Montenegrin parliament decides on the investment of the Arab Royal GroupRomania’s ruling party cleans the ranks after electoral lossReceivership in 'Bobar bank'Tirana Court acquits the mayor of VloraCross ethnic relations dominate current developments in FYROMOfficials are the biggest breachers of the anti-smoking lawThe European Parliament adopts a declaration on Vojislav SeseljMosque in Bulgaria's Pazardzhik, focus of anti-terrorism raid, not under jurisdiction of Chief MuftiGreece looking at bailout extension as troika talks end in disagreementThe complications in the negotiation with the Troika brings political developments

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Montenegrin parliament decides on the investment of the Arab Royal Group

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica The investment of the Royal Group from the United Arab Emirates in a large tourist complex in Montenegro is still under question. The two parties of the ruling coalition still can not agree on the conditions needed to be offered to investors from the United Arab Emirates. There is […]

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Romania’s ruling party cleans the ranks after electoral loss

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Romania’s ruling social-democrat party (PSD) has tonight kicked out a series of high ranking members who had voiced discontent over the loss of the presidential elections in which party leader Victor Ponta, current head of the Government, lost to Klaus Iohannis, but refused to leave power despite the bitter […]

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Receivership in ‘Bobar bank’

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By   6 hours ago

  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka RS Banking Agency ordered a receivership in “Bobar bank” on Thursday and introduced Savo Sevaljevic for temporary manager. The decision caused an “earthquake” on the financial sector in BiH. This “earthquake” had a bigger effect on the Republic of Srpska rather than the Federation BiH since many transactions […]

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Bulgaria bases policy on national interests, EU values, Foreign Minister tells Russian ambassador

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By   10 hours ago

  Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov has held talks with Russian ambassador Yuriy Isakov, telling him that as a member of the European Union and Nato, Bulgaria shapes its policies on the basis of its national interests and in the spirit of shared European policies and values. The meeting on November 26 was a “protocol” […]

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Bulgaria’s security agency head faces resignation calls after addressing Parliament on anti-terror raid

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By   10 hours ago

  The head of Bulgaria’s State Agency for National Security (SANS), Vladimir Pisanchev, has come under harsh political criticism from parties in government after his performance addressing a closed session of Parliament on anti-terror operations earlier this week. The minority partner in the coalition cabinet, the centre-right Reformist Bloc, confirmed that during the behind-closed-doors sitting […]

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The European Parliament adopts a declaration on Vojislav Seselj

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By   10 hours ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb The European Parliament (EP) passed today resolution calling for action against the “wartime rhetoric” and hate speech of provisionally released Serbian war crimes suspect Vojislav Šešelj. MEPs strongly condemned Šešelj’s “warmongering, incitement to hatred and encouragement of territorial claims and his attempts to derail Serbia from its European path”, […]

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Government coalition in Slovenia agrees on fiscal rule bill

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By   11 hours ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Following the agreement of the coalition parties on the bill implementing the fiscal rule of zero deficits, comes its submission to Parliament on Thursday for debate. The coalition party leaders also called for action in regard to the revelations of the controversial spending at a bad bank. Slovenian Prime Minister Miro […]

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Stathakis: The meetings in London had an informational character

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By   15 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Particularly negative, even “shocked” appears to be the spokesperson of the large investment firm Capital, which manages over USD 1.3 trillion worldwide, on the presentation of the economic program of SYRIZA made in London by Giorgos Stathakis and Giannis Milios. In a summary report sent after the presentation of […]

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Government coalition in Slovenia agrees on fiscal rule bill

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By   11 hours ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Following the agreement of the coalition parties on the bill implementing the fiscal rule of zero deficits, comes its submission to Parliament on Thursday for debate. The coalition party leaders also called for action in regard to the revelations of the controversial spending at a bad bank. Slovenian Prime Minister Miro […]

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Stathakis: The meetings in London had an informational character

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By   15 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Particularly negative, even “shocked” appears to be the spokesperson of the large investment firm Capital, which manages over USD 1.3 trillion worldwide, on the presentation of the economic program of SYRIZA made in London by Giorgos Stathakis and Giannis Milios. In a summary report sent after the presentation of […]

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Greece looking at bailout extension as troika talks end in disagreement

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By   16 hours ago

  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Two-day talks between the Greek government and troika officials in Paris ended in disagreement on Wednesday. Negotiations in the French capital, which began Tuesday afternoon and continued almost nonstop for 24 hours, were aimed at wrapping up the final review of Greece’s adjustment program. Both sides said some progress […]

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The complications in the negotiation with the Troika brings political developments

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By   17 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Big political problem seems to create the new complications in the negotiations with the troika, while the “no” of the creditors’ representatives is expected to trigger rapid developments. Within this climate, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will meet with Vice President, Evangelos Venizelos, at 10:00 am on Thursday for a […]

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Bulgarian Parliament passes 2014 Budget revision at second reading

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  Bulgaria’s Parliament passed at second reading on November 26 the revision of the 2014 Budget Act, which envisions a sharp increase in the consolidated Budget deficit and higher borrowing limits for this year. In a separate motion earlier in the day, the MPs approved the transfer of 100 million leva to the National Health […]

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ALL base interest rate goes down to 2.25%

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Tirana, November 26, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Oversight Committee of the Bank of Albania held a meeting today where it decided to reduce base interest rate by 0.25%, bringing it down to 2.25%. This is the lowest historical level of the base interest rate ever brought down to by the Albanian financial authorities. The Bank […]

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The meeting with the Troika revealed gaps and divergence of opinion

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By   1 day ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens It took ten hours of discussions behind closed doors at the Villa Saïd in Paris to once again ascertain the impasse between the government and the Troika in the fiscal sector and “bury” the last hopes for a completion of the fifth assessment before the last Eurogroup for this […]

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IMF says that economic growth in Albania is 2%

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IBNA Special report Tirana, November 26, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani A special mission of IMF (International Monetary Fund) stayed a week in Albania and issued its conclusions late on Tuesday. The mission was chaired by Nadeem Illahi and held discussions about the second and third revision of the program in the framework […]

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Montenegrin parliament decides on the investment of the Arab Royal Group

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By   3 hours ago

  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica The investment of the Royal Group from the United Arab Emirates in a large tourist complex in Montenegro is still under question. The two parties of the ruling coalition still can not agree on the conditions needed to be offered to investors from the United Arab Emirates. There is […]

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Receivership in ‘Bobar bank’

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By   6 hours ago

  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka RS Banking Agency ordered a receivership in “Bobar bank” on Thursday and introduced Savo Sevaljevic for temporary manager. The decision caused an “earthquake” on the financial sector in BiH. This “earthquake” had a bigger effect on the Republic of Srpska rather than the Federation BiH since many transactions […]

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Impressive growth of the Turkish automotive industry

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By   7 hours ago

  By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara There is an Impressive growth is Turkey’s automotive industry. According to the Association of Exporters, Turkey exported cars, buses and other vehicles in 180 countries. In the first 10 months of 2014, exports reached EUR 18.6 billion, of which 73% were to EU countries. October 2014 was a month […]

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Kosovo’s trade deficit grows

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Pristina, November 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Agency of the Statistics of Kosovo (ASK) has published the figures relating to the volume of export and import for the month of October 2014. Figures about the volume of foreign trade in Kosovo indicate a higher trade volume amounting to 205,3 million Euros for […]

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Banks double their profits

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Skopje, November 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti During the first nine months of the year, banks in FYROM have made profits amounting to 39 million Euros, which is twice as much as the same period last year. The results announced by the Central Bank show that banks are expected to meet their […]

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FYROM doesn’t re-export EU goods to Russia

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Skopje, November 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti After it conducted a preliminary inquiry, government in FYROM says that there has not been re-exports of EU goods from FYROM to Russia. Two weeks ago, the Russian authorities claimed that there are suspicions that companies of this country are re-exporting goods produced by EU […]

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The licenses for 897 occupations are being revoked

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By   17 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens An announcement of entry declaration in the General Commercial Register, together with the entry declaration to the tax authorities, will suffice to as to be able to commence operation, manufacturing enterprises in 103 industrial activities associated with a total of 897 occupations. This provides the publication of a ministerial […]

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The turnover of unregistered tourist accommodations in Greece is over EUR 1.5bn

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By   17 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The turnover of the unregistered accommodation reaches EUR 1.5 billion in Greece, according to what was said by the President of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (XEE), Giorgos Tsakiris in a statement during the presentation of the study on economic sharing in the field of tourism and hospitality in […]

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FT: ‘Egypt and Cyprus freeze out Turkey’

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By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia “Egypt and Cyprus are deepening energy co-operation, as an apparent anti-Turkey bloc emerges in the Eastern Mediterranean – potentially undermining US hopes that the area’s gas finds could reduce regional tensions”, according to Financial Times. The FT article quotes statements from Egypt’s petroleum minister Sherif Ismail on the tripartite Egyptian-Cypriot-Greek […]

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Steps towards the energy cooperation among Greece, Cyprus and Egypt

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By   2 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos With success was held the first trilateral meeting in at the level of Energy Ministers Cyprus-Greece-Egypt, which followed the Summit of Heads of State and governments in Cairo on November 8. Cyprus, Greece and Egypt made one more step towards their energy cooperation at the tripartite meeting of the Energy Ministers, […]

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Cyprus plans to create a nautical presence in its EEZ

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  Full speed ahead for the acquisition of two offshore vessels by the Republic of Cyprus By Pantelis Diomidous Exactly one year after the unfortunate and unjustified rejection by the House of a very important agreement for the purchase from Israel of two missile-bearing warships, for EUR 100 million, which if anything would have acted […]

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Legalization of informality in energy

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By   3 days ago

IBNA Analysis/”Electric energy has been the main source of the financial hole and it has caused many threats for the financial and budgetary stability of the country. Currently, there’s a fall of the consumption of power supply, a very significant one, almost 15%. This means that people are being more careful with the consumption of […]

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UK and Cyprus discuss bilateral relations and energy

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By   3 days ago

By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia British Minister of State for Europe David Lidington arrives Tuesday in Cyprus for a two-day working visit. Lidington will be received by President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades. He will also attend a working dinner hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides. The agenda of the discussions includes, […]

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MEP Kaili: I will not specify which Macedonia I am from

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By   3 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens In a dynamic appearance at an event in The Hague, on the occasion of the 60th Annual NATO Congress of NATO, Greek MEP Eva Kaili, left the American president of the US Delegation for Macedonia speechless. Kaili referred to energy issues, the issue of rising costs of the Alliance […]

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Davutoglu to visit Greece on December 5-6

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By   6 days ago

  Expectations for significant developments in the Cyprus issue By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara Crucial is expected to be the meeting between the Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Athens on December 5-6. Cypriot and Turkish sources report that in the meeting’s agenda is expected to be included […]

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A study is conducted on the construction of a pipeline that will connect Cyprus and Greece

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By   7 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Athens and Nicosia are studying whether it is financially and geological viable the construction of a pipeline that will directly connect Cyprus with Greece. This was stated by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides when asked about the possibility of building a natural gas pipeline between Cyprus and Greece. “We haven’t decided yet […]

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Biden visits the Ecumenical Patriarchate

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By   4 days ago

  By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara Before his departure from Istanbul Joe Biden visited Fannar and met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. The area around Fanar was blockaded by the Turkish police and extraordinary security measures were taken. The meeting between the two men lasted two hours and they reportedly discussed the issue of the reopening […]

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IBNA Interview/Strakosha: When you become the first image of the day that people see

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By   6 days ago

Two decades ago, when there were very few TV presenters in Albania and when the state owned TV was the only one that existed, the arrival of the democratic system brought plenty of opportunities for those talents who really loved communication with the public through the screen. One of the few and the best TV […]

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“Skopje 2014” is an exaggerated project, Greek students say

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Skopje, November 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Students from the Faculty for Balkan Studies at “Macedonia” University in Thessalonica have held a visit to Skopje in order to see the city and the “Skopje 2014” project. Greek students say that these new Baroque type buildings with historical figures, including Alexander the Great, […]

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French Alliance hosts the “Week of Taste” in Kosovo

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By   7 days ago

Pristina, November 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota French Alliance in Pristina organizes the “Week of Taste” in Kosovo from November 24 to November 29. According to a press statement, during the entire week in the premises of the French Alliance, visitors can enjoy French cakes along with coffee, tea and fruit juice. […]

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Voting in El. Venizelos for the return of the Parthenon Marbles

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By   7 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens “Are you in favor of the return of the Parthenon Marbles yes or no?”. Passengers and visitors to Athens, can answer to this question via an application that appears in special interactive screens, placed on arrivals and departures halls of Athens International Airport. Specifically, Greek and foreign passengers “piecing” […]

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IBNA Interview/Bushati: Our music is like Albania, still in transition

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By   1 week ago

At the start of ‘90s, when modern music, which was forbidden for half a century, started to be sung gain in Albania, Ervin Bushati was among the first ones that to sing youth music, making him loved by many Albanians. Two decades later, singer Ervin Bushati continues his career, not hiding his nostalgia for the […]

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Notable photographer Lupino opens an exhibition in Skopje

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Skopje, November 20, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Notable Croatian photographer, Stefan Lupino comes with his photographic exhibition in Skopje. The exhibition will be open in “Gallery 8” in the Old Quarter of Skopje. The Croatian artist presents 30 photographs with different characters and profiles. He’s one of the most prominent photographers of […]

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Prominent Albanian singer “Dr. Flori” dies of a suspected drug overdose

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Tirana, November 17, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency The prominent Albanian singer, “Dr. Flori” (Florand Kondo), has died this morning in circumstances which still remain unclear. The singer has been rushed to the ER of “Mother Theresa” hospital in Tirana, where doctors said that he arrived dead. The preliminary suspicions indicate a drug overdose to […]

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Greek football scandal strikes again

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By   7 days ago

  By Eric Blackmore The “murderous attack” on an official of the Greek Central Refereeing Committee, Christoforos Zografos, on November 14, has reignited the debate about the rotten state of Greek football. Following the violent attack on the referee by two unidentified men with wooden bats, who swiftly sped away on a motorbike, the Hellenic Football […]

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BiH lost more than a match

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  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka BiH football team lost the match against Israel with 3:0, but it is not the only lose which this team had. Executive Board of National soccer association BiH decided to break the contract with national team coach, Safet Susic, and the procedure for selection of his successor is […]

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All hopes are lost for FYROM’s qualification in the Euro 2016

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By   2 weeks ago

Skopje, November 17, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYR Macedonia has lost all hopes to qualify in the Euro 2016, after the loss conceded against Slovakia in the match played on Saturday in Skopje. Slovaks have maintained their position at the top of the table in group C with 12 points after […]

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Croatia-Italia football match draw stays in the shadow of outraged fans

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By   2 weeks ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb Italy was unable to register its first win against Croatia since last night in the San Siro for the fourth round of Group H qualifying stage for the European Championship the match ended in a draw 1:1, which allows Croatia to remain first in the table. Antonio Candreva scored […]

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Shock for the European champions of 2004

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By   2 weeks ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The Greek football national team was forced to a humiliating defeat from the Faroe Islands, 0-1 in Karaiskakis. This was the third defeat in as many games for the qualifiers of Euro 2016, at home. Greece has also been defeated 2-0 from Romania and Northern Ireland. Greece’s only point […]

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Thirteen arrested after brawl at Levski – Partizan Belgrade basketball match

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By   2 weeks ago

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Thirteen people were arrested a fight in the stands between fans at a Levski Sofia – Partizan Belgrade basketball match, Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said on November 16 2014. Levski faces sanctions over the incident, in which police had to intervene after the private security firm hired for the […]

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EURO 2016: Montenegro – Sweden 1-1

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By   2 weeks ago

  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Group G match between Montenegro and Sweden ended without a winner. Sweden took the lead in the first half after a mistake of the Montenegrin defence. Montenegro was the better team in the second half, with Jovetic equalising from the penalty spot. Montenegro started with passion, pushedon by their […]

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EURO 2016:  Montenegro – Sweden

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Montenegro national football team will play the match, which may be crucial for the further course of qualification for the European Championship “France 2016″, without its captain Mirko Vucinic. National team coach Branko Brnovic is optimistic before tomorrow’s match against Sweden. “We’re going for a win. Sweden is a […]

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Receivership in ‘Bobar bank’

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By   6 hours ago

  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka RS Banking Agency ordered a receivership in “Bobar bank” on Thursday and introduced Savo Sevaljevic for temporary manager. The decision caused an “earthquake” on the financial sector in BiH. This “earthquake” had a bigger effect on the Republic of Srpska rather than the Federation BiH since many transactions […]

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Bosch: There’s no rule of law without economic development

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By   7 hours ago

Pristina, November 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Dutch ambassador to Kosovo, Robert Bosch, declared that the improvement of the rule of law and economic development are two of the top priorities that the new government must address more. He says that without an independent justice system, there cannot be economic development and […]

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Tirana Court acquits the mayor of Vlora

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Tirana, November 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Tirana Court has acquitted today the mayor of Vlora, Shpetim Gjika, accused of forgery of documents. The ruling was issued today and along with the mayor of Vlora, the court also acquitted Eleni Dardha, Gentian Sherifaj, Gezim Feta and Blerdi Licaj. The order for the demolition of two […]

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Cross ethnic relations dominate current developments in FYROM

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IBNA Special Report Skopje, November 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Cross ethnic relations continue to dominate the current developments in FYROM. Some of the latest problems that have sparked debates related to the beatings and different incidents between Macedonian and Albanian students, institutional discrimination pointed out by non Macedonian parties and associations, […]

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Officials are the biggest breachers of the anti-smoking law

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By   10 hours ago

IBNA Special Report Pristina, November 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Based on a study carried out by the Kosovo Advocacy and Development Center, public institution officials are the biggest breachers of the anti-smoking law. Arben Lila, of KADS, says that unfortunately, besides restaurants and other public places, smoking is also done in […]

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Mosque in Bulgaria’s Pazardzhik, focus of anti-terrorism raid, not under jurisdiction of Chief Mufti

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By   10 hours ago

  The Ebu Bekir mosque in the Bulgarian town of Pazardzhik that was a focus of a security operation against alleged radical Islamic terrorism is not under the jurisdiction of the Chief Mufti’s office and Ahmed Musa Ahmed, one of those arrested in the November 25 raid, is not an imam. This was the message […]

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The European Parliament adopts a declaration on Vojislav Seselj

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By   10 hours ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb The European Parliament (EP) passed today resolution calling for action against the “wartime rhetoric” and hate speech of provisionally released Serbian war crimes suspect Vojislav Šešelj. MEPs strongly condemned Šešelj’s “warmongering, incitement to hatred and encouragement of territorial claims and his attempts to derail Serbia from its European path”, […]

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PM Rama hands over the permit for the construction of the Great Mosque of Tirana

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By   11 hours ago

Tirana, November 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Albanian PM, Edi Rama declared today that this day marks the end of the obstacles for the construction of the Great Mosque of Tirana, which according to him, has been a long dream of the Muslim believers. Present in the premises of the Muslim Community, the head of […]

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