Will Thaci become president in 2016?Opposition demands a political and not a legal solution of the crisis in FYR MacedoniaIBNA/Interview with the minister of Justice, Mr. Nasip NacoSerbia and 'Turkish Stream'Star Trek II: The Search for Spock, and truthPreparations for the opening of one of the most challenging negotiations between Montenegro and the European UnionParties still far from agreementPresidents of Croatia and Slovenia hold informal meetingNew regulations in place in Romania to make traders issue receiptsFresh materials published by the opposition in FYROM

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Will Thaci become president in 2016?

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IBNA Special Report Pristina, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota With the governing coalition accord between PDK and LDK, Hashim Thaci has taken good care of his political career. Initially, he will serve as deputy PM and Foreign Minister, while his aim is to become President of Kosovo on 2016, when […]

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Opposition demands a political and not a legal solution of the crisis in FYR Macedonia

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IBNA Special Report Skopje, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Macedonian opposition demands a political solution and not e legal one in relation to the wiretapping scandal that incriminated government officials in corruption, criminal actions and other illegal acts. Leader of the opposition party LSDM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union), Zoran Zaev […]

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IBNA/Interview with the minister of Justice, Mr. Nasip Naco

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Interviewed by Edison Kurani IBNA: Mr. minister, in what stage is the work started by the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Reform in the Justice System which has begun a while ago? Naco: Since the very first days as minister of Justice, I have underlined in parliament, where the government program was presented, the path […]

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Serbia and ‘Turkish Stream’

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Belgrade, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Milos Mitrovic Serbia and other possibly interested countries should take an active role in order project “Turkish Stream” to be implemented. This is the conclusion of the scientific conference “Russian projects in energy in Balkans after South Stream” held in Belgrade on Monday. Balkan countries may […]

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Varoufakis will go to the Eurogroup prepared

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Athens, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Greek Finance Minister will go to Eurogroup prepared, with specific and costed proposals for reform, said Giannis Dragasakis after the meeting of the Government Council for Economic Policy. The proposals for reform that will come from Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, at the Eurogroup next […]

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Merkel and Schäuble call on Greece to table specific proposals

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Athens, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris “Now is the time to make the proposals for reforms more specific”, said the German Chancellor. Meanwhile, unmoved in his position that any delay in the payment of the ECB by Greece would constitute a credit event seems to be Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. […]

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Preparations for the opening of one of the most challenging negotiations between Montenegro and the European Union

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Podgorica, March 2, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Adnan Prekic Montenegro is planning to open one of the most challenging negotiations with the European Union this year. Chapter 27, which refers to the Environment and climate changes is to open since the Montenegrin government fulfilled the commitments of the last action plan, which are […]

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Slovenian former executive fugitive arrested in Dominican Republic

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Ljubljana, March 2, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenian police announced on Monday the arrest of former chairman of port operator Luka Koper, Robert Casar, who has been on the run for almost a year. The 53-year old Casar, who had failed to report in prison on March 2014 to serve his […]

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Stathakis: There is need for licensing, combating corruption, supplies

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Athens, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The need to take bold measures in the areas of licensing, the fight against corruption and proper management of public procurement, stated Minister of Economy, Infrastructure, Marine and Tourism, Giorgos Stathakis, who represented Greece at the meeting of the EU Competitiveness Council in within […]

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Varoufakis will go to the Eurogroup prepared

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Athens, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Greek Finance Minister will go to Eurogroup prepared, with specific and costed proposals for reform, said Giannis Dragasakis after the meeting of the Government Council for Economic Policy. The proposals for reform that will come from Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, at the Eurogroup next […]

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Merkel and Schäuble call on Greece to table specific proposals

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Athens, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris “Now is the time to make the proposals for reforms more specific”, said the German Chancellor. Meanwhile, unmoved in his position that any delay in the payment of the ECB by Greece would constitute a credit event seems to be Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. […]

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New regulations in place in Romania to make traders issue receipts

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Bucharest, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Daniel Store Romanian commercial companies that will not emit receipts to customers will receive hefty fines between 10,000 and 15,000 lei (2,250 to 3,376 Euros), but also risk being closed down by financial inspectors, according to new regulations enforced as of 1 March. A new governmental […]

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IMF sees growing risks in Albania’s economic program

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IBNA Special Report Tirana, March 2, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency The International Monetary Fund says that it sees growing risks in Albania’s economic program. Therefore it warns that political and social tension in Albania, especially ahead of the local government elections, may pose a threat for the three year program being implemented in the country. […]

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Bulgaria Budget deficit for January-February at 130M leva – preliminary figures

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Sofia, March 02, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev- Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s Finance Ministry has said that it expected the consolidated Budget deficit January-February 2015 to stand at 130 million leva, or just 0.2 per cent of forecast gross domestic product, making it the lowest deficit for the first two […]

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Albania removed from the list of countries monitored for funding of terrorism and money laundering

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Tirana, March 2, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency Republic of Albania will no longer be part of the group of countries constantly monitored for money laundering and funding of terrorism. This is declared in the conclusions of the ICRG Onsite Team group report. The report has been discussed and approved these days in the ICRG session […]

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Skopje, government says that it has started to pay foreign debt

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Skopje, March 2, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti During the weekend, the government of FYR Macedonia said that it has started the phase of the payment of foreign debts. Minister of Finance said that during the weekend, it paid the last installment, 174 million USD  part of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan. […]

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Legislation must stimulate businesses

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Pristina, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Speaker of parliament of Kosovo, Kadri Veseli has met today with representatives of economic, national and international institutions. According to him, it’s very important for legislation to stimulate business and not to serve as an obstacle. Veseli said that the scope of the meeting […]

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Stathakis: There is need for licensing, combating corruption, supplies

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Athens, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The need to take bold measures in the areas of licensing, the fight against corruption and proper management of public procurement, stated Minister of Economy, Infrastructure, Marine and Tourism, Giorgos Stathakis, who represented Greece at the meeting of the EU Competitiveness Council in within […]

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New regulations in place in Romania to make traders issue receipts

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By   22 hours ago

Bucharest, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Daniel Store Romanian commercial companies that will not emit receipts to customers will receive hefty fines between 10,000 and 15,000 lei (2,250 to 3,376 Euros), but also risk being closed down by financial inspectors, according to new regulations enforced as of 1 March. A new governmental […]

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Swarovski moves its plant to Serbia

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Belgrade, February 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Milos Mitrovic Austrian producer of luxury cut lead glass Swarovski moves its plants from China and Czech Republic to Austria and Serbia. The move has been announced today from company’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria. Serbian Chamber of Commerce hailed Swarovski’s decision as good news for the […]

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Double taxation between Albania and Ireland avoided, the opposition is skeptic

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Tirana, February 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Yesterday, Albanian parliament voted the bill “For the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of tax evasion on income tax between Albania and Ireland”. Minister of Finance, Shkelqim Cani said that this agreement will provide a better business climate. “This will avoid double taxation and tax evasion […]

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Croatian government brings youth employment program worth 156 million euro

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Zagreb, February 26, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic Mister of Labour and Pension System Mirando Mrsic and General Manager of the Croatian Employers Association (HUP) Davor Majetić signed on Thursday an agreement on cooperation in the implementation of employment program “Guarantees for young people”. This year for the program provided 1.2 billion […]

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The new economic model has started to yield results, says Albanian economy minister

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Tirana, February 26, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency The Albanian Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Commerce and Enterprise, Arben Ahmetaj, has received Germany’s support for regional projects and the role that Albania is playing. During a two day visit to Germany, Ahmetaj had a meeting with vice Federal Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economy and Energy, […]

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Will plans for seasonal employment of Kosovo nationals be implemented?

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IBNA Special Report Pristina, February 26, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Seasonal employment of Kosovo people in the country and abroad is being seen as a good opportunity to prevent illegal migration. Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Arban Abrashi, says that lots of efforts are being made to reach agreements with EU […]

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TAP invites companies to pre-qualify for offshore construction and line pipes

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Tirana, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) has launched two pre-qualification contracts for the construction of the 105 km offshore pipeline section under the Adriatic Sea. The greatest depth the pipeline will be laid is 820 meters. The first pre-qualification comprises Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) works for […]

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Serbia and ‘Turkish Stream’

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Belgrade, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Milos Mitrovic Serbia and other possibly interested countries should take an active role in order project “Turkish Stream” to be implemented. This is the conclusion of the scientific conference “Russian projects in energy in Balkans after South Stream” held in Belgrade on Monday. Balkan countries may […]

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Victory for Croatian Govt – Sisak refinery resumes oil production and refining in April

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Zagreb, February 25, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic After Sisak refinery was temporarily closed on January 14, it is now almost certain that the refinery will begin its operations again in April, confirmed Wednesday Minister of Economy Ivan Vrdoljak. “I expect that production and processing at the refinery in Sisak to start […]

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‘Black gold’ discovered in RS

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Banja Luka, February 24, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic A day after RS minister of industry, energy and mining, Petar Djokic, announced that oil was found near the village of Obudovac, in the northern part of BiH, villagers begun to dream of a brighter future and economic development of this region. Djokic […]

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Romania’s top oil company logs halved profit in 2014

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Bucharest, February 20, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Daniel Stroe OMV Petrom’s profit was down by 56 per cent last year compared to 2013, with most of the financial losses concentrated in the last trimester due to mainly a severe decrease of oil prices, the main player on Romania’s oil market announced. The profit […]

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 Egypt and Cyprus examine gas pipe connection

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Nicosia, February 16, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Kyriacos Kyriacou A Memorandum of Understanding in the field of oil and gas was signed on Monday by Cyprus and Egypt. A joint statement of the Cypriot Minister of Energy and the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum notes that in the spirit of the excellent relations between […]

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Industries in FYROM are the biggest energy consumers

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Skopje, February 16, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The amount of power supply that FYR Macedonia consumes is not proportional to its economic production activity. According to the State Entity of Statistics, power supply consumption for production unit in the country is 3,5-4 times higher than the European average and twice as much […]

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Smart meters for power supply, why is the Albanian opposition against?

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IBNA Special Report/The Albanian government struck a deal with the German company Deutsche Telecom to install 10 thousand smart meters in a part of Tirana. This pilot project, according to PM Edi Rama, aims at being the starting point for its expansion throughout the country. The opposition is skeptic. It warns that the costs will […]

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Albanian actress Yllka Mujo is awarded the Career award in the Comedy Festival in Monte Carlo

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Tirana, March 2, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency The prominent Albanian actress, Yllka Mujo, has been honored with the international Career award. This award has been given for the prominent Albanian actress in the Comedy Film Festival in Monte Carlo in its 12th edition. Yllka Mujo, 62 years of age, was also a member of the […]

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Peristeri on Amphipolis: The skeletons may be remnants of sacrifices or looters

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Athens, March 2, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris “We need to focus on the monument, not the bones, which for me do not mean a lot. You cannot perform datings from the dead. For me the skeletons are meaningless. They mislead the investigation”. These are the statements of the head of the […]

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Yaşar Kemal passed away

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Ankara, March 1, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis He was considered the biggest litterateur in Turkey Passed away on Saturday afternoon at the age of 92 years the Kurdish Turkish writer Yasar Kemal. He might have been the greatest writer in Turkey. He was the first Turk to be proposed for the […]

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Premier of ballet “Othello” to be shown tonight

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Pristina, February 26, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota National Theatre of Kosovo will see tonight the premier of ballet “Othello”. This is the first premier for this year at the National Theater of Kosovo. In this ballet which will be directed by the prominent choreograph, Pellumb Agalliu, Othello doesn’t lead a concrete war, […]

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National Folk Festival of Gjirokastra makes a comeback

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IBNA Special Report Tirana, February 26, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani The most important event of the communist years in Albania, makes a comeback to bring the tradition of Albanian folk music. The National Folk Festival of Gjirokastra will be held for a week in a row in the south of the country. […]

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“The Shoes” depicts the survival of the people of Kosovo in 1999

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Pristina, February 24, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota “The Shoes”,  a short film, written by Naser Shatrolli and directed by Eno Milkani, has started to be shot. The film depicts the survival of the people of Kosovo in 1999. A pile of shoes and three elderly women will be the focus of the […]

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Romania wants to ascribe culture 2% of the lottery’s revenue

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Bucharest, February 23, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Daniel Stroe Romanian PM Victor Ponta today announced his government will table a draft law which ascribes 2 per cent of the Romanian Lottery’s earnings to cultural activities supervised by the Ministry of Culture. The announcement came as a surprise in a country where culture has […]

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Kosovo painter Engjell Berisha opens his exhibition in Skopje

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Skopje, February 20, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The exhibition called “In the Name of the Godfather” by Kosovo painter, Engjell Berisha, opened last night in Skopje. This exhibition was organized by the embassy of Kosovo, in the framework of activities for the seventh anniversary of the independence of Kosovo and present in […]

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Inmates defeat the national side in a football match

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Tirana, February 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency For the first time, inmates who suffer prison sentences in Albanian correctional facilities have played a match against the Albanian national football team and which they have won. General Prisons Directorate, in collaboration with the Albanian Football Association organized the final match of the 2015 football mini-championship […]

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Greek government decides the suspension of the Super League

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Athens, February 26, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris After the meeting between Deputy Minister of Sports, Stavros Kontonis with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the former announced the suspension only of the Super League and not of the other leagues or activities in other sports. At the same time, the situation will be […]

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Tennis players from FYROM have a low ranking in the ATP list

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Skopje, February 25, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Tennists from FYR Macedonia have a poor ranking in the world list of ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) ranking. In the recent list which has been published, tennis player Tomislav Jotovski ranks 540th, winning several positions. Other tennis players are Dimitar Grabul ranked 667th, […]

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Kosovo accepted in the International Swimming Association

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Pristina, February 19, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo’s Swimming Association has been accepted in the International Swimming Association (FINA) as the 208th member of this organization. Although this sport is not that advanced in Kosovo, as of this moment, swimmers are permitted to participate in the world championship which will be held […]

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Idrissou and Vukcvic the biggest transfers in FYROM’s football league

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Skopje, February 12, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The transfer market has also closed in the domestic football league in FYR Macedonia. The most expensive acquisition was made by “Shkendija” football club from Tetovo, which is known to be as the richest club owned by businessman Lazim Destani and his company “Ecolog”. This […]

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Fak comes first in Biathlon Sprint

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Ljubljana, February 9, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos Jakov Fak achieved his fifthe World cup win in the 10-km biathlon sprint in Nove mesto in the Czech Republic Saturday. Fak finished 12.8 seconds ahead of German Simon Schempp and 26 seconds ahead of Jean Guillaume Beatrix of France. All three hit all […]

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IBNA Interview/Pristina’s climbers take on the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Mount Blanc

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Interview with the head of the Pristina Climbers’ Club, Nazmi Hasanramaj In an interview for IBNA news agency, the head of the Pristina Climbers’ Club (PCC), Nazmi Hasanramaj talks about climbing in Kosovo, as a sport which has been in stagnation during the ‘90s, but which has made a strong come back in the recent […]

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Shedding light upon Serb crimes in Kosovo is a condition for the normalization of relations, says PM Mustafa

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Pristina, January 30, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa has commented today in relation to the latest documents that have been found by the Human Rights Fund in Belgrade, which indicate the responsibility of the Serb Army Chief of Staff, Nebojsha Dikovic for war crimes in Kosovo. Mustafa […]

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No asylum will be granted to Kosovo nationals, Belgian senior official says

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Pristina, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Belgium is worried over the large number of Kosovo nationals who are seeking economic asylum in this country. Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration in Belgium, Theo Francken said today, during a meeting with the Interior minister of Kosovo, Skender Hyseni that Kosovo […]

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Finance minister Stavrevski denies the authenticity of the registrations published by the opposition

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Skopje, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Minister of Finance and deputy PM for Economic Affairs, Zoran Stavrevski reacted last evening about the registrations published yesterday by the opposition, where the main protagonist of these conversations was him and the minister of Interior, Gordana Jankulovska. He said that the conversations published […]

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Star Trek II: The Search for Spock, and truth

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Sofia, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Let the search engines, such as Google, deal with this: There is a search for truth. Consider, in those words from the film from which Leonard Nimoy is so well-remembered: the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the […]

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Greek Govt takes steps to tackle ‘humanitarian crisis’

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Athens, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris To the General Accounting Office was sent the Government Bill on the “humanitarian crisis” – the first bill tabled by the government – which includes measures for feeding, housing and electrification to very poor households, while within the week it will be tabled in […]

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Slovenian former executive fugitive arrested in Dominican Republic

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Ljubljana, March 2, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenian police announced on Monday the arrest of former chairman of port operator Luka Koper, Robert Casar, who has been on the run for almost a year. The 53-year old Casar, who had failed to report in prison on March 2014 to serve his […]

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The process of the liberalization of visas has become political, says Kosovo Interior minister

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Pristina, March 2, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Interior minister, Skender Hyseni, told members of the parliamentary committee for interior affairs that the visa liberalization process for Kosovo has become political and that the criteria that the country must deliver in order to be granted the liberalization of visas in the Schengen area […]

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UN must not be indifferent toward the violation of human rights, says president Ivanov

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Skopje, March 2, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti President of FYROM, George Ivanov declared today that the United Nations must not be indifferent toward the violation of human rights and human dignity. He said this in an address delivered before the UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva. “United Nations cannot be indifferent toward […]

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World Bank allocates 32 million Euros for Albanian health system

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Tirana, March 2, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors approved Euro 32.1 million in IBRD financing for the Health System Improvement Project in Albania. The total project cost is Euro 36.1 million, with the remainder co-financed by the Government of Albania. The project will support improving the efficiency of care […]

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