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26 Dec 17

Serbia Ignores UN and Extradites Kurd to Turkey

Serbia has extradited the Kurdish political activist Cevdet Ayaz to Turkey, his lawyer Ana Trkulja told BIRN - despite the UN Commiteee Against Torture urging it not to do so.

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26 Dec 17

Serbian Top 7 Untrue Political Statements Made in 2017

As Serbian politicians make promises very easily and just love to give statements, Istinomer brings you the top seven false claims made in 2017. 

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26 Dec 17

Serbian Bank Advises Caution Over Bitcoin Fever

As interest grows in Serbia and other countries over the mysterious virtual currency, Serbia's National Bank has warned people trading it about the real risks they face.

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22 Dec 17

Serbia To 'Take Account' of Sanctions on Tesic

Serbian trade ministry tells BIRN that while it has not been officially informed of the US decision to blacklist Slobodan Tesic, it will take all such relevant sanctions into account.

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22 Dec 17

UN Jerusalem Vote Reveals Split in Balkan States

Balkan countries voted in different ways on the UN resolution that criticised the US decision to recognise Jerusalam as Israel's capital, reflecting conflicts between the US and EU standpoints on this issue. 

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22 Dec 17

Serbia Likely to Seek Mladic’s Release for Treatment

Justice Minister Nela Kuburovic visited convicted former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic in custody in The Hague and said that Serbia will probably request his temporary release for medical treatment.

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21 Dec 17

US Blacklists Serbian Arms Dealer Tesic

The US on Thursday listed Slobodan Tesic among a host of world figures blacklisted as human rights abusers and corrupt actors, calling him 'one of the biggest arms dealers in the Balkans'.

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21 Dec 17

Hague Tribunal Celebrates Achievements at Closing Ceremony

At its closing event, UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres said the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia had shown the international community’s commitment to holding war criminals accountable.

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21 Dec 17

Belgrade Mayor Shamed Over Pricey Christmas Tree

Red-faced over reports about how much it cost, the Serbian capital's mayor has pledged to cancel the city's contract for its super-costly plastic Christmas tree - although the tree is already up.

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21 Dec 17

Serbian Movement Suspects Govt 'Trolls' Over Hate Campaign

Members of the opposition 'Let’s not drown Belgrade' movement suspect trolls linked to Serbia's ruling party are behind the wave of Facebook attacks on them.

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20 Dec 17

Serbia Seeks Russian Role in Kosovo Talks

Aleksandar Vucic says he has asked Serbia's ally, Russia, to join the Kosovo negotiations if the US also joins the table – and President Vladimir Putin has indicated his willingness to do so.

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20 Dec 17

Serbia Stands by Russia at UN on Crimea Resolution

Serbia was the only Balkan country backing Moscow over a UN General Assembly resolution condemning Russian human rights abuses in Crimea and calling it an occupying power.

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20 Dec 17

Serbia, Croatia Face Lawsuits Over Migrant Girl's Death

After a Croatian NGO filed a lawsuit over the death of a six-year-old Afghan girl who died close to the Serbia-Croatia border, Serbian authorities may face similar legal action.

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19 Dec 17

Serbia's Vucic Seals Kremlin Summit With Gas Deal

At a cordial meeting in Moscow, the Presidents of Serbia and Russia pledged to further closen relations and oversaw the signing of several agreements, including on energy.

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19 Dec 17

Serbia Charges Youth Activists for War Criminal Protest

The prosecution brought misdemeanour charges against nine Youth Initiative for Human Rights activists who disrupted a speech by Serbian war crimes convict Veselin Sljivancanin.

Premium

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22 Jan 18

Europe’s New Balkan Strategy Gets Dynamics All Wrong

The Commission’s new enlargement strategy for the Balkans is ambitious - but fundamentally misreads the serious nature of the challenges to democracy in the region.

18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Business

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11 Jan 18

China’s Stealthy Advance in Balkans Should Worry EU

While Europe focuses on the threat of Russian penetration in Eastern Europe, it is neglecting the subtler dangers than come from China’s growing influence in the region.

27 Dec 17

Bosnian Serb Inspectors Halt Delta's Huge Mall

Culture and Lifestyle

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11 Jan 18

Slobodan Milosevic Revived in Kosovo Serbs’ Musical

A musical staged by a Serb theatre ensemble from Kosovo about the 1999 war and Serb-Albanian relations will feature late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic as the “tragic protagonist”.

01 Jan 18

Gallery: New Year’s Eve, the Balkan Way

27 Dec 17

Balkan Cities to Party Their Way Into 2018

20 Oct 17

Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art to Reopen