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Afghan migrant 'shot dead by border guards in Bulgaria'

Bulgarian border guards searching the area in a Land Rover. Credit: Reuters

An Afghan man has been shot dead by border guards in Bulgaria, the country's interior ministry said.

The man, who was travelling with a large group of refugees, was shot near the southeastern Bulgarian town of Sredets late on Thursday.

He was taken to hospital but later died.

Georgi Kostov, the chief secretary of Bulgaria's interior ministry Credit: Reuters

Georgi Kostov, the chief secretary of Bulgaria's interior ministry, told Bulgarian radio station BNR: "Our border patrol of border guards and police in the area stumbled on 50 offenders, who illegally entered the country.

"They put up resistance during the arrest. One of the officers fired warning shots and, in his words, one of the migrants was wounded by a ricochet and later died."

Brit missing after going for morning swim in Bulgaria

Teacher Ethan McKen was travelling with a group of five friends. Credit: Pitchero

A British tourist has been reported missing after apparently getting into difficulties during a morning swim in Bulgaria.

Teacher Ethan McKen, 24, was travelling with a group of five friends and had arrived at the Sunny Beach resort on the Black Sea today.

Thomas Cook has been in touch with the family of Mr McKen, from Nottingham, and is arranging for his relatives to fly to Bulgaria.

One other member of the group entered the sea, but is safe and recovering in a local medical centre.

Mr McKen is a member of Bulwell FC, an amateur football club in Nottinghamshire.

We are very concerned by the disappearance of one of our customers in Bulgaria after they took a morning swim in the sea in Sunny Beach resort.

We are liaising closely with the British Embassy and the local authorities as the search effort continues, and can confirm that the local police are stopping anyone entering the water at present while this continues.

– Club 18-30 spokesman

Chancellor: We will fight for Britain in the EU

The Chancellor George Osborne has insisted the government will continue to fight for Britain and British interests in Europe.

His comments come after reports from Germany that Chancellor Angela Merkel has threatened to withdraw her support for keeping Britain in the EU if David Cameron continued in his drive to curb immigration from other EU countries, in defiance of the EU policy on the free movement of people.


Welsh woman dies on night out at Bulgarian ski resort

Nina Holmes, 22, is pictured here with her boyfriend Dean Herbert. Mr Herbert is returning to the UK today with Ms Holmes' body Credit: Dean Herbert

A 22-year-old woman from Wales has died after a night out in a bar at a Bulgarian ski resort, officials have confirmed.

Nina Holmes collapsed outside BJ's bar in the town of Borovets, some 45 miles from the capital Sofoia, on Sunday night.

It has been reported that eight other British nationals were taken to hospital following a night out in the resort, prompting a police investigation.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed the death of a British national in Bulgaria and said it was providing assistance to the family.

South Wales Police said it was aware of the incident and would be working with Swansea coroner Philip Rogers once Ms Holmes' body was repatriated.

Bulgarian ambassador: Immigration debate 'unpleasant'

The Bulgarian ambassador to the UK called the tone of the immigration debate "very unpleasant".

Konstantin Dimitrov told ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen, "It is defamatory, definitely there are elements of discrimination."

"This propaganda hurts the pride of many Bulgarians ... the humiliation that such a rhetoric contains is something that may leave a trace here or there in the soul of my compatriots," he added.

Green Party: 'Time to end toxic immigration debate'

As flights and buses arriving today showed, many Romanians and Bulgarians have been living in Britain for years.

But we should also be welcoming new arrivals, just as Britons arriving in France, Spain and other European states find themselves welcomed.

It's time to end the toxic immigration debate and acknowledge that, whether they are nurses and doctors coming to work in the NHS, computer game designers or building workers, Romanians and Bulgarians, as with other immigrants, will be contributing to our society.

Some will settle, some will only be here for a few years, and they reflect the mobile nature of life in the modern world which enriches all of our lives.

– Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
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