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26 Aug 16

Kosovo Probes Ruling Party MP Grabovci over Wiretaps

The Special Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into ruling party MP Adem Grabovci after leaked wiretaps sparked allegations that he influenced public-sector appointments.

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26 Aug 16

Protesters Denounce Belgrade Waterfront Eviction

The Let’s Not Drown Belgrade campaign group led a protest against the impending eviction of the last family still living in the state-backed Belgrade Waterfront luxury redevelopment area.

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26 Aug 16

Turkey Sets Visa-Free Deadline for EU

The Turkish PM told his Bulgarian counterpart to pass on the message that the EU must drop visa requirements for Turkish citizens in October if Brussels wants to send back migrants to Turkey as agreed.

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26 Aug 16

Hungary to Build Another Fence on Serbian Border

Hungary will build a second fence along its border with Serbia, and is offering Serbia help protecting its borders with Bulgaria and Macedonia.

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26 Aug 16

Iranian Opposition Ex-Fighters ‘Transferred to Albania’

Iranian media has reported that 155 members of an exiled Iranian opposition movement have been given sanctuary in Albania - part of a larger number that Tirana has agreed to accept.

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26 Aug 16

Accused Kosovo Politician Azem Syla Released

Azem Syla, a Kosovo politician who is under investigation for alleged property scams and money laundering, was released from custody on Thursday evening.

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26 Aug 16

Bulgarian, Turkish Premiers Seek Solutions on Migrants

The prime ministers of Bulgaria and Turkey, Boyko Borissov and Binali Yaldirim, are meeting on Friday in Istanbul to discuss joint solutions to the continuing migration crisis.

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25 Aug 16

Croatia Ex-PM’s Leaked ‘Insults’ Anger Bosnia, Serbia

Bosnian and Serbian officials reacted angrily after audio was leaked of Croatian Social Democratic Party leader Zoran Milanovic saying Bosnia and Herzegovina is not a state and the Serbian government is arrogant and nationalist.

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25 Aug 16

Macedonia May Shut Gulen-Linked Turkish Schools

Macedonia's Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki hinted that the government might have agreed to Turkey's request to close schools and organisations with suspected links to alleged coup plot leader Fethullah Gulen.

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25 Aug 16

Kosovo Activists Slam Serbian Bid for Top UN Job

Activists in Kosovo have called a protest against former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic's candidacy for the position of UN Secretary-General.

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25 Aug 16

Croatia Ex-PM’s ‘Chaotic Bosnia’ Comments Spark Debate

Heated debate erupted on social media after audio was leaked of Croatian Social Democratic Party leader Zoran Milanovic saying that Bosnia and Herzegovina was a chaotic state.

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25 Aug 16

Italian Earthquake Kills Albanian Man

An immigrant father of three died in the earthquake in Amatrice, while seven other members of Albania's large expatriate community in Italy were injured when homes collapsed.

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25 Aug 16

Serbian PM Decides Against Croatia Visit

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic is not attending a ministrial forum in Dubrovnik this week which could have been an opportunity to ease tensions with Croatia.

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25 Aug 16

Albanians Prepare To Honour Mother Teresa’s Sainthood

Commemorative events are being organised by the Catholic churches of Albania and Kosovo to celebrate Mother Teresa being declared a saint next week by the Pope.

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25 Aug 16

Greek FM on Trust-Building Mission to Macedonia

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is visiting Macedonia on a mission to improve ties between the two neighbours, which have long been frozen as a result of the ongoing 'name' dispute.

Premium

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26 Aug 16

Denis Zvizdic: Loyal Party Soldier Tipped for the Top

Speculation is rife that Zvizdic, chairman of Bosnia’s Council of Ministers and loyal SDA party soldier, harbours state-level presidential ambitions.

25 Aug 16

Kosovo War Ex-Prisoners Fear Arrest in Serbia

23 Aug 16

Croatian Church Urges Right-Wing Election Win

Culture and Lifestyle

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Belgrade’s Ancient Crafts Guardians

A traditional shoe-making shop is finding a way to survive and thrive in the modern world. Now, a fourth generation of the family is preparing to take the reins.

Business

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Bosnian Banks Give Interest-Free Loan to Federation

Local commercial banks provided a loan to Bosnia's cash-strapped Federation entity with a negative interest rate as officials sought to plug holes in the budget.