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Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

Pope Francis leads a Holy Mass at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus, on December 3, 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/Katia Christodoulou.

Soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a victim from the bus accident near the village of Bosnek in Bulgaria at Skopje's International airport on December 3, 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/Georgi Licovski.

Romanian Ex-President Faces Probe Over 1990s Violence Against Protesters

Romania's High Court of Cassation and Justice ruled on Thursday in favour of reopening the criminal investigation into former president Ion Iliescu over the so-called "Mineriada" events of June 13-15, 1990.

Iliescu summoned miners from the biggest mining basins in Romania, in Valea Jiului, to Bucharest to "restore order" against pro-Western parties who were demanding new elections.

Medical Chamber calls for improving doctors’ status

Ljubljana – The Medical Chamber has called for efforts to improve the status of doctors, as it warned that their current pay, not comparable to Western European countries in terms of workload, is resulting in brain drain. Young doctors are less and less likely to take up certain medical specialties due to difficult working conditions, it said.

Rare wild bees find has English country estate buzzing

Hanging halfway up an ancient oak tree, peering into a small, dark hole in its enormous trunk abuzz with bees, Filipe Salbany can barely contain himself.

"Amazing - the queen's laying!" the 55-year-old shouts down, as he dangles around 15 meters (just under 50 feet) above the grounds of Blenheim Estate, secured by ropes and a harness.

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