Saturday, April 25, 2015


News and Features on the Balkans

Fourteen Migrants Killed In Macedonian Railway Accident

Fourteen migrants were hit by a train and killed late on April 23 while walking on a railway near the central city of Veles, according to the Macedonian Interior Ministry.
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Dozens Of Bosnian Children Hospitalized With Food Poisoning Symptoms

Dozens of preschool children at state-run day-care centers in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, reportedly have become sick with symptoms associated with food poisoning.
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Macedonian Journalists Protest Death Threat Against Government Critic

Dozens of Macedonian journalists have demonstrated against a death threat raised against a journalist who is critical of the government.
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Co-Pilot's Coffee Spill Forced Serbian President To Cancel Talks With Pope

Serbian aviation authorities say a jet carrying Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic to the Vatican on April 17 was forced to turn back because the co-pilot spilled coffee on the instrument panel.
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NGO Cancels Invitation To Kosovar Foreign Minister After Threats

A Belgrade-based nongovernmental organization has revoked the invitation sent to Kosovar Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci to attend a regional conference later this week.
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Gunmen Seize Macedonian Border Post

Around 40 armed men wearing the insignia of a disbanded ethnic Albanian paramilitary group, the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK), have attacked a border post in northern Macedonia, detaining four Macedonian border officials for about an hour before releasing them.
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Serbia Threatens Kosovo’s Foreign Minister With Arrest

Serbian authorities have threatened to arrest Kosovar Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci, who is scheduled to attend a regional conference in Belgrade next week.
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EU To Host New Talks Between Serbia and Kosovo

The EU will host new talks next week between the prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo.
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Serbian President Cancels Vatican Visit After Engine Trouble

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic canceled an official visit to the Vatican on April 17 after his plane had to return to Belgrade due to engine trouble.
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Indicted Croatian Serb Leader In Serbia

Former Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadzic arrived in Serbia late on April 15 after the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) ordered his provisional release.
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NATO Chief Praises Montenegro For Passing Reform Legislation

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has praised Montenegro, saying on April 15 it has made "real progress towards membership of NATO."
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Montenegro 'Must Implement Reforms'

The European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations has urged Montenegro to start implementing legislation already passed in the country in order to move closer to both EU and NATO membership.
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HRW: Serbian Police Abusing Refugees

Human Rights Watch has condemned what it says is “harassment and abuse” of asylum seekers and migrants by police in Serbia.
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Legal Expert: No Cover-Up At EU Kosovo Mission

A new report says the European Union's law-enforcing mission in Kosovo did not try to cover up corruption allegations against some of its members.
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Bosnians Charged With IS Recruiting

Four Bosnians have been charged with financing terrorist activities and recruiting fighters for the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Syria and Iraq.
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Amnesty Says Serbia Failed To Use EU Funds To Resettle Roma

Amnesty International (AI) says hundreds of Roma who were forcibly evicted from their Belgrade homes in 2012 have not been resettled despite Serbia receiving EU funds for the project.
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News Analysis: ICTY's Order On Seselj Puts Belgrade In A Bind

The Hague tribunal on the former Yugoslavia has ordered an accused Serbian war criminal who was given a provisional release in 2014 to return to custody. But handing over the ailing ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj to the controversial court could be political suicide for Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.
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Russia, Montenegro Face Disciplinary Proceedings Over Soccer Violence

European soccer's governing body, UEFA, has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro and Russia after a May 27 European championship qualifying match was abandoned due to crowd violence.
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UN Orders Seselj Back To Detention

The UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has ruled that Serbian ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj had breached conditions of his provisional release and ordered his return to detention at The Hague.
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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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