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03 Jul 15

Serbian Security Officer Denies Journalist Murder Plot

Milan Radonjic, one of the former security officers on trial for organising the murder of Serbian opposition journalist Slavko Curuvija in 1999, said he was not in contact with the alleged killer.

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03 Jul 15

Bosniaks Want More College Courses in Kosovo

Bosniak MPs in Kosovo want the programmes available in their own language expanded, to stop their young people from having to leave Kosovo to pursue their university studies.

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03 Jul 15

EU to Fund Albania-Macedonia Electricity Link

The EU has pledged financial support for the construction of a new 400 kV electricity interconnection line between Albania and Macedonia, Albania’s Ministry of Energy announced on Friday.

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03 Jul 15

Kosovo Veterans Oppose Honour for Yugoslav Ex-President

Kosovo Liberation Army veterans criticised a plan to name a street after Sinan Hasani, an ethnic Albanian who controversially served as Yugoslavia’s president in the 1980s.

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03 Jul 15

Kosovo-Montenegro Border Talks Stir Suspicions

Parliamentarians in both Kosovo and Montenegro are unhappy with the behind-closed-doors negotiations on their border - and each government is being accused of giving too much away.

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03 Jul 15

Serbs See Court System as Corrupt, Report

Institutional corruption is one of the biggest problems in Serbia and many see the judiciary as the most corrupt institution, a report by the Council of Europe on July 2 said.

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03 Jul 15

Angry Bosnian Farmers Give Away Their Food

As a gesture of desperation, Bosnian farmers handed out food products for free to crowds of Sarajevans on Thursday, demanding government measures to keep agriculture alive.

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03 Jul 15

Fresh Talks on Macedonia Crisis Put on Hold

New discusions planned for Friday on finding a way out of the current political crisis in Macedonia have been put on hold.

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03 Jul 15

Germany Pledges to Extradite Kalic to Montenegro

German authorities say they will return the alleged drugs trafficker Safet Kalic to Montenegro to face charges of money-laundering once his judicial process in Germany is complete.

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03 Jul 15

Croatia Issues Arrest Warrant for Dinamo Chiefs

Minister on Thursday says Dinamo boss Zdravko Mamic is under arrest for refusing to come back to Croatia for interrogation - sparking a heated duel on TV with the man in question.

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02 Jul 15

Region's Police Target Illegal Migrant Traffickers

Police from Serbia, Hungary, Germany and Austria, meeting in Belgrade, agreed to intensify work on preventing illegal migrants - and focus on arresting traffickers.

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02 Jul 15

Dinamo Club Chiefs Face Charges in Croatia

Croatian police have searched the homes and offices of the chief of Dinamo Zagreb football club, Zdravko Mamic, suspected of tax evasion and bribery.

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02 Jul 15

Bosnian Serbs Delay Electricity Price Rise After Protests

Authorities in Republika Srpska have bowed to public pressure and postponed a planned increase in the electricity price – at least temporarily.

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02 Jul 15

NATO Chief Opens New Unit in Romania

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was due in Bucharest on Thursday to inaugurate a new NATO Force Integration Unit - designed to enhance cooperation between the alliance and the national defence forces.

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02 Jul 15

Peace-Seeking Croatian Policeman’s Death Commemorated

Relatives of Josip Reihl Kir and Croatian activists commemorated the 1991 murder of the police chief who was killed after trying to prevent armed conflict breaking out in the Osijek region.

Premium

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03 Jul 15

Lax Precautions for Kosovo Terror Suspects

In spite of admitting terrorist activities, six Kosovars have been released from custody and placed under house arrest or ordered to check in with the police.

Culture and Lifestyle

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Corvinus Castle Hosts Opera Festival in Romania

The former home of the great warrior king Matthias Corvinus in Hunedoara in southern Transylvania is hosting one of the largest open-air opera festivals in Europe.

Business

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Greek Crisis Delays Romania's Eurozone Plans

Romania will have to further postpone its plans to join eurozone as the crisis in Greece tests the solidity of the single currency, experts say.