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05 Jun 07

Eight Companies to Compete Over Belgrade Bridge

Belgrade _ Eight foreign companies have placed their pre-qualification bids for the design and construction of a new 929 meters-long bridge over the Ada Ciganlija island on the Sava river in Belgrade, local media reported Tuesday.
05 Jun 07

Zoran Milanovic: A New Name In Croatian Politics

Osijek _ Zoran Milanovic is the new leader of Croatia's single largest opposition party, the Social Democratic Party (SDP), previously led by the late Ivica Racan.
04 Jun 07

UN War Crimes Prosecutor Visits Serbia to Meet Top Officials

Belgrade _ Carla Del Ponte, the chief UN war crimes prosecutor began on Monday a visit to Serbia, her first since the formation of the country’s new government last month.

04 Jun 07

Albania Cracks Down on Human Trafficking Ring

Tirana_The Albanian authorities on Sunday arrested nine persons, including four police officers, in a crackdown on a human trafficking ring based in the border town of Gjirokastra, just outside neighbouring Greece.
01 Jun 07

Albania Allows US Troops to Use Force During Bush Visit

Tirana_The Albanian parliament approved unanimously on Thursday a bill which allows some 500 US Marines and Special Forces operatives to use country's land, waters and airspace without restrictions to secure the United States' president George W Bush during his June 10 visit.
01 Jun 07

Multi-ethnic Police Centres Open in Southern Serbia

Bujanovac _ Key Serbian officials, Hans Ola Ursdad, the head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s mission in Belgrade, and Norway’s ambassador to Serbia Hakon Blankenborg, opened Friday three multi-ethnic police training centres in southern Serbia.

01 Jun 07

Russia Opposes New Draft Resolution on Kosovo, Diplomat Says

Belgrade _ Russia will not back a UN resolution about the final status of Serbia's breakaway of Kosovo which is not acceptable to Belgrade, a top Russian diplomat in Serbia said Friday, according to an official statement.
31 May 07

Bosnian Serb Police Arrest War Crimes Fugitive

Sarajevo _ Bosnian Serb police has arrested Zdravko Tolimir a wanted war crimes fugitive, a high-ranking international official told Birn’s Justice Report.

31 May 07

UPDATE: Bosnian Serb Police Arrest War Crimes Fugitive

Sarajevo _ Republika Srpska police arrested Zdravko Tolimir, a war crimes fugitive wanted by the Hague Tribunal, international officials in Bosnia and Bosnian Serb sources told BIRN Justice Report.

31 May 07

Eight Arrested in Kosovo Bank Scandal

Pristina _ The Kosovo Police Service, KPS, announced on Thursday that they arrested eight people, including former board members of a commercial bank, who are suspected of misusing over 10 million euro of the bank's funds.
31 May 07

Bulgaria's Former Treasury Chief Alleges Corruption

Sofia_A former Bulgarian state treasurer on Thursday accused a deputy chief prosecutor of corruption in the latest blow to public confidence in the country's state administration, police and courts.
30 May 07

Serbs Arrest Seven over War Crimes in Slavonia

Belgrade _ Serbian police have arrested seven people on suspicion of killing or torturing non-Serbs during the war in Croatia, the Interior Ministry said.

30 May 07

IFJ Condemns Attack on Journalists' Union in Serbia

Belgrade_The International Federation of Journalists, meeting at its Congress in Moscow on Wednesday, strongly condemned the harassment of journalists on the Serbian paper Narodne Novine, accusing the management of “cynical union busting”.
30 May 07

Macedonian Police Uncover Trafficking Network

Skopje_ Macedonian police detained early on Wednesday 17 people suspected of trafficking migrants, as part of an international operation aimed at uncovering a trafficking network spanning several Balkan countries.
30 May 07

Albanian Law on Digital Broadcasting Sparks Row

Tirana_Albania passed a controversial law, regulating the digital broadcasting market, after a fierce debate on Tuesday between the government and the opposition, which accused the Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, of trying to silence freedom of speech.
29 May 07

Serbian 'Road Mafia' Goes on Trial

Belgrade_ A group of 28 people was put on trial on Tuesday on suspicion of a multimillion fraud scheme dubbed the "Road Mafia."
29 May 07

Albanian Opposition Returns to Macedonian Parliament

Skopje_ Ending a five-month boycott, deputies from the opposition party, Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, will return to Macedonia’s parliament on Wednesday, party sources told Balkan Insight.

28 May 07

Bulgarian Government Reshuffle Expected

Sofia_Politicians and media were speculating Monday about an imminent government reshuffle following a corruption scandal implicating a minister and bad results for the ruling socialists in the country's first vote for seats in the European parliament.

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19 Jan 18

EU Green Leader Condemns Threat to Bulgarian National Park

The European Greens co-president Ska Keller tells BIRN of her grave concerns for the future of the UNESCO-protected Pirin National Park, after Bulgaria's government approved plans to expand the ski resort there.

19 Jan 18

Vucic Visiting Kosovo to Profit Politically, Experts Say

Saturday's planned visit to Kosovo by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic – following the assassination of Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic – is being seen as a point-scoring exercise.

18 Jan 18

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17 Jan 18

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