Sunday, November 23, 2014


News and Features on the Balkans

Serbia 'Outrage' After Basketball Fan Killed In Istanbul

Serbia's government has expressed "outrage" after a "Red Star" Belgrade basketball fan was stabbed to death in Istanbul.
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Serbia To Revoke Businessman's Citizenship

Serbia says it will revoke its citizenship granted to Ukrainian businessman Sergei Kurchenko, sanctioned by the European Union and wanted in his country on embezzlement charges.
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In Releasing Seselj, ICTY Solves One Problem -- But Creates Many Others

When The Hague tribunal opted this month to provisionally release war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj to seek cancer treatment in Serbia, it was attempting to amend one of the longest, most mismanaged cases ever to come before the court. But sending the fiery Seslj home may be the start of a whole new type of trouble, for the Balkans and the tribunal alike.
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Kosovo Leaders Pledge Coalition

Kosovo's two leading political parties have reached a deal to form a coalition government, ending more than five months of deadlock.
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Russia Bans Meat Imports from Montenegro

Russia says it has banned meat imports from Montenegro in an effort to close loopholes on a ban against food products from the European Union.
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Russian Stance On Bosnia 'Concerns' Croatia

Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic said her country noticed Russia's recent stance on Bosnia and said it was a matter of concern, especially for Balkan countries.
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Tsar Nicholas Monument Consecrated In Serbian Capital

The heads of the Russian and Serbian Orthodox Churches have consecrated a monument to the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, in central Belgrade.
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Home From Hague, Seselj Leads Rally

Some 2,000 people have gathered in central Belgrade for an antigovernment rally led by Serbian ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj, one day after he was released by the war-crimes tribunal in The Hague to allow for cancer treatment.
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Serbian Tycoon Shot Outside Home

One of Serbia's most prominent business tycoons, Milan Beko, was shot outside his home in Belgrade on November 14.
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Belgrade Plays Down Joint Military Exercise With Russia

Serbia and Russia have conducted a one-day joint antiterrorism exercise -- the first-ever such event on Serbian territory. But officials in Belgrade seem reluctant to discuss the historic event.
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Russian Patriarch Vows Support For Serbia On Kosovo

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church arrived in Belgrade on November 14 and vowed support for what he called "the Serbs' just stance on Kosovo."
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Serbia Hosts Russian Military Drills

Russian paratroopers landed in a Serbian field as part of an unprecedented military exercise in the Balkan nation, which is seeking to join the European Union.
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Russia's Patriach Kirill In Belgrade

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, is due to arrive in Belgrade on November 14 for a three-day visit.
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Bosnia Detains 11 Suspected Jihadists

Bosnia has detained 11 people suspected of terrorist activities, including fighting alongside Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq or recruiting and raising money for terrorist groups.
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Video Seselj Returns To Cheers In Belgrade

Serbian ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj has returned to Belgrade after UN war crimes judges ordered his provisional release on health grounds.
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Video Full Transcript: Interview With New EU Enlargement Chief Hahn

In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL, the EU's new neighborhood and enlargement negotiation commissioner, Johannes Hahn, speaks about his view on the latest developments in Ukraine, the future of the Eastern Partnership and his approach to Belarus and Azerbaijan. In his first extended appearance for international media he also set out his strategy for Western Balkan countries such as Serbia, Bosnia, and Macedonia.
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Russia Abstains On UN Bosnia Vote

At the United Nations, Russia has abstained on a vote to extend a European Union peacekeeping force in Bosnia, marking the first time in 14 years that the vote to extend the mission was not unanimous.
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Albanian Leader Finishes Serbia Visit

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has ended a two-day visit to Serbia -- the first by an Albanian leader in 68 years
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Afghan Bank Officials Sentenced

An appeals court has lengthened the prison sentences of two former senior officials of Kabul Bank, which was Afghanistan's largest private bank before it collapsed in 2010 with almost $1 billion in debt.
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Albanian, Serbian PMs Clash Over Kosovo During Historic Visit

The prime ministers of Albania and Serbia traded sharp words during a landmark visit aimed at reducing tensions over Kosovo and minority rights.
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