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‘Missing Picasso’ found in Romania may be hoax

AMSTERDAM: A painting that Romanian prosecutors said on Sunday might be a work by Pablo Picasso stolen in 2012 is more likely a forgery created as a publicity stunt, Dutch media reported. State broadcaster NOS cited author Frank Westerman, who helped locate the painting in Romania’s Tulcea county after an anonymous tip, turning it over to Romanian police on Saturday. Westerman told NOS on Sunday he had received an e-mail from a Belgian theater company which is staging a play about a famed art forger. He said the…

Thousands rally to demand Romanian government resignation

BUCHAREST: Thousands of Romanians rallied for a third day running on Sunday against the Social Democrat government in anti-corruption protests, demanding Prime Minister Viorica Dancila step down. The protests in Bucharest and in several other major cities were peaceful, in contrast to the first night of demonstrations on Friday when riot police fired tear gas and used water cannon on a huge rally in central Bucharest, with hundreds of people needing medical attention. About 15,000 people rallied in front of the…

Romania PM defends decriminalising corruption despite protests

BUCHAREST: Romania's prime minister insisted on Thursday that the government will press ahead with decrees decriminalising certain corruption offences, defying the country's biggest protests since the end of communism. "We took a decision in the government and we are going to press ahead," Sorin Grindeanu said after a meeting in Bucharest of his ruling left-wing Social Democrats (PSD). In the largest demonstrations since the fall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989, as many as 300,000 people, according to media reports,…

Pakistan, Romania to enhance cooperation in halal meat, dairy production

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Romania on Friday agreed to form joint working groups in order to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of certified halal meat and dairy production. The Ambassador of Romania Nicolae Goia called on Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan and discussed issues of mutual interest and enhanced cooperation in agriculture sector development. The minister apprised the ambassador about the working and functions of the Ministry of National Food Security and its…

Muslim woman tipped to be the next Prime Minister of Romania

BUCHAREST: Romania's Social Democrat Party (PSD) proposed a leftist woman from the country's tiny Muslim minority as prime minister on Wednesday. Sevil Shhaideh, 52 who must be approved by President Klaus Iohannis and then get a parliamentary vote of confidence, has served under a previous leftist-led government as regional development minister. The PSD won the Dec. 11 general election and, with its junior coalition partner and long-time ally ALDE, has an outright majority in parliament of 250 MPs in the 465-seat,…