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Debate Rages in Montenegro over Calls for Religious Education

Emboldened by a change of government, the powerful Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro says schoolchildren should receive religious education classes, but experts say the issue should be approached with care.

Turkey seal late 2-1 win over Latvia, keep their World Cup dreams alive

Turkey kept their 2022 World Cup finals hopes alive after securing a dramatic 2-1 win over Latvia in qualifiers on Oct. 11. 

The first half ended goalless at Daugava Stadium in the capital Riga.

Latvia took the lead thanks to Merih Demiral's own goal in the 70th minute.

North Macedonia Government Ranks First in Openness index of Western Balkans

According to the latest Openness Index, which ranked the governments and parliaments in four countries from the Western Balkans - North Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Government of North Macedonia was ranked first on the list, while the country's Parliament was ranked third, reported.

Slovenia’s sailboat finishes second at Barcolana

Trieste – Sailor Gašper Vinčec and his crew finished second at this year’s Barcolana, the biggest mass start sailing regatta in the world, which took place in Trieste on Sunday. The winners were Italians led by Furio Benussi in the sailboat Arco.

Guatemalan dishes served in culinary event in Ankara

The embassy of the Republic of Guatemala and Bilkent University have organized a gastronomic event in the capital Ankara as part of the 200th anniversary of the country's independence and the 147th anniversary of the establishment of ties between Guatemala and Turkey.

Turkey draw 1-1 with Norway in World Cup qualifiers

Turkey managed a 1-1 draw on Oct. 8 against Norway in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying group match in Istanbul.

Turkish winger Kerem Aktürkoğlu scored the opening goal in the sixth minute after his team's pressure on Norway's defense at Istanbul's Ülker Stadium.

Aktürkoğlu was assisted by Cengiz Ünder.

Kuntz in first test as Turkey coach

Former Germany U-21 coach Stefan Kuntz will face his first test as Turkey coach on Oct. 8 when his side hosts Norway in a 2022 World Cup qualifier Group G match in Istanbul.
Kuntz replaced Şenol Güneş last month following a humiliating 6-1 defeat against the Netherlands.

Share Your Experience: Position of Female Journalists Across the Balkans

Illustration. Unsplash/Vanilla Bear Films

We are well aware of the fact that media outlets across the region are struggling over finances and political interference, but we also know that female media workers are usually first to be hit. We want to map challenges you face as a woman in your daily work and we need your help.  

Fugitive Russian Billionaire Hopes Asylum Request Will Delay Extradition

Telman Ismailov (right) and Turkish businessman Sedat Peker (left) in Podgorica. Photo: Twitter/Sedat Peker

The Azerbaijan-born Russian billionaire was arrested in Podgorica, Montenegro, on October 1, on a Russian-issued international arrest warrant for allegedly ordering contract murders.

Western Balkans' EU Bid Put into Question

As EU leaders gather for a summit on Wednesday on how to keep engaging with their Western Balkans neighbors, the bloc's once-successful enlargement policy faces an impasse, AP reported.

Montenegro Govt Urged to Postpone Census Amid Political Tensions

Montenegrin PM Zdravko Krivokapic at a government session. Photo: Government of Montenegro

"This would cause great tensions and lead to pre-census campaigns and would negatively affect the quality of all the other data. Also, international standards say that population censuses should be avoided in turbulent socio-political periods," said Ivana Vujovic from the NGO Juventas.

EU summit in Brdo on strategic sovereignty and relations with W Balkans

Ljubljana/Brussels – EU leaders will gather in Brdo pri Kranju on Tuesday for a strategic debate on the EU’s international role in the light of developments in Afghanistan, the AUKUS security partnership and relations with China. On Wednesday, the Slovenian EU presidency will host an EU-Western Balkans summit, but no significant developments are expected.

Pandora Papers: New Leak Exposes Balkan PEPs’ Hidden Riches

Following on from the Panama Papers and FinCEN files, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists obtained nearly 12 million files from 14 service providers - bankers, lawyers, accountants, and registration agents - and shared them with more than 600 journalists around the world, including BIRN.

Femicide in Montenegro Sparks Outcry Over Official Negligence

Protests on murder in the town of Tuzi, Montenegro. Photo: Courtesy of TV BOIN

Gjokaj had been on the run since September 30, after he killed his 19-year-old wife and wounded her father in the mainly Albanian-populated towni.