USA-EU: Decision on the Court improves the credibility of KosovoFormer political dissident sets himself on fire in front of Albanian ParliamentRomanian PM eyes cutting of 70 taxesGreece posts primary surplus; debt relief beckonsAlbanian parties race for participation in the government“The government must fear the people and not the opposite”Qatar flights will boost investmentsMaja Gojkovic elected for Serbian Parliament speakerRomania’s Basescu pleads for limited terms to root corrupted “local barons”Members of Association of Unemployed in B&H on Streets of Sarajevo

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USA-EU: Decision on the Court improves the credibility of Kosovo

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IBNA Special Report Pristina, April 24, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota United States of America and the European Union have welcomed the voting of the EULEX mission mandate and the creation of the Special Court on the war crimes in Kosovo. Parliament of Kosovo votes in favor of the establishment of the Special […]

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Croatian Main Opposition leader says HDZ capable of pulling Croatia out of the crisis

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  Review Hari Stefanatos In a conference with the title “Croatia’s investment potential”, which was organised by the Croatian Statehood Foundation and the German Hanns Seidel Stiftung foundationon Wednesday, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko said that his party has the resources, programme and associates to lead Croatia out of the economic crisis. “Today […]

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Romanian PM eyes cutting of 70 taxes

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest The Romanian PM Victor Ponta yesterday said his government will soon cut about 70 taxes, on the very day the social-democrat executive passed an emergency decree on tax exemption on reinvested profit and less than a month after introducing a controversial fuel tax that sparked a political war in […]

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Greece posts primary surplus; debt relief beckons

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  By Lefteris Yallouros – Greece Greece’s primary surplus totaled 3.4 billion euros in 2013 (excluding the financial support offered to banks), Alternate Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said on Wednesday. The primary surplus for 2013 was based using Eurostat’s methodology and was rubber-stamped by the European Statistics Bureau Wednesday. The confirmation is crucial to Greece […]

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Albanian parties race for participation in the government

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IBNA Special Report Skopje, April 23, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The messages and debate among Albanian political parties in the last days of the campaign for the elections in FYR Macedonia relate to the fact as to which party will be part of the governing coalition. Democratic Union for Integration (BDI), […]

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Maja Gojkovic elected for Serbian Parliament speaker

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  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) candidate Maja Gojkovic has been elected today for the new National Assembly president. In her first speech after the appointment Gojkovic said she would “continue to develop democracy and tolerance”. She stressed her intention “to share the responsibility with all people’s representatives”. MP’s have also […]

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Romania’s Basescu pleads for limited terms to root corrupted “local barons”

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By   19 hours ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest The Romanian President Traian Basescu has today pleaded in favor of limiting the terms for heads of county councils in order to cut corruption at this level, following a spate of arrests among these officials who have always left the public the impression of impunity. Speaking to daily Adevarul, […]

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Ankara takes a step back on the matter of the Armenian genocide

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  In a statement, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks of “inhuman conditions during deportation”. He recognizes the mistakes that were made and “honors the memory of all Ottomans, irrespective of their religion and nationality, who lost their lives under similar conditions”. By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara A statement of historical importance was […]

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Croatian Main Opposition leader says HDZ capable of pulling Croatia out of the crisis

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  Review Hari Stefanatos In a conference with the title “Croatia’s investment potential”, which was organised by the Croatian Statehood Foundation and the German Hanns Seidel Stiftung foundationon Wednesday, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko said that his party has the resources, programme and associates to lead Croatia out of the economic crisis. “Today […]

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Romanian PM eyes cutting of 70 taxes

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest The Romanian PM Victor Ponta yesterday said his government will soon cut about 70 taxes, on the very day the social-democrat executive passed an emergency decree on tax exemption on reinvested profit and less than a month after introducing a controversial fuel tax that sparked a political war in […]

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Greece posts primary surplus; debt relief beckons

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  By Lefteris Yallouros – Greece Greece’s primary surplus totaled 3.4 billion euros in 2013 (excluding the financial support offered to banks), Alternate Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said on Wednesday. The primary surplus for 2013 was based using Eurostat’s methodology and was rubber-stamped by the European Statistics Bureau Wednesday. The confirmation is crucial to Greece […]

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Stricter tax policy continues in 2014

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica The consolidation of public finances was one of the most important task of the government of Montenegro in 2013. They increased tax control, VAT increased from 17% to 19%, and spending was reduced in the public sector. All this contributed to the fact that Montenegro increased its budget revenue […]

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Bank of Albania transfers 35 million Euros of its profits to the state budget

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Tirana, April 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Bank of Albania has managed to allocate around 35 million Euros of its profits from last year to the state budget. According to the official data of the Bank of Albania, the profit transferred from it to the state budget for 2013 was 4,6 billion ALL or 35 […]

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ECB launches EU-funded cooperation programme with Central Banks in the Western Balkan

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By   7 days ago

  The European Central Bank (ECB) has launched today a cooperation programme with the Bank of Albania (BoA), the Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo (CBRK) and the National Bank of the FYR of Macedonia (NBRM). The European Union (EU) has allocated €500,000 to the program from its Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance. The program […]

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Romanian economy expected to reach pre-crisis growth this year

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Romania’s economy is expected to have this year the second best performance in Eastern Europe, after Poland, with a 3% growth which will bring it to the pre-crisis levels, a financial report by Erste Group shows. “Poland is expected to have the best economic performance, with a 3.1% growth, […]

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Drastic fall of remittances in Albania

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Tirana, April 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The value of remittances in Albania has marked the lowest figure in the past 23 years. The fall in remittances has come as a result of the fact that emigrants have not been very inclined to send money to Albania like they have done other years. Official sources […]

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Qatar flights will boost investments

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  By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia Qatar Airways will be flying directly to Cyprus as of April 29 and this will boost investment interest from Arab World, according to Finance Minister Harris Georgiades. But big investments in financing struggling Cyprus “cannot take place from one day to another, said Georgiades. “It takes time, the government […]

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Railways strike in Romania draws attention to a sector in disarray

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Several hundred trains stopped in railways stations in Romania this morning as employees of the state owned CFR (the rail transport operator) went on a spontaneous warning strike asking for better pay and a halt of layoffs. About 900 trains (600 passengers and 300 freight trains) pulled in stations […]

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Liberalization of the market with the EU, Kosovar farmers risk going bust

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Pristina, April 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota European Union has launched the negotiations for Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with Kosovo. One of the most sensitive subjects currently being discussed relates to the full liberalization of the market between EU member countries and Kosovo.  SAA will gradually create a free trade area, […]

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Aid package for the textile industry in Albania

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IBNA Special Report The Albanian government has prepared a package of aid measures for the industry of active processing (textile industry). The package, which was announced yesterday (photo), also included the dialogue with the industry of textiles in the country. The novelty consists on the fact that this package has been drafted by representatives of […]

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Second thoughts on publishing company names

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By   6 days ago

  By Kyriacos Kyriacou-Nicosia Political parties in Cyprus started backing away from a prior decision to indiscriminately publish thousands of names of persons and companies that transferred funds abroad before March 2013, when the government agreed to close the country’s second largest bank (Laiki bank) and to impose a bank deposit levy on uninsured deposits […]

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Turkey aims to become a center of ‘health tourism’

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  By Manolis Kostidis – Anakara Turkey, which shows a significant growth in tourism, is experiencing rapid growth in “health tourism”. In 2011, 156,176 patients visited Turkey in order to be hospitalized in the country’s health institutions. The number in 2012 reached 270,000 patients. The growth rate reaches 80% with Turkey’s goal for 2023 being […]

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Albanian businesses in the Balkan create the “National Chamber of Commerce”

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By   6 days ago

Tirana, April 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency An incentive launched by the prime ministers of Albania and Kosovo led to the creation of what was called as the National Chamber of Commerce. The founding agreement was signed in Kukes (photo) by the president of “Business Albania”, Luan Bregasi and the head of the Business Alliance […]

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Anastasiades returns from UAE with hopes for investments

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  By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades concluded his official visit to the United Arab Emirates and returned today to Cyprus, with high hopes for foreign investments to boost the island’s struggling economy. Anastasiades, who was accompanied during his visit by Finance Minister Haris Georgiades, Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, Government […]

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Bulgaria remains fully committed to South Stream – minister

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By   24 hours ago

  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin has re-iterated Sofia’s commitment to the South Stream gas pipeline, saying that Bulgaria will do everything possible to ensure that the pipeline is built. Vigenin is the second senior cabinet figure to offer strong re-assurances to Russia in the wake of the […]

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Italian energy giant submits applications for oil and gas exploration in Greece

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  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Italian energy group, Enel, has submitted three applications to search for oil in three different areas of Greece. The Greek Energy ministry announced Tuesday that the energy giant has expressed formal interest for permission to explore for gas and oil in three onshore areas in Western Greece and Epirus. […]

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Floating LNG terminal project in Northern Greece attracts interest

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  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Golar LNG expressed interest in investing in Greece’s Public Gas Corporation (DEPA) floating LNG project. Golar LNG representatives held a meeting with Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yannis Maniatis earlier this week. The company is thought to have expressed keen interest in financing DEPA’s project. Maniatis informed Golar […]

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Ankara speaks of the possibility of the South Stream passing through Turkey

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  By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara Turkey seems to try to benefit from the events on Crimean and the sanctions the EU is prepared to impose on Russia . Energy and Natural Resources minister of Turkey, Taner Yildiz, in his statement to reporters talked about the possibility of changing the course of the undersea gas […]

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Romania ups gas production amid the Ukrainian crisis

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest The Romanian Government asked the two largest local gas producers – Petrom and Romgaz – to avoid maintenance works for a while lest they affect the home gas production amid growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, which could impact on the gas transit to Europe, Energy minister Razvan Nicolescu […]

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Energy Minister responded to report on gas exploitation plans

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  By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia “Timetables set out with regard to our plans for the exploitation of hydrocarbon reserves are still in effect”, Cyprus Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Yiorgos Lakkotrypis has said. According to an official press release issued on Tuesday, invited by reporters, on the sidelines of the official visit […]

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President Putin’s Threat to Cut off Gas Supplies to Ukraine Would Affect B&H

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  By Medina Malagic – Sarajevo President of the Russian Federation has issued a warning yesterday, threatening to cut off supplies of gas to Ukraine if the country does not pay for its supplies up front. President Putin sent a letter to 18 countries that would be affects if Russia were to stop the gas […]

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New wells open in the oil fields of Albania

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Tirana, April 9, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency A program of new drillings is being implemented in the oil field of Patos Marinza in Albania. During the first three months of this year, 32 new wells have been drilled by the company that controls this area, Bankers Petroleum (photo). Omer Dashi, representative of this company, told […]

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“Orpheus and Eurydice”, Tirana welcomes the exciting story of the Greek legendary hero

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This opera is thought to have changed music narration Tirana, April 24, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency “Orpheus and Eurydice” is the first premier opera for 2014 in the National Theater of Opera and Ballet in Tirana. This is the exciting story of the Greek legendary hero, who enters the underground world in order to rescue […]

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Miss Albania 2014 will be hosted in Montenegro

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Tirana, April 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The national competition of Albanian beauty, Miss Albania 2014 will be held hosted in Montenegro. This competition will see the participation of girls from Albania and other countries of the region where Albanians live. Producer of this show, Petri Bozo has signed the agreement of cooperation with the […]

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“Rock for Rock” in Pristina

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Pristina, April 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota This tradition has started 13 years ago and is repeated every June. But its presentation doesn’t change. Different music bands “invade” the stage where there’s only one condition to become part of the ‘Rock for Rock” history: good music. The hosts are ready to launch […]

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Slovaks looking for cooperation opportunities with Kosovar artists

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By   2 weeks ago

Pristina, April 11, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The festival that he presents is one of the most visited ones in Slovakia. “Pohoda” is the multi-cultural festival which interlocks music, theater, film and visual art. This year, the festival will last 17 days. Michal Kascak, director of the festival, along with other […]

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Slovenia celebrates world Roma day with countrywide celebrations

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  Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenia will celebrate the world Roma day on Tuesday with a number of celebrations around the country. Two concerts are scheduled to take place at the Cankarjev dom arts centre in Ljubljana in the evening. The first Roma restaurant in the country, called Romani Kafenava, will be inaugurated in the city […]

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Sarajevo Citizens Marked 6 April-A Day of Commemoration and Celebration

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  By Medina Malagic – Sarajevo 6 April is the day of the City of Sarajevo. Yesterday, the city marked this day with numerous exhibitions, slogans, the laying of flowers at the Eternal Flame, and many other events. 6 April is a significant day for Sarajevo, but also a very odd one, as it is […]

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World famous soprano brings back massive public in the Opera of Tirana

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Tirana, April 7, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The Albanian world famous soprano, Ermonela Jaho, has managed to fill the central hall of the National Theater of Opera and Ballet in Tirana with a brilliant interpretation of “Madame Butterfly”. The show has been going on for several days, but it’s harder and harder to find a […]

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Sarajevo Old Town Has Been Declared a National Monument

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  By Medina Malagic – Sarajevo Today, the Commission has declared Sarajevo’s Baščaršija, the name given to the Old Town of Sarajevo, a national monument for the Preservation of National Monuments of B&H at its 61st session. The President of the Commission LjiljanaŠevo said that the declaration of the Old Town as a national monument […]

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Januzaj refuses Kosovo’s national team, he embraces Belgium

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Pristina, April 24, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Football star, Adnan Januzaj has put an end to speculations and decided to represent Belgium in the dilemma between this national team and those of Kosovo and Serbia. The well known Kosovar talent who has a Belgian nationality and who currently plays for the English […]

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Kosovo, in attack to internationalize sport

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Pristina, April 11, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Memli Krasniqi and the head of the Olympic Committee of Kosovo, Besim Hasani are lobbying in order to accelerate the process of the internationalization of the Kosovar sport. In an attempt to lobby during the “SportAccord” Convention, Krasniqi […]

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IBNA Interview/The Kosovar boxing legend Salihu: Albanians will be the Cubans of Europe

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Exclusive interview for the Balkan News Agency IBNA with the legend of the Kosovar boxing, Aziz Salihu Interviewed by Elton Tota The legend of Kosovar boxing, Aziz Saliu, who has challenged the strongest boxers in the world, says in an exclusive interview for Balkan News Agency IBNA that he has been forgotten by state institutions […]

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Albanian volleyball player Arjola Prenga is announced Norwegian champion in women’s volleyball

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By   3 weeks ago

Tirana, March 31, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency Albanian volleyball player, Arjola Prenga has won the title of the Norwegian champion in women’s volleyball. This title was secured after the 14th victory in 14 weeks. Prenga was the best scorer and the best player of the match with 17 points scored. The Albanian sportswoman was […]

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Kosovo judo fighter Majlinda Kelmendi wins the golden medal in Turkey

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Majlinda Kelmendi has won the gold medal in the Grand Prix tournament, Samsun 2014. The judo fighter from Pec defeated in the final, in the 52 kg weight category, the judo fighter from Italy, Odette Giuffrida. Pristina, March 31, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Majlinda Kelmendi is unstoppable. Following the triumph in […]

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Olympiacos wins its 41st greek football championship

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Olympiacos has mathematically secured the title, the 41st in his long history, after its 2-0 win over Panthrakicos in Karaiskakis stadium. Five turns before Super League’s finishing line, the team from Piraeus finished first in the title race and can now turn their attention with an elevated psychology to […]

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Director of the national football team of FYR Macedonia dies in an accident

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Skopje, March 14, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Director of the National Team of FYR Macedonia, Petar Milosevski died today (14.03) in a road accident in the road linking Kumanovo to Skopje. The president of the Federation of FYR Macedonia, Ilco Georgievski and two other employees of the Federation have remained severely wounded. […]

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Kosovo’s first friendly match against Haiti ends in a draw

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Mitrovica, March 5, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo’s football national team played its first international match today against Haiti, drawing 0:0 (photo). In spite of a goalless draw, Kosovo football players showed a good performance and their game was promising for future matches. Kosovo’s players attacked a lot, put pressure on their opponent, dominated […]

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Former political dissident sets himself on fire in front of Albanian Parliament

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Tirana, April 24, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Dramatic moments have been lived this morning in the center of Tirana in front of the Albanian Parliament, when a former political dissident, tried to set himself on fire (photo) in front of many people and many TV cameras which were broadcasting live. Kujtim Gaziu, 65 years of […]

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Skopje, 13 parties signed the declaration for the improvement of the position of young people in politics

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This agreement has been signed by youth forums of all political parties, with the exemption of VMRO-DPMNE of prime minister Nikola Gruevski Skopje, April 23, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Ahead of the early parliamentary elections, 13 political parties signed today in Skopje the Declaration for cooperation between young people. This agreement […]

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“The government must fear the people and not the opposite”

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IBNA Special Report It’s the government the one that should fear the people and not the opposite. This is suggested by the leader of the opposition in Albania, Lulzim Basha. Mr. Basha made these comments in a meeting held today (photo) on insecurity and economic crisis. Present in this meeting were also representatives of the […]

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Kosovo, Balkan leader in unemployment

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Pristina, April 23, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Prestigious company, “The Headunter” has presented on Wednesday in Pristina a study on Unemployment and Wellbeing in Southeast Europe. Among 10,107 people, 2655 young people have pointed out the problem of unemployment and lack of perspective in Kosovo. The survey online showed data on the […]

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Romania’s Basescu pleads for limited terms to root corrupted “local barons”

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By   19 hours ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest The Romanian President Traian Basescu has today pleaded in favor of limiting the terms for heads of county councils in order to cut corruption at this level, following a spate of arrests among these officials who have always left the public the impression of impunity. Speaking to daily Adevarul, […]

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Members of Association of Unemployed in B&H on Streets of Sarajevo

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  By Maja Tuljkovic – Sarajevo Several dozen members of the Association of Unemployed B&H gathered today for peaceful protests in front of the building of the FB&H Parliament in Sarajevo. They said that they have come together on occasion of the thematic session of the House of Representatives of the FB&H Parliament on the […]

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Railways strike in Romania draws attention to a sector in disarray

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Several hundred trains stopped in railways stations in Romania this morning as employees of the state owned CFR (the rail transport operator) went on a spontaneous warning strike asking for better pay and a halt of layoffs. About 900 trains (600 passengers and 300 freight trains) pulled in stations […]

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Aggravated criminal situation in Albania

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Tirana, April 23, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency Criminal episodes continue to be frequent in Albania, causing victims, wounded and injured. Two murders have been registered in the recent hours, one in the south and one in the north of the country. In Vlora, a 48 year old couple faced a terrible massacre in the […]

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