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30 Jul 14

War Veterans Condemn EU’s Kosovo Crimes Report

Kosovo’s War Veterans Association said that a new EU report stating that senior Kosovo Liberation Army officials will be prosecuted for crimes against humanity was “ridiculous”.

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30 Jul 14

Starlet's Confession Fuels Plagiarism Row in Serbia

Claims by Nada Djukic, aka Blondy, that she 'bought' her college diploma have added legs to an ongoing furore in Serbia over officials who allegedly plagiarised their university degrees.

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30 Jul 14

Serbian Ambassador Praises ‘Freedom Fighter’ Gavrilo Princip

The Bosnian Serb assassin who shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 and helped spark World War I was seeking the liberation of his people, said Serbia’s ambassador to Canada.

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30 Jul 14

Balkans on Freak Weather Alert as Two Die in Romania

Severe weather alerts are in force across much of the region while storms in southern Romania have already caused widespread devastation and killed at least two people.

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30 Jul 14

Council of Europe Hails Kosovo Organ-Trafficking Revelations

The European rights body welcomed an EU report accusing senior Kosovo Liberation Army figures of post-war crimes and saying there were compelling indications of organ-trafficking by fighters.

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30 Jul 14

Serbia Media Expect Tough Time After Privatisation

As new media laws go before parliament, journalists' associations predict only a few outlets will survive privatisation in today's tough market conditions.

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29 Jul 14

Serbia Welcomes EU’s Kosovo Crimes Report

The Serbian government welcomed an EU task force announcement about indictments for alleged Kosovo Liberation Army crimes against Serbs, but said justice will only be done when perpetrators are convicted.

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29 Jul 14

New Kosovo Prosecutions ‘Offer Justice for Abducted Serbs’

An EU task force report announcing prosecutions of senior Kosovo Liberation Army members for crimes against humanity after the 1999 war could end impunity, said human rights group Amnesty International.

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29 Jul 14

Religious Tolerance Patchy in Balkans, State Department Says

Discrimination against smaller religious communities continues in most Balkan countries, even though governments and laws in general respect religious freedoms, a new US report says.

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29 Jul 14

Serbian Ministers See Bright Side of War Centenary

Serbian ministers had a good time on a bus to a commemorative event in the southern city of Nis, where they marked the centenary of the outbreak of war with Austria-Hungary in 1914.

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29 Jul 14

Senior Kosovo Guerrillas Face Crimes Against Humanity Cases

An EU report said top Kosovo Liberation Army officials will be prosecuted for crimes against humanity including murders and abductions but there was not enough evidence yet for organ-trafficking indictments.

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29 Jul 14

Serbia Purges Chiefs of Public Companies

The Prime Minister announced that seven heads of state-owned enterprises were being fired, adding that the heads of many more managers would roll in August.

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28 Jul 14

Serbia Marks ‘Heroic’ WWI Centenary

The Serbian premier praised the fight to liberate the country from Austro-Hungarian rule during World War I, but plans to unveil a monument to Sarajevo assassin Gavrilo Princip were shelved.

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28 Jul 14

Belgrade Urges Kosovo Serb Politician’s ‘Immediate’ Release

The Serbian government said that local politician Oliver Ivanovic, who has been in custody since January on suspicion of involvement in war crimes and murders in Kosovo, should be bailed.

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28 Jul 14

Serbia Introduces Tax for Public Service Broadcaster

Under pressure from Brussels, the Serbian government will bring back a compulsory monthly payment for the two state-owned television channels in a bid to preserve their independence.

Premium

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25 Jul 14

Mystery Lingers Over Grand Waterfront Plan

While officials say the mega-development will transform Belgrade, questions remain about how the project will be financed, and whether such an upscale development will benefit local people.

Business

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28 Jul 14

Serbia Shells Out for Pricey Foreign Advisors

Hiring famous international ‘advisors’ might boost Serbia’s brand image - but they do not come cheap and their use is limited if the government fails to act on their words.

Culture and Lifestyle

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24 Jul 14

Shlep: Making a Splash Among the Splavs

With its perfect location and very diverse clientele, it’s no wonder that Shlep is drawing in the crowds.