April 2015

European Commission flags.| Photo by Se?bastien Bertrand/Wikimedia Bekim Collaku, Kosovo’s Minister of European Integration, said the European Commission had adopted a Stabilization and Association Agreement, SAA, proposal with Kosovo  on Thursday and sent it for approval to the Council of European Union. ?We welcome such a decision, which brings Kosovo closer to signing an SAA […]

April 28th, 2015 9:51pm Posted In: Press Notes It is highly unlikely that Russia’s government will leave the European Commission’s antitrust attack upon state-owned energy giant Gazprom unanswered. The company’s vast domestic and international influence ?  a far-reaching network of more than 400,000 employees, 160,000 kilometers of pipeline, and some 1,000 subsidiaries with a combined turnover of more than 100 billion euros ? is […]

Two senior Sofia police officers, the chief of the sixth district and the deputy head of the Sofia directorate of the Interior Ministry, resigned on April 29 after the controversial raid on the offices of Bulgarian television channel TV7. Debt collectors, accompanied by a large contingent of Sofia police ? later reinforced as journalists flocked […]

On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court will review Oklahoma?s three-drug execution protocol. The primary question posed by Glossip v. Gross is whether the use of midazolam as the first drug violates the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, by creating a substantial risk of serious harm to condemned prisoners. The Court?s past decisions make […]

Although most counterfeit products in circulation in Europe are manufactured outside the EU ? and evade detection at the EU?s external borders ? research for a new report highlights how domestic EU production is on the rise in several countries in the bloc. April 29 saw the release of the first extensive and in-depth situation […]

During the unrest in Baltimore on Monday night over the death of 25-year old Freddie Gray, rioters appeared to be attacking businesses indiscriminately?setting fire to a CVS and looting a liquor store, among other places?but they may have tried to avoid black-owned businesses. The New York Times? Ron Nixon reported that a member of the […]

Without a doubt, it was an extraordinary week for the transgender community. Model Andreja Pejic made history by becoming the first transgender woman to be profiled in Vogue. Laverne Cox, Emmy nominee for “Orange Is the New Black,” joined several other women baring it all for Allure’s annual ?Nudes? issue, becoming the first transgender actress […]

April 28th, 2015 1:29am Posted In: Press Notes A diplomatic thaw between Iran and the West is raising the prospects of an eventual flood of Iranian oil into already-sated global markets, weighing on prices in recent weeks. But Iran?s prodigious natural-gas reserves may also, someday, start to reshape global energy markets, should Tehran reach a […]

Medical community pariah antivaccination advocate Andrew Wakefield speaks at Life Chiropractic College West in California and continues his spreading of dangerous fear-mongering misinformation and ignorance. Anti-vaccine leader tells parents to fight immunization bill. Andrew Wakefield, the British scientist and former physician whose discredited research linking autism and immunizations helped launch a worldwide anti-vaccination movement, encouraged […]

Talk about a change in diet. Kenya: Cow ?starts eating sheep? on Nakuru farm ? BBC News. Charles Mamboleo, who runs a farm in south-western Nakuru County, discovered the cow feeding on a sheep one morning, having apparently gored it to death, [?]. Fresh food and water couldn?t tempt the cow, and another sheep met […]

Montenegro intends one day to set up joint diplomatic representatives offices with a number of countries, including Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania, a Montenegrin diplomat in Kosovo has said. The Montenegrin Charge d’Affaires in Kosovo, Radovan Miljanic, said the time was not far off when Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia would have a number of joint […]

People form symbolic embrace around GTC | Photo by: Darko Duridanski Residents of the Centar district of Skopje, Macedonia, will vote “Yes” or “No” on Sunday to plans to radically reshape one of the city’s best-known landmarks. The single question in the referendum – the first local one in Macedonia’s history – is: “Do you […]

Berislav Sipus. Photo: Facebook Croatia’s parliament has named Berislav Sipus, former deputy minister of culture, as the country’s new culture minister. Sipus was acting culture minister since late March when Andrea Zlatar Violic resigned after financial irregularities in the ministry?s financial transactions were revealed. Although he was confirmed on Thursday by parliament’s education, science and […]

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