Opposition protests in parliamentConstitutive session at the parliament of Kosovo postponedSamaras-Venizelos decided to ask for a vote of confidenceEfforts for green energy and reduction of pollution in AlbaniaBulgaria's election commission penalises 'Turkish' party for campaigning in TurkishParliamentarian accused of embezzling got her parliamentary immunity revokedGreece striving for key role in energy sectorErdogan: 'We will combat ISIS as well as Assad'Non-performing loans alarm the economy of AlbaniaVucic should resign, former PM says

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US diplomats call on political parties to form the institutions as soon as possible

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Pristina, October 2, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Known American diplomats and US state representatives express their concern about the political and constitutional crisis in Kosovo. They have called on leaders of political parties to speed up the formation of the institutions of the country. Former American intermediary in the talks about the […]

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Opposition protests in parliament

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Pristina, October 2, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Leader of LDK, Isa Mustafa, that of Self Determination, Albin Kurti, that of AAK, Ramush Haradinaj and leader of Incentive for Kosovo, Fatmir Limaj, have held speeches today in parliament, in front of their MPs, in order to express their discontent about the postponement of […]

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Skopje warns for new negotiations on the name dispute until the end of the year

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Skopje, October 2, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The new ambassador of FYR Macedonia to Washington, Vasko Naumovski says that one of the priorities of his diplomatic lobbying to the American administration, will be the name dispute with Greece. Naumovski, a university professor from the University of Skopje, was deputy prime minister for […]

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Constitutive session at the parliament of Kosovo postponed

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IBNA Special Report Pristina, October 2, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Thursday’s parliamentary session in Kosovo has been postponed at the request of the most senior MP, Flora Brovina, who is also the interim chair of the session. A letter sent by Mrs. Brovina to MPs says that “based on the constitutional role […]

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Samaras-Venizelos decided to ask for a vote of confidence

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By   5 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Prime minister Antonis Samaras and deputy prime minister and Foreign minister Evangelos Venizelos have decided to ask for a vote of confidence for the coalition government with the start of the new Plenary Session, on Monday. The two men reached this decision after a meeting they had today at […]

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Bulgaria’s election commission penalises ‘Turkish’ party for campaigning in Turkish

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  By Clive Leviev – Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Three members of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (the MRF), the party led and supported in the main by Bulgarians of Turkish ethnicity, have been penalised by the Central Election Commission for campaigning in Turkish ahead of Bulgaria’s October 5 2014 parliamentary elections. Electoral […]

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Slovenian court considers the appeals on the “Patria” scandal

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By   7 hours ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Five-member Board of the Supreme Court of Slovenia began today to consider the appeals brought by the former prime minister, president of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) Janez Janša, and his two co-defendants, at the foot of prison sentences imposed on them for engaging in the bribery scandal “Patria “. The […]

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Parliamentarian accused of embezzling got her parliamentary immunity revoked

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By   7 hours ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb Parliamentary credentials and privileges commission (MIP) unanimously and without discussion decided today to propose to the Parliament to revoke the parliamentary immunity for former Sisak county prefect Marina Lovric Merzel, so that criminal proceedings for the multimillion embezzlement, of which she is suspected of, could continue. The state attorney’s […]

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Skourletis: The ‘haircut’ of the biggest part of the debt is necessary

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By   7 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens “There is the need for the “haircut” of the majority of the public debt”, said the spokesperson of the main opposition, Panos Skourletis, confirming the position of SYRIZA in the wake of conflicting statements of Koumoundourou’s executives in recent days. Speaking this morning on “SKAI” television, Skourletis stressed that […]

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Greece striving for key role in energy sector

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By   7 hours ago

  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Energean Oil & Gas is set to use the first Greek – owned drilling rig at the Prinos field and other areas, as chairman and CEO of the company, Mathios Rigas, said at the 3rd Annual Balkan & Adriatic Oil & Gas Summit held in Athens. Energean will take […]

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Non-performing loans alarm the economy of Albania

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IBNA Special Report Tirana, October 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani Non-performing loans (NPLs) in Albania have reached scary figures, up to 25%.  This means that one fourth of loans issued by private banks in the country are problematic and have entered in that category of loans which are hard to be paid […]

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Incomes from customs have gone up, says the head of Albanian Customs

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By   21 hours ago

Tirana, October 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Head of the Albanian Customs, Elisa Spiropali declared today that in the 12 month period, there has been a significant increase of incomes compared to the same period a year ago, something which puts this institution in front of the responsibility to keep up with this pace. Spiropali’s […]

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Klaus Regling: The greek debt is viable, it does not need a ‘haircut’

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Convinced that the greek debt is viable and that there is no need for a “haircut” appeared yesterday the head of the EFSF ESM Klaus Regling, speaking at book presentation to the European Parliament in Brussels. Klaus Regling officially commented on the sustainability of the debt and made it […]

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Croatia gets clear-headed after unrealistic expectations of the EU

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  Review Marija Avramovic Croatia last year entered the European Union, but after a whole year in a recession the country is still looking for a path to economic recovery, which will not be an easy task, the BBC reported today. The festive moment did not last long since a period of adjustment was always […]

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Piraeus Bank outlines plan to offer much needed liquidity to Greek economy

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By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Greece’s Piraeus Bank announced an initiative to pump a total of EUR 2.2 billion in the country’s economy. Chairman Michalis Sallas said the bank’s plan was to offer much – needed liquidity to companies and households as well as offer lower interest rates on business loans by as much as […]

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Troika expected in Athens for crucial 5th review of Greek reform program

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  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Troika officials arrive in Athens on Monday to resume talks with the Greek government and the evaluation of progress made in the implementation of the country’s adjustment program. Greek Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis and the European Commission, European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation will meet […]

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Armenia and Greece sign bilateral agreement of cooperation in agriculture

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens A bilateral Cooperation Agreement between Greece and Armenia in agriculture was signed yesterday by deputy Foreign minister Kyriakos Gerontopoulos, on behalf of the Greek government, during the official visit of the President of the Greek Republic in Yerevan. The agreement provides for the cooperation in the areas: crop production, […]

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Greece striving for key role in energy sector

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By   7 hours ago

  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Energean Oil & Gas is set to use the first Greek – owned drilling rig at the Prinos field and other areas, as chairman and CEO of the company, Mathios Rigas, said at the 3rd Annual Balkan & Adriatic Oil & Gas Summit held in Athens. Energean will take […]

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“Eurofast” ready to help companies in BiH

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By   19 hours ago

  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka International professional services group, “Eurofast” announced the opening of the company’s local office in Banja Luka and presented, on Wednesday, its work and possibilities for cooperation with local and international companies that are interested to expand their business in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The company’s research show the growing […]

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Romania presents transport master plan, prioritizes express ways

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  By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest Romanian Ministry of Transport has today released a national transport master plan which highlights main infrastructure projects to be carried out by 2030, with express ways being favored to the detriment of high ways, despite a dire need of such thoroughfares. Romania needs only 656 kilometers of motor ways […]

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Kosovo’s trade deficit grows

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Pristina, October 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Agency of Statistics of Kosovo (ASK), has published the “Statistics of Foreign Trade” for the month of August 2014. According to ASK, information on the foreign trade of Kosovo indicate a higher trade deficit for the month of August 2014 amounting to 208,5  million Euros […]

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Croatia gets clear-headed after unrealistic expectations of the EU

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By   1 day ago

  Review Marija Avramovic Croatia last year entered the European Union, but after a whole year in a recession the country is still looking for a path to economic recovery, which will not be an easy task, the BBC reported today. The festive moment did not last long since a period of adjustment was always […]

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Agreement on reducing roaming services cost in the region

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  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Representatives of government authorities of Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and FYR Macedonia have signed a agreement in Budva on lowering the cost of roaming services in the mobile networks. The protocol, which was signed throughout the festival information technology “Infofest”, envisages that until 2017 the price of roaming […]

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How difficult is to go bankrupt in Albania

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IBNA Special Report Tirana, September 30, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani If one travels 50 km from Tirana to Durres, an area where the majority of businesses of Albania are concentrated, one will notice that the images of some of them change overnight. Thus, a chain of petrol stations, known for several […]

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Efforts for green energy and reduction of pollution in Albania

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By   5 hours ago

IBNA Special Report/Government experts say that this is an important step for the reduction of air pollution. Meanwhile, fuel businesses see the government’s decision as a clear effort to generate as much income as possible for the state budget by increasing duty on biocarbon four years before the current legal deadline Tirana, October 2, 2014/Independent […]

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Greece striving for key role in energy sector

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By   7 hours ago

  By Lefteris Yallouros – Athens Energean Oil & Gas is set to use the first Greek – owned drilling rig at the Prinos field and other areas, as chairman and CEO of the company, Mathios Rigas, said at the 3rd Annual Balkan & Adriatic Oil & Gas Summit held in Athens. Energean will take […]

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Energy system in Albania benefits 150 million USD investments from the World Bank

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Tirana, September 30, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved 150 million USD in IBRD financing for the Power Recovery Project in Albania. The project will support Albania’s power sector reforms, particularly to improve the reliability of the electricity supply and the financial viability of the sector The power sector is […]

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Greece-Cyprus strengthen relations with Egypt on the basis of energy cooperation

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens Common understanding for a wide range of issues was found among Greece, Egypt and Cyprus during the trilateral meeting at Foreign ministerial level, held on Friday at the UN headquarters, in accordance with the joint statement issued on Monday. The meeting, held for the second consecutive year, confirms the […]

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Bulgarian, Ukrainian Foreign ministers discuss gas supply prospects

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By   1 week ago

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe There will be no problem in gas transit to third countries including Bulgaria during the coming winter unless Russia lowers the pressure in the pipeline, Bulgarian caretaker Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov was told by his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin. The two foreign ministers held talks in New York […]

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Albania takes over the chairmanship of the Energy Community on January 1st

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Tirana, September 24, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency Albania takes over on January 1, 2015, the chairmanship of the Energy Community. The Albanian minister of Energy, Damian Gjiknuri was in Kiev, Ukraine, at the ministerial of the Energy Community. He introduced the priorities of the Albanian chairmanship and the main objectives. Gjiknuri said that the main […]

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New lighting technology introduced for the first time in the streets of Albania

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Tirana, September 24, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency A new street lighting technology has been introduced for the first time in Albania. This system has started to be introduced in the secondary road linking Tirana to Durres. The system in question is the photovoltaic system. This system is independent for several days even at times of […]

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Cyprus expected to be able to start exportation of liquefied natural gas in 2022

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By   1 week ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos The Cyprus could begin to export liquefied natural gas to Europe in 2022, said the president of Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company (SRM) Tula Onoufriou in an interview to the Russian news agency Itar-Tass. “It’s important for us to begin the commercialisation of our stock within a pretty tight schedule. Considering the current […]

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The Caryatids were close to four meters high

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  Review Hari Stefanatos The KH’ Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities continues its archaeological research in the tomb complex in the hill of Kasta in Amphipolis. The last two rocks of the sealing wall in front of the second septal wall were removed, revealing marble pedestals upon which the Caryatids are standing. The decoration […]

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“Teatro di San Carlo” comes to Skopje

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Skopje, September 30, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti “Teatro di San Carlo” from Naples is soon expected to come to the Macedonian Popular Theater. This is one of the oldest Italian theaters dating back to 1737 coming for the first time to art lovers in Skopje. The theater troop comprised of 18 […]

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Important archeological discovery in BiH

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  By Mladen Dragojlovic – Banja Luka Team of archeologist from Cambridge University from United Kingdom, Museum of Republic of Srpska from Banja Luka and Kozara Museum from Prijedor, discovered, a few weeks ago, the remains of a house which are, according to first estimation, 5,000 years old. This important discovery, near the city of […]

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Cyprus will soon escape from the economic downturn, says Archbishop

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  Review Hari Stefanatos Very optimistic that Cyprus will soon escape the economic downturn appeared the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos. As said, there are many who are interested to invest, such as the large project planned in Geroskipou totaling 7.5 billion euros. From this investment he underlined, thousands of jobs will be created and will […]

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Puppet show festival starts today in Pristina

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Pristina, September 25, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The fourth edition of the puppet show festival will kick off today in Kosovo. This festival will last until September 27 and it will be held in the “Dodona” theater in Pristina. In this cultural event, children will be able to enjoy shows from the […]

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Greek temples and old mansions are destroyed for the shooting of turkish television series

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  By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara Major damage was caused to the old Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Assumption of Virgin Mary in Cappadocia, by the producers of the turkish series, who damaged the pillars that support the building, as well as doors and violated the temple, which remains closed since 1924. According to the […]

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on a four-day visit to Thrace

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  By Spiros Sideris – Alexandroupoli Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew continues his four-day visit to Thrace. On Saturday was warmly welcomed in Orestiada, after which he visited Didymoteichon and Soufli. To the events for the reception of the Patriarch, the government was represented by the deputy Foreign minister Kyriakos Gerontopoulos, while the deputy minister of Education […]

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Albanian theatre of Skopje is honored with three “Ko-ko fest” awards

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Skopje, September 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The Albanian theater from Skopje has won three awards in the comedy festival “Ko-ko fest” which closed last night in Korca, Albania. The Albanian theater from Skopje was honored in this festival with three awards for the best show, “Mutilation”, best actor of the festival, […]

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

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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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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   2 weeks ago

  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   2 weeks 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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  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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Muftis of Thrace condemn the jihadists’ actions

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  By Spiros Sideris – Athens The “criminal and barbaric, cruel and unspeakable acts of violence” of the “terrorist organization “Islamic State” condemn in a joint statement, the mufti of Komotini Metcho Tzemali, the mufti of Xanthi Mehmet Emin Sinikoglu and Didymoteicho deputy Mufti Mehmet Serif Damadoglu, stressing that these actions have nothing to do […]

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Slovenian court considers the appeals on the “Patria” scandal

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By   7 hours ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Five-member Board of the Supreme Court of Slovenia began today to consider the appeals brought by the former prime minister, president of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) Janez Janša, and his two co-defendants, at the foot of prison sentences imposed on them for engaging in the bribery scandal “Patria “. The […]

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Members of migrant trafficking organisation apprehended in Thessaloniki

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By   7 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens After extensive police operation in Thessaloniki and Athens, the greek police dismantled a criminal organization that was smuggling immigrants to countries of the European Union, through the National Airport “Macedonia”. After months of intensive investigations by the police, seven leading members of the organization were arrested, including the Head […]

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Greek Antiterrorist Unit performs extended operation in Athens and Thessaloniki

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By   7 hours ago

  By Spiros Sideris – Athens A big double antiterrorist operation took place yesterday in Athens and Thessaloniki, with the police raiding houses. According to preliminary information, heavy weaponry has been found in an apartment in the district of Exarchia in Athens, in the residence of anti-authoritarians; namely a Kalashnikov grenade, a handgun and several […]

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Over 61% of the citizens in FYROM use internet

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Skopje, October 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti In FYR Macedonia, the majority of people use social networks. According to the data of internet provider Internet World Stat, internet is used by 1.281 citizens of the country or 61,2% of the population. Based on the details published in the report, Facebook profiles have […]

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Over 30 thousand signatures against the increase of the price of electricity

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Pristina, October 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Citizens continue to sign the petition against the decision against the Energy Regulatory Body (ERB) for the increase of the price of electricity.  So far, over 30 thousand signatures have been collected, said the organizers. The collection of signatures has been organized by the Coalition […]

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Head of Secret Services in Albania rejects accusations: No public individuals were eavesdropped

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By   24 hours ago

Tirana, October 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency The head of the State Informative Services in Albania, Visho Ajazi Lika, has officially rejected accusations according to which the secret services have eavesdropped public individuals. Ajazi Lika says that the accusations are denigrating and aim at tarnish the State Informative Service. In his reaction, the head of […]

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BDI leader demands the FBI to investigate the murder that sparked protests in FYROM

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Skopje, October 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti Leader of the Albanian party BDI (Democratic Union for Integration), Ali Ahmeti demanded for the FBI to investigate the murder to five Macedonians in April 12, 2012 in Smilkovc, Skopje. He said that he has requested the involvement of FBI to the American authorities, as […]

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