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25 Nov 14

Croatia Threatens Serbia EU Bid Over War Crimes

Croatia’s justice minister warned that Zagreb will block Serbia’s EU accession talks if Belgrade does not prosecute war criminals and outlaw support for the nationalist Chetnik movement.

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25 Nov 14

Serbia Arrests Tycoon for Alleged Bank Fraud

Miroslav Bogicevic, a Serbian businessman and former Democratic Party donor, was arrested on suspicion of defrauding the mainly state-owned Privredna Bank of 15 million euros.

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25 Nov 14

Serbian Media ‘Ethnically Biased’ on War Crimes

Serbian media still show significant ethnic bias when reporting on war crimes trials in domestic courts, portraying Serbs as the victims and promoting nationalist ideas.

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24 Nov 14

Serbia Restricts Young Drivers after Danube Tragedy

After a drunken teenager drove a car into the Danube and killed three passengers, Serbia is planning to ban young people from driving at night or after drinking any amount of alcohol.

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24 Nov 14

Hague Tribunal Defends Vojislav Seselj Release

The president of the UN-backed court, Theodor Meron, defended the temporary release of war crimes defendant Seselj after the Croatian leadership called it a setback for international justice.

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21 Nov 14

Russia, China Slate EU Sanctions Pressure on Serbia

Russian and Chinese officials have criticised the EU for telling Serbia to align its foreign policy with Brussels concerning sanctions against Russia.

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20 Nov 14

Hahn Tells Serbia to Join Sanctions on Russia

Johannes Hahn, the EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, has told Serbia it must join EU-imposed sanctions on Russia.

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19 Nov 14

Mogherini Urges Action on Kosovo-Serbia Deals

Federica Mogherini, the EU's new foreign policy chief, has called on Kosovo and Serbia to continue implementing deals brokered in Brussels ahead of a resumption of talks.

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19 Nov 14

Serbia PM Defends Economic Ties to Russia

Prime Minister Vucic said that while Serbia's political focus remains on EU integration, economic interests necessitate continued close ties to Russia.

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19 Nov 14

Seselj Inflames Croatia With Vukovar Jibe

Croatian politicians have voiced outrage over comments by Vojislav Seselj, mocking the fall of Vukovar in 1991, demanding his speedy return to The Hague.

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18 Nov 14

Regional Truth Commision One Step Closer To Establishment

The coalition of groups working to establish a fact-finding commission into the Yugoslav wars, known as RECOM, amended its statute ahead of the hoped-for formation of the commission next year.

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17 Nov 14

Serbia Teachers Strike Over Pay Cuts

After the government refused to exempt teachers from public-sector salary reductions, education unions on Monday cut classes from 45 to 30 minutes in a strike.

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14 Nov 14

Serbian Tycoon Beko Wounded in Ambush

The business tycoon Milan Beko was shot and wounded in front of his home in Belgrade, prompting police to block the city in the hunt for the gunmen.

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14 Nov 14

Serbian Church Plays Host to Russian Patriarch

Following President Putin’s recent visit, the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch is also in Belgrade, where he will be meet his Serbian counterpart and bless a statue of a Russian Tsar.

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14 Nov 14

Serbia and Russia Stage Joint Military Exercise

As Serbian and Russian troops stage a joint 'anti-terrorist' drill in northern Serbia, the Defence Minister has maintained that the event has no hidden meaning and was arranged long ago.

Premium

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25 Nov 14

Serbia NGOs Demand Action on Violence Against Women

With as many as 30 women killed each year by relatives or spouses, NGOs say it’s time Serbia stopped averting its gaze from violence against women and dealt with this scourge head on.

Business

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20 Nov 14

Serbia Strikes Billion Euro Loan Deal with IMF

Serbia has clinched an agreement on a billion-euro precautionary loan with the International Monetary Fund, which it hopes will create confidence and lure investors.

Culture and Lifestyle

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25 Nov 14

Big-name Movies Headline Belgrade's Amateur Festival

This year’s 20th Amateur Film Festival promises a spicy blend of local, regional and international hits.