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Bulgaria: Country in southeastern Europe
Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is a country in Southeast Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and North Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east. The capital and largest city is Sofia; other major cities are Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas. With a territory of 110,994 square kilometres (42,855 sq mi), Bulgaria is Europe's 16th-largest country.

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Syrian refugees in limbo on Turkey-Greece border [Video]

Syrian refugees in limbo on Turkey-Greece border

Refugees wait to seize an opportunity to get into the European Union via Bulgaria and Greece.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:27Published

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Bulgaria reported on Sunday its first four confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
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EU made no 'concrete' offer to Turkey on migrants: Erdogan spokesman

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Bulgaria's Borissov says good neighbors can resolve migrant crisis

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