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Kosovo Extends EU Rule-of-Law Mission Mandate

Kosovo’s government on Tuesday voted in favour of a draft law which will see the mandate of the EU rule-of-law mission, EULEX, extended until June 15, 2016, and guarantees the continued operation of EULEX’s Special Investigative Task Force, SITF.

The extension of EULEX’s mandate was requested by Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga.

Two moderate earthquakes hit region

Two moderate earthquakes hit region

BELGRADE -- A 4.4 magnitude earthquake jolted Slovenia at 10:48 CET on Tuesday, and was, according to reports, also felt in neighboring Croatia.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was at the depth of 12.4 kilometers, located some 52 kilometers southwest of the capital Ljubljana.

PM Bribe Claim Electrifies Macedonian Election

The recording released amid a tense election campaign in Macedonia comes a day after opposition Social Democrats accused Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski of taking a bribe of €1.5 million for expediting the sale of Makedonska Banka AD to Serbian businessman Jovica Stefanovic, aka “Gazda Nini” ["Boss Nini"] in 2004.

EU project modernises Albania's civil aviation

EU project modernises Albania's civil aviation

Romania and France assist Albania to upgrade its civil aviation based on EU standards.

An EU civil aviation project in Albania includes improving airport operations. [AFP]

Kosovo and Albania Mark Anniversary of 1999 Exodus

Officials from Pristina and Tirana gathered on Wednesday in Kukes, a town in north-east Albania bordering Kosovo, to commemorate the exodus of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo in April 1999, after NATO launched its air strikes on Serbian forces in a bid to end the war.

Albania Arrests Suspected Jihadist Recruiter

Albanian police said they arrested Pashja on Tuesday in cooperation with the Turkish police, following an international arrest warrant issued by a Tirana’s Serious Crimes Court on March 10.

Earlier, eight people, including two radical imams, were arrested in Albania on March 12, accused of recruiting Albanian citizens to fight in the bloody civil war in Syria.

Nebojsa Vujacic arrested, family seeks govt assistance

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - The EULEX police arrested employee of the Post Serbia Nebojsa Vujacic, 48, from Kosovska Mitrovica, in northern Kosovo, on suspicion that he committed the criminal acts of murder, attempted murder and infliction of grave wounds.

Jacobson Defends Dell’s Work With Bechtel

The US ambassador in Kosovo, Tracey Jacobson, says that after her diplomatic mission ends in Kosovo, she will find it hard to find an equally interesting job.

Williamson has large dossier on KLA crimes

PRISTINA - Clint Williamson, the head of Eulex's special investigation team, has a large dossier on crimes committed by the former "Kosovo Liberation Army" (KLA) and is expected to hand it over to the judges of a special court that will look into the findings of the former Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty, the Pristina-based Express daily has reported.

Few Albanian Business Report Corruption, Report Says

“Over one third (36.2 per cent) of business representatives did not report bribery because they consider there is no need to report bribery, as it is common practice to pay or give gifts to public officials,” UNODC said in a statement.

For a euro, Albania makes state property available to business

For a euro, Albania makes state property available to business

The new measure is intended to attract investment and reduce unemployment.

Prime Minister Edi Rama presents investment opportunities in Albania to a group of Italian businessmen. [Office of the Prime Minister of Albania]

Four Nigrita prison guards bailed, protests held in Albania

An Albanian man holds a placard that reads 'Kudret Kume was beaten by Greek police' during a protest in front of the Albanian Interior Ministry in Tirana, Albania, Monday.

Four guards from Nigrita Prison in northern Greece were bailed Monday after giving depositions in connection to the torture of Albanian inmate Ilie Kareli – aka Kudret Kume – who later died.

Standard and Poor’s Upgrades Albania’s Debt Rating

“We revised the outlook to stable because we think that the recently concluded International Monetary Fund programme will serve as a policy anchor for fiscal consolidation and support the sustainability of Albania's high government debt,” Standard and Poor’s said in a statement.

Nikolic, Davenport discuss new govt, dialogue with Pristina

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic informed Head of the EU Delegation Michael Davenport on Friday that the constitution of the new government would be discussed with all leaders of parties represented in the parliament and that the responsibilities for personnel and other solutions would be fully transferred to the new prime minister.

Balkan countries join forces in fight against crime

Balkan countries join forces in fight against crime

A new police centre joins BiH, Serbia and Montenegro to boost co-operation and regional security.

Border police from BiH, Serbia and Montenegro will work together at the new border centre. [AFP]