Saturday, March 28, 2015


News and Features on the Balkans

Kosovo Hosts Serb Foreign Minister At Regional Meeting

Senior officials from six Balkan nations discussed regional infrastructure projects in Kosovo on March 25.
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Photogallery Serbia Makes Srebrenica Arrests

Police have arrested seven men -- reportedly members of a Bosnian Serb wartime special police unit -- suspected of involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, Serbia's first arrests of people accused of direct participation in the slaughter of thousands of Muslims in the town in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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EU Clears Way For Bosnia's Membership Bid

EU foreign ministers have approved the next step on Bosnia's road to membership after politicians agreed a series of reforms demanded by the 28-member bloc.
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Serbia Mourns Loss Of Hero Helicopter Crew, Medical Workers

Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has declared March 15 as a national day of mourning after a military rescue helicopter crashed while carrying a newborn baby for medical treatment, killing all seven people aboard.
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Serbian Army Chopper Crashes

A Serbian military helicopter evacuating a five-day-old baby for emergency medical treatment crashed in heavy fog near Belgrade airport late on March 13, leaving no survivors.
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Radioactive Van Crash In Bosnia

A van transporting radioactive material iridium-192 collided with a passenger car on March 13 near the town of Modrica in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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Macedonia Opposition Claims Government Rigged Elections

The main opposition party in Macedonia has published what it is says is fresh evidence of government vote-manipulation in three recent elections.
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Former Yugoslav Republics Join Forces In Seeking Tombstone Protection

Officials from four former Yugoslav republics have expressed confidence that a joint bid to win United Nations protection for thousands of medieval tombstones will be successful.
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Storms, Strong Winds Cause Havoc Throughout Balkans

Two days of storms and strong winds have caused havoc throughout the Balkans -- flooding villages, disrupting power supplies and traffic, and leading to the death of a motorist.
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U.S. State Department To Honor International Women Of Courage

The United States will present 10 women from around the world with the 2015 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award.
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Hollande Statement On Halting NATO Enlargement Under Scrutiny

A statement by French President Francois Hollande about temporarily halting NATO enlargement process is being reviewed in Montenegro and Georgia.
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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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