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Turkey appoints new ambassadors to 25 countries

Turkey appointed ambassadors to 25 foreign diplomatic missions, while ambassadors from 23 countries are recalled to their headquarters in Ankara, according to a presidential decision published in the Official Gazette on June 2.

Kosovo Detains Two ISIS Suspects Following Repatriation from Syria

A Kosovo court said on Monday that it had detained two persons suspected of terrorism. Pristina Basic Court said the first person, with the initials H.S., was suspected of "voluntarily and in full conscience" joining Islamic State ISIS terrorist organization in Syria in November 2015.

Albania Parties Fail to Elect ‘Consensus’ President

The last chance for Albania's main opposition Democratic Party to propose names for the new President - who must be elected in June - expired on Sunday, when it failed to do so, in the third round of the election.

The date for a fourth session is yet to be decided. Democratic Party parliamentarians did not show up to vote in the parliament.

Greece, Albania Vow to Speed up Resolution of Maritime Disputes

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, and his Albanian counterpart Olta Xhacka, meeting on Monday in Tirana, vowed to speed up resolution of their maritime disputes before the International Court of Justice, ICJ.

The two countries previously agreed to send the matter to the ICJ in 2020, after years of not being able to resolve it themselves.

Day 70 of the Invasion of Ukraine: Bombing of Lviv, Dozens of Civilian Casualties in the East

Here are the highlights of events related to the war in Ukraine over the past 24 hours:

Russia bombs Lviv

There are power outages in the city after a Russian air strike, Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadoviy said on Telegram.

"As a result of the missile strike, two power substations were damaged - there is no electricity in part of the city," he said.

Ukraine President Asks Albania to Limit Russian Tourists

Speaking to MPs in the Albanian parliament via a video link on Tuesday, Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky asked for the closure of Albania ports to Russian ships and for limits to be put on the number of Russian holidaymakers arriving in the country.

Media Freedom Remains Major Concern in Balkans, Watchdog Says

Reporters Without Borders' 2022 World Press Freedom Index, published on Tuesday, says that over the past year there has been a large increase in "polarisation amplified by information chaos" - a phenomenon that has also affected the troubled media environment in the Balkans.

The EU wants Bulgaria to lift the Veto on North Macedonia by June 2022

"I will come to Sofia as often as necessary in order to reach a decision (lifting the Bulgarian veto on North Macedonia's membership in the EU) by the end of June, we have no time, the war has shown us how important the European integration is."

Germany states: "New era"

Olaf Scholz called for accelerating the accession of the Western Balkans to the European Union, which has been blocked for years, mentioning a "new era" in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
At a joint press conference with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised to help advance the issue.