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Latest Balkan News

Turkey Extradites Macedonians Trying To Join Islamic State

Turkey has extradited five Macedonians for attempting to join the extremist Islamic State (IS) group. More

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. More

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. More

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Montenegro's Foreign Minister Igor Luksic has withdrawn from the race to be the next United Nations secretary-general, leaving 10 candidates vying to succeed Ban Ki-moon.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

Kosovo Broadcaster Targeted By Grenade

A grenade has been hurled at the building housing Kosovo's public broadcaster, causing some damage. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Bytyqi Brothers' Slaying Casts Pall Over U.S.-Serbian Relations

The visit to Belgrade of U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden has brought the 1999 execution-style killings of the Bytyqi brothers -- three Albanian-Americans who left the United States to fight in Kosovo -- back into focus among Serbian media. It's a crime that won't go away. More

Serbia's First Openly Gay Minister Makes History

Ana Brnabic is making waves. She is one of six new ministers in the Serbian government, but has been getting all the public attention, as she is poised to become the first openly gay minister to serve in any Balkan country. More
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Features & Commentary

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 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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A Growing Split Between Islamic, Secular Identities In Kosovo

Kosovo has been a strictly secular and pro-Western nation since the war ended there in 1999. But recent years have witnessed the rise of conservative Islam in the predominately liberal Muslim nation.
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Charges Against Cleric Put Iran's Balkan Activities Under Spotlight

The Islamic republic's history of exporting its brand of Islam to the Balkans has come under scrutiny after an Iranian national in Kosovo was charged with financing terrorism.
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Kosovar Imam, Radicalized At Home, Vanishes Abroad To Join Islamist Fight

Bidding farewell to his Kosovo village two years ago, Alejhim Maliqi told relatives he was going to study in Egypt. But his family and authorities believe that instead he is fighting for Islamic State militants in Syria.
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Bosnia Erupts In Feuding Over New Census Data

Ethnically divided Bosnia-Herzegovina is erupting into feuding over new census data that shows Bosnian Muslims are now a majority in the country.
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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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