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Veljanovski: I am convinced that VMRO-DPMNE and BDI will form the new government

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Former speaker of parliament, Trajko Veljanovski, who called the first constitution parliament session, said that he was convinced that VMRO-DPMNE and BDI would form the new government. “I am convinced that until 29 January, all pending issues will be solved and the government will be formed”, said former speaker of parliament, Veljanovski. In a televised […]

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VMRO-DPMNE and BDI are ready to start the talks for the creation of the new government

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By   22 mins ago

Two political parties in FYROM, VMRO-DPMNE and BDI (Democratic Union for Integration), which have governed together so far, have announced that they are expected to start talks this week. VMRO-DPMNE’s senior official, Anotnio Milososki said that talks will start this week, but according to him, an agreement will not necessarily be reached. “We are not […]

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“War games” between Kosovo and Serbia

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A train with the colors of the flag of Serbia has departed on Saturday from Belgrade toward Northern Mitrovica in the north of Kosovo. The train that had the writing “Kosovo is Serbia” on it, was carrying inside of it officials of the Serb government too, while the new railway line didn’t have the approval […]

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Democratic Alliance getting stronger amid reservations by Venizelos over strategy

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By   14 hours ago

Former PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos launched a thinly veiled attack of ex-Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou over his decision to join forces with the socialist party as part of the Democratic Alliance. Addressing a PASOK Central Committee meeting on Sunday, Venizelos said “unity and rallying does not mean restoration”, adding that “some owe at least an […]

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Kotzias slams Media for trying to create rift between Greece and Cyprus

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Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has expressed his annoyance after a POLITICO article  claimed that he was excluded from the talks on Cyprus in Mont Pelerin. The article is by journalist Sara Stefanini a climate and energy reporter at POLITICO based in Brussels. According to her CV before joining POLITICO, Stefanini was an editor and reporter […]

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UN Special Adviser: A strong message of hope a united federal Cyprus can emerge

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By   3 days ago

Following the Conference on Cyprus in Geneva Espen Barth Eide, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Cyprus stated that the talks conveyed “a strong message of hope that this long-standing dispute can now finally be laid to rest and a united federal Cyprus can emerge and can be embraced in a security arrangement […]

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Parliament of BiH Federation deep in crisis

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By   3 days ago

The political crisis in Parliament of BiH Federation deepened on Thursday late afternoon, after the session of House of Peoples was interrupted and then canceled. The crisis in this institution is a long time story and the biggest problem is the lack of agreement between biggest Bosniak and Croat parties in this Parliament. They are […]

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Anastasiades: “We are in a course that creates hope”

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Press conference of the President of the Republic on the Conference on Cyprus, in Geneva The President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, gave today, in Geneva, a press conference on the outcome of the Conference on Cyprus, which was held yesterday in the UN Headquarters in Geneva. After his opening speech, asked how he estimates […]

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1, 841 businesses shut down in Kosovo

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Kosovo’s Central Bank (BQK) has announced that the number of new businesses registered until September 2016 was 8,173 or 820 businesses more than the previous year, while the number of businesses that was shut down for the same period was 8,173 or 606 businesses more than the previous year. The latest data published in the […]

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Athens looks to overcome obstacles to review conclusion

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On the day of a Euro Working Group meeting, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Pierre Moscovici met with Greek counterpart Eu. Tsakalotos in Brussels. After the meeting on Thursday, Moscovici told reporters that the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) participation in the Greek program is viewed as reassuring for a number of EU member-states. […]

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Three challenges facing the Cyprus banking system, CBC says

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The reduction of the high stock of non-performing exposures (NPEs), the negative interest environment which compresses the banks` profitability as well as the forthcoming amendments in the regulatory framework, consist the three main challenges facing the banking system, the Central Bank of Cyprus said in a report released on Wednesday. According to the CBC`s 2016 […]

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FYROM takes out fresh loans

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By   5 days ago

Government of FYROM continues to take out fresh loans. The Ministry of Finance has borrowed 31 million euros through the sale of T-bills. 15 million euros will be used for paying old debts, while the rest will be used to finance budget expenses. The Social Democratic Union (SDSM) has reacted against this decision of borrowing […]

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Athens takes aim at IMF as it seeks to get review back on track

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Labor Minister Efi Achtsioglou was the latest Greek official to take aim at the International Monetary Fund, accusing it of keeping a “negative stance” in the talks Athens is currently engaged in with its international creditors over labor reform. Achtsioglou had a telephone conversation with German counterpart Andrea Nahles on Tuesday and took the opportunity […]

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Turkish Central Bank fights to arrest lira’s fall

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The Central Bank has responded to the Turkish Lira’s historic plunge by cutting forex required reserves, in a move adding $1.5 billion in liquidity to the financial system, vowing additional steps if necessary. The statement helped stem some of the lira’s losses, although analysts said more must follow to back the struggling currency. The lira […]

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UNHCR: Faster movement of people from Greek islands to mainland essential

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By   1 week ago

The UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is reiterating its call to accelerate the moving of asylum-seekers from the Aegean islands to the Greek mainland states the announcement. The Agency states that “even with recent efforts to improve matters, conditions at many sites on the islands remain very poor.” The drop in temperature over the past […]

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Uncertainty over return of creditors to Athens

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By   2 weeks ago

A spokesperson for the European Commission told reporters on Thursday that the exact date Greece’s creditors will return to Athens to resume direct talks over the ongoing review of the bailout program is unknown. In the first press conference of 2017, European Commission spokesperson for Financial Services, Taxation and Customs, Vanessa Mock, said the Commission […]

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New investments to increase business competition

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After the enacting of the Stabilization and Association Agreement, in cooperation with the institutions of Kosovo, the European Union is investing in order to make small and medium sized businesses more competitive. The EU and the Ministry of Trade have allocated around 5 million euros for several enterprises in Kosovo which have managed to produce […]

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Albania licences its first 70 guides 

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  The classification of accommodating structures starts as well In Albania, the sector of tourism remains in its first stages for many services that are offered, but the government is trying to improve standards in several domains. For this, the ministry of Economy and Tourism has given the green light for the certification of the first […]

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Romania’s FDI at end-November grew to 8-year record

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Non-residents’ direct investment in Romania totalled EUR 3,928 million in the first eleven months of 2016, up by 22 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, when FDI reached EUR 3,218 million, National Bank of Romania (BNR) data reveal on Friday. This represents a record level of the last eight years. Thus, […]

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European Commission to Allow Croatia Use of Terrano Name

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The European Commission (EC) has confirmed the completion of an act which will allow Croatian winemakers in Istria to sell wine under the name Terrano, provoking dissatisfaction in Slovenia which has protected the name with a mark of geographic origin The EC, after a meeting with the Slovenian Agriculture Minister Dejan Židan with the Agriculture […]

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Slovenia Threatens to Sabotage Croatian Tourism

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Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec directly threatened Croatian tourist industry in the event that Croatia refuses to implement the decision of the arbitration tribunal which will later this year issue a verdict of a border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia. Croatia has left the proceedings and announced it will not accept the verdict, reports Novi […]

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Bulgaria’s exports in January-November 2016 up 1.5% y/y – NSI

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Bulgaria’s exports in January to November 2016 were 1.5 per cent higher than in January-November 2015, while imports dropped by 1.8 per cent, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on January 12, citing preliminary figures. In January – November 2016, the total value of all goods exported from Bulgaria to both EU and non-EU countries […]

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Program of economic reforms 2017-2019 discussed with donors

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The Albanian Ministry of Economy has drafted the “Program of Economic Reforms 2017-2019” of Albania, a document which once it is approved by the government, it will be handed to the European Commission. This ministry held meetings today with donors and representatives of the main international institutions that Albania collaborates with. Deputy Minister of Economy, […]

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The decline of Turkish tourism major blow for economy

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10.7 million less tourists in the first 11 months of 2016 Predictions are worse for 2017 According to official figures from the Turkish Ministry of Tourism, during the January -November 2016 period the drop in tourist arrivals reached 35%. Tour operators speak of a fall of over 45%, while after the December hits the drop […]

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Consumption of power supply increases as a result of the low temperatures

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FYROM will not have problems with power supply, in spite of the growth of consumption. This was declared by the power supply distribution company “ELEM”. The head of this company, Hristijan Micevski said that the low temperatures have increased consumption, but according to him, in spite of the challenges that may emerge, power supply will […]

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Gov’t Oks decision allowing ban of energy exports in crisis situations. Transelectrica: Energy crisis, imminent

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The government approved on Thursday during the ordinary sitting a decision allowing the ban of electricity exports during crisis situations, in force from January 16-February 15, the Ministry of Energy informs. According to a release, Energy Minister Toma Petcu presented on Thursday an analysis regarding the functioning of the National Energy System following six days […]

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Bulgaria halts electricity exports on January 13 as winter cold bites

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Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova has ordered that the country halts exporting electricity on January 13 2017 to ensure power supply for Bulgarian consumers as the country’s power grid comes under pressure because of several days of severely low temperatures. The order follows similar moves by Greece, which has suspended electricity exports on January 11 […]

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“It is impossible for Bankers to declare a loss for 12 years in a row”

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By   6 days ago

The High State Audit in Albania says that it is absurd and unacceptable for the foreign company, Bankers Petroleum to declare a loss during the 12 years that it has exerted its activity in Albania. This is the company that has the biggest concessionary agreement for the oil sector in Albania. HAS has pointed out […]

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ISIL Destroys INA’s Gas Facility in Syria

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By   7 days ago

INA conducted research in Syria which led to discovery of substantial reserves of oil and gas Islamic State has published a video showing the destruction of INA’s Hayan gas facility, located some 100 kilometres east of Homs. In its statement, ISIL claims that they have destroyed the facility in order to cause economic paralysis of […]

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War veterans’ leaders say veterans should be given 7% of HEP shares

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By   2 weeks ago

Commenting on the possible sale of 25% of HEP power company shares, the leader of the Association of Special Police from the 1991-95 Homeland War, Josip Klemm (photo), said on Wednesday that war veterans should participate in the transaction in such a way to allow the transfer of 7% of HEP shares to the War […]

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Ambassadors state their support to the Energy Efficiency Law

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Ambassadors of the United States of America, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Federal Republic of Germany and Sweden, Head of the Delegation of the European Union and European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina, support the adoption of […]

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Construction of Croatia’s LNG Terminal to Start in 2017?

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By   4 weeks ago

After many years of waiting, it seems that the LNG terminal of the island of Krk could soon become reality. If it builds a floating LNG terminal on the island of Krk, Croatia will get a chance to become the energy leader in the region”, said US Ambassador to Croatia Julieta Valls Noyes a few […]

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Prominent actor Sefedin Nuredini passes away

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The prominent actor of the theater and film in FYROM, Sefedin Nuredini has passed away in Skopje. The 64 year old actor suffered from a serious illness, while three months ago he played his last show in the Albanian Theater in Skopje. “I will be on the stage until my last day”, had said Nuredini […]

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Kosovo’s comedy “A theater show with 4 actors…” will be shown in Bern

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Kosovo’s successful comedy, “A show with four actors” will be shown in front of the public in Bern, Switzerland in the Sclachthaus theater on 20, 21 and 22 January. Part of the show’s cast are actors Adrian Morina, Ernest Malazogu, Shengyl Ismaili, Shpetim Selmani and musicians Art Lokaj and Drin Tashi. The show was realized […]

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The diva of Albanian music, Anita Take dies at the age of 83

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One of the best singers of Albanian soft music, Anita Take has passed away at the age of 83. Considered as the diva of Albanian music, Anita Take will long be remembered by Albanians for her sweet voice and the love that she passed on to the public. For nearly 55 years, she sang to […]

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Cyprus Chairmanship of the CoE organizes a colloquy on the protection of cultural heritage

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High-level representatives from international organisations and national governments, as well as academic experts, will gather in Strasbourg on 13 January for a colloquy aimed at strengthening cooperation to protect cultural heritage from wanton destruction and preventing the illicit trafficking of cultural goods. Organised jointly by the Cypriot Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the […]

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Vienna concert comes in Tirana

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The Vienna Concert was held for the first time in Tirana on the evening of 2 January. A group of 36 members of the Ensemble of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which regularly participates in the Vienna Concert, which is held every 1 January, were present last night in the House of Congress in Tirana. Conducted […]

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Archaeological dig in Kouklia reveals ancient rampart

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Archaeological excavations taking part in the area of Ancient Paphos at Kouklia in 2016 have revealed, among others, an ancient rampart dating as far back as 6th century BC. The Department of Antiquities of Cyprus has announced the completion of the University of Cyprus 2016 field project in the economic-administrative citadel of Ancient Paphos at […]

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CNA launches campaign to collect signatures for the return of the Parthenon Marbles

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This year marks the bicentenary since the theft of the Parthenon Marbles by Lord Elgin, who smuggled them to the United Kingdom. The marbles have since then been in the British Museum. Many efforts have been made and several international campaigns have been launched for the return of the marbles to their natural environment, the […]

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Pafos starts countdown for European Capital of Culture opening ceremony

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Pafos assumes next year the title of the European Capital of Culture for 2017 and the countdown until the opening ceremony, scheduled for January 28, has begun. As Christos Patsalides, the President of the Organization “Pafos 2017” said, preparations are well underway with daily meetings, in order to take care of all the details. Speaking […]

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Serb football player dreams of playing for Kosovo’s national team

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Serb football player, Demir Avdic from Novi Pazar, is the first player from Serbia who plays in the Kosovo Super League. His arrival in the “Trepca 89” football club has been considered as the most interesting transfer in Kosovo. “Since Kosovo proclaimed its independence, I am the first Serb to arrive here. People in Serbia […]

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The impact of the enlargement of the World Cup for the Albanian national football team

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In the past few days, FIFA has decided to change the number of teams from 32 to 48 in the World Football Cup starting from 2026. This decision is seen by the President of FSHF (Albanian Football Federation), Armando Duka as a positive development for world football in general, which according to him, encourages more […]

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FYROM starts the World Cup in handball with a victory

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FYROM’s national handball team has started the World Cup in handball, which is being hosted in France with a victory. In the first match of the 25 world cup against Tunisia, FYROM’s team managed to come out with a win. In the first half of the match, FYROM played a weak game and were losing […]

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Preparations start for the spring season, Shkendija has a German coach

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By   1 week ago

National football league teams in FYROM have started to train for the spring season. Vardar and Rabotnicki have started to train in Skopje. Shkendija of Tetovo has started its preparations for the spring season, but with a new coach, the German coach Thomas Brdaric. After the first gathering of the team and medical tests, the […]

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Kosovo climber conquers the Himalayas

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Kosovo climber, Uta Ibrahimi is the first female climber who has conquered the peaks of the Himalayas. She has completed the four week winter expedition in the Himalayas. The climbing has started in the village of Jagat, 1200 meters above sea level and continued for 7 days, until reaching a height of 4200 meters above […]

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Albanian football players in the international transfer market

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By   2 weeks ago

The best names of Albanian football are playing for different clubs from Europe and other continents. The national team’s players, including the 11 substitutes and the best players of football clubs of different cities of Albania, have been included in the international football transfer market. Professional training, talent development, better conditions, fervent fans and higher […]

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Sport, Kosovo’s best ambassador

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Besides failures and disappointments in politics, in 2016, Kosovo also marked successes. The best moments were in sport. Kosovo’s admission in the UEFA and FIFA and its participation in the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, in the Rio 2016 and the Olympic gold medal won by judo fighter, Majlinda Kelmendi, were some of the best […]

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FYROM among the last in the FIFA ranking

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FYROM’s national football team has remained at the bottom of the list in the new FIFA ranking. The team has ranked 162nd and according to specialists, this is the biggest drop ever. FYROM ranks behind countries such as Malaysia, Aruba, Myanmar and Tanzania. Argentina ranks first followed by Brazil, Germany, Chile and Belgium. FYROM’s Football […]

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Gov’t Oks decision allowing ban of energy exports in crisis situations. Transelectrica: Energy crisis, imminent

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By   3 days ago

The government approved on Thursday during the ordinary sitting a decision allowing the ban of electricity exports during crisis situations, in force from January 16-February 15, the Ministry of Energy informs. According to a release, Energy Minister Toma Petcu presented on Thursday an analysis regarding the functioning of the National Energy System following six days […]

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Frozen Danube causes traffic problems at Bulgaria’s checkpoints at Turkish border

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Queues of lorries stretching several kilometres built up at two of Bulgaria’s checkpoints at the Turkish border on January 13 as the icing over of the Danube River caused the suspension of ferry services and the closure of three border points. Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said that the border checkpoints at Oryahovo, Nikopol and Svishtov were […]

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Two children die from flu in FYROM, the virus is still present

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By   3 days ago

Two children have died in the last few days as a result of the flu in FYROM. Although they were treated in the Pediatric Ward in Skopje, they passed away due to the serious complications. Filip Duma, specialist in this hospital, said that one of the children was a 3 year old from Gostivar and […]

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Trump will be inaugurated without Dodik’s presence

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By   4 days ago

The US Embassy in Sarajevo, for the second time in last few weeks, refused to issue a visa to RS president, Milorad Dodik, who claimed that he will attend the inauguration of new US president, Donald Trump. Dodik’s Office issued a press release confirming that he did not get a visa to enter the United […]

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Bulgaria halts electricity exports on January 13 as winter cold bites

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By   4 days ago

Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova has ordered that the country halts exporting electricity on January 13 2017 to ensure power supply for Bulgarian consumers as the country’s power grid comes under pressure because of several days of severely low temperatures. The order follows similar moves by Greece, which has suspended electricity exports on January 11 […]

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Serbia “to decide” on Haradinaj’s release in France

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Serbian government will not react today on the French court’s decision to release Ramus Haradinaj from detention, Foreign minister Ivica Dacic said. At the same time, Prime minister Aleksandar Vucic has called government session for tomorrow to decide on the issue. Serbia indicted Haradinaj for war crimes in Kosovo in 1990s, and he was arrested […]

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Croatia Tries Soldier Accused of War Crimes during Operation Storm

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“Not guilty”, pleaded Rajko Kričković, a 60-year-old retired war veteran from Zagreb, whose trial for war crimes started at the Rijeka County Court. He is charged with killing three civilians in the region of Lika after Operation Storm in 1995, reports Novi List on January 12, 2017. The indictment of the County State Attorney’s Office […]

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Buses and lorries blocked on the border with Greece

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Around 70 lorries and buses have been blocked on the Evzoni border crossing point between FYROM and Greece. Greek authorities decided to close this point due to the bad weather and the conditions on the road. FYROM’s Ministry of Interior declared that this measure continues to be applied even today as weather conditions have not […]

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