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Kotzias – Cavusoglu meeting in Crete

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Crete, August 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, is expected to arrive in Greece, late this evening and more specifically in Elounda, Crete, at the invitation of his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias. Under tight security, the Turkish Foreign Minister will arrive in Crete, where on Sunday, the two […]

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Turkey unveils 3rd Bosphorus bridge

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Istanbul, August 26, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By AA A third bridge spanning Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway opened Friday with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. “We are connecting continents,” Erdogan said. “We are celebrating together and we are very proud of it. The nation deserves this. With […]

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Mitsotakis: Gov’t hasn’t implemented agreed measures on tackling the refugee issue

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Athens, August 26, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The government has failed to implement measures agreed by all parties six months ago to tackle the refugee crisis, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis told European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos, during a meeting at the party’s new offices on Friday. “I’m referring to the […]

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Turkish-US ties demand Gülen’s extradition: Turkey-US friendship group head MP

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Ankara, August 26, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Both the principles of justice and the U.S.-Turkish alliance demand the extradition of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, said the co-chair of the Turkish-U.S. Interparliamentary Friendship Group on Aug. 26. “This alliance requires solidarity and responsibility. Extraditing the leader of this terrorist cult to Turkey will prove that […]

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Turkey’s CHP head urges ‘joint fight’ against terrorism after attacks

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Ankara, August 26, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Turkey’s main opposition party leader has urged a “joint fight” against terrorism, a problem that has reached such a point that it cannot be solved by the efforts of a single political party, one day after he survived an attack by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in […]

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Serbia cannot stabilize Bosnia, Nikolic says

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Belgrade, August 26, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Milos Mitrovic Dispatches which U.S. ambassador in the former Yugoslavia Warren Zimmerman has been sending to the State Department during his term in 1990s are new evidence that Croatian and Serbian presidents at the time, Franjo Tudjman and Slobodan Milosevic, were planning to divide Bosnia and Herzegovina. […]

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Croatian election campaign overruns to Serbia

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Belgrade, August 26, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Milos Mitrovic The latest statements by Zoran Milanovic, the leader of Croatian Social-democratic Party (SDP), have provoked harsh reactions in Serbia, including high official’s appeal on European Union to react. Amidst the campaign for general elections in Croatia, Milanovic made offensive remarks claiming that Serbs are a […]

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Association of Serb Communes, Serbia puts more pressure

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Pristina, 26 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota The Serb List, the political subject that represents the Serb community in the institutions of Kosovo, is demanding from the government to make more progress in terms of establishing the Association. Branimir Stojanovic, representative of the List and deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, said that […]

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Turkey unveils 3rd Bosphorus bridge

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By   18 hours ago

Istanbul, August 26, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By AA A third bridge spanning Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway opened Friday with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. “We are connecting continents,” Erdogan said. “We are celebrating together and we are very proud of it. The nation deserves this. With […]

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State Secretary Vraničar Erman to be nominated finance minister

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Ljubljana, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Prime Minister Miro Cerar has picked Finance Ministry State Secretary Mateja Vraničar Erman as candidate to succeed Dušan Mramor as finance minister, following his unexpected resignation in mid-July. “I’ve decided this very day to put forward to the National Assembly State Secretary Mateja Vraničar Erman as candidate for […]

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Moskovisi: Package of measures for the greek debt to be introduced gradually

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Athens, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris To the decision of the Eurogroup in May for the sustainability of Greek debt referred again Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moskovisi, thus avoiding to give a more specific timetable in response to a question of the Deputy House Speaker of the European Parliament and […]

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European Commission: Do not disturb my circles

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Athens, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The European Commission decided to intervene in the case of ELSTAT. “For the Commission and Eurostat is absolutely clear that the data on the Greek debt in the period 2010-2015 were absolutely reliably and accurately reported to Eurostat”, said Commissioner Marianne Tisen, essentially defending the […]

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Debates in Skopje on the public debt that the government is incurring

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Skopje, 24 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti A debate has started in Skopje on a 100 million euro loan that authorities want to take in order to afford expenses. The government wants to take this loan as soon as possible, but political parties which have voted in favor of this government, say […]

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Stratfor: The challenges before the next assessment

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Athens, August 23, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris In its analysis titled “Athens is testing the waters before the next assessment”, Statfor referrs to the challenges the Greek government is faced with, but also the open issues and promises. Among other things, it is emphasized that the Greek side will seek to lower […]

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IBNA Analysis/Albania’s fiscal indicators for 2016

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Tirana, 19 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani In the first seven months of this year, Albania has registered a budget surplus, as the level of expenses is lower than the level of revenues. The data that IBNA received from the Ministry of Finance suggest that total revenues have been 232.1 billion ALL, […]

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Bulgarian EU presidency ‘to cost 150M leva’

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Sofia, August 19, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe The Bulgarian presidency of the European Union, scheduled for the first half of 2018, will cost the country about 150 million leva (about 75 million euro), according to Lyubomir Ivanov, head of the national centre for preparation for the presidency. […]

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Turkey unveils 3rd Bosphorus bridge

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Istanbul, August 26, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By AA A third bridge spanning Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway opened Friday with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. “We are connecting continents,” Erdogan said. “We are celebrating together and we are very proud of it. The nation deserves this. With […]

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BiH fruits and vegetables still without license for the Russian market

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Sarajevo, August 26, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic A Russian team of experts finished the inspection of the BiH vegetables and fruit plantations and decided not to issue a license for the export of these goods to the market of the Russian Federation. This was confirmed on Friday by BiH Minister of Foreign […]

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Teargas, an instrument to make investors leave Kosovo

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Pristina, 25 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota In Kosovo, authorities are concerned that the repeated incidents, especially those in Parliament, which have degenerated to the launch of teargas in several occasions, are being followed by pessimistic reactions from businesses and investors. Experts on economic affairs also say that political instability in Kosovo […]

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Textile industry in Albania is unprepared for a potential influx of import orders

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Tirana, 24 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency In Albania, the textile industry has seen a considerable expansion by approaching companies from the EU countries, which mainly produce textiles that are then imported throughout the world. Some textile businesses say that recently, investors have been leaving from Middle East and Africa and are looking into the […]

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EU grants attract large interest from BiH entrepreneurs

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Sarajevo, August 23, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic Businesspersons from the entire BiH expressed intense interest for EU ProLocal programme, a joint project of the European Union and the German Government with the aim to support local self-government and economic development in BiH. The program is implemented by the organization GIZ, which on the […]

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FinMin and Cyta unions disagree on the ownership of the organisation 

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Nicosia, August 23, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Finance Minister Harris Georgiades and the unions of the state telecoms company Cyta have agreed that the efforts to modernise and change the organisation must continue. In a meeting they had on Tuesday, the two sides disagreed however on the issue of Cyta`s ownership, as the Minister maintains […]

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Over ten million workdays a year lost over sick leave in Slovenia

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Ljubljana, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency While injuries, musculoskeletal system diseases and respiratory diseases are the most common reasons for calling in sick, mental and behavioural problems have been on the rise over the past few years. Tanja Urdih Lazar of the UKC Ljubljana hospital has stressed that the extremely competitive work and life […]

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“Amnesty for foreign concessionary companies, damaging and unacceptable”

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The largest organization of industrial Albanian and foreign businesses in Albania, Konfindustria, is against the fiscal pardoning that favors foreign concessionary companies at an amount of 400 million euros Tirana, 22 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani In Albania, the largest organization of industrial Albanian and foreign businesses, says that it is against the […]

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Kosovo is facing a new energy crisis

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Pristina, 25 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo continues to face long power cuts. In spite of the high temperatures during the summer season, when power supply consumption drops significantly, power cuts several hours a day continue. Power supply distribution company (KEDS) says that the current lack of power supply must be […]

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Price of electricity for business in Albania increases by 12,7%

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Tirana, 22 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency In Albania, the Power Regulatory Body (ERE) has approved a rate of 12,4 ALL (10 Euro cent) for business consumers supplied by medium power voltage, but which are invoiced for low power voltage. This rate is 12,7% higher than the price of power supply for business of 11 […]

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Processes continue on the Greek-Bulgarian IGB pipeline

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Athens, August 11, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris Energy Regulatory Authority has approved the invitation “to submit binding offers under the guidelines on the management and allocation of capacity on the interconnector Greece-Bulgaria pipeline, IGB”. The decision on the guidelines has been posted on “Diavgeia”. ERA notes the good cooperation between the two […]

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Putin relents on South Stream as Erdogan offers Turkish Stream promises

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Sofia, August 10, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Russian president Vladimir Putin appeared to soften his position on the prospect of reviving the South Stream gas pipeline project after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, even as the latter promised to begin construction on the […]

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Energy Minister says 17 pct stake in DEI should not be sold

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Athens, August 8, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Zacharias Petrou Greek Energy Minister Panos Skourletis is adamant that a 17 percent share in the Public Power Corporation (DEI) should not be sold to private investors. In an interview with Real News newspaper over the weekend, Skourletis said he is “categorically opposed to the sale […]

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Bulgaria-Greece gas interconnector construction faces delay – report

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Sofia, August 4, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe The start of construction on the gas interconnector between Bulgaria and Greece could be delayed by at least six months, a Bulgarian media report said on August 4. Even though the project has been labelled repeatedly as a top priority […]

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Chinese government doesn’t approve the purchase of Bankers Petroleum

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Bankers Petroleum announces the postponement of the transaction of the corporation. The scenarios if the sale fails completely Tirana, 1 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani Bankers Petroleum confirmed on Monday (01.08) the postponement of the sale of the corporation to Geo-Jade Petroleum Corporation. The decision follows the fact that without issuing any […]

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Third Bulgarian-Hellenic High Level Cooperation Council

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Sofia, August 1, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Joint Declaration The Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Boyko Borissov and the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Alexis Tsipras at the close of the Third meeting of the Bulgarian-Hellenic High Level Cooperation Council, held in Sofia on 1st of August 2016 and attended […]

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“Home”, world film premier from Kosovo in the Raindance Film Festival

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Pristina, 26 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Kosovo’s cinema continues to mark achievements in the international arena. The new achievement relates the film “Home” by Kosovo director More Racaj. The premier of this film will be shown during the month of September in the British film festival “Raindance Film Festival”. The film […]

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Marubi Dinasty, 100 years of photography by an Albanian studio

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Tirana, 24 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The last preparations are being made for the opening of the most complete exhibition ever realized and dedicated entirely to the Albanian photography. It is called “Marubi Dynasty-100 years of photography by an Albanian studio”. Starting from 16 September until November, FOAM, one of the most prominent organizations […]

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“Arabian nights” in Tirana

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Director Stefan Çapaliku brings back on the stage after 25 years the prominent actress Ema Ndoja Tirana, 23 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Film director Sefan Çapaliku brings back on the stage after 25 years actress Ema Ndoja (on the photo). This comeback comes in the premier of the piece “Arabian night” by German author […]

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Bucharest to host 5th edition of European Literature Night on September 9

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Bucharest, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The 5th edition of the European Literature Night in Bucharest, an event by the EUNIC European Network of Cultural Institutes hosted annually by more than 70 cities from around the world, will be held in the central area of the city on September 9. Organisers say the event […]

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The most prominent Albanian artists, concert to honor Mother Teresa in Vatican

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Pristina, 22 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Elton Tota Prominent names of Albanian art and music, among the most renowned in the world, will unite at the start of next month in Vatican in a concert to pay tribute to the world famous humanitarian of Albanian origin, Gonxhe Bojaxhi, known as Mother Teresa. “Anthem […]

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De Niro to receive award in Sarajevo

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Sarajevo, August 8, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic Sarajevo film festival (SFF) established a new award called “Honorary Heart of Sarajevo – Lifetime Achievement Award” and the first Laureate is famous actor Robert De Niro. De Niro will come on the opening ceremony of SFF in Sarajevo to receive the award personally. This […]

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The oldest photo of Saranda is published

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Tirana, 5 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency A photo of the town of Saranda belonging to the nineteenth century has been published in Albania and this is considered to be the oldest photo of the southern coastal city that exists. Publicist Artan Shkreli, whose passion is to identify the values of the Albanian antiquity, says […]

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Albanian national hero Skanderbeg comes for the first time in the 3D format (PHOTO)

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Tirana, 4 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Albanian national hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg comes for the first time for the public in three dimensional images. It is the painter Fatmir Gjevukaj, who since 2005 has been dealing with the 3D format and after a long period of work, he has brought the figure of Skanderbeg. […]

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Tetovo ends its Europa League dream

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Skopje, 26 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Naser Pajaziti The football club from Tetovo, “Shkendija”, has seen a defeat against the Belgian football club, Gent, in the return match which was played last night in the “Philip II” stadium in Skopje. The club from Tetovo, supported by 20 thousand fans, was defeated 0-4 in […]

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Albania’s Super Cup goes to the north

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Tirana, 26 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Kukesi football club, in the north of the country, has won Albania’s Super Cup. Kukesi defeated Skenderbeu of Korca in the final 3-1, in a match that was played in Tirana. Kukesi went ahead through a goal scored by Dvomekovic on the 26th minute. Four minutes later, Skenderbeu […]

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FIFA penalizes Albania, awards Luxembourg a win on the table

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Tirana, 26 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Disciplinary Committee has decided to penalize Albania for a procedure mistake. The decision awards Luxembourg a 3-0 win on the table. The match in question is the 29 March 2016 match between Albania and Luxembourg, which was won by Albania 2-0. Playing […]

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Rio 2016: Romanian Saritov wins bronze in the men’s 97-kg freestyle wrestling event

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Bucharest, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Russian-born Romanian wrestler Albert Saritov won the Olympic bronze medal in the men’s 97-kg freestyle wrestling event on Sunday, the last day of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, as he defeated Georgia’s Elizbar Odikadze. Saritov, 31, naturalised in 2016, won 10-0 technical points and 4-0 classification points. […]

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Winners and medals of IBNA countries

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Rio, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Rio Olympic Games of 2016 gave on Sunday evening with a spectacular ceremony their place to Tokyo, which will host the 2020 Games. Impressive were the performances of the Balkan countries among 206 countries. The Independent Balkan News Agency LTD presents the rankings based […]

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Albanian basketball team holds a friendly tournament in Cyprus

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Tirana, 22 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The Albanian basketball national team participated in a friendly tournament in Cyprus, where it suffered two defeats and achieved one win. The national team’s coach is the Cypriot Antonis Kostandinides. In the first match, which was also the first one with Kostandinides as Albania’s coach, the red and […]

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Serbia Wins Water Polo Gold

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Rio, August 21, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency After winning the European and world championships, Serbia’s men’s water polo team finally etched itself into Olympic history, winning the country’s first gold medal on Saturday at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Serbia defeated the defending Olympic champion Croatia team 11-7 to cap a stunning two weeks […]

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Stefanidi wins gold at pole vault

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Rio, August 20, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi won the Olympic pole vault on Friday and her country’s first athletics gold since the 2004 Athens Games, then defended its integrity after barred Russian Yelena Isinbayeva blasted the event as sub-par without her in the field. Stefanidi cleared 4.85 meters to beat American […]

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Turkey unveils 3rd Bosphorus bridge

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Istanbul, August 26, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By AA A third bridge spanning Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway opened Friday with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. “We are connecting continents,” Erdogan said. “We are celebrating together and we are very proud of it. The nation deserves this. With […]

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Turkish-US ties demand Gülen’s extradition: Turkey-US friendship group head MP

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Ankara, August 26, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Both the principles of justice and the U.S.-Turkish alliance demand the extradition of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, said the co-chair of the Turkish-U.S. Interparliamentary Friendship Group on Aug. 26. “This alliance requires solidarity and responsibility. Extraditing the leader of this terrorist cult to Turkey will prove that […]

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Turkey’s CHP head urges ‘joint fight’ against terrorism after attacks

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Ankara, August 26, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Turkey’s main opposition party leader has urged a “joint fight” against terrorism, a problem that has reached such a point that it cannot be solved by the efforts of a single political party, one day after he survived an attack by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in […]

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Turkish PM vows ‘all-out war’ after latest deadly PKK attack

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Ankara, August 26, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has declared an “all-out war” against terrorism in the wake of an attack by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that claimed at least 11 lives and wounded 78 others in the Cizre district of the southeastern province of Şırnak on Aug. 26. “No […]

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Bulgarian nationalist newspaper becomes latest to cease publication

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Sofia, August 26, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgarian nationalist weekly Desant, owned by National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria leader Valeri Simeonov and self-described as a “patriotic” publication, has printed its last issue. It is the latest in a series of Bulgarian publications to cease printing in […]

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Albanians have the lowest military expenditures in the world

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Tirana, 26 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Albania spends 41 USD per capital for military purposes, says a report published by SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) for 2015. Thus, Albania is ranked as the country with the lowest military expenses in the world. Kosovo, which still doesn’t have a Ministry of Defence and Armed […]

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Foreign Ministry says five Romanian so far dead in Italy earthquake

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Bucharest, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Romania’s Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) has announced that three more Romanian nationals were killed in the August 24 earthquake in Italy, thus raising the death toll to five. The MAE says on Thursday that according to the latest information from Italy the death of three more Romanians in […]

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Erdoğan, politicians call Kılıçdaroğlu after he survives PKK attack

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Ankara, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and wished him well, after his convoy was attacked by a group of outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the northern province of Artvin on Aug. 25. Receiving information from Kılıçdaroğlu […]

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