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

It's a wrap

Today, the Bulgarian artist Christo will cover the Reichstag in 100,000 square metres of polypropylene sheet. Is he mad? Jonathan Glancey met him in Berlin

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Bulgaria sink Wales further into the quagmire

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Thirsty Bulgaria gets set to vote

Severe shortages of water in Sofia are preoccupying Bulgarians as they prepare to vote tomorrow in their third national elections since the fall of Communism in 1990. Water rationing was introduced in the capital four weeks ago because of a prolo nged drought that has caused the Iskar reservoir, on Sofia's outskirts, almost to dry up.

European Football: Jensen sparkles with a rare gem

ARSENAL'S John Jensen scored a rare goal as the European champions Denmark re- discovered their form last night with an impressive 3-1 home victory over Belgium. Jensen came on as substitute in the 65th minute with the score at 1-1 and six minutes later got the goal that put the Danes in charge.

Travel: City of boulevards and errant trolley-buses

Most of us have a fair idea of what Eastern European capitals are like: they are ringed by uniform graceless and faceless apartments and their centres are architectural battlegrounds where office blocks, housing bureaucrats insulated by grubby net curtains, have smothered any semblance of history and style.

Bulgaria arrests nuclear thieves

SOFIA (Reuter) - Bulgarian police have found 19 containers of radioactive materials, including plutonium, caesium and strontium, hidden by amateur thieves in two cellars in Sofia.

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Football / World Cup USA '94: Baggio sprinkles Italian gold dust

NOW he is no longer Johnny Come Lately but a talent that can also strike early and strike hot, Roberto Baggio will surely not desert Italy in their hour of greatest need. The will of a nation demands that he recover from a hamstring strain and takes his place in Sunday's final against Brazil.

Soccer success kick-starts Bulgarian self-confidence

AFTER nearly five years of struggling in the lower reaches of East Europe's second division, Bulgarians at last have something to cheer about: the astonishing success of their footballers in the World Cup.

Football / World Cup USA '94: Sammer's fitness in the balance

GERMANY'S preparations for their World Cup quarter-final against Bulgaria tomorrow were set back as the injured midfielder Matthias Sammer's hopes of being fit hung in the balance. Sammer, one of the world champions' most impressive players at the tournament, has been suffering with a strained calf muscle in his left leg.

Rail boss sacked

Sofia - The Bulgarian state railways director, Atanas Tonev, was sacked over accusations of negligence a month after employees were charged with exporting fuel to sanctions- hit Serbia. Reuter

Football / World Cup USA '94: Bulgaria masters of the shoot-out

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