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22 Oct 14

Unrest Returns to Birthplace of Bosnia Protests

Protesting workers in Tuzla are calling for the resignation of the cantonal government that was appointed after the February protests.

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22 Oct 14

Albania MPs Call for Top Justice Officials to Go

A parliamentary commission is calling for the dismissal of the deputy chairman of Albania’s High Council of Justice, HCJ, and one of its members, for breaking the law.

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22 Oct 14

Succession Strife Hits Romania’s Ruling Party

Romania's governing Social Democrats have suspended three senior leaders in a move to quell internal disputes over the succession to Victor Ponta as party leader.

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22 Oct 14

Kosovo Liberation Army Veterans Estimated at 20,000

Government estimates suggest that a headcount will reveal that some 20,000 guerrillas fought for the Kosovo Liberation Army against Serbian forces and are entitled to veterans’ pensions.

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22 Oct 14

Serbia MPs to Debate Revised Austerity Budget

Serbia's Finance Minister on Wednesday announced that parliament will shortly debate a draft revised budget and accompanying bills on cutting spending.

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22 Oct 14

Bosnian Serb Soldier Given Alibi for Visegrad Violence

Two Serb ex-soldiers said their fellow serviceman Vitomir Rackovic was actually on the frontline at the same time he is alleged to have attacked villages in the Visegrad area in 1992.

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22 Oct 14

Rise on Jobless Rate Worries Montenegro

The number of unemployed in Monenegro has risen for the sixth month in a row - although the jobles rate remains low by regional standards.

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22 Oct 14

Bosnia Police Crack Marketing Crime Gang

Nine persons have been named as suspects in a police action against an organized criminal group that allegedly hatched fictional agreements, evaded taxes and laundered money.

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22 Oct 14

Kosovo-Serbia Talks Need Reviving, Report Says

New momentum is needed in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue after the timeout caused by elections in both countries, a report by Kosovo and Slovak think tanks suggests.

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22 Oct 14

Zagreb Mayor Remanded in Custody Over Graft Claims

A Croatian judge remanded Zagreb’s mayor Milan Bandic and 11 others in custody for a month after they were arrested for alleged involvement in corrupt dealings in the city administration.

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22 Oct 14

Macedonia Dismisses NGO Claims About Cost of Dam

Macedonia's Finance Minister has dismissed ecologists' claims that Macedonia may have to pay much more than it originally planned for a hydro power plant set in a natural park.

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22 Oct 14

Serbian Party Outlines Bosnian Coalition Plan

Bosnia's main Serbian party has urged the largest Bosniak and Croatian parties to join it in a new coalition government.

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22 Oct 14

Serbian Teachers Protest Against Wage Cuts

As Serbia readies to adopt a revised budget containing new austerity measures, education unions have announced a public protest for October 22.

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22 Oct 14

Romania, Bulgaria Mull Two New Danube Bridges

The two neighbouring countries plan to start work on feasibility studies for two new bridges over the Danube.

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22 Oct 14

Serbian Police Official to Be Jailed in Germany

Former high-ranking Serbian interior ministry official Vlastimir Djordjevic will be sent to a German prison to serve his 18-year sentence for war crimes against Albanians in Kosovo.