Thursday, June 30, 2016


News and Features on the Balkans

Bosnia Braces For Release Of Much-Delayed Census Data

The results of Bosnia-Herzegovina's first postwar census are about to be released and could spark new battles over how to share political power in the ethnically divided country.
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Serbian Police Detain Migrants, Arrest Suspected Smuggler

Serbian police say they have found 29 migrants with no documents and arrested a suspected people smuggler.
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Bosnia, Kosovo Still Keen To Join EU Despite Brexit

Bosnia's leaders say European Union membership will remain their goal despite Britain's vote to leave the bloc in a landmark referendum on June 23.
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Opposition Boycott In Macedonia

Macedonia's main opposition party says it will boycott parliament until the Constitutional Court rules on the status of a special prosecutor appointed to investigate the country's wiretapping scandal.
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Pentagon Sends Yemeni Guantanamo Prisoner To Montenegro

The Pentagon announced it has sent a Yemeni prisoner from Guantanamo Bay to Montenegro in the first of a new round of releases from the U.S. base in Cuba.
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Macedonian Parliament Rejects Move To Impeach President Ivanov

The Macedonian parliament rejected a motion to impeach President Gjorge Ivanov over his decision to pardon 56 officials involved in a wiretap scandal that triggered a year-long political crisis.
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Five Die In Serbia Bus Crash

Five people died and 23 were injured when a Slovak bus bringing holidaymakers home from the Greek island of Corfu crashed on a highway in Serbia early on June 21, officials said.
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Bus Crash In Serbia Kills Five Slovak Tourists

Reports from Serbia say five tourists from Slovakia have been killed in a bus crash.
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Former Top U.S. Officials Urge Speedy NATO Entry For Montenegro

More than 30 former senior U.S. officials and military leaders have urged the White House and Congress to formally approve Montenegro's accession to NATO by 2017, saying the Balkan nation's membership would promote "stability and security in Southeastern Europe."
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Serbian Tycoon Sentenced to Five Years For Tax Evasion

A court in Serbia has sentenced one of the richest business tycoons in the Balkans to five years in prison on tax evasion charges.
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Orthodox Church Leaders Meet Despite Russian Boycott

Leaders of the world's Orthodox Christian churches have gathered for the first time in more than 1,200 years despite a boycott by the Russian church and three others.
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Xi Says Serbia Could Play Important Role In New ‘Silk Road’

Serbia could play a significant role in Beijing’s ambitious plan for a new “Silk Road” to increase trade with Europe, Asia, and Africa, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on June 19.
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Xi: China Supports Serbia's EU Bid

Chinese President Xi Jinping says Beijing wants to deepen its relations with Serbia and supports Belgrade's bid to join the European Union.
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Sweden Deports Bosnian Suspected Of IS Ties

Swedish authorities say they will expel a Bosnian man who sought asylum in Sweden but is suspected of being a member of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
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Kosovo Lawmakers Extend EU Mission

Kosovo's parliament has voted to extend the mandate of the European Union justice mission, whose work was suspended earlier this week because of a dispute over its role.
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Video Chinese President Starts 'Historic' Serbia Visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Serbia as the cash-strapped Balkan country seeks funds for infrastructure projects to spur growth.
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Kosovar Hacker Pleads Guilty To Helping IS In U.S. Case

A citizen of Kosovo has pleaded guilty to hacking the personal data of hundreds of U.S. service members and officials on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) group.
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Mandate Of EU Kosovo Mission Expires

The mandate of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) officially expires on June 14.
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Kosovar Hacker To Answer Charges Of Aiding Islamic State

A Kosovar citizen is scheduled to enter a plea on charges that he hacked computers of U.S. service members on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group.
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Video Bosnian Muslim Leader Pays Tribute To Serb Wartime Victims

Bosnian Muslim leader Bakir Izetbegovic has paid tribute to several dozen Serb civilians killed in Sarajevo during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
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