President of Kosovo refuses the invitation to go to BelgradeCroatian Telekom: revenues in the nine months decreased by 2.2%, company continues the transformationBattle for UK’s European identity as general election loomsRomania’s renewable energy capacity nears 5,000 MWCyprus President to visit MoscowBulgaria has arrested 472 traffickers of refugees since beginning of AugustVucic: We will arrest the thievesBlerta Deliu: Political scene in Kosovo continues to be dominated by menMigrant workers are keeping FYROM’s economy on its feetCoalition government formula continues to elude Bulgaria

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Parliament votes the two members of SCJ

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Tirana, October 30, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Parliament in Albania has voted for the election of two members of the Supreme Council of Justice. Parliament voted for the candidacy of Albana Shtylla with 77 votes in favor and two against. Parliament also voted for the candidacy of Vangjel Kosta with 71 votes in favor, seven […]

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President of Kosovo refuses the invitation to go to Belgrade

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Pristina, October 30, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga has decided to refuse the invitation of the Trilateral Commission for a visit to Belgrade. According to the president’s office, the cancellation of Jahjaga’s visit to Belgrade has been made as a result of the political crisis in Kosovo. “After […]

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Battle for UK’s European identity as general election looms

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  By Thanasis Gavos – London The political landscape in Britain seems to have changed dramatically ever since Nigel Farage spelt out his no reservations eurosceptic message. The mood in the country has shifted so much that any talk of restricting the number of European Union migrants coming in, especially from Eastern Europe and mainly […]

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Cyprus President to visit Moscow

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By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia The upcoming visit of President Nicos Anastasiades to Moscow and the latest developments in the region of Eastern Mediterranean were discussed in a meeting of the President of the Republic and the Russian Ambassador in Nicosia Stanislav Osadchiy. In statements after the meeting,  Osadchiy said that “we discussed with President […]

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Opposition leader Haradinaj demands for parliament to be constituted

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Pristina, October 30, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota After a meeting which lasted half an hour, opposition leaders Isa Mustafa, Ramush Haradinaj and Fatmir Limaj have not come to an agreement and have not come out with an alternative as to how to resolve the political crisis in Kosovo. After the meeting, which […]

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Blerta Deliu: Political scene in Kosovo continues to be dominated by men

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Actor, journalist and MP of the Democratic Party of Kosovo talks in an exclusive interview for IBNA news agency, about her engagements in politics. She says that the political scene in Kosovo continues to be dominated by men, while a woman politician offers the example of building a peaceful society. According to her, politics is […]

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Coalition government formula continues to elude Bulgaria

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By Clive Leviev Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Twenty-five days after Bulgaria’s October 5 2014 early parliamentary elections, talks on finding a formula to set up a government are continuing, with apparently scant immediate prospect of success. There has been a bewildering succession of messages, most mutually contradictory, coming from GERB, winner of the largest […]

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Berlin promises to stand by Athens in post-bailout era

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  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Greek Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis held talks with German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble on the sidelines of the OECD World Forum in Berlin. The ministers discussed the troika’s review of the Greek adjustment program and the credit line that will be made available to Greece as of 2015, amongst other […]

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Migrant workers are keeping FYROM’s economy on its feet

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IBNA Special Report Skopje, October 30, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Macedonian Diaspora which consists of Macedonians and Albanians continues to play a key role for the economy of this country. Every year, migrant workers send to the home country 1 billion Euros, but most of the money is spent on monthly household […]

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Berlin promises to stand by Athens in post-bailout era

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  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Greek Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis held talks with German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble on the sidelines of the OECD World Forum in Berlin. The ministers discussed the troika’s review of the Greek adjustment program and the credit line that will be made available to Greece as of 2015, amongst other […]

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Slovenia issues EUR 1bn bond securing 2.4% yield

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  Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenian Finance Ministry, in a statement issued yesterday evening, confirmed that the country issued a EUR 1 billion bond on Tuesday securing a yield of just under 2.4%. The ministry confirmed orders of EUR 3.2bn for the bonds carrying an annual coupon rate of 2.25%. With the issue price at 99.095%, […]

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Budget Office: The draft for the post-Memorandum era is incomplete

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens “Fiscal consolidation and reforms are carried out in a constantly changing international and European environment, like being ‘on quicksand’”, is stated in the introductory note of the quarterly report for the period July – September 2014, which was released on Wednesday by the State Budget Office, of the Parliament. […]

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Meeting Tsipras-Stournaras with focus on the banks

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras will have a meeting with the Governor of the Bank of Greece on Thursday at 13:30, at the request of the president of SYRIZA. The meeting will be held at the offices of SYRIZA. At the heart of the meeting will be the state […]

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Chardouvelis- Schäuble and the ‘new relationship’ with the partners

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By   8 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Minister of Finance Gikas Hardouvelis met with his German counterpart Wolfgang Schäuble in Berlin concerning the Memorandum and the next day, with the settling of the debt and credit line requested by Athens. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the World Congress OECD. Circles of the Greek […]

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Hague praises reforms in Serbia

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  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade Leader of the British House of Commons William Hague praised today the measures for the fiscal consolidation in Serbia. “The role of the economy is fundamental”, Hague said after meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in London. Vucic informed Hague on the budget revision that Serbian Parliament has […]

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Customs revenues in Kosovo 30% higher than last year

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Pristina, October 28, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The period from January to October of this year has seen a 30% rise of revenues compared to the same period a year ago. According to the announcement of the Customs of Kosovo, revenues since January amounted to 702 million Euros, as opposed to 673 […]

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Croatian Telekom: revenues in the nine months decreased by 2.2%, company continues the transformation

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  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb In the first nine months of 2014 Croatian Telekom (HT) gained revenues of EUR 5.1 million, hence gross income of the leading Croatian telecommunications operator is almost stabilized with minimal decline, which was 2.2% in the first three quarters of 2014, compared to the same period last year. HT’s […]

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Greece in 61st place in the world in the development of business projects

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Greece climbed four places in the rankings on the ease of business development in the relevant World Bank report, which notes that the country has strengthened its regulatory framework for business development. Specifically, in the evaluation report of the World Bank for ease of business development at a global […]

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Construction of Montenegrin highway enters next stage

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By   22 hours ago

  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica After months of negotiations, the Montenegrin Government and the China Exim Bank agreed on the terms of a loan contract to build a highway through Montenegro. The contract that will be signed tomorrow will need to be verified by the Assembly of Montenegro, after which the works are expected […]

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BiH entities plan new highway

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By   23 hours ago

  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka Republic of Srpska company “RS Highways” initiated the construction of a new modern road through Bosnia and Herzegovina and government on the other entity, the Federation of BiH, expressed an interest to be involved in this project. “RS Highways” presented its new plan on Wednesday in Banja Luka […]

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Romanian Post wants to become the country’s largest insurance broker

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Romanian Post Insurance Broker, a new sub-division launched by the state owned Romanian Post National Company, will become within a year the biggest insurance broker given the wide network of employees the mother company has, its leaders said today. “The Romanian Post Insurance Broker is a step towards modernization. […]

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Albania goes up 40 places in the doing business ranking

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Tirana, October 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Premier of Albania, Edi Rama has commented today the “Doing Business” report issued by the World Bank. In an announcement for the public, Rama says: “Good news for everyone who loves work and enterprise in Albania: We go up 40 places in the World Bank ranking of doing […]

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World Bank: Kosovo has made progress in the business reform

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Pristina, October 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo ranks 75th in the World Bank’s “2015 Doing Business” report, improving its position by six position compared to the previous year. The report identifies improvements in obtaining construction permits after the creation of the new scheme of inspection and reduction of the permit fee. […]

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Lack of political will costs BiH millions of euros

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  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka Lack of political will for changes of the present system and implementation of EU standard system of infrastructure in quality control costs Bosnia and Herzegovina about 100 million Euro per year. Producers and farmers in the country can not export their products to the EU countries because the […]

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Romania’s renewable energy capacity nears 5,000 MW

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Romania’s renewable energy production capacity has reached 4,725 MW at the end of September, a constant increase since the beginning of the year, Transelectrica, state electricity transmission operator has announced today. Of the whole capacity, 2,805 MW are produced by aeolian systems, 1,245 MW by photovoltaic parks, 574 MW […]

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Within five years, energy will be a great source of profit, says Albanian PM

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Tirana, October 30, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Prime minister Edi Rama has guaranteed that there will be increases of pensions of heads of families, increase of social allowance and disability allowance, in order for 200 thousand families in need not to be affected by the lifting of the 300 kilowatt threshold of power supply and […]

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Cyprus calls international community to intervene

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By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia All those who are interested in the Cyprus solution must turn to Turkey and demand the country terminates its violations in Cyprus` exclusive economic zone, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said.  Speaking Tuesday in Paphos during the celebrations for the National anniversary of 28th October 1940, the Spokesman sent a message […]

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Trilateral meeting of Foreign Minister of Greece – Egypt – Cyprus in Nicosia

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  By Spiros Sideris – Nicosia A trilateral meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Greece – Egypt – Cyprus, Mr. Venizelos, Mr. Shoukry and Mr. Kasoulides respectively, will take place in Nicosia on October 28-29, under the established framework of political consultations. As announced, the ministerial meeting in Nicosia will take place on Wednesday, October […]

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Ministers in Albania discuss measures on how to prevent the collapse of the energy system

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Tirana, October 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency In a meeting to discuss measures on preserving energy and fighting environmental crime, the prime minister of Albania, Edi Rama declared that today marks the start of a massive operation, which will bring back peace in the energy system, by turning energy into an asset which is not […]

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Oil companies start new drilling off the Romanian shores

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania Limited, the local unit of the US oil giant, and OMV Petrom, the largest player on the internal oil and gas market, have started exploring a new prospect in the Neptun block off the Black Sea coast, the two companies today announced. The new […]

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EU calls on Turkey to respect the sovereignty of Cyprus

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The European Union expresses its concern for the increased tension between Cyprus and Turkey on the occasion of the exploitation of the underwater energy reserves, according to the draft conclusions of the summit of leaders of member countries, which meet Thursday and Friday in Brussels. “The EU expresses its […]

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Russian Federation decreased gas supply to BiH

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  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka “BH Gas”, the company which delivers natural gas to thousands of companies and households in BiH, mostly in BiH Federation, announced today that Russian Federation supplier decreased delivery to BiH by 35 percent. “BH Gas” emphasized that this reduction will not be felt in households, however, the heating […]

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Montenegro is participating in the Eurovision Song Contest

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Radio Television of Montenegro will announce tomorrow the name of the representative of the country in the Eurovision Song Contest to be held next year in Vienna. At this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Montenegro was represented by Sergej Cetkovic (ON PHOTOGRAPHY) with the song ‘’My world’’. Montenegro […]

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Mendoni: The tomb in Amphipolis shows clear signs of human intervention

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  By Spiros Sideris – Nicosia As it appears, there is no doorframe in the third chamber-fourth area of the tomb of Amphipolis. The working hypothesis based on geological and speleological research that its speculated the existence was not confirmed by the excavation process. As it became known by the Ministry of Culture as part […]

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Kosovo participates in DokLeipzig in Germany

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Pristina, October 28, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo will be part of the DokLeipzig or International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, which started on Monday in Leipzig, Germany. The festival will last until November 2. Kosovo will compete in the programs Country Focus Ex-Yu, DOK Market Video Library and SEED […]

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Premiere of the first movie of the Muslim minority in Thrace

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  By Manolis Kostidis – Komotini As a journalist of IBNA I attended the premiere of the film “Sevdanın Göçü” (Emigrant Love), along with 500 people from the local community of Komotini. The premiere was held in a large hotel room. The reason we accepted the invitation and wanted to be there refers to the […]

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Miss Globe is held in Albania for the last time

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Miss Serbia 2014 withdraws from the world beauty contest Tirana, October 23, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The 11th edition of the beauty contest “Miss Globe” will be held today in the north of Albania. The organizers say that this will be the last time that this contest is held in Albania, after 11 editions in […]

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Book fair “Tetovo 2014”

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Skopje, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti “Tetovo 2014” traditional book fair opened in Tetovo, with the participation of publishing homes from FYROM and the region. The fair was opened by the state secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Behiduxin Sehapi and mayor of Tetovo, Teuta Arifi. The head of the Association […]

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Archeologists have found the head of one of the Sphinxes in Amphipolis

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The marble head of the Sphinx, which is located on the east side of the entrance of the burial monument of Amphipolis, was discovered by archaeologists during yesterday’s excavations in the tomb of Kasta in Amphipolis. According to the official information of the Culture ministry, the head is intact […]

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Pristina is hosting the Roma film festival

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Pristina, October 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Pristina is hosting the Roma film festival, where 24 films which talk about the life of this community will be shown. The organizers say that the “Rolling Film Festival” is a good opportunity to overcome the prejudices existing about the Roma community, but also to […]

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FYROM’s handball players make a successful start for the “Poland 2016” qualifications

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Skopje, October 30, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Last night, FYROM’s handball team made a successful start in the Poland 2016 qualifying rounds. Macedonian side won against the Swiss side in the match played in the “Boris Trajkovski” house of sports in Skopje. In front of the home public, the Macedonian side has […]

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VUCIC: UEFA confirms Albania is responsible for the incidents

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  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade Serbian premier Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday that he regrets because UEFA has deducted three points to national football team; at the same time Vucic “is glad because Albanian side has been declared to be responsible for the incident” by European football association’s decision to award Serbia with 3-0 […]

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UEFA grants a 3-0 win to Serbia and removes three points from its ranking

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Tirana, October 24, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency UEFA Disciplinary Committee has announced today the decision in relation to the football match between Serbia and Albania. This Committee has decided to grant Serbia a 3-0 win, thus giving three points to Serbia. This decision has been made after UEFA representative has reported that the Albanian […]

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Roberto included in UEFA’s top eleven

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Olympiakos’ goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez was included in the best lineup of the third round of the UEFA Champions League groups. Olympiakos on Wednesday beat Juventus 1-0 with the goal of Kasami. The lineup: Roberto (Olympiacos), Marcelo (Real Madrid), David Luiz (PSG), Suchy (Basel), Donati (B. Leverkusen), Azar (Chelsea), Koke […]

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Arguments of AFF for UEFA unveiled: Albanian players were attacked

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Tirana, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency In a press statement issued today, Albanian Football Federation (AFF) has revealed the steps that it has taken in order to submit the necessary documents to the UEFA Committee of Control of Ethic and Discipline, which will gather tomorrow in Switzerland. Upon receiving notification over the accusations raised […]

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Kosovo, a member of International Olympic Committee

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Pristina, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo will participate in the 2016 Olympic Games as an independent state. As of this year, Kosovar sportsmen will be equal to others in Olympic sports. Kosovo’s Olympic Committee (KOK) is expected to adhere this week in the International Olympic Committee. Sources within KOK told […]

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Romania’s Halep beats Serena Williams, advances in semifinals of Singapore tournament

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Simona Halep won against defending champion Serena Williams in a match which sent the Romanian tennis player to the semifinals of the WTA tournament in Singapore and which also marked a first for her, beating a top three opponent. Halep beat Williams by6-0, 6-2. “This is the greatest game […]

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Kozuf marks a victory in the Balkan Basketball League

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Skopje, October 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM’s basketball team, Kozuf, has marked the second victory in the regional basketball league, the Balkan League. The team from the town of Gevgelia faced the Romanian team, Krajova and won 87 to 84. The win was achieved in the last minutes of the game, […]

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EULEX denies accusations of corruption

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Pristina, October 30, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota European mission for the rule of law, EULEX, has denied accusations reported in the media for the involvement of the officials of this mission in corruption affairs. The head of this mission, Gabrielle Meucci, says that the mission is working in line with the laws […]

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Bulgaria has arrested 472 traffickers of refugees since beginning of August

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By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry has been concentrating its efforts against human traffickers exploiting the refugee influx, with the country arresting 472 traffickers since the beginning of August – 121 in October alone. This is according to Bulgaria’s caretaker Interior Minister Yordan Bakalov, who was addressing MPs on October 30 […]

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Vucic: We will arrest the thieves

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  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade The state and the police will review all alleged frauds and thefts considering the help distribution to flooded areas, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said today. “We have all the documents and we know everything”, Vucic said today in Jamena village, which was heavily affected by floods in May. […]

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Montenegro is participating in the Eurovision Song Contest

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Radio Television of Montenegro will announce tomorrow the name of the representative of the country in the Eurovision Song Contest to be held next year in Vienna. At this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Montenegro was represented by Sergej Cetkovic (ON PHOTOGRAPHY) with the song ‘’My world’’. Montenegro […]

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Construction of Montenegrin highway enters next stage

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By   22 hours ago

  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica After months of negotiations, the Montenegrin Government and the China Exim Bank agreed on the terms of a loan contract to build a highway through Montenegro. The contract that will be signed tomorrow will need to be verified by the Assembly of Montenegro, after which the works are expected […]

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BiH entities plan new highway

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By   23 hours ago

  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka Republic of Srpska company “RS Highways” initiated the construction of a new modern road through Bosnia and Herzegovina and government on the other entity, the Federation of BiH, expressed an interest to be involved in this project. “RS Highways” presented its new plan on Wednesday in Banja Luka […]

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Kosovo and FYROM to cooperate against terrorism

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Pristina, October 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Attorney General of Kosovo, Syle Hoxha has received today in a meeting the ambassador of FYROM to Kosovo, Ilija Strasevski. The two interlocutors have discussed about cooperation of the two countries in the domain of justice. General Attorney Hoxha has praised cooperation with the General […]

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Number of suicides in FYROM grows

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IBNA Special Report Skopje, October 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYR Macedonia is seeing a growing number of suicides and the figures are alarming. Since 2000, the number of people who have committed suicide amounts to two thousand and according to these data, two suicides occur in the country every two weeks. […]

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