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THE MAN who nearly brought Romania to its knees last month was arrested yesterday after clashes between riot police and coal miners that left one miner dead, dozens injured and 350 arrested.

European Times: Bucharest: Paris of the East looks westward

IN THE 1930s, when Bucharest was renowned as the "Paris of the East" for its luxurious restaurants and exotic nightlife, the Athenee Palace Hotel was home from home to Europe's demi-monde of exiled royals, dispossessed aristocrats and lounge lizards.

Romanian miners call off strike

THE ROMANIAN government pulled back from the brink of declaring a state of emergency last night after hours of negotiations between the Prime Minister, Radu Vasile, and the leader of the country's striking miners, Miron Cozma, brought both sides to an agreement.

Miners win pitched battle with troops

STRIKING COAL miners battled their way through police lines blocking their route to the capital Bucharest yesterday, attacking riot troops with clubs and homemade explosives. More than 100 people were injured, and a policeman was reported killed.

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10,000 miners threaten mayhem in Romania

TEN THOUSAND Romanian coal miners were heading for the capital Bucharest yesterday after a pitched battle with police which plunged the government into crisis over the threat to country's nascent democracy.

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Icy blast kills 84 across Europe

COLD WEATHER and blizzards sweeping parts of Europe claimed more deaths yesterday, bringing the known death toll to 84 people across the Continent in the past few days.

Rugby Union: Romania jolt for laid-back Ireland

Ireland 53 Romania 35

Letter: Bad treaties, bad translation

CERTAINLY THE Treaties of Brest-Litovsk and Bucharest were nothing for Germany to be proud of - but were they anything out of the ordinary for the time?

Rugby Union: Lacklustre Ireland fail to impress

Ireland 53 Romania 35

Rugby Union: Irish look to their pack

ANOTHER FACILE if not entirely futile Irish win is anticipated at Lansdowne Road this afternoon when they entertain a distinctly non-vintage Romanian side in a World Cup "qualifier" which has already been rendered academic by both sides' wins over Georgia.

Obituary: Anatol Vieru

ANATOL VIERU's music occupies an unusual middle ground between the age-old and the ultra-new: his initial musical impulses were born of the Romanian folksong he heard around him as he grew up, though he soon evolved towards the mainstream of European modernism.

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