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Albania Rights Groups Condemn ‘Undemocratic’ Media Bills

Fri, 18/01/2019 - 14:30
Edi Rama is being urged to withdraw two media bills that rights groups say pose a serious threat to freedom of the media and democracy in the country.
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Vucic Cares about Power, Not Cutting Crime

Fri, 18/01/2019 - 13:42
The Serbian President’s plan to introduce life prison terms without parole won’t cut the crime rate – and is gross abuse of his constitutional powers.
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Disputed Language Law Outrages Macedonian Opposition

Fri, 18/01/2019 - 11:50
Macedonia’s government has pushed on with publishing a new law extending the official use of Albanian – although the President has refused to sign it, and the opposition is up in arms.
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Mad Man? The Greek Who Killed Apartheid’s Architect

Fri, 18/01/2019 - 07:19
Dimitri Tsafendas became just a footnote in history after killing South Africa’s apartheid prime minister, Hendrik Verwoerd. He was dismissed as a mad man, but a new book argues he knew exactly what he was doing.
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Serbia in 2019: Kosovo Solution Looks Unlikely This Year

Fri, 18/01/2019 - 07:17
Balancing precariously between East and West, the authorities are likely to continue this high-wire act, while delaying a final solution to the perennial issue of Kosovo.
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Bosnia Blows Millions of Euros on Official Limos

Fri, 18/01/2019 - 07:15
Bosnian institutions and public companies last year launched tenders to procure 1,666 official vehicles, worth about 46 million euros, data reveal.
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Migrants Still Trekking Into Croatia Despite Winter Cold

Fri, 18/01/2019 - 07:12
In spite of freezing winter conditions, many migrants and refugees in Bosnia are still attempting to cross from the non-EU Bosnia into EU-member Croatia.
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Putin ’Shares Serbia’s Concern’ Over Kosovo Army

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 18:58
Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his visit to Serbia that he shared Belgrade’s concern over Kosovo’s intention to form an army, which he called a violation of UN Resolution 1244.
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Bets and Calculations

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 17:57
All manner of political bets and diplomatic calculations seem to be in the focus of this week’s selection of premium stories as politicians, parties and governments jockey for positions, or, in some cases, survival. 
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BIRN Urges Russian Leader To Release Journalists

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 16:23
As Vladimir Putin visits Belgrade, BIRN journalists have used the occasion to call on the Kremlin leader to release imprisoned journalists in Russia and respect human rights.
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Serbs Accused of Torching US Embassy Acquitted

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 12:12
Serbia's appeal court has acquitted those convicted of trying to set fire to the US embassy in Belgrade in 2008 in a protest against US support for Kosovo's declaration of independence.
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Turkey’s Erdogan Wants Bosnia's Dayton Deal Changed

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 10:32
At a joint press conference in Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Croatian counterpart both agreed that the 1995 agreement which ended the 1992-5 war in Bosnia is not working.
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Human Rights Progress Faltering in Balkans, HRW Says

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 10:31
War crimes prosecution, ethnic tensions, threats to journalists and minority and immigrants’ rights remain the key problems in the field of human rights in the Balkans, Human Rights Watch's World Report 2019 noted.
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Romanian Castle Treasures First King’s Great Legacy

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 06:24
The castle built by Romania’s first king at Peles remains a tribute to Carol I’s many achievements – and his love of the arts.
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Bulgarian Lawmakers Endorse Controversial F-16 Purchase

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 06:21
Under diplomatic pressure and in violation of its own conditions, Bulgaria’s parliament has given the green light to negotiations on the purchase of eight US fighter jets.
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Serbia Prepares Red Carpet Welcome for Russia's Putin

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 06:16
Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting his Serbian counterpart on Thursday, when they will sign a series of agreements and memorandums, highlighting the warmth between the two Slavic allies.
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Serbian Protesters Commemorate Kosovo Politician's Murder

Wed, 16/01/2019 - 20:30
Serbs who have been protesting against the rule of President Aleksandar Vucic for the past six weeks on Wednesday marked the first anniversary of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic’s murder.
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Serbian Prosecutors Await Advice Over ISIS Suspect

Wed, 16/01/2019 - 15:35
The Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime said it is waiting for more expertise before deciding whether to pursue the case of a man arrested on January 13 and suspected of planning terrorist attacks in the name of ISIS.
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OTE Sells Telekom Albania to Bulgarian Businessmen

Wed, 16/01/2019 - 15:12
Deutsche Telekom's subsidiary in Greece, OTE, is selling its shares in the second-largest mobile operator in Albania to the Bulgarian investor Spas Roussev and the Albanian-Bulgarian investor Elvin Guri for 50 million euros.
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UN Court Releases Convicted Bosnian Croat Leader

Wed, 16/01/2019 - 13:56
The UN court in the Hague granted early release to Valentin Coric, one of the six leaders of the unrecognised Bosnian Croat statelet of Herzeg-Bosnia who were convicted for war crimes during 1992-1994.
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