Wednesday, February 10, 2016


News and Features on the Balkans

New Insect Species Discovered In Kosovo

Scientists say they have described a new species of aquatic insect from Kosovo.
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Bosnian Serb General Tolimir Dies

Bosnian Serb General Zdravko Tolimir has died in prison in The Hague, where he was serving a life sentence for genocide.
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Bosnians Protest Judiciary Head Scarf Ban

Some 2,000 people, mostly women, have protested in Bosnia's capital against a ban on wearing the hijab, or Islamic headscarf, in courts and other legal institutions.
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Serbia Sacks Defense Minister Over Sexist Remark

Serbia's parliament has voted to fire Defense Minister Bratislav Gasic over a sexist remark he made to a female journalist in December.
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U.S. Senator Warns Of 'Worsening Corruption' In Bosnia

A senior U.S. senator has urged Secretary of State John Kerry to take action in response to "worsening corruption" in Bosnia-Herzegovina, saying it is "paralyzing" the country's European integration and "putting foreign investment at risk."
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In Croatia, A Furor Over Nationalist's Call To Register 'Traitors'

An official of the newly elected Croatian government lit a powder keg when he proposed creating a registry of people who "betray" nationalist values.
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Kosovar Hacker Facing Terrorism Charges Appears In Court

A Kosovar citizen accused of hacking the personal data of 1,351 U.S. military personnel and sending it to the Islamic State (IS) extremist group made his first public appearance in the United States on January 27.
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Montenegin Premier Wins Confidence Vote

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic has survived a confidence vote in parliament in the wake of receiving an invitation for his country to join NATO.
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Report: Biggest Slide In Freedom In A Decade

The worst year in global freedom in a decade saw Russia and China cracking down more due to "fear of social unrest" and particularly bad rankings for Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and Belarus, the rights monitor Freedom House reports.
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Pakistani Migrant Killed On Greek-Macedonian Border

Police say a group of five thieves have stabbed a Pakistani man to death on the Greek-Macedonian border.
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Montenegrin PM Faces Confidence Vote

Lawmakers in Montenegro are debating a confidence motion in the government of the Adriatic state after an invitation to join NATO sparked pressure from pro-Russian opposition.
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International Court Finds Kosovar Serb Leader Guilty Of War Crimes

An international court has sentenced a leading Kosovar Serb politician to nine years in prison for war crimes.
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Macedonian PM Resigns

The Macedonian parliament has confirmed the resignation of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and voted to dissolve parliament on February 24.
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Serbian PM Calls For Early Elections

Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has announced that he wants to hold early elections this year in an apparent bid to cement his power.
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Kosovo War Crimes Court To Open

The Dutch government says a special EU-backed court is being established in The Hague to try crimes allegedly committed by ethnic Albanian guerrillas during the Kosovo war.
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Macedonia PM Offers Resignation

Macedonia’s Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has submitted his resignation under an agreement with the opposition, paving the way for an early parliamentary election.
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Video Macedonian PM To Resign In Bid To End Crisis

The prime minister of the small Balkan nation of Macedonia has said he will submit his resignation on January 15 to pave the way for an early parliamentary election under a deal to end months of political uncertainty.
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Serbian Official Rebukes Russian Counterpart Over EU Remark

Serbia's deputy prime minister has rebuked her Russian counterpart for suggesting Serbia should be careful about its EU membership bid.
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Bosnia Holds 4 For Planning To Join IS

Authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina say they have detained four people on suspicion of planning to join the Islamic State (IS) group.
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Steven Seagal Gets Serbian Citizenship

Serbia has granted citizenship to the U.S. actor Steven Seagal.
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