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29 Oct 14

Kosovo President Ponders Invite to Serbia

The Kosovo President is mulling whether to attend the Trilateral Commission in Belgrade, amid arguments that she should not attend a conference in a country that does not recognise her own.

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27 Oct 14

‘Russia Today’ News Service Opens in Serbia

Moscow’s international news agency Russia Today is opening 29 new offices abroad, including one in Serbia, with a promise to promote the Kremlin’s news perspective.

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27 Oct 14

Serbian PM’s Brother in ‘Fake ID Card’ Row

An opposition MP accused Aleksandar Vucic’s brother of running a company involved in illegal business practices, but officials said his ID card was stolen to set up the offending firm.

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27 Oct 14

Serbs Urge US to Support Return to Kosovo

Kosovo Serb refugees called for US embassy in Pristina to protect their rights, claiming they are forbidden to return to their houses in Kosovo.

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24 Oct 14

Brussels to Monitor Balkan Economies Each Year

Balkan countries pledged to send their annual economic plans to the EU at a conference in Belgrade - which also marked the first time that the Serbian capital hosted Kosovo officials.

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24 Oct 14

Albania, Serbia Appeal Against UEFA Ruling

Both Albania and Serbia are to appeal against the EUEFA ruling on the abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgrade, which each side has condemned as unjust.

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23 Oct 14

UEFA to Rule on Serbia-Albania Match Mayhem

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will hold a hearing on Thursday to discuss disciplinary proceeding against the Serbian and Albanian football federations over the amatch on October 14, which was called off amid battles on the pitch.

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23 Oct 14

Rumours Swirl Over Fate of Serbia's TV B92

After the once famous Serbian broadcaster announced it was changing location and direction, there are reports that it may change its name as well

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23 Oct 14

Serbia Orders Arrest of Ex-Policeman Fighting in Ukraine

Former Serbian anti-terrorist police spokesperson Radomir Pocuca, on trial for threatening peace campaigners, faces arrest for not appearing in court after he joined pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.

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22 Oct 14

Kosovo-Serbia Talks Need Reviving, Report Says

New momentum is needed in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue after the timeout caused by elections in both countries, a report by Kosovo and Slovak think tanks suggests.

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22 Oct 14

Serbian Teachers Protest Against Wage Cuts

As Serbia readies to adopt a revised budget containing new austerity measures, education unions have announced a public protest for October 22.

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22 Oct 14

Serbian Police Official to Be Jailed in Germany

Former high-ranking Serbian interior ministry official Vlastimir Djordjevic will be sent to a German prison to serve his 18-year sentence for war crimes against Albanians in Kosovo.

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20 Oct 14

Striking Serbian Lawyers Protest in Belgrade

Several thousand lawyers who have been on strike since the middle of September demonstrated in front of the Serbian government building in Belgrade.

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20 Oct 14

Albanian PM’s Visit to Belgrade Postponed

After the disruption at the Serbia-Albania football match in Belgrade, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has postponed his planned visit to the Serbian capital until November.

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18 Oct 14

Serbian Police Guards Albanian Embassy Ahead of Match

A heavy police presence has been deployed around the Albanian embassy in Belgrade amid fears it could be targeted by football hooligans.

Premium

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31 Oct 14

Improving Justice System is Vital for Serbia

The Council of Europe Office’s new head in Belgrade, Tim Cartwright, says strengthening the rule of law will not only improve the justice system but stimulate investment, uphold a free media and help Serbia on its way to Europe.

Business

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31 Oct 14

Austerity is Bringing Serbia No Benefits

The revised budget reveals that the effects of the government’s ‘austerity’ policies are practically nonexistent - and will only result in a yet higher budget deficit.

Culture and Lifestyle

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11 Oct 14

Junkyard Art Holds Message for the Planet

Vlado Kostov’s sculptures, all made from scrap metal, are not just interesting artworks; they tell of the need to save planet Earth.