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07 Jul 15

Kosovo Likely to Dominate Merkel's Belgrade Visit

Belgrade officials expect relations with Serbia's ex-province to dominate talks with Angela Merkel, while Albania hopes the German Chancellor will bless the country's recent reforms.

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07 Jul 15

Kosovo-Born Kickboxing Champion Dies Fighting for ISIS

Valdet Gashi, a former kickboxing world champion and German thaiboxing champion, of Kosovo Albanian origin, reportedly died last Saturday in Syria fighting for the Islamic State.

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07 Jul 15

Ethics Code Will Help Montenegrin Media, OSCE

The OSCE’s Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, said the new code of ethics should improve media standards - and called for more unity among the country's polarised journalists.

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07 Jul 15

Balkan Countries Bake in July Heat Wave

After much of Western Europe baked last week in an unusually scorching heat wave, countries in the Balkan region face their own blast of hot weather.

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07 Jul 15

Macedonia MPs Monitor Secret Police Amid Opposition Absence

With only one opposition MP present and 14 months overdue, the parliamentary body tasked with overlooking the secret police held its first session on Tuesday.

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07 Jul 15

Serbian President Appeals to British Queen Over Srebrenica

President Tomislav Nikolic asked Queen Elizabeth II to urge the British government to drop its UN Security Council resolution on Srebrenica, despite the fact that the monarch does not set political policy.

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07 Jul 15

Migrants Trapped in Balkan 'No-man’s Land', Amnesty

On the way to the EU via Greece, Macedonia and Serbia, migrants confront police harassment, violence on the part of smugglers and grim asylum conditions, a report by Amnesty International says.

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07 Jul 15

Romania Mulls Forcing Parents to Vaccinate Children

Unvaccinated children may be banned from schools and the parents fines, according to a draft law under consideration in Romania.

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07 Jul 15

Croatian President Cool on Pusic's UN Bid

Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic cannot count on the support of President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic for her bid to become UN Secretary General, the President's office said on Monday.

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07 Jul 15

100,000 Bones Exhibit to Open in Srebrenica

On the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, an artwork made up of 100,000 ceramic bones will be installed to commemorate the victims whose remains were found in mass graves.

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06 Jul 15

War Crime Convictions Urged for Serbian Security Officials

The Hague Tribunal prosecution demanded the reversal of the acquittal of Serbian state security officials Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic for war crimes in the Croatia and Bosnia conflicts.

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06 Jul 15

Balkan States Weigh Impact of Greece’s ‘No’

Officials in the Balkans are weighing up the potential impact of the Greek referendum result on their countries amid warnings that a deepening of the crisis could damage economies in the region.

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06 Jul 15

Albania Arrests Suspect in Czech Tourists’ Murder

Police have arrested a 20-year-old man, who has been named as a suspect in the murder of a Czech couple who were holidaying in Albania’s Accursed Mountains.

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06 Jul 15

Macedonian Albanians Form New Oppositon Party

Zijadin Sela, a longstanding faction leader in the opposition Democratic Party of Albanians, has formed a new political party after failing to take control over the DPA.

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06 Jul 15

Macedonia Postpones ‘Terrorist Murders’ Appeal Hearing

The appeals court postponed the hearing which could have seen lawyers for six ethnic Albanians convicted of terrorism for killing five Macedonians offer new evidence from wiretaps of senior officials.

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06 Jul 15

Romanian Premier Defends VAT Cut Decision

Prime Minister Victor Ponta said the government supports the planned VAT rate cut aimed at boosting the economy, despite opposition from international lenders.

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06 Jul 15

Merkel’s Bosnia Visit Boosts Reform Hopes

Visits this week by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini have raised hopes that the country’s reform agenda could be revived.

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06 Jul 15

Dinamo Zagreb Bosses Remanded in Custody

A Zagreb court refused a 2.6 million euro bail offer and remanded the football club's bosses Zdravko and Zoran Mamic in custody for a month over corruption allegations.

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07 Jul 15

Fear on the Run: A Srebrenica Survivor’s Tale

Fatima Ahmic spent 13 days fleeing through woodlands, almost entirely without food and water, dodging ambushes and shellfire as she escaped the Srebrenica massacres 20 years ago.