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21 Sep 17

Trump Hint at Serbian Visit Wows Serbia's Vucic

Serbian President claims Donald Trump will visit Belgrade in 2018, after Trump reportedly told Aleksandar Vucic that he thought such a visit would be 'a good idea'.

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21 Sep 17

Bulgarian Tycoon’s Serbian Factory Declared Bankrupt

Serbian Glass Factory in Paracin, owned by the exiled Bulgarian tycoon Tsvetan Vassilev - whose extradition is sought by the Bulgarian authorities – was declared bankrupt on Wednesday.

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21 Sep 17

Russia Accused of 'Interfering' With Serbian Declaration

A small opposition party in Serbia has said it will help NGOs draw up a 'declaration' on human rights in Russia – after the Kremlin expressed interest in Serbia's planned 'declaration' about its national identity.

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21 Sep 17

EU Reminds Serbia to Respect Media Freedom

After the party of a Serbian government minister vilified an investigative editor as a 'drug addict', the EU has reminded Belgrade that it will be tracking Serbia's respect for a free media during the accession process.

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20 Sep 17

Yugoslav Army ‘Armed Serb Forces in Croatia’

Former Serbian State Security chief Jovica Stanisic’s defence told the Hague war crimes court that Serb forces in Croatia’s Baranja region in 1991 were controlled by the Yugoslav People’s Army, not the security service.

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20 Sep 17

Vojislav Seselj Rejects Warning From Hague Tribunal

Serbian nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj dismissed the Hague Tribunal’s warning that it will assign him a defence lawyer whether he wants one or not if he fails to turn up for his appeal hearings.

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19 Sep 17

In Pictures: Serbian Journalists Rally for Hunger-Striking Editor

Serbian journalists gathered on Tuesday in front of the government building in Belgrade to show support for Vukasin Obradovic, founder of independent weekly Vranjske novine, who has gone on a hunger strike.

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19 Sep 17

Serbia’s ‘Red Berets’ Accused of Croatia Crimes

A witness told the retrial of former Serbian State Security Service chiefs Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic that the Red Berets unit, allegedly controlled by the defendants, committed crimes against non-Serb civilians in Croatia.

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19 Sep 17

Serbian Newspaper Owner Goes on Hunger Strike

Vukasin Obradovic, the founder of Vranjske novine and former head of the Serbian journalists’ association, went on hunger strike after being forced to close his newspaper after more than two decades.

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19 Sep 17

Serbian Minister’s Party Vilifies Editor as ‘Drug Addict’

After Serbia’s Crime and Corruption Reporting Network, KRIK, investigated the origin of money which Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin used to buy an apartment, his party called KRIK’s editor a “drug addict”.

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18 Sep 17

Serbia’s Seselj Mocks Hague Tribunal in Reality Show

After Serbian nationalist politician Vojsilav Seselj mocked the Hague Tribunal by posing as a judge on a reality TV show, the UN war crimes court issued a new warning over his upcoming appeal hearings.

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18 Sep 17

Kosovo Slates Serbian Film Attacking its UNESCO Bid

The Kosovo prime minister's office has condemned a Serbian documentary film that attacks Pristina's bid to join the UN cutural body UNESCO as offensive.

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18 Sep 17

Asylum Seekers in Serbia Face Rejection From Landlords

Asylum-seekers in Serbia are facing a new problem as many landlords are refusing to rent them apartments, says an NGO that helps asylum-seekers find homes.

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17 Sep 17

Deadly Storm Kills Eight, Injures Dozens, in Romania

A violent storm hit western Romania on Sunday, leaving eight dead and scores wounded.

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17 Sep 17

In Pictures: Serbia's PM Makes History, Joining Pride Parade

Several hundred LGBT activists gathered in Belgrade for the Pride Parade march, which the Prime Minister attended this year for the first time.

Premium

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20 Sep 17

Haradinaj Has Been Useful Enemy for Serbia’s Leader

Only Aleksandar Vucic could pull off the trick of making political capital out of denouncing Ramush Haradinaj’s ‘crimes’ – before then instructing his clients in Kosovo to make him Prime Minister.

Business

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23 Aug 17

Balkan Experts Create Global Warning App

At the time of insecurity over terrorism and natural disasters, a couple from Bosnia and their friend from Serbia have created a smart phone application called 'Ping' that warns users of imminent dangers in their vicinity.

Culture and Lifestyle

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18 Sep 17

Wine Lovers’ Paradise in Vibrant Zupa Region

Wine fountains, grape-stomping and open air concerts bring Serbia’s main wine-producing region to life every September.