Sunday, March 01, 2015


News and Features on the Balkans

Macedonia PM Accused Of Leak

Macedonia's Social Democratic party has filed a complaint against Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski for allegedly revealing state secrets.
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WHO Urges Europe, Central Asia To Step Up Measles Vaccination

The World Health Organization (WHO) says measles vaccinations must immediately be stepped up across Europe and Central Asia.
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Four Feared Dead In Bosnian Coal-Mine Accident

The four miners were believed to have been buried by some 5,000 cubic meters of soil in a landslide at the Dubrave mine near the town of Tuzla, and rescue workers were trying desperately to dig them out.
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Austria Warns Kosovars Against Asylum

The Austrian government has published an appeal in Kosovo's largest daily newspaper warning Kosovars against trying to seek asylum in Austria.
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Kosovo PM Calls For End To Exodus

Kosovo marked the seventh anniversary of independence from Serbia on February 17 with Prime Minister Isa Mustafa urging citizens not to leave the mainly ethnic Albanian territory as it grapples with a deep economic crisis.
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Video Bereft Of Hope And Faith, Kosovo's Youths Stream Abroad

Tens of thousands of Kosovars left the country in 2014 and the rate of out migration has jumped 40 percent since December. Asylum seekers in the EU from Kosovo now outnumber those from Syria and Afghanistan.
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Wiretapping Claim Dogs Macedonian PM

​The leader of the opposition Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) has reiterated an earlier claim that implicates the government in tapping phones and eavesdropping on the conversations of thousands of people.
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Bosnian Muslim Cleric On Trial For IS Recruitment

The trial of a Bosnian Muslim cleric accused of recruiting fighters for the Islamic State militant group has started in Sarajevo
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Serbia Tries To Block Migrant Exodus To EU

Serbian security forces have increased patrols and deployed elite units in an effort to stop thousands of migrants from crossing its border into Hungary.
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Serbia, Kosovo Reach Judicial Deal In Brussels

Serbia and Kosovo have reached an agreement to establish an ethnically mixed court in the northern Mitrovica region during EU-brokered talks in Brussels.
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Serbia Resumes Talks With Kosovo

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic voiced hope on February 9 that his country could make progress soon in its bid for EU membership ahead of talks in Brussels on resuming efforts to normalize ties with Kosovo.
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Macedonian Opposition Leader Accuses Government Of Wiretapping

The leader of the opposition Social Democratic Union of Macedonia has accused the government of tapping phones and eavesdropping on the conversations of thousands of people
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Mogherini Hosts Serb, Kosovo Leaders

European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was due on February 9 to host talks with the prime ministers of Kosovo and Serbia aimed at further normalizing relations between Belgrade and Pristina.
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U.S. Charges Six With Supporting IS

The U.S. Justice Department has announced that six people have been charged with providing money and other support to groups such as Al-Qaeda, Nusra Front and Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
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Police Raid Bosnian Village Flying IS Flags

Police in Bosnia have raided a village after reports flags of the Islamic State were raised at several houses there.
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UN Court Clears Serbia, Croatia Of Genocide

The UN's International Court of Justice has ruled that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide during the 1991-1995 war when Croatia broke away from Yugoslavia.
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Serbia Makes Palestinian Exile Citizen

Serbia has granted citizenship to a political rival of Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas.
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Pope To Visit Sarajevo In June

Pope Francis has announced that he plans to visit Bosnia-Herzegovina's capital next summer.
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UN Court Upholds Two Bosnian Serbs' Genocide Convictions

The UN International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has upheld genocide convictions against two Bosnian Serbs for their roles in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
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Video Dozens Injured In Kosovo Protest

Dozens of people were injured on January 27 when Kosovo police clashed with thousands of demonstrators demanding the dismissal of a Serbian minister accused of insulting the ethnic-Albanian majority.
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