Serbia’s is not Albania’s enemy, says PM Rama in BelgradeGreek parliament fails to elect President in first roundBank officials to be prosecuted for Cyprus' financial collapseKasoulides: 'Barbaros' must first withdraw before we return to the talksEuropean Union expects from Montenegro tangible results in the area of rule of lawRomania’s top court strikes down law on political migration of mayorsVault Employee robbed the BiH Central BankAlbanian deputy minister of Environment discharged for not paying her power supply bills in her second homeKosovo is given the green light to sign SAA with the EUEU says that the opening of negotiations will be considered once Albania meets all the criteria

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Serbia’s is not Albania’s enemy, says PM Rama in Belgrade

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Belgrade, December 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama has demanded from Serbia to recognize Kosovo and face reality. In an interview for the Serbian TV channel, N1, the head of the government said that Serbia is not Albania’s enemy and that the past must be left behind. “Our relations must […]

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Greek parliament fails to elect President in first round

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Athens, December 18, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Lefteris Yallouros Greek presidential candidate Stavros Dimas lost the first round of a critical ballot in parliament. The government’s candidate got 160 votes – 40 short of an outright win. If former European commissioner Stavros Dimas is not elected after two more voting rounds over the […]

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Bank officials to be prosecuted for Cyprus’ financial collapse

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Nicosia, December 18, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Kyriacos Kyriacou Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus has decided to file criminal charges against five former senior officials of the Bank of Cyprus (BoC) and the Bank itself as a legal entity. This case is among many others examined in part of a criminal […]

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Kasoulides: ‘Barbaros’ must first withdraw before we return to the talks

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Nicosia, December 18, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos The Cypriot side will not return to negotiations without the withdrawal of “Barbaros” from the territorial waters of Cyprus EEZ, said Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides, immediately after the first joint meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Energy of Greece and […]

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Schism in DIMAR

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Athens, December 18, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Schism in DIMAR in view of the perspective cooperation with SYRIZA, which is promoted by the leadership of the party, with MPs being strongly against this scenario. A few hours before the crucial vote for the President of the Republic, during the joint meeting of […]

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Notis Marias: ‘The interventions of Juncker and Moskovisi are illegal’

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Athens, December 18, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris “Unacceptable and illegal” characterizes the interventions of Jean-Claude Juncker and Pierre Moskovisi in Greek politics, MEP, Professor Notis Marias, vice president of European Antifederalists and Head of the Political Movement anti-memorandum Citizens in an interview with the Athens News Agency (AMNA). «The European Commission, in […]

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Oli Rehn: SYRIZA is committed to the euro

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Athens, December 18, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The view that SYRIZA and Alexis Tsipras are committed as to the participation of Greece in the Eurozone, voiced the former commissioner, MEP Olli Rehn, to a question of his colleague, Dimitris Papadimoulis, as to how he comments the “fear campaign against the possible electoral […]

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Katainen: The European Commission stands ready to work with any government in Greece

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Athens, December 18, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris “The European Commission should respect democracy and is ready to cooperate with any government in Greece”, stressed in an exclusive statement to EurActiv.gr in Strasbourg the President of the European Commission, Jyrki Katainen. The Finn senior official of the European Commission clarified in EurActiv.gr the […]

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Bank officials to be prosecuted for Cyprus’ financial collapse

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Nicosia, December 18, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Kyriacos Kyriacou Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus has decided to file criminal charges against five former senior officials of the Bank of Cyprus (BoC) and the Bank itself as a legal entity. This case is among many others examined in part of a criminal […]

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Oli Rehn: SYRIZA is committed to the euro

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Athens, December 18, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The view that SYRIZA and Alexis Tsipras are committed as to the participation of Greece in the Eurozone, voiced the former commissioner, MEP Olli Rehn, to a question of his colleague, Dimitris Papadimoulis, as to how he comments the “fear campaign against the possible electoral […]

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Turkish economy shows signs of crisis

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Ankara, December 17, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency The devaluation of the lira and the interest rates worry the markets By Manolis Kostidis Reflection is prevalent in the Turkish government, due to negative news coming from the front of the economy. The Turkish lira in the last month was depreciated by 5.7% against the dollar and […]

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Mitropoulos: Dimas and Papandreou will answer before Justice

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Athens, December 17, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris With a Parliamentary Examination Committee, or even a Special Court threatens SYRIZA MP Alexis Mitropoulos, those who took part in the Lucas Papademos government, including the candidate for President of the Republic, Stavros Dimas. “It was when Mr. Dimas was minister of the Papademos government […]

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2015 budget approved in Cyprus

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Nicosia, December 17, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Kyriacos Kyriacou Cyprus House of Representatives plenary approved on Tuesday evening the 2015 state budget. The budget which was basically enforced by troika passed with 29 votes for and 26 against. The country is under a euro bailout program. State income is expected at 5.928 billion […]

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SYRIZA accuses the Governor of the BoG for playing political games

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Athens, December 17, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Extraordinary meeting with former governor of the Bank of Greece, Giorgos Provopoulos, had on Tuesday afternoon in the House the president of SYRIZA Alexis Tsipras. According to sources, the meeting was requested by the president of SYRIZA himself and the response from the predecessor of […]

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Moscovici sends strong message of support to Greek government

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Athens, 16 December, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Lefteris Yallouros European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici sent a message of support to the Greek government Monday, on the first of a two-day visit to Athens. Following talks with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis and other ministers, Moscovici told reporters: “Such […]

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Kosovo’s government approves the 2015 budget

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Pristina, December 15, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo’s government has approved today the 2015 budget, which amounts to 1 billion and 576 million Euros. The budget will be sent to parliament for voting and it doesn’t include the 25% pay rise as it was planned by the previous government. Minister of Finance, […]

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Skopje is ready to participate in the construction of the railroad between Budapest and Thessalonica

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Skopje, December 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Government in Skopje is ready to participate in the construction of the railroad linking Budapest to Thessalonica. This railroad also goes through Belgrade and Skopje. PM Nikola Gruevski is in Serbia, where he confirmed that he will participate in the joint meeting with the prime […]

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Turkish economy shows signs of crisis

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By   1 day ago

Ankara, December 17, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency The devaluation of the lira and the interest rates worry the markets By Manolis Kostidis Reflection is prevalent in the Turkish government, due to negative news coming from the front of the economy. The Turkish lira in the last month was depreciated by 5.7% against the dollar and […]

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Slovenian PM discusses economic cooperation with Chinese and Serbian PMs

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Ljubljana, December 17, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar attended the two-day 16 +1 summit in Belgrade, of prime ministers from Central and Eastern Europe and China, where he met with his Chinese, Li Keqiang and Serbian, Alexander Vučić, counterparts. Discussions revolved around economic issues. Cerar told the slovenian […]

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Ryanair opposes the privatization of regional airports

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Athens, December 17, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris “Greece sells the keys of the Republic to the German operator, Fraport, which we think is a bad idea”, said commercial director of Ryanair David O’Brienn, commenting on the outcome of the tender for the privatisation of 14 regional airports in the country. Announcing new […]

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Li: ‘Winter in global economy’

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Belgrade, December 16, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Milos Mitrovic Belgrade is the crossroad for the economies of the East and West, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, said at the opening ceremony of the third summit of China and 16 countries of the Eastern and Central European countries. “The priority for the countries of […]

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Total-led consortium to postpone drilling for gas on Bulgarian sea shelf – reports

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Sofia, December 16, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev Sawyer of the Sofia Globe A consortium led by French oil firm Total has said that it would delay the start of drilling gas wells on Bulgaria’s Black Sea shelf, reports in Bulgarian media said on December 16. Falling oil prices on global markets have […]

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Romania’s defense industry had orders worth of USD 252mln in 2014

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Bucharest, December 16, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Daniel Stroe The Romanian industry has this closing year received orders amounting to USD 252 million, of which it has so far supplied arms worth of USD 91 million, Economy minister Constantin Nita today revealed, reviewing his office following a Government reshuffle which took him out of […]

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China – 16 European countries to start summit in Belgrade

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Belgrade, December 15, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Milos Mitrovic The third summit of China and 16 countries of the Eastern and Central European countries will start tomorrow in Belgrade under the motto “New engine, new strength, new platform”; it will gather 1,350 participants in different panels. Some 1,100 journalists from 110 Serbian and foreign […]

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Kasoulides: ‘Barbaros’ must first withdraw before we return to the talks

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Nicosia, December 18, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos The Cypriot side will not return to negotiations without the withdrawal of “Barbaros” from the territorial waters of Cyprus EEZ, said Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides, immediately after the first joint meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Energy of Greece and […]

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Bulgaria to send delegation to Moscow to discuss South Stream – reports

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Sofia, December 17, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s Cabinet plans to send a government delegation to Moscow on December 19 to discuss the prospect of reviving the South Stream gas pipeline project, Russian and Bulgarian media quoted Economy Minister Bozhidar Loukarski as saying in Belgrade on December 16, […]

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Total-led consortium to postpone drilling for gas on Bulgarian sea shelf – reports

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Sofia, December 16, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev Sawyer of the Sofia Globe A consortium led by French oil firm Total has said that it would delay the start of drilling gas wells on Bulgaria’s Black Sea shelf, reports in Bulgarian media said on December 16. Falling oil prices on global markets have […]

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FYROM with the lowest fuel prices in the region

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Skopje, December 16, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM is the country with the lowest fuel prices in the region. This was said by the Energy Regulatory Body in Skopje, which decided to reduce prices of fuels. According to the new decision, the price of petrol goes down to 1,1 Euros a liter, […]

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Dialogue with Russia on South Stream must continue, Merkel tells Bulgarian PM Borissov

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Sofia, December 15, 2014/ The Sofia Globe The European Union has not given up on the South Stream gas pipeline project and therefore the dialogue with Russia must continue, German chancellor Angela Merkel told visiting Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov during talks in Berlin on December 15. The talks took place two weeks after Russian president […]

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European common energy market, energy union are priorities for Bulgaria – Foreign Minister

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Sofia, December 14, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe The creation of a European common energy market and an energy union is one of Bulgaria’s key priorities, Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said in an interview with public broadcaster Bulgarian National Radio. “We have to build connections between EU member countries […]

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Cypriots scrutinise UK stance over their EEZ and Turkey’s EU accession

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London, December 13, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Thanasis Gavos Turkey’s activities within the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus caused a series of formal representations, many of which were directed to the United Kingdom government. London is after all a guarantor power of the independence and integrity of the island, but in this case […]

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Second block of thermal power plant precondition for continued cooperation Montenegrin government and Italian companies A2A

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Podgorica, December 12, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Adnan Prekic At the end of the year expires the partnership agreement between the Montenegrin Government and the Italian company A2A in the state energy company. The Italian company after five years of management have not met the most parts of the conditions stipulated by contract, […]

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Turkish Embassy in Athens Inaugurates Culture and Tourism Office

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Ankara, December 10, 2014 / Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis The inauguration of the Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens was held Saturday, December 6, 2014 in the presence of Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Mr. Ömer Çelik and Minister of Tourism Mr. Olga Kefalogianni, on the […]

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The Times: One in two Britons says Elgin Marbles should be returned to Greece

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Athens, December 10, 2014 / Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Only 26% of Britons considers the Parthenon sculptures remaining in London justified. A small percentage of the British, just 26%, considers it justified for the sculptures that adorned the ancient Parthenon to remain in Britain, according to a poll published Tuesday and which […]

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Ottoman language and writing teaching plan brings reactions in Turkey

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Ankara, December 8, 2014 / Independent Balkan News Agency “They are turning Turkey into a medieval country”, says the opposition “Some are allergic to the Ottoman language”, answers Davutoglu By Manolis Kostidis Major discussions and reactions has caused in Turkey the government’s plan to integrate in the educational programmes the Οttoman language and writing. The issue […]

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“The Last Veil”, the best film of “Skena UP”

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Pristina, December 8, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota A show from Kosovo and a film from Mexico snatched the main awards of the 12th edition of the international student movie and theater festival “Skena UP”. The experimental performance called “Crave”, which talks about homosexuality, pedophilia, discrimination and violence, produced by Astrit Ismaili, were […]

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St. Clement of Ohrid is celebrated today in FYROM

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Skopje, December 8, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti St. Clement of Ohrid day is celebrated today in FYR Macedonia. This is a national holiday, which celebrates the work of the writer and the first Slav illuminist. Today there are many churches, institutions, schools and associations that hold his name and among them are […]

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Why the Ilissos statue loan weakens the British Museum’s case for the Parthenon Sculptures

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London, December 6, 2014 /  Independent Balkan News Agency By Thanasis Gavos The decision by the trustees of the British Museum to allow the lending of the reclining marble figure of the river God Ilissos to the Hermitage in St Petersburg, the first instance in which part of the Parthenon Sculptures exhibited in London is […]

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12th edition of “SKENA UP” International Festival starts in Pristina

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Pristina, December 2, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The 12th edition of the International Festival of Film and Theater Students, “SKENA UP”, will start tonight with a ceremony which will be held in the National Theater of Kosovo. “SKENA UP” is ready to start on the week when film and theater students from […]

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BiH embroidery on UNESCO list

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Banja Luka, December 1, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic Specific embroidery from village of Zmijanje, near Banja Luka, is the first item from BiH to be included on the UNESCO list of world intangible heritage. A few days ago this news was confirmed on the session of UNESCO commission for protection of […]

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FYROM’s kick boxers obtain positive results in Croatia Open

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Skopje, December 16, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM’s kick box national team has won five medals in the world cup “Croatia Open” held in Makarska. This competition saw the participation of 180 participants from many countries of the world, while kick boxers from FYROM also marked positive results. In different categories, they […]

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Majlinda Kelmendi announced the best judo fighter in the world

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Pristina, December 15, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The judo fighter from Kosovo, the world champion, Majlinda Kelmendi, has been announced today the best judo fighter in the world for 2014 in all the categories of this sport. The prize amounting to 50 thousand USD has been brought in Pristina by the president […]

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The only champions of Albania come out positive in the anti-doping tests

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Tirana, December 11, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency A few days before celebrations started in Albania on the national day, good news came that Albanian weightlifting champions had broken a record, being announced world champions in their respective weights. Romela Begaj and then Daniel Godelli (photo), were announced champions, by receiving several medals in the World […]

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Kosovo is officially admitted in the International Olympic Committee

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Pristina, December 9, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Besim Hasani, head of Kosovo’s Olympic Committee (KOC) has confirmed that Kosovo has now been accepted as a full member at the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The letter of accession says that “Kosovo is a true country of sport with a real sport structure, with […]

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Greek National Team drawn in the 3rd Group of the Eurobasket 2015

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Athens, December 9, 2014 / Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Greek men’s national basketball team was drawn in the 3rd group of the Eurobasket 2015 in Zagreb, with opponents Croatia, Slovenia, RYR Macedonia, Georgia and the Netherlands. The draw for the 24 teams took place yesterday, in «Disneyland» Paris, and resulted in the […]

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Albanian weightlifter Romela Begaj results positive in the anti-doping test

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Romela Begaj has resulted positive with stanozolol, which is a forbidden substance, and has been temporarily suspended. A few days ago, Romela Begaj was announced world champion in the Snatch style. Tirana, December 5, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Albanian weightlifter, Romela Begaj has resulted positive in the anti-doping test. International Weightlifting Federationn announced today t […]

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Serious charges for 16 persons involved in Greek football

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Athens, December 5, 2014 / Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris After several months of investigation conducted by prosecutors Koreas and Siskou, who drafted their findings in a 173-page report, issued an indictment against 16 persons, from the world of Greek football. In the defendants are included two persons from Football AUs, four persons […]

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Violence kills sports

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Karditsa, December 3, 2014 / Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Thousands of kilometers away from the seats of Galatasaray and Red Star Belgrade, the students of two Lyceums of the city of Karditsa in Greece, in the final of the school basketball championship, held a minute’s silence in memory of the Serbian football […]

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Ljubljana in 100 most sustainable tourist destinations

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Ljubljana, December 18, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos An assessment of 30 international experts has places Slovenian capital Ljubljana among the 100 most sustainable tourist destinations in the world. According to Turizem Ljubljana, the Global Top 100 Sustainable Destinations 2014 list was compiled based on open invitations for assessment or based on sustainability […]

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Vault Employee robbed the BiH Central Bank

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Banja Luka, December 17, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic Bosnia and Herzegovina state bank, BiH Central Bank (CB BiH), officially confirmed a shortfall in the vault of bank Main unit in Sarajevo in the amount of 600,000 BAM (about 300,000 Euro). “Within the regular and extraordinary controls of the vault’s balance, applying […]

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Albanian deputy minister of Environment discharged for not paying her power supply bills in her second home

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By   18 hours ago

Tirana, December 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency An Albanian deputy minister has been discharged today upon the order of PM Edi Rama, after she was accused that she hadn’t paid power supply bills. Diana Bejko (photo), deputy minister of Environment, a well known figure of the Socialist Party in Shkoder, was removed from her post, […]

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Germany and Austria warn: Illegal migration is preventing the visa liberalization

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Pristina, December 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Illegal migration is damaging for the citizens of Kosovo and it’s threatening the process of the visa liberalization regime. This was said in a news conference by the Interior Minister of Kosovo, Skender Hyseni, who received today the German ambassador to Pristina, Angelika Viets and […]

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Switzerland helps KFOR in the north of Kosovo

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Pristina, December 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota KFOR commander, Francesco Paolo Figliuolo, has met with the Swiss ambassador to Kosovo, Krystyna Marty Lang, who has confirmed Switzerland’s support for KFOR. She said that the Swiss government is active in Kosovo in the domain of health, infrastructure and integration of minorities. General Figliuolo […]

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Tirana, home owner executes two armed robbers

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The suspect for the crime surrenders Tirana, December 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Two people have found death this morning in Tirana, after being shot with a fire arm. This happened in the quarter of Selita in Tirana. The suspected perpetrator of this double murder is Flamur Ymeri. The suspected went to the police station […]

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Many people continue to leave Kosovo

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IBNA Special Report Pristina, December 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Every day, five to ten buses with young people who are looking for a better place in European countries, leave Pristina or other small towns in Kosovo. They do not want to heed the appeals of Kosovo authorities and EU officials that […]

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As Chanukah begins, Bulgarian President speaks out against hate speech

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Sofia, December 17, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Hate speech is often used, but should not be tolerated, Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev said at Sofia Synagogue, where the head of state was guest of honour at a candle-lighting ceremony marking the start of Chanukah. In lighting the first […]

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