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19 Dec 14

Albanian Police Arrest Asylum Tricksters

Police have arrested five people in Vlora, accused of conning hundreds of Albanians with false promises of economic asylum in Germany.

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19 Dec 14

Kosovo, Serbia Ready to Resume EU Talks

After months of delay, Kosovo and Serbia are willing to continue the EU-mediated dialogue early next year in Brussels.

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19 Dec 14

Kosovo ‘Drenica Group’ Guerrillas Released on Bail

Six defendants in the high-profile ‘Drenica Group’ trial of former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters, accused of war crimes for abusing civilian prisoners, have been released on bail.

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19 Dec 14

Serbian MPs Claim Prosecutor Unlawfully Appointed

A group of Serbian MPs filed criminal charges against members of the State Council of Prosecutors for the alleged illegal appointment of deputy war crimes prosecutor Bruno Vekaric.

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19 Dec 14

SDA Names Bosnia's New Prime Minister

The main Bosniak party, the Party of Democratic Action, SDA, has named Denis Zvizdic as the next President of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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19 Dec 14

Montenegro Govt to Pay Off State TV's Debt

The government said it will pay off millions of euro owed by the state television service, RTCG, continuing the practice of covering the debts of troubled state-owned companies.

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19 Dec 14

Romanians Mark 1989 Revolt With Mixed Feeling

Romania is commemorating 25 years since the overthrow of the Communist regime, although many people say they feel nostalgic for the relative security of life in the old days.

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19 Dec 14

Zagreb Mayor Probed Over Missing 40,000 Euro

Milan Bandic is undergoing a new investigation, connected with the loss of some 40,000 euro on the part of the City of Zagreb.

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19 Dec 14

Albania Arrests Thieving Santa Clauses

Police on Wednesday said they arrested two members of a gang who robbed a Tirana mall last year disguised in Father Christmas costumes.

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19 Dec 14

Serbia Readies for OSCE Role With Russian Visit

Ivica Dacic, Serbia's Foreign Minister, will travel to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart and discuss Ukraine on the eve of Serbia assuming the presidency of the OSCE.

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19 Dec 14

Mladic ‘Told Serb Troops to Act Like Knights’

A defence witness at the war crimes trial of Ratko Mladic said that the former Bosnian Serb military chief ordered his men not to harm Bosniak prisoners from Srebrenica.

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18 Dec 14

Serbia Expels Arrested Falun Gong Members

Members of Falun Gong, arrested ahead of the China-Balkan summit in Belgrade, have been expelled from Serbia after four days in detention.

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18 Dec 14

FARC Arms Traffickers Arrested in Montenegro

Police in Montenegro arrested three international arms traffickers, suspected of trying to supply rebels in Colombia with weapons intended to kill Americans.

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18 Dec 14

Woman Takes Over Romania's Opposition Liberals

Alina Gorghiu has become the first woman to lead a large political party in Romania after taking the helm of the National Liberals from Klaus Iohannis who has become head of state.

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18 Dec 14

Ivanovic Pleads Not Guilty to War Crimes

Oliver Ivanovic and four other defendants pleaded not guilty to war crimes in a trial that has opened in Mitrovica, northern Kosovo.

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18 Dec 14

New Bridge's Grave Look Upsets Belgraders

The marble panel marking the opening of a new bridge in Belgrade upset many Serbs on account of its resemblance to a cemetery headstone - and has since been hurriedly removed.

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18 Dec 14

Kosovo President Urges Action on Special Court

In her annual speech to parliament, President Atifete Jahjaga said Kosovo should establish a Special Court on war crimes as soon as possible, to prove that the country upholds the principle of justice.

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18 Dec 14

Montenegro Drops in Forbes Business Ranking

Montenegro has dopped down four places in this year’s Forbes magazine’s list of 'best countries for business,' ranking in 48th place out of 146 surveyed states, although it remains above several EU member states.

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19 Dec 14

The Improbable Rise of Isa Mustafa in Kosovo

The new Prime Minister has taken a winding path from his time as a Communist youth leader to the top office in government, where his free-market vision for Kosovo will now be tested.