All News from Balkans

Zimonjic, Stosur through to semifinals at Wimbledon

LONDON – Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic and Australia’s Samantha Stosur eased into the semifinals of the mixed doubles event at Wimbledon, after defeating Russia’s Mikhail Elgin and Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova 6-3, 6-1 late 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.

Overpass collapse kills two in Brazil World Cup city

An unfinished highway overpass being built for the World Cup in Brazil collapsed Thursday in the city due to hold a semifinal match, killing at least two people and injuring 19.
      
The tragedy in Belo Horizonte turned the fervor gripping the nation as it prepared for quarter finals Friday to mourning.
      

Israel warns Hamas against more violence as tension spikes

Israel warned Hamas Thursday against any escalation in violence, reinforcing its Gaza border amid continued rocket fire and heightened tensions after the murder of three Israeli youths and a Palestinian teenager.
      

Kosovo Prosecutors 'Close to Finding' Politician's Killer

“With the evidence collected, we are on the right track and will be able to identify the person who committed this criminal act,” Shpresa Bakija, the chief prosecutor in the town of Gjakova/Djakovica, told Balkan Insight.

The former manager at the Post and Telecommunications of Kosovo and prospective MP was gunned down in the early hours of June 15.

Greek Crisis ‘Undermined Balkan EU Accession Hopes’

The report published this week examined two decades of trade and foreign relations between Athens and its Balkan neighbours and found that the economic crisis and crippling recession that hit Greece since the 2008 debt crisis severely hurt its neighbours’ chances for a speedy accession in the EU.

Macedonia Albanians Stage Terror Trial Protest

Police established a high-profile presence in the city centre on Friday ahead of the demonstration, which is being seen by the authorities as high-risk and a potential flashpoint for violent confrontation.

Bosnian Woman ‘Raped for 20 Days by Fighters’

At the trial of female Bosnian Croat ex-fighter Indira Kameric, a prosecution witness said that she was raped for 20 days in a row while detained at a football stadium in Bosanski Brod in 1992.

Prime minister ends visit to France

Vučić ends visit to France

PARIS -- Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić conferred in Paris on Thursday with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

Their talks covered the donor conference due to take place in Brussels on July 16, as well as European affairs, economic relations, regional cooperation and "the project of metro construction," Tanjug reported.

Istanbul Modern presents visual arts and music in Turkey

For its 10th anniversary, Istanbul Modern last week opened a new exhibition titled “Plurivocality: Visual Arts and Music in Turkey,” which explores the many bonds between visual and auditory arts in Turkey.

Hopes fade for a Cyprus deal

Turkish Cypriot negotiator Kudret Özersay has given up hopes of a resolution on Cyprus anytime soon unless the current skidding stops, talks are brought to a serious give-and-take stage and the two sides commit themselves to reaching an agreement by a certain date. Will Greek Cypriots agree to that? No way…

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