Skopje votes to twin with SofiaRomania seeks to establish agency to promote traditional products abroadControversial Declaration adopted by RSNAGovernment of Montenegro has prepared plan to reduce foreign trade deficitNikolic's meeting with Pope canceled due to plane failurePresidents of Croatia, Slovenia and Austria talk of regional cooperationFall of business and consumer confidence on the Albanian economyTsipras: Our geopolitical position to be used as leverage in the negotiationsConstitutional Court quashes the government’s incentive for the National Bureau of InvestigationFDI in Bulgaria in January-February was 128.2M euro

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Skopje votes to twin with Sofia

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Sofia, April 19, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe The city council of Skopje has voted unanimously to “twin” the city with Sofia, in a move welcomed by Bulgarian ambassador Ivan Petkov, according to the council’s website. The vote was taken on April 17, with Skopje mayor Kotse Trayanovski saying […]

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Controversial Declaration adopted by RSNA

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Banja Luka, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic Despite many warnings and protests that the Declaration about the initiative to BiH Constitutional court for the assessment of the constitutionality of January 9 as RS National Day disregards the Constitutional Court, RS national Assembly (RSNA) adopted it on the session on Friday. […]

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Nikolic’s meeting with Pope canceled due to plane failure

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Belgrade, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Milos Mitrovic This morning Serbian President’s plane took off from Belgrade to Rome where Tomislav Nikolic was supposed to meet Pope Francis; however, the aircraft had to move back to Belgrade while flying above the Adriatic sea after one engine failed. Subsequently, Nikolic’s visit to Holly […]

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Presidents of Croatia, Slovenia and Austria talk of regional cooperation

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Zagreb, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Austrian President Heinz Fischer and Slovenian President Borut Pahor held on Friday in Slovenia a trilateral meeting on regional cooperation. This is the second of these informal meetings of the Heads of States of the three countries. The first was […]

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Tsipras: Our geopolitical position to be used as leverage in the negotiations

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Athens, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The message that the government will realise the geopolitical dynamics of Greece in the critical negotiations at the european field, sent Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the joint statements with the President of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades after their meeting at the Maximos Mansion. “A new […]

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Thaci-Koenders: Economic development is a guarantee for stability in the Balkan

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Pristina, April 17, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Deputy PM and Foreign Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci has met with the Dutch Foreign Minister, Bert Koenders, with which he discussed the latest developments in Kosovo and the region and the possibilities of strengthening cooperation between the two countries. The two counterparts said that […]

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An interim government as an option to overcome the political crisis

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IBNA Special Report Skopje, April 17, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The interim government is seen as one of the best options to solve the political crisis in FYR Macedonia. Almost the majority of political parties and political analysts see this option as a decisive step which gives way to the solution of […]

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US official demands a solution to the political crisis in FYROM

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Skopje, April 17, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti American Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Hoyt Yee has demanded a solution to the political crisis based on democratic and constitutional principles. “The government and its partners must be engaged to solve the crisis based on democratic principles and the Constitution, but there must also […]

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Tsipras: Our geopolitical position to be used as leverage in the negotiations

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Athens, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The message that the government will realise the geopolitical dynamics of Greece in the critical negotiations at the european field, sent Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the joint statements with the President of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades after their meeting at the Maximos Mansion. “A new […]

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FDI in Bulgaria in January-February was 128.2M euro

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Sofia, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Foreign direct investment in Bulgaria in the first two months of the year stood at 128.2 million euro, the equivalent of 0.3 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), statistics from the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) showed on April […]

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Yanis Varoufakis warns of ‘liquidity asphyxiation’

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Athens, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Zacharias Petrou During a gathering at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Thursday that Greece wants to reach a deal with its international creditors by the end of June. Varoufakis said it would be “wrong” to accept the memorandum of understanding as he […]

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Anastasiades-Tsipras discuss economy 

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Nicosia, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Kyriacos Kyriacou President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades departs for Athens on Friday morning for a working visit. The President will hold meetings tomorrow with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Greece and Cyprus are currently on a EU bailout program. […]

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At EUR 500 mln the deficit in the state budget for January-March

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Athens, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris In a modified cash register basis, for the period January – March 2015, there is a deficit in the balance of the state budget of EUR 500 million, against EUR 448 million deficit in the same period of 2014 and the deficit target of 2.111 […]

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Tsipras: ‘The deal will close – these are our four red lines’

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Athens, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Optimistic that there will be an agreement by the end of April, despite existing disagreements, appeared with his statements to Reuters the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. As the Prime Minister said, there are four points of disagreement with the creditors and, in particular, labour, […]

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Government decides on new excise taxes on cigarettes – gives up monetisation on highways

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Zagreb, April 16, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic Government at its session Thursday adopted two regulations on increasing the amount of excise tax on motor fuel and cigarettes, and made a decision to abandon the monetisation of the public debt of Croatian Highways and Motorway Rijeka Zagreb through concessions. Excise taxes on […]

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Albania launches the implementation of its Public Financial Management Strategy

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Tirana, April 16, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency The Ministry of Finance of Albania presented the Strategy to reform Albania’s Public Financial Management (PFM) system for the period 2014-2020. Minister of Finance Shkelqim Cani said that the implementation of this comprehensive strategy “will substantially improve the management of public funds, thus offering better services for the […]

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Romania seeks to establish agency to promote traditional products abroad

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Bucharest, April 18, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Daniel Stroe The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is working on setting up an agency to promote Romanian products on foreign markets under a public-private partnership, Agriculture Minister Daniel Constantin revealed during a debate on VAT reduction. “We are working on establishing a public-private partnership through […]

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Government of Montenegro has prepared plan to reduce foreign trade deficit

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Podgorica, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Adnan Prekic Montenegro is one of the regional countries with large foreign trade deficit. Montenegrin import is five times higher than exports. A large part of imports make agricultural products or food. Although a significant portion of agricultural products is imported within the tourism industry, the […]

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Fall of business and consumer confidence on the Albanian economy

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IBNA Special Report Tirana, April 17, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani Businesses and consumers in Albania saw the economic situation in the first quarter of 2015 as gloomy, thus showing a low confidence in different sectors in the country. An observation of the Bank of Albania for the period January-March, reflects the same […]

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FDI in Bulgaria in January-February was 128.2M euro

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Sofia, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Foreign direct investment in Bulgaria in the first two months of the year stood at 128.2 million euro, the equivalent of 0.3 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), statistics from the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) showed on April […]

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2016 fiscal package, demands of the Albanian business

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Tirana, April 17, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency The main businesses in the country have prepared several demands for the Ministry of Finance for the 2016 Fiscal Package. The draft was submitted by their organization “BiznesAlbania”. Businesses and production enterprises in particular, demand from the Directorate of Appeal, which depends on the Taxation Directorate, to be […]

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Bookings in Greek hotels have dropped, says president of HCH

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Athens, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The President of Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Giorgos Tsakiris, with statements to AMNA, spoke of a drop in the bookings in greek hotels. “At this juncture we have no ‘freezing’ of reservations, Tsakiris says, but if this drop rate in bookings continue it will create […]

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Albania launches Investment Council

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Major step taken towards improving business climate The EBRD’s Investment Climate and Governance Initiative (ICGI) is reaching a milestone today with the launch of Albania’s Investment Council, an institution with the goal of enhancing public private dialogue and spurring concrete action to strengthen the business climate in the country. The Council is a platform set […]

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Is the wiretapping scandal threatening foreign investments in FYROM

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IBNA Special Report Skopje, April 15, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The wiretapping scandal has unveiled the secret agreements between the government and foreign companies for different projects. The Macedonian opposition declares that the registered conversations show how PM Nikola Grurveski and his collaborators have bargained with foreign companies in order to implement […]

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Tsipras: Our geopolitical position to be used as leverage in the negotiations

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Athens, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The message that the government will realise the geopolitical dynamics of Greece in the critical negotiations at the european field, sent Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the joint statements with the President of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades after their meeting at the Maximos Mansion. “A new […]

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Greece-Russia to sign ‘Greek pipeline’ gas agreement next week

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Athens, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Greece and Russia continue editing the memorandum for the construction of the “Greek pipeline” gas, which will be signed next week in Athens, according to the Russian news agency RIA – Novosti, which cites a statement of the Greek Minister of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and […]

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Anastasiades to visit Athens on Friday

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Nicosia, April 15, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos The developments on the Cyprus issue, as well as economic and energy issues will be the focus of the talks between President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, on an official visit that will take place Friday. According to […]

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Lafazanis: A deadlock in the negotiations will cause more problems to Europe than Greece

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Athens, April 15, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The view that if things do not go well in the negotiations with partners, Europe will face more problems than Greece, expressed Tuesday the Minister of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy, Panagiotis Lafazanis. Speaking to the radio station “Parapolitika”, Lafazanis stressed that negotiations with […]

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Must road tax be increased in Albania?

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IBNA Special Report Tirana, April 10, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani Price of fuel in the region has significantly gone down, but in Albania, the price is increasing. The paradox consists of the increased taxes by Albanian government and the minimum desire that merchants have to reduce the prices when they fall in […]

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Tsipras secures Putin promise of closer cooperation

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Athens, April 9, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Zacharias Petrou Russia is considering giving Greece funds based on future profits Athens would earn from shipping Russian gas to Europe as part of an extension of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, a Greek government official said, according to Reuters. Plans for the pipeline taking Russian […]

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Greece-Russia relations enter new era

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Moscow, April 9, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris With a wide agenda that includes Russian investment, energy, tourism, trade, exports of Greek agricultural products and the signature program of joint actions in the two years 2015-2016, Putin-Tsipras talks were completed in the Kremlin. The Prime Minister spoke of a new Spring in […]

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Bulgarian socialists slam Cabinet over Russian pipeline plans

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Sofia, April 8, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s two left-wing parliamentary parties criticised the Cabinet on April 8 over the absence of any Bulgarian officials at a meeting in Budapest to discuss Russia’s plans to build a new gas pipeline to Europe. In separate statements, Bulgarian Socialist […]

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Albanian Presidential Palace returns to the public

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Tirana, April 17, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency The Presidential Palace in Tirana will be returned to the citizens. One of the beauties of the Italian architecture which is erected over the green crown of the capital will not be a forbidden territory. The iron gate will be brought down to give way to cultural activities […]

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“The Balcony” film is presented today in Sorbonne

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Pristina, April 15, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota France, Germany, United States of America, Turkey, Canada, Brazil, Denmark and Austria, are the countries in which the film from Kosovo “The Balcony”, has been invited to be part of different festivals during the month of April. The film director, Lindita Zeqiraj, says that with […]

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First Croatian product with its name protected in EU

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Zagreb, April 14, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic Croatia has received its first protected product-‘Krk prosciutto’ which name is registered and protected in the common EU market, announced on Tuesday the Ministry of Agriculture. The process of protecting the name of this product began in April 2010 when a butcher shop from […]

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Shooting for “The Strangers” start in Skopje

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Skopje, April 8, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The shooting for the film “The Strangers” have started in Skopje. This film reflects the ethnic reality in FYROM and the problematic youth groups in the capital who survive through different challenges. The actors that were selected for this film which has sparked debates and […]

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Serb-Kosovar Romeo and Juliet as an effort of reconciliation in the Balkan

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Pristina, April 7, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Lots of applauses and ovation have accompanied the premier of “Romeo and Juliet” in on Sunday evening shown in the National Theater in Belgrade. The show “Romeo and Juliet” put in stage by director Miki Manojlovic, was played in Serb and Albanian by Kosovo and […]

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Luan Starova wins the “Novel of the year” award

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Skopje, April 1, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Academic and writer, Luan Starova will be handed this month the 2014 “Novel of the year” award. Starova was selected for this award in a contest which saw the participation of 32 national authors. The jury consisting of prominent academics and writers in FYROM, chose […]

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British reject Parthenon Sculptures mediation proposal

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London, March 31, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Daniel Stroe The British Museum and the British government have rejected the request put forward by the Greek government that they should enter into a process of mediation, facilitated by UNESCO, regarding the Parthenon Sculptures located in the British Museum. In a letter addressed to the […]

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Elbenita Kajtazi in the “Rossini Opera Festival” in Italy

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Pristina, March 30, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The soprano from Kosovo, Elbenita Kajtazi who is known for her appearances in the Berlin Opera in Germany, has recently challenged herself in an audition of a summer festival in Italy, in which she was admitted. The Opera Gioachino Rossini had organized the audition for […]

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IAAF accepts Kosovo’s Athletic Federation

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Pristina, April 16, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo has become the newest temporary member of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), confirms the world institution of athletics. The decision to offer Kosovo this status has been taken in the IAAF meeting, which was held in Beijing. The decision allows Kosovo to […]

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FYROM to participate with 50 sportsmen in the “Baku 2015” European Olympic Games

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Skopje, April 14, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYR Macedonia will participate in the European Olympic Games which will be held for the first time as a European sport event. General Secretary of the Olympic Committee in Skopje said that 50 sportsmen from FYROM will participate in these games in Baku. “We will […]

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FYROM’s football association removes the national side’s coach

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Skopje, April 8, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM’s football association (FSM) has removed the coach of the national team, Bosko Djurovski. This decision was taken last night after the meeting of the association, which pointed out the weak results of the coach of the national side. Djurovski has been considered as one […]

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Karate fighters from Skopje won 29 medals in the “Ulcinj Open 2015” tournament

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Skopje, April 7, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti “Force” karate club from Skopje has excelled in the international Karate tournament “Ulcinj Open 2015” held during the weekend in Ulcinj, Montenegro. In this contest which saw the participation of 870 karate fighters from 74 different clubs, karate fighters from Skopje managed to win 29 […]

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A stadium of European standards in the Albanian northern center

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Tirana, April 7, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency The city of Shkoder has “Loro Boroci” stadium built in the 50’s. But no matches are played there any longer. An entirely new stadium will be built there. Created by a German-Australian architect, the new stadium of Shkoder will have an original image and not imitate another stadium. […]

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FYROM’s national football side draws against Australia

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Skopje, March 31, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYR Macedonia’s national football side has managed a nil nil draw against Australia in a friendly match played last night in Skopje. After wasting many chances, neither of the teams managed to score. This friendly fixture follows a defeat by the Macedonian side last weekend […]

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Three Greeks international footballers involved in car accident

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Athens, March 31, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Greek footballers Vangelis Moras and Panagiotis Tachtsidis were discharged from the hospital, while Ioannis Fetfatzidis remained for another day as a precaution after the car accident that involved the taxi carrying them and another car. The news for the state of health of […]

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Albania defeats Armenia and positions itself third in the group

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Tirana, March 30, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency Albanian national football side managed to win 2 goals to 1 against Armenia as part of the France 2016 European Qualifiers. The match was played in Elbasan, as the national stadium in Tirana is still waiting to be reconstructed. The first half saw a bad start since the […]

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Skopje votes to twin with Sofia

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Sofia, April 19, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe The city council of Skopje has voted unanimously to “twin” the city with Sofia, in a move welcomed by Bulgarian ambassador Ivan Petkov, according to the council’s website. The vote was taken on April 17, with Skopje mayor Kotse Trayanovski saying […]

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Mikhalkov: Russians and Serbs should stick together

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Belgrade, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Milos Mitrovic Russian filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov (photo) received the honorary citizenship of Belgrade at the ceremony in Serbian capital today. Mayor Sinisa Mali accompanied with his aides attended the event. “It has always seemed to me that it’s hard to be a citizen, not to mention […]

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Opposition in Kosovo: Minister of Justice is preventing the rule of law

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Pristina, April 17, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Opposition parties in Kosovo have organized a joint protest at the entrance of the Ministry of Justice, accusing the minister of Justice, Hajredin Kuci for preventing the rule of law. Valdrin Ahmeti from Self Determination, said that justice institutions are not being able to fight […]

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Constitutional Court quashes the government’s incentive for the National Bureau of Investigation

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Tirana, April 17, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency The Constitutional Court in Albania has quashed the creation of the National Bureau of Investigation by considering it illegal. This decision comes after the request filed by one fifth of the Democratic Party MPs, who demanded the creation of NBI to be declared unlawful. The Constitutional Court declared […]

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Romanian anti-corruption expert, honored by the US Embassy

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Bucharest, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Daniel Stroe Laura Stefan (photo), a well known anti-corruption expert and a leading representative of the Romanian civil society, was yesterday awarded a 2015 Woman of Courage Award by the US Embassy in Bucharest, honoring her decade long fight against a social scourge which has left a […]

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Opposition: Protests against the government will bring positive movements in Kosovo

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IBNA Special Report Pristina, April 17, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Opposition parties in Kosovo are getting ready for Saturday’s protest against the government led by PM Isa Mustafa. Saturday’s protest was called by three opposition parties, Self Determination, AAK and Incentive under the motto “Against the capturing of the state”. Former leader […]

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Bank loans deprive people of life joys, Romanians say

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Bucharest, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Daniel Stroe Bank loans translate into “a deprivation of joys of life”, consider most of the Romanians who have contracted a loan – whether it is a mortgage or a personal loan – over the past 10 years, a research carried by a specialized company revealed. According […]

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First Ebola case suspected at Ljubljana hospital

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Ljubljana, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos The first suspected case of Ebola was admitted in the Ljubljana main hospital Thursday and it involves a Slovenian citizen who returned from an ebola-affected region of Africa with a severe fever, according to UKC Ljubljana officials. This is the first suspected case of the […]

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