Erdogan to tour Europe for the Presidential electionsFloods in Serbia: Rebuke to local administrationWeekly review: the PM in the bunker and a land of political brawlMonuments of Gavrilo Princip to be built in Belgrade and BosniaSecond thoughts on publishing company namesElectoral campaign at Easter, religion becomes part of the electoral strategy in FYR MacedoniaIBNA / Interview: JasnaJašarević, Executive Director of Tuzla Community Foundation: Promoting Culture of Giving and Volunteering to Improve Living ConditionsAudio recordings incriminating Gruevski for corruption made public, VMRO-DPMNE reactsBank of Albania transfers 35 million Euros of its profits to the state budgetEULEX mandate in Kosovo changes

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Erdogan to tour Europe for the Presidential elections

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  Scenarios name Davutoglu for Prime Minister By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will go on an original tour to Europe on the occasion of the upcoming presidential elections to be held next August in Turkey. In these elections the Turkish voters will elect the president, for the first time. Up […]

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Weekly review: the PM in the bunker and a land of political brawl

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest The political fight between the first two men of the country – PM Ponta and President Basescu – took a step forward this week, another sign of an electoral campaign more and more alert. The stakes are so high that the two throw all their might in this competition […]

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Monuments of Gavrilo Princip to be built in Belgrade and Bosnia

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  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade Monuments devoted to Franz Ferdinand’s assassin Gavrilo Princip would be built in Belgrade and East Sarajevo on the occasion of World War One outbreak centenary, the Organizational Committee from Bosnian entity Republic of Srpska announced today. The main manifestations regarding the jubilee will be held in RS capital Banjaluka […]

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Second thoughts on publishing company names

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  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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IBNA / Interview: JasnaJašarević, Executive Director of Tuzla Community Foundation: Promoting Culture of Giving and Volunteering to Improve Living Conditions

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  By MajaTuljkovic – Sarajevo For a decade, Tuzla Community Foundation has been continuously supporting citizen participation, empowerment and involvement of young people in projects, informal education, volunteerism and philanthropy. In May, Tuzla Community Foundation will mark 11 years of its existence. Can you first tell us when and in what way was the Foundation […]

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Audio recordings incriminating Gruevski for corruption made public, VMRO-DPMNE reacts

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Skopje, April 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Leader of Macedonian opposition party LSDM (Macedonian Social Democratic League), Zoran Zaev has published today an audio recording with the voice of the prime minister relating to the agreement for the sale of “Makedonska Banka” and the benefiting of 1,5 million Euros in cash. The […]

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EULEX, baroness Ashton replies to president Jahjaga

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Pristina, April 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The EU chief for foreign affairs, baroness Catherine Ashton has replied to the letter sent by the president of the Republic of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga. Baroness Ashton has accepted the request to continue the mandate of the European Mission for the Rule of Law, EULEX. […]

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EULEX mandate in Kosovo changes

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Pristina, April 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Albana Skendaraj Government of Kosovo has approved in today’s meeting the bill on the amendments relating to the mandate of the European Union Mission for the Rule of Law in the Republic of Kosovo. The government cabinet (photo) concluded that it’s necessary to make the amendment of […]

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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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  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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Fairfax-led group gets go-ahead to invest EUR 1.3 billion in Eurobank

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  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Greece’s banking system was handed a vote of confidence Tuesday as Eurobank was given the go-ahead for a share capital increase. A group of foreign investors will pump 1.3 billion euros in the Greek bank. The Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF) – that owns 95 pct of Eurobank’s shares […]

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Fuel prices increase in Slovenia

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  Review Hari Stefanatos As part of the measures to be taken by the government coalition in Slovenia to compensate for the annulment of the controversial real estate tax, petrol and diesel prices will increase by some two cents per litre starting Tuesday. Normally the retail prices of petrol are adjusted every two weeks based […]

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Living on loans

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By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Montenegrin citizens are among the most indebted people in the region. On average the citizens of Montenegro owe ​​2,950 euros, which is 3.5 times more debts in relation to the citizens of Serbia. From a total of 2.46 billion euros that are the amounts received by Montenegrin banks, 75% are […]

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National Bank of Greece shares plummet as capital increase plan goes ahead

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  By Lefteris Yalluros – Athens National Bank of Greece (NBG) shares plummeted 12.13 pct Monday as plans of the bank’s capital increase emerged. NBG is set to increase its capital by 2.1 billion euros to cover the shortfall identified by the recent stress tests carried out on Greek banks. The bank is expected to […]

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Second thoughts on publishing company names

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  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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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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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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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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Albanian government funds bio technology for the production of vegetables and fruits

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This is a technique for the pollination of vegetable and fruit flowers through bees. A natural method which avoids the use of hormones. We hear from the minister of Agriculture, expert of the field and a farmer who has started to apply the “Biobest” method Tirana, April 16, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Ministry of Agriculture […]

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A Greek company decides to invest 6 million Euros in FYR Macedonia

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Skopje, April 16, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti A Greek company, “Harma Frut” has decided to invest 6 million Euros in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The company announced today that until the end of the year, it will build a center for the purchase and packaging of agricultural products and refrigerators in […]

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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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Skopje’s dilemma on the “South Stream” Russian pipeline

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IBNA Special Report/ Authorities in Skopje are facing a dilemma as far as the involvement in the “South Stream” pipeline coming from Russia is concerned. This unclear situation has been caused following the new political conflict between the European Union and the Russian Federation in relation to the crisis in Ukraine. Analysts and experts of […]

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Albanian authorities issue development permits for TAP project

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The Compound Development Permit is one of the most important permits granted to TAP AG by the Albanian authorities. It represents the permit which will authorise TAP AG to start its construction activities in Albania Tirana, April 8, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The Compound Development Permit – Phase 1 for the Trans Adriatic Project (TAP) […]

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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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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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Paris’ homeless documentary wins first award at Thessaloniki International Film festival

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  Review Hari Stefanatos Claus Drexel’s “On the Edge of the World”, has wan the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award for a foreign feature at the annual Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (TDF). “On the Edge of the World” is a disturbingly real film about the homeless in the streets of Paris. Elias Yannakakis “Kalavryta […]

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Thessaloniki metro ruins require more time and money

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  Review Hari Stefanatos According to experts, the excavation of the ancient ruins discovered during the ongoing Thessaloniki’s metro construction will require at least another three years and 40 million euros for their excavation. Along the same lines were the recommendations of the greek Central Archeological Council (KAS), which proposed that the company Attiko Metro […]

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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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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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Romanian football bosses go to prison in landmark trial

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Eight bosses in the Romanian football have today been given prison terms in one of the most notorious trials in post-communist Romania, but which has been lingering for years due to cumbersome judicial procedures. The eight have received 35 years in prison in total. George Copos, former owner of […]

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Floods in Serbia: Rebuke to local administration

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  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade Nonchalance, insufficient coordination among institutions, poor performance of both certain public enterprises and especially the part of local administration were the cause emergency situation has been anew declared last week in the municipalities faced with floods, Serbian Headquarters for emergency situation headed by Prime Minister Ivica Dacic conveyed. The […]

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Electoral campaign at Easter, religion becomes part of the electoral strategy in FYR Macedonia

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IBNA Special Report Skopje, April 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Political parties in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have not spared their involvement and the use of religion for purposes of gain for the April 27 elections during this electoral campaign. This situation has been beneficial especially for Macedonian parties, which […]

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IBNA / Interview: JasnaJašarević, Executive Director of Tuzla Community Foundation: Promoting Culture of Giving and Volunteering to Improve Living Conditions

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  By MajaTuljkovic – Sarajevo For a decade, Tuzla Community Foundation has been continuously supporting citizen participation, empowerment and involvement of young people in projects, informal education, volunteerism and philanthropy. In May, Tuzla Community Foundation will mark 11 years of its existence. Can you first tell us when and in what way was the Foundation […]

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Citizens of Kosovo are living in social misery, says the leader of Self Determination

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Pristina, April 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Leader of Self Determination, Albin Kurti declared today that the citizens of Kosovo are living in a social misery as a result of the wrong government policies, reports the correspondent of IBNA news agency in Pristina. In a speech held in front of ISPE College […]

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Begging on the streets as a way of life

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica The low standard of living and the growing problem of poverty are the reasons for the increased number of beggars on the streets. Begging has recently become more and more organized, which results in human trafficking. During 2013 56 children were apprehended by the police for begging, with 6 […]

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Easter celebrations start in FYR Macedonia

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Skopje, April 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Today’s a holiday in FYR Macedonia, as orthodox believers celebrate the Black Friday orthodox feast. Easter symbolizes the resurrection of Christ, after his crucifixion and it’s the most sacred holiday for Christian believers. Based on the biblical interpretation, the resurrection of Christ marks the passage […]

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Albania and Romania have entered a new phase of economic cooperation

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Tirana, April 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Prime minister of Romania, Victor Ponta says that relations with Albania in the domain of economy have entered a new phase. During the meeting (photo) that he had with the Albanian minister of Economic Development, Trade and Enterprise, Arben Ahmetaj, Mr. Ponta said that “Albania and Romania have […]

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A story of Greek scientists abroad

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  By Thanasis Gavos – London One of the most exciting recent scientific developments aiming at upgrading medical diagnoses has been announced in Southampton, England. The man and most of his team behind the breakthrough are Greek. Dr Themis Prodromakis, Reader in Nanoelectronics and EPSRC Fellow at the University of Southampton, presented plans to develop […]

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