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22 Jul 14

Putin Visit to Serbia to Focus on Gas

At a time of intense diplomatic pressure on the Kremlin over Ukraine, Russia's leader is to visit Serbia in October on a mission to shore up ties with his Balkan ally - and discuss the South Stream gas pipeline.

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22 Jul 14

Suspected Drug Lord Faces Charges in Montenego

Dragoslav Kosmajac, who was arrested on Monday in the Montenegrin resort of Kotor, is facing criminal charges for forging documents.

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21 Jul 14

Kosovo Serbs Threaten to Quit Pristina's Institutions

Local leaders in the Serb-run north of Kosovo are threatening a collective resignation from Pristina-led institutions unless arrested Serbs are freed ahead of their trials.

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21 Jul 14

Serbia Unions to Petition for Labour Law Referendum

Serbian trade unions are starting to collect signatures for a referendum on new changes to the Labour Act, which they say will reduce wages and make it easier to sack workers.

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18 Jul 14

Serbia Court Finds Subotic Not Guilty of Smuggling

A Special Court in Belgrade has acquitted Stanko Subotic, aka Cane, and others, of charges of smuggling cigarettes in the Nineties.

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18 Jul 14

Serbia Pledges to Use Donors' Floods Aid Wisely

After inernational donors offered 995 million euro to Serbia to help it recover from May's disastrous floods, the country said it will use the funds for the energy sector and agriculture.

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17 Jul 14

Strasbourg Rules Against Ljubljana Bank and Slovenia

Ruling holds important implications for several hundred thousand former clients of the defunct bank in former Yugoslavia who lost millions in savings.

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17 Jul 14

Demolition Threat Alarms North Kosovo Serbs

Kosovo minister's threat to send in bulldozers in to demolish newly erected monuments by both Albanians and Serbs in the divided town of Mitrovica has upset local Serbs.

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16 Jul 14

Donors Raise 1.8 Billion Euro For Bosnia, Serbia

An international donors' conference in Brussels held to raise funds for May's disastrous floods in the region has offered a total of 1.8 billion euro for Bosnia and Serbia.

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16 Jul 14

Belgrade Luxury Complex Gets Court Go-Ahead

Belgrade is in line for a major new residential and commercial complex worth about 200 million euro after a court ended years of disputes about the site.

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15 Jul 14

Hague Prosecution Rejects Vojislav Seselj Cash Demand

The prosecution asked the Hague Tribunal to dismiss Serbian Radical Party leader Seselj’s request for 12 million euro in compensation because he has been in custody for 11 years.

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15 Jul 14

Serbia Unions Seek Referendum on Labour Law

Protesting unions say if their demands for changes to the controversial new Labour Act are not met, they will collect enough signatures to force a referendum on the issue.

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15 Jul 14

Serbia Unions to Protest over Labour Law

With new labour legislation due to come before parliament on Tuesday, trade unions opposing the law have said they will take to the streets.

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15 Jul 14

Serbia Sends ‘Sima’s Chetniks’ Paramilitaries for Retrial

Six former members of the paramilitary group Sima’s Chetniks, previously convicted of killing 28 civilians including children during the Bosnian war, were sent for retrial.

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14 Jul 14

Serbia Spends €800,000 on Croatia Genocide Suit

Serbia has spent over 800,000 euro so far on the country’s genocide lawsuit against Croatia at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, BIRN can reveal.

Premium

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21 Jul 14

Damir Fazlic: Controversial Deal Broker

In his first interview since October 2008, Bosnian businessman Damir Fazlic tackled the rumours and criminal allegations which have beset his career, reveals how he became an influential figure in the Balkans and beyond, and speaks of his grandiose plans for the future.  

Business

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14 Jul 14

Serbia-US Flights Not Ready for Takeoff

Despite official talk of direct US flights by 2015, experts say Air Serbia has a way to go before it can obtain a license to fly to America, and some doubt whether such flights will ever be profitable.

Culture and Lifestyle

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14 Jul 14

Zemun, a City in a City

It may be only a stone’s throw from the centre of Belgrade, but this one time Austro-Hungarian town moves to a very different beat.