Friday, August 26, 2016


News and Features on the Balkans

Ally Of Kosovo's President Probed For Political Favortism

An ally of Kosovo’s president is being investigated for allegedly handing out jobs at state institutions and companies to people based on their political affiliation.
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Kosovo Says No New Cases Of Citizens Joining IS In Iraq, Syria

Kosovar Interior Minister Skender Hyseni says there have been no recorded cases in the past year of citizens joining the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq.
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Montenegrin Diplomat Withdraws From UN Leadership Race

Montenegro's Foreign Minister Igor Luksic has withdrawn from the race to be the next United Nations secretary-general, leaving 10 candidates vying to succeed Ban Ki-moon.
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Kosovo Broadcaster Targeted By Grenade

A grenade has been hurled at the building housing Kosovo's public broadcaster, causing some damage.
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Brazil Wins First Men’s Soccer Olympic Gold

Host Brazil beat Germany on penalties in Rio to win their first men's Olympic soccer gold medal and send the soccer-mad nation into ecstasy.
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Serbia To Play Croatia For Olympic Gold In Men's Water Polo

Serbia had a mostly victorious day at the Rio Olympics on August 18.
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Word On The Street Is That Kosovo Has A Love Affair With Americans

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is visiting one of the most pro-American countries in the world. The adoration is evident in Kosovo's capital, Pristina, and goes well beyond the highway named after Biden's late son, Beau.
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Video Biden Restates U.S. Commitment To Kosovo, Urges Reconciliation With Serbia

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has pledged that the United States will "stand by the people of Kosovo," adding that "if you succeed, the region will succeed."
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Ukraine, Serbia Win First Gold In Rio

Several countries – including Armenia, Georgia, Serbia, and Ukraine – scored their first gold medals of the Rio Olympic Games on August 16, although some of the events did not pass without controversy.
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Video Biden Arrives In Pristina Urging Better Serbian-Kosovar Ties

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Kosovo after a one-day visit to meet with top officials in Belgrade. In Serbia, he encouraged Belgrade to normalize its relations with Pristina while also acknowledging the victims of the Kosovo conflict and NATO air attacks that helped end it in 1999.
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Work Begins On Mitrovica Bridge

Work to reopen a bridge that that physically and symbolically divides ethnic Serbs and Albanians in a Kosovo city has reportedly begun.
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American Film Icon Robert De Niro Opens Sarajevo Film Festival

American actor Robert De Niro has opened the Sarajevo film festival, which honored the star with a lifetime achievement award.
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Serbian Lawmakers Approve New Government

Serbia's lawmakers have approved a new government headed by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, nearly four months after he won a snap election.
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Bosnian Court Rejects Attempt To Block Republika Srpska 'Statehood' Referendum

The constitutional court in Bosnia- Herzegovina's autonomous Serbian region, Republika Srpska, has rejected an attempt by Bosniaks to block a planned referendum on whether to keep celebrating the entity’s statehood day on January 9.
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Video Macedonia Raises Storms Death Toll To 22

Macedonia has raised the death toll from violent storms that hit the capital, Skopje, over the weekend to 22.
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Video Kosovo Opposition Fire Tear Gas To Disrupt Parliament

Opposition lawmakers in Kosovo have launched tear gas to disrupt the work of a parliamentary commission on a border demarcation agreement with neighboring Montenegro.
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Kosovo War Crimes Court Convicts Former Guerrilla Fighter

Kosovo's special war crimes court has convicted a former ethnic Albanian guerrilla fighter of war crimes against civilians after the country's war ended.
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Video Macedonian Tragedy Triggers Flood Of Criticism

As search efforts continue following deadly flash flooding in Macedonia, critics say government mismanagement played a part in the tragedy.
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Serbia To Have First Openly Gay Minister

Serbia's prime minister-designate said his new government will include an openly gay minister for the first time in the conservative Balkan country.
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Kosovo's PM Praises Olympic Winner

Prime Minister Isa Mustafa has lavished praise on judo champion Majlinda Kelmendi as Kosovo celebrated a first Olympic gold medal.
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