Friday, August 28, 2015


News and Features on the Balkans

New Walls Rise After Iron Curtain’s Fall

The idea of erecting barriers to keep undesirables at bay did not crumble with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Iron Curtain.
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Frustrated, Yet Hopeful, Bosnians Rally To Revive National Museum

The National Museum of Bosnia-Herzegovina has been shuttered for nearly three years -- a potent symbol of the country's unresolved ethnic divisions. But now museum supporters and ordinary citizens of Sarajevo are standing up against the politicians who they say "detest Bosnia-Herzegovina as a country."
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Serbia, Macedonia Call For EU Answer To Migrant Crisis

Serbia and Macedonia are urging the European Union to come up with an action plan to respond to the influx of migrants into Europe.
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Astana In Champions League Group Stages

Astana has become the first Kazakh soccer team to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League, Europe's premier club competition.
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Balkans Migrant Flow Up To 3,000 A Day

The number of migrants crossing through Balkan countries on their way north to the European Union is expected to reach 3,000 per day, the United Nations forecast on August 25.
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Serbia, Kosovo In 'Landmark' Accord To Normalize Relations

Serbia and Kosovo took steps toward overcoming decades of animosity August 25, signing an agreement that moves toward normalizing relations and joining the European Union.
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Alekseyeva Among Havel Prize Finalists

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) announced on August 25 that human rights activists from Russia, Afghanistan, and the Balkans have been named as the finalists for the 2015 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize.
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Migrant Wave Reaches Hungary

More than 1,000 migrants and refugees arrived in EU member Hungary on August 24, the first of at least 7,000 who overran Macedonian authorities trying to stop them at the border with Greece last week.
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Audio Slide Show Migrants Pour Into Macedonia

Thousands of migrants have crossed unhindered from Greece into Macedonia after overwhelmed security forces appeared to abandon their efforts to stem the flow through the Balkans to Western Europe after days of chaos and confrontation.
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Audio Slide Show Migrants Storm Macedonian Border

At least 2,000 migrants are estimated to have rushed from Greece into Macedonia on August 22, overwhelming Macedonian police trying to block them from entering.
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Kosovo Seeks To Become UNESCO Member; Serbia Objects

Kosovo applied for membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a move immediately opposed by Serbia which argues that it's not qualified because it isn't a state.
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UN Urges Macedonia To Restore Order At Border

The United Nations has voiced concern after Macedonian riot police used force to disperse refugees and other migrants trying to enter from Greece.
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Video Macedonian Troops Teargas Migrants

Macedonian riot police have used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands of migrants and refugees trying to cross the border from Greece.
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Russia Bans Food From 4 More Countries

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said that four countries have been added to its import ban list for foreign food.
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Police Recover Baboon Stolen From Macedonian Zoo

Police in Macedonia have recovered a young baboon stolen a day earlier from the Skopje Zoo by a couple whose daughter was smitten with the animal.
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Croatia Marks 20 Years Of Independence

Croatia staged a military parade in Zagreb on August 4 to mark the 20th anniversary of winning its independence from the Serb-led former Yugoslavia.
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Kosovo Votes For War Crimes Court

Parliament in Kosovo has passed legislation to create a special court to try ethnic Albanian ex-guerrillas for alleged crimes.
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Hungary Building Migrant Fence

Hungarian soldiers have begun building a fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop the rising flow of migrants trying to enter the European Union.
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Serbian Lottery In Fraud Probe

Police in Serbia have opened an investigation into the management of the Serbian State Lottery after a graphic shown during the live television drawing of the winning numbers showed one number several seconds before the number was drawn.
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Kosovo Lobbies For War Crimes Court

Kosovo’s government on July 31 asked the parliament in Pristina to reconsider its rejection of an ad hoc court to put ethnic Albanian former guerrilla fighters on trial for alleged war crimes – including organ harvesting.
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