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Found in Translation: Local Publisher Brings Alive the Story of a Somali Olympian and Refugee for Macedonian Readers

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:16:04 +0000

The graphic novel "An Olympic Dream" -- a biography of a runner who perished while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea as a refugee -- was published in Macedonia in the two local languages.


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UNESCO Protects Balkan Grandma March Day Custom As Cultural Heritage

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:03:28 +0000

Cultural heritage activists in South-eastern Europe celebrate UNESCO's recognition of the Balkan Grandma March Day custom of wearing red and white wool ornaments.


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Russian Atomic Regulator's Foray into Meme-Making Fails to Quench Rumors of Nuclear Leaks

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 02:08:59 +0000

"No one is chastising Ruthemium, or even Ruthenium-106. They’re chastising Rosatom for contradictory information and for jokes like this instead of a serious investigation into the accident."


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Russians Are Unimpressed With the 2018 Presidential Election Logo (and Have Ideas for Improvement)

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:24:55 +0000

So far, the logo challenge has been the most exciting part of the campaign where Putin is expected to run and win even by his most vocal opponents.


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Contrary to Social Media Claims, Serbia's President Has Not Named a Street After War Criminal Ratko Mladić

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:33:18 +0000

Social media users falsely blame Serbian President Vučić for renaming a street after the war criminal from the Bosnian War, using his footage from a 2007 radical party protest.


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Russian TV Backs Down After Calling Armenian Hero ‘Fascist Collaborator’

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 08:45:28 +0000

"Garegin Nzhdeh is one of the greatest heroes of the Armenian nation and monuments to him should be erected not only in Yerevan, but also in different parts of Armenia."


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Serbian Journalists Call on Citizens to Support a Media Freedom Campaign

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:47:17 +0000

Journalists and activists lead by the group ‘For Media Freedom’ took to the streets of five Serbian cities to pledge support from citizens for demands presented to the government.


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Identity Theft Risk Prompts Estonia to Block the Certificates of 760,000 ID Cards

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:40:09 +0000

On November 4, 2017 the Estonian authorities disabled the certificates of more than 760,000 national electronic ID cards due to a security vulnerability that could have compromised cards issued between October 16, 2014 and October 26, 2017, and possibly even earlier. More so than most other countries, Estonia relies on...


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In Macedonia and Serbia, Right-Wing Politicians Make Their Followers Swoon—Literally

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:21:15 +0000

Both Serbian President Vučić of Serbia and former Macedonian Prime Minister Gruevski have tried to spin incidents, in which attendees to their public appearances fainted, in their favor.


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Barbie Hijab Comment Highlights Why Some Russian Activists Don’t Support Presidential Hopeful Navalny

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:13:48 +0000

"Congratulations, Alexey! With one tweet you’ve written off all of your potential Muslim voters. You apparently don’t want to become president."


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Video Games Are the Latest Additions to Russian Infowarfare

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:16:57 +0000

The defense ministry's tweet purported to show drone footage of ISIS convoys moving under US protection. There was just one problem -- none of it was real.


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Albanian Activists Hold Two-Day Protest Against the Building of Hydropower Plants in Valbona National Park

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:49:03 +0000

There are three hydropower plants under construction, and eight more are being considered by the Ministry of Energy in the pristine natural heritage areas across Albania.


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Amid the Vast Universe of the ‘Valerian’ Movie, Ukraine Gets a Special Shout-Out

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:41:38 +0000

The opening scenes of the film include a Ukrainian cosmonaut crew lead by a woman with the country's flag on her sleeve.


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Macedonian Fugitives from Justice Seek Refuge in Hungary

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 21:49:04 +0000

On 18 October, former secret policemen Goran Grujovski and Nikola Boshkovski were apprehended by Greek authorities at Thessaloniki airport while attempting to board a flight bound for Budapest.


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