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Belgrade Plays down Joint Military Exercise with Russia

 

 

 

The first-ever joint Serbian-Russian military exercises have been held at the Nikinci military testing ground outside Belgrade. Although local media were granted access to the event as it got started, Serbian journalists scrambled for information in the run-up to the exercise.

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Bosnia Finally Takes Control of Its Skies

 

 

 

Bosnia has for the first time started controlling its own airspace, which until now has been handled by neighbouring Croatia and Serbia.

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Bosnia Police Round up More Alleged Terrorists

 

 

 

Bosnian police have arrested another 11 suspects as part of Operation Damask, which aims to crack down on groups that are financing and organizing the recruitment of Islamist fighters abroad.

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Russia balks at UN support for Bosnia amid Ukraine rift

 

 

 

Russia on 11 November 2014 refused to endorse a UN resolution on Bosnia that Moscow said would push the Balkan country towards NATO and the European Union -- a scenario that led to the conflict in Ukraine.

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No chance Turkey will be 'kicked out of NATO'

 

 

 

The US-led fight against the Islamic State (IS), and in particular the battle for Kobani, the predominantly Kurdish town in northern Syria that is shouting distance from the Turkish border, has turned into a “stress test” for Turkey’s NATO membership, if one is to go by some Western opinion-makers.

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Turkey's border security problem

 

 

 

Recently, there has been a marked increase in news and commentary about Turkey’s security shortcomings along its borders with Iraq and Syria. These reports note that in the Syrian case, anyone can freely cross the border with vehicles and goods. 

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Российские десантники прибыли в Сербию на антитеррористические учения

 

 

 

Подразделение Воздушно-десантных войск России прибыло в Сербию для участия в совместном с сербскими военными тактическом антитеррористическом учении, сообщили ТАСС в Минобороны РФ.

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'Liberation Army' Claims it Shelled Macedonian Govt

 

 

 

A mysterious movement calling itself the National Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the recent shelling of the Macedonian government building, which hit the roof and walls.

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Turkey warns of ’massive refugee crisis’ if Aleppo falls

 

 

 

Expressing concern over the intensified campaign against rebels in Aleppo, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said Turkey may face a new refugee wave if the city falls into the hands of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

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Montenegro, Croatia, Spat Over Adriatic Oil Probes

 

 

 

Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic has accused Montenegro of claiming a potentially oil and gas rich part of the Adratic that he says belongs to Croatia.

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Splitting gendarmerie from Turkish army: reform or bad timing?

 

 

 

When you enter any gendarmerie post, Turkey’s paramilitary rural police force in 81 provinces and 957 towns, the first slogan on the wall is always Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s words: “The Turkish gendarmerie is an army of law.”

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Montenegro Army to Join EU Mission in Africa

 

 

 

Montenegro has agreed to send several officers to join the new EU peacekeeping mission in the strife-torn Central African Republic.

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Greek-Albanian police operation leads to nine drug arrests

 

 

 

A joint operation by Greek and Albanian authorities has led to the arrest of nine men - four in Greece and five in the neighboring Balkan country - suspected of trafficking drugs on a large scale.

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Turkish military angered by Ankara’s peshmerga move

 

 

 

A group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters, numbering around 200, arrived in Turkey this week together with heavy weapons that will be deployed in the northern Syrian town of Kobani to assist local Kurdish fighters as they try to roll back advances by the Islamic State (IS).

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Bulgaria’s Lesovo border checkpoint was temporary closed Sunday over operation against corruption schemes (ROUNDUP)

 

 

 

On November 1, 2014,  at 11.30 p.m. Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Bulgaria and the State Agency for National Security (SANS) have launched an operation and an investigation of the activities of customs office employees at the Lesovo border checkpoint over alleged corruption schemes.

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