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25 May 15

Serbian Art Purchases Leave Artists Short-Changed

The Ministry of Culture has opened a new call for the purchase of art works - but some of the artists who sold their work a year ago say they still have not been paid.

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22 May 15

ISIS Killed Albanian Jihadist Who Wanted Out

Ervin Hasanaj, an Albanian jihadist recently executed by ISIS, was apparently killed because he was trying to go home.

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18 May 15

Mass Depopulation Threatens Bosnia’s Future

Bosnia faces bleak future as more and more citizens emigrate, leaving behind ethnic tensions and economic and social decline.

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01 May 15

Albanian Judges’ Wealth Escapes Scrutiny

The 25 judges of the Tirana Appeals Court collectively own real estate worth more than 5 million euro, in spite of earning only modest salaries - but attempts to query their assets have gone nowhere.

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23 Apr 15

Serbia’s Kosovo Cover-Up: Who Hid the Bodies?

The Belgrade officials and policemen who took hundreds of murdered Albanians’ corpses from Kosovo to Serbia and concealed them in mass graves have never been prosecuted in their home country.

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22 Apr 15

Murder Plot Claim Dogs Kosovo’s New Top Prosecutor

Letter sent to President linking Aleksander Lumezi to grave crimes has added to the troubles of the judiciary in Kosovo.

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14 Apr 15

Drugs, Diamonds and Bullets: Balkan Arms Firm Linked to Criminal Investigations

The Montenegrin government sold its multimillion euro defence firm to an Israeli-Serbian consortium linked to businessmen embroiled in criminal investigations into alleged drug smuggling, money laundering and arms trafficking, BIRN can reveal.

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09 Apr 15

Albania’s Judges Protect Each Other From the Law

The High Council of Justice turns a blind eye to judges’ misdeeds, perpetuating a culture of impunity in the corrupt justice system.

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03 Apr 15

Crime Bosses Find Albania a Safe Haven

Fugitive drug traffickers and organized crime figures are evading European extradition requests by exploiting legal loopholes and Albania’s weak justice system.

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19 Mar 15

Gangs Grow Rich on Smuggling Albanians to New York

Traffickers use fake documents to smuggle ever-growing numbers of impoverished Albanian to the US via Central America and Mexico.

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06 Mar 15

Italy on Alert Over Jihadist Threat From Balkans

Italian authorities are increasingly concerned by the number of radicalized Muslims emigrants from the Balkans joining the ranks of the Islamist militants.

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05 Mar 15

Albanian Islamists Smuggled Italy’s ‘Lady Jihad’ to Syria

Maria Gulia Sergio, the Italian nicknamed ‘Lady Jihad’, traveled to Syria alongside her Albanian husband, Aldo Kobuzi, with the help of Islamists in Albania, BIRN can reveal.

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05 Mar 15

Kosovo Case Mounts up Against Bank Sackings

Former employees of ProCredit Bank accuse the bank of using illegal methods to cull its workforce ands boost profits.

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24 Feb 15

Abbas: Dahlan Citizenship is ‘Serbia’s problem’

The Palestinian President told BIRN he will not confront Serbia over its award of citizenship to his arch-rival, Mohammed Dahlan - whose ties to the Balkans are coming under scrutiny.

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18 Feb 15

Tony Blair Advising Serbian Government 16 Years After Bombing of Belgrade

Blair will counsel Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic, once his outspoken critic, under deal believed to be funded by United Arab Emirates.