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30 Oct 14 BIRN Interviews Prosecutor and Judge in EULEX Scandal

EULEX prosecutor Maria Bamieh and judge Francesco Florit spoke in detail to BIRN's Jeta ne Kosove TV programme about corruption allegations which have rocked the EU rule-of law-mission in Kosovo.

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30 Oct 14 Protesting Croatian Veterans Take Demands to Parliament

The former soldiers, who are in their second week of non-stop protests, went to the Croatian parliament to repeat their demand for the sacking of the war veterans minister.

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30 Oct 14 EU Kosovo Mission ‘Probing Internal Corruption Claims’

The head of the EU’s Kosovo rule-of-law mission rejected one of its prosecutor’s claims that it ignored internal corruption allegations and insisted it was investigating the alleged graft.

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29 Oct 14 Croatia PM Rejects Protesting Veterans’ Demands

Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said he would not submit to ‘ultimatums’ from the former soldiers who have been protesting for 10 days, demanding the war veterans minister’s dismissal.

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29 Oct 14 EU Kosovo Mission Accused of Tolerating Corruption

An EU prosecutor who accused a judge of taking bribes to free suspects told BIRN that she spoke out because the European law mission in Kosovo failed to investigate her corruption claims.

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29 Oct 14 Prosecutor Alleges Corruption at EU Kosovo Mission

An EU rule-of-law mission special prosecutor in Kosovo said that a senior official at the European judicial body took bribes to free suspects accused of serious crimes.

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28 Oct 14 Croatian Ex-Soldier Attempts Suicide at Veterans’ Protest

A former serviceman set himself on fire outside the war veterans’ ministry in Zagreb – the second tragic incident at the veterans’ protest after a female ex-soldier died last week.

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27 Oct 14 Croatian War Veterans’ Protest Enters Second Week

Rejecting a face-to-face appeal from President Ivo Josipovic, protesting ex-soldiers said they would not end their non-stop sit-in outside the war veterans’ ministry until their demands are met.

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27 Oct 14 Macedonia PM Won’t Call FBI into Terror Case

The Macedonian prime minister said it was not his decision whether to ask the US FBI to oversee a possible new probe of the controversial terrorism convictions of six Albanians.

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24 Oct 14 Croatian Veterans Vow to Continue Tent-Camp Protest

Former soldiers camped out in front of the war veterans’ ministry for the fifth day in a row, demanding improved benefits and the resignation of the minister.

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24 Oct 14 Macedonia Demands Sacking of ‘Communist Police Informers’

The Macedonian state office tasked with rooting out communist-era informers has asked for them to be sacked from their jobs, but critics say suspects are being targeted for political reasons.

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23 Oct 14 Disabled Croatian Veterans Rally After Protest Death

War veterans who have been protesting in Zagreb for several days held a commemoration for a wheelchair-bound female ex-soldier who reportedly died from exhaustion at a late-night rally.

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kosovo-govt-reckons-around-20-thousand-war-veterans
22 Oct 14 Kosovo Liberation Army Veterans Estimated at 20,000

Government estimates suggest that a headcount will reveal that some 20,000 guerrillas fought for the Kosovo Liberation Army against Serbian forces and are entitled to veterans’ pensions.

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20 Oct 14 Yugoslav Spy Trial Told of ‘Double Agent Assassin’

The trial of Zdravko Mustac and Josip Perkovic, former Yugoslav intelligence chiefs accused of killing a Croat émigré, heard claims that a key prosecution witness was an assassin and a German spy.

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montenegro-s-opposition-seeks-equal-rights-for-war-veterans
20 Oct 14 Montenegro Opposition Pushes for War Veterans’ Rights

The opposition is urging parliament to give organisations representing veterans of the 1990s wars the same right to funding as those who represent World War II troops.

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