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Psomiadis brothers released on 20,000 euro bail

Panayiotis and Dionysis Psomiadis, brothers who served respectively as prefect and deputy prefect of Thessaloniki, were granted conditional release on Monday and ordered to pay 20,000 euros each in bail after pleading not guilty to corruption charges.

Ethnic Albanians stage protests in Macedonia

SKOPJE – Ethnic Albanians in Macedonia have been protesting for a few days demanding the release of six members of the Albanian community in the country sentenced to a life in prison.

The six Albanians were sentenced to life for a brutal murder of five Macedonians in Smilkovci, near Skopje, in 2012.

Macedonia Albanians Urge New Street Rallies

Macedonia’s ethnic Albanians were urged to rally again in the capital Skopje on Monday after midday prayers in mosques, raising fears of more unrest after clashes between protesters and riot police over the past several days.

Italy: EU enlargement strategic priority

Italy: EU enlargement strategic priority

BRUSSELS -- EU enlargement to the Western Balkan countries and Turkey is among Italy's strategic priorities during its EU presidency.

This is contained in a document presenting the country's program that was published in Brussels on Thursday.

Italy: EU enlargement-strategic priority

BRUSSELS - EU enlargement to the Western Balkan countries and Turkey is among Italy's strategic priorities during its EU Presidency, reads the document presenting the country's program that was published in Brussels on Thursday.

Construction of Kosovo-Macedonia highway starts

PRISTINA - A groundbreaking ceremony held Thursday in the village of Ugljare, situated between the municipalities of Kosovo Polje and Gracanica, marked the beginning of construction of the Pristina-Djeneral Jankovic-Skopje highway.

Construction Begins on Kosovo-Macedonia Highway

Construction on the ‘Arben Xhaferi’ highway - named after a late Albanian politician in Macedonia - started on Thursday with a ceremony inaugurated by Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and state officials from Macedonia in Fushe Kosove/Kosovo Polje.

“Today is a special day for Kosovo, it is a blessed day,” Thaci said after symbolically beginning work on the 60-kilometre highway.

Prosecutor's Office demands 8 years of prison for Subotic

BELGRADE - The Prosecutor's Office for Organised Crime suggested to the Belgrade Special Court on Thursday that businessmen Stanko Subotic should be sentenced to eight years of imprisonment for organising cigarette smuggling actions in Serbia during the '90s, while the proposed sentence for his associates entails two to six years of imprisonment.

Darko Lungulov's movie to be screened at Pula festival

BELGRADE - “Monument to Michael Jackson”, the latest film by Serbian director and screenwriter Darko Lungulov, has been included in the program of the 61st Pula Film Festival.

Platinum Wolf exercise under way at Base South

BUJANOVAC - Platinum Wolf 2014 - a military exercise involving 270 servicemen from Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Croatia and the United States - is underway at Base South in Bujanovac, southern Serbia.

Macedonia Probes Abuse of Blind Orphan Boy

The Ministry of Social Affairs said it was “thoroughly” investigating the case and that it had launched disciplinary measures against social workers in the town of Bitola who were in charge of assessing the boy, named Leon, whose age has not been revealed. 

Verbic: Horizon 2020 chance for small, medium enterprises

BRUSSELS - The European Horizon 2020 programme opens up great opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises, Serbia's Minister of Education, Science and Technology Srdjan Verbic said on Tuesday as Serbia joined the programme, aimed at encouraging innovation and scientific development.

Macedonia Moves to Rule Out Same-Sex Marriage

The motion to define marriage strictly as a union of one man and one woman, submitted at the weekend, was one of the first orders of business of the conservative Government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski  after it was re-elected in April.

Macedonia Tight-Lipped on US Secret Surveillance

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski claimed that he did not have enough information to say anything about the allegations mentioned in recent leaked data from whistleblower and former National Security Agency, NSA contractor Edward Snowden.