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January 6, 2007 | Colum McCann, COLUM MCCANN's new novel, "Zoli," will be published Tuesday by Random House.
ON NEW YEAR'S day, the European Union swelled by another 28 million people. The inclusion of Romania and Bulgaria in the European fold is cause for celebration in the streets of Bucharest and the courtyards of Sofia. For two of Europe's poorer countries, inclusion in the EU brings innumerable benefits, not the least roads, recognition, grants, travel access and a sundering of the Soviet past.
January 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Fireworks and thousands of people dancing in the streets marked the entry of Romania and Bulgaria to the European Union. Hopes for prosperity and stability were echoed in politicians' speeches and the chatter from residents as blue and yellow EU flags fluttered over Bucharest and Sofia. The accession of the two nations raises the EU's membership to 27, almost half of which are former communist states.
December 9, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The United States will take over a Romanian air base near the Black Sea, with as many as 1,500 American troops expected to begin training there starting in April, officials said. The U.S. will spend $34 million to upgrade the Mihail Kogalniceanu base, officials said. Human Rights Watch has singled out the base as a possible location of a clandestine CIA jail, but Romania has repeatedly denied that.
October 29, 2006 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
The first sign that Raj Tunaru's domestic violence case would not be typical was when he claimed diplomatic immunity during his arrest last month at a residence in mid-Wilshire. His immunity claim turned out to be false, and he was packed off to Los Angeles County Jail. Then the Romanian media started calling. Tunaru, it turned out, was a lesser Romanian politician, a former member of parliament and an unsuccessful presidential candidate in 2004.
September 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Romania and Bulgaria gained support to join the European Union on Jan. 1. Formal approval is expected next month. The EU administrative body's backing was expected to be the last such move for some time, leaving Turkey, Croatia and other hopefuls on the sidelines. It urged the bloc to make aid to Bulgaria and Romania conditional on continued progress in cracking down on corruption and organized crime, improving justice and ensuring better food and aviation safety.
April 30, 2006 | Allan M. Jalon, Special to The Times
CORINA SUTEU isn't happy to tell the true story behind "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu," the widely honored new Romanian film that traces the ill-fated journey of a paramedic and her patient. But Suteu's voice stays focused as she describes what happened that night in Bucharest. "Unfortunately, I am obliged to tell you it is true," she says. "But it was a huge scandal." In 1997, it seems, a female paramedic took a 52-year-old man to one hospital, then a second, a third, five in all.
April 25, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of Romanians fled their homes and thousands more faced the same fate when the swollen Danube breached waterlogged dikes and threatened to break through more defenses. Fed by rain and melting snow, waterways have swamped vast tracts of land in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary this month, driving thousands from their homes.
April 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Romania breached a major dike to divert floodwater threatening villages in the Danube delta, and Hungary evacuated thousands of people as swollen rivers continued to spread havoc across Eastern Europe. Almost 8,000 people have fled their homes in the Balkans. Farther north, authorities in Hungary evacuated 4,500 more from three towns near the confluence of the Tisza and Koros rivers.
April 16, 2006 | From Reuters
The Danube rose to its highest level in more than a century Saturday, but the breaching of a dam in Romania eased pressure on towns and villages struggling to hold back the floods, officials said. Rivers fed by heavy rain and melting snow crept higher across the Balkans for the fourth straight day, driving people from their homes and swamping farmland and ports.
February 13, 2006 | Bill Dwyre, Times Staff Writer
The drumbeats and drama of Davis Cup tennis were left for other matches and other countries this weekend. The United States advanced easily, almost passively, with Andy Roddick's straight-set victory here Sunday. Roddick had unwittingly provided the only real moment of apprehension in this three-day, best-of-five, first-round pairing in the World Group when he got sick to his stomach and lost a match Friday.
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