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86 sentenced in Macedonia highway toll scam case

A criminal court in Macedonia's capital has sentenced 86 employees of a road management company to prison terms ranging from eight months to more than six years for involvement in a massive highway toll scam. Full story

Albanian leaders fan flames of nationalism, unnerving West

TIRANA (Reuters) - The walls of Kreshnik Spahiu's office in the Albanian capital bear the names of towns far beyond the borders of this Adriatic state, in modern-day Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Full story

EU's Ashton to visit Balkans as Serbia awaits talks verdict

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will visit the Western Balkans this week, when the European Commission is due to decide whether to recommend the start of EU membership talks with Serbia and possibly Macedonia. Full story

Macedonia local polls end trouble-free, in boost for its EU bid

SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonia held a trouble-free municipal election on Sunday despite recent ethnic and political unrest, in a boost for the Balkan country's hopes to start European Union entry talks later this year. Full story

Ethnic Albanians clash with police in Macedonia

SKOPJE (Reuters) - Riot police in Macedonia clashed on Saturday with ethnic Albanian protesters who torched a bus and attacked shops in a second day of violence triggered by the appointment of a former guerrilla fighter as defense minister. Full story

One dead, hundreds of homes flooded in Macedonia

SKOPJE (Reuters) - One man was drowned and several hundred homes in Macedonia were flooded on Tuesday as two days of heavy rain drenched farmland and caused power outages in the Balkan country, authorities said. Full story

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