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Kosovo authorities are ready to invite the FBI


Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, denounced the trends in the political exploitation of the murder of Oliver Ivanovic, the leader of the Citizens’ Initiative, “Freedom, Democracy, Justice” shot dead on Tuesday morning while entering the party’s headquarter. Following the meeting of the Kosovo Security Council, Haradinaj stated to the media that this crime is a result of the illegal involvement of foreign instances in the northern part of Kosovo inhabited mainly by Serbs. According to PM, Kosovo authorities are ready to invite the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). “The Kosovo Police has good relations with many organizations, and we will invite the FBI if needed” he said.

Freedom House’s report on Bulgaria


The non-governmental organization Freedom House published its annual ranking of freedom in countries. Bulgaria places itself among the free states, but the freedom of the media is ranked as “partially free”.

Bill on Donbass reintegration goes against Ukraine’s constitution, politician says

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Provisions of the bill on the reintegration of Donbass that will be given a second reading on Tuesday, run counter to the Ukrainian constitution and violate the rights of its citizens, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights told a news conference on Monday. “Passing the bill the way it has been drafted for a second reading will have considerable risks for the rights and freedoms of the people”, said Mikhail Chaplyga. Besides, some provisions, in particular on martial law, run counter to the country’s constitution, the spokesman added.

Saudi Arabia swapping assets for freedom after arrests


Saudi authorities are striking agreements with some of those held in an alleged anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom, according to sources familiar with the matter. The deals involve separating cash from assets, such as property and shares, and looking at bank accounts to assess cash values. Dozens of princes, senior officials and businessmen, including cabinet ministers and billionaires, have been arrested in this month’s sweeping crackdown, which is being seen as an attempt to strengthen the power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Among those arrested was billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the kingdom’s most prominent businessmen. One businessman reportedly had tens of millions of Saudi riyals withdrawn from his account after he signed the deal. In another case, a former senior official consented to hand over ownership of four billion riyals (roughly $1.06bn) worth of shares, the source said. The Saudi government earlier this week moved from freezing accounts to issuing instructions for “expropriation of unencumbered assets” or seizure of assets, said a second source familiar with the situation.

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