May 7, 2013 |
Grigor Dimitrov stunned Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Madrid Open on Tuesday, beating the top-ranked Serb, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (8), 6-3, for the biggest win of his career. The 28th-ranked Bulgarian saved three set points in the first before taking the lead, and Djokovic then appeared to hurt his right ankle while trailing 4-2 in the second. Djokovic, who ended Rafael Nadal's eight-year winning streak at the Monte Carlo Masters last month, said the loss had more to do with poor preparation than an injury.
February 15, 2013 |
Bulgarian officials ejected Hamas lawmakers from the country on Friday, saying they had reason to believe that the group of Palestinians threatened their nation's security. The Bulgarian State Agency for National Security said four Palestinians had entered the country Wednesday on a private invitation. While they were in Bulgaria, “information was received giving reason to believe that their presence poses a serious threat to national security,” the agency said in a statement Friday.
February 5, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Bulgarian investigators said Tuesday that the Lebanese group Hezbollah was responsible for a July bus bombing that killed five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian bus driver in the Black Sea resort of Burgas, as Israel had asserted. The announcement was certain to heighten pressure on the European Union to join Israel and the United States in labeling Hezbollah a terrorist group, allowing law enforcement agents in Europe to seize assets, restrict travel and arrest members.
January 27, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - As we sat on the Breeza, the open aft deck of the Azamara Quest, we watched the shadow line of the sunset climb the sheer, volcanic cliff above Skala, the tender landing area on the island of Santorini in the southern Aegean. It wasn't this iconic Greek island with dazzling white villas and churches that had lured my wife, Laurel, and me aboard this 10-night cruise from Istanbul to Athens. Rather, it was the chance to visit Black Sea ports in countries that were terrae incognitae to us, thus adding pages to our personal atlas.
August 6, 2012 |
LONDON - Before arriving at the moment the razor-edged circumstances of his life often conspired to keep him from, Ellis Coleman bounced on his toes and sent shudders through his arms to loosen them. To his left and near the top of Section 418, his family unfurled a banner: ELLIS COLEMAN. FLYING SQUIRREL. 2012 60kg OLYMPIAN. PRIDE OF THE HUSKIES. His brother, Lillashawn, wore a flag as a cape and white sunglasses with lenses shaped like stars. His mother, Yolanda, earlier had beamed about seeing Buckingham Palace.
July 19, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - An Israeli tour bus ferrying dozens of vacationers in the Bulgarian resort city of Burgas exploded Wednesday in an apparent terrorist attack, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 30. Most of the victims were Israelis, including many young people who were preparing to spend their summer break in the Black Sea coastal town, a leading vacation destination for Israelis. No group immediately claimed responsibility, but Israeli and Bulgarian security officials suspected that a bomb was either hidden on the bus or in a piece of luggage.