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28 Sep 16

Bulgaria Nominates Kristalina Georgieva for UN Chief

After its first choice stumbled badly in the race for the UN top job, Bulgaria has named Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Commission as its new candidate.

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28 Sep 16

Macedonia Special Prosecution Probes Procurement Scam

Macedonia's Special Prosecution, SJO, launched a new investigation on Wednesday, probing whether four Interior Ministry and counter-intelligence staffers committed grave financial crimes.

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28 Sep 16

Kosovo Announces Village Killings Probe After Protest

Kosovo’s Special Prosecution announced an investigation into killings and disappearances in the village of Mushtisht/Mustiste in 1999 after locals staged a protest against what they said was official inaction.

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28 Sep 16

Montenegro Urged To Tackle Homophobic Assaults

After hooligans assaulted a minor in Podgorica whose family publicly supports LGBT rights, activists demand the maximum legal penalties for the crime to prevent similar violence in future.

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28 Sep 16

Bosnia's Big Parties See Ratings Dip Ahead of Election

The popularity of Bosnia's two biggest parties has fallen slightly in the run-up to Sunday's local elections, a poll shows - which also highlighted the large number of undecided voters.

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28 Sep 16

Serbian PM’s Killers Afraid to Testify About Journalist

Milos and Aleksandar Simovic, who were jailed for involvement in the murder of Serbian PM Zoran Djindjic, refused to testify in the trial of four state security officers for an opposition journalist’s killing.

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28 Sep 16

Gender-Based Violence ‘Widespread in Bulgaria’

Over one in ten Bulgarians suffered from domestic or gender-based violence last year, with levels significantly higher among the country’s Roma population, a new study said.

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28 Sep 16

Amnesty Denounces Refugees’ ‘Shocking Conditions’ in Hungary

On their way through Hungary, refugees and migrants face illegal detentions, beatings and have even been chased by dogs, Amnesty’s latest report says.

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27 Sep 16

Fresh Macedonia Wiretaps Target DUI Party

Macedonia’s junior ruling party demanded an investigation into a leak of wiretapped conversations between its senior members, which some claim may be intended to blackmail the party ahead of December's polls.

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27 Sep 16

Milorad Dodik: I Won’t Be Safe in Sarajevo

Milorad Dodik, the president of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, said his security has been jeopardised by a Bosniak political leader who compared him to slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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27 Sep 16

Russia’s Sculpture Donation Sparks Derision in Romania

Moscow has been criticised for donating 100 euros to help Bucharest buy back a sculpture by Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi while not returning gold that has been held in Russia since WWII.

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27 Sep 16

Pop Star Zdravko Colic Angers Montenegrins by Backing PM

Popular Balkan singer Zdravko Colic angered many Montenegrins after he publicly supported the party of veteran PM Milo Djukanovic for the upcoming elections in the country.

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27 Sep 16

Bosnian Serb Leader ‘Unafraid’ of Arrest over Referendum

Milorad Dodik, the president of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, shrugged off the possibility of arrest after state prosecutors called him for questioning over a banned ‘statehood day’ referendum.

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27 Sep 16

Serbian PM’s Assassin Testifies over Journalist’s Killing

Milorad Ulemek, alias Legija, the former special police commander convicted of PM Zoran Djindjic’s assassination, made his first appearance as a witness in the trial of four state security officers for an opposition journalist’s murder.

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27 Sep 16

Centre-Right Coalition Appears Only Option in Croatia

As consultations on a new prime minister-designate start, a new centre-right coalition between the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, and the Bridge of Independent Lists looks like the only viable option.

Premium

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28 Sep 16

Croatia’s WWII Revisionism ‘Terrifying’, Says Historian

British historian Rory Yeomans, who has researched the Croatian fascist Ustasa movement, says he is worried by attempts by politicians and academics to play down the crimes it committed in World War II.

26 Sep 16

Sutanovac, Last Hope For Serbia’s Democrats?

Culture and Lifestyle

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Sound of Serbian Music May Vanish From Macedonia

After much Macedonian music went off air in Macedonia in a dispute over copyright, Macedonian TV and radio stations now face another ban - on playing music from Serbia.