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said he hoped recent diplomatic efforts would soon lead to a compromise over his country’s name with Greece, which has been blocking Skopje’s EU bid. Greece says using the name ‘Macedonia’ implies a territorial claim on a northern Greek province of the same name.

“We are doing everything we can so that there be a political decision in June,” Dimitrov said, hoping the EU would agree to start membership negotiations then.

His Albanian colleague, Ditmir Bushati, said the region needed EU development money, not only advice on strengthening democracy.

“Rule of law comes first but there is no rule of law without economic development,” he said.

PM: The North Atlantic Treaty Remains the Main Guarantor For the Collective Defense of European Allies

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov participated in the discussion "Protecting together the security of the West, the defense alliance and its impact on the transatlantic relations", moderated by the chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament Manfred Weber.

The discussion is part of the events at the Munich Security Conference, the government's press service said.

"The North Atlantic Treaty remains the main guarantor for the collective defense of European allies. At the same time, strengthening the EU's Common Security and Defense Policy is an investment in NATO's European Flank. Establishing Permanent Structured Defense Co-operation is an important step in this process, "Prime Minister Borisov said, pointing out that PESCO is helping to build joint capabilities through multinational projects, which is a step forward in strengthening European integration in the field of defense

Kosovo and Montenegro Reach an Accord on How to Seal the Border Deal

Gazeta Express has learned that the visit of Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic in Pristina is expected to produce an accord which will open the way for Kosovo to ratify the disputed Agreement on demarcation between the two countries. Montenegro has already ratified the deal and is refusing renegotiation of the Agreement reached in 2015.

The visit of Montenegro PM Dusko Markovic in Pristina is expected to finally solve the demarcation issue which was signed between Kosovo and Montenegro in 2015. Kosovo Parliament has not ratified the deal because of the rejection of opposition parties claiming that under current Agreement Kosovo loses over 8000 hectares of land.

Non-ratification of the demarcation Agreement is keeping Kosovo citizens isolated, considering that this is one of the last criteria for Kosovo to get visa liberalisation with the EU Schengen area. A reliable source told Gazeta Express that Pristina and Podgorica agreed for this issue to be addressed in coming days in order to produce an acceptable solution for both sides.

“Both sides have agreed for an intensive communication in coming days in all levels in order to see potential mistakes done during delineation of border between the two countries. This will open the way for Kosovo to ratify the demarcation in Parliament. All this process most likely will be concluded within February,” a senior official told Gazeta Express. 

PM Markovic during a joint press conference with his Kosovo counterpart Ramush Haradinaj said on Wednesday that Montenegro considers the agreement settled and wants to extend "the goodwill to find a way out" of the dispute that has prevented ratification by Kosovo's Parliament.

Prison Staff Protest

Unions of  prison guards and judicial guards prepare letters to the ambassadors of the EU member states. The reason is that the problems in the sector remain unresolved for years, and the demands of their protests, which last for months, remain outstanding.

Earlier this morning, officials from the two directorates of the Justice Department took another demonstration at the Court of Justice in Sofia. Some days ago, the trade unions decided to reject the proposed 5 percent increase and continue the protest action until the demands were fully met.

They insist on a 20% increase in wages, a leveling of payments for harsh working conditions with those of police officers and solving staff problems.

The Bulgarian Telegraph Agency Celebrates its 120th Birthday

The Bulgarian Telegraph Agency is 120 years old. It was founded in 1898 by the decree of Prince Ferdinand. The Agency is the main and most modern source of information for the print and electronic media, the state institutions and the non-governmental organizations in Bulgaria.

BTA is one of the first news agencies in Europe and the world. It is among the ten agencies that operated in the 1890s, along with Havas (established in 1835, predecessor to Agence France-Presse, which was set up in 1944), Reuters (established 1851) and Press Association (1868), the Danish Ritzaus Bureau (1866), the Norwegian Telegraph Bureau (1867), the Hungarian Telegraph Agency (1880), the Lehtikuva Finnish Telegraph Bureau (1887), the Swiss Telegraph Agency (1894), and Harbour News Association (est. New York, 1848, ultimately becoming Associated Press). Unlike most of its 19th century counterparts, BTA was and has always been a state-owned institution.

Bulgarian Foreign Minister: Security and Defense Are a Global Problem

Today begins the second day of the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Sofia. It also includes ministers of the candidate countries - Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Montenegro.

The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini will also participate. The forum will discuss the Security and Defense topics.

According to Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, security and defense are a global problem and they are not limited to the border of the European Union.

The Police in Argentina Seized Nearly 10 Tons of Marijuana Worth $ 20 million

The police in Argentina seized nearly 10 tons of marijuana worth $ 20 million, Security Minister announced, quoted by DPA. Marijuana was hidden in a  truck stationed in San Jose, 850 miles northeast of Buenos Aires.

Three people are arrested.

Avalanche Killed Three Skiers in the French Pyrenees

At least three skiers have died after they have been swept away by an avalanche in the French Pyrenees, the New York Times reported.

In the prefecture in the southern Upper Pyrenees, the bodies of the three men were found on Thursday, a day after an avalanche hit a sector outside the ski slopes in a ski resort near the Spanish border. The rescuers, helped by a helicopter and several teams of dogs, started the search late Wednesday afternoon shortly after the three men were declared missing, frognews added.

Skiers, 29-year-old and 38-year-old, are tourists from the French cities of Bordeaux and Poitiers. Relatives of victims are travelling to the place. On Tuesday, a 19-year-old skier died in an avalanche in a nearby ski resort.

Berlin Film Festival Kicked Off Today

Cinema fans from all over the world turned their eyes to Berlin. At one of the most prestigious festivals in the field of the seventh art, "Berlinale", his premiere will present nearly 400 movies.

Only 18 of them are included in the racing program and will argue for the prestigious Berlin awards.

The battle is also "Do not Touch Me" - a co-production of several countries, including Bulgaria, and the film "Aga" by director Milko Lazarov will have the honor to close the contest. For the last time Bulgarian film  was in the main program of "Berlinale" in 1989.

Within Two Years there will be a 5G Mobile Network in Bulgaria

Within two years in Bulgaria there will be a 5G mobile network. The new technology will reduce the Internet connection's latency and the speed will be over 10 times higher than the 4G network, NT reported.

5G will allow the development of future technologies - related mobility, digital medicine and intelligent factories.

Boris Johnson: London is Destination No. 1 for Bulgarian Students

About 71,000 Bulgarians live in the United Kingdom, noted Foreign Minister Boris Johnson before the informal council of foreign ministers in Sofia.

The UK is the number one destination for Bulgarian students. We hope this will continue. There is an increasing number of British citizens living in Bulgaria. We want to make sure that this will continue in the same way, "Johnson said.

Environment Minister Signs Contracts for Construction of Waste Handling Plants

The Minister of Environment and Water, Neno Dimov, signed a contract for the design and construction of four waste treatment systems for the municipalities of Pazardzhik, Batak, Belovo, Bratsigovo, Lesichovo, Peshtera and Septemvri (South Bulgaria). The project includes three composting isntallations for separately collected green and / or biodegradable waste and one installation for pre-treatment of mixed municipal waste. The facilities will servicemore than 170,000 residents.

The three composting installations for separately collected green and biodegradable waste have a total capacity of 12,598 tonnes per year. Infrastructure for transporting the waste to the site of the facility will be built in Belovo. The project envisages the construction of a pre-treatment plant for mixed municipal waste generated on the territory of the seven municipalities. The facility has a capacity of up to 43,000 tons per year and will be located in the village of Aleko Konstantinovo, Pazardzhik municipality.

The total amount of the investment is BGN 19.7 million.

The Operational Programme "Environment 2014-2020" provides grants amounting to BGN 14 million. The project implementation period is 30 months, according to the Bulgarian National Television. 

Senate Blocks Immigration Plans

The Senate blocked four immigration proposals Thursday, deepening a bitter impasse over how to protect 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants from deportation, Bloomberg reports.

The rejected proposals included a bipartisan measure that would provide $25 billion for border security and a path to citizenship for the young immigrants -- a plan the White House threatened to veto amid harsh criticism by President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Homeland Security. It failed to advance 54-45, with 60 needed.

A separate measure that lost on a 39-60 vote reflected the president’s proposals, which included citizenship and border funds while also ending a diversity visa lottery and imposing strict limits on family-based migration.

In threatening a veto of the bipartisan plan, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement it would encourage "millions of additional minors to be smuggled into the United States" and is "dangerous policy that will harm the nation." Trump said on Twitter the measure would create a "giant amnesty."

In return, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York called Trump "obstinate" and said the president "has stood in the way of every single proposal that has had a chance of becoming law." A group of Democratic and Republican senators agreed on the proposal Wednesday after weeks of negotiations.

UK to Seek EU Mutual Recognition Deal For Financial Services

Britain’s government is ready to push for a mutual recognition system to regulate financial services after it leaves the EU in order to preserve the City of London’s access to the bloc, Reuters reported on Friday.


Under the proposal, Britain and the European Union would recognize each other’s regulatory and supervisory regimes, an option long favored by the financial services industry, the FT said.

British finance minister Philip Hammond was expected to back the proposal in a speech in coming days.
No one was immediately available to comment at the ministry.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has previously said Britain and the EU should adopt a system of mutual recognition or run the risk of a damaging hit to financial services across Europe.

A dispute resolution mechanism would be part of the plan, the FT said.

Such a proposal is likely to be challenged by the European Commission which has said Britain cannot pick and choose which parts of the EU’s single market it can retain.

Day Temperatures will Slightly Rise and Maximum Ones will Reach 6-11°C

The atmospheric pressure exceeds the average for February and will continue increasing. Today in Bulgarian plains the weather will remain mostly cloudy, in some areas foggy. The clouds will decrease in the afternoon.

Over the mountain regions, the weather will be mostly sunny. Day temperatures will slightly increase and the maximum ones will range from 6°C to 11°C, in Sofia about 6°C. This is the forecast of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH), quoted by FOCUS News Agency.

Bitcoin is Currently over $10,000

The world's most popular cryptocurrency bitcoin overcame the $ 10,000 psychological barrier, according to trade data.

According to the CoinMarketCap portal, at 20:31 (Bulgarian time), the value of the bitcoin jumped 7.36% to $ 10,013.

At Bitfinex, just a few minutes before, the cryptocurrency hit reached $ 10,047.

The last time that bitcoin traded slightly more than $ 10,000 was at the end of January.

Borisov: There is no Better Protected Border than the One Between Bulgaria and Turkey

There is no better guarded border than the Bulgarian-Turkish one, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said at the opening of the Munich Conference on New Ideas for Europe.
 
"Bulgaria is a very loyal and disciplined state, it strictly respects the Maastricht criteria," said the prime minister quoting the current fiscal policy results of the Bulgarian government. "I am convinced that after years of meeting these criteria it is time for us to be accepted in the Eurozone and in Schengen, and those who are excellent have to get excellent rewards for their work, "said Boyko Borisov, quoted by the press center of the Council of Ministers.
 
The Prime Minister stressed that the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU gives the opportunity to put the subject of the Western Balkans, but also of the EU's relations with its big neighbors. "In infrastructure terms, corridors 4, 8, 9 and 10, as well as digital infrastructure, should be immediately launched." Even if you underestimate them, several wars start from the Balkans, and the solution to potential trouble is a quick accession to NATO and the EU, "said Prime Minister Borisov and urged Europe not to divide itself on issues about international politics but to work together.
 
The prime minister also emphasized the importance of good relations between the EU and Turkey, clarifying that the southern flank of NATO is currently being safeguarded by Turkey and Europe is relying on it. "That's why I am very pleased that the EU has decided to normalize its relations with Turkey, not only because of the migrants, but because of cooperation and support within NATO," Borisov said.

With a New Victory Dimitrov Qualified for the Quarterfinals in Rotterdam

Grigor Dimitrov achieved a second victory at the ATP 500 series in Rotterdam, which placed him in the quarterfinals. The fifth in the world rankings beat Serbian Philip Krajinovic with 2:0 (7-6 (4), 7-5). The duel was generally the same and the victory did not come easily.

It was important for Grigor Dimitrov that he showed experience and routine in the key moments of the two sets in order to win the most important points in them. 

In the quarterfinals, he will meet with Russian Andrey Rubleyov, who has taken Damir Gumhur with 6-4, 7-6 (4). Dimitrov lost to the Russian in the third round of the US Open last year and in January this year he beat him in four sets in the third round of the Australian Open.

Greece is Investigating the Death of a Bulgarian in Serres

Greek authorities investigate the death of a Bulgarian, the Kathimerini newspaper reported.

The man's body was found on Thursday in the northern town of Serres in a house by a Bulgarian who was looking for him. The initial assessment of the local pathoanatoma is that the man has received head injuries which most likely led to his death.

Milan Won 3:0 Against Ludogorets in Razgrad

"Ludogorets" suffered a heavy loss of 0: 3 in their home against "Milan" in their first 1/16-final match in Europa League. This almost puts an end to the hopes of the Razgrad players that they will continue in the tournament.

The Italian team took a psychological advantage just before the final signal of the first half, despite the good performance of the Bulgarian team. In the 45th minute the Rossoneri  managed to lead through Patrick Cutrone, who jumped behind Ludogorets' defense and striked the ball in the net after a cross from the left by Hakan Calhanoglu for the first goal of Milan.

Ludogorets tried to equalize and was close in the 54th minute, but Captain Svetoslav Dyakov's shot fired the beam behind goalkeeper Gianluigi Donaruma.

However, everything was decided in the 62nd minute when Cosmin Moti pushed Cutrone into the penalty area and Serbian referee Milorad Magic awarded a penalty for Milan, from which Ricardo Rodriguez made the result 2-0.

The fixture became absolutely terrible for Ludogorets in the 90th minute when Fabio Borini scored the third goal for the guests. 

Krasimir Karakachanov Held a Meeting with US Secretary of Defense James Matisse

A meeting between Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov and James Matisse, Secretary of Defense of the United States, was held in Brussels today, February 15, in the framework of the NATO Defense Ministers' Meeting in Brussels.

During the talks, topical issues of bilateral relations were discussed. Both sides expressed their interest in significantly expanding and deepening cooperation on a wide range of topics, including the realization of the Bulgarian Army modernization projects. The Secretary of Defense of the United States gratefully accepted his invitation to visit Bulgaria.

The two ministers also discussed key topics on the agenda of the Alliance in the context of the expected decisions of the NATO summit in July 2018.

Recognizing the role of Bulgaria as President of the EU Council, Minister Karakachanov and Minister Matisse exchanged views on the processes of strengthening European defense within the EU and NATO-EU interaction.

On February 16, Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov will join the Bulgarian delegation headed by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who will take part in the Munich Security Conference.

President Rumen Radev Left for a Visit to the Republic of Macedonia

President Rumen Radev will make a two-day official visit to the Republic of Macedonia two days after the entry into force of the Neighborhood and Friendship Agreement between the two countries.

During his visit, the Bulgarian President will hold meetings with the head of state of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and with the President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, Talat Jaferi. The key topics of the visit will be the implementation of the Friendship, Good Neighborhood and Cooperation Treaty, ratified by the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia, as well as Bulgaria's support for the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the Republic of Macedonia.

"The position that led the leadership of the Republic of Macedonia was a turning point, and it gave us a chance for a new perspective that we have always been open to in Bulgaria: we have to make people on both sides of the border - both from Bulgaria and from Macedonia - really feel like brothers, "said President Radev in an interview with BGNews.

Representatives of the executive, legislative and local authorities, the Bulgarian Orthodox clergy, as well as the Bulgarian Chambers of Commerce participate in the Delegation headed by the Head of State.

"We have shown that, in addition to a common past, we can have a common future. The question is how to materialize all these key points in the Neighborhood Treaty. I deeply believe that the representatives of the clergy and of the Macedonian Orthodox Church and of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church realize their responsibility and act wisely, "the president added.

On the first day of his visit Rumen Radev will bring flowers to the grave of Gotse Delchev in the Orthodox Church of St. Spas in Skopje. On February 17, the President will take part in a forum with the Chambers of Commerce of the two countries. The President's agenda also includes talks with leaders of parliamentary political parties in Macedonia.

Twins were Arrested in New York with a 15kg of Explosives

Two twin brothers were arrested in New York after the police found about 15kg of explosives in their apartment, the World Agencies have reported.

According to the Manhattan Federal Prosecutor's Office, investigators have turned to one brother, 27-year-old teacher, Christian Toro, after a bomb alert was sent to his high school in New York's Haarlem district in December.

At the end of January, the teacher left, and his brother Tyler Toro returned his school laptop to his school, which had instructions for making explosive devices.

After an investigation by the New York police and the FBI, at least two students said Christian Toro had paid them 50 dollars an hour to store gunpowder extracted from fireworks.

On Thursday, police searched the two brothers' apartment in New York's Bronx neighborhood. There were found about 15 kilos of substances that could be used to make a bomb - potash, gunpowder and metal beads. A Tyler Toro's notebook was also found, with potentially threatening sentences such as "When the Full Moon Comes, the Little Men will Recognize Terror," and references to Operation Lightning.

New York Mayor Bill de Blazio said there was no imminent threat but added that the investigation "has probably saved many lives."
The two brothers are being charged by a federal court in Manhattan for an illegal creation of a destructive device. If found guilty, they could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

The Bulgarian Embassy in Moscow Received a Letter with White Powder

The Bulgarian Embassy is among the 13 which have received letters with white powder. According to local sources, the substance is an insect venom, including the pesticide fipronil used in agriculture and veterinary medicine.

Such letters were sent to the Embassies of US, Canada, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, France, Romania, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Poland, etc.

Russian security agencies assure that letters do not pose a threat. This was confirmed by a representative of the headquarters of the Ministry of Emergency Situations.


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