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Valentina Petrovic apologised and pulled out of the Miss Intercontinental beauty pageant on Tuesday after Serbian media reacted furiously to a photograph of her with other contestants from Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania making hand gestures in the shape of double-headed eagles was published on Instagram.
Seventeen Afghan journalists sheltering in Albania following the Taliban takeover are working away from home for two Afghan newspapers that they continue to produce online, Etilaat e Roz (Kabul Now) and Hasht e Subh (8am Daily).
For now, they are working from the rooms in the hotels where they are staying, while preparing a room which will serve as a joint office and newsroom.
However, during the interview, it emerged that in at least one case, prosecutors have acknowledged that they should have taken action but have not done so since they were first asked to do so in 2018.
In a second case, which was opened back in 2010, prosecutors have shelved the matter, leaving unidentified human remains that have already been exhumed.
The European Commission's annual progress reports for six Western Balkan countries who hope to become EU members - plus Turkey - were published on Tuesday, assessing their achievements and shortcomings noted during the period between June 2020 and June 2021.
North Macedonia 'makes progress in key areas'
An Albanian man by his destroyed house in the village of Gerdec, March 2008. Photo: EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJ
A man whose case for compensation for the ammunition explosion that claimed 26 lives in March 2008 was not heard by the Albanian courts was awarded 7,500 euros in damages by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
Kosovo is the country with the largest share of receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the Western Balkans. The country, which later launched mass immunization, quickly caught up, but also surpassed the former leader, Serbia, and Northern Macedonia and Montenegro, which managed to speed up their campaign in the summer, according to data from the Our World in Data platform.
US President Joe Biden has nominated retired diplomat Christopher Hill, a veteran of American involvement in the Balkans in the 1990s war years, as his country's new ambassador to Belgrade, the White House announced on Friday.
Hill, whose appointment must be confirmed by the US Senate, has previously been an ambassador in Albania, North Macedonia, Poland, South Korea and Iraq.