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Data Leaks and Ship Tracking: BIRN’s 10th Summer School Begins

The 10th edition of the BIRN Summer School of Investigative Journalism kicked off on Monday in the Montenegrin coastal town of Herceg Novi.

The weeklong summer school brings together journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and the United States.

North Macedonia applies deal with Greece to statues

Efforts by North Macedonia's government to re-label public statues of historic figures, under a deal with neighboring Greece, have got off to a rocky start.
Overnight, vandals removed plaques installed Thursday on three statues in the capital, Skopje, of ancient Greek warrior-king Alexander the Great and his family, which clarified that they belong to ancient Greek history.

Some Macedonians Praise Destroyers of New ‘Hellenic’ Plaques

Unknown perpetrators in North Macedonia have removed or smashed plaques added to several statues and monuments in Skopje - which explained that they depict historical figures "belonging to the ancient Hellenic history and civilisation and to world cultural and historic heritage".

The action occurred just one day after the authorities put them up.

Greek PM returns to Athens as firefighting effort continues

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has returned to Athens and is set to visit the fire department's operations center in the coming hours, state-run Athens-Macedonia news agency reports.

Polls: Most Bulgarian Companies Have No Experience in Employing Foreigners

86% of Bulgarian companies that took part in a survey conducted by the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry under ERIAS - the European Refugee Integration Action Scheme said they had no experience in recruiting citizens from non-EU countries. Those who have done so are pleased with their employees.

North Macedonia’s President Demands Faster ‘Extortion’ Probe

Signalling his impatience with the unfolding "Extortion" scandal that has rocked North Macedonia in recent days, President Stevo Pendarovski on Monday called on prosecutors investigating it to "leave their summer vacations aside and get to work" in order to uncover the facts.

North Macedonia bans Vergina Sun from public spaces

A ban on the use of the Vergina Sun in all public spaces in North Macedonia came into effect on Monday, as the neighbouring country implements the conditions of the name deal it signed with Greece last year.

Sofia Municipality Washes Main Streets and Boulevards in Sofia

Washing of main streets and boulevards in Sofia begins. A temporary traffic stop is planned from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm on the streets to be washed. On the relevant days, sections from ''Blue'', ''Green'' and ''Office Subscriptions'' will be closed.

More and more Macedonians Are Receiving Bulgarian Passports

A total of 2,566 people have received Bulgarian citizenship in the first six months of 2019, according to data from the Commission for Bulgarian Citizenship in the Office of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria.

However, last year, 3 619 citizens of the Republic of Macedonia received Bulgarian Citizenship, Macedonian online publication Meta writes, quoted by Focus.

Morina's case is not so simple

This expectation is based on the legal acts and a bilaterally signed Agreement on extradition. Still, this will not be so simple, "Deutsche Welle" reports.

Video Adds Weight to North Macedonia ‘Extortion Scandal’

A video published by the online edition of the Italian Newspaper La Verita on Thursday has cast dramatic new light on the so-called extortion scandal that has implicated North Macedonia's chief Special Prosecutor, Katica Janeva, and dealt a blow to the credibility of this crime-busting institution.