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kosovo-s-uta-ibrahimi-aims-to-climb-all-14-himalayas-peaks-01-23-2018
23 Jan 18

Kosovo Woman Aims to Climb All 14 Himalayan Peaks

After becoming the first Albanian woman to reach the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, Kosovo’s Uta Ibrahimi is planning to climb all 14 peaks in the Himalayas.

chinese-bid-to-build-croatia-s-peljesac-bridge-challenged-01-23-2018
23 Jan 18

Chinese Bid to Build Croatia’s Peljesac Bridge Challenged

Austrian construction company Strabag AG filed a complaint against a bid made by the Chinese Road and Bridge Corporation to construct Croatia’s strategically important Peljesac Bridge.

moldova-to-host-world-congress-of-families-before-elections-01-23-2018
23 Jan 18

Moldova to Host Global Christian Right-Wing Congress

Moldova will host a gathering of conservative and anti-gay Christian groups called the World Congress of Families in September under the auspices of pro-Russian President Igor Dodon.

macedonia-universities-face-brain-drain-threath-01-22-2018
23 Jan 18

Most Macedonian Professors Wish to Emigrate

A worrying new survey shows that almost 70 per cent of professors and assistants at Macedonia’s universities are contemplating leaving the country.

balkan-heritage-sites-listed-among-europe-s-most-endangered-01-19-2018
23 Jan 18

Balkan Sites Feature Among Europe’s Endangered Heritage

Four historic landmarks around the Balkans have been shortlisted for the Most Endangered Programme, which aims to raise awareness of neglected monuments and sites across Europe.

kurd-s-lawyer-attempts-preventing-croatia-s-extradition-01-22-2018
23 Jan 18

Kurd Looks to Croatian Court to Stop Extradition

The lawyer for a Kurdish activist trying to avoid extradition from Croatia to Turkey told BIRN that the case was now before the Constitutional Court.

kosovo-serbia-agree-to-share-information-on-ivanovic-01-22-2018
22 Jan 18

Kosovo, Serbia Agree to Share Information on Ivanovic

Prosecutors in Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to share information on the investigation into the killing of the prominent Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, who was shot dead last week.

pristina-s-imam-pleaded-not-guilty-for-inciting-his-followers-to-conflict-zone-01-22-2018
22 Jan 18

Kosovo Imam Denies Inciting Terror in Sermons

Former Pristina imam Shefqet Krasniqi has pleaded not guilty to charges of incitement to committing terrorist acts, inciting national, racial and religious hatred, through his sermons.

bulgarian-vmro-slams-greek-macedonia-name-protest-01-22-2018
22 Jan 18

Bulgarian Rightists Accuse Greeks of 'Usurping' Macedonia's Name

Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov’s party rejects Greek nationalists' claim to exclusive use of the word 'Macedonia' – adding that Bulgaria has an equal right to it.

bulgaria-urged-to-ratify-a-convention-on-gender-violence-01-22-2018
22 Jan 18

Muiznieks Pushes Bulgaria to Ratify Domestic Abuse Convention

The Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner has called on Bulgaria's legislators to ratify the convention on gender-related violence, calling the arguments against it fallacious. 

report-serbian-wwii-pm-likened-himself-to-petain-01-22-2018
22 Jan 18

WWII PM Nedic ‘Saw Himself as Serbia’s Petain’

A rehabilitation hearing for Milan Nedic was told that the WWII prime minister considered himself to be the Serbian version of French collaborationist leader Marshal Petain, according to a Nazi official.

bosnian-member-of-parliament-under-investigation-for-corruption-01-22-2018
22 Jan 18

Bosnia Confirms CoE Probing Serb MP for Corruption

Bosnia's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Milica Markovic, an MP in the state parliament, is being investigated by the Council of Europe over suspicions of corruption in connection with her reports from Armenia and Azerbaijan.

kosovo-politicians-advance-bid-to-scrap-special-court-01-22-2018
22 Jan 18

Kosovo Politicians Advance Bid to Scrap Special Court

The presidency of the Kosovo Assembly has sent a draft law to the government, pushing forward a controversial attempt to prevent a new Hague-based Kosovo war crimes court from operating.

from-the-balkans-to-the-forbes-30-01-22-2018
22 Jan 18

Young Balkan Stars Join Forbes' Under-30 List

Several young politicians, entrepreneurs and activists from the Balkans have made it to Forbes' latest '30 under 30' list – which contains 600 stars in 20 industries.

russia-to-give-financial-aid-to-transnistria-01-22-2018
22 Jan 18

Russia Pledges More Financial Aid to Transnistria

Moscow on Saturday promised to stump up more cash for Moldova's breakaway region of Transnistria – which depends on the Kremlin for its economic survival.

romania-royals-to-leave-bucharest-residence-01-19-2018
22 Jan 18

Romania King's Death Threatens Royals' Right to Palace

Romania’s royal family may have to quit their residence in Bucharest, the Elisabeta Palace, as the law only allowed the country's last monarch, King Michael, to use it – and he died in December.

bulgarian-tv-star-launches-castings-for-different-politicians-01-19-2018
22 Jan 18

Bulgarian TV Star Hunts for Would-be Politicians

Popular Bulgarian TV host Slavi Trifonov is about to start interviewing thousands of would- be politicians – who he says will be very different from the kind of people who have run Bulgaria lately.

greek-rightists-protest-against-macedonia-name-deal-01-21-2018
21 Jan 18

Thousands in Greece Protest Against Macedonia 'Name' Deal

Tens of thousands of people on Sunday rallied in northern Greece's biggest city, Thessaloniki, against a ‘name’ compromise with neighboring Macedonia which they say would hurt their national interests.

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challenges-facing-serbia-in-2018-12-23-2017
23 Jan 18

Challenges Facing Serbia in 2018

In the coming year, Serbia is expected to not only complete difficult negotiations with Kosovo but also hold heated Belgrade elections and implement overdue constitutional reforms.

unsafe-haven-life-and-death-for-lgbt-refugees-12-14-2017
23 Jan 18

Unsafe Haven: Life and Death for LGBT Refugees

Shunned, abused, murdered. For many LGBT asylum seekers in Turkey and Greece, every day is a struggle for survival.

18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?