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19 Sep 17

In Pictures: Serbian Journalists Rally for Hunger-Striking Editor

Serbian journalists gathered on Tuesday in front of the government building in Belgrade to show support for Vukasin Obradovic, founder of independent weekly Vranjske novine, who has gone on a hunger strike.

19 Sep 17

Serbia’s ‘Red Berets’ Accused of Croatia Crimes

A witness told the retrial of former Serbian State Security Service chiefs Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic that the Red Berets unit, allegedly controlled by the defendants, committed crimes against non-Serb civilians in Croatia.

19 Sep 17

Serbian Newspaper Owner Goes on Hunger Strike

Vukasin Obradovic, the founder of Vranjske novine and former head of the Serbian journalists’ association, went on hunger strike after being forced to close his newspaper after more than two decades.

19 Sep 17

Bosnian Official Sacked for Criticising Serbia’s Vucic

The speaker of the East Sarajevo municipal assembly in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity was sacked for accusing Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic of ‘betrayal’ over Kosovo.

19 Sep 17

Serbian Minister’s Party Vilifies Editor as ‘Drug Addict’

After Serbia’s Crime and Corruption Reporting Network, KRIK, investigated the origin of money which Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin used to buy an apartment, his party called KRIK’s editor a “drug addict”.

19 Sep 17

Montenegro Asks Libya to Return Detained Sailors

After the seizure in Libya of a cargo ship with Montenegrin sailors aboard, Podgorica asked Tripoli to ensure the safe return of the crew of the vessel, which is suspected of involvement in smuggling.

19 Sep 17

Suspected Kosovo War Victim Exhumed in Albania

The Pristina authorities exhumed the body of an unidentified person in an Albanian village near the border with Kosovo, believed to have been buried there during the war 1999.

19 Sep 17

Albania Police Seek Vetting Process That is 'Fair'

After the new Interior Minister announced ambitious plans to vet the whole police force next year, police organisations have urged PM Rama not to turn the process into a show.

19 Sep 17

New Killing in Troubled Kotor Rattles Montenegro

The ability of the police in Montenegro to deal with gangster-style assassinations in the crime-hit resort of Kotor is again in question after another killing last weekend.

18 Sep 17

Albanian Opposition Seeks to Outlaw Communism Symbols

After children were seen waving pictures of the late Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha, Albania's main opposition party said it will submit a draft law outlawing the displays of such symbols.

18 Sep 17

More Macedonians Feel Country is Stable, Survey Shows

Since the new government was formed, Macedonians feel significantly more optimistic about their political situation and EU membership prospects, a new survey reveals.

18 Sep 17

Serbia’s Seselj Mocks Hague Tribunal in Reality Show

After Serbian nationalist politician Vojsilav Seselj mocked the Hague Tribunal by posing as a judge on a reality TV show, the UN war crimes court issued a new warning over his upcoming appeal hearings.

18 Sep 17

Russian Prosecutor's Bulgarian Visit Sparks Controversy

News that Russia’s Prosecutor General, Yury Chayka, is visiting his Bulgarian colleague, Sotir Tsatsarov, this week, has caused controversy in Sofia.

18 Sep 17

Kosovo Slates Serbian Film Attacking its UNESCO Bid

The Kosovo prime minister's office has condemned a Serbian documentary film that attacks Pristina's bid to join the UN cutural body UNESCO as offensive.

18 Sep 17

Asylum Seekers in Serbia Face Rejection From Landlords

Asylum-seekers in Serbia are facing a new problem as many landlords are refusing to rent them apartments, says an NGO that helps asylum-seekers find homes.

17 Sep 17

Deadly Storm Kills Eight, Injures Dozens, in Romania

A violent storm hit western Romania on Sunday, leaving eight dead and scores wounded.

17 Sep 17

In Pictures: Serbia's PM Makes History, Joining Pride Parade

Several hundred LGBT activists gathered in Belgrade for the Pride Parade march, which the Prime Minister attended this year for the first time.

17 Sep 17

Serbian Pride March Awaits PM's Attendance

This year's Pride March in Belgrade on Sunday takes place amid high expectations that the new Prime Minister, as well as other government ministers, will attend for the first time.

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19 Sep 17

Albanians Query Wisdom of Slimmed-Down Government

Edi Rama has honoured pledges to cut bureaucracy by radically trimming the size of the cabinet – but some fear the new ‘super-ministries are taking on more than they can handle.

18 Sep 17

Wine Lovers’ Paradise in Vibrant Zupa Region

Wine fountains, grape-stomping and open air concerts bring Serbia’s main wine-producing region to life every September.