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Russia, Turkey OK pipeline deal, end gas dispute

Ankara and Moscow have settled a dispute over gas supplies, and in turn, Russia’s Gazprom says work can now begin on the land-based part of the Turkish Stream pipeline project, Voice of America reports. Gazprom says it has ended its arbitration dispute with...

Bulgaria’s euro hopes dealt blow by the ECB

The European Central Bank stated in its biennial report that problems linger in Bulgaria relating to the independence of the country’s central bank, inflation and the lack of structural reforms, the Financial Times reports. Sofia aims to join the ERM, a two-year...

Macedonia jails former PM Gruevski For Two Years

Skopje’s Criminal Court sentenced former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski to two years behind bars for his involvement in the illicit secret purchase of a luxury Mercedes, Balkan Insight reports. Judge Dobrila Kacarska said Gruevski solicited the purchase of a...

Macedonia court acquits Zaev of bribery charge

Skopje’s Criminal Court acquitted Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev of the charge of having solicited a bribe of 200,000 euros to help a local businessman buy land in his home town of Strumica, Balkan Insight reports. Zaev was charged with the offense as he was raising major...

Kosovo jails eight for planning attack on Israelis

A Pristina court sentenced eight Kosovo citizens to time in jail ranging from 18 months to 10 years for planning to carry out attacks in Albania against the Israeli national football team, Balkan Insight reports. The defendants in the case were reportedly acting on...

Zaev proposes new name for Macedonia

Following talks this week with Greek PM Alexis Tsipras, Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev said a compromise name of “Republic of Ilindenska Macedonia” is acceptable to both sides, the Washington Post reports. “Ilindenska” means “the day of the prophet Elijah,” and it refers to...

Ex-spy Sergei Skripal discharged after poisoning

A couple months after his poisoning in Salisbury, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was discharged from the hospital, the BBC reports. Skripal’s daughter, Yulia Skripal, who was also poisoned, was released from the hospital last month. They have been discharged...

Turkey and Israel expel envoys over Gaza violence

In response to Israeli forces killing 60 Palestinians during clashes on the Gaza border, Ankara expelled Israel’s ambassador to Turkey, declared three days of mourning and called for an emergency meeting of Muslim nations. In turn, Israel told the Turkish...

Russia tells UN there are no gays in Chechnya

Echoing the words of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, acting Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov said at the UN Human Rights Council that the rights of gays were not violated in Chechnya because there are no LGBT community members in the North Caucasus...

Serbia bans entry of Kosovo karate team

Amid rising tensions between Belgrade and Pristina, Serbian authorities blocked the Kosovo karate team from entering Serbia to compete in the European Karate Championship, which is being held in Novi Sad, Balkan Insight reports. The move follows a recent decision by...

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