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About 371,000 live in Bulgaria, accounting for less than 5 percent of the population of 7.5 million.

Amnesty International has accused the European Union of “turning a blind eye” to discrimination against Gypsies.


Jamaican Ambassador Audrey P. Marks is proudly promoting the success of a Jamaican engineering student in Virginia for achieving a perfect score on his college entrance exams.

Mrs. Marks said Damien Chang, 16, is the first Jamaican student to achieve 2,400 on his SAT. Damien topped the record set 15 years ago by Romero Heyman, a Jamaican who scored 1,570 when the highest possible score was 1,600.

In a letter to Damien, the ambassador expressed her “enormous sense of pride.”

“You are continuing a great tradition of excellence in your unique way, holding aloft our flag as you advance with the torch so ably borne by many great Jamaican scholars and other trailblazers in numerous fields of endeavor,” she said.

Damien, a student at the Woodberry Forest School near Charlottesville, is one of only 400 students to earn a perfect score out of 1.5 million who took the examination last year, Mrs. Marks said.

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