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Map: Gruevski's 'Great Escape' Through the Balkans

Data from the Macedonian, Albanian and Montenegrin police now paint a relatively accurate picture of former prime minister Nikola Gruevski's escape route through the Balkans to Hungary to avoid serving a two-year prison sentence.

Gruevski 'passed through' Montenegro

A former prime minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) who is on the run following a prison sentence on corruption charges entered Montenegro earlier this week from Albania but left the same day, Montenegro's police said Friday.

Search Begins for Missing Victims of Albanian Communism

The International Commission on Missing Persons, ICMP on Friday called on families of victims of Communism to visit its office in Tirana and give blood samples that can be used for the identification of their relatives' remains if they are found.

Snow arrives in Serbia/PHOTO

It can be said that it came as a surprise to tourists, who have been dispatching selfies with snow from Kopaonik to friends and family since the morning.

Police: Gruevski fled to Hungary via Albania and Montenegro

Macedonia has in the meantime issued an arrest warrant for the former prime minister, who has been sentenced to two years in prison for abuse of office during the purchase of an armored Mercedes car, while Gruevski is now seeking political asylum in Hungary.

Macedonia's Gruevski Fled via Albania and Montenegro, Police Confirm

Albania police confirmed on Thursday evening that Macedonia's former Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, travelled through Albania to Montenegro on November 11 via the Hani I Hotit/Bozaj border crossing.

He travelled as a passenger in a car owned by the Hungarian embassy in Albania, according to the police announcement.

Kurz invites Western Balkans PMs to Vienna on Nov. 19

The talks will be attended by the prime ministers of Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, the chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the prime minister of the interim institutions in Pristina.

The Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabic is also expected to attend the Vienna meeting.

Bosnia Courts Struggle to Address Rise in People Smuggling

Bosnian courts have done little to address the problem of people-smuggling, which is believed to be growing, as thousands of people attempt to cross from the non-EU Bosnia into EU-member Croatia.

Greek tourism should aim to woo more high-income visitors

Greece still has significant potential for attracting more high-income tourists who bring the biggest added value to the Greek economy, the Institute of the Greek Tourism Confederation (INSETE) argues in its the latest report.

Athens wants clarification on Albanian ban on Greeks

Greece has urged Albania to abstain from actions that fuel tension in bilateral relations after the Foreign Ministry in Tirana labeled 52 Greek nationals personae non gratae and banned them from entering the Balkan country.

The 52 were among hundreds who attended the funeral on Thursday of an ethnic Greek who was fatally shot in a gun battle with Albanian police last month.

Global Website Hails Albanian Village as Hot Destination

Global travel site has named a small resort village in southern Albania as one of its top ten "hot spots" for adventurous travellers in 2019.

Its list of the "most stunning spots on the globe" starts with Wadi Rum in Jordan, whose red-sand landscape is likened to Mars and the fabled "Silk Road" city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan.

Albania declares 52 Greeks 'personae non gratae'

Albania said Friday that 52 Greek nationals who turned out for the funeral of a dual Albanian-Greek citizen who was fatally shot in a gun battle with Albanian police during an annual celebration are considered "personae non gratae" and would not be allowed to enter the country again.

"No more dialogue until Pristina withdraws its decisions"

Vucic - who was in Brussels on Thursday for his EU-mediated meeting with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci - that "no Serbian representative will appear in Brussels (again) until that happens."

Albanian police release 12 Greeks detained in Gjirokaster

Twelve Greeks detained on Thursday by Albanian authorities at a police station in the town of Gjirokaster before the funeral of an ethnic Greek were released early Friday morning, state-run news agency ANA-MPA said.

Greek Nationalists Flood Albania Village for Gunman's Funeral

Several hundred Greeks, some of them holding anti-Albanian and anti-Macedonian insignia, attended the funeral of Kostandinos Kacifa on Thursday in the village of Bularat in southern Albania, hailing him a national hero.

Media reported that several buses and other vehicles traveled from different towns and cities in Greece across the border to Albania.