Romania

  • Romania president's brother detained in mobster graft case June 21, 2014

    Bucharest: A Romanian court has placed the brother of President Traian Basescu under arrest for 30 days amid allegations he took a pay-off from a mobster to influence his murder trial. Mircea Basescu, the president's younger brother, is accused of taking a USD 340,000 bribe to intercede on behalf of Sandu...
  • Romanian princess among 18 charged in Oregon over cockfighting August 17, 2013

    A Romanian princess, the daughter of exiled former Romanian King Michael, appeared in a US court on Friday with her American husband on charges related to cockfighting in rural Oregon, authorities said. Irina Walker, 60, was among 18 people charged with holding 10 cockfighting "derbies" in 2012 and 2013, according to...
  • Li Na upset by unseeded Cirstea in Rogers Cup August 11, 2013

    Toronto: World No.5 Li Na was stunned by No.27 Sorana Cirstea of Romania in the women's singles tennis semifinals of the Rogers Cup here. Cirstea won 6-1, 7-5(5) Saturday. Li, who was runner-up to Petra Kvitova in Montreal last year, trailed Cirstea for most of the first set. The Chinese failed...
  • 9/11 mastermind wanted to design a vacuum cleaner in the CIA prison July 11, 2013

    Washington: Confined to the basement of a CIA secret prison in Romania about a decade ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, asked his jailers whether he could embark on an unusual project: Would the spy agency allow Mohammed, who had earned his bachelor's in...
  • Romania's Radu quits international game for club April 6, 2013

    Bucharest: Highly-rated Romania defender Stefan Radu is retiring from international soccer at 26 to concentrate on his club career with Serie A side Lazio. Radu's agent Ioan Becali informed Romania coach Victor Piturca that the player was quitting the national side for personal reasons. "Mr. Becali already told you," left-back Radu,...
  • Robin van Persie scores twice in Dutch 4-0 win over Romania March 27, 2013

    Amsterdam: Robin van Persie scored twice and set up a third goal to lead the Netherlands to an easy 4-0 win over Romania in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. It was a sixth straight win in as many qualifiers for the Dutch and gave Louis van Gaal's team a...
  • Victoria Azarenka through to second round January 15, 2013

    Melbourne: Victoria Azarenka has opened the defense of her Australian Open title with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Monica Niculescu of Romania. Azarenka powered to a 4-0 lead in the opening set over Niculescu, who is winless in singles tournaments on the WTA Tour. The top-seeded Azarenka was down a service...
  • Romanian PM and President pledge no insults December 19, 2012

    Bucharest (Romania): Two of Romania's top leaders have agreed to set aside their bitter rivalry for the good of the country and stop insulting each other, the prime minister said Wednesday. Victor Ponta said that he and President Traian Basescu signed an agreement to cooperate last week after Ponta's center-left alliance...
  • AI plane makes emergency landing at Bucharest May 12, 2012

    New Delhi: A Chicago-bound Air India plane, with around 206 passengers and crew onboard, made an emergency landing in Romanian capital Bucharest on Saturday after the cargo door warning went off. The Air India flight (AI 121D/127) to Chicago via Frankfurt had taken off from Frankfurt for Chicago and was flying...
  • Five die in helicopter crash in Romania April 27, 2012

    Bucharest: A helicopter crashed in eastern Romania on Thursday, killing all five people it was carrying, officials said. The aircraft was traveling from Moldova to Turkey when it went down near the Romanian village of Ostrov, close to the Moldova border, local official Vasile Gudu told Realitatea TV. Police spokeswoman Daniela...
  • India elected to 47-nation UNHR council May 20, 2011

    United Nations: India and 14 other countries were on Friday elected to the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva. India was not in competition for the seat since there were four countries and four seats for the Asia block. With 189 countries voting, Indonesia received 184 votes, Philippines...
  • Curses! Romania witches forced to pay income tax January 6, 2011

    Mogosoia: Everyone curses the tax man, but Romanian witches angry about having to pay up for the first time are planning to use cat excrement and dead dogs to cast spells on the president and government. Also among Romania's newest taxpayers are fortune tellers - but they probably should have seen...
  • Cocaine seized from Brazilian ship in Romania February 8, 2009

    Bucharest: Romanian officials say they seized 1.2 tons of cocaine from a Brazilian ship moored in a Black Sea port. Interior Minister Liviu Dragnea says anti-drug authorities discovered the cocaine on Friday aboard a vessel that had been registered as carrying timber. The ship has been anchored in the port of Constanta...
  • Loss to Romania shows Indian tennis lacks talent September 23, 2008

    New Delhi: The India Davis Cup team was routed 4-1 at the World Group play-off by Romania at Bucharest. Even though playing Romania in their own backyard was a tough draw for India but the loss has put a big question mark on the future of Indian tennis. India's only win in...
  • India lose to Romania in Davis Cup play-off September 22, 2008

    Bucharest : India's Prakash Amritraj toiled hard but could not match the might and class of Romanian Victor Hanescu, caving in 2-6, 3-6, 1-6 and with it the faint hopes of making to the world group after a decade. India, who lost both its singles matches against the host to...
  • Romania win both singles against India in play-off tie September 20, 2008

    Bucharest: India's hope to qualify for the World Group of Davis Cup were dealt a severe blow as Prakash Amritraj and Somdev Devvarman were blown away in the two singles rubbers on the opening day of the World Group play-off against Romania in Bucharest on Friday. Somdev lost to Victor Hanescu...
  • India-Romania Davis Cup play-off tie starts Friday September 19, 2008

    New Delhi: Davis Cup play-off tie between India and Romania starts Friday in Bucharest. In the first singles match on Friday Prakash Amritraj will take on Victor Crivoi, who is ranked 158 in the world while Somdev Devvarman takes on Romanian No. 1 Victor Hanescu, ranked 67 in the world in...
  • Davis Cup: India take on Romania, Somdev the key September 18, 2008

    Bucharest: India will challenge a formidable Romania for a place in the Davis Cup World Group with in-form teenager Somdev Devvarman as their trump card in the crucial World Group play-off tie starting in Bucharest on Friday. It will be a tough test for the four-member Indian team on the red...
  • Paes was right in stepping down as skipper: Bhupathi September 15, 2008

    New Delhi: The Indian Davis Cup team flew out on Monday morning to Romania for their World Group play-off tie. A win will get them back into the World Group after a decade. CNN-IBN's Rupha Ramani spoke exclusively to Mahesh Bhupathi before the team left for Romania. On Somdev Devvarman "It...
  • Romania's Dumitru, South Korea's Choi win gold in judo August 9, 2008

    Beijing: Romanian Alina Alexandra Dumitru claimed the women's judo 48kg gold medal at the Beijing Olympics on Saturday. The European champion dominated the final against Cuba's Yanet Bermoy, throwing her for waza-ari (half point) with a leg-grab before finishing her off with a textbook osoto-gari (major outer sweep) for the maximum...
  • Euro 2008: Dutch reserves prove too good for Romania June 18, 2008

    Bern: The Netherlands' second-string players played their part on Tuesday, beating Romania 2-0 and keeping Italy alive at the European Championship. Netherlands coach Marco van Basten rested nine regular starters from the team's previous two games, but not even the absence of star striker Ruud van Nistelrooy made a difference to...
  • Euro 2008: Italy knock out France, enter quarters June 18, 2008

    Basel: Italy came out on top in a tense three-way tussle for a place in Sunday's Euro 2008 quarter-final against Spain as the world champions beat 10-man France 2-0 and Romania lost by the same margin to Group C winners Netherlands. Andrea Pirlo put Italy in front from the penalty...
  • Euro 2008: Italy face France in a do-or-die match June 17, 2008

    New Delhi: On Tuesday night, two of Europe's football powerhouses will be involved in a do-or-die match in Group C, also known as Group of Death, in the peaceful city of Zurich. The two teams had met on July 9, 2006 in the World Cup final in Berlin but one moment...
  • Euro 2008: Italy stay alive as Buffon saves the day June 14, 2008

    Zurich: Facing Romania's defensive wall, Italy must have felt the frustration they have caused countless opponents over the years - the frustration of "catenaccio." Against a tightly organised Romania defence of six, seven and even eight men, the World Cup champions struggled as France before them to carve out clear scoring...
  • Euro's Group of Death: Italy, France fight for survival June 13, 2008

    New Delhi: World champions Italy face a must-win situation on Friday in their second match of Group C, dubbed as Group of Death, against Romania at Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich. After being outplayed by the Netherlands in their first game, Italy will start their second match with at least two...
  • Romania hold France to a goalless draw June 10, 2008

    Zurich: France were held to a 0-0 draw by Romania on Monday in a defence-dominated match at the European Championship that lacked few clear scoring chances. Without captain Patrick Vieira and record scorer Thierry Henry, the World Cup finalists dominated possession but failed to penetrate a backline led by Gabriel Tamas....
  • Romania, France kick off Group of Death contest June 9, 2008

    New Delhi: Action begins in 'The Group of Death' on Monday night with Romania playing World Cup runners-up France and the Netherlands taking on World Cup winners Italy. And while Italy and the Netherlands have been struggling with injuries, France will have to guard against complacency when they take on Romania...
  • Sex doll loses its moan, so shop fined $1,200 February 6, 2008

    Melbourne: A man in Romania has complained that his sex doll’s moan has stopped working. The man had registered his complaint with the consumer officials in Romania, saying that his inflatable doll had lost its moan, reports news.com.au. This resulted in the sex shop in Brasov, Transylvania being fined more than $1,200....
  • Pics: Belly dancers sizzle on ramp June 20, 2007

    Romanian gypsy girls who participated in the "Miss Piranda" (gypsy girl) contest were judged for appearance and traditional dancing skills. ...