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Stefan Velkov is training at Carrington in hope of securing a deal

France '98: A Team By Team Guide

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Bulgaria's exiled king scores a palace coup

IN AN extraordinary ruling - that will have Europe's other ex- royals salivating with envy - Bulgaria's High Court yesterday handed back to the exiled heir to the throne all the former dynasty's property.

Europe: Grave Yeltsin appears on television

President Boris Yeltsin appeared on Russian television yesterday a day after going down with an acute viral infection and being ordered by his doctors to rest.

Travel: 48 hours in ... Istanbul

You need a break - and a short cut to the soul of a city. Each week, `The Independent' provides a prescription for the perfect weekend break. This week, Claire Gervat and Simon Calder spend 48 hours in Turkey's largest city.

Weather Watch: As a guide for holiday packing, the world weather figures may be inadequate. Especially for travellers to Bulgaria.

A few months ago, a reader rang this newspaper to ask about the weather somewhere in North Africa. He was about to travel there, and had to decide what clothes to pack. The problem was that the temperatures quoted for the relevant city in our newspaper were almost 20 degrees different from those of some other papers.

Book review / France through a glass, lightly; The End of the Line by Richard Cobb, John Murray, pounds 20

Euan Cameron salutes the historian who found magic in the back streets

Opposition unite in Bulgaria

Bulgaria's Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) opposition set themselves up to win general elections in April by becoming a single party, while the country's interim cabinet took the first steps towards containing economic chaos.

Bulgarian leaders agree poll

Bulgaria's ex-communist rulers bowed to 30 days of mass protests, agreeing to elections by 20 April, but President Petar Stoyanov warned that a political settlement would not ease the economic crisis. Thousands of opposition supporters turned road blocks into street parties, celebrating late into the night, despite sub-zero temperatures.

New president for Bulgaria

Tens of thousands rallied nationwide in support of President Petar Stoyanov, who was sworn in as Bulgaria's second democratically elected president.

Serb protesters scent victory as Sofia hits crisis

President Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia yesterday caved in to the demands of demonstrators who have thronged the streets of Belgrade and other cities for the past seven-and-a-half weeks as his government promised that the results of last November's municipal elections would be fully respected.

Eastern winters of content

Bratislava and Sofia are still thawing from the Cold War. By Simon Calder

Wild in Dhaka, sleepy in Sofia

Continuing our series on investment opportunities in the world's emerging markets, Liam Robb looks at four more countries and considers whether they are likely to deliver good returns to shrewd speculators

Obituary: Andrei Lukanov

Andrei Lukanov, assassinated in Sofia on Wednesday, was a representative member of the lost generation of Communist leaders who attempted to free their countries of totalitarianism whilst retaining the basic structures of socialism.
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