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17 Aug 17

VIDEO: Albanian "Thailand" Attracts Hundreds of Tourists

Unexplored nature, azure waterways and the many opportunities for adventure have recently turned the Shala river valley into one of the tourist hotspots in the Albanian Alps.

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16 Aug 17

Belgrade’s Landscape Changes for Ladies of Public Transport

It’s increasingly likely you’ll see women in the driver’s seat of Belgrade’s streetcars – but they still face the odd challenge.

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16 Aug 17

‘Men Don’t Cry’: Revealing Balkan Veterans’ Emotions

A new feature film made by a Bosnian war veteran dramatically explores the minds of men who fought in the 1990s and how it affected them psychologically and emotionally.

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16 Aug 17

Macedonia’s Battered Army Eyes Future With More Hope

Poorly paid and badly equipped, Macedonian soldiers celebrating the army's 25th anniversary hope for better days, as the country’s new government rekindles hopes of joining NATO.

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11 Aug 17

Balkan Jihadis Return, Disillusioned with ISIS ‘Caliphate’

Some jihadis from the Balkans who travelled to the Syrian conflict zone to support Islamic State told BIRN that they returned home because they became disenchanted with the brutality, poverty and oppression.

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10 Aug 17

Balkan Parents Dream of Finnish Baby Boxes

Finland famously hands out ‘baby boxes’ packed with useful products for infants, but the ones given to new mothers in the Balkans tend to be be less generous, if they exist at all.

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09 Aug 17

Macedonia Basks in Super Cup Success

Visiting fans and locals had nothing but praise for the organisers of the UEFA Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Manchester United, which brought a party atmosphere to the capital Skopje.

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08 Aug 17

Belgrade Raw Strips City to Bare Bones

A Serbian photographers’ collective is challenging traditional depictions of the Serbian capital.

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07 Aug 17

Young Educated Bulgarians Return from Abroad for Good

The number of highly qualified Bulgarians choosing to start a career back home after graduating from top foreign universities is growing, NGOs say. 

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07 Aug 17

An Alternative Tour of Belgrade’s Natural Charms

Inspired by ecology and ‘Monty Python’, Dejan Jevtic offers something completely different to the usual tours – an environmentally-conscious view of the city.

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07 Aug 17

Ailing Defendants Cause Headaches for Hague Tribunal

The fear of another defendant dying in custody before his final verdict like Slobodan Milosevic has made the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague take unusual precautionary measures.

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03 Aug 17

Yazidi Massacre Survivors Learn Lessons from Srebrenica

Three years after the Islamic State mass killings of Yazidis in Iraq, survivors want to emulate the bereaved women of Srebrenica and have the massacres recognised as genocide and the killers put on trial.

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03 Aug 17

Tragic Search for Victims of Croatia’s Operation Storm

As the 22nd anniversary of Croatia’s victorious Operation Storm approaches, researchers who first investigated the killings of Serb civilians during and after the military campaign speak about the brutality they encountered.

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02 Aug 17

Public Breastfeeding Still Leaves Some Serbs Uneasy

As the world readies to mark Breastfeeding Week, Serbian mothers share their feelings about their own experiences of this in public.

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02 Aug 17

Kosovo Town Struggles as Industrial Decline Exiles Youth

Business people in the small Kosovo town of Suhareka/Suva Reka face an uphill task to rebuild its shattered industry and convince the remaining young people that it’s worth staying.