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BULGARIA, SEVEN RILA LAKES :Members of an international religious movement called the White Brotherhood perform ritual dance on the top of the Rila Mountain, near Babreka lake, on August 19, 2015. Over 1,500 pilgrims gathered today high in Bulgaria’s Rila mountains to mark their “spiritual” new year with a collective meditative dance they believe connects them to cosmic rhythms and beats the blues. The teaching of the movement, whose founder is Bulgarian Peter Deunov, combines aspects of Christianity and Hinduism with a heavy emphasis on brotherly love, a healthy diet and living in harmony with nature. AFP PHOTO / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV                        


1) Stoyan Nenov/Reuters - Sasha Ruseva, held her son, Atanas, as she spoke to reporters outside her home in Nikolaevo, Bulgaria. Police are investigating how her child, Maria, ended up with another couple in Greece 2) Nikolay Doychinov/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images - A Roma family in Nikolaevo, Bulgaria, on Thursday. Members of the ethnic group worry that their children will be taken based on the false perception that all Roma have dark features.[***]

BULGARIA, Pirdop : A long exposure image showing an aeroplane passing in the sky during the Perseids meteor shower over the remains of St. Ilia Roman early Christian basilica dated back to the 5th–6th century AD near the town of Pirdop, early on August 12, 2015. The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year in August when the Earth passes through the debris and dust of the Swift-Tuttle comet. The Perseid meteor shower – an annual display of natural fireworks – should be particularly spectacular this year, with extra-dark skies expected to create optimal stargazing conditions, astronomers said on August 7, 2015.   AFP PHOTO / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV                        

BULGARIA, Blagoevgrad : Believers pray around a cross-shaped platform covered with candles placed in jars of honey during a ceremony marking the day of Saint Haralampi, Orthodox patron saint of bee-keepers, at the Church of the Blessed Virgin in Blagoevgrad, eastern Bulgaria, on February 10, 2015.   AFP PHOTO / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV