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23 Sep 14

Millions Earmarked For Kosovo Serbs 'Wasted'

Hundreds of millions of euros from the Serbian budget that is supposed to help the Serbs in Kosovo have been misspent, a new TV investigation claims.

 

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23 Sep 14

Croatia Joins Balkan Anti-IS Coalition

Alongside the other Balkan states, Croatia has joined the US-led coalition against the Islamic State militants, although its obligations remain unclear.

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18 Sep 14

US Ambassador Queries Putin's Trip to Serbia

Michael Kirby, US ambassador to Serbia, said Washington was not asking Serbia to join Western sanctions on Russia - but he did want to know why Putin was expected in Belgrade.

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17 Sep 14

Hundreds of Balkan Jihadists Have Joined ISIS, CIA Says

The latest CIA report says several hundred jihadists from a number of Balkan countries have joined the extremist group Islamic State in the Middle East.

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17 Sep 14

Sandzak’s Facebook ‘Army’ Causes Alarm in Serbia

Invitations to people on Facebook to join the so-called "Army of Sandzak" in a Bosniak-majority region of Serbia have prompted calls for prosecutors to investigate.

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16 Sep 14

Ex-Monk Rallies Belgrade Against Gay Pride

Anti-gay activists are urging people to join 'peaceful' protests against the Belgrade Gay Pride Parade, scheduled for late September.

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16 Sep 14

BIRN Film Premieres in Kosovo’s Divided Mitrovica

The screening of BIRN’s road-movie documentary The Majority Starts Here in Mitrovica was followed by a debate examining how transitional justice can address the grievances of the wartime past.

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16 Sep 14

Serbian Ex-Policeman Skips Trial to Join Ukraine Rebels

Despite being on trial for threatening Serbian peace campaigners with violence, Belgrade’s former anti-terrorist police spokesman has gone to fight alongside pro-Russian forces in Ukraine.

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16 Sep 14

Hundreds Evacuated as Floods Hit Eastern Serbia

At least one person has died - and more than 300 people have been evacuated - as heavy floods hit the eastern towns of Kladovo, Negotin and Majdanpek.

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15 Sep 14

Kosovo Albanian Prisoner Recalls Beating by KLA

A witness told the trial of the Kosovo Liberation Army’s ‘Drenica Group’ cell, accused of assaulting prisoners during the 1998-99 war, that he was severely beaten by the defendants.

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15 Sep 14

Serbia Wins Silver at Basketball World Cup

Serbia’s basketball team won a silver medal at the World Cup in Spain after being comprehensively defeated in the final match by the United States.

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15 Sep 14

Serbia Urged to Protect Gays After Brutal Attack

After a German gay activist was severely assaulted in Belgrade, German officials and rights campaigners urged the Serbian authorities to ensure the safety of the capital’s upcoming Gay Pride parade.

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15 Sep 14

Serbia Repatriates 24 War Victims’ Bodies to Kosovo

The remains of the ethnic Albanians who were killed during the late 1990s war and buried in a mass grave near the Serbian town of Raska were sent back to Kosovo for identification.

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12 Sep 14

Kosovo Memorial to Abducted Serbian Journalists Removed

A memorial to two Serbian journalists who disappeared after allegedly being abducted by the Kosovo Liberation Army during the war in 1998 has been removed for a third time.

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12 Sep 14

Serbia's Vojvodina Province to Start Reshuffle Talks

All parties in the Serbian province of Vojvodina have been invited to sit down and discuss a reshuffle, after months of talks about overthrowing the province's ruling Democratic Party.

Business

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23 Sep 14

Air Serbia Launches Flights to Albania

Tirana International Airport, TIA, inaugurated a new route between Tirana and Belgrade on Tuesday through Serbia’s national carrier, Air Serbia, which will operate the route three times a week.

Culture and Lifestyle

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22 Sep 14

Tito’s Private Books Opened to Public

The Museum of Yugoslav History will allow public access to parts of Josip Broz Tito’s private library this month, as well as showing off the paintings he collected.