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Cotric: Serbs in Albania face extinction

BELGRADE - Serbs in Albania are one of Europe's most endangered minority communities as they have no recognised status of a national minority or the right to receive institutional education and information in their native tongue, and face assimilation and complete extinction as a result, Serbian Renewal Movement MP Aleksandar Cotric warned on Sunday.

Greek navy frigate helps evacuate nearly 200 people from Libya

By Derek Gatopoulos

A Greek navy frigate carrying embassy staff and nearly 200 people from Greece, China and other countries evacuated from the conflict in Libya returned early Saturday to a port near Athens.

Passengers on the frigate Salamis described a deteriorating security situation in the Libyan capital Tripoli, with frequent power and water cuts.

Albania Passes Landmark Territorial Reform

Albania has changed the face of local government after MPs on Thursday adopted a reorganisation bill, radically reducing the number of town halls.

Charge d'affaires says ex-Albanian PM is "psychopath"

Charge d'affaires says ex-Albanian PM is "psychopath"

PRIŠTINA -- According to a Beta news agency report, Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj has decided to dismiss Priština's charge d'affaires in Montenegro.

Xhafer Ahmeti will leave Podgorica after the comments he made about former Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha.

Dissenting Albania Socialist MPs Jeopardise Reforms

Albania's ruling centre-left coalition faces a battle to rally all its MPs on Thursday in parliament in order to pass plans for the country's administrative-territorial reform and amendments to the law for the organization of the High Council of Justice, HJC.

They require a qualified majority of 84 votes out 140 seats.

Pake, Joksimovic discuss economic reforms on road to EU

BELGRADE - Jean-Eric Paquet, director for Albania, Serbia, BiH and Kosovo at the European Commission (EC) Directorate-General for Enlargement, has said during a meeting with Serbia’s Minister without Portfolio responsible for European integration Jadranka Joksimovic that improving the economic climate and employment and strengthening competitiveness will be among the most important criteria in

Quest for justice taking too long

BRUSSELS - The families of the victims of crimes committed in Kosovo have been waiting for justice and the truth about the fates of their loved ones for too long, says Michael Montgomery, a US journalist who discovered the "Yellow House" in Albania, identified in a report by Council of Europe special rapporteur Dick Marty as the site of an organ harvesting operation whose victims were kidnapped

PACE: Truth about Kosovo organ trafficking comes to light

STRASBOURG - President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Anne Brasseur has welcomed a report by special prosecutor John Clint Williamson concerning an investigation into the 1999 Kosovo organ trafficking case, expressing satisfaction that “truth’s onward march continues also in this case.”

Islamic community disavows terrorism, extremist organisations

Islamic community disavows terrorism, extremist organisations

Muslims increasingly perceive ISIL and Boko Haram as criminal rather than religious organisations.

Many Muslims are increasingly critical of the Islamic state -- formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) -- Boko Haram and other Islamic extremist groups, experts said.

Del Ponte regrets lack of evidence in organ harvesting case

Del Ponte regrets lack of evidence in organ harvesting case

BELGRADE -- Carla Del Ponte expressed regret today that an EU team headed by U.S. prosecutor John Clint Williamson was unable to find sufficient evidence in their probe.

They looked into allegations of human organ trafficking in Kosovo.

Families of kidnapped Serbs want indictments

Families of kidnapped Serbs want indictments

BELGRADE -- An association of families of Serb victims in Kosovo has expressed dissatisfaction with a statement of organ trafficking case investigator Clint Williamson.

The American prosecutor who heads a EU special team said in Brussels there was "not enough evidence" to raise indictments.

Final donor conference donations figure: EUR 106mn

Final donor conference donations figure: EUR 106mn

BELGRADE -- The recent donor conference in Brussels, organized to help Serbia recover from the May floods, raised slightly over EUR 106 million in donations.

Religious Tolerance Patchy in Balkans, State Department Says

The International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 published by the State Department says societal discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice remains widespread in the Balkans.

Victims of most abuse, including cases of physical violence and vandalizing places of worship, are usually members of smaller religious groups, it says.

EUR 106 million donated to Serbia

BELGRADE - The recent donor conference in Brussels, organised to help Serbia recover from the May floods, raised slightly over EUR 106 million in donations.

A list of donations to Serbia has been published on the website of the Serbian Government Office for Reconstruction and Flood Relief, which said that a total of EUR 106,867,611 was raised.

EU and the Balkans co-operate against human trafficking

EU and the Balkans co-operate against human trafficking

Germany and France have agreed to establish joint expert working groups with Albania and Serbia.

The EU is engaging Balkan countries to slow the tide of human trafficking from the Middle East, Africa and Asia by providing additional support for refugees who legally arrive in Union states.

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