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27 Apr 15

Film Honours Sportsmen's Wartime Bravery

A documentary about the courage of Yugoslav sportsmen who defied nationalist hysteria in the 1990s has premiered in Belgrade, focusing on their little known heroic acts off the pitch.

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27 Apr 15

EULEX Uncovers Suspected Mass Grave in Kosovo

The EU rule-of-law mission, EULEX, on Monday said it had found human remains in a village cemetery in the Skenderaj/Srbica area of Kosovo after a villager provided information.

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27 Apr 15

Belgraders Protest against Waterfront Deal

Protesters angered by the announced construction of the gigantic Belgrade Waterfront project staged a rally in the Serbian capital on Sunday against the signing ceremony.

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25 Apr 15

Serbia's Democrats Test Strength at Rally

The once mighty but now weakened Democratic Party held an anti-government protest in the Serbian capital, pushing its demand for early elections.

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24 Apr 15

Too Few Serbia-Kosovo Deals Implemented, Report

Implementation of the normalization agreement between Kosovo and Serbia has been patchy, with only four of the 17 agreements being put into action since 2011, a new report says.

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24 Apr 15

Serbs Call off Boycott of Kosovo Parliament

Following a two-month boycott of Kosovo institutions, Serbian representatives are returning to government after receiving assurances concerning their agreement with coalition partners.

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23 Apr 15

Serbian Official Defiant Over Kosovo Visit

A senior Serbian official has said he will proceed with his visit to Kosovo, even though it has not been approved by the Kosovo authorities.

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23 Apr 15

Serbian Ombudsman Pressed on Friend's Suicide

As Serbian police publish documents about the 1993 suicide of the ombudsman’s friend, a pro-government media outlet has suggested the ombudsman was involved in the tragedy.

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22 Apr 15

Serbian Officials Row Over President's Diverted Plane

After the aviation authorities claimed a coffee spill aborted the Serbian President's plane trip to Rome, the President's advisor has instead blamed the Transport Minister.

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22 Apr 15

Kosovo Agrees Halt to Disputed Privatisations

At the latest Belgrade-Pristina talks in Brussels, Kosovo agreed not to unilaterally privatize companies in the mainly Serbian north without seeking the consent of the community.



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20 Apr 15

Kosovo FM Thaci’s Belgrade Visit Cancelled

A Belgrade-based NGO which asked Kosovo Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci to visit the Serbian capital for a conference has revoked the invitation, blaming what it said was political pressure.

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20 Apr 15

Serbian Ombudsman 'Targeted by Media Attacks'

Serbia's rights ombudsman Sasa Jankovic said that attacks on him in the media only prove that he is doing his job.

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20 Apr 15

Serbian PM ‘Misused’ WWII Death Camp Anniversary

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was accused of using a speech he made at a commemoration for victims of the Croatian-run WWII Jasenovac concentration camp for his own propaganda.

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20 Apr 15

Kosovo Leaders Vow Commitment to New War Court

Kosovo’s president and prime minister assured a US official that they are committed to establishing a new special court which is expected to try high-ranking former Kosovo Liberation Army figures.

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17 Apr 15

Serbian Editor’s Sacking Raises Media Freedom Concerns

The sacking of Antonela Riha, a well-known Serbian journalist, has raised new concerns about pressure on the media in the country.

Business

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22 Apr 15

EU Hails Balkan Transport Network Deal

Leaders of six Western Balkans countries meeting on Tuesday in Brussels agreed on plans for a regional transport network, to which the EU has pledged 130 million euros.

Culture and Lifestyle

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09 Apr 15

Culture Honour for Pink TV Boss Draws Protest

The artist Veljko Mihajlovic is returning the award he obtained 16 years ago in a protest against the City of Belgrade's decision to honour TV mogul Zeljko Mitrovic for his work for culture.