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Bulgaria plots to help Turkey join the EU in defiant stand against Brussels

Ivan Sirakov, Bulgaria’s ambassador to Austria, put the nation on a collision course with the EU as he said stopping the talks is “not in the EU’s interest” but Turkey “must be open and honest”. Mr Sirakov used his speech in Vienna to assure Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo that “Europe would not be complete without them”. He said: “The Western Balkans are very important for the security and wellbeing of Europe.” Mr Sirakov added “we need Turkey for this process”. Talks between the EU and Turkey are…

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BREAKING: Politician killed after assassin opens fire from point blank range

Oliver Ivanovic was shot in the chest at point blank range outside his party’s headquarters in the city of Mitrovica in Kosovo.  Mr Ivanovic, 64, died in hospital of his injuries, his lawyer said.  He was the leader of Kosovo Serb party Freedom, Democracy, Justice.  His lawyer said: “Unfortunately, I wish it weren’t true but doctors declared Oliver dead at 9:30 this morning.” He was facing a retrial for alleged war crimes against Albanians in 1999. He was sentenced to jail but the verdict was overturned.  The news has sent…

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Japanese PM in PLANE ALERT: Wing panel FALLS OFF Shinzo Abe’s Boeing 747

Officials noticed the panel was missing from the Boeing 747, one of two jetliners used by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for foreign trips, after it flew from Tokyo to its base on the northern island of Hokkaido. A spokesman for the Japan Air Self Defence Force (ASDF) said the part, measuring 15in by 10in has not been found.  It is believed to be an access panel near the pylon connecting one of the engines to the right wing. The ASDF spokesman said the air force would conduct an urgent investigation…

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Epiphany 2018: When should you take your Christmas Tree down?

The festival of Epiphany falls on Saturday January 6 and marks the official end of Christmas for worshippers across the world. The date is also key for people across Britain because all Christmas trees and decorations should have been taken down the night before it starts. What is Epiphany? The holy day of Epiphany is celebrated by Western churches almost two weeks after Christmas. It falls the day after Twelfth Night on January 5 and follows the Twelve Days of Christmas, the period between Christmas Day and Epiphany. In Western…

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The Guardian footballer of the year 2017: Juan Mata

The Guardian Footballer of the Year is an award given to a player who has done something truly remarkable, whether by overcoming adversity, helping others or setting a sporting example by acting with exceptional honesty. The inaugural winner was Fabio Pisacane in 2016 Each time you meet Juan Mata it’s a surprise how small he appears in person. You never expect a giant of a man to be only 5ft 7in tall, and to cut such a slight figure or to flash a warm smile, but the Guardian’s Footballer of…

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Serbia launches probe after toxic waste dumped near Belgrade

Serbian police cordoned off the affected area and arrested the he owner of the field, according to media reports (AFP Photo/) More Belgrade (AFP) – The mayor of a Belgrade suburb said Saturday that a large-scale investigation will be launched following the discovery of 25 tonnes of toxic waste found dumped in a private field. “This is just the beginning of a major operation that will take place on our territory and in Serbia,” Obrenovac mayor Miroslav Cuckovic told state television (RTS). “We will check all the sites where toxic…

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UN Jerusalem vote by country: What countries voted against US call on Israel’s capital?

An overwhelming majority of United Nations member states opposed the United States regarding the disputed status of Jerusalem on Thursday. In what was seen as a massive blow to the US, a total of 128 of the 193-member UN General Assembly agreed to resolve the Holy City dispute through “negotiations in line with relevant UN resolutions”. The vote followed President’s Trump decision on December 6 to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.   The official UN position is that East Jerusalem is part of the occupied Palestinian territory –…

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Spain Arrests Suspect Wanted in Italy for Multiple Killings

He was arrested after three were killed in Spain, including two Civil Guards More (MADRID) — Spanish authorities on Friday arrested a homicide suspect wanted for months by Italy after three people were killed a day earlier in Spain, including two Civil Guards. Norbert Feher, a 36 year-old from Serbia, was arrested near Cantavieja, a town in northeastern rural Spain, after he allegedly shot and killed a civilian and two Civil Guard police Thursday, a Civil Guard spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with internal police rules.…

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Aston Villa register interest in signing Liverpool midfielder next month

The 21-year-old is behind the likes of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum in the Anfield pecking order and has been limited to just one start for the Reds this term.  Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is toying with the idea of sanctioning a loan move next month.  Premier League side Brighton have also contacted the Reds about Grujic, according to the Liverpool Echo.  Turkish giants Galatasaray fancy a loan deal but Liverpool do not want him going abroad.  Grujic cost Liverpool £5.1million from Red Star Belgrade in January 2016…

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EU expansion: Serbia and Montenegro move forward with membership talks

Accession negotiations are formed of 35 “chapters” covering areas including the economy, energy, human rights and the rule of law. Each chapter is its own series of negotiations as the would-be members have to align their practices with EU laws and regulations. Montenegro has opened two new chapters in its talks with the EU, covering freedom of movement for workers and services. The Adriatic coastal nation now has 30 open chapters with the EU, of which three are considered to be completed. Montenegro, which has a population of 623,000, has…

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