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Balkans: Geopolitical and cultural region of Southeast Europe
The Balkans, also known as the Balkan Peninsula, is a geographic area in Southeast Europe with various definitions and meanings, including geopolitical and historical. The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch throughout the whole of Bulgaria from the Serbian–Bulgarian border to the Black Sea coast. The Balkan Peninsula is bordered by the Adriatic Sea in the northwest, the Ionian Sea in the southwest, the Aegean Sea in the south, the Turkish Straits in the east, and the Black Sea in the northeast. The northern border of the peninsula is variously defined. The highest point of the Balkans is Mount Musala, 2,925 metres (9,596 ft), in the Rila mountain range, Bulgaria.


Croatia orders quarantine of arrivals from four Balkan states after COVID-19 outbreak [Video]

Croatia orders quarantine of arrivals from four Balkan states after COVID-19 outbreak

Croatia orders quarantine of arrivals from four Balkan states after COVID-19 outbreak

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Not surprising to see Djokovic test positive for COVID-19, says Murray [Video]

Not surprising to see Djokovic test positive for COVID-19, says Murray

Andy Murray criticises world number one Novak Djokovic for organising the Adria Tour exhibition tournament in the Balkan region after the Serbian and three other players tested positive for COVID-19.

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Djokovic Tests Positive For Coronavirus [Video]

Djokovic Tests Positive For Coronavirus

CNN reports that Novak Djokovic has tested positive for the coronavirus. The positive test comes after an exhibition event he organized in Croatia. The Adria Tour, which went to Zadar last weekend, has..

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Djokovic announces Balkans-based tour for June and July [Video]

Djokovic announces Balkans-based tour for June and July

World number one Novak Djokovic is bringing together some of the world's top tennis players for a series of matches to run from Jun. 13-Jul. 5 in the Balkan region.

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Bulgaria bans entry of trucks en route to Turkey

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