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Bosnia Jails Salafist Chief for Recruiting Fighters

 

 

 

Under a new law targeting religious militants, a court in Bosnia jailed a salafist cleric for seven years on Thursday (05.11.2015) for recruiting fighters to join ISIS in Syria and Iraq. 

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Polish president: Poland and Romania agree on stronger NATO presence

 

 

 

Polish president Andrzej Duda said on November 3(2015) that he and the Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis considered that the NATO presence in the region should intensify.

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Turkey Alarmed Over Russian Military Buildup in Syria

 

 

 

On the eve of a visit Wednesday by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Moscow, Turkey has dubbed Russia's rapid military buildup in Syria as "very dangerous.'

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Top U.S. Admiral Says NATO Should Rework Maritime Strategy

 

 

 

Russia’s stepped up naval operations and other threats mean that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization should reexamine maritime strategy, the new head of the U.S. Navy said Thursday.

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U.S. Ready To Invite Montenegro To Join NATO

 

 

 

The United States is ready to back NATO membership for Montenegro, provided the former Yugoslav republic continues to pursue reforms and increases popular support for joining the Western security alliance, the White House said.

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Romania, US To Sign Deal on Curbing Crimes

 

 

 

The United States and Romania are to sign an agreement aimed at preventing serious crime, which will also further Romania's aim of inclusion in the US Visa Waiver programme.

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Macedonia Mulls Hungarian-Style Border Fence

Macedonia may have to follow Hungary's example and build a border fence to curb the inflow of refugees and migrants, the Foreign Minister said.

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Athens may mull opening Evros fence as part of EU deal

 

 

 

Greek authorities have ruled out, again, the possibility of joint sea patrols with Turkey in the Aegean but have indicated, for the first time, that they would be willing to consider opening the fence on the Evros border with the neighboring country if a broad agreement with European Union members could be reached.

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Bulgaria’s MiG-29s modernisation

 

 

 

“Sofia’s position is counterproductive and goes completely against the spirit and agreements between our countries in regard to military-technical cooperation, especially in regard to protecting intellectual rights. 

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Illegal Arms Trade 'Threatens Balkan Security'

 

 

 

Regional cooperation and tough controls are the key to success in the fight against the illicit arms trade in the Balkans, a SEESAC conference in Belgrade heard on Friday (30.10.2015).

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Bosnian Serb Police Foil 'Terrorist Attack' on Hotel

 

 

 

Republika Srpska police in the northeast seized a huge quantity of explosives that they said were intended to destroy a hotel in a terrrorist attack.

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Mini NATO summit in Bucharest will discuss security in the region

 

 

 

Nine NATO country leaders in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) will meet in Bucharest next week, on November 4, 2015, in a regional summit, to come up with a common message about the necessity of a strong NATO presence in the region, according to Mediafax.

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Serbia Buys Russian Arms, Joins NATO Drill

 

 

 

As Serbian Prime Minister agrees to weapon purchases in Russia, Serbian soldiers are heading off to a US-organized military drill in Germany.

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Kosovo Islamic Body Accused of Tolerating Extremists

 

 

 

At a round table in Kosovo, theologians and researchers criticized Saudi Arabia and Kosovo’s official Islamic Community concerning the rise of religious radicalism.

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Sweden announces Gripen bid for Croatia

 

 

 

Swedish defence export agency FXM announced on 24 October, 2015 that the country was officially offering the Saab JAS 39 Gripen C/D for Croatia's fighter replacement requirement.

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