Weekly review: panic in the fortressVUCIC: UEFA confirms Albania is responsible for the incidentsEuropean Commission finances major broadband Internet project in RomaniaMore than 2,000 children beggars in BiH , warns UNICEF Mysterious plane crash in Cyprus seaPresident Josipovic ready to act as a middleman between the protesters and the Ministry of VeteransFischer: Albanians must be proud about the Second World WarJoint exercise of rescue services countries in the regionPolitics goes back to the topic of the division of FYROMUEFA grants a 3-0 win to Serbia and removes three points from its ranking

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Weekly review: panic in the fortress

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest A corruption investigation targeting Viorel Hrebenciuc, one of the main pillars of the ruling social-democrat party (PSD), the largest party in post-communist Romania, and the arrest of his son have sent shockwaves across the political spectrum, just weeks before the presidential elections early November. Hrebenciuc, seen as the behind […]

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VUCIC: UEFA confirms Albania is responsible for the incidents

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  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade Serbian premier Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday that he regrets because UEFA has deducted three points to national football team; at the same time Vucic “is glad because Albanian side has been declared to be responsible for the incident” by European football association’s decision to award Serbia with 3-0 […]

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Premier Gruevski holds meetings with Fule and Danielson

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Skopje October 24, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Prime minister Nikola Gruevski was in Brussels today where he met with EU enlargement commissioner, Stefan Fule and the general directorate for enlargement, Christian Danielson. After the meeting, PM Gruevski issued a press release, stressing that the meeting discussed about the developments in the country […]

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Mysterious plane crash in Cyprus sea

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By Kyriacos Kyriacou-Nicosia Cyprus`Aircraft Accident Incident Investigation Board Chairman Yiannakis Loizou said on Thursday that it will be quite difficult to determine what caused the crash of a Diamond DA42 training aircraft, on Wednesday en route to Beirut from Paphos, Cyprus. Two men, one Cypriot and one Lebanese, where killed in the plane crash. Their bodies were located on Thursday morning 45 […]

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President Josipovic ready to act as a middleman between the protesters and the Ministry of Veterans

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  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb Croatian President Ivo Josipovic announced today that he was willing to be a mediator between the Ministry of Veterans and the protesters, who were invited into his office, pointing out that it was important to communicate. “The task of all of us is to care about them, something I […]

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Ashton: Talks between Kosovo and Serbia must resume as soon as possible

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Pristina, October 24, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota EU chief of diplomacy, Catherine Ashton said that it had been a privilege for her to broker the process of dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. During the farewell meeting with the prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, Ashton has demanded for talks between the two […]

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Fischer: Albanians must be proud about the Second World War

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Interview with Dr. Bernd Fischer, prominent American historian The prominent American historian, Dr. Bernd Fischer says that Albanians must be proud about the war that they fought during the Second World War. Dr. Fischer, member of the committee in charge of rewriting Albania’s history, analyzes in this interview, the war that engulfed the entire world. […]

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Politics goes back to the topic of the division of FYROM

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IBNA Special REPORT Skopje, October 24, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti In the recent days, the topic of the division of FYR Macedonia has resurfaced. This proposal had been circulating since 2001, when the country was involved in the armed conflict between the National Liberation Army (UCK) of Albanian ethnics and Macedonian security […]

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Slovenia: Sugary drinks tax shocks beverage manufacturers

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By   22 hours ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos The new proposed tax of the Slovenian government that involves imposing excise duties on beverages that contain added sugar has come as a shock to Slovenia’s soft drink manufacturers. They two biggest industrial chambers of the country argue that this will cause a heavy burden on a sector, which has seen […]

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Greece reaches agreement on precautionary credit line

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  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens “We are negotiating closely with our lenders the next day after the end of the programme, a prudent exit to normality,” Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told reporters on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. The Greek PM met with European Commission President Jean Claude […]

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Reuters: The Alpha Bank passed the stress tests

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Alpha Bank has successfully passed the stress tests, according to reports from Reuters, which cites sources without naming them. According to Reuters, the Alpha passed the stress test of the ECB without requiring additional capital, while two separate sources confirm the news. One source says that the bank passed […]

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Romania’s macro-economic situation, the best in the region, says National Bank

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Romania’s macro-economic situation is the best among countries in Central Europe, with Bucharest meeting 10 out of 11 EU convergence criteria, Valentin Lazea, chief-economist at the National Bank of Romania said today during a business forum. “From a macro-economic point of view, Romania stands very well, meeting 10 out […]

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Prime minister confident in political motivations of the veterans protest

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  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb At today’s session of the government, Prime minister Zoran Milanovic supported the Minister of Veterans Predrag Matic and his team, noting that it was quite clear there was political motivation in the protest of veterans. “We see that in front of the ministry a group of veterans has gathered. […]

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Sinn: To relieve Greece of its debt with a drastic ‘haircut’

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Conciliatory tones against the euro adopts the president of the institute Ifo, Hans-Werner Sinn, who advocates an active “haircut” of the greek debt. Introducing in Munich his new book entitled «The Euro Trap» published in English by the publisher Oxford University Press, one of the leading German economist Hans-Werner […]

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Greece: Eurobank predicts a 1% Increase of the GDP in the third quarter

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Eurobank predicts Greece returning to growth in the third quarter, with an increase of 1% of the GDP. For the first time since the second quarter of 2008, the sign is positive, while for the whole of 2014, the forecast of analysts of the bank speaks of “a slightly […]

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4.88 million tourists visited Greece between January-August 2014

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens More than 15.3 million tourists visited Greece between January – August, an increase of 22.1%, according to figures from the Bank of Greece. In August alone, the number of tourists who traveled to the country reached 4.88 million, an increase of 25% compared to the same month last year. […]

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European Commission finances major broadband Internet project in Romania

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest The EU’s executive arm has approved a 57.1 M Euros investment in developing broadband Internet connection in Romania’s disadvantaged areas which lack communication networks, part of a broader 84 M Euros project reaching thousands of people, companies and institutions. The project seeks to build a 3,265 km long broadband […]

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“Made in Kosovo” products presented in Turkey

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Pristina, October 24, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota In the framework of the 2014 Kosovar Business Weeks, with the motto “I consume only domestic products, what about you?”, Kosovo Alliance of Businesses led by its chairman Agim Shahini and deputy minister of Economic development, Ramadan Hasani, is participating in the Food and Technology […]

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Slovenia: Sugary drinks tax shocks beverage manufacturers

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By   22 hours ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos The new proposed tax of the Slovenian government that involves imposing excise duties on beverages that contain added sugar has come as a shock to Slovenia’s soft drink manufacturers. They two biggest industrial chambers of the country argue that this will cause a heavy burden on a sector, which has seen […]

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Progress Software announces intention to acquire Bulgaria’s Telerik

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By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe The United States’s Progress Software Corporation has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Bulgarian fim Telerik AD, a leading provider of application development tools, for $262.5 million. Telerik enables its 1.4 million strong developer community to create compelling user experiences across cloud, […]

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A merger takes place between two mobile phone operators in FYROM

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Skopje, October 23, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti In FYR Macedonia, two mobile phone operators, VIP which is owned by Telecom Austria and the other operator, ONE, owned by Slovenian Telecom, have merged into a single company. The deal was made public by Telecom Austria, which will own 55% of shares. “Telecom Austria […]

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Albanian business must be part of the global market, accreditation remains a problem

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Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tirana and General Directorate of Accreditation sign a cooperation agreement Tirana, October 23, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Businesses in Albania often face problems in selecting the certification and the organizations that issue it. In the majority of cases, they do not have information and often fall victims of false […]

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4.88 million tourists visited Greece between January-August 2014

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens More than 15.3 million tourists visited Greece between January – August, an increase of 22.1%, according to figures from the Bank of Greece. In August alone, the number of tourists who traveled to the country reached 4.88 million, an increase of 25% compared to the same month last year. […]

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Tourism is locomotive pulling Greece out of crisis, PM says

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  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens “We do not need another memorandum; we are not just exiting it but Greece will also be absolutely safe in the post-memorandum era” Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said Tuesday addressing the 13th Tourism & Development Conference of SETE, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises. The PM went on to […]

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EU calls on Turkey to respect the sovereignty of Cyprus

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The European Union expresses its concern for the increased tension between Cyprus and Turkey on the occasion of the exploitation of the underwater energy reserves, according to the draft conclusions of the summit of leaders of member countries, which meet Thursday and Friday in Brussels. “The EU expresses its […]

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Russian Federation decreased gas supply to BiH

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  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka “BH Gas”, the company which delivers natural gas to thousands of companies and households in BiH, mostly in BiH Federation, announced today that Russian Federation supplier decreased delivery to BiH by 35 percent. “BH Gas” emphasized that this reduction will not be felt in households, however, the heating […]

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Greece prepares for winter gas crisis in Europe

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  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Greek Energy Minister Yannis Maniatis held talks with Greek LNG shipowners this week in order to enforce the country’s energy safety and adequate supply. In light of geopolitical developments and the possibility of winter gas shortages in Europe stemming from the Ukraine crisis, the Greek ministry of Energy has […]

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Preparations for serious projects in the Montenegrin energy sector

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Within the regular reporting on the implementation of Montenegro’s priority development projects, the Government of Montenegro adopted information on the construction of small hydro power plants. Contracts on concession award to exploit 21 water stream, which have been signed, envisage the construction of 41 small hydro power plants with […]

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Opposition in Albania accuses the PM for increases in the power supply price

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Tirana, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Former minister of Energy during the democrat government, Enno Bozdo, reacted against the declaration issued today by prime minister Edi Rama on the issue of electricity. He said that the prime minister confirmed the removal of the protective threshold, considering it as a penalization for all Albanians, especially […]

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New measures in place against energy theft in Albania

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Tirana, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency In a press statement issued today, the prime minister of Albania, Edi Rama, said that a big operation, as big as the one in Lazarat against narcotics, will soon be launched in order to catch all those who steal electricity. “Today, we have finalized an operational plan with […]

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Cyprus takes measures against Turkey

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By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia In a meeting today the National Council of Cyprus will finalize measures and actions discussed in yesterday’s meeting, following Ankara`s provocations in the island`s EEZ. These measures, most will be announced imitatively after the meeting, are going to be political, diplomatic and legal. According to sources, some of the measures will not be announced […]

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Antonis Samaras to visit Cyprus on November 7

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Greek Prime minister Antonis Samaras is scheduled to visit Cyprus on November 7. Cypriot government spokesperson Nikos Christodoulides, said that Samaras will visit Nicosia in order for the two countries to coordinate their actions, ahead of the summit in Cairo, always taking into account the latest developments, after the […]

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Miss Globe is held in Albania for the last time

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Miss Serbia 2014 withdraws from the world beauty contest Tirana, October 23, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The 11th edition of the beauty contest “Miss Globe” will be held today in the north of Albania. The organizers say that this will be the last time that this contest is held in Albania, after 11 editions in […]

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Book fair “Tetovo 2014”

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Skopje, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti “Tetovo 2014” traditional book fair opened in Tetovo, with the participation of publishing homes from FYROM and the region. The fair was opened by the state secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Behiduxin Sehapi and mayor of Tetovo, Teuta Arifi. The head of the Association […]

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Archeologists have found the head of one of the Sphinxes in Amphipolis

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The marble head of the Sphinx, which is located on the east side of the entrance of the burial monument of Amphipolis, was discovered by archaeologists during yesterday’s excavations in the tomb of Kasta in Amphipolis. According to the official information of the Culture ministry, the head is intact […]

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Pristina is hosting the Roma film festival

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Pristina, October 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Pristina is hosting the Roma film festival, where 24 films which talk about the life of this community will be shown. The organizers say that the “Rolling Film Festival” is a good opportunity to overcome the prejudices existing about the Roma community, but also to […]

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“Izet Curri” International Fashion Institute opens in Skopje

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Skopje, October 20, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti World famous stylist and designer, Izet Curri, has opened in Skopje the “Izet Curri International Fasion Institute”. After a long experience in Paris, where Curri has worked, the artist has come back to FYROM in order to open his own institute, where he will offer […]

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National Geographic: A woman is buried in Amphipolis

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens “The Queen of the Underworld sheds new light” on the grave of Amphipolis, as states in a publication on the latest findings in Amphipolis the magazine National Geographic, and especially for the mosaic, which depicts the abduction of Persephone. After describing the mosaic and referring to recent statements by […]

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The secret memo for claiming the Parthenon Marbles

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The visit of Amal Alamuddin-Clooney as a member of a legal team in Athens went round the world. The reason Mrs. Clooney traveled to Greece was the claim of Greece over the Parthenon Marbles. In the meetings the legal team had on greek soil they discussed a ten-page secret […]

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Beauty of mosaic in the Tomb of Amphipolis causes world admiration

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Intense emotions caused yesterday, throughout the global community, the full disclosure of the mosaic in the tomb of Amphipolis with the redhead Persephone wearing e white tunic. As explained the Secretary General of the Department of Culture, Lena Mendoni, the tomb of Kasta is not the first in which the […]

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VUCIC: UEFA confirms Albania is responsible for the incidents

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  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade Serbian premier Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday that he regrets because UEFA has deducted three points to national football team; at the same time Vucic “is glad because Albanian side has been declared to be responsible for the incident” by European football association’s decision to award Serbia with 3-0 […]

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UEFA grants a 3-0 win to Serbia and removes three points from its ranking

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Tirana, October 24, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency UEFA Disciplinary Committee has announced today the decision in relation to the football match between Serbia and Albania. This Committee has decided to grant Serbia a 3-0 win, thus giving three points to Serbia. This decision has been made after UEFA representative has reported that the Albanian […]

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Roberto included in UEFA’s top eleven

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Olympiakos’ goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez was included in the best lineup of the third round of the UEFA Champions League groups. Olympiakos on Wednesday beat Juventus 1-0 with the goal of Kasami. The lineup: Roberto (Olympiacos), Marcelo (Real Madrid), David Luiz (PSG), Suchy (Basel), Donati (B. Leverkusen), Azar (Chelsea), Koke […]

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Arguments of AFF for UEFA unveiled: Albanian players were attacked

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Tirana, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency In a press statement issued today, Albanian Football Federation (AFF) has revealed the steps that it has taken in order to submit the necessary documents to the UEFA Committee of Control of Ethic and Discipline, which will gather tomorrow in Switzerland. Upon receiving notification over the accusations raised […]

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Kosovo, a member of International Olympic Committee

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Pristina, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo will participate in the 2016 Olympic Games as an independent state. As of this year, Kosovar sportsmen will be equal to others in Olympic sports. Kosovo’s Olympic Committee (KOK) is expected to adhere this week in the International Olympic Committee. Sources within KOK told […]

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Romania’s Halep beats Serena Williams, advances in semifinals of Singapore tournament

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Simona Halep won against defending champion Serena Williams in a match which sent the Romanian tennis player to the semifinals of the WTA tournament in Singapore and which also marked a first for her, beating a top three opponent. Halep beat Williams by6-0, 6-2. “This is the greatest game […]

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Kozuf marks a victory in the Balkan Basketball League

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Skopje, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM’s basketball team, Kozuf, has marked the second victory in the regional basketball league, the Balkan League. The team from the town of Gevgelia faced the Romanian team, Krajova and won 87 to 84. The win was achieved in the last minutes of the game, […]

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Match between Serbia and Albania also reflected in FYROM

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Skopje, October 16, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The suspended match between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade has also been reflected in FYR Macedonia. Thousands of Albanians celebrated in different cities after the suspension of the match, as a sign of support for the Albanian national side players. But, celebrations didn’t go without […]

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European Commission finances major broadband Internet project in Romania

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest The EU’s executive arm has approved a 57.1 M Euros investment in developing broadband Internet connection in Romania’s disadvantaged areas which lack communication networks, part of a broader 84 M Euros project reaching thousands of people, companies and institutions. The project seeks to build a 3,265 km long broadband […]

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More than 2,000 children beggars in BiH , warns UNICEF

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  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka More than 2,000 children are employed every day as beggars on the streets of the cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a number UNICEF considers to be alarming. UNICEF research on the streets of Banja Luka, Sarajevo, Mostar and Tuzla included children 7 to 18 years old and researchers […]

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Mysterious plane crash in Cyprus sea

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By Kyriacos Kyriacou-Nicosia Cyprus`Aircraft Accident Incident Investigation Board Chairman Yiannakis Loizou said on Thursday that it will be quite difficult to determine what caused the crash of a Diamond DA42 training aircraft, on Wednesday en route to Beirut from Paphos, Cyprus. Two men, one Cypriot and one Lebanese, where killed in the plane crash. Their bodies were located on Thursday morning 45 […]

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President Josipovic ready to act as a middleman between the protesters and the Ministry of Veterans

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By   19 hours ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb Croatian President Ivo Josipovic announced today that he was willing to be a mediator between the Ministry of Veterans and the protesters, who were invited into his office, pointing out that it was important to communicate. “The task of all of us is to care about them, something I […]

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Skopje is ready for military cooperation with Serbia

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Skopje, October 24, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM’s Minister of Defence, Zoran Jolevski declared today in Skopje, after his visit to Serbia, that the country is open to collaborate with the Serb army and that he was impressed with the capacities of the army of the neighboring country. During the weekend, Jolevski […]

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Joint exercise of rescue services countries in the region

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica An international earthquake simulation exercise “IPA MNE QUAKE 2014″ was successfully completed. During the four-day exercise, about 400 rescuers from Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, FYR Macedonia, Turkey, Albania, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in search and rescue from the rubble. The importance of exercise ,”MNE QUAKE 2014″ comes […]

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Lourantos: The situation with the pharmaceutical care in Greece is dramatic

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Strong criticism against the Samaras government policy applied in the field of pharmaceutical care made the president of the Panhellenic Pharmaceutical Association, Kostas Lourantos, at a press conference Thursday, October 23, to show the dramatic situation the industry is in. Lourantos directly accused the government, using facts and evidence, […]

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Russian Federation decreased gas supply to BiH

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  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka “BH Gas”, the company which delivers natural gas to thousands of companies and households in BiH, mostly in BiH Federation, announced today that Russian Federation supplier decreased delivery to BiH by 35 percent. “BH Gas” emphasized that this reduction will not be felt in households, however, the heating […]

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