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Romanians Hold Another Protest Against Austerity Cuts

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of people demonstrated in Romania’s capital Friday in another day of protests against government spending cuts and other austerity measures. The protesters in Bucharest voiced their anger at the government of President Traian Basescu and called for early elections. Romanians have been holding mass anti-government protests in recent days against the austerity cuts, including […]

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US Urges Romanians to Avoid Violence in Austerity Protests

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has urged Romanians to avoid violence fueled by anger over government spending cuts and other austerity measures. A State Department spokeswoman says the U.S. supports the right of people to protest and express their views “peacefully.” But she called on authorities and protesters to refrain from violence. Romanians have been holding mass […]

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Romanians Rally Against Austerity Measures

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Romanians rallied Thursday to demand the resignation of their government for imposing spending cuts and other austerity measures. Police say about 7,000 people attended the rally in Bucharest, which was organized by opposition parties to call for the resignation of the government and President Traian Basescu. Demonstrators voiced their displeasure with losses in […]

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Romania to Reinstate Health Official After Protests

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Romania’s prime minister says he will reinstate a health official whose resignation last week sparked violent anti-government protests across the country. Prime Minister Emil Boc says Raed Arafat will return to his post at the Health Ministry and will be part of a team that is drafting a new health care law. The move is […]

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Romania Approves US Missile Interceptors

Posted December 16th, 2011 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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Romania has given final approval for the United States to build an anti-ballistic interceptor site in the country. The Romania site represents part of the U.S. missile shield project, which is opposed by Russia. In September, Romania and the U.S. entered into an agreement to allow construction of the interceptors at Deveselu air base on […]

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Romania’s Social-Liberal Union Starts Procedures to Suspend President Traian Basescu

Posted November 21st, 2011 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Romania’s Social-Liberal Union says it has started procedures to suspend President Traian Basescu, saying he is overstepping his authority and breaching the constitution. The USL, which is comprised of the Liberal Party and Social-Democrats, is upset with Mr. Basescu’s plan to freeze pensions next year regardless of a ruling from the Constitutional Court. The USL […]

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Former King Addresses Romanian Parliament

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Romania’s former King Michael has called for more democracy and for politicians to restore the country’s dignity, in his first speech to parliament in more than 60 years. In a special parliamentary session Tuesday marking his 90th birthday, Michael said the return to democracy in 1989 brought freedom and the beginning of prosperity to Romania. […]

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Romania Approves Draft Law on US Missile Shield

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Romania’s government has approved draft legislation that would allow the deployment of anti-ballistic interceptors as part of a U.S. missile defense shield. The government approved the law Wednesday, but it must still be voted on by parliament later this year. Last month, Romania and the U.S. signed an agreement to install the SM-3 ground-based interceptors […]

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Romania’s ‘Mr. Jazz,’ Johnny Raducanu, Dies at 79

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 10:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Jazz musician Johnny Raducanu, dubbed “Mr. Jazz” of Romania, has died of a heart attack at age 79. Raducanu was born into a Roma family whose roots as musical performers date back more than 300 years. He was one of Romania’s most versatile jazz musicians and entertainers, mastering the bass and piano, and also composing […]

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Basescu: Obama Advises Romania to Improve Its Justice System

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 4:26 pm (UTC-5)
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Romanian President Traian Basescu says U.S. President Barack Obama has advised him to reform his country’s troubled justice system. Mr. Basescu spoke Wednesday in Bucharest, one day after he met with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. A White House statement issued afterwards says discussions covered ongoing political and economic […]

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