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08 Jan 18

Albania Opposition to 'Intensify' Protests Against Rama

Two main opposition leaders, Lulzim Basha and Monika Kryemadhi, have said they aim to join forces and escalate their protests to bring down Edi Rama's government.

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08 Jan 18

Businessman Shot Dead in Bulgarian Capital

Bulgarian police are probing the murder of Petar Hristov, owner of one of the country’s biggest dairy producers, who was shot dead in Sofia on Monday morning.

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08 Jan 18

Kosovo Parliament Chairman: MPs Can’t Stop Special Court

Chairman of parliament and ruling party leader Kadri Veseli described the new Hague-based Specialist Chambers which will try former Kosovo guerrillas as unjust, but said MPs’ attempts to stop it would not succeed.

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08 Jan 18

Sex Scandal Bishop's Service Causes Anger in Bosnia

Some Bosnians and Serbs have expressed shock over a video showing a former Serbian Orthodox Bishop – who was forced to retire over a sex scandal – holding a Christmas liturgy in Bijeljina.

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08 Jan 18

In Pictures: Historic Bulgarian Church Reopens in Istanbul

After seven years of restoration, a 120-year-old Bulgarian church in Istanbul, overlooking the Golden Horn, has reopened in the presence of Turkish and Bulgarian leaders. 

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08 Jan 18

Protest Threatens to Leave Many Romanians Without Doctors

Over 4 million Romanians may have to pay for their primary medical care, or change doctor, after 2,500 general practitioners refused to sign contracts with the government. 

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08 Jan 18

Macedonian, Greek Nationalists Mobilize Against 'Name' Deal

As optimism grows about a rapid solution to Macedonia's dispute with Greece over its name, nationalists on both sides of the border are rallying against a possible compromise solution.

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06 Jan 18

Cyprus Arrests Kosovo Organ-Trafficking Suspect

Moshe Harel, an Israeli citizen accused of being involved in organ-trafficking from Kosovo’s Medicus clinic in 2008, was arrested in Cyprus after years of being listed as wanted by Interpol.

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05 Jan 18

Serbs Cancel Kosovo Christmas Trip to Avoid Protest

Serbs who visit a church in the western Kosovo town of Gjakova/Djakovica for Orthodox Christmas each year have cancelled their trip after local Kosovo Albanians said they would stage a protest.

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05 Jan 18

Albania Removes MPs Who Hid Criminal Pasts

Two MPs have lost their right to sit in Albania's parliament after prosecutors said they had failed to declare criminal offences they committed in Italy several years ago.

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05 Jan 18

Albania Probes Protesters Who Tore Down Turkish Flag

Albanian police say they are investigating several dozen protesters who removed a Turkish flag from a Turkish-owned power plant in the north of the country.

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05 Jan 18

Moldova President Defiant After Fresh Court Suspension

Moldova's Constitutional Courts of Moldova has approved the third temporary suspension from office in three months of the country's pro-Russian president, Igor Dodon.

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05 Jan 18

Greece Agrees to Extradite Macedonian Wiretap Suspects

A court in Thessaloniki on Friday granted a Macedonian request for the extradition of two former secret police employees sought in relation to Macedonia's illegal wiretapping affair.

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05 Jan 18

West Warns Kosovo Against Undermining War Court

The US, Britain, France, Germany and Italy condemned ongoing attempts by MPs in Pristina to revoke the law that allows the new Hague-based Specialist Chambers to try former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters.

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05 Jan 18

Serbia's Ruling Party to Ponder Spring Election

The pro-government newspaper Informer has reported that the ruling Serbian Progressive Party will hold a meeting next week to discuss early parliamentary elections in the spring.

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.