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UK “open to any security arrangement” agreed by Cypriots, says Sir Alan Duncan

By   5 months ago

  UK Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan has repeated the British government’s position that it stands ready to accept any negotiated security framework for a reunited Cyprus, avoiding, however, to engage in a direct discussion on whether there should be any place for third country guarantees. During a Foreign Affairs questions session in the […]

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Tzanakopoulos: Eurogroup’s agreement is the most crucial step for the conclusion of program review

By   5 months ago

  The agreement of the Eurogroup was the most crucial step for the conclusion of the program review, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Tuesday during a press briefing. He accused main opposition New Democracy of not being affected by these positive developments and insisting on a paradoxical line of questioning reality itself and continuing […]

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Jeremic believes he could defeat Vucic

By   5 months ago

  Vuk Jeremic, former Serbian foreign minister, announced today that he would not give up from running for president in favor of ex-ombudsman Sasa Jankovic. Jeremic, who was also United Nations General Assembly head, has started his campaign earlier this year; Jankovic officially begun his battle for presidency on Sunday. “I have always been saying […]

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Question marks remain over Bulgarian nomination of European Commissioner

By   5 months ago

  More than a month and a half since Bulgaria has had no European Commissioner, it remains unclear when a candidate commissioner will be named, and who that nominee will be. The vacancy was created on January 1 when the resignation of Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva, who had been vice-president in charge of the EU budget […]

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Pavlopoulos: Saudi Arabia plays a key role in the Arab World

By   5 months ago

  Greek President Pavlopoulos is in Riyadh from Monday afternoon for a two-day official visit, accompanied by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, Minister of Mercantile Marine and Island Policy and the Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs George Katrougalos. Prokopis Pavlopoulos met with the successor to the Saudi throne Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister […]

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Nikolic gives up from running for second term

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  Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic declared that he would not run for second term in the upcoming elections. Nikolic said that after meeting with prime minister Aleksandar Vucic. Thus, Nikolic put an end on both speculations initiated by himself about his nomination and unease within ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) which decided to nominate Vucic, […]

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Athens agrees to legislate more measures; creditors set to return

By   5 months ago

  Prior to a crucial Eurogroup meeting on Monday evening, an agreement was reached an agreement was reached during a meeting in Brussels, in which participants included Greek Finance Minister Tsakalotos, Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem, European Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, Eureopean Stability Mechanism chief Klaus Regling and other representatives of Greece’s creditors. The Greek […]

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Stier says Croatia strongly supports Kosovo, calls for enhancing economic cooperation

By   5 months ago

  Croatia strongly supports Kosovo’s independence and territorial integrity and wants to contribute, through the European partnership, to the strengthening of the Kosovo institutions, and to provide assistance in the implementation of the country’s Stabilisation and Association Agreement, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said after talks with his Kosovo counterpart Enver Hoxhaj in Zagreb […]

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Tzanakopoulos: Eurogroup’s agreement is the most crucial step for the conclusion of program review

By   5 months ago

  The agreement of the Eurogroup was the most crucial step for the conclusion of the program review, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Tuesday during a press briefing. He accused main opposition New Democracy of not being affected by these positive developments and insisting on a paradoxical line of questioning reality itself and continuing […]

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Pavlopoulos: Saudi Arabia plays a key role in the Arab World

By   5 months ago

  Greek President Pavlopoulos is in Riyadh from Monday afternoon for a two-day official visit, accompanied by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, Minister of Mercantile Marine and Island Policy and the Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs George Katrougalos. Prokopis Pavlopoulos met with the successor to the Saudi throne Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister […]

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Athens agrees to legislate more measures; creditors set to return

By   5 months ago

  Prior to a crucial Eurogroup meeting on Monday evening, an agreement was reached an agreement was reached during a meeting in Brussels, in which participants included Greek Finance Minister Tsakalotos, Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem, European Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, Eureopean Stability Mechanism chief Klaus Regling and other representatives of Greece’s creditors. The Greek […]

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Greek President Pavlopoulos to visit Saudi Arabia

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  The President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos will be in Saudi Arabia on a two-day official visit on February 21-22 at the invitation of King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The Greek president will be accompanied by numerous ministerial delegations including Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias. The visit to Saudi Arabia, […]

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Athens hoping for “political agreement” at crucial Eurogroup meeting

By   5 months ago

Greek Finance Minister will attend a crucial Eurogroup meeting on Monday hoping for “a political agreement” to wrap up the review of its bailout program, having pointed out in recent weeks that “delays are not in the benefit of Greece or Europe”. Over the last few days, deliberations have continued between Greek government officials and […]

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FDI in Bulgaria in 2016 was 682.8M euro

By   5 months ago

  Foreign direct investment in Bulgaria in 2016 stood at 682.8 million euro, the equivalent of 1.5 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), statistics from the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) showed on February 17. In 2015, FDI was 1.69 billion euro, but the original amount reported by BNB last year was 1.57 billion […]

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Greece considers stance ahead of Eurogroup meeting

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  News reports have emerged in Greece suggesting the country’s government could be prepared to allow talks with creditors to continue beyond March. Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and European Financial Affairs Commissioner, Pierre Moscovici, discussed a “package” of measures on Wednesday that could unblock the stalled review of the Greek bailout program. According to […]

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The political crisis is preventing economic growth in FYROM

By   5 months ago

The political crisis that continues in FYROM as a result of the failure to form a government following the 11 December elections is preventing economic growth. Experts of economic affairs say that political developments affect economic growth. According to the projections of the current interim government, economic growth for 2017 is predicted to be 3,5%. The […]

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Pavlopoulos: Saudi Arabia plays a key role in the Arab World

By   5 months ago

  Greek President Pavlopoulos is in Riyadh from Monday afternoon for a two-day official visit, accompanied by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, Minister of Mercantile Marine and Island Policy and the Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs George Katrougalos. Prokopis Pavlopoulos met with the successor to the Saudi throne Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister […]

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Stier says Croatia strongly supports Kosovo, calls for enhancing economic cooperation

By   5 months ago

  Croatia strongly supports Kosovo’s independence and territorial integrity and wants to contribute, through the European partnership, to the strengthening of the Kosovo institutions, and to provide assistance in the implementation of the country’s Stabilisation and Association Agreement, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said after talks with his Kosovo counterpart Enver Hoxhaj in Zagreb […]

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Slovenian employers in tourism offer jobs at online job fair

By   5 months ago

  The European job portal EURES will organise an online job fair, focusing on jobs in tourism. The fair will host employers from Mediterranean countries, including eight Slovenian employers. European job seekers interested in working in tourism can register online and participate in the fair free of charge. The Seize the Summer 2017 online job […]

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November 2016 industrial turnover index shows increase

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  An increase of 7,2% was recorded in the industrial Turnover Index in November 2016 compared to the same month in 2015. According to the Statistical Service of the Republic of Cyprus, the Industrial Turnover Index for November 2016 reached 75,9 units (base 2010=100), recording an increase of 7,2% compared to November 2015. This is […]

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Greek President Pavlopoulos to visit Saudi Arabia

By   5 months ago

  The President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos will be in Saudi Arabia on a two-day official visit on February 21-22 at the invitation of King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The Greek president will be accompanied by numerous ministerial delegations including Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias. The visit to Saudi Arabia, […]

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FDI in Bulgaria in 2016 was 682.8M euro

By   5 months ago

  Foreign direct investment in Bulgaria in 2016 stood at 682.8 million euro, the equivalent of 1.5 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), statistics from the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) showed on February 17. In 2015, FDI was 1.69 billion euro, but the original amount reported by BNB last year was 1.57 billion […]

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Businesses in FYROM are being damaged by the blockade in Evzoni

By   5 months ago

Businesses in FYROM are concerned over the blockade that has taken place in the border crossing point of Evzoni by Greek farmers. Today is the 17th day of this blockade and no solution has been found yet. Many businesses that do trade with Greece say that they have been blocked and that they are not […]

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Gucci denies it offered to pay Greece 56 mln euros for Acropolis fashion project

By   5 months ago

  Italian luxury fashion house Gucci denied on Wednesday reports published in Greek media and “La Repubblica” that it offered to pay Greece’s ministry of culture 56 million euros for a fashion project on the Acropolis Hill in Athens. “The published speculation regarding the supposed economic proposal, direct or indirect, is absolutely incorrect and without […]

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Slovenia welcomes construction of LNG terminal off Krk, but won’t join for now

By   5 months ago

  Slovenia is not planning for now to connect to the floating LNG terminal to be built off Omisalj on the northern Croatian Adriatic island of Krk, but welcomes any additional energy source, Slovenian media say. Croatia has been approved a grant of EUR 102 million from EU funds, a third of the amount required […]

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Pavlopoulos: Saudi Arabia plays a key role in the Arab World

By   5 months ago

  Greek President Pavlopoulos is in Riyadh from Monday afternoon for a two-day official visit, accompanied by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, Minister of Mercantile Marine and Island Policy and the Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs George Katrougalos. Prokopis Pavlopoulos met with the successor to the Saudi throne Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister […]

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Greek President Pavlopoulos to visit Saudi Arabia

By   5 months ago

  The President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos will be in Saudi Arabia on a two-day official visit on February 21-22 at the invitation of King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The Greek president will be accompanied by numerous ministerial delegations including Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias. The visit to Saudi Arabia, […]

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Kosovo continues to face shortages of power supply

By   5 months ago

Nine years after the proclamation of independence, Kosovo continues to face shortages of power supply. The head of the Kosovo Power Corporation, Arben Gjuka mentions several factors that make the situation with power supply unstable. “Demand is higher than production, the System, Transmission and Market Operator of Power Supply is not independent and the thermal […]

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50 million euros for energy, an agreement is signed between 6 states

By   6 months ago

Two agreements for renewable energy sources with a value of 50 million euros were signed today in the meeting held between ministers of Western Balkan countries in Skopje. The ministers of the six countries of the region said that the reforms in the energy sector are necessary. The agreements were also signed by representatives of […]

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The blockade of the Greek farmers, FYROM is alarmed about the oil crisis

By   6 months ago

Today is the 11th day that Greek farmers or blocking the border crossing point of “Evzoni” with FYROM as a sign of protest against tax and pension reforms. The blockade has led to many transporters from FYROM to remain on the border, especially lorries that carry fuel from Greece to FYROM. Biljana Muratovska of the […]

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Costly fuel pushes up annual inflation to 1.3% in January

By   6 months ago

Fuelled by higher prices of petroleum products, Slovenia’s annual inflation rate rose to 1.3% in January, an increase of 0.8 percentage points on the month before. The annual spike comes after three years of low inflation and despite a 0.6% monthly drop in consumer prices, fresh data from the Statistics Office shows. Year-on-year, prices of […]

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Three Chinese chief specialists disappear in an Albanian mine

By   6 months ago

Three Chinese chief specialists have gone missing for the past three days after they were blocked under the ground during a gas explosion in a mineral well in the mine of Bulqiza in the northeast of the Albania. The event took place on level 21 of the chrome mine in Bulqiza during the works taking […]

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The return of the Parthenon Marbles an ecumenical demand, Cypriot archeologist tells CNA

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  The Parthenon is an ecumenical archaeological symbol and so is the demand for the return of its marbles to their homeland, archaeologist Anna Marangou has told the Cyprus News Agency in an interview. Replying to questions in her capacity as Vice Chairwoman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, she […]

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“100 thousand poets for change”

By   5 months ago

“100 thousand poets for change” is the collection of poems which have been published in the recent days in FYROM and which will be promoted at the Macedonian Cultural Center in Skopje. Part of this poetic collection are 220 poets, which also includes foreign poets. The topics which have inspired the poets are part of […]

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Gucci denies it offered to pay Greece 56 mln euros for Acropolis fashion project

By   5 months ago

  Italian luxury fashion house Gucci denied on Wednesday reports published in Greek media and “La Repubblica” that it offered to pay Greece’s ministry of culture 56 million euros for a fashion project on the Acropolis Hill in Athens. “The published speculation regarding the supposed economic proposal, direct or indirect, is absolutely incorrect and without […]

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The freedom of speech is on

By   5 months ago

  Our journey began four years ago. That’s when the Independent Balkan News Agency (IBNA), against all odds, embarked on a lonely and difficult journey during a tumultuous period. This was indeed a lonely road because IBNA was trying to do something which most thought was ludicrous; IBNA was going to bring the people of […]

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Days of the Chinese film in Skopje

By   6 months ago

The days of thre Chinese film are being held in Skopje on the occasion of Chinese holidays. This activity is being held by the “Confucius” Institute, part of the “Saint Cyril and Methodus” in Skopje. Five Chinese films will be shown as part of these activities, but an exhibition with sculptures has also opened on […]

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Unlawful excavations in Apollonia

By   6 months ago

The head of the Apollonia National Park in Fier has been arrested by police following the theft of 230 archaeological objects found in its territory. Along with the director, police have also arrested several people who have carried out unlawful excavations, but the inquest also includes the head of the park. Police confirmed that “a […]

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Kosovar-British film “Home” wins a BAFTA award

By   6 months ago

Kosovar-British film “Home” has won the BAFTA award for the best short film category. The film directed and produced by Daniel Mulloy, starring Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Arta Dobroshi and others, handles the topic of war refugees through the characters of a British family that leaves the country to travel toward a country in war. […]

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Creativity and art expression with the use of old materials

By   6 months ago

  Stavros Loizou Paou sees art in all objects and old materials which could have ended up in recycle bins or in landfills. He wants to provide these items with a new form, shape and utility. He uses old screws, old plastic, such as pens, any kind of recyclable material, glass, old toys, everything in […]

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Giannis Antetokounmpo makes history

By   5 months ago

  Giannis Antetokounmpo made history, becoming the first Greek who took part in NBA’s All Star Game. The dynamic guard was inthe  starting five of the East squad and, from the first seconds of the game, he showed his intentions and his amazing skills. Although, the best snapshot came later in the third period of […]

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Kosovo clubs will play their European matches in Kosovo

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Kosovo football clubs will play their European matches in Kosovo. “Adem Jashari” stadium in Mitrovica can host Champions League and Europa League matches, Kosovo Football Association (FKK) informs. “Following the intensive efforts and the numerous meetings that the chairman of FKK, Mr. Fadil Vokrri has had with many UEFA officials, today FKK received the UEFA […]

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Decision on the suspension of Dinamo Zagreb’s football player Ademi to be taken in March

By   5 months ago

Court of Arbitration for sport in Lausanne has not taken a decision on Arian Ademi, football player of Dinamo Zagreb and FYROM’s national team, who has been suspended for four years, as he resulted positive in the doping test that he was subjected to in September 2015. Ademi has appealed against his four year suspension and […]

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Kosovo wins two medals in Paris

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Kosovo has been presented in the best way possible in the international judo championship held in Paris. Judo fighter from Kosovo, Majlinda Kelmendi won a golden medal after defeating Natsumi Tsunoda from Japan in the final. On her way to the final, Kelmendi had defeated the Canadian Ecaterina Guica in the quarter final and the […]

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President of FSHF is a candidate for UEFA’s Executive Committee

By   6 months ago

Armand Duka is expected to be one of the members of the UEFA Executive Committee. In its meeting, the Executive Committee of the highest governing body of European football, has approved the candidacy of the president of the Albanian Football Association (FSHF). UEFA’s Executive Committee will be elected by the April 5 elections which will […]

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FIFA ranks FYROM on the 165th position

By   6 months ago

FYROM’s football national team continues to mark a drop in the FIFA ranking. In the last ranking that has been published, the country has lost three spots, ranking 165th. Macedonian Football Association has not commented the constant drop in ranking, but football specialists have stressed that FYROM’s national team has constantly changed coaches and has […]

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IBNA Interview/Kosovo mountaineers ready for the mission of their life, to conquer Everest

By   6 months ago

For three years, they have been training for the most important mission of their lives. They are four mountaineers from Kosovo who have only one desire for 2017, to conquer Everest, the highest peak in the world. The expedition is expected to lead to Nepal at the end of March, while return to Kosovo is […]

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Albanian Cup matches

By   6 months ago

Yesterday, the quarter final matches of the Albanian Cup were played yesterday. Laci played against Skenderbeu of Korca and the match ended 1-1. In Shkodra, the home team Vllaznia defeated Teuta of Durres 1-0. In Vlora, Flamurtari was defeated by Beselidhja of Lezha 1-2. In the capital, Tirana won against Kukes 2-1. The Albanian Cup […]

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EO 13 vetoed by the Senate’s Legal Committee. Interior minister heard at DNA

By   5 months ago

  The Senate’s legal committee on Monday vetoed the controversial emergency ordinance no 13 that planned to amend the criminal codes and decriminalize certain corruption offenses, including the abuse of office and that prompted wide street protests in Bucharest and the entire counntry in the past month. The upper chamber’s legal committee passed an amendment […]

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After all-time high, consumer confidence deteriorates

By   5 months ago

  Slovenia’s consumer confidence index has deteriorated by six percentage points in February after hitting an all-time high the month before. However, the index is still 11 points up year-on-year. According to a report released by the Statistics Office on Monday, the February value of the index was also five points above the long-term average. […]

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Trump declares war on Media – What has changed

By   5 months ago

  Barely a month into his duties as President of the United States, Donald Trump has declared war on the media accusing them of being liars and enemies of the American people. In recent years the media have been the target of various leaders, not only of authoritarian regimes but also of countries with deep […]

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AKP, MHP signal joint campaign for referendum

By   5 months ago

  The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have signaled a joint campaign in the upcoming referendum on whether to shift Turkey to an executive presidential system. Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said the AKP and the MHP could take part in joint activities for the upcoming referendum, while […]

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Bosniak politician reach decision on lawsuit against Serbia

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  Near one hundred Bosniak politicians, NGO leaders and religious officials gathered in Sarajevo City Hall to reach to a final decision on the submission of initiative for review of lawsuit against Serbia for genocide. Member of BiH Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, confirmed to media that it is the decision of all participants of the meeting. […]

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One and a half tons of drugs goes through Albanian customs, Greek customs officials discover it

By   5 months ago

A large amount of narcotic substances was discovered today on the Albanian-Greek border, after it had crossed the Albanian customs without any difficulties. The nearly one and a half ton of marijuana was seized on the border crossing point of Kakavija, on the Greek side of the border, after it had passed the Albanian side […]

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Council of Europe to help with the training of judges and prosecutors

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The Council of Europe has allocated 700 thousand Euros for FYROM for the training of judges and prosecutors. Their training will last 18 months and it aims at improving the level of professionalism and protection of human rights. Daniel Smith from the Council of Europe said that the scope of the training is to implement […]

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Journalists of three daily newspapers in Skopje start a strike

By   5 months ago

Journalists and the rest of the staff of the media company “Media Print Makedonija”, which owns three daily news paper, have started a strike today. The strike has been organized by the Independent Union of Journalists and Media Employees SSNM, while a few days ago, the strike has also received the green light by the […]

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