Comments caused panic to depositors in CyprusWeekly review: let the mayors come to me!Foreign Minister Hoxhaj at UNO: Serbia must respect the agreementsRomania pleads for NATO rotating troops in the Black Sea to discourage a “sick man’s ideas”Davutoglu retains Erdogan's CabinetPresident of Kosovo demands Pakistan to  help in the process of recognitionsVucic confirms: Rama to visit Serbia on October 22Ministers for economic affairs praise the Berlin SummitUNO Security Council to discuss on Kosovo todayPrime Minister Zoran Milanovic satisfied with Berlin meeting

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Comments caused panic to depositors in Cyprus

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  By Kyriacos Kyriacou-Nicosia Warnings that a rejection of the foreclosures bill by Parliament could lead the Cyprus economy “back to March 2013” and possibly a new haircut on deposits has caused panic among depositors. Local newspaper Phileleftheros reported that that approximately €60 million of deposits were withdrawn from local banks in a single day […]

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Independent Democratic MPs demand Nikolopoulos’ resignation

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By   17 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The resignation of MP Nikos Nikolopoulos from the Parliamentary Group demand the Independent Democrats MPs, after the outrageous comment made on social media on the personal life of the Prime Minister of Luxembourg. In a statement issued yesterday they say: “The Independent Democratic MPs condemn the unacceptable, abusive, racist […]

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Opinion polls give SYRIZA 8 points lead over New Democracy

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By   20 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Latest opinion polls, conducted by the company Palmos Analysis, give SYRIZA an 8 point lead in voting intention, while there is a significant drop to New Democracy’s rates and very low rates for PASOK and “River”. According to the new figures, the New Democracy gathers 17.7% in voting intention, […]

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Kouvelis: “I have not received a proposal for the Presidency of the Republic”

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By   21 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Fotis Kouvelis has neither been inquired nor has he received a proposal to be a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic, as he assured, according to reliable information from members of the Executive Committee of DIMAR and the Parliamentary Group of the Party. Reports from AMNA say that […]

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Weekly review: let the mayors come to me!

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By   22 hours ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest When a Romanian politician bumps into a problem he definitely fixes it…his own way. Meaning he goes across lots and, irrespective of the means, he gets the problem solved. This is what the Romanian PM has done this week, passing an emergency ordinance which allows mayors and other local […]

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Foreign Minister Hoxhaj at UNO: Serbia must respect the agreements

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By   22 hours ago

IBNA Special Report Pristina, August 30, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota In his speech at the UN Security Council, the Foreign Minister of Kosovo, Enver Hoxhaj has demanded from Serbia to respect the agreements achieved so far and not to encourage the destabilization of the situation in the north of the country, mentioning […]

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The key to the resolution of FYROM name issue not in Athens

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The “key” for a substantial development in the FYROM name issue is not in Athens, as was pointed out by Foreign Ministry spokesman Kostas Koutras, responding to a question about the joint communiqué of the Berlin Conference on the Western Balkans. “Greece supports the negotiation process mediated by the […]

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Romania pleads for NATO rotating troops in the Black Sea to discourage a “sick man’s ideas”

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By   2 days ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Romanian President Traian Basescu has today delivered a firm speech before the country’s ambassadors attending the annual meeting of diplomacy and called for firmer sanctions against Russia while urging NATO to rotate high capabilities ships in the Black Sea that “can discourage the ideas of a sick man who […]

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Comments caused panic to depositors in Cyprus

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By   13 hours ago

  By Kyriacos Kyriacou-Nicosia Warnings that a rejection of the foreclosures bill by Parliament could lead the Cyprus economy “back to March 2013” and possibly a new haircut on deposits has caused panic among depositors. Local newspaper Phileleftheros reported that that approximately €60 million of deposits were withdrawn from local banks in a single day […]

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Benuā Kerē: The monitoring must continue

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By   2 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, Benuā Kerē, was in Athens yesterday and had meetings with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis and BoG Governor Giannis Stournaras. Speaking to Skai TV, answering the question whether Greece will still need supervision, he said: […]

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€1 billion share capital increase in Bank of Cyprus

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By   2 days ago

  By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia Last year, bank of Cyprus, the island`s largest lender  was recapitalised with depositor money, as part of the €10 billion bailout Cyprus received from the EU/IMF, under which 47.5 per cent of deposits over €100,000 was converted to shares.  Efforts to safe the bank continue until today, when the […]

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Dragasakis says SYRIZA will create new tax system when it comes to power

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By   2 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos A government under SYRIZA will proceed with the creation of a new tax system, in addition to five measures for the reconstruction of the country, according party MP and deputy Parliamentary Speaker, Giannis Dragasakis. Especially for the tax system Dragasakis he said that “you cannot reform the existing one, because it […]

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Νew proposed foreclosures bill in favor of borrowers, says Cyprus government

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By   3 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Deputy government spoksperson, Victoras Papadopoulos, said on Wednesday that the proposed bill on foreclosures give the opportunity to borrowers to protect themselves, while in comparison the current system offers no such protection, adding that the bill would be discussed in Parliament. The proposed bill has taken fire by the opposition parties, […]

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New record low for greek 10-year bonds

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By   3 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos To a new record low receded today the performance of the greek 10-year bond. As shown by the data from the Bloomberg platform, the performance of Greek 10-year bond dropped to 5.57%, thus breaking the previous “record” which had been recorded on June 10 when the yield stood at 5.58%. The rise in […]

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“Bank of Albania and the governor are interested on finding out the truth about the heist”

Albania's central bank governor Fullani speaks during a news conference in Tirana

By   4 days ago

Tirana, August 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Governor of the Bank of Albania, Ardian Fullani commented today for the media the heist that occurred at the Bank of Albania. He said that the missing amount is 713 million ALL, while adding that there will be a consecutive inspection by the High State Audit, underlining that […]

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Vucic asks EU to fund Belgrade – Bar railway

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  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade Ahead of tomorrow’s Western Balkans conference in Berlin, Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic arrived today in German capital and had a meeting with German minister for economic cooperation and development Gerd Mueller. After the meeting Vucic told journalists that Mueller’s ministry was “the key address” to talk with and […]

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Ministers for economic affairs praise the Berlin Summit

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Skopje, August 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM’s ministers for economic affairs have praised yesterday’s Berlin Summit with West Balkan countries, which focused on development, economy and a regional common market. Balkan countries must be more unified, more coordinated in their economies and they must come up with a joint strategy in […]

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Greece paves the way for the exploitation of hydrocarbons

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By   2 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change Yiannis Maniatis, submitted for approval and voting in Parliament of the contracts between the Greek State and the consortiums, in order to perform research and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the three regions of Western Greece, within the concept of the round […]

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Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic satisfied with Berlin meeting

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  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic rated the conference on the Western Balkans in Berlin successful, both politically and in regard to the projects that were discussed. “Today’s conference was a good political event, in which there were talks of clean politics, but also of projects including transport routes. This […]

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Roaming charges in the region to be abolished staring 2015

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Citizens of countries in the region, come 2015, will be able to use the roaming services of mobile operators for free in all countries. Regional agreement on abolition of roaming will be signed at the festival of information technology “Infofest”, which is held in Budva at the end of […]

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Bulgaria’s business climate deteriorates in August for third month

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By   2 days ago

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s business climate, as measured by the National Statistical Institute (NSI), deteriorated in August 2014 for the third consecutive month. Despondency among managers in Bulgaria’s construction, retail and services sectors worsened, while in industry business sentiment remained unchanged from July, according to the NSI monthly survey. The major […]

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Greek banking sector turning a corner

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By   2 days ago

  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Three Greek banks released financial results for the second quarter and first six months of 2014 on Thursday. Alpha Bank, Attica Bank and the National Bank of Greece (NBG) surprised the market by posting profits. Analysts had predicted that of the four systemic banks, Alpha, Eurobank, Piraeus and NBG, […]

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Slovenia: Sales revenue down by 6% in 2013

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By   2 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Retail and wholesale companies in Slovenia generated 5.7% less in sales revenues in 2013 compared to the year before, or EUR 23.3bn. This is the second consecutive drop in annual revenues, which puts revenues on par with the recession years. Data from the Statistics Office show a 18% drop in revenues, […]

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Slovenian business delegation attends China investment forum

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By   3 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Twelve companies from Slovenia have sent representatives to take part in the two-day China investment forum that started on Thursday in Prague, during which they will be able to attend a number of formal an informal meetings as well as individual discussions with Chinese investors. On behalf of China will attend […]

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Greece paves the way for the exploitation of hydrocarbons

Gas GR IBNA

By   2 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change Yiannis Maniatis, submitted for approval and voting in Parliament of the contracts between the Greek State and the consortiums, in order to perform research and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the three regions of Western Greece, within the concept of the round […]

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Christodoulides: We will denounce the illegal actions of Turkey

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By   5 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos The turkish research ship «Barbaros» returns to the Cypriot EEZ for new surveys causing reactions in Nicosia. According to an ad from the turkish coastal station of Antalya, it is committed to conducting seismic surveys in the area north of Cape Apostolos Andreas, from August 24 to October 2. The reserved […]

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Cyprus-Egypt cooperation on natural gas enters next stage

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By   1 week ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Cyprus – Egypt cooperation in the hydrocarbons sector enters the next stage, in particular the development of possible deposits. The visit of Energy Minister, Yiorgos Lakkotrypes, to Egypt established new bases on common actions even beyond the sale of natural gas to Cairo, directly from the Cypriot pieces. Official announcement of […]

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Greek initiative to prevent an energy crisis in Europe

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By   1 week ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The need for a European mechanism for the supply of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to tackle the threat of an energy crisis due to the situation in Ukraine demonstrates the Greek Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Yiannis Maniatis, in his letter to the President of the European […]

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Mexico invites Romanian companies to its booming oil market

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By   2 weeks ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Mexico, the world’s seventh oil producer, has decided to liberalize its oil and gas market, ending a 76 year long state monopoly, and invited Romanian companies to access its enormous reserves, reads a press release of the Mexican Embassy in Bucharest. The Mexican President, Enrique Pena Nieto, signed on […]

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Lack of agreement with Croatia, forces submarine power cable through a more expensive route

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By   2 weeks ago

  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica The Italian company TERNA and Montenegrin Transmission System failed to agree with Croatia on the route of undersea power cable between Italy and Montenegro. The Croatian side due to oil and gas exploration will not allow the fitting of the cable based on the original design. Alternate routes will […]

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Cyprus Minister in Egypt to discuss hydrocarbons prospects

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By   2 weeks ago

  By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis flew to Cairo on Monday for talks with Egyptian counterparts in what he said is the first of series of visits to different countries to discuss the island’s hydrocarbons prospects. Lakkotrypis, accompanied by a team of technocrats, will on Tuesday be meeting separately with Egypt’s […]

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Agreement with CEZ is a theft to every Albanian, says the Democratic Party

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By   3 weeks ago

Tirana, August 13, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The Democratic Party denounced today what it considered to be a mega scandal of the agreement between the government of Albania and CEZ, by considering it as a theft being made to every Albanian. The representative of DP, Enno Bozdo, said that this theft will have an impact […]

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Korean poet Ko Un is honored by writers in FYROM

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Skopje, August 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The winner of the “Golden Crown” award in the international poetry festival “Poetry Nights of Struga”, the Korean poet, Ko Un, was made honorable member of the Association of Writers in FYR Macedonia. During the ceremony which saw the presence of writers and other personalities of […]

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Amphipolis: Impressive new findings from the interior of the tomb

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By   4 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Impressive are the new findings that are revealed from the excavations in the tomb of Kasta, in Amphipolis, by the KH Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities. As outlined by the Ministry of Culture, the last domos was removed from the wall that sealed the tomb, which closed the […]

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Photograph from Skopje wins the “Intercultural Photo Award”

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By   5 days ago

Skopje, August 26, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Rafiz Fera, graduated in graphic design at the Faculty of Art and Design at the European University in Skopje, was one of the participants awarded in the Intercultural Photo Award in Austria. 189 photographs have been sent in this competition by participating countries from all […]

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“Dokufest” comes to an end

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By   6 days ago

Pristina, August 25, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The 13th edition of the international documentary films “Dokufest” ended on Sunday. The film which was liked the most by the public of Dokufest was “The hug” by Lulzim Guhelli. Guhelli said that he was very happy with this, because according to him, this was […]

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International poetry festival in Struga accompanied by the boycott of Albanians

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IBNA Special Report Skopje, August 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Today marks the start of the 53rd edition of the international poetry festival “Poetry Nights of Struga”, but this festival is being boycotted by Albanians. The commune of Struga along with its Albanian mayor, Ziadin Sela is boycotting this international traditional event, […]

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The wings of the sphinxes of Amphipolis will be fully restored

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By   2 weeks ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Archeologists discovered fragments from of the sphinxes’ wings that will allow their restoration. The two statues exceeded two meters in height and came from the same workshop as the Leon (lion) – Archaeologists also found traces of blue and red in the upper part of the monument. Both marble sphinxes found […]

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Albanians boycott the international festival of poetry in Struga

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Skopje, August 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Albanians are boycotting the international poetry festival known as “Poetry Nights of Struga”. The decision for the boycott of this traditional activity organized by the Ministry of Culture in FYROM, has been taken by the commune of Struga. The mayor of Struga, Ziadin Sela declared […]

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Global interest for the  tomb in Amphipolis

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By   2 weeks ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Global interest has attracted the important archaeological discovery in Amphipolis, Serres, details of which will see the light of day in the coming days. Meanwhile, Monday morning starts a new round of excavations in “Kastas” tomb. Already the preparatory work for the safe shifting of the stones of the […]

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FYROM’s basketball national team qualifies for Eurobasket 2015

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Skopje, August 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM’s basketball national team qualifies for the fifth time in its history for the 2015 European Championship. Macedonian basketball players have won against Belarus 72 to 66 in the qualifying round. “We achieved our objective and we’re happy that we qualified for the European Champioship”, […]

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Swimming champion would rather not live in Serbia

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  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade Velimir Stjepanovic (21), Serbian swimmer who won two European championship gold medals, said that he never had a dilemma which country he would choose to play for. “I always knew I would play only for Serbia, the country I love”, Stjepanovic told Belgrade’s NIN weekly. Stjepanovic, who was born […]

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Bulgaria’s Dimitrov scores first US Open win

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  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov notched his first win at the US Open, defeating American wild-card Ryan Harrison in straight sets to win his first career match at Flushing Meadows late on August 27. Dimitrov had lost in the first round of the last tennis Grand Slam tournament of […]

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APOEL to the stars of Champions League

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  Review Hari Stefanatos APOEL triumphed over Aalborg in “GIS” Nicosia, beating the Danes 4-0 and will be present to the Champions League groups for the third time in its history. With the 1-1 draw in the first game of the playoffs that lead to the top European league, Giorgos Donis’ team did not impress […]

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Special police unit to maintain law and order in stadiums

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Skopje, August 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Violence in the stadiums of FYR Macedonia will be prevented through a special police unit. The special unit’s task will not be the maintenance of order, but to understand more on the needs of the fans and handle them before violence and incidents between groups […]

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Maribor in the Champions League after 15 years

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  Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenian champions Maribor pull out a sensational away win against Scottish champions Celtic in Glasgow on Tuesday that saw them through to the Champions League Group stages, with a 3-2 aggregate win, for the first time in 15 years. The winning goal came from Maribor’s captain Marcos Tavares, who scored a […]

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Majlinda Kelmendi becomes world champion again

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Pristina, August 26, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The judo fighter from Pec, Majlinda Kelmendi has defended her world championship title in judo by defeating in the final of the World Championship in Russia, Andrea Chitun from Romania. To reach the final, Kelmendi initially defeated Vanessa Cortesian from Venezuela and then Bundma Munghbaatar […]

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Bulgaria’s Pironkova through to US Open second round

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  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s top-ranked female tennis player, Tsvetana Pironkova, advanced to the second round of the year’s last Grand Slam, the US Open, with a straight-sets victory over Italy’s Karin Knapp. Pironkova needed only 77 minutes to defeat Knapp 6-4, 6-3 in a match that saw a total of […]

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Comments caused panic to depositors in Cyprus

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By   13 hours ago

  By Kyriacos Kyriacou-Nicosia Warnings that a rejection of the foreclosures bill by Parliament could lead the Cyprus economy “back to March 2013” and possibly a new haircut on deposits has caused panic among depositors. Local newspaper Phileleftheros reported that that approximately €60 million of deposits were withdrawn from local banks in a single day […]

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Independent Democratic MPs demand Nikolopoulos’ resignation

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By   17 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The resignation of MP Nikos Nikolopoulos from the Parliamentary Group demand the Independent Democrats MPs, after the outrageous comment made on social media on the personal life of the Prime Minister of Luxembourg. In a statement issued yesterday they say: “The Independent Democratic MPs condemn the unacceptable, abusive, racist […]

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Cyprus: Unemployment drops in July for fourth consecutive month

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By   20 hours ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Unemployment in Cyprus has registered a drop for another month, according to official figures from Eurostat. The unemployment rate in July 2013 was 1.2% lower compared to July last year, according to data released today by Eurostat, which noted that this is the fourth consecutive monthly decline rates for Cyprus. This […]

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One killed and two Albanian brothers wounded in Zubin Potok

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Pristina, August 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota A person has died and two others have remained wounded as a result of gun fire near the village of Koshtova in Zubin Potok. IBNA learns that the person who died and the two wounded are brothers, 19, 17 and 16 years of age respectively. […]

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Roaming charges in the region to be abolished staring 2015

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Citizens of countries in the region, come 2015, will be able to use the roaming services of mobile operators for free in all countries. Regional agreement on abolition of roaming will be signed at the festival of information technology “Infofest”, which is held in Budva at the end of […]

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Slovenia: Sales revenue down by 6% in 2013

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By   2 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Retail and wholesale companies in Slovenia generated 5.7% less in sales revenues in 2013 compared to the year before, or EUR 23.3bn. This is the second consecutive drop in annual revenues, which puts revenues on par with the recession years. Data from the Statistics Office show a 18% drop in revenues, […]

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Western embassies and the European Commission, concerned about emergency decree legalizing political migration in Romania

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By   3 days ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest The US, British the European Commission’s representation in Romania have criticized an emergency ordinance passed today by the Romanian Government which allows local elected officials to migrate to another political party, a measure seen as having an electoral scope ahead of the presidential elections this fall. “We have heard […]

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Opposition comments for the first time the heist at the Bank of Albania

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UPDATED Tirana, August 28, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency Leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, had a meeting today with the representatives of the International Monetary Fund. During this meeting, Basha said that the government is not being transparent and is trying to cover with propaganda, a virtual Albania which only exists in the mind […]

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