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# romania - Tuesday 19 April, 2011

From The Daily Edge Romanian politician defends dancing on chat show Moonwalker This post contains videos

Romanian politician defends dancing on chat show

Edmond Talmacean has defended breaking out the dance moves on a daytime chat show, saying “it’s good to have fun”.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: a former AIB director receives €3m in pay, Sean Quinn breaks his silence, and a smackdown for a moonwalking Romanian politician…

# romania - Thursday 31 March, 2011

From The Daily Edge Top Trouble for the BBC over car rigging claims Top Trouble This post contains videos

Top Trouble for the BBC over car rigging claims

Clarkson and co. come in for criticism for allegedly misrepresenting the performance of the Tesla Roadster – but it’s not the first spot of bother the team have gotten into.

# romania - Wednesday 16 March, 2011

From The Daily Edge Lions discovered in Romanian backyard moved to zoo Romania

Lions discovered in Romanian backyard moved to zoo

A Romanian man had kept the two lions – one male and one female – in his backyard.

# romania - Thursday 13 January, 2011

From The Daily Edge Mass bird deaths caused by alcohol Dead Animals

Mass bird deaths caused by alcohol

Veterinary experts say Romanian birds died from alcohol poisoning, while some of the US mass death birds died from a much more obvious cause…

# romania - Thursday 23 December, 2010

Romanian man throws himself off parliament balcony Romania This post contains videos

Romanian man throws himself off parliament balcony

A protester jumps from the public balcony, saying lawmakers have ‘killed his country’s future’ after docking his child benefit.

# romania - Thursday 4 November, 2010

Romanian woman says 10-year-old daughter giving birth is normal

A woman whose 10-year-old daughter gave birth recently in Spain says she can’t understand what all the fuss is about.

# romania - Wednesday 3 November, 2010

Body confirmed as belonging to Romanian dictator

DNA testing confirms that body which was exhumed from Bucharest cemetery is that of Nicolae Ceausescu.

# romania - Monday 20 September, 2010

From The42 Ireland win big at Homeless World Cup Homeless World Cup

Ireland win big at Homeless World Cup

Irish homeless team beats Romania 15-0 in first match of the tournament.

# romania - Friday 27 August, 2010

THE UNITED NATIONS has urged France to discontinue deporting Roma Gypsies, adding that it was concerned about “discriminatory” political speeches in France.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said that the French authorities should acknowledge individual circumstances when considering deportation – and stressed that collective deportation was not the solution.

However, the French authoties have defended their actions regarding the action, saying that they have been “scrupulously respecting European law”.

France began repatriating groups of Roma, most of whom had arrived in France from Romania, earlier this month. Authorities broke up illegal camps where the Roman had been camping and arranged for thousands of men, women, and children to board planes out of the country.

Families and individuals who agreed to leave were given money: each adult received €300 and each child €100.

France has stressed that although the Roma are entitled to live and work in France as EU citizens, if a person has not secured a work permit within three months of arriving they cannot stay. Those who support the action have said that the camps in which the Roma were living were illegal.

However, Roma complain that they find it extremely difficult to find employment and that the are forced to live in camps.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced that 300 illegal camps are to be removed.

The UN has urged France to focus its attention on integrating Roma into their society and providing them with access to education, health care, and housing rather than deporting them. Roma are the largest ethnic minority in Europe.

The UN also says that, despite reports that said the Roma had volunteered to leave France, many did not fully understand their rights.

Opposition parties say that by taking such an extreme approach, Sarkozy is attempting to hold on to support for the 2012 elections. His government’s popularity has taken a sharp dive recently.

The UN committee also targeted what it viewed as discriminatory rhetoric used by French politicians, saying that the country should:

…intensify its efforts using all means, notably by firmly condemning all racist or xenophobic discourse by politicians and taking appropriate measures to combat the proliferation of racist acts or manifestations on the Internet.

# romania - Tuesday 17 August, 2010

A FIRE AT A ROMANIAN maternity hospital has killed three newborn babies and seriously injured eight others. Two pregnant women were also seriously injured in the fire at the Giulesti hospital, Bucharest. The condition of the injured babies is described as critical.

# romania - Wednesday 21 July, 2010

TWENTY-ONE YEARS after their death, the remains of former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, have been exhumed from their graves.

The remains will be DNA tested to see if they really are those of the Ceausescus, after family members called for verification of the identities.

Ceausescu, who was the secretary general of the Romanian Communist Party, ruled the country from 1965 until his government was overthrown by a revolution in 1989. He had attempted to stifle public discontent through a system of secret police.

The couple were executed in December, 1989, after being sentenced to death by a military court. The couple had been trying to flee from Bucharest when they were captured.

Ceausescu’s son-in-law, Mircea Opran, told Romanian reporters that he wasn’t sure what would happen if the remains are discovered not to belong to Nicolae and Elena. “Probably we will sue the Romanian state,” he said.