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23 Jul 16

Three Kosovo Citizens Dead in Munich Attack

Two young women and a man originally from Kosovo were amidst at least nine victims of an attack in the German city on Friday.

22 Jul 16

Serbian Court Upholds Montenegrin Journalist's Libel Claim

A court in Belgrade confirmed an earlier judgment against the news portal E-novine for defaming the prominent Montenegrin journalist Milka Tadic Mijovic and ordered it to pay her about 8,000 euros.

22 Jul 16

Serbia Slams Croatia for Clearing ‘Collaborator’ Stepinac

Serbian officials condemned the decision by a Zagreb court to quash the conviction of WWII Catholic Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac for collaborating with Nazi Germany and its Croatian allies.

22 Jul 16

Radovan Karadzic Appeals Against Genocide Conviction

Former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic is appealing against the Hague Tribunal’s verdict sentencing him to 40 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity.

22 Jul 16

Serbia Braces For Rise in Refugee Numbers

Serbian authorities are expanding capacities in refugee camps following reports that the number of migrants and refugees could rise.

22 Jul 16

Croatia Quashes Conviction of WWII Cardinal Stepinac

A Zagreb court has quashed the Communist-era verdict convicting WWII Catholic Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac of collaborating with Nazi Germany, fascist Italy and their Croatian allies.

22 Jul 16

Slovene Leads Balkan Race For UN Chief's Post

After the first informal ballot for a new UN Secretary General, the Slovenian candidate finished in second place, while the Serbian, Bulgarian and Macedonian candidates all tied in third place.

22 Jul 16

Albania MPs Finally Adopt Judicial Reform

Parliament on Friday unanimously adopted judicial reforms demanded by the EU and designed to cleanse the justice system of corruption and political influence. 

22 Jul 16

Sarajevo Museum of Crimes Against Humanity Opens

The Museum of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide 1992-1995 has opened in Sarajevo, displaying the personal belongings of victims among exhibits exploring Bosnia’s wartime history.

22 Jul 16

Cruise Liners' Terminal 'Not Needed' in Dubrovnik

After the project to build a special cruise-liner terminal in Dubrovnik foundered on Wednesday, some analysts say the world-famous Croatian maritime resort would not have gained much from it.

22 Jul 16

Bulgaria MPs Seek Ban on Foreign Preachers

The nationalist Patriotic Front has opened a new legal offensive against Muslims with new amendments ostensibly aimed at protecting Bulgarian religious communities from 'foreign influence'.

22 Jul 16

Melania Trump's Slovenian 'Degree' Might Not Exist

Donald Trump's Slovenian-born wife Melania was accused of plagiarism in her Republican Party convention speech - and records suggest her claim to have a university degree could also be false.

21 Jul 16

New Demands Delay Albanian Judicial Reform Vote

After the EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn appeared to broker a consensus among Albanian leaders on judicial reform, new demands from the opposition have created a fresh logjam.

21 Jul 16

Croatia Urges Serbia to Probe Attack on Presidency

Croatia’s foreign minister called on the Serbian authorities to investigate the Yugoslav People’s Army’s missile attack on Franjo Tudjman’s presidential residence in Zagreb in 1991.

21 Jul 16

Kosovo President Lays Wreath at Serbs’ Memorial

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci paid tribute at a memorial to 14 Serbs killed after the war in the village of Staro Gracko/Gracke 17 years ago, but the victims’ families criticised his gesture.

21 Jul 16

Croatia Urged to Heed UNESCO's Plitvice Threat

Experts and activists say that UNESCO’s warning, about removing Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes from its heritage list, should be 'taken seriously'.

20 Jul 16

Macedonia Parties Renew Crisis Deal

Macedonia’s four main political parties have reached a new EU/US-brokered crisis deal on Wednesday in Skopje, but pushed the selection of a date for new elections to the end of August.

20 Jul 16

Albanian Leaders Set to Seal Judicial Reform Deal

EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn has brought Albanian parties together with a draft proposal that smoothes over their divergences on judicial reform - and opens the way for the adoption of vital constitutional changes on Thursday. 

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24 Jul 16

Locals Fear Hidden Cost of Serbia’s EXIT Festival

While Novi Sad’s EXIT festival has undoubtedly boosted the local economy, some fear it might be doing the city more damage than good.

22 Jul 16

Turkey’s Failed Coup Splits Macedonia’s Turks

The attempted coup in Turkey has revealed hidden ideological splits among the significant Turkish community in the country.

21 Jul 16

Serbia Braces for Brexit Fallout

21 Jul 16

Macedonia Parties Trade Blame Over Budget Cuts

21 Jul 16

Refugees Make Best of Camp Life in Macedonia