MONEYVAL will not impose sanctions on B&H Strong security measures ahead of the Pope’s visit in AlbaniaPDK invites other parties not to block the creation of institutionsRivalry between the presidency and government for the appointment of the new governor?Political debates on the so called ‘Republic of Ilirida”Venizelos to attend 69th United Nations General Assembly26% of Macedonians support the EU accession with a changed nameConcern in political circles grows - Milanovic government could lose its majority in ParliamentMontenegro: Chinese Exim Bank approves loan for Bar-Boljare highway’s priority sectionOSCE: Government and opposition are damaging the agenda of reforms in Albania |FULL REPORT

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MONEYVAL will not impose sanctions on B&H

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  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka MONEYVAL experts decided at Friday to save Bosnia and Herzegovina economy and not put the country on the “grey list” of countries, which are potential financiers of terrorist activities in the world. MONEYVAL is a European Council committee that evaluates the extend and efficiency each country fights against money […]

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PDK invites other parties not to block the creation of institutions

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Pristina, September 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Democratic Party of Kosovo delivered a news conference today where it demanded from opposition parties not to block the creation of the institutions. Vice chairman of this party, Memli Krasniqi said that the solution of the political crisis can only be achieved by respecting the […]

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Political debates on the so called ‘Republic of Ilirida”

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IBNA Special Report Skopje, September 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The proclamation of the so called, Republic of Ilirida by Albanian political veterans in Skopje, has sparked the reaction of the main Macedonian parties. The idea for the proclamation of this act is based on a referendum held by Albanians on 11 […]

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Venizelos to attend 69th United Nations General Assembly

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Evangelos Venizelos, will participate from September 21-28, 2014, as head of the Greek delegation to the works of the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. On Sunday, September 21, Venizelos will have a private meeting with the Secretary General […]

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Concern in political circles grows – Milanovic government could lose its majority in Parliament

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By   8 hours ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb When Parliament formally confirms activating parliamentary mandate of former Sisak  county prefect Marina Lovric Merzel and the termination of her deputy in the parliamentary seat Zoran Vasic, the government of Zoran Milanovic will become outnumbered, since the parties which make the government will no longer have a qualified majority […]

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Four ministers relinquish their MP mandates

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Tirana, September 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Four ministers of the cabinet led by prime minister Edi Rama, have relinquished their MP mandate. The ministers are Saimir Tahiri, Interior minister, Ditmir Bushati, Foreign minister, Shkelqim Cani, Finance minister and Energy and Industry minister, Damian Gjiknuri. There have also been other ministers who have relinquished their […]

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OSCE: Government and opposition are damaging the agenda of reforms in Albania |FULL REPORT

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By   10 hours ago

Tirana, September 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The domestic political climate in Albania will continue to remain polarized, says the annual report of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. This report, which you can read it in full, was presented yesterday at the Permanent Council of OSCE in Vienna by the head of […]

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Opposition doesn’t want to be in a joint government with PDK

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By   11 hours ago

Pristina, September 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota After yesterday’s failure of the constitutive session in parliament, the Democratic Party of Kosovo came out with two options for the solution of the political gridlock. According to this party, the country must either have a government with the participation of all political subjects or […]

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Rivalry between the presidency and government for the appointment of the new governor?

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By   6 hours ago

Tirana, September 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency A state rivalry has been launched between the presidency and council of ministers of Albania for the appointment of the new governor. Both the prime minister and president of the Republic have invited candidates to apply in order to come up with a name for the new governor. […]

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Serbia not at risk of bankruptcy, Vucic says

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  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade Pushing hard against the grey economy, firings in public administration, reducing the subventions for certain public enterprises and strengthening the private sector are the measures objected to heal Serbian economy presented by prime minister Aleksandar Vucic. The growth of the economy can be expected in 2015 and overcoming the […]

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ECB secured 5.2 billion euros liquidity for Greek banks

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By   12 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The amount of 82.6 billion euros raised by European banks in the first of the eight phases of the targeted long-term refinancing operations of the ECB (TLTRO), conducted today, according to the Bank’s announcement. According to information of Capital.gr, the Greek banks were involved in the process of taking […]

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Bank of Cyprus sales €361 million-worth loans to Britain

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By   14 hours ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos The Bank of Cyprus announced that it has entered into an agreement for the sale to the United Kingdom (the companies Mars Capital Finance Limited and Camael Mortgages Limited) of a loan portfolio, which consists, mostly, of loans secured by residential and commercial properties. The nominal value of the loan portfolio […]

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Investments in roads, health and education will go up, says PM Rama

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Tirana, September 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Prime minister Edi Rama declared today that there will be interventions in the budget and which, contrary to other years, has exceeded projections by 32 million USD. According to him, this amount will be used to start the reduction of the public debt as of this year, although […]

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Romania: Bread VAT decrease cut tax evasion, government says

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Fiscal evasion was down by more than 10 per cent over the September 2013 – July 2014 period after bread VAT was cut to 9 per cent last year, Romanian officials said, arguing they want to replicate this scenario in the meat industry. PM Victor Ponta has hailed bread […]

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Greek Finance ministry takes unprecedented swipe at main opposition party

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By   3 days ago

  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens In a rather unprecedented move, the Greek Finance ministry issued an announcement Tuesday afternoon commenting on the economic program main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras presented at the Thessaloniki International Fair over the last weekend. It is the first time a ministry joins in the political debate between parties, drawing […]

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KEPE: Growth depends on political developments

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The estimate that the stabilisation of the growth dynamics of the greek economy depends on the forthcoming evaluation of the troika, the debate on the greek debt, but also the developments in the domestic political scene, express the analysts of the Center of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE) in […]

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Montenegro: Chinese Exim Bank approves loan for Bar-Boljare highway’s priority section

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica China’s Exim Bank has approved a loan worth around EUR 687 million to Montenegro for the construction of the Bar-Boljare highway’s priority section Smokovac-Uvač-Mateševo. Exim Bank’s preferential loan is to provide 85% or EUR 687 million of the amount, whereas the remaining 15% (EUR 120 million) has to be […]

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The legendary ‘Pony’ returns

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By   14 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The “green light” for granting certification to the automotive Greek PONY- NAMCO to bring back to the streets the legendary Greek «Pony», which will be built in Thermi Thessaloniki, gave the Ministry of Development. With a new modern design, low price, but always with the same reliability. According to […]

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Greece: Weak deceleration of unemployment is alarming, say Eurobank analysts

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By   14 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens According to the weekly newsletter “7 days Economy” for the month of June the unemployment rate was around 27%, while the number of employees stood at 3.527 million persons, the number of unemployed stood at 1.304 million persons, with the total workforce at 4,831 million persons. According to analysts […]

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Ryanair aims to bring 1.3 million new passengers to Greece

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By   14 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens With the aim to bring to the country 1.3 million new passengers, the Irish low cost airline Ryanair launches its summer flight schedule for 2015 by including three new destinations from its base in Athens. The company’s new flight routs, starting next summer, will be performed to Brussels (Charleroi), […]

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Sour year for Bulgaria’s 2014 grape crop

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  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe It is not, to crush the skins of the famous film, a Good Year for Bulgaria’s grape crop. If anything, for Bulgaria – hit by a series of deluges of rain at the wrong times – 2014 has been a Bad Year. Largely at fault is the […]

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Portonovi project, the strongest connections between Montenegro and Azerbaijan

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By   1 day ago

  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica During his official visit to Azerbaijan, Prime Minister of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović met with Azerbaijan  president Ilham Aliyev. The head of state expressed his satisfaction with the fact that bilateral friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Montenegro cover a variety of fields and are rapidly developing. The parties stressed that there […]

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Aegean Airlines’ interest for Cyprus Airways fades

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By   2 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Aegean, one of the major stakeholders in the assets of Cyprus Airways, seems that it does not exhibit a particular interest for Cyprus Airways, since according to Mr. Vassilakis “the shrinking Cyprus Airways is so deep that we cannot say that the company offers enormous interest for us”. Corresponding information is […]

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Greek-owned shipping fleet concentrated to fewer but more powerful companies

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By   2 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The trend that wants the greek-owned fleet being concentrated in less “hands” continues, the same way its overall growth continues, despite the economic crisis and the crisis that hit the global shipping industry in recent years. According to an annual survey of company Petrofin Research, despite the fact that […]

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Trio of significant energy deals shaping up in Greece

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By   13 hours ago

  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Important developments in the Greek energy sector are currently unfolding on three fronts. Dam Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced a hydroelectric project in Messochora, central Greece, is set to begin after a series of delays since the 1980′s. The work is part of the greater project on the diversion […]

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Cyprus natural gas deposits draw the interest of Egypt, Jordan

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By   14 hours ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos The interest of Egypt and Jordan to buy natural gas from the deposits of Cyprus starting 2018, revealed the Cypriot Minister of Energy George Lakkotrypis, after his meeting today with the President of the House of Representatives, Yiannakis Omirou. Lakkotrypis informed the president of the Cyprus House of Representatives about the […]

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Greek Parliament passes the first three contracts for oil exploration

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By   14 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The Greek Parliament ratified yesterday, Thursday, by majority the first three contracts between the Greek State and contractors for the research and exploitation of hydrocarbons in Katakolon, Ioannina and Patras Gulf (West). Together, a fourth contract was ratified for the modification of an existing contract for the exploitation of […]

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Romania eyes suspension of gas price liberalization

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By   3 days ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Romania’s Department of Energy will submit a draft governmental decision to suspend the calendar of gas prices liberalization following a public debate organized by the institution over the past two weeks, delegate minister for Energy, Razvan Nicolescu, said in a conference. „Currently, the issue of gas prices for population […]

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Cyprus President calls for unity over economy

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  By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia President Nicos Anastasiades called for unity on Wednesday, stressing that the challenge of getting the economy back on growth track is not just for the Government, but for the political parties as well. Over the last few weeks the government is under fire conserning a controversial bill on foreclosures. […]

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Cyprus-Egypt agreement on the joint exploitation of natural gas

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By   1 week ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos An agreement for the joint exploitation of natural gas deposits was signed between Cyprus and Egypt. This was reported in the framework of the briefing of the Parliamentary Committee of Commerce by Cyprus Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis, according to “sigmalive”. The agreement with Egypt was approved by the Cabinet two weeks […]

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Ratified next week contracts to extract hydrocarbons

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Next Thursday the House of Representatives will complete the ratification of the first three contracts for hydrocarbon extraction in Patraiko, Katakolon and Ioannina, as stated in an interview with television channel ANT1 the Greek Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Giannis Maniatis. “Greece, for the first time, signs […]

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On the right track the DESFA-Socar deal

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  By Spiros Sideris – Thessaloniki On the right track to be concluded within the year is the sale agreement of DESFA to Socar, which will bring about EUR 212 million to the HEP and EUR 188 million to the State. A few days ago, in an amendment that was added to the bill of […]

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Singer from Kosovo received with protests in Belgrade

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Pristina, September 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Albanian song has been received with protests in the “Good day, Dobardan” festival in Belgrade. The singer from Kosovo, Rona Nishliu performed under strict security measures, while a group of around 15 young people held a banner on their hand saying “Kosovo is Serbia”, in […]

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Sixteenth century religious image from Cyprus detected in Switzerland

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By   2 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos A 16th century religious image that used to decorate the Monastery of Christ in the turkish-occupied Antifonitis Kalograia was identified by the Church of Cyprus in a known auction house in Switzerland, and after intervention it was withdrawn from the auction, with actions are being taken aimed at its repatriation. According […]

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“Dealers” participates in the “MOT” theater festival in Skopje

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Pristina, September 16, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The play “Dealers” produced by the Kosovar director, Bekim Lumi, is a production of the Laboratory Theater “Game” and it will participate in the 39th edition of the “MOT” International Theater Festival, which will be held from 19 to 26 September in Skopje, FYROM. Casting […]

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Samaras: The culmination of the government’s efforts will be the return of the Parthenon sculptures

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens “The culmination of the government’s efforts will be the reunion of all the sculptures of the Parthenon, which is a permanent, stable, essential demand from us”, said Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in his speech for the return the manuscript of a 12th century Gospel from the Getty museum. “On […]

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Turkey organization TIKA finance Ferhadija mosque reconstruction

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By   4 days ago

  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka Since the turkish state organization for development, “TIKA”, decided to finance the reconstruction of Ferhadija mosque in Banja Luka, works have been going faster and with more quality than ever. Ferhadija, one of most beautiful examples of oriental architecture in Balkan countries, was destroyed during war and reconstruction […]

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IBNA Interview/”An artist must realize when he should leave the stage”

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By   4 days ago

One of the most prominent names of Albanian music, Myfarete Laze is known by Albanians everywhere, as one of the fewest singers who has been active in festival. The girl from Shkodra dedicated all her life to music, by offering to the Albanian cultural treasury more than 150 songs. In an interview for IBNA news […]

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Camera festival “Manaki Brothers” in Manastir

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Manastir (Bitola), September 15, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Sunday marked the start of the 35th international traditional festival of camera and film “Manaki Brothers”. This festival is seeing the participation of renowned names from the world of film in the region and the guest of honor is the renowned French actor, Juliette […]

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‘Little England’ nominated for the Oscar of Foreign Language Film

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The film by Pantelis Voulgaris ‘Little England’, which was based on the book of Ioanna Karystiani and swept every greek award, while selling 360,000 tickets, is the official submission of Greece for the Oscar of Foreign Language Film. The committee will select five films, which will receive the anointing […]

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FYROM sees a drop in FIFA ranking

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Skopje, September 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM’s national football team has seen a drop in the new FIFA ranking published today. Based on this ranking, FYROM is ranked 112th, having lost 36 places as opposed to last ranking. Through a press statement issued today, the Football Association of the country said that […]

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Indira Kaljo wins battle for religious freedom

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  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka International Basketball Federation (FIBA) decided to lift the ban on religious head coverings on matches for the next two years as a “test period”, and this development made the name of Indira Kaljo front page news. once again. Who is Indira Kaljo? Professional basketball player, born in Bosnia […]

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Olympiakos off to a magical start in the Champions League

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens A perfect start to the Champions League group stage was made by Olympiacos yesterday, after his 3:2 win against last year’s finalist Atletico Madrid at the ‘Karaiskakis”. “Borrowing” Atletico’s tactics, Olympiacos ‘hit’ the Spanish mainly with counterattacks in the first half hour of the game, scoring twice with Mazouakou […]

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FYROM wins two bronze medals in the world kick boxing championship

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Skopje, September 16, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM’s representatives in kick box have managed to earn two bronze medals in the world championship of kick boxing held in Rimini, Italy. Ilioski marked a victory and earned a bronze medal for the 71 kg category against Gregory Sadrik Gans from South Africa. A […]

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Greece wins Water Polo European Women’s Youth Championship

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By   5 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The Water Polo European Women’s Youth Championship was completed in Ostia, Italy and the Greek team once again celebrates an important distinction in this sport! In the third participation of Greece in the final of this competition, and after the silver in Bari in 2004, the Greek youth continued […]

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The ‘Plavi’ are back – France-Serbia: 85-90

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By   6 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos After an amazing game, Serbia beat France 90-85 and qualified for the Basketball World Cup final in Spain, where they will face the U.S.. The “Tricolore” could not take advantage of Batum’s amazing performance. Serbia did superb things at the beginning of the game. They ran the ball well at every […]

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World Basketball Cup 2014: Serbia – Brasil 84-56

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  Review Hari Stefanatos The Serbs in another one of their shows thrashed Brazil 84-56 and qualified for a second consecutive World Basketball Cup to the semifinals. Serbia turned the quarterfinals to a “walk on the park”, by beating the Brazilians 84-56 and is now getting ready for the big game against France in the […]

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Bulgaria makes winning start to Euro 2016 qualifying campaign

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  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe A late goal from substitute Ventsislav Hristov gave Bulgaria a 2-1 win away against Azerbaijan in its first qualifying match for the 2016 European football championship. Missing key players both in defence and attack, Bulgaria started the game slowly and the hosts had the better chances to […]

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MONEYVAL will not impose sanctions on B&H

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By   36 mins ago

  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka MONEYVAL experts decided at Friday to save Bosnia and Herzegovina economy and not put the country on the “grey list” of countries, which are potential financiers of terrorist activities in the world. MONEYVAL is a European Council committee that evaluates the extend and efficiency each country fights against money […]

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39 MPs send a letter to parliament to discharge the vice chairman of SCJ

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Tirana, September 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency 39 MPs of the majority have signed a petition today where they demand the discharge of the vice chairman of the Supreme Council of Justice, Elvis Cefa. The 39 MPs have sent the petition today to the speaker of parliament, Ilir Meta for the discharge of Elvis Cefa […]

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Strong security measures ahead of the Pope’s visit in Albania

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By   4 hours ago

IBNA Special Report Tirana, September 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Ministry of Interior and State Police in Albania have taken strong measures in order to guarantee security during the activities planned to take place in the framework of the visit of Pope Francis in Tirana. These measures seem to be even stronger than those taken […]

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Arrested imams remanded 30 days into custody

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Pristina, September 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Court of First Instance in Pristina has remanded today 13 terrorist suspects who were arrested a few days ago, into custody for a period of 30 days. Among them is the imam of the Great Mosque of Pristina, Shefqet Krasniqi and head of Islamic movement, […]

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Serbia not at risk of bankruptcy, Vucic says

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By   7 hours ago

  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade Pushing hard against the grey economy, firings in public administration, reducing the subventions for certain public enterprises and strengthening the private sector are the measures objected to heal Serbian economy presented by prime minister Aleksandar Vucic. The growth of the economy can be expected in 2015 and overcoming the […]

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26% of Macedonians support the EU accession with a changed name

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By   7 hours ago

Skopje, September 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti One fourth or 26% of the citizens of FYROM would back the accession of the country in the EU with a changed name, while 63% support the accession of the country with the constitutional name as “Republic of Macedonia” and not through a changed name. […]

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Montenegro: Chinese Exim Bank approves loan for Bar-Boljare highway’s priority section

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By   9 hours ago

  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica China’s Exim Bank has approved a loan worth around EUR 687 million to Montenegro for the construction of the Bar-Boljare highway’s priority section Smokovac-Uvač-Mateševo. Exim Bank’s preferential loan is to provide 85% or EUR 687 million of the amount, whereas the remaining 15% (EUR 120 million) has to be […]

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Officials warn terrorists are buying “bags” of pre-paid SIMs from Romania

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By   12 hours ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Romania’s top court’s decision to strike down a law which would have obliged pre-paid SIMs users to register has drawn criticism from the state security environment, prompting officials to warn Romania has become a destination for criminals and terrorists who can freely use these phone cards for the illicit […]

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