Serbia New legislative session, PM Rama: The president has attacked three national prioritiesOpposition bloc: There will not be a “Thaci 3” government cabinetRecord deficit in foreign trade of MontenegroBosnian security agency arrests 13 persons indicted for war crimesPower supply increases, businesses warn protestsErdogan to visit occupied part of CyprusFYROM will face protests and strikes in educationThe emblem of the Albanian cinema, Liza Laska dies at the age of 88Slovenia: 9th Bled Strategic Forum starts on Monday titled

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Serbia “will not” impose sanctions against Russia

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  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia and a peaceful solution for Ukraine crisis has no alternative, Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic said in the interview for Russia 24 television. Foreign minister Ivica Dacic explained that Serbia did not join European Union’s embargo against Russia because it would have […]

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New legislative session, PM Rama: The president has attacked three national priorities

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By   26 mins ago

Tirana, September 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Today marked the new legislative session after the summer holidays in Albania. During his speech in this parliamentary session, the head of the government, Edi Rama said that the president has attacked three national priorities. Mentioning the reform in the justice system, Rama said that it’s a national […]

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Opposition bloc: There will not be a “Thaci 3” government cabinet

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By   2 hours ago

Pristina, September 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Opposition bloc comprised of LDK-AAK-Incentive, has met today in the offices of the Parliamentary Group of LDK in the parliament of Kosovo. The post election bloc says that it’s reconfirming its determination to take the formation of the new government forward. Head of LDK, Isa […]

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DP will not go back to parliament, says the leader of opposition in Albania

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By   4 hours ago

Tirana, September 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The leader of the Democratic Party in Albania, Lulzim Basha, accused the current majority in parliament today of not governing and following, according to him, the path of aggressive politics. The head of democrats added that Rama wants to undermine the opposition, but he guaranteed that this will […]

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Erdogan to visit occupied part of Cyprus

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  By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara The turkish-occupied part of Cyprus chose as his first  visit abroad, the new president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a few days after taking office. A visit to the pseudo-state by a Turkish political leader at the start of his term is considered tradition of the turkish status quo. […]

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Slovenia: 9th Bled Strategic Forum starts on Monday titled “The Power of Trust”

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  Review Hari Stefanatos The Bled Strategic Forum (BSF), Slovenia’s yearly foreign policy event, will take place for the 9th consecutive year at the lakeside resort of Bled on Monday. The debates are expected to revolve around trust in global relations. This year’s event, which will host over 500 participants from the world of politics, […]

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Romanian President, PM wrangle over the European commissioner nominee

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By   10 hours ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Romanian President Traian Basescu has accused PM Victor Ponta of not observing an internal legal procedure which oversees nomination of the Romania’s EU commissioner in the new communitarian executive branch, amid information the country has made two proposals for the same position. Basescu added it was Brussels which notified […]

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Defence Council presents results of investigation on MIG crash

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  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb President Ivo Josipovic and Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic convened for today the meeting of the Defence Council, which will present the preliminary results of the investigation on the fall of the MiG-21 in Donja Lomnica on Homeland Thanksgiving Day. The council will also discuss preparations for the NATO summit, […]

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Record deficit in foreign trade of Montenegro

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Montenegro’s economy in the first six months of 2014 generated a record deficit in foreign trade exchange. The trade deficit of Montenegro for the period from January to July stood at 834 million euro and is the largest one in the last six years. Montenegro’s imports in this period […]

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The first six measures to be taken by SYRIZA should it come to power

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By   12 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens “We cannot get out of the crisis with austerity, with internal devaluation, without the settling of the debt arrangement and deletion of large part of it”, said John Dragasakis, giving the position of the economic program of SYRIZA and the first six measures to be taken by the Government […]

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Comments caused panic to depositors in Cyprus

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  By Kyriacos Kyriacou-Nicosia Warnings that a rejection of the foreclosures bill by Parliament could lead the Cyprus economy “back to March 2013” and possibly a new haircut on deposits has caused panic among depositors. Local newspaper Phileleftheros reported that that approximately €60 million of deposits were withdrawn from local banks in a single day […]

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Benuā Kerē: The monitoring must continue

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By   3 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, Benuā Kerē, was in Athens yesterday and had meetings with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis and BoG Governor Giannis Stournaras. Speaking to Skai TV, answering the question whether Greece will still need supervision, he said: […]

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€1 billion share capital increase in Bank of Cyprus

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By   4 days ago

  By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia Last year, bank of Cyprus, the island`s largest lender  was recapitalised with depositor money, as part of the €10 billion bailout Cyprus received from the EU/IMF, under which 47.5 per cent of deposits over €100,000 was converted to shares.  Efforts to safe the bank continue until today, when the […]

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Dragasakis says SYRIZA will create new tax system when it comes to power

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By   4 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos A government under SYRIZA will proceed with the creation of a new tax system, in addition to five measures for the reconstruction of the country, according party MP and deputy Parliamentary Speaker, Giannis Dragasakis. Especially for the tax system Dragasakis he said that “you cannot reform the existing one, because it […]

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Νew proposed foreclosures bill in favor of borrowers, says Cyprus government

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By   5 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Deputy government spoksperson, Victoras Papadopoulos, said on Wednesday that the proposed bill on foreclosures give the opportunity to borrowers to protect themselves, while in comparison the current system offers no such protection, adding that the bill would be discussed in Parliament. The proposed bill has taken fire by the opposition parties, […]

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New record low for greek 10-year bonds

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By   5 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos To a new record low receded today the performance of the greek 10-year bond. As shown by the data from the Bloomberg platform, the performance of Greek 10-year bond dropped to 5.57%, thus breaking the previous “record” which had been recorded on June 10 when the yield stood at 5.58%. The rise in […]

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Power supply increases, businesses warn protests

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By   4 hours ago

Pristina, September 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo Chamber of Commerce along with representatives of domestic businesses, have reacted against the decision of the Energy Regulatory Authority for the increase of the price of power supply. Business representatives have said that if their demands are not taken under consideration, then they will […]

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Confidence grows in “Made in Kosovo” products

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IBNA Special Report Pristina, September 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Consumer confidence in Kosovo has started to grow about “Made in Kosovo” products. They have started to consume products which have managed to meet several European standards for quality, healthy and safe products. Shkodran Memeti from Pristina told IBNA that he has […]

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Turkey sixth in the world in medical tourism

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By   12 hours ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Turkey is sixth in the world in regard to the medical tourism services it offers, according to the latest data from the International Tourism Organization (UNWTO), emerging as a dominant “player” in the international medical-tourist board. Of the total of 35 million tourists who visited Turkey in 2013, 188,095 went to […]

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Ministers for economic affairs praise the Berlin Summit

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Skopje, August 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM’s ministers for economic affairs have praised yesterday’s Berlin Summit with West Balkan countries, which focused on development, economy and a regional common market. Balkan countries must be more unified, more coordinated in their economies and they must come up with a joint strategy in […]

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Greece paves the way for the exploitation of hydrocarbons

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By   3 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change Yiannis Maniatis, submitted for approval and voting in Parliament of the contracts between the Greek State and the consortiums, in order to perform research and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the three regions of Western Greece, within the concept of the round […]

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Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic satisfied with Berlin meeting

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  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic rated the conference on the Western Balkans in Berlin successful, both politically and in regard to the projects that were discussed. “Today’s conference was a good political event, in which there were talks of clean politics, but also of projects including transport routes. This […]

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Roaming charges in the region to be abolished staring 2015

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Citizens of countries in the region, come 2015, will be able to use the roaming services of mobile operators for free in all countries. Regional agreement on abolition of roaming will be signed at the festival of information technology “Infofest”, which is held in Budva at the end of […]

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Bulgaria’s business climate deteriorates in August for third month

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By   3 days ago

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s business climate, as measured by the National Statistical Institute (NSI), deteriorated in August 2014 for the third consecutive month. Despondency among managers in Bulgaria’s construction, retail and services sectors worsened, while in industry business sentiment remained unchanged from July, according to the NSI monthly survey. The major […]

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Greece paves the way for the exploitation of hydrocarbons

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By   3 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change Yiannis Maniatis, submitted for approval and voting in Parliament of the contracts between the Greek State and the consortiums, in order to perform research and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the three regions of Western Greece, within the concept of the round […]

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Christodoulides: We will denounce the illegal actions of Turkey

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By   7 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos The turkish research ship «Barbaros» returns to the Cypriot EEZ for new surveys causing reactions in Nicosia. According to an ad from the turkish coastal station of Antalya, it is committed to conducting seismic surveys in the area north of Cape Apostolos Andreas, from August 24 to October 2. The reserved […]

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Cyprus-Egypt cooperation on natural gas enters next stage

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By   2 weeks ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Cyprus – Egypt cooperation in the hydrocarbons sector enters the next stage, in particular the development of possible deposits. The visit of Energy Minister, Yiorgos Lakkotrypes, to Egypt established new bases on common actions even beyond the sale of natural gas to Cairo, directly from the Cypriot pieces. Official announcement of […]

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Greek initiative to prevent an energy crisis in Europe

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By   2 weeks ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The need for a European mechanism for the supply of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to tackle the threat of an energy crisis due to the situation in Ukraine demonstrates the Greek Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Yiannis Maniatis, in his letter to the President of the European […]

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Mexico invites Romanian companies to its booming oil market

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By   2 weeks ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Mexico, the world’s seventh oil producer, has decided to liberalize its oil and gas market, ending a 76 year long state monopoly, and invited Romanian companies to access its enormous reserves, reads a press release of the Mexican Embassy in Bucharest. The Mexican President, Enrique Pena Nieto, signed on […]

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Lack of agreement with Croatia, forces submarine power cable through a more expensive route

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By   2 weeks ago

  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica The Italian company TERNA and Montenegrin Transmission System failed to agree with Croatia on the route of undersea power cable between Italy and Montenegro. The Croatian side due to oil and gas exploration will not allow the fitting of the cable based on the original design. Alternate routes will […]

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Cyprus Minister in Egypt to discuss hydrocarbons prospects

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By   2 weeks ago

  By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis flew to Cairo on Monday for talks with Egyptian counterparts in what he said is the first of series of visits to different countries to discuss the island’s hydrocarbons prospects. Lakkotrypis, accompanied by a team of technocrats, will on Tuesday be meeting separately with Egypt’s […]

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Agreement with CEZ is a theft to every Albanian, says the Democratic Party

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By   3 weeks ago

Tirana, August 13, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The Democratic Party denounced today what it considered to be a mega scandal of the agreement between the government of Albania and CEZ, by considering it as a theft being made to every Albanian. The representative of DP, Enno Bozdo, said that this theft will have an impact […]

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The emblem of the Albanian cinema, Liza Laska dies at the age of 88

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By   7 hours ago

Tirana, September 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Renowned Albanian actress, Liza Laska died at the age of 88, leaving behind a rich career in films and theater. Homage was paid today at the “Petro Marko” theatre in Vlora, where artists and art lovers along with family members gave the last farewell to the actress that […]

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Korean poet Ko Un is honored by writers in FYROM

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Skopje, August 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The winner of the “Golden Crown” award in the international poetry festival “Poetry Nights of Struga”, the Korean poet, Ko Un, was made honorable member of the Association of Writers in FYR Macedonia. During the ceremony which saw the presence of writers and other personalities of […]

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Amphipolis: Impressive new findings from the interior of the tomb

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By   6 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Impressive are the new findings that are revealed from the excavations in the tomb of Kasta, in Amphipolis, by the KH Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities. As outlined by the Ministry of Culture, the last domos was removed from the wall that sealed the tomb, which closed the […]

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Photograph from Skopje wins the “Intercultural Photo Award”

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Skopje, August 26, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Rafiz Fera, graduated in graphic design at the Faculty of Art and Design at the European University in Skopje, was one of the participants awarded in the Intercultural Photo Award in Austria. 189 photographs have been sent in this competition by participating countries from all […]

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“Dokufest” comes to an end

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By   1 week ago

Pristina, August 25, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The 13th edition of the international documentary films “Dokufest” ended on Sunday. The film which was liked the most by the public of Dokufest was “The hug” by Lulzim Guhelli. Guhelli said that he was very happy with this, because according to him, this was […]

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International poetry festival in Struga accompanied by the boycott of Albanians

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IBNA Special Report Skopje, August 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Today marks the start of the 53rd edition of the international poetry festival “Poetry Nights of Struga”, but this festival is being boycotted by Albanians. The commune of Struga along with its Albanian mayor, Ziadin Sela is boycotting this international traditional event, […]

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The wings of the sphinxes of Amphipolis will be fully restored

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By   2 weeks ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Archeologists discovered fragments from of the sphinxes’ wings that will allow their restoration. The two statues exceeded two meters in height and came from the same workshop as the Leon (lion) – Archaeologists also found traces of blue and red in the upper part of the monument. Both marble sphinxes found […]

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Albanians boycott the international festival of poetry in Struga

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Skopje, August 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Albanians are boycotting the international poetry festival known as “Poetry Nights of Struga”. The decision for the boycott of this traditional activity organized by the Ministry of Culture in FYROM, has been taken by the commune of Struga. The mayor of Struga, Ziadin Sela declared […]

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KF “Shkendija” dismisses its Croatian coach at the start of the season

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Tetovo, September 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The richest football club in FYR Macedonia, KF “Shkendija” has dismissed its coach, Roy Ferencina, following the two defeats conceded at the start of the league season. The Croatian coach will leave the club as of today, while there are speculations for different international names […]

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Bulgaria’s Dimitrov bounces back to advance to US Open fourth round

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  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Grigor Dimitrov recovered after dropping the first set against David Goffin of Belgium to advance to the fourth round of US Open late on August 31, setting up a clash against Frenchman Gael Monfils. The match had to be rescheduled from the Arthur Ashe stadium and seventh-seed […]

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FYROM’s basketball national team qualifies for Eurobasket 2015

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Skopje, August 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM’s basketball national team qualifies for the fifth time in its history for the 2015 European Championship. Macedonian basketball players have won against Belarus 72 to 66 in the qualifying round. “We achieved our objective and we’re happy that we qualified for the European Champioship”, […]

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Swimming champion would rather not live in Serbia

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  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade Velimir Stjepanovic (21), Serbian swimmer who won two European championship gold medals, said that he never had a dilemma which country he would choose to play for. “I always knew I would play only for Serbia, the country I love”, Stjepanovic told Belgrade’s NIN weekly. Stjepanovic, who was born […]

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Bulgaria’s Dimitrov scores first US Open win

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  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov notched his first win at the US Open, defeating American wild-card Ryan Harrison in straight sets to win his first career match at Flushing Meadows late on August 27. Dimitrov had lost in the first round of the last tennis Grand Slam tournament of […]

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APOEL to the stars of Champions League

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  Review Hari Stefanatos APOEL triumphed over Aalborg in “GIS” Nicosia, beating the Danes 4-0 and will be present to the Champions League groups for the third time in its history. With the 1-1 draw in the first game of the playoffs that lead to the top European league, Giorgos Donis’ team did not impress […]

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Special police unit to maintain law and order in stadiums

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Skopje, August 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Violence in the stadiums of FYR Macedonia will be prevented through a special police unit. The special unit’s task will not be the maintenance of order, but to understand more on the needs of the fans and handle them before violence and incidents between groups […]

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Maribor in the Champions League after 15 years

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  Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenian champions Maribor pull out a sensational away win against Scottish champions Celtic in Glasgow on Tuesday that saw them through to the Champions League Group stages, with a 3-2 aggregate win, for the first time in 15 years. The winning goal came from Maribor’s captain Marcos Tavares, who scored a […]

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Bosnian security agency arrests 13 persons indicted for war crimes

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  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka State investigation and protection agency BiH (SIPA) arrested on Monday morning 13 persons indicted for war crimes in the cities Doboj and Teslic. All of them are Serbs and have allegedly committed war crimes in 1992, targeting Bosniaks and Croats. The State Prosecution Office announced that this group […]

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Talks with Serbia to resume on September 4

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Pristina, September 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Deputy prime minister, Edita Tahiri has confirmed that on September 4, a meeting will be held in Brussels for the agreement of integrated border management, which will discuss temporary buildings in six border crossing points between Kosovo and Serbia. Tahiri said that the delays in […]

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Thaci: Salaries for teachers will increase by 25% in January

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Pristina, September 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota At the first day of the new academic year in the schools of the country, acting prime minister, Hashim Thaci has reiterated his electoral promise, by saying that salaries for teachers will continue to increase in January of next year. Prime minister Thaci has participated […]

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FYROM will face protests and strikes in education

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IBNA Special Report Skopje, September 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The new academic year started today in FYR Macedonia amid warnings that teachers will launch a strike in two weeks time. The new academic year has also started amid panic as a result of the hepatitis virus, which has affected thousands of […]

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150 Syrian refugees stopped in the city of Veles

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Skopje, September 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Over 150 refugees from Syria have been stopped last night in a train in FYROM which was carrying coal in the railway station of Veles, a few kilometers away from the border with Greece. Local police said that following a thorough search inside the train […]

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PM Gruevski sustains slight injuries, activities suspended

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By   9 hours ago

Skopje, September 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Macedonian prime minister, Nikola Gruevski has sustained an injury on his food during Sunday’s regular sport activities. According to the press statement issued by his office, Gruevski has been injured while running near his home. His injury is on the upper part of the foot […]

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Bulgarians, Romanians join in protest at Danube Bridge 2 against tyre processing plant

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By   12 hours ago

  By Clive Leviev – Sawyer of  The Sofia Globe Bulgarians and Romanians joined in an August 31 protest against a tyre processing plant that they allege will be harmful to their health. The protesters blocked traffic to the Danube Bridge 2 at Vidin – Calafat for about 15 minutes, preventing about five goods lorries […]

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Comments caused panic to depositors in Cyprus

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  By Kyriacos Kyriacou-Nicosia Warnings that a rejection of the foreclosures bill by Parliament could lead the Cyprus economy “back to March 2013” and possibly a new haircut on deposits has caused panic among depositors. Local newspaper Phileleftheros reported that that approximately €60 million of deposits were withdrawn from local banks in a single day […]

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