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13 Jun 07

Romania: Syrian Born Fugitive Sentenced to 20 Years

Bucharest _ Two years after the kidnapping of three Romanian journalists in Iraq, a local court Wednesday sentenced a fugitive Syrian-born businessman to 20 years in prison for his role in the reporters' disappearance.
13 Jun 07

Kosovo Opens Contest for Design of National Flag, Emblem

Pristina _ Kosovo`s Unity Team, made up of top politicians charged with resolving the region’s status, on Wednesday announced an international competition to design Kosovo`s eventual national flag and emblem.
13 Jun 07

EBRD Establishes Office in Montenegro

Podgorica _ The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, or EBRD, has opened an office in Podgorica one year after Montenegro gained independence from Serbia.
13 Jun 07

Director Mancevski is Macedonia's First Culture Ambassador

Skopje_ Macedonian film director Milcho Mancevski will be the country’s honorary culture ambassador in New York, the government said.
13 Jun 07

Croatia Welcomes Martic's Sentence for War Crimes

Osijek _ The war crimes trial and conviction of Milan Martic, the former leader of self-styled Republika Srpska Krajina, shed new light on plans to carve a Serb homeland from Croatian territory in the 1990s, political observers said.

12 Jun 07

Montenegro Abandons Energy Sale to Russian Businessman

Podgorica, – Montenegro’s government on Tuesday bowed to parliament’s demand for it to abandon the planned privatisation of the country’s major energy complex at Pljevlja.
12 Jun 07

Islamic 'sniper' Arrested on Bush Visit to Sofia

Sofia_ A trained sniper and four other people were detained in connection to US President George Bush’s visit to Bulgaria, government officials announced on Tuesday, a day after Bush left the country.
12 Jun 07

Kosovo's 2008 Budget Set at 850 million Euros

Pristina_ - Kosovo’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Haki Shatri, promised on Tuesday that the increased budget for 2008 will be mostly used to benefit teachers and pensioners. “Families of people who died in the war and war invalids will [also] be fully supported”, Shatri said.
12 Jun 07

Kosovars Focus Efforts on Paris Summit

Pristina _ Kosovo’s leaders are focusing their efforts on Paris, where a meeting of the so-called Contact Group, including the US, Britain, Germany, France and Italy, is discussing the province’s final status.
12 Jun 07

Bosnian Telecoms Regulator Allows In-Country Roaming

Sarajevo _ Bosnian telecommunications regulator RAK will allow the country’s mobile phone operators to permit roaming between their networks and charge for the service, the regulator announced.
12 Jun 07

Macedonia: Bush Boosts Adriatic States' NATO Hopes

Skopje_ Macedonia, Albania and Croatia should be able to celebrate their accession to NATO at the alliances 2008 summit in Bucharest, Macedonia’s Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, said on Tuesday.
12 Jun 07

Montenegro`s Parliament Opposes Privatisation Plan

Podgorica_Montenegro’s parliament voted 44-34 on Tuesday to oppose plans by the government of Prime Minister Zeljko Sturanovic to sell the country’s major energy complex to the Russian aluminum baron Oleg Deripaska.
12 Jun 07

Soros Questions Bulgarian Progress on Roma Inclusion

Sofia_ A large number of Bulgarians opposes spending public funds on measures to integrate Roma into society, George Soros, founder and chairman of the Open Society Institute, said on Tuesday.
12 Jun 07

Serbian Police Seize Ammunition, Explosives in Sandzak

Belgrade _ Serbian police uncovered ammunition and bomb-making material in the country’s predominantly Muslim Sandzak region, just outside the breakaway province of Kosovo, Interior Minister Dragan Jocic said Tuesday.

11 Jun 07

Romanian Cabinet Survives No-Confidence Vote

Bucharest __ Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu and his minority cabinet on Monday survived a no-confidence vote initiated by his former cabinet allies, the Democratic Party, PD.


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


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.



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.