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Ukraine crisis spurs Balkan countries to co-operate

Ukraine crisis spurs Balkan countries to co-operate

Regional countries sign agreements and plan joint projects to improve security and mutual trust.

Albania Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati and his Croatia counterpart Vesna Pusic sign a European Partnership agreement in Zagreb on March 21st. [Albania Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

Three Albanian Officials Accused of Hiding Wealth

Albania’s Inspectorate for the Audit of Assets and Conflict of Interests, ILDKPKI, has a filed a criminal complaint at the general prosecutor’s office against the country’s ambassador to Slovakia, Agim Isaku, and judges Ken Dhima and Klorinda Cela.

Montenegro Urged to Stop Gender-Selective Abortions

The Council of Europe's human rights commissioner Nils Muiznieks called on the Montenegrin authorities on Sunday to educate health professionals and adopt strict guidelines in order to prevent selective abortions.

According to the UN, some 100 girls are born for every 110 boys in Montenegro, while the usual ratio is 100 to 102-104.

Kosovo is our Jerusalem, minister tells Israeli daily

Kosovo is our Jerusalem, minister tells Israeli daily

JERUSALEM -- Aleksandar Vulin, minister in charge of Kosovo in Serbia's caretaker government, has said that Kosovo has both economic and strategic significance for Serbia.

But above all, he told the Jerusalem Post in an interview given ahead of last weekend's elections, it is "the soul of the Serb people."

New Cocaine Route Passes Through Bulgaria

A new cocaine route for Europe goes through Bulgaria said the National Addictions and Drugs Center. 

According to its director Momchil Vasilev, in the past two years through Bulgaria was established a new drug channel, which takes cocaine from South America via Western Africa through Greece and Bulgaria, for Western Europe. 

Turkey Arrests Albanians After 'Terror’ Attack

Turkey's state-run Anadolu News Agency reported on Friday that Interior Minister Efkan Ala had said two of the arrested "terrorists" were Albanian nationals, while the third was from Kosovo. 

The shoot-out in the central Turkish province of Nigde on Thursday left three people dead, including a soldier and a police officer.

Albania arrests alleged jihad recruiting group

Albania arrests alleged jihad recruiting group

Officials are trying to prevent imams and others from recruiting Muslims to fight in foreign conflicts.

Muslims arrive at a Tirana mosque whose imam, Genci Balla, and six others were arrested on charges of recruiting believers to join the Syria conflict. [AFP]

"Caretaker cabinet has no comment on EU sanctions"

"Caretaker cabinet has no comment on EU sanctions"

BELGRADE -- Serbia did not take a stand on EU's sanctions imposed against officials of the ousted authorities in Ukraine "because the government is in a technical mandate."

The caretaker government "cannot comment on such situations," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Beta on Thursday.

International Music Youth Competition to be held March 21-29

BELGRADE - This year's international Music Youth competition will be held between March 21 and 29 at the Kolarac Endowment in Belgrade, featuring young pianists from nine countries of the world.

IMF Urges Albania to Raise Taxes and Pension Age

In a report issued on Wednesday, following discussing between the Albanian government and the Fund from October to December, the IMF said Albania’s economy had weakened and macro-economic imbalances had widened.

"Serbian municipalities should join Albania and Kosovo"

"Serbian municipalities should join Albania and Kosovo"

BELGRADE -- A leader of ethnic Albanians in the south has said that "if Russia can annex Crimea" southern Serbian municipalities should be given the right to join Kosovo.

According to reports, Jonuz Musliu spoke about the municipalities of Preševo and Bujanovac "uniting with Albania and Kosovo."

South of Serbia Could Request to Join Kosovo

Southern parts of Serbia could request to join Kosovo if Crimea is incorporated into Russia.

"If authorities in Moscow demand that Crimea join Russia, Tirana [Albania's capital] and Pristina [Kosovo's capital] should demand the same for Presevo valley," Jonuz Musliu, head of Bujanovac Municipality, was quoted as saying by Serbian radio B92 and CROSS news agency.

Albania to Toughen Environmental Crime Penalties

The minister said Albania had already “consolidated legal framework on the environment, but criminal sentences for those who break the law should be increased.

“The current measures are not enough,” he told an international conference on the environment held in Tirana.

Five Serbian cities make list of Europe's top 10

Five Serbian cities make list of Europe's top 10

The cities were chosen based on categories including human resources and life and business environment. Also in business news: Cyprus appoints Georghadji as new central bank governor.

Zajecar, Serbia, was chosen as one of Europe's top 10 cities of the future. [AFP]

Global Economic Crisis Made Albanians Poorer

Credit Suisse considers Albania a lower middle income country in 2013, with a per capita wealth per adult estimated $9,450 (€6,796).

According to the Swiss bank's research arm, in mid-2013 every adult Albanian per capita had $1,780 (€1,280) in financial wealth $8,390 (€6,034) in non-financial wealth and $647 (€465) of debt.

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