Southeastern Europe
L’UE regarde vers les Balkans occidentaux
Updated: Greece opens Russian cybercrime suspect's extradition case
US court rejects Croatia WWII victims suit that sought $3.5 billion damages
Former Serb commander Dragan jailed for war crimes
Serbian-Australian former paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic jailed for war crimes
Melania Trump threatens lawsuit over English class billboard
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L’UE évoque son élargissement vers les Balkans
2018-01-19 20:42:19 La Serbie et le Monténégro pourraient ouvrir la voie de l'Union européenne aux Balkans occidentaux. La diplomatie des 28 accélère ses efforts pour arrimer la région au projet européen. Pour le Commissaire chargé de l'Elargissement ce rapprochement est fondamental. "C'est plus qu'une question de volonté si l'on peut dire. Soit en tant qu'Union européenne nous exportons la stabilité, soit nous importons de l'instabilité", résume Johannes Hahn   Read More ...
L’UE regarde vers les Balkans occidentaux
2018-01-10 17:41:00 L'élargissement de l'Union européenne vers les Balkans occidentaux est l'une des priorités de la Bulgarie. Sofia assure depuis le 1er janvier la présidence semestrielle des Etats membres et souhaite renforcer les liens politiques et technologiques avec les six pays concernés. Mais l’eurodéputéeTanja Fajon prévient que "si les dirigeants européens ne prennent pas conscience de l'enjeu, s'ils promettent l'élargissement sans le réaliser, alors nous pourrions perdre rapidement cette région et les jeunes générations et créer une instabilité économique et politique"   Read More ...
'I would have committed suicide' - Wenger makes controversial claim after Chelsea draw
2018-01-04 02:03:21 Arsenal's Arsene Wenger controversially claimed that he would have killed himself had Davide Zappacosta's late shot sealed three points for Chelsea on Wednesday. A sparkling second half of football at the Emirates Stadium ended in a 2-2 draw between the London rivals. Related There was one more twist in the tale, however, when Zappacosta crashed a long-range shot against the bar   Read More ...
Qui est Ratko Mladic, le boucher des Balkans ?
2017-11-22 18:21:51 Ratko Mladic, c‘était le chef de l’armée des Serbes de Bosnie, un poste dont il prit la responsabilité en 1992. Sous son commandement, pendant la guerre de Bosnie, 100 000 personnes ont été tuées et deux millions deux cents mille autres, déplacées. C’est ce qui lui a valu d‘être poursuivi pour crimes contre l’humanité, notamment. A l‘époque, Ratko Mladic doit sa promotion à Radovan Karadzic, alors président des Serbes de Bosnie   Read More ...
Greek police arrest 8 smugglers who brought in 38 migrants
2017-09-30 23:04:08 THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police announced they have arrested eight migrant traffickers who reportedly smuggled 38 migrants through Greece's land border with Turkey. All the arrests were made Friday, in northern Greece, in four separate incidents. The largest group of migrants — 10 from Vietnam, two from Iraq and two from Pakistan — was smuggled by two Moldovans and a Romanian   Read More ...
Greek police arrest 8 smugglers who brought in 38 migrants
2017-09-30 22:40:39 THESSALONIKI, Greece – Greek police announced they have arrested eight migrant traffickers who reportedly smuggled 38 migrants through Greece's land border with Turkey. All the arrests were made Friday, in northern Greece, in four separate incidents. The largest group of migrants — 10 from Vietnam, two from Iraq and two from Pakistan — was smuggled by two Moldovans and a Romanian   Read More ...
Updated: Greece opens Russian cybercrime suspect's extradition case
2017-09-29 23:45:15 .... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........THESSALONIKI, Greece — Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, who is wanted in the United States in a $4 billion bitcoin fraud case, denied the charges against him Friday during an appearance in a Greek court to fight an extradition request. Vinnik, 37, was arrested while on vacation in Greece on July25 and detained pending the extradition hearing following a request from U   Read More ...
Serbian minister denies reports of muzzling media outlets
2017-09-29 18:37:52 BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's information minister on Friday denied media reports that the Balkan nation's government is muzzling journalists through intimidation, threats and financial pressure. Minister of Culture and Information Vladan Vukosavljevic told The Associated Press that his agency "strongly objects" to any form of pressure on journalists and believes in media freedom. Vukosavljevic spoke a day after dozens of Serbian news outlets and other organizations darkened their web pages and published black ribbons to warn citizens about the government pressure   Read More ...
US court rejects Croatia WWII victims suit that sought $3.5 billion damages
2017-09-29 18:22:25 ZAGREB, Croatia — A US court has rejected a suit filed by victims of Croatia’s pro-Nazi WWII regime and their relatives who were seeking $3.5 billion (2.9 billion euros) in damages, Croatian authorities said Friday. The group wanted compensation from the Croatian government for property seized from ethnic Serbs, Roma and Jews during the war. A Chicago court rejected Thursday the suit launched in 2016 after four hearings held to “discuss formal prerequisites to conduct the proceedings,” a Croatian foreign ministry statement read   Read More ...
Greek plan to regulate taxi apps draws customers' ire
2017-09-29 17:45:10 ATHENS (Reuters) - A Greek government plan to regulate taxi-hailing apps, such as Taxibeat and Uber, has angered many consumers who are worried it could disrupt a popular service for their daily commute. Greece is shaping up as the latest battlefield over fast-growing taxi apps such as Uber, which has faced regulatory and legal setbacks around the world amid opposition from traditional taxi services and disputes over labor rights   Read More ...
Greece opens Russian cybercrime suspect's extradition case
2017-09-29 13:44:19 THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, who is wanted in the United States in a $4 billion bitcoin fraud case, denied the charges against him Friday during an appearance in a Greek court to fight an extradition request. Vinnik, 37, was arrested while on vacation in Greece on July25 and detained pending the extradition hearing following a request from U   Read More ...
Greece opens Russian cybercrime suspect's extradition case
2017-09-29 11:35:04 THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A panel of Greek judges has opened the extradition hearing of Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, who is wanted in the United States in a $4 billion bitcoin fraud case. At the start of Friday's hearing in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Vinnik, 37, said he would fight the extradition. Complicating matters, Russia also wants his extradition on separate fraud charges   Read More ...
Canberra FC spares no expenses hosting the 2017 Croatian soccer tournament
2017-09-29 11:17:17 Canberra FC is expecting more than 5000 players and spectators to attend the Croatian soccer tournament, which will return to the capital this weekend for the first time since 2004. The Canberra club has been bidding for the past five years for the rights to host the massive event and it will be the fifth time the Deakin-based club has held the tournament   Read More ...
Greece opens Russian cybercrime suspect's extradition case
2017-09-29 10:47:01 THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) - A panel of Greek judges has opened the extradition hearing of Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, who is wanted in the United States in a $4 billion bitcoin fraud case. At the start of Friday's hearing in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Vinnik, 37, said he would fight the extradition. Complicating matters, Russia also wants his extradition on separate fraud charges   Read More ...
Bitcoin fraud suspect wanted by U.S., Russia appears in Greek court
2017-09-29 10:11:42 ATHENS (Reuters) - A Russian suspected of masterminding a money-laundering operation using bitcoin appeared in a Greek court on Friday for a hearing to consider his extradition to the United States. Alexander Vinnik was arrested in a hotel in northern Greece in late July on a U.S. warrant. Russia has since also requested his extradition on separate fraud charges, his lawyer Xanthippi Moisidou said   Read More ...
IMF says ECB proposal constructive, no need for asset quality check
2017-09-28 12:12:48 ATHENS, Sept 28 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that it sees no financial stability concerns in Greece’s banking system and that a European Central Bank proposal was constructive, removing the need for an asset quality review on the country’s lenders. “On the subject of the Greek banking system, let me emphasize that we see no financial stability concerns at all in Greece,” Poul Thomsen, head of the IMF’s European Department, said in a statement   Read More ...
Child dies as migrant boat sinks off Greece
2017-09-28 11:00:48 ATHENS: A nine-year-old girl died on Thursday and 25 other people were rescued after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the coast of Greece, the Greek coastguard said. A search was under way to locate more migrants who may have been on the small inflatable boat, which had left from Turkey and sank off the Greek island of Kastelorizo in the southeastern Aegean Sea   Read More ...
25 migrants rescued, 1 child dies in boat accident
2017-09-28 08:10:22 ATHENS, Greece (AP) — More than 20 migrants or refugees were rescued and one child died Thursday on a Greek island after the boat they sailed from the Turkish coast overnight either capsized or sank, Greek authorities said. Greece's coast guard said a vessel from the European border agency Frontex initially picked up six people it spotted in the sea off the small southeastern island of Kastellorizo   Read More ...
Updated: Greece: 25 migrants rescued, 1 child dies in boat accident
2017-09-28 07:45:30 .... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say more than 20 migrants have been rescued after their boat either sank or capsized overnight near the small southeastern island of Kastellorizo, while a child among them died later in a hospital. Greece's coast guard said Thursday a vessel from the European border agency Frontex initially picked up six people found in the sea northwest of Kastellorizo, and a search was begun to find other potential survivors   Read More ...
Greece: 25 migrants rescued, 1 child dies in boat accident
2017-09-28 07:41:27 ATHENS, Greece – Greek authorities say more than 20 migrants have been rescued after their boat either sank or capsized overnight near the small southeastern island of Kastellorizo, while a child among them died later in a hospital. Greece's coast guard said Thursday a vessel from the European border agency Frontex initially picked up six people found in the sea northwest of Kastellorizo, and a search was begun to find other potential survivors   Read More ...
25 migrants rescued, 1 child dies in boat accident
2017-09-28 07:36:35 ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say more than 20 migrants have been rescued after their boat either sank or capsized overnight near the small southeastern island of Kastellorizo, while a child among them died later in a hospital. Greece's coast guard said Thursday a vessel from the European border agency Frontex initially picked up six people found in the sea northwest of Kastellorizo, and a search was begun to find other potential survivors   Read More ...
Albanian mayor arrested in Macedonia vote-fraud probe
2017-09-27 21:43:41 SKOPJE, Macedonia – Authorities in Macedonia have arrested and detained the mayor of a small town in neighboring Albania on suspicion of vote fraud during Macedonia's local government elections in 2013. The arrest Wednesday was the latest move in a crackdown under the country's four-month-old Socialist government against senior officials and their allies in previous conservative administrations for alleged corruption. A special prosecutor charged Edmond Temelko, mayor of the small border town of Pustec, on suspicion of organizing the transfer of several hundred Albanians allegedly supplied with false identity cards to vote in Macedonia   Read More ...
Albanian mayor arrested in Macedonia vote-fraud probe
2017-09-27 21:36:11 SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Authorities in Macedonia have arrested and detained the mayor of a small town in neighboring Albania on suspicion of vote fraud during Macedonia's local government elections in 2013. The arrest Wednesday was the latest move in a crackdown under the country's four-month-old Socialist government against senior officials and their allies in previous conservative administrations for alleged corruption   Read More ...
Albanian mayor arrested in Macedonia vote-fraud probe
2017-09-27 21:15:18 SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Authorities in Macedonia have arrested and detained the mayor of a small town in neighboring Albania on suspicion of vote fraud during Macedonia's local government elections in 2013. The arrest Wednesday was the latest move in a crackdown under the country's four-month-old Socialist government against senior officials and their allies in previous conservative administrations for alleged corruption   Read More ...
Kosovo not ready for border demarcation with Montenegro
2017-09-27 14:37:33 TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's new prime minister said Wednesday his government has no set deadline for resolving the impasse over the ratification of a border demarcation deal with Montenegro. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, speaking in Albania on his first trip abroad since taking the post earlier this month, said his Cabinet was working on the issue and would talk with Montenegro "when we have a clearer situation of our findings   Read More ...
Kosovo not ready for border demarcation with Montenegro
2017-09-27 14:13:29 TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's new prime minister said Wednesday his government has no set deadline for resolving the impasse over the ratification of a border demarcation deal with Montenegro. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, speaking in Albania on his first trip abroad since taking the post earlier this month, said his Cabinet was working on the issue and would talk with Montenegro "when we have a clearer situation of our findings   Read More ...
Greek central bank dismisses Anonymous hacking claim
2017-09-27 12:30:28 ATHENS: Greece's central bank dismissed claims by hacking group Anonymous that it had accessed confidential internal files, saying on Wednesday the material was already in the public domain. Anonymous responded by warning that it was merely testing out the bank's defences and could step up its attack. Anonymous Greece had posted a link on its Facebook page on Tuesday, claiming it was leaking central bank data and warned that more would follow in the coming days   Read More ...
Former Serb commander Dragan jailed for war crimes
2017-09-27 12:13:05 A former Serbian paramilitary commander with Australian dual citizenship has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for war crimes. Dragan Vasiljkovic, also known as “Captain Dragan”, was convicted of torturing prisoners and a deadly attack on a village during the Croatian war of independence in the early 1990s. He had been living in Australia prior to his extradition to Croatia in 2015   Read More ...
Greek central bank dismisses Anonymous hacking claim
2017-09-27 11:42:51 ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece’s central bank dismissed claims by hacking group Anonymous that it had accessed confidential internal files, saying on Wednesday the material was already in the public domain. Anonymous responded by warning that it was merely testing out the bank’s defenses and could step up its attack. Anonymous Greece had posted a link on its Facebook page on Tuesday, claiming it was leaking central bank data and warned that more would follow in the coming days   Read More ...
Former Serb commander 'Captain Dragan' jailed for war crimes
2017-09-27 06:32:35 A former Serbian paramilitary commander with Australian dual citizenship has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for war crimes. Dragan Vasiljkovic, also known as "Captain Dragan", was convicted of torturing prisoners and a deadly attack on a village during the Croatian war of independence in the early 1990s. He had been living in Australia prior to his extradition to Croatia in 2015   Read More ...
Ex-Serbian commander 'Captain Dragan' jailed for 15 years over murder, torture war crimes
2017-09-26 16:15:49 A Croatian court has sentenced a former Serbian paramilitary commander and Australian citizen to 15 years in prison for war crimes in the 1990s. The municipal court in the coastal town of Split found Dragan Vasiljkovic, also known as Captain Dragan and Daniel Snedden, guilty of the killings and torture of imprisoned Croatian civilians and troops while he was a rebel Serb commander during the 1991 to 1995 Croatian war   Read More ...
Ex-rebel Serb commander sentenced to 15 years in Croatia
2017-09-26 16:12:05 ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Croatian court sentenced on Tuesday a former Serb paramilitary commander and Australian citizen to 15 years in prison for war crimes in the 1990s, including the killing and torture of prisoners. Judges at the municipal court in the coastal town of Split said that Dragan Vasiljkovic, also known as Captain Dragan and Daniel Snedden, is guilty of war crimes while he commanded Croatian Serb rebels during the 1991-95 war when Serbs took up arms against Croatia's secession from Yugoslavia   Read More ...
Serbian-Australian former paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic jailed for war crimes
2017-09-26 16:11:08 Zagreb: A Croatian court on Tuesday sentenced a former Serbian paramilitary commander to 15 years in prison for torturing and killing soldiers and civilians during Croatia's 1991-95 independence war. Dragan Vasiljkovic, 62, who has dual Serbian and Australian citizenship, was charged with violating the Geneva Convention by torturing and killing captive Croatian soldiers and police in the rebel stronghold of Knin and for crimes near the towns of Glina and Benkovac in 1991 and 1993   Read More ...
Croatia jails Serb paramilitary commander for war crimes
2017-09-26 15:49:42 ZAGREB (Reuters) - A Croatian court on Tuesday sentenced a Serb former paramilitary commander to 15 years in prison for torturing and killing soldiers and civilians during Croatia's 1991-95 independence war. Dragan Vasiljkovic, 62, who has dual Serbian and Australian citizenship, was charged with violating the Geneva Convention by torturing and killing captive Croatian soldiers and police in the rebel stronghold of Knin and for crimes near the towns of Glina and Benkovac in 1991 and 1993   Read More ...
Croatia jails Serb paramilitary commander for war crimes
2017-09-26 15:42:33 ZAGREB (Reuters) - A Croatian court on Tuesday sentenced a Serb former paramilitary commander to 15 years in prison for torturing and killing soldiers and civilians during Croatia’s 1991-95 independence war. Dragan Vasiljkovic, 62, who has dual Serbian and Australian citizenship, was charged with violating the Geneva Convention by torturing and killing captive Croatian soldiers and police in the rebel stronghold of Knin and for crimes near the towns of Glina and Benkovac in 1991 and 1993   Read More ...
Croatia jails Serb paramilitary commander for war crimes
2017-09-26 15:31:21 ZAGREB: A Croatian court on Tuesday sentenced a Serb former paramilitary commander to 15 years in prison for torturing and killing soldiers and civilians during Croatia's 1991-95 independence war. Dragan Vasiljkovic, 62, who has dual Serbian and Australian citizenship, was charged with violating the Geneva Convention by torturing and killing captive Croatian soldiers and police in the rebel stronghold of Knin and for crimes near the towns of Glina and Benkovac in 1991 and 1993   Read More ...
Ex-rebel Serb commander sentenced to 15 years in Croatia
2017-09-26 15:08:06 BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Croatian court has sentenced a former Serb paramilitary commander and Australian citizen to 15 years in prison for war crimes in the 1990s. The municipal court in the coastal town of Split said Tuesday that Dragan Vasiljkovic, also known as Captain Dragan and Daniel Snedden, is guilty of the killings and torture of imprisoned Croatian civilians and troops while he was a rebel Serb commander during the 1991-95 Croatian war   Read More ...
‘Teen Mom OG’ Farrah Abraham And On-Again, Off-Again Boyfriend Simon Saran Appear To Be Together In Greece
2017-09-26 14:43:06 Farrah Abraham and Simon Saran appear to be back together. While the Teen Mom OG couple hasn’t confirmed their relationship is back on, nor have they shared any images of one another on their social media pages, they are both currently enjoying a vacation in Greece. On September 25, the Daily Mail shared images of Farrah Abraham enjoying some time to herself on the beach as she showcased her new red hair and newly tightened butt   Read More ...
Greek media workers on 24-hour strike over health care fund
2017-09-26 14:01:43 ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece is under a news blackout after the country's biggest press union called a 24-hour strike to protest the feared closure of a special health care fund for media employees. No news programs are being broadcast Tuesday and websites aren't renewing their news content, while newspapers won't be published Wednesday. The Athens Journalists' Union is pressing for assistance from the government and media companies to help keep the troubled fund afloat   Read More ...
Greek media workers on 24-hour strike over health care fund
2017-09-26 11:35:39 ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is under a news blackout after the country's biggest press union called a 24-hour strike to protest the feared closure of a special health care fund for media employees. No news programs are being broadcast Tuesday and websites aren't renewing their news content, while newspapers won't be published Wednesday. The Athens Journalists' Union is pressing for assistance from the government and media companies to help keep the troubled fund afloat   Read More ...