Monday, September 22, 2014


News and Features on the Balkans

OSCE Condemns Death Threats Against Kosovar Journalist

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has condemned a series of death threats against Artan Haraqija, an RFE/RL journalist who has been reporting on radical Islamic groups in Kosovo.
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Putin Praises Bosnian Serb Leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin met in the Kremlin with Milorad Dodik, president of Bosnia's Republika Srpska, and praised him ahead of elections in the Bosnian Serb entity.
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EBRD Lowers Forecasts Due To Ukraine

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says the Ukraine crisis is weighing heavily on economies where the bank operates, including Central and Southeastern Europe and the former Soviet republics.
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South Stream Must Comply With EU Law

The European Union says it won’t block the construction of the South Stream pipeline in Serbia, but says the pipeline can only start shipping Russian natural gas into EU countries when it complies with EU laws.
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Kosovo Imams Held Over Militant Recruiting

Fifteen influential Muslim leaders have been arrested across Kosovo in a crackdown targeting what authorities say is a recruiting network for Islamic State militants and Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the Al-Nusra Front.
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U.S. Defeats Serbia, Wins Basketball World Cup

The Americans overcame an early deficit to overwhelm the tournament's surprise team, Serbia, 129-92 in a one-sided final in Madrid on September 14.
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Photogallery After An Era Of New Horizons, EU Turns Its Gaze Inward

The incoming European Commission has indicated that further enlargement will no longer be a priority for the 28-member bloc. What does that mean for EU hopefuls to the east and south?
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For Russia, Ideal Scenario In Ukraine Might Just Be The Bosnian Model

Semifailed state with polarized politics? A Bosnia-style solution sounds good to the Kremlin's ears when discussing Ukraine's future.
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Photogallery Five Bosnian Miners Die In Accident

A trade union official says five coal miners have died after being trapped in a pit in Bosnia-Herzegovina following an earthquake.
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Bosnia Detains Suspected Jihadists

Bosnia-Herzegovina has detained 16 people suspected of taking part in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq or of recruiting and funding Bosnian nationals to join Islamic militants there.
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A Kosovo Mother's Plea: 'Bring My Boy Back' -- From Syria

Pranvera Abazi's husband said he was taking their son for the weekend to a popular outdoor spot. Three days later, he sent her a text message saying they were in Syria.
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Merkel Vows Aid For Western Balkans

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU officials hosting leaders of Western Balkan countries at a Berlin summit have vowed to continue promoting the economic development of the region.
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EU, Merkel Host Western Balkan Leaders In Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU officials are hosting leaders from eight Western Balkan countries in Berlin to promote economic and political reform.
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Serbia Won't Impose Sanctions On Russia

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia.
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Mercenaries, Extremists Become Major Balkans Export

Bosnia, Serbia, and Kosovo are all struggling to come to grips with a significant outflow of mercenaries and extremists to conflict zones in Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine. Why do young men from these countries seek out conflicts abroad and are the governments really serious about stopping them?
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Former Yugoslav Intelligence Chief Charged In Germany

The former head of Yugoslavia's secret service has been charged as an accomplice in the murder of a political dissident 31 years ago in Germany.
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Serbia To Probe Privatization Of State Oil Company

Serbian police are to investigate the 2008 privatization of state oil company NIS, now majority-owned by Russia's Gazprom Neft.
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Kosovo Arrests 40 For 'Fighting In Syria, Iraq'

Kosovar police have arrested 40 men in a major operation against Islamic radicals suspected of fighting alongside extremists in Syria and Iraq.
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Deadly Flooding Hits Balkans Again

Heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in large areas of the Balkans for the second time this year.
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EU Court Mulls Kosovo War Crimes

Senior officials of the former Kosovo Liberation Army face indictment by a special EU court for alleged killings, abductions, and sexual violence.
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