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24 Jul 14

Bosnians Commemorate Killings at Keraterm Concentration Camp

Relatives of Bosniak civilians killed at Keraterm near the town of Prijedor in July 1992 gathered outside the former detention camp to mark the anniversary of their deaths.

24 Jul 14

Goran Hadzic Denies Mass Expulsion of Croats

Former Croatian Serb leader Hadzic told his war crimes trial that he was not responsible for the mass expulsion of Croats from Serb-dominated areas of Croatia during the 1990s war.

24 Jul 14

Romania to Sue Italy's Enel Over Failed Sale

The Romanian government is to sue Italian group Enel at the International Court of Arbiration over the collapse of the sale of an energy company.

24 Jul 14

Bulgaria’s Embattled PM Throws in Towel

Departure of Plamen Orecharski’s troubled left-of-centre government comes after a year of near-constant protests.

24 Jul 14

‘Shame’ Crime Draws Protests From Croatian Journalists

Union says planned new crime code, which still defines shaming as an offence, will encourage self-censorship and curb free speech generally.

24 Jul 14

Montenegrin Capital Facing New Elections

After long-awaited talks on forming a new city government in Podgorica collapsed, the Montenegrin capital could be facing early elections.

24 Jul 14

Albania PM Seeks Advice From Georgia's Saakashvili

Edi Rama's government is eager to recruit the former Georgian president as an advisor on free-market reforms - but Saakashvili has denied taking on any official role in Tirana.

24 Jul 14

Nimetz Upbeat on Fresh Macedonia 'Name' Talks

The UN mediator in the 'name' dispute between Macedonia and Greece, Matthew Nimetz, has said he expects 'substantial progress' from his next visit to Skopje and Athens due next week.

24 Jul 14

Serbia to Start Compensating Flood Victims

The authorities are due to start paying compensation to the victims of the May floods following the adoption of a new law this week.

24 Jul 14

Montenegrins Want an End to 'Nine-to-Five'

Montenegrins could start work at 7am, instead of 9am, if the cabinet approves the request of a majority of employees in the public sector.

24 Jul 14

Serbian Policeman’s Peace Group Threat Trial Postponed

The trial of former Serbian police spokesperson Radomir Pocuca for threatening the female peace campaign group Women in Black with violence has been postponed for a second time.

23 Jul 14

Romania Raises Medics' Salaries to Stem Exodus

The Romanian government is to raise the salaries of doctors and nurses by 10 per cent amid concerns about where the money will come from.

23 Jul 14

Court Orders Release of Romanian Ex-PM Nastase

Adrian Nastase is to end his second jail term for corruption after serving only six months behind bars.

23 Jul 14

Serbia, Kosovo Far Apart on Mitrovica Bridge Deal

EU-led talks on the controversial 'Peace Park erected in the divided northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica have ended with widely differing versions of what was agreed in Brussels.

23 Jul 14

Macedonia Appoints New ‘Name’ Negotiator

The newly appointed ambassador to the United States, Vasko Naumovski, will also be Macedonia’s new negotiator in UN-sponsored talks with Greece on its name.

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23 Jul 14

Albania Phone Register Fuels Eavesdropping Row

Opposition MPs and activists have slated a government decision to force cell phone users to register the IMEI codes as a backdoor to eavesdropping on online communications.