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CoS refuses to suspend television licence tender

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Athens, July 29, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Council of State on Friday threw out all the petitions submitted by Greek television channels asking for the suspension of a tender to allocate four national television broadcasting licences in Greece. It rejected the six petitions on the grounds that there were urgent […]

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House FA Committee proposes meeting between Cyprus-Greece-Egypt-Israel on energy

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Nicosia, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency A quadripartite meeting of the Parliamentary Committees of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus-Greece-Egypt and Israel on the issue of energy will be proposed by the Cyprus Committee, said on Friday Yiorgos Lillikas, Chairman of the Committee. The members of the Foreign Affairs Committee had a meeting today with the […]

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One seventh of Albanian members of parliament have criminal convictions

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Tirana, 29 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani In Albania, the Central Election Commission has concluded the examination of self assessment forms submitted by officials as part of the implementation of the decriminalization law. These forms alone show that 19 out of 140 MPs have had or still have problems with the law […]

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Majority’s and opposition’s expectations from the debate on demarcation

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Pristina, 29 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota On 3 August, parliament of Kosovo will hold a public debate on the issue of demarcation with Montenegro. This round table will see the participation of MPs and representatives of civil society. In this debate, opposition parties are expecting for opposition MPs to be persuaded […]

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Bulgarian PM Borissov discusses migrant crisis with Merkel

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Sofia, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has discussed the migrant crisis with Angela Merkel, with the German chancellor pledging support for Bulgaria seeking further resources, Borissov’s office said. Borissov and Merkel discussed the “increasingly complicated and difficult situation” regarding the migrant crisis, […]

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Parliament approves the Przino Agreement

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Skopje, 29 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Parliament of FYROM approved last night the new bills on which the four main political parties have agreed on as part of the so called Przino Agreement, which was reached a year ago, but which was completed through an annex in the 20 July meeting. […]

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Greek PM to attend the inauguration of new state airport of Paros

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Athens, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris In the presence of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will take place today the inauguration of the new state airport of Paros. Alexis Tsipras will depart on Friday morning from Eleftherios Venizelos on a charter flight of Aegean/Olympic Air to Paros and will return to Athens in […]

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Opposition’s reactions to the announcements of the Prime Minister continue

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Athens, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris For a second day continued the reactions of the opposition to the measures announced by the prime minister, the reconstruction of the welfare state, and the mitigation of the effects from the abolishment of EKAS. “In his speech to the Governing Council of Social Policy, […]

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CoS refuses to suspend television licence tender

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Athens, July 29, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Council of State on Friday threw out all the petitions submitted by Greek television channels asking for the suspension of a tender to allocate four national television broadcasting licences in Greece. It rejected the six petitions on the grounds that there were urgent […]

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Turkey’s foreign trade volume up in June

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Ankara, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency In the first 6 months of 2016 the trade deficit fell 16 pct year-on-year, says Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci Turkey’s exports in June rose 8.1 percent, and its trade deficit widened by 5 percent, following rising imports, according to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) on Friday. […]

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Cyprus records greatest EU annual drop in unemployment at 11.5% while GDP & inflation recover

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Brussels, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Athanasios Athanasiou – CNA Unemployment in Cyprus dropped another 0.2 percentage point in June 2016 compared to May, descending from 11.9% to  11.7%. This, according to Eurostat means that another 1000 persons exited unemployment status in the course of the last month  (down to 47 000 total […]

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Kosovo is marking a solid economic growth, says PM Mustafa

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Pristina, 29 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa has received today the head of the World Bank office in Kosovo, Marco Mantovanelli and discussed with him joint projects concerning sustainable economic growth and the opening of new jobs. Prime Minister Mustafa talked about the government’s priorities, stressing […]

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BNR: Vice-Governor Olteanu’s duties to be taken over by other executives

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Bucharest, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency National Bank of Romania Vice-Governor Bogdan Olteanu’s duties will be taken over by other members of the executive management, the National Bank of Romania (BNR) announced in a press statement on Friday. “In respect to Mr Bogdan Olteanu’s being detained, the National Bank of Romania points out that […]

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Spiegel: Double standards for Spain and Greece by Schaeuble

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Athens, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Of a bias on the part of Wolfgang Schäuble in favour of Spain, while rejecting any leniency towards Greece, speaks of the German Spiegel magazine, however, it considers reasonable the European Commission’s decision not to impose fines on Spain and Portugal. This is wise, but […]

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Moody’s: Good news for Greek banks

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Athens, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris “The Greek banks will probably attract more deposits with the new relaxation of controls on capital movements (capital controls)”, is the title of a note from Moody’s credit rating agency included in its review (Moody’s Credit Outlook). The firm refers to the Finance Ministry measures […]

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IMF internal report reveals mistakes in Greek bailout program

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Athens, July 29, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Zacharias Petrou The International Monetary Fund made a series of shocking admissions on Thursday regarding mistakes it made in the handling of Greece’s first bailout in 2010. The International Monetary Fund’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) said in an internal report that it was pressured into joining […]

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CoS refuses to suspend television licence tender

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Athens, July 29, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Council of State on Friday threw out all the petitions submitted by Greek television channels asking for the suspension of a tender to allocate four national television broadcasting licences in Greece. It rejected the six petitions on the grounds that there were urgent […]

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Export and import drop, trade deficit in Albania grows

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The figures published by INSTAT are analyzed by the opposition leader Tirana, 29 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani Exports of goods in June 2016 dropped by 6,4% compared to the same period of last year, states an official report which was published today by the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT). Imports too […]

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AgriMin Irimescu: Romania, interested in transfer of Argentinean farm research, genetics know-how

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Bucharest, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Romania is interested in a transfer of Argentina’s know-how in farm research and genetics as well as farm management and associations, given Argentina’s experience of more than 150 years, Romania’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Achim Irimescu told AGERPRES on an official visit to Buenos Aires. “Romania […]

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Government decides: Limit for online purchases, 22 euros, for gifts from abroad, 45 euros

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Tirana, 29 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani The Albanian government has decided to apply Value Added Tax and a customs fee on all products over 22 euros which are purchased through the internet. Also, any gift that a citizen from Albania receives from abroad will, from now on, be subject to VAT […]

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Telekom Slovenije group’s net profit drops by 22% in H1

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Ljubljana, July 28, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The group around Telekom Slovenije generated EUR 347.8m in net sales revenues in the first half of the year, which is a 5% drop year-on-year. The group’s net profit was also down, by 22% to EUR 17.3m, showed an unaudited report published on Thursday. The core company’s EBITDA […]

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Development of business zones in F BiH

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Sarajevo, July 28, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic Federation BiH Minister of Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade, Amir Zukic, mayors and representatives of ten municipalities of the Federation of BiH signed on Thursday  in Mostar contracts on allocation of funds under the grant scheme “Improving the business zones in the Federation of BiH for […]

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European Commission to allocate less IPARD 2 funds for FYROM

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Skopje, 28 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The European Commission has reduced the amount of the IPARD funds for rural development by 25 million euros. While IPARD 1 amounted to 85 million euros, IPARD 2 amounts to 60 million euros. Biljana Kostovska, representative of the Ministry of Agriculture said that from 2014 […]

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Bulgarian business sentiment drops in July 2016 – poll

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Sofia, July 28, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev Sawyer of The Sofia Globe A regular monthly poll by the National Statistical Institute (NSI) found a drop in business sentiment in Bulgaria in July 2016, driven down mainly by a decrease in optimism in the service sector. In 2016, the NSI surveys found […]

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House FA Committee proposes meeting between Cyprus-Greece-Egypt-Israel on energy

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Nicosia, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency A quadripartite meeting of the Parliamentary Committees of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus-Greece-Egypt and Israel on the issue of energy will be proposed by the Cyprus Committee, said on Friday Yiorgos Lillikas, Chairman of the Committee. The members of the Foreign Affairs Committee had a meeting today with the […]

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Oil&Gas majors submit applications for third licensing round in Cyprus EEZ (2)

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Nicosia, July 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Gregoris Savva – CNA Oil&Gas majors have submitted applications for the third hydrocarbon licensing round in Cyprus`s Exclusive Economic Zone. Minister of Energy Yiorgos Lakkotrypis (photo) announced on Wednesday the companies and consortia that have submitted applications for the third licensing round for offshore hydrocarbon exploration in […]

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Four suitors for the 24% of ITSO

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Athens, July 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris H Italian TERNA, French RTE and two Chinese, the China State Grid and China Southern Power Grid, all network operators, have expressed (non-binding) interest in buying 24% of ITSO PPC, completing the first phase of the competition. In the second phase, eligible participants will carry […]

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Germany offers a 30 million euro loan to build the 400 kV transmission line between Albania and FYROM

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Tirana, 26 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Germany has decided to offer a 30 million euro loan for the construction of the 400 kV transmission line between Albania and FYROM. The agreement was signed today (26.07) by the Albanian minister of Energy, Damian Gjiknuri and ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Tirana, Mrs. […]

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A Cyprus solution will facilitate future energy projects, Anastasiades-Netanyahu agree 

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Nicosia, July 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Israel has a strong interest in the resolution of the Cyprus problem, since this would greatly facilitate the pace of development for future energy projects, that will proceed according to international law, the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin […]

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Bulgaria, US hail co-operation on energy issues

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  Sofia, July 23, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Daniel Mitov and US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz welcomed the energy and energy security cooperation between the two countries, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The meeting took place on July […]

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Energy Ministry receives six bids for third offshore licensing round 

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Nicosia, July 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Kyriaki Demetriou – CNA Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis announced on Friday that the Ministry received a total of six bids from eight companies for its third licensing round for offshore exploration in blocks 6, 8 and 10 of Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Lakkotrypis said he was pleased with […]

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The Chinese of Geo-Jade Petroleum Corporation purchase all the shares of Bankers Petroleum

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Tirana, 21 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The Chinese corporation Geo-Jade Petroleum Corporation has decided to purchase all the shares of Bankers Petroleum Ltd with a price of C $ 2.20 per share, was announced today (21.07) by the company that holds its activity in Albania. The finalization of the transaction is subject to the […]

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CoS refuses to suspend television licence tender

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Athens, July 29, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Council of State on Friday threw out all the petitions submitted by Greek television channels asking for the suspension of a tender to allocate four national television broadcasting licences in Greece. It rejected the six petitions on the grounds that there were urgent […]

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Ljubljana galleries attract more foreign visitors in summer

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Ljubljana, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Galleries and museums in Ljubljana attract more foreign than domestic visitors during the summer as the locals try to get out of the city as much as possible. While the National Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art are classics, the City Museum is all the rage this […]

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Okarina Music Festival starting tonight in Bled

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Bled, July 26, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The Okarina International Music Festival will take over Bled for the 26th summer in a row. Musicians from all over the world will perform at Bled Castle and the lakeshore promenade, sending out a message about the importance of multiculturalism. The festival will open tonight with the Egyptian […]

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International Jazz Festival to be held in Albania

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Tirana, 19 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency These days, the main cities of Albania will be filled with jazz sounds. Albania will host the International Jazz Festival in this fifth edition. According to producer Valmir Xoxa, one of the novelties of this edition of Jazz and World Music International Festival is that seven music groups […]

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“Ohrid Summer” gathered around 800 artists

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Skopje, 18 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Over 800 artists and musicians from different countries of the world have participated in this year’s international festival of culture and classical music “Ohrid Summer”. The festival will continue throughout the whole month, while its opening was accompanied by a gala concert of the world […]

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Asian and European leaders gather in Mongolia for ASEM 11 Summit

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Ulaanbaatar, July 14, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The 11th Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM11, Summit) is to commence tomorrow in Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia, under the theme “20 Years of ASEM: Partnership for the Future through Connectivity”. ASEM11 will be the highest-level international event Mongolia has ever hosted. Under the chairmanship of […]

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The fifth season of excavations at the site of Ayios Tychonas-Klimonas completed

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Nicosia, July 12, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Haris Stefanatos The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that on the 4th of June 2016, the fifth season of excavations at the site of Ayios Tychonas-Klimonas in Lemesos District was completed. The excavations were directed by François Briois (EHESS) and Jean-Denis […]

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Montenegrin writer Miras Martinovic is the winner of “Teuta” literary award

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Tirana, 12 July 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency Prominent Montenegrin writer, Miras Martinovic has been announced winner of “Teuta” award, an award which is given by “Teuta” Regional Association of Writers in the framework of the three border literary manifestation “The Alps’ Muses 2016”. The hosts explain this award: “Miras Martinovic work, based on ancient […]

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Simona Halep advances to 2016 Rogers Cup women’s singles quarter-finals

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Bucharest, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, WTA’s 5th, on Thursday advanced to the quarter-finals of the women’s singles event at the 2,413,663-USD Rogers Cup tournament, after she defeated Karolina Pliskova (CZE), 6-3, 6-3. Halep, a 2015 finalist, won in one hour and 7 minutes. Halep, 24, the third seed […]

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Shkendija defeats the Czechs of Mlada Boleslav

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Skopje, 29 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Shkendija of Tetovo made another step forward last night in the Europa League tournament, after defeating the Czech football club of Mlada Boleslav 2:0. The club from Tetovo had several goal scoring opportunities in the match played in “Philip 2” stadium in Skopje with the presence […]

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Niculescu/Wickmayer wins Washington women’s doubles final

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Bucharest, July 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Romanian-Belgian pairing Monica Niculescu/Yanina Wickmayer on Saturday won the final of the women’s doubles event at the 226,750-USD Washington WTA tennis tournament after defeating the Japanese double Shuko Aoyama/Risa Ozaki, 6-4, 6-3. Niculescu/Wickmayer prevailed in one hour and 15 minutes, with a short rain break as the winning […]

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FYROM will have 6 athletes in the Rio Olympics

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Skopje, 25 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYR Macedonia will have 6 athletes who will travel to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games which start on 5 August. The participating athletes are Drita Islami and Riste Pandev in athletics, Nastasia Bogdanovska and Marko Blazevski in swimming, Katerina Nikolovska in judo and […]

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Shkendija defeats Nefchi from Azerbaijan

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Skopje, 22 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Shkendija football club from Tetovo has moved on to the third qualifying phase of the Europa League after defeating the Azerbaijani team of Neftchi 1:0 in Skopje. Shkendija created a number of opportunities and it deserved its victory. The goal was scored by the attacker […]

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Kosovo athletes ready to participate in the Rio Olympics

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Pristina, 18 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo athletes have done all their preparations for the Olympic Games 2016, which will be held in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Kujtim Shala declared that Kosovo atheletes will be ready to represent their country, flag and compete with […]

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Is De Biasi putting pressure on football players from Kosovo to play for Albania?

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The accusation comes from the Kosovo national football team’s manager, Albert Bunjaku Tirana, 18 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Albania and Kosovo have been involved in the first and the only debate accompanied by mutual accusations between institutions. The conflict in question is between the Albanian Football Association and Kosovo’s Football Association, namely between the […]

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Adetokumbo brothers dress up in army colours

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Athens, July 14, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Yannis and Thanasis Adetokumbo showed up at the armored training center in Avlona on Wednesday afternoon. The two international athletes that play in the NBA had been summoned some time ago by the army and so they showed up in Avlona. The 22-year old […]

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CoS refuses to suspend television licence tender

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Athens, July 29, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Council of State on Friday threw out all the petitions submitted by Greek television channels asking for the suspension of a tender to allocate four national television broadcasting licences in Greece. It rejected the six petitions on the grounds that there were urgent […]

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RS and Serbia to cooperate against terrorism

БАЊАЛУКА, 29. ЈУЛА /СРНА/ -   Министри унутрашњих послова Републике Српске и Србије Драган Лукач и Небојша Стефановић најавили су да ће бити одржана заједничка вјежба специјалних и јединица за подршку ових министарстaва с циљем могуће борбе против тероризма.

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Banja Luka, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic The Ministers of Interior Affairs of RS and Serbia, Dragan Lukac and Nebojsa Stefanovic, agreed on Friday in Banja Luka that a closer cooperation in the battle against terrorism is necessary in the region and, therefore, it is essential that police agencies of RS […]

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Turkey’s responsibility ‘huge’ for crimes against humanity, says President of Missing Persons organization 

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Nicosia, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Turkish army in Cyprus are among the gravest crimes in international law, said Nicos Serghides, the President of the Organization of Relatives of Undeclared Prisoners and Missing Persons. He was speaking on Thursday, during an event to honor […]

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Cyprus records greatest EU annual drop in unemployment at 11.5% while GDP & inflation recover

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Brussels, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Athanasios Athanasiou – CNA Unemployment in Cyprus dropped another 0.2 percentage point in June 2016 compared to May, descending from 11.9% to  11.7%. This, according to Eurostat means that another 1000 persons exited unemployment status in the course of the last month  (down to 47 000 total […]

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Government decides: Limit for online purchases, 22 euros, for gifts from abroad, 45 euros

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Tirana, 29 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani The Albanian government has decided to apply Value Added Tax and a customs fee on all products over 22 euros which are purchased through the internet. Also, any gift that a citizen from Albania receives from abroad will, from now on, be subject to VAT […]

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Bulgarian PM Borissov discusses migrant crisis with Merkel

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Sofia, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has discussed the migrant crisis with Angela Merkel, with the German chancellor pledging support for Bulgaria seeking further resources, Borissov’s office said. Borissov and Merkel discussed the “increasingly complicated and difficult situation” regarding the migrant crisis, […]

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Greek PM to attend the inauguration of new state airport of Paros

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Athens, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris In the presence of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will take place today the inauguration of the new state airport of Paros. Alexis Tsipras will depart on Friday morning from Eleftherios Venizelos on a charter flight of Aegean/Olympic Air to Paros and will return to Athens in […]

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IMF internal report reveals mistakes in Greek bailout program

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Athens, July 29, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Zacharias Petrou The International Monetary Fund made a series of shocking admissions on Thursday regarding mistakes it made in the handling of Greece’s first bailout in 2010. The International Monetary Fund’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) said in an internal report that it was pressured into joining […]

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