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27 Feb 15

Tamnava Mine Deadline Broken Without Explanation

While the draining of the Tamnava mine is running months late, EPS says the consortium has fulfilled its contract and will not be charged penalties.

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27 Feb 15

Chetnik Leader’s Rehabilitation Case Reopens in Belgrade

Rehabilitation hearings for Chetnik leader Dragoljub Mihailovic, who was convicted of high treason and Nazi collaboration in 1946, have reopened in a Belgrade court.

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27 Feb 15

Serbia Promises Imminent Strpci Abduction Indictments

Twenty-two years after Serb fighters seized 20 passengers from a train in Bosnia and killed them, the Serbian war crimes prosecution said that indictments will be issued in the coming days.

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27 Feb 15

Fugitive Bosnian Serb General’s Case in Limbo

Former Bosnian Serb general Novak Djukic fled to Serbia last year after being convicted of wartime crimes in Tuzla, but there is no indication when or if Belgrade will jail him.

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26 Feb 15

Kosovo Serb Politician Ivanovic’s Custody Extended

Oliver Ivanovic, who is on trial for war crimes and ordering the killings of Kosovo Albanians, has been remanded for another two months despite a new plea from the Serbian president.

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26 Feb 15

Balkans Told to Curb Flow of Asylum Seekers

After the European Commission revealed that the number of false asylum seekers from the Balkans rose by 40 per cent last year, Brussels has called for more decisive action to curb the numbers heading westwards.

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25 Feb 15

Amnesty Gives Balkans Mixed Verdict on Rights

Balkan countries still struggled to address a range of human rights concerns in 2014, a new report by Amnesty International says.

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25 Feb 15

Interpol Seeks Arrest of 17 Yugoslav Fighters

Interpol has issued ‘red notices’ for 17 former members of Serbian forces, including a ruling party MP, over allegations that they committed war crimes in Kosovo in April 1999.

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25 Feb 15

Goran Hadzic Demands Removal of Court Psychologist

Former Croatian Serb Leader Goran Hadzic, who is on trial for war crimes in The Hague, alleged that the UN’s Dutch psychologist told him to rely on God to give him strength.

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24 Feb 15

Euro Parliament Urges Faster Reform in Serbia

The European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee called for faster EU integration after a heated debate in which Croatian lawmakers said Serbia should be forced to address its wartime wrongdoing.

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24 Feb 15

Illegal Immigrants Injured on Highway in Serbia

A car crash in southern Serbia involving 40 illegal immigrants from Nigeria, Bangladesh and Syria has highlighted the growing problem of illegal migrant flows through the Balkans.

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24 Feb 15

Serbian Minister Defends Support for Wanted Paramilitary

Serbia’s justice minister said he would continue to fight the extradition of paramilitary leader ‘Captain Dragan’ from Australia to Croatia to stand trial for alleged war crimes.

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23 Feb 15

Kosovo’s Thaci Criticised for Genocide Suit Threat

Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci’s threat to sue Serbia for genocide at the International Court of Justice has been criticised for being legally impractical and a potential misuse of resources.

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20 Feb 15

War Crimes Defendant Goran Hadzic Asks for Release

Former Croatian Serb leader Goran Hadzic, who is on trial for war crimes at the UN-backed court in The Hague, has asked for temporary release for cancer treatment in Serbia.

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20 Feb 15

Belgrade Insight Kicked Out of Distribution Points

Distribution of Belgrade Insight has been stopped at Belgrade airport and at Tourist Organisation of Belgrade centres - in what appears a continuation of the government-led campaign against BIRN.

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tamnava-mine-deadline-broken-without-explanation
27 Feb 15

Tamnava Mine Deadline Broken Without Explanation

While the draining of the Tamnava mine is running months late, EPS says the consortium has fulfilled its contract and will not be charged penalties.

18 Feb 15

Blood Ties

Business

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25 Feb 15

Serbian Bank Eases Plight Over Franc Loans

The National Bank of Serbia has told commercial banks they must let clients with loans in Swiss francs repay housing loans on easier terms.

Culture and Lifestyle

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27 Feb 15

FEST to Champion Serbian Movies

The country’s most popular film festival, FEST, will put more emphasis on domestic productions this year as well as showing the best new movies from around the world.