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Bulgarians protesters demand stop of state railway sale

* Protesters oppose sale of ailing railway operator's cargo unit * Third man who set himself on fire died * Urge president to carry audit on all privatisation deals By Tsvetelia Tsolova SOFIA, March 10 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Bulgarian anti-corruption demonstrators took to the streets for a fourth straight Sunday, demanding a halt to the planned selloff of the state railway's cargo unit and an audit of all privatisation deals.

UPDATE 1-Bulgaria economy, poorest in EU, struggles with minimal growth

* EU's poorest member grows 0.8 pct in 2012 * Protests, government resignation may hamper growth * Raise questions over Bulgaria's tight fiscal policy SOFIA, March 6 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's economy eked out growth of 0.8 percent in 2012, data showed on Wednesday, underlining the struggles of the European Union's poorest country to improve living standards.

Bulgarians remember protester who set himself ablaze

Hundreds joined candlelight vigils across Bulgaria Monday evening following the death of a man who became a symbol of the three-week wave of protests against corruption after setting himself on fire. Plamen Goranov, a 36-year-old amateur photographer and rock climber, died late Sunday after setting himself ablaze on February 20 in the Black Sea city of Varna, hospital officials said Monday.

Bulgarian who set himself ablaze in protest dies: hospital

A Bulgarian who became a symbol of nationwide protests against poverty and corruption when he set himself on fire, has died, hospital officials said Monday. Plamen Goranov, a 36-year-old amateur artist and rock climber, was hospitalised with 80-percent burns after setting himself ablaze on February 20 to press for the resignation of the mayor of the Black Sea city of Varna, Kiril Yordanov. Goranov accused him of corruption and favouritism towards a local business group.

UPDATE 1-Bulgaria proposes 6 pct power price cut after protests

SOFIA, March 1 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's energy regulator proposed an average 6.4 percent cut in household electricity costs on Friday, less than an 8 percent reduction suggested by the outgoing government to quell protests against worsening living standards. Frustration has grown with a political elite accused by many Bulgarians of failing to raise living standards towards levels elsewhere in the European Union and enforce the rule of law.

Bulgarians clash with police at energy bill protest

Wielding rocks and tomatoes, protesters clashed with police on Sunday at one of a dozen demonstrations across Bulgaria against sky-high January electricity bills in the EU's poorest country. The protests were the latest show of anger among Bulgarians as the government has been slow to liberalise the energy market, drawing a rebuke from the European Commission last month.

Bulgaria court jails "Cocaine Kingpin" for money laundering

SOFIA, Feb 15 (Reuters) - A Bulgarian court sentenced a gang kingpin on Friday to 7 1/2 years in prison for laundering drug-dealing profits, a small step against rampant organised crime that has slowed the Balkan state's full integration into the European Union. The EU's poorest member has been repeatedly criticised by Brussels for doing too little to fight widespread corruption and gangsterism that which still blight Bulgaria two decades after the end of Communist rule.
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