Saturday, May 23, 2015


News and Features on the Balkans

Macedonian PM's Plane Emergency Lands

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's aircraft reportedly had to make an emergency landing in Zurich on its way back to Skopje from Strasbourg on May 21.
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Video Turkey Says It Wants To Increase Investment In Bosnia

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey wants to strengthen economic and political ties with Bosnia, where it has so far invested 50 million euros ($56 million) and intends to invest another 25 million euros.
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Video Kosovars Seek Handover Of Rebels Killed In Macedonia

Hundreds of people, including relatives of ethnic Albanian Kosovo gunmen killed in clashes with Macedonian police this month, rallied in Pristina on May 20 calling for the return of their loved ones -- dead or alive.
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Lavrov: Macedonian Protests Foreign-Orchestrated

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the crisis in Macedonia has been orchestrated from the outside.
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Macedonia's Gruevski Vows To Fight Critics

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski told tens of thousands of supporters gathered in Skopje on May 18 that he will not leave office or otherwise surrender to the opposition
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Pro-Government Rally In Skopje

Tens of thousands of supporters of Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski have held a rally in the capital, Skopje.
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Six Dead In Serb Wedding Massacre

Police say a man with a hunting rifle killed six people at a wedding party in a small village in northern Serbia, before killing himself.
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Photogallery Tens Of Thousands Gather For Skopje Protest

An estimated 40,000 demonstrators have gathered in Skopje from across Macedonia for an antigovernment rally in the capital.
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Macedonian PM Says He Won't Step Down

Ahead of a major antigovernment rally planned for May 17, Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski says he will not step down.
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Kosovo Police Launch House Raids

Kosovo police say they raided several houses across the country, including the families of ethnic Albanians accused of taking part in deadly clashes with police in neighboring Macedonia.
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Lavrov Praises Ties With Serbia On Visit To Belgrade

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has praised his country's ties with ally Serbia during a visit to Belgrade on May 15.
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Macedonian Leaders Pledge Peaceful Protests

Political leaders in Macedonia met on May 14 and pledged to avoid unrest ahead of antigovernment protests planned over the weekend.
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Video WWII Serb General's Conviction Quashed

A court in Belgrade has quashed the treason conviction of a Serbian general almost 70 years after he was sentenced and shot to death by communists.
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Postcommunist Kids Are No Know-It-Alls, After All

The survey's results appear to dash the widely held assumption about the former communist countries of Europe that while they performed poorly in many areas, at least students there were well educated in math and science.
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Macedonian Government Reshuffled

Macedonia's interior and transport ministers as well as the country's intelligence chief have resigned.
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Bosnia Urged To Reform With Eye To Joining EU

Bosnia's UN peace envoy challenged the country May 12 to implement reforms so it can eventually join the European Union.
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Video Government's Claims About Macedonia Terrorist Group Met Skeptically

The Macedonian government is investigating the May 9 raid against an alleged ethnic Albanian terrorist group that left 22 people dead and dozens injured. But analysts and many in the public are skeptical of the government's claims in the light of recently leaked wiretaps that seem to implicate it in massive abuse of office.
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Video Kosovo Condemns' Citizens' Role In Kumanovo

Kosovo's leaders have condemned "any involvement" of the territory's citizens in a weekend gunbattle in neighboring Macedonia that left eight police officers and 14 suspected gunmen dead.
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Video Macedonia Mourns After Gun Battle

Macedonia is observing a second day of national mourning for eight police officers killed during a weekend battle against gunmen in the northern town of Kumanovo, in the largely ethnic-Albanian district of Diva Naselba.
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Casualties After Macedonian Antiterror Raid

Fighting between security forces and members of an armed group in the northern Macedonian town of Kumanovo has ended after nearly two days of violence and many casualties.
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