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31 Jan 15

Macedonia Opposition Leader Charged With Spying

After the Prime Minister on TV accused him of attempting a coup, Macedonia's opposition head, Zoran Zaev, has been charged with espionage and ordered to surrender his passport.

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30 Jan 15

Health Workers and Teachers Strike in Kosovo

Health and educational workers held a one-day strike in Kosovo today, demanding that a collective contract signed during the last election campaign come to force.

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30 Jan 15

Croatian Night of Museums Kicks Off

Museums and cultural institutions in Croatia are opening their doors to visitors for free on Friday night - a tradition that goes from strength to strength each year.

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30 Jan 15

Montenegro, Bosnia at Loggerheads Over Border

Montenegro and Bosnia are no closer to overcoming a border dispute over the Sutorina area, in the hinterland of the Adriatic, to which both countries lay claim.

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30 Jan 15

Serbia Leaders Condemn Army Chief War Crimes Claim

The Serbian President and Prime Minister said claims in a new report that Army chief Ljubisa Dikovic committed war crimes in Kosovo were malicious and intended to destroy the military’s reputation.

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30 Jan 15

Bosnia Presidency Seals EU Reform Declaration

After weeks of political wrangling, three members of the Bosnian Presidency finally agreed over the text of declaration that should unlock the country’s EU path.

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30 Jan 15

Bosnian Serb Officers Jailed for Srebrenica Massacres

The Hague Tribunal rejected five former Bosnian Serb Army officers’ appeals against their convictions for war crimes including genocide against Bosniaks from Srebrenica in 1995.

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30 Jan 15

Ex-President of Bulgaria, Zhelev, Dies

Bulgaria’s first democratically elected President after the fall of the Communist regime died at the age of 79 on Friday.

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30 Jan 15

Romanian Anti-Graft Squad Detain Ex-Minister

A former economy minister and a former presidential candidate who is now an MP face separate corruption charges.

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30 Jan 15

Montenegro's Royal Capital Bids for World Heritage Status

The country's old royal capital has been recommended as Montenegro's next World Heritage site nomination in 2016, the Culture Ministry announced .

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30 Jan 15

Syriza Win Lifts Hopes of Croatian Leftists

Leftist and other 'anti-system' parties in Croatia have drawn confidence from Syriza’s election victory in Greece and are trying to present themselves as Croatia's own versions.

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29 Jan 15

Albanian Pilot Dies Transporting Drugs to Spain

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in Spain with 900 kilos of marijuana on board - reportedly being transported from Morocco - appears to have been a member of the Albanian Airforce.

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29 Jan 15

Serbian Army Chief Accused Over Kosovo Killings

The Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Centre accused the current head of the Serbian Army of commanding troops who attacked four Kosovo villages in 1999, when at least 69 civilians were killed.

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29 Jan 15

Srebrenica Survivors Await Bosnian Serb Officers’ Verdict

The Hague Tribunal delivers its first verdict of the year on Friday in the case of five former Bosnian Serb Army officers appealing against convictions related to the Srebrenica genocide.

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29 Jan 15

Kosovo Opposition Calls New Protest After Clashes

The opposition Vetevendosje (Self Determination) movement announced another protest in Pristina after clashes this week between demonstrators and riot police that left 170 people injured.

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29 Jan 15

Serbian Church Sparks Anger by Honouring Seselj

The awarding of a Serbian Orthodox religious honour to nationalist leader and war crimes defendant Vojislav Seselj was condemned as an insult to victims of the 1990s conflicts.

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29 Jan 15

Best Moves in Movies Go on Display

Two important Belgrade cultural institutions, the Yugoslav Film Archive and the Belgrade Dance Festival, are teaming up to bring fans of both genres an exciting mini-festival this month.

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29 Jan 15

Report Raps Balkan States’ Human Rights Failings

Governments in the Western Balkans should step up their efforts to improve human rights protection to further their European integration, Human Rights Watch said.

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30 Jan 15

Campaign Against Serbian Ombudsman Takes Dangerous Turn

The failure of the parliamentary committee to uphold the Ombudsman’s powers sets a worrying precedent and will undermine the system of democratic oversight and accountability, experts say.