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Bulgaria, Macedonia Tackle Tensions With Religious Celebration

The joint celebrations dedicated to the saints widely regarded as the fathers of Slavic literary culture took place on Sunday in Sofia, coming at a time when the two countries' political ties remain strained.

International puppet theatre festival kicks off

KRAGUJEVAC - The 16th Golden Spark international puppet theatre festival has begun in Kragujevac, central Serbia.

The festival, to be held from May 11 to 15, will feature 11 theatres from Serbia and all over the world, the director of the Kragujevac Children's Theatre Zoran Djoric told Tanjug on Sunday.

Macedonia Opposition Party Backs Leader After Defeat

At a post-election congress on Sunday in Skopje, party delegates reconfirmed Zaev’s leadership position after a 12-hour-long debate.

In the vote of confidence, 413 party delegates supported Zaev while 146 voted against him, with 105 abstentions.

Macedonia's Gruevski, Ahmeti Reach Coalition Deal

Political parties in Macedonia have reached an agreement on the country's new cabinet more than two weeks after the country held 2-in-1 elections.

Customs officer, and his family, caught smuggling liquor

A 62-year-old customs officer, his wife and two children were arrested on Friday in Kilkis, northern Greece, for smuggling alcohol.

The arrests came after authorities caught the man’s 33-year-old son carrying contraband drinks in his mother’s car.

EU-Outsider Kosovo Makes Most of Europe Day

Although Kosovo’s membership in the European Union is far off, the country still celebrated Europe Day with gusto and several activities organized in the capital, Pristina.

Many people used their day off on Friday to follow the soccer tournament organized by the EU office in Pristina and the Kosovo authorities.

Corruption Charges Filed Against Macedonian Police Minister

Macedonia's main opposition party has filed corruption charges against Police Minister Jankuloska on two criminal accounts of misuse of office and of tax evasion.

The Social Democrats, SDSM, say she illegally accepted cash donations for her party, VMRO DPMNE, in 2006.

Days of Macedonian Culture in Belgrade to open on Saturday

BELGRADE - The event dubbed “Days of the Macedonian Culture in Belgrade” will open on May 10 with an exhibition of Macedonian carvings entitled “From Tradition to Art”.

The exhibition will be opened by Macedonian Ambassador to Serbia Vera Jovanovska at the House of Djura Jaksic in Skadarlija.

Bulgaria's Pamporovo Boasts 10%Tourism Growth Despite Snowless Winter

Despite the snowless winter, Bulgaria's Pamporovo ski resort registered a 10% growth in the number of tourists at the end of the season, according to data of Pamporovo AD.

Marian Belyakov, CEO of Pamporovo AD, explained in an interview for the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA) that the resort had registered yet another successful winter season.

Serbia to mark Victory Day

BELGRADE - The marking of the Day of victory over Nazism in World War II started late Thursday with a ceremonial artillery salute fired from the Sava terrace of the Belgrade Fortress, the Serbian government said in a statement.

Macedonia’s DUI Rebuffs Being Pressed over Presidency

The party says it was only a speculation that the main ruling VMRO DPMNE has set this as a condition for resuming talks on the formation of a new government led by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and that they have been pressed to appear at Ivanov’s inaugural session.

Victory Day, Europe Day marked

Victory Day, Europe Day marked

BELGRADE -- The marking of Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II started late on Thursday with a ceremonial artillery salute fired from the Belgrade Fortress.

Pendarovski Denies Macedonia Opposition Leadership Ambitions

After the former leader of Macedonian Social Democrats, SDSM, Branko Crvenkovski, urged Pendarovski to assume the party leadership from Zoran Zaev, the former presidential runner said he wished to distance himself from tensions inside the party ahead of its post-election congress on Saturday.