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18 Jan 18

Thousands Attend Slain Kosovo Serb Politician’s Funeral

Thousands of citizens attended the funeral of Oliver Ivanovic, who was shot dead on Tuesday, as he was laid to rest in the Alley of the Greats at the New Cemetary in Belgrade, Serbia.

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18 Jan 18

Council of Europe Slates Romania's Corruption Record

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption said in a report released on Thursday that Romania has made little progress in fighting corruption. 

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18 Jan 18

Bulgaria MPs Approve Friendship Treaty With Macedonia

Bulgaria's parliament voted in favour of the ratification of a landmark friendship treaty with neighbouring Macedonia on Thursday.

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18 Jan 18

Poor Progress for Human Rights in the Balkans, HRW Report

Attacks on journalists, discrimination against minorities, poor protection of refugees and lack of political will to prosecute war crimes remain problems in most Balkan countries in 2017, Human Rights Watch's World Report 2018 said.

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18 Jan 18

Witness Recognized Medicus Suspect at Pristina Airport

A police officer told a Kosovo court that he saw Moshe Harelm, the main suspect in the Medicus organ-trafficking case, in 2008 at Pristina airport.

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18 Jan 18

Serb Officers Claim Ignorance of Kosovo Massacre

Two former Yugoslav Army officers from the 549th Brigade told a court in Belgrade that they knew nothing about the attack on the village of Trnje in Kosovo in March 1999, when 27 Albanians were killed.

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18 Jan 18

UN Envoy Hopeful on Macedonia ‘Name’ Agreement

Following fresh talks between Macedonia and Greece in New York on Wednesday, UN mediator Matthew Nimetz said he was 'hopeful' that a solution to the 27-year-long dispute is in reach.

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17 Jan 18

Macedonia President Vetoes Language Law

Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov on Wednesday vetoed a new government-backed law that extends the official use of Albanian across the country.

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17 Jan 18

Romanian President Appoints First Woman PM

Romanian Social Democrat MEP Viorica Dancila is set to become Romania’s first woman prime minister. 

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17 Jan 18

Kosovo Police Tracks Car Origin in Ivanovic Murder

Kosovo police said that they have identified the origin of the vehicle allegedly used by the killers of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, and are reviewing security camera footage.

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17 Jan 18

Push to Scrap Special Court Fails Again in Kosovo

A second bid to start the process of revoking the law that allows a new Hague-based war crimes court for Kosovo to operate failed on Wednesday.

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17 Jan 18

Albania Mulls Building Second Passenger Airport

After a series of debates and repeated promises, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced Wednesday that he received a proposal to begin building the country’s second passenger airport near the coastal city of Vlora “by this summer".

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17 Jan 18

Ex-KLA Officials Deny Knowing of 1998 Killings

Former senior KLA officials told the trial of Deputy Prime Minister Fatmir Limaj that they knew nothing of the fate of two civilians – allegedly executed as collaborators with the Serbian regime in 1998.

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17 Jan 18

Croatia Court Acquits Priest Who Defended NDH

A court in Split has acquitted a Catholic priest of charges of disturbing public order, after he defended Croatia's wartime Fascist state in a sermon.

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17 Jan 18

Bosnia, Slovenia, Probe Hefty Loan to Jansa Party

Bosnia and Slovenia are probing a large loan that former Slovenian prime minister Janez Jansa's party received from an obscure businesswomen in Bosnia.

Premium

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19 Jan 18

EU Green Leader Condemns Threat to Bulgarian National Park

The European Greens co-president Ska Keller tells BIRN of her grave concerns for the future of the UNESCO-protected Pirin National Park, after Bulgaria's government approved plans to expand the ski resort there.

18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

17 Jan 18

Ivanovic Death is Failure for All of Kosovo

17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Culture and Lifestyle

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Vevcani Carnival Brings Humour to Macedonian Streets

One of the most famous village festivals held in the Balkans, the Vevcani carnival, took place this weekend in the western Macedonian village of Vevcani.

Business

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Russia Slaps New Ban on Bosnian Apples

Russia has again suspended imports of apples from Bosnia Herzegovina, suspecting a consignment of ‘Bosnian’ apples originated in Poland.