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Strong Earthquake in Albania

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake was registered this morning in southern Albania, BTA reported.

The quake began at 7:25 a.m. and the epicentre was 49 kilometres north of the Greek settlement of Konitsa near Albania.

According to the Greek Institute of Geodynamics, the depth of the earthquake was 11.4 kilometres.

Search for Victims of Albanian Communism Impeded by Prosecutors

Matthew Holliday of the International Commission on Missing Persons speaks to media on Thursday. Photo: Gjergj Erebara/BIRN.

"Today I am pleased to announce that ICMP early this week submitted two DNA match reports at the Institute of Forensic Medicine of the Republic of Albania," Matthew Holliday, head of the Western Balkans Programme at the ICMP, told journalists.

University Students from the Bulgarian Diaspora Won't Pay Tuition Fees

Exemption from tuition fees for all students from the Bulgarian diaspora in Albania, Kosovo, Moldova, Northern Macedonia, Ukraine and Serbia, which have been adopted by acts of the Council of Ministers at Bulgarian public higher education institutions - this is a measure envisaged in a project of the Ministry of Education, which will change 4 laws since 2020, BNR reported.

Serbia Vows to Adopt New NATO Plan Soon

The head of the Serbian delegation to the NATO assembly, Dragan Sormaz, has denied reports that adoption of a new Individual Partnership Action Plan, IPAP, with the Atlantic alliance has been delayed due to a lack of political will - and said the new plan involves cooperation at a higher level.

Vucic: We Want EU Membership, but also Good Relations with the Others

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that Serbia wants EU membership but that it will build good relations with others on its European path. This happened after his meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Khan in Brussels, MIA news reported. Vucic added that Serbia is a sovereign state and so it will be.

Ties with Albania in focus on sidelines of EU-Arab summit

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (right) talks to his Albanian counterpart Edi Rama (second left) during a meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens on Tuesday ahead of the 4th EU-Arab World Summit.

Vucic: Our strategic path is the path to the European Union PHOTO

The outgoing EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Mogherini, invited Vucic and other Western Balkans leaders to a farewell working dinner at the EU headquarters in Brussels, and on that occasion, Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic thanked Mogherini for her efforts and support of Belgrade's European integrations, presenting her with a bouquet of white orchids.

Rama pledges to stick to reforms in meeting with Mitsotakis

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in Athens on Tuesday who said that despite the disappointing decision by the European Council to delay the start of EU accession talks for his country, Albania would continue implementing necessary reforms.

Bosnia Remains Hostage to Old, Obsolete Narratives

Despite that danger, Bosniak, Bosnian Croat or Bosnian Serb politicians and their affiliated media continue to confuse and frustrate both the local and international public by clinging to their conflicting, outdated and unrealistic narratives.

Smuggling ring caught after making millions of euros

Thousands of consumers paid 3.27 million euros over the last couple of years for counterfeit trainers brought into Greece and sold by a gang recently busted by the country's Financial Crime Squad (SDOE).

What will happen to North Macedonia - a new name on hold

This is carried out by the Plusinfo portal.
President Pendarovski explains that it will be on hold until the accession negotiations with the EU begin as a part of the Prespa Agreement that deals with internal and external communication and the use of the new state name.

Albanian PM to Sue Kosovo’s Haradinaj for Libel

Albania Premier Edi Rama speaking in Tirana on 24 October 2019. Photo: LSA

"In the courts of Kosovo, the gentleman should prove the allegation of about 10 billion euros that would have been divided between me, [Kosovo President] Hashim Thaci and [Serbian President Aleksandar] Vucic," Rama told the audience of Opinion TV show.