'Twilight of social democracy' in BiHMontenegro's most wanted fugitive, Safet Kalic, arrested Bulgaria, Romania to sign memorandum on two new bridges across the DanubeDanish royal couple to visit CroatiaRomanian ruling party’s key member resigns from Parliament amid corruption investigationAll assailants against Albanians will be arrestedCyprus takes measures against TurkeyThe political crisis will be solved with the help of the international communityRecruitment of police officers sparks ethnic debates One third of citizens in the capital are ready to vote an independent candidate for mayor

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Opposition will only come back through international monitoring, says democrat official in Albania

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By   7 hours ago

Tirana, October 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The leader of the parliamentary group of the Democratic Party, Edi Paloka, declared today that given that it’s important for parliamentary life to come back to normality, he said that the opposition is ready to come back to parliament through international monitoring. “The only solution is for the […]

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‘Twilight of social democracy’ in BiH

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By   8 hours ago

  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka According to last election results, issued by BiH Central election commission (CEC BiH), the idea of social democracy in BiH proved to be a total failure on all government levels. Social Democratic Party BiH (SDP BIH), the Sarajevo based political party leaded by Zlatko Lagumdzija, which in the […]

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Another political subject emerges in FYROM’s political scene

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By   9 hours ago

Skopje, October 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Another political party will be added to the political arena in FYROM and this party belongs to the Albanian community. Political movement “BESA” will be the new political subject, which, according to its founders, aims at playing an active role as part of the opposition. […]

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Bulgaria, Romania to sign memorandum on two new bridges across the Danube

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By   12 hours ago

  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria and Romania are to sign a memorandum on beginning preparations for two new bridges over the Danube River, which forms the border between the two countries, Bulgaria’s caretaker Transport Minister Nikolina Angelkova said on October 21 2014. The bridges will connect Bulgaria’s Nikopol with Turnu Măgurele […]

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Danish royal couple to visit Croatia

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By   12 hours ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb Danish Queen Margrethe II started today a four-day state visit to Croatia, where she will participate in a series of political, entrepreneurial, scientific and cultural events. The queen and her husband Prince Henrik will have a meeting with Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and his wife this afternoon, after which […]

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Romanian ruling party’s key member resigns from Parliament amid corruption investigation

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By   14 hours ago

  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Viorel Hrebenciuc, a key figure in the social-democratic ruling party (PSD) and deputy speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, has today resigned from the Romanian Parliament amid an ample investigation concerning the fraudulent restitution of communist era confiscated woods. “I have decided to resign, I want to keep my […]

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All assailants against Albanians will be arrested

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By   14 hours ago

  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade There is no “serious organization” behind the attacks against bakeries owned by ethnic Albanians and Gorani people in Serbia, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says. At the media conference premier explained that all the assailants are minors and young adults and that all suspected would be arrested today. The violence […]

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Cyprus takes measures against Turkey

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By   14 hours ago

By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia In a meeting today the National Council of Cyprus will finalize measures and actions discussed in yesterday’s meeting, following Ankara`s provocations in the island`s EEZ. These measures, most will be announced imitatively after the meeting, are going to be political, diplomatic and legal. According to sources, some of the measures will not be announced […]

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FYROM’s 2015 budget is voted in parliament

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By   16 hours ago

Skopje, October 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Last evening, parliament in FYROM voted the 2015 draft budget. Next year’s budget amounts to 2,65 billion Euros, or 5% more than last year. Next year’s budget will have a 3,5% deficit, while economic growth is projected to be 4%. Minister of Finance, Zoran Stavrevski […]

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Greek banks confident of surviving ECB stress tests

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By   20 hours ago

  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Greece’s four largest banks – Piraeus Bank, National Bank, Alpha Bank & Eurobank – which control about 90 percent of the industry, are ironing out plans on how to deal with capital needs expected to arise from Europe-wide stress tests conducted by the European Central Bank. Results of the […]

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Klaus Regling: An early exit causes uncertainty

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By   20 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The scenario of an early exit of Greece from the adjustment program was what led to the turmoil in the bond markets and stock exchanges said in a statement on Monday the head of the European Stability Mechanism, Klaus Regling. “The possibility of an early exit of Greece from […]

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Greece: Privatisation of regional airports cause reactions

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By   20 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Greek government’s plans for the privatization of regional airports in Greece have caused reactions from social organizations and the opposition. The “Joint Initiative against the privatisation of regional airports” held a protest outside the HRADF, on Monday, against the “unwarranted and damaging privatisation of Regional National Airports”. SYRIZA’s opposition […]

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IBNA Op-Ed/The situation is out of control

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  By Nikos Kaliakoudas, Economist What has been happening in the last few days is scary. The situation is out of control and the Greek government, which has a responsibility to normalise the situation, aggravates the climate in way that is extreme and irresponsible! MPs and their professionals applauders, who have the privilege of being […]

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Greece open to credit line from its lenders

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By   2 days ago

  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens In a clear attempt to reassure Greece’s international lenders and bond markets alike, the country’s government has changed its rhetoric (and strategy) on how it plans to exit the EU & IMF – sponsored bailout deal. Amid a global market sell-off, Greece saw its borrowing rates soar. Effectively, the […]

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Hardouvelis: Change in the relationship and not a divorce with the IMF

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By   2 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis stands in favor of the credit line offered by the lenders. “I am for the the existence of a strong stock, to which we can turn to and draw resources in time of need”, he says. In an interview to the newspaper “Real News” he […]

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Samaras highlights Greece’s role as energy hub

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By   5 days ago

  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras addressed the European Union-Asia Summit Meeting in Milan on Thursday. Greece has become a hub in energy security after the opening of the Southern Gas Corridor, which linked Caspian Sea deposits with Europe’s energy markets, the PM said, adding that the project was about […]

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Bulgaria, Romania to sign memorandum on two new bridges across the Danube

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By   12 hours ago

  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria and Romania are to sign a memorandum on beginning preparations for two new bridges over the Danube River, which forms the border between the two countries, Bulgaria’s caretaker Transport Minister Nikolina Angelkova said on October 21 2014. The bridges will connect Bulgaria’s Nikopol with Turnu Măgurele […]

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Danish royal couple to visit Croatia

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By   12 hours ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb Danish Queen Margrethe II started today a four-day state visit to Croatia, where she will participate in a series of political, entrepreneurial, scientific and cultural events. The queen and her husband Prince Henrik will have a meeting with Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and his wife this afternoon, after which […]

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KCC: Albanian businesses in Serbia must be protected

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By   16 hours ago

Pristina, October 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo Chamber of Commerce has strongly reacted against the damage sustained by several Albanian businesses in Serbia. In a press releases issued today, KCC said that it’s worried about the vandal acts of the destruction of Albanian businesses and properties in Serbia. “We believe that […]

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Greek banks confident of surviving ECB stress tests

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By   20 hours ago

  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Greece’s four largest banks – Piraeus Bank, National Bank, Alpha Bank & Eurobank – which control about 90 percent of the industry, are ironing out plans on how to deal with capital needs expected to arise from Europe-wide stress tests conducted by the European Central Bank. Results of the […]

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Greece: Privatisation of regional airports cause reactions

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By   20 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Greek government’s plans for the privatization of regional airports in Greece have caused reactions from social organizations and the opposition. The “Joint Initiative against the privatisation of regional airports” held a protest outside the HRADF, on Monday, against the “unwarranted and damaging privatisation of Regional National Airports”. SYRIZA’s opposition […]

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Slovenian supermarket chain “TUŠ” confirmed closing shop in BiH

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  By Mladen Dragoglovic – Banja Luka Slovenian supermarket chain “TUŠ” officially confirmed that they are closing all business in Bosnia and Herzegovina, owing to the hard economic situation and natural disasters, which resulted in the reduction of the purchasing power of the population. In its letter to 92 suppliers, “TUŠ” management sais that all their […]

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Albania continues to impose barriers on Kosovo’s products

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By   2 days ago

IBNA Special Report Pristina, October 20, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Although at the start of this year, the government of Kosovo and the government of Albania signed a draft agreement in order to stimulate cooperation and facilitate trade, such thing has not been respected. Albania has once again imposed barriers on the […]

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Qatari Diar will not give up on building the luxury tourist resorts

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By   4 days ago

  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Representatives of Qatar national investment fund “Qatari Diar” bought at the auction five parcels at the bay Przno. The company from Qatar bought this land from the municipality of Tivat, thus eliminating all obstacles for the realization of 350 million valuable projects, for construction of a luxury tourist resorts. […]

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Cyprus takes measures against Turkey

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By   14 hours ago

By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia In a meeting today the National Council of Cyprus will finalize measures and actions discussed in yesterday’s meeting, following Ankara`s provocations in the island`s EEZ. These measures, most will be announced imitatively after the meeting, are going to be political, diplomatic and legal. According to sources, some of the measures will not be announced […]

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Antonis Samaras to visit Cyprus on November 7

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By   20 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Greek Prime minister Antonis Samaras is scheduled to visit Cyprus on November 7. Cypriot government spokesperson Nikos Christodoulides, said that Samaras will visit Nicosia in order for the two countries to coordinate their actions, ahead of the summit in Cairo, always taking into account the latest developments, after the […]

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Turkish Cypriots claim a share on the hydrocarbons

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By   2 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Turkish Cypriot leader, Derviş Eroğlu calls for the mediation of UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. In the same context, Eroğlu asks the contribution of the United Nations for the return of the Greek Cypriot side at the negotiating table without any conditions. In a letter to Ban Ki-moon, Turkish Cypriot leader […]

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Anastasiades: I do not intend to return to a dialogue of the deaf

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By   2 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades stated that he does not plan to return to a “dialogue of the deaf”, despite the admonitions and suggestions, which as he revealed, receive from various sides to return to the talks with the Turkish Cypriot side. Cypriot president stressed that it would be unworthy of the […]

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4 military “Goliaths” squeezed” in “David’s” EEZ!

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By   5 days ago

By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia Russian, Israeli, British and Turkish military forces will all be “squeezed” in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone(EEZ) in the next few days, with unforeseen consequences. Turkey has issued a unilateral naval directive, according to which, the vessel Barbaros is currently performing oil and gas explorations in marine block 3 in Cyprus’s EEZ, an area however, which has been committed by […]

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Samaras highlights Greece’s role as energy hub

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By   5 days ago

  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras addressed the European Union-Asia Summit Meeting in Milan on Thursday. Greece has become a hub in energy security after the opening of the Southern Gas Corridor, which linked Caspian Sea deposits with Europe’s energy markets, the PM said, adding that the project was about […]

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Russian Navy to have exercises in the Cypriot EEZ

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By   6 days ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos The Russian navy will conduct exercises with rocket launching inside Cyprus’ EEZ, opposite Barbaros. According to an announcement by the Russian Navy, the exercises will begin on Monday, October 20, in the waters east of Cyprus and of the Apostle Andrew. As stated in the newspaper “Fileleftheros”, Russia has committed a […]

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Energy, railways and ports, the topics of the meeting between Samaras – Li Keqiang

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By   6 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The further development of economic relations between Greece – China was the focus of the meeting of Greek Prime minister Antonis Samaras with his Chinese counterpart Li Ketsiangk, in Milan, on the sidelines of the European Union-Asia Summit. The two leaders discussed the entire range of issues, such as […]

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Pristina is hosting the Roma film festival

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By   10 hours ago

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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“Izet Curri” International Fashion Institute opens in Skopje

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Skopje, October 20, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti World famous stylist and designer, Izet Curri, has opened in Skopje the “Izet Curri International Fasion Institute”. After a long experience in Paris, where Curri has worked, the artist has come back to FYROM in order to open his own institute, where he will offer […]

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National Geographic: A woman is buried in Amphipolis

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By   2 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens “The Queen of the Underworld sheds new light” on the grave of Amphipolis, as states in a publication on the latest findings in Amphipolis the magazine National Geographic, and especially for the mosaic, which depicts the abduction of Persephone. After describing the mosaic and referring to recent statements by […]

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The secret memo for claiming the Parthenon Marbles

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By   2 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The visit of Amal Alamuddin-Clooney as a member of a legal team in Athens went round the world. The reason Mrs. Clooney traveled to Greece was the claim of Greece over the Parthenon Marbles. In the meetings the legal team had on greek soil they discussed a ten-page secret […]

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Beauty of mosaic in the Tomb of Amphipolis causes world admiration

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By   5 days ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Intense emotions caused yesterday, throughout the global community, the full disclosure of the mosaic in the tomb of Amphipolis with the redhead Persephone wearing e white tunic. As explained the Secretary General of the Department of Culture, Lena Mendoni, the tomb of Kasta is not the first in which the […]

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Skopje Jazz Festival promotes different jazz groups

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Skopje, October 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Skopje is hosting the Skopje Jazz Festival these days, with the participation of world known groups. The highlight of the weekend will be the participation of the Scandinavian group “Fire!Orchestra” led by Mats Gustavson and pianist Nick Barc, which will be followed by the trio […]

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Archeologists’ hoe reveals remarkable mosaics in the tomb of Amphipolis

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By   1 week ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens New amazing photos from the archaeological excavations in the ancient tomb of Kasta in Amphipolis see the light of day. The new discovery refers to the biggest part of the mosaic floor that covers the entire surface area of the second chamber of the burial monument found behind the […]

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Amal Alamuddin Clooney to meet with Greek Prime Minister for the Parthenon Marbles

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By   2 weeks ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The lawyer who specialises in human rights issues, Amal Alamuddin Clooney, a few days after her marriage with famous American actor George Clooney, will travel to Athens to offer legal advice to the Greek government in its fight for the return of the Parthenon marbles from Britain. The Lebanese […]

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Match between Serbia and Albania also reflected in FYROM

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By   6 days ago

Skopje, October 16, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The suspended match between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade has also been reflected in FYR Macedonia. Thousands of Albanians celebrated in different cities after the suspension of the match, as a sign of support for the Albanian national side players. But, celebrations didn’t go without […]

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Tensioned game between Serbia and Albania, UEFA decides to suspend it (Photo-Video)

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By   7 days ago

Tirana, October 15, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency A tensioned match was held on Tuesday evening in the “Partizani” stadium of Belgrade between the Serbian football national side and the Albanian one. This match was being held in the framework of the France 2013 Euro Qualifiers. Only 41 minutes were able to be played in the […]

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Rama’s brother provokes chaos at Belgrade stadium

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By   7 days ago

  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade A drone carrying Albanian flag and the map of the “Greater Albania” which has appeared above the pitch during the tense football match between Serbian and Albanian national teams in Belgrade on Tuesday evening has caused fight between players. Serbian funs have subsequently invaded the pitch and European Championship […]

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Bulgaria’s Euro 2016 qualifying chances dwindle

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  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s national football team lost twice in the span of four days to see its chances of qualification to the 2016 European championship final tournament drastically reduced. After losing to Croatia 0-1 in Sofia on October 10, the team was expected to put up more of a […]

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Around 300 fans from Kosovo to participate in the match between Albania and Serbia

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By   2 weeks ago

Pristina, October 10, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Fans from Kosovo have started to make the necessary preparations in order to secure all the necessary paperwork needed for them to be present in the football match that Albania will play against Serbia in Belgrade. The match between Serbia and Albania, which will be […]

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FYROM defeats Luxembourg

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Skopje, October 10, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti FYROM attained a win last night against Luxembourg in the Euro 2014 football championship fixture. This home victory was a difficult one and was reached in the last minute with a goal scored by the Albanian ethnic, Besart Abduraimi. In the first half, the Luxembourg side […]

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MZT Skopje starts the ABA regional league with a defeat

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By   2 weeks ago

Skopje, October 6, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The Macedonian basketball champion, MZT Skopje started this season of the Adriatic Basketball Association (ABA) with a defeat against the Mega Vizura team from Srekmska Mitrovica of Serbia. In spite of a good game, the team from Skopje lost with a result 103 to 95. […]

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Kosovo’s national football team is planning a friendly against Brazil in November

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By   3 weeks ago

Pristina, October 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota World football giant, Brazil, may be Kosovo’s new opponent. Kosovo’s Football Federation (FFK) is looking for a new opponent and Brazil may be the next one. Spokesman of FFK, Fazli Berisha declared that FFK is negotiating the possibility of holding a friendly match with Brazil. […]

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Union of Flour Producers of Albania shut down their activity

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By   9 hours ago

Tirana, October 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The Union of Flour Producers of Albania has decided to shut down its activity, based on a decision of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Administration of Waters. The news was announced by the Union, which said through a press release that “Yesterday’s instruction of the Ministry […]

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Arrests of business people and former defence officials made in FYROM

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Skopje, October 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Ministry of Interior in FYROM has arrested today business people and former senior officials of the Ministry of Defence, involved in criminal activities and abuses with the budget amounting to 2,5 million Euros. The operation name coded “Arsenal” led to the arrest of nine people […]

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Montenegro’s most wanted fugitive, Safet Kalic, arrested

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By   11 hours ago

  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica After three years of hiding, Safet Kalic, Montenegro’s most wanted fugitives was arrested in Austria. Kalic had been on the Interpol red warrant three years. In Montenegro Kalic is charged with money laundering, which he earned by trafficking heroin in Germany. Austrian police arrested Kalic on the basis of […]

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Bulgaria, Romania to sign memorandum on two new bridges across the Danube

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By   12 hours ago

  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria and Romania are to sign a memorandum on beginning preparations for two new bridges over the Danube River, which forms the border between the two countries, Bulgaria’s caretaker Transport Minister Nikolina Angelkova said on October 21 2014. The bridges will connect Bulgaria’s Nikopol with Turnu Măgurele […]

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All assailants against Albanians will be arrested

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By   14 hours ago

  By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade There is no “serious organization” behind the attacks against bakeries owned by ethnic Albanians and Gorani people in Serbia, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says. At the media conference premier explained that all the assailants are minors and young adults and that all suspected would be arrested today. The violence […]

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Recruitment of police officers sparks ethnic debates

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By   16 hours ago

IBNA Special Report Skopje, October 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Representation of Albanians in the Ministry of Interior and the police force in the country is still a problem that sparks ethnic debates. This debate has been recently sparked with yesterday’s announcement of a contest for the recruitment of 400 police officers. […]

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What do Greeks fear the most?

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By   20 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Inequalities arising from the gap between rich and poor worry the Greeks more than anything else. This results from research conducted in 44 countries, in order to determine what their people consider as the greatest threat for the world. For the Greeks, and the West in general, there was an increase […]

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Gallup: The Greek government is the third most hated in the world

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By   20 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Greece is ranked third among the countries whose citizens hate their governments more, according to recent research. Specifically, according to the survey Global States Of Mind, which is conducted every year by the company Gallup and the results of which republishes the site 247wallst.com, only 14% of Greeks appear […]

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