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19 Dec 14

Kosovo, Serbia Ready to Resume EU Talks

After months of delay, Kosovo and Serbia are willing to continue the EU-mediated dialogue early next year in Brussels.

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19 Dec 14

Serbian MPs Claim Prosecutor Unlawfully Appointed

A group of Serbian MPs filed criminal charges against members of the State Council of Prosecutors for the alleged illegal appointment of deputy war crimes prosecutor Bruno Vekaric.

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19 Dec 14

Serbia Readies for OSCE Role With Russian Visit

Ivica Dacic, Serbia's Foreign Minister, will travel to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart and discuss Ukraine on the eve of Serbia assuming the presidency of the OSCE.

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19 Dec 14

Mladic ‘Told Serb Troops to Act Like Knights’

A defence witness at the war crimes trial of Ratko Mladic said that the former Bosnian Serb military chief ordered his men not to harm Bosniak prisoners from Srebrenica.

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18 Dec 14

Serbia Expels Arrested Falun Gong Members

Members of Falun Gong, arrested ahead of the China-Balkan summit in Belgrade, have been expelled from Serbia after four days in detention.

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18 Dec 14

Ivanovic Pleads Not Guilty to War Crimes

Oliver Ivanovic and four other defendants pleaded not guilty to war crimes in a trial that has opened in Mitrovica, northern Kosovo.

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18 Dec 14

New Bridge's Grave Look Upsets Belgraders

The marble panel marking the opening of a new bridge in Belgrade upset many Serbs on account of its resemblance to a cemetery headstone - and has since been hurriedly removed.

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18 Dec 14

World Footballers Warned About Serbian Clubs

Union advises players not to sign for Serbian clubs as so many are bankrupt and cannot pay their teams.

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15 Dec 14

Kosovo Officials Vow Serb ‘Peace Park’ Removal

Kosovo Albanian officials have again promised to get rid of a ‘peace park’ created by Serbs to replace a barricade on the bridge that divides the town of Mitrovica.

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15 Dec 14

Dacic Re-Elected Leader of Serbia's Socialists

Ivica Dacic, the country's current foreign minister, was re-elected as president of the Socialist Party of Serbia, which he has headed since the death of ex-leader Slobodan Milosevic in 2006.

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15 Dec 14

New Danube Accident Closes Belgrade Road

A road leading to a Danube peninsula in the Serbian capital has been closed after the second car accident there in fewer than three weeks.

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12 Dec 14

Serb Paramilitary ‘Captain Dragan’ Closer to Extradition

Former Serb paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic’s court plea to stop his extradition from Australia to Croatia, where he is wanted for alleged war crimes, was turned down.

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12 Dec 14

Serbian Police Probe Mass Data Theft Claim

Serbian police are investigating claims of anonymous hackers that they have stolen the ID numbers, addresses and phone numbers of everyone in the country.

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11 Dec 14

EU Names New Kosovo Tribunal Chief Prosecutor

US lawyer David Schwendiman will be the chief prosecutor of the new special war crimes court that is expected to prosecute senior Kosovo Liberation Army figures, BIRN has learned.

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11 Dec 14

End in Sight to Serbian Lawyers’ Strike

After Serbia's government promised to meet the key requests of striking lawyers, the three-month protest that brought the judicial system to a virtual halt could soon be over.

Premium

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19 Dec 14

Euthanasia Call Stirs Passions in Serbia

Ahead of a public debate on proposals to legalise euthanasia, doctors and experts have criticised the idea, saying the time is not ripe to allow ‘mercy killing’.

Business

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18 Dec 14

Montenegro Drops in Forbes Business Ranking

Montenegro has dopped down four places in this year’s Forbes magazine’s list of 'best countries for business,' ranking in 48th place out of 146 surveyed states, although it remains above several EU member states.

Culture and Lifestyle

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13 Dec 14

Festive Fun for Seasonal Revellers

The city will welcome Christmas and New Year with a seasonal market and folk stars, rock bands and techno DJs playing open-air gigs.