Mariya Petkova

Mariya Petkova

Mariya Petkova is a Bulgarian journalist covering the Middle East, the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

Europe

Who is the woman challenging Belarusian President Lukashenko?

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has emerged as the main opponent of the Belarusian president in the August 9 vote.

Who is the woman challenging Belarusian President Lukashenko?

Bulgaria

Bulgaria rocked by protests amid coronavirus fears

Analysts say powerful business interests and 'state capture' have led to the current political crisis.

Bulgaria rocked by protests amid coronavirus fears

Bulgaria

How a Syrian Bulgarian wrestler became a 'terror' suspect

Bulgarian authorities accuse Mohammed Abdulqader of fighting in Syria based on photos. His family says he is innocent.

How a Syrian Bulgarian wrestler became a 'terror' suspect

Russia

Does Russia need a Black Lives Matter movement?

Russian-Malian blogger braves insults and death threats to discuss topics deemed sensitive or controversial in Russia.

Does Russia need a Black Lives Matter movement?

Cuba

Cuba has a history of sending medical teams to nations in crisis

Images of Cuban doctors in virus-hit Italy have drawn attention, highlighting a tradition of medical internationalism.

Cuba has a history of sending medical teams to nations in crisis

Bulgaria

Dozens of Bulgarian doctors resign amid COVID-19 crisis

Medical workers cite inadequate protective gear and equipment to treat patients infected with the coronavirus.

Dozens of Bulgarian doctors resign amid COVID-19 crisis

Health

Concern mounts of 'catastrophic' coronavirus outbreak in Syria

Gov't says no cases have been logged but fears grow war-hit country will not be able to cope with a COVID-19 outbreak.

Concern mounts of 'catastrophic' coronavirus outbreak in Syria

Syria's War

Tensions escalate in Deraa, 'cradle of the Syrian revolution'

As Syrian government battles opposition in the northwest, clashes erupt in a former opposition stronghold to the south.

Tensions escalate in Deraa, 'cradle of the Syrian revolution'

Battle for Idlib

Turkish drones – a 'game changer' in Idlib

Ahead of Erdogan-Putin summit, Syrian opposition forces take strategic Idlib positions backed by Turkish drone power.

Turkish drones – a 'game changer' in Idlib

Syria's War

Raqqa residents flee amid fear of Syrian government return

Since October, dozens have left the city fearing reconciliation deal between the SDF and the Syrian gov't, locals say.

Raqqa residents flee amid fear of Syrian government return

Syria's War

Syria opposition commanders warn of Idlib military escalation

Rising tensions in northwest Syria, where government offensive has displaced over 700,000 civilians since December.

Syria opposition commanders warn of Idlib military escalation

Middle East

Idlib IDPs: 'The situation is so bad, it is like Judgement Day'

Lack of humanitarian aid and soaring prices of basic goods may lead to famine in northwest Syria, aid workers warn.

Idlib IDPs: 'The situation is so bad, it is like Judgement Day'