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State Secretary Vraničar Erman to be nominated finance minister

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By   7 hours ago

Ljubljana, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Prime Minister Miro Cerar has picked Finance Ministry State Secretary Mateja Vraničar Erman as candidate to succeed Dušan Mramor as finance minister, following his unexpected resignation in mid-July. “I’ve decided this very day to put forward to the National Assembly State Secretary Mateja Vraničar Erman as candidate for […]

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Erdoğan, politicians call Kılıçdaroğlu after he survives PKK attack

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By   8 hours ago

Ankara, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and wished him well, after his convoy was attacked by a group of outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the northern province of Artvin on Aug. 25. Receiving information from Kılıçdaroğlu […]

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Kotzias: The MoU gave impetus to bilateral relations

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By   10 hours ago

Skopje, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris In a very good climate, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias was received by the Prime Minister of FYROM Emil Dimitriev (photo). In the half-hour meeting both sides noted the great progress on CBMs and the common will for the further development of bilateral cooperation. Following […]

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Kosovo refuses the Nis summit organized by Albania and Serbia

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By   12 hours ago

Pristina, 25 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo Chamber of Commerce has refused to take part in the meetings between Albania and Serbia expected to take place in the month of October in Nis. The decision followed the decision that Kosovo was to be represented by only businesses, while Tirana and Belgrade […]

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Anti-constitutional campaign for demarcation by the heads of the state, says Haradinaj

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Pristina, 25 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Former Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj sees the intensive declarations issued in the recent days by the heads of the state, for the voting of the demarcation with Montenegro, as a clear constitutional violation. The head of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, […]

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Kotzias: We will contribute to the Euro-Atlantic course of FYROM, provided it meets the terms and conditions

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By   19 hours ago

Athens, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is visiting Skopje at the invitation of Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister of the Skopje government, Nikola Poposki. Beyond the formal meetings with the President of FYROM Gjorge Ivanov and Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev, Nikos Kotzias will speak at the annual […]

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Moskovisi: Package of measures for the greek debt to be introduced gradually

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By   19 hours ago

Athens, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris To the decision of the Eurogroup in May for the sustainability of Greek debt referred again Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moskovisi, thus avoiding to give a more specific timetable in response to a question of the Deputy House Speaker of the European Parliament and […]

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European Commission: Do not disturb my circles

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By   19 hours ago

Athens, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The European Commission decided to intervene in the case of ELSTAT. “For the Commission and Eurostat is absolutely clear that the data on the Greek debt in the period 2010-2015 were absolutely reliably and accurately reported to Eurostat”, said Commissioner Marianne Tisen, essentially defending the […]

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State Secretary Vraničar Erman to be nominated finance minister

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By   7 hours ago

Ljubljana, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Prime Minister Miro Cerar has picked Finance Ministry State Secretary Mateja Vraničar Erman as candidate to succeed Dušan Mramor as finance minister, following his unexpected resignation in mid-July. “I’ve decided this very day to put forward to the National Assembly State Secretary Mateja Vraničar Erman as candidate for […]

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Moskovisi: Package of measures for the greek debt to be introduced gradually

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By   19 hours ago

Athens, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris To the decision of the Eurogroup in May for the sustainability of Greek debt referred again Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moskovisi, thus avoiding to give a more specific timetable in response to a question of the Deputy House Speaker of the European Parliament and […]

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European Commission: Do not disturb my circles

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By   19 hours ago

Athens, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The European Commission decided to intervene in the case of ELSTAT. “For the Commission and Eurostat is absolutely clear that the data on the Greek debt in the period 2010-2015 were absolutely reliably and accurately reported to Eurostat”, said Commissioner Marianne Tisen, essentially defending the […]

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Debates in Skopje on the public debt that the government is incurring

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Skopje, 24 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti A debate has started in Skopje on a 100 million euro loan that authorities want to take in order to afford expenses. The government wants to take this loan as soon as possible, but political parties which have voted in favor of this government, say […]

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Stratfor: The challenges before the next assessment

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Athens, August 23, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris In its analysis titled “Athens is testing the waters before the next assessment”, Statfor referrs to the challenges the Greek government is faced with, but also the open issues and promises. Among other things, it is emphasized that the Greek side will seek to lower […]

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IBNA Analysis/Albania’s fiscal indicators for 2016

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Tirana, 19 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani In the first seven months of this year, Albania has registered a budget surplus, as the level of expenses is lower than the level of revenues. The data that IBNA received from the Ministry of Finance suggest that total revenues have been 232.1 billion ALL, […]

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Bulgarian EU presidency ‘to cost 150M leva’

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By   7 days ago

Sofia, August 19, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe The Bulgarian presidency of the European Union, scheduled for the first half of 2018, will cost the country about 150 million leva (about 75 million euro), according to Lyubomir Ivanov, head of the national centre for preparation for the presidency. […]

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The course of the revenue is not of concern, government sources say

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By   1 week ago

Athens, August 18, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris According to sources from Maximos Mansion, the course of revenue with respect to achieving the 2016 budgetary target, “inspires absolutely no concern”. “The persistence of the opposition and of portion of the press to present an image of economic disaster has surpassed all boundaries of […]

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Teargas, an instrument to make investors leave Kosovo

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By   13 hours ago

Pristina, 25 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota In Kosovo, authorities are concerned that the repeated incidents, especially those in Parliament, which have degenerated to the launch of teargas in several occasions, are being followed by pessimistic reactions from businesses and investors. Experts on economic affairs also say that political instability in Kosovo […]

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Textile industry in Albania is unprepared for a potential influx of import orders

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Tirana, 24 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency In Albania, the textile industry has seen a considerable expansion by approaching companies from the EU countries, which mainly produce textiles that are then imported throughout the world. Some textile businesses say that recently, investors have been leaving from Middle East and Africa and are looking into the […]

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EU grants attract large interest from BiH entrepreneurs

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Sarajevo, August 23, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic Businesspersons from the entire BiH expressed intense interest for EU ProLocal programme, a joint project of the European Union and the German Government with the aim to support local self-government and economic development in BiH. The program is implemented by the organization GIZ, which on the […]

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FinMin and Cyta unions disagree on the ownership of the organisation 

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Nicosia, August 23, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Finance Minister Harris Georgiades and the unions of the state telecoms company Cyta have agreed that the efforts to modernise and change the organisation must continue. In a meeting they had on Tuesday, the two sides disagreed however on the issue of Cyta`s ownership, as the Minister maintains […]

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Over ten million workdays a year lost over sick leave in Slovenia

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Ljubljana, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency While injuries, musculoskeletal system diseases and respiratory diseases are the most common reasons for calling in sick, mental and behavioural problems have been on the rise over the past few years. Tanja Urdih Lazar of the UKC Ljubljana hospital has stressed that the extremely competitive work and life […]

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“Amnesty for foreign concessionary companies, damaging and unacceptable”

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By   3 days ago

The largest organization of industrial Albanian and foreign businesses in Albania, Konfindustria, is against the fiscal pardoning that favors foreign concessionary companies at an amount of 400 million euros Tirana, 22 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani In Albania, the largest organization of industrial Albanian and foreign businesses, says that it is against the […]

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On the way for the television licenses

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Athens, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The old media system is on its last legs and the last convulsive movements of the once mighty factors of the space confirm this. The latest desperate efforts to cancel the process of statutory licensing of broadcasting frequencies, unfortunately with the collaboration of journalists, has […]

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Demands of the business sector in Kosovo for justice and efficient application of laws

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By   6 days ago

Pristina, 19 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota In Kosovo, representatives of associations that protect the interests of businesses demand from authorities to increase the efficiency of the institutions of justice and demand rule of law. Head of the American Chamber of Commerce, Arian Zeka says that the functioning of the institutions of […]

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Kosovo is facing a new energy crisis

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By   13 hours ago

Pristina, 25 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo continues to face long power cuts. In spite of the high temperatures during the summer season, when power supply consumption drops significantly, power cuts several hours a day continue. Power supply distribution company (KEDS) says that the current lack of power supply must be […]

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Price of electricity for business in Albania increases by 12,7%

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Tirana, 22 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency In Albania, the Power Regulatory Body (ERE) has approved a rate of 12,4 ALL (10 Euro cent) for business consumers supplied by medium power voltage, but which are invoiced for low power voltage. This rate is 12,7% higher than the price of power supply for business of 11 […]

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Processes continue on the Greek-Bulgarian IGB pipeline

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Athens, August 11, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Energy Regulatory Authority has approved the invitation “to submit binding offers under the guidelines on the management and allocation of capacity on the interconnector Greece-Bulgaria pipeline, IGB”. The decision on the guidelines has been posted on “Diavgeia”. ERA notes the good cooperation between the two […]

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Putin relents on South Stream as Erdogan offers Turkish Stream promises

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Sofia, August 10, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Russian president Vladimir Putin appeared to soften his position on the prospect of reviving the South Stream gas pipeline project after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, even as the latter promised to begin construction on the […]

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Energy Minister says 17 pct stake in DEI should not be sold

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By   3 weeks ago

Athens, August 8, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Zacharias Petrou Greek Energy Minister Panos Skourletis is adamant that a 17 percent share in the Public Power Corporation (DEI) should not be sold to private investors. In an interview with Real News newspaper over the weekend, Skourletis said he is “categorically opposed to the sale […]

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Bulgaria-Greece gas interconnector construction faces delay – report

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By   3 weeks ago

Sofia, August 4, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe The start of construction on the gas interconnector between Bulgaria and Greece could be delayed by at least six months, a Bulgarian media report said on August 4. Even though the project has been labelled repeatedly as a top priority […]

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Chinese government doesn’t approve the purchase of Bankers Petroleum

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By   3 weeks ago

Bankers Petroleum announces the postponement of the transaction of the corporation. The scenarios if the sale fails completely Tirana, 1 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani Bankers Petroleum confirmed on Monday (01.08) the postponement of the sale of the corporation to Geo-Jade Petroleum Corporation. The decision follows the fact that without issuing any […]

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Third Bulgarian-Hellenic High Level Cooperation Council

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Sofia, August 1, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Joint Declaration The Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Boyko Borissov and the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Alexis Tsipras at the close of the Third meeting of the Bulgarian-Hellenic High Level Cooperation Council, held in Sofia on 1st of August 2016 and attended […]

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Marubi Dinasty, 100 years of photography by an Albanian studio

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Tirana, 24 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The last preparations are being made for the opening of the most complete exhibition ever realized and dedicated entirely to the Albanian photography. It is called “Marubi Dynasty-100 years of photography by an Albanian studio”. Starting from 16 September until November, FOAM, one of the most prominent organizations […]

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“Arabian nights” in Tirana

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Director Stefan Çapaliku brings back on the stage after 25 years the prominent actress Ema Ndoja Tirana, 23 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Film director Sefan Çapaliku brings back on the stage after 25 years actress Ema Ndoja (on the photo). This comeback comes in the premier of the piece “Arabian night” by German author […]

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Bucharest to host 5th edition of European Literature Night on September 9

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Bucharest, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The 5th edition of the European Literature Night in Bucharest, an event by the EUNIC European Network of Cultural Institutes hosted annually by more than 70 cities from around the world, will be held in the central area of the city on September 9. Organisers say the event […]

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The most prominent Albanian artists, concert to honor Mother Teresa in Vatican

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Pristina, 22 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Prominent names of Albanian art and music, among the most renowned in the world, will unite at the start of next month in Vatican in a concert to pay tribute to the world famous humanitarian of Albanian origin, Gonxhe Bojaxhi, known as Mother Teresa. “Anthem […]

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De Niro to receive award in Sarajevo

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Sarajevo, August 8, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic Sarajevo film festival (SFF) established a new award called “Honorary Heart of Sarajevo – Lifetime Achievement Award” and the first Laureate is famous actor Robert De Niro. De Niro will come on the opening ceremony of SFF in Sarajevo to receive the award personally. This […]

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The oldest photo of Saranda is published

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Tirana, 5 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency A photo of the town of Saranda belonging to the nineteenth century has been published in Albania and this is considered to be the oldest photo of the southern coastal city that exists. Publicist Artan Shkreli, whose passion is to identify the values of the Albanian antiquity, says […]

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Albanian national hero Skanderbeg comes for the first time in the 3D format (PHOTO)

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Tirana, 4 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Albanian national hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg comes for the first time for the public in three dimensional images. It is the painter Fatmir Gjevukaj, who since 2005 has been dealing with the 3D format and after a long period of work, he has brought the figure of Skanderbeg. […]

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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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Rio 2016: Romanian Saritov wins bronze in the men’s 97-kg freestyle wrestling event

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Bucharest, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Russian-born Romanian wrestler Albert Saritov won the Olympic bronze medal in the men’s 97-kg freestyle wrestling event on Sunday, the last day of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, as he defeated Georgia’s Elizbar Odikadze. Saritov, 31, naturalised in 2016, won 10-0 technical points and 4-0 classification points. […]

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Winners and medals of IBNA countries

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Rio, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Rio Olympic Games of 2016 gave on Sunday evening with a spectacular ceremony their place to Tokyo, which will host the 2020 Games. Impressive were the performances of the Balkan countries among 206 countries. The Independent Balkan News Agency LTD presents the rankings based […]

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Albanian basketball team holds a friendly tournament in Cyprus

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Tirana, 22 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The Albanian basketball national team participated in a friendly tournament in Cyprus, where it suffered two defeats and achieved one win. The national team’s coach is the Cypriot Antonis Kostandinides. In the first match, which was also the first one with Kostandinides as Albania’s coach, the red and […]

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Serbia Wins Water Polo Gold

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Rio, August 21, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency After winning the European and world championships, Serbia’s men’s water polo team finally etched itself into Olympic history, winning the country’s first gold medal on Saturday at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Serbia defeated the defending Olympic champion Croatia team 11-7 to cap a stunning two weeks […]

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Stefanidi wins gold at pole vault

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Rio, August 20, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi won the Olympic pole vault on Friday and her country’s first athletics gold since the 2004 Athens Games, then defended its integrity after barred Russian Yelena Isinbayeva blasted the event as sub-par without her in the field. Stefanidi cleared 4.85 meters to beat American […]

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Greek Minister for Sport postpones Super League football premiere

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Athens, August 19, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Zacharias Petrou Greece’s Deputy Minister for Sport, Stavros Kontonis, announced Thursday that the Super League football, the country’s top division, will be postponed until 5 September at least. According to an official announcement by the Sports Ministry:  “Deputy Minister for Culture & Sport, Mr. Stavros Kontonis, […]

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Greek 470 Dinghy Sailing crew wins bronze

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Rio, August 18, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency Greek Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis gave Greece its fifth medal by winning Bronze at the Rio Olympics for the 470 Dinghy Sailing race on Thursday. The medal race, initially to have taken place on Wednesday, was postponed for Thursday following still winds. Thursday’s race proved unfortunate […]

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Gianniotis wins silver medal

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Rio, August 16, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Ferry Weertman (1:52:59) has given the Netherlands a sweep of the Olympic open water swimming events, winning the men’s 10-kilometer race at the Rio Olympics. Spiros Gianniotis (1:52:59) of Greece takes the silver and France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier (1:53:03) claims the bronze. The judges went […]

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Foreign Ministry says five Romanian so far dead in Italy earthquake

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Bucharest, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Romania’s Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) has announced that three more Romanian nationals were killed in the August 24 earthquake in Italy, thus raising the death toll to five. The MAE says on Thursday that according to the latest information from Italy the death of three more Romanians in […]

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Erdoğan, politicians call Kılıçdaroğlu after he survives PKK attack

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Ankara, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and wished him well, after his convoy was attacked by a group of outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the northern province of Artvin on Aug. 25. Receiving information from Kılıçdaroğlu […]

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Roma families under secure roof

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Sarajevo, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic A total of 16 Roma families will soon have a secure roof since the EU funded Project continue in BiH cities. Within the framework of the EU funded project “Roma Action II phase”, the foundation stone for the construction of the social housing building for […]

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Traffic of illegal emigrants returns in the territory of FYROM

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Skopje, 25 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Traffic of emigrants has returned to FYROM after the country decided to close its borders. Ministry of Interior says that with the closure of the southern border, the large influx of refugees was stopped, but not illegal routes. The southern border with Greece is being […]

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The unknowns behind the privatization of Tirana water supply system

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Tirana, 25 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani The experiences that Albanians have with the privatization of water supply systems are ugly. In Elbasan, a foreign company which then disappeared, did not bring the promised service, but increased the price progressively and never supplied with water. What’s more, many other privatizations and concessions, […]

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Italian tragedy affects Albanians too

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Tirana, 25 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The fatal earthquake that caused at least 247 dead in Italy, has also claimed the life of an Albanian emigrant. Meanwhile, seven other Albanians are fighting with death due to the serious injuries that they have sustained. Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed for IBNA that the Albanian victim […]

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Cattle disease has turned into an epidemic in Kosovo

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Pristina, 24 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota In Kosovo, authorities and farmers are concerned as cattle disease is turning into an epidemic. This would have a chain effect on the economy of the residents and the country. Office for Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development says that if the cattle skin disease is […]

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Mouzalas: Now that there is a clear picture the situation is manageable

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Athens, August 24, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris With the phrase “chaos took shape” described Deputy Minister of Immigration Policy Yannis Mouzalas the completion of the pre-registration process of refugees and immigrants who reside in Greece at the moment, calling the situation “manageable now that there is a clear picture”, during a press […]

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