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01 Oct 14

Joy and Necessity Fill Belgrade Streets with Music

They are everywhere from the Terazije underground passage, all the way across the Knez Mihailova Street to the Kalemegdan Park, making people happy with music played both for pleasure and money.  

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29 Sep 14

Drop in Remittances Hits Poor Albanians Hard

In the impoverished town of Puke, the fall in remittances sent by relatives abroad is pushing families ever deeper into debt.

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26 Sep 14

Missing Teen’s Family Blame Macedonian Police

Relatives of a Macedonian girl who has vanished - and is believed to have joined Islamists in Syria - say police were slow to react to reports of her disappearance.

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25 Sep 14

New Atlantis Rises on Albania’s Rodon Cape

A group of green activists are successfully promoting environmentally friendly tourism on a spectacular cape that once was strewn with trash.

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24 Sep 14

Capitalist Collective Farm Bears Fruit in Albania

Working together on a pioneering new-style collective farm, the people of Xarre are squeezing plenty of profits from their tangerines.

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24 Sep 14

Intelligence Chiefs’ Trial Promises Yugoslav Spy Revelations

The murder trial of former Yugoslav spy bosses Zdravko Mustac and Josip Perkovic could expose the past crimes and continued influence of intelligence service officials in Croatia.

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22 Sep 14

Albanian Christians and Muslims Hail Pope’s Visit

Hundreds of thousands of Albanians took to the streets on Sunday to welcome Pope Francis, who found an enthusiastic audience for his message of inter-faith harmony.

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18 Sep 14

Pope Will Find Fast-Changing Church in Albania

When Pope Francis arrives in Albania this Sunday he will find a very different Catholic Church from the one that his predecessor John Paul II visited two decades ago.

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18 Sep 14

Childless Macedonians Spy Hope in Surrogacy Law

Macedonia may be about to become the first country in the Balkans to legalise surrogacy – but the issue remains fraught with unresolved dilemmas.

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17 Sep 14

Croatia’s Roma Children Battle to Make the Grade

Few Croatian Roma get a decent education – the only pathway out of their isolated ghetto-like communities - but some are struggling against the odds.

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12 Sep 14

Rafting Draws Tourists to Albania’s Wild River Canyons

One man’s passion for rafting has spawned a tourist industry in one the most beautiful but remote parts of Albania.

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11 Sep 14

Tending Comrade Tito’s Garden

Milomir Pavlovic looks back on career as a gardener for President Tito, his subsequent friendship with his wife, Jovanka - and the trouble they all experienced with the couple’s pet dogs.

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08 Sep 14

Bosnia Steps Up Crackdown on Islamic Militants

The arrests of 16 Bosnians suspected of recruiting Muslim radicals to fight in Syria and Iraq have been criticised by their families, but the authorities plan to continue their crackdown.

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05 Sep 14

Old-Style Markets Thrive in Albania’s Mountain Villages

In remote villages near Elbasan, ‘shopping’ is not a drive to the local chain store but a stroll to the weekly market - where villagers trade livestock and ply their ancient crafts, as in times past.

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05 Sep 14

Chefs Test Each Other’s Balls in Serbia

It’s been another gripping year at the World Championship Testicle Cooking contest, held last weekend in the Sumadija region of central Serbia.