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24 Oct 14

Croatian Offers Struggling Businesses Loans

The Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development, HBOR, has set aside 26 million euro in loans for businesses that have averted going bankrupt - but some say the sum is too small.

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24 Oct 14

Bosniaks Mark Closure of Detention Camp for Serbs

For the first time, Bosniak ex-prisoners commemorated the shutdown of a wartime prison camp where the Bosnian Army detained hundreds of Serbs in Celebici in 1992.

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24 Oct 14

Bosniak Soldier Awaits Dusina Massacre Verdict

Prosecutors demanded a guilty verdict for Bosnian Army ex-soldier Vehid Subotic, accused of ordering a massacre in the village of Dusina in 1993, while his defence insisted he was innocent.

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24 Oct 14

Croatian Veterans Vow to Continue Tent-Camp Protest

Former soldiers camped out in front of the war veterans’ ministry for the fifth day in a row, demanding improved benefits and the resignation of the minister.

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24 Oct 14

Homophobic Hooligans go on Rampage in Macedonia

About 20 hooligans caused mayhem on Thursday night at the LGBT centre in Skopje, where the country's gay community was holding an anniversary party.

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24 Oct 14

Kosovo Private Sector Workers Suffering, Union Says

While unemployment has dropped in Kosovo in recent years, many wwho have accepted jobs in the private sector face appalling conditions, a union leader says.

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24 Oct 14

Brussels to Monitor Balkan Economies Each Year

Balkan countries pledged to send their annual economic plans to the EU at a conference in Belgrade - which also marked the first time that the Serbian capital hosted Kosovo officials.

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24 Oct 14

Montenegro Says No to Marijuana as Medicine

Montenegrin ministers have refused to back an initiative to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, saying any such decision requires further medical and legal analysis.

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24 Oct 14

Bosnia Seeks Detention For Gibraltar Gang Suspects

Bosnia's Prosecutor has demanded detention for the nine arrested in a police action codenamed Gibraltar, which included telecoms officials and marketing and television figures.

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24 Oct 14

Albania, Serbia Appeal Against UEFA Ruling

Both Albania and Serbia are to appeal against the EUEFA ruling on the abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgrade, which each side has condemned as unjust.

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24 Oct 14

Smokers Burn Hole in Romanian Health Budget

Romania is paying more to treat its legion of smokers than it is earning from taxes on tobacco.

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24 Oct 14

Macedonia Demands Sacking of ‘Communist Police Informers’

The Macedonian state office tasked with rooting out communist-era informers has asked for them to be sacked from their jobs, but critics say suspects are being targeted for political reasons.

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23 Oct 14

Mladic Trial to Hear New Mass Grave Evidence

Hague Tribunal prosecutors have been granted permission to present new forensic evidence found at Tomasica, Bosnia’s biggest mass grave, in the war crimes case against Ratko Mladic.

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23 Oct 14

UEFA to Rule on Serbia-Albania Match Mayhem

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will hold a hearing on Thursday to discuss disciplinary proceeding against the Serbian and Albanian football federations over the amatch on October 14, which was called off amid battles on the pitch.

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23 Oct 14

Journalists Demand Freedom for Jailed Macedonian Reporter

Macedonian and international journalist's associations demanded 'Justice and Freedom' for the jailed reporter Tomislav Kezarovski ahead of Friday’s hearing before the appeal court.