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Athens car chase leads to arrest of 12 immigrants, trafficker

A car chase in central Athens on Tuesday morning led to the arrest of 12 migrants and their trafficker, Greek police said.

The suspect's vehicle, was deemed suspicious due to the excessive number of passengers and was chased by police, after the driver did not respond to police signals.

It was ordered: Drones to be sent to the border of Serbia

This was told to the Austrian APA agency at the Ministry of the Interior in Vienna.
"Close cross-border cooperation in the fight against brutal people smugglers is absolutely necessary. The knowledge of Austrian drone specialists is therefore also sought after on the border of Serbia and North Macedonia," Interior Minister Gerhard Karner told the agency.

Funding for stone bridges

A 225,476-euro contract has been signed by the regional governor of Western Macedonia that foresees the creation of a "unified network of signs and information on the stone bridges of Western Macedonia."

In Montenegro, Memories of Pain and Generosity on the Refugee Road

Dejan, then 20, had been nearing the end of his military service in Kosovo, then a southern province of Serbia, when NATO launched air strikes to halt a brutal Serbian counter-insurgency war. At the time, Serbia and Montenegro were all that was left of Yugoslavia, still joined together after the other four republics - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia - had seceded.

More than 1 mln property owners exempt from ENFIA

Over a million property owners will be exempted from paying the Single Property Tax (ENFIA) this year, either because of low income and assets or because they live in areas affected by natural catastrophes.

An analysis of data from the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (AADE) also shows that compared to 2018, there are 171,703 fewer people that will need to pay ENFIA in 2023.

Serbia: 9 migrants found among aluminum rolls in truck

Serbia's customs authorities said Friday they discovered nine migrants hiding among aluminum rolls in a truck headed to Poland from Greece.

Customs officers on Serbia's border with North Macedonia spotted the migrants on Wednesday during a scan that showed human silhouettes in the back of the truck, a statement said.

Szijjarto: Hungary to help Serbia protect its southern border from illegal migrants

BUDAPEST - Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said on Tuesday in Budapest around 270,000 illegal migrants had been stopped at the Serbia-Hungary border in 2022 and announced Hungary would help Serbia secure its southern border with North Macedonia from illegal migration.

Bulgaria Cracks Down on Migrants After Fatal Crash

A refugee family in Edirne, Turkey in March 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/TOLGA BOZOGLU

Thirty-six of the people who were arrested are Syrian and one is from Morocco. They have been sent to refugee centres.

Smugglers’ Truck Capsizes in North Macedonia, Injuring 35 Migrants

Some 35 migrants were injured on Wednesday night when the truck they were traveling in capsized on the road from the village of Udovo to the town of Gevgelija, close to North Macedonia's border with Greece.

According to the Interior Ministry, the injured migrants were kept in the cargo area of the truck that capsized. A total of 49 migrants was discovered at the site of the accident.

Ankara Backs Turkish Complaints About North Macedonia Census Result

Turkey said on Thursday that it supports the legitimate demands of the Turks in North Macedonia for a just and transparent census, following claims by a local ethnic Turkish association that the number of Turks recorded in the recent census is unrealistically low.

Djokovic Saga, Far-Right Rhetoric and Ethnic Bias Disrupt Online World

Ethnic-based violations agitate North Macedonia

In North Macedonia, where a way out of the long-running political crisis still seems to be far off, ethnic and national divisions remain one of the main challenges that the new authorities face in the short run.

Bulgarians in Macedonia: At the Census we were Insulted and Recorded as Macedonians

"Citizens who declared themselves Bulgarians were regularly and directly insulted and belittled by enumerators, instructors and other members of the enumeration commissions."

This is what the Ivan Mihailov Cultural Center in Bitola is warning about on the occasion of the census in North Macedonia, which ended on September 30th.