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Kosovo's upcoming Iceland match is more than just football — it's a diplomatic score.

Australian football star Besart Berisha recently flew to Kosovo's capital, Pristina, to play for the country where he was born. For me, it's a very exciting time and I hope I have a great game,' he told the press. Set for March 25, the game – Kosovo against Iceland – is part of the first round of qualifiers for the 2018 ...

- The Conversation - UK

Serbia: diaspora sent home 2.7 bln euros in 2016.

- ANSA - IT

Russia Says It Hopes Mladic Will Be Released For Treatment, Gave 'Necessary Assurances'.

Moscow says it hopes former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic will be granted provisional release from detention in The Hague to undergo medical treatment in Russia.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Serbia-US relations 'on upward trajectory'.

Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic and US Ambassador to Belgrade Kyle Scott agreed on Tuesday that bilateral relations were "on an upward trajectory." This is resulting in greater interest among US companies in investing in Serbia, they said, and cited as an example Tuesday's signing of an agreement on the expansion of operations ...

- B92 - SK

More migrants attempting to enter Serbia illegally.

An increased number of attempts by migrants to illegally enter Serbia has been recorded these last days, a spokesperson for the Serbian Army and MoD has said. According to Jovan Krivokapic, joint army and police forces on the country's borders with Bulgaria in the east, and Macedonia in the south have so far prevented more ...

- B92 - SK

More girls than boys apply to enroll in military high school.

This year for the first time more girls than boys have applied to enroll in Belgrade's Military Gymnasium . Serbian Army and MoD spokesperson Jovan Krivokapic told this to state broadcaster RTS, adding that the school remains popular among those who "love the uniform, the military profession, and defending their country" - ...

- B92 - SK

Reporters Without Borders condemns ruling against journalist.

Reporters Without Borders has condemns the prison sentence of 2 years and 3 months handed down by a Serbian court on the freelance journalist Stefan Cvetkovic. Cvetkovic was found guilty on charges of defamation and unauthorized publication of documents.

- B92 - SK

Vucic discusses upcoming trip to Moscow with ambassador.

PM Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday spoke with Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Chepurin about his upcoming visit to Moscow and relations between the two countries They "assessed that Vucic's forthcoming visit to Moscow and his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will be an opportunity to discuss topics of common ...

- B92 - SK

Flowers planted in pothole in southern town/VIDEO.

Flowers have been planted in a pothole on the corner of Vizantijski Boulevard and Naserova Street in Nis, a town in southern Serbia. According to the local website Juzne Vesti, residents in nearby buildings said the pothole had been in the middle of the intersection for a while - "so it seems somebody decided to pretty it ...

- B92 - SK

Kiev: Pristina's move to seize Serbian property is illegal.

Ukrainian Ambassador to Serbia Oleksandr Aleksandrovych says the Kosovo government's decision to "nationalize" the property of Serbia in Kosovo is "illegal." "The so-called government of Kosovo on March 15 passed a decree to take over the property registered in the name of Serbia and Yugoslavia, as property of the so-called ...

- B92 - SK

Serbian Diaspora Harbours Mixed Feelings Over Elections.

Serbians living abroad are divided over whether they will cast a ballot in the country's upcoming presidential elections.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Belgrade Tween Conquers World of Music

For award-winning composer 11-year-old Tijana Bugarcic, every sound is a melody and her whole life is music.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Srebrenica's First Serb Mayor Tries to Escape the Past

Mladen Grujicic, Srebrenica's first Serb mayor, says he wants to look beyond the trauma of war and the bitterly-contested genocide debate to seek a better future for the depopulated, impoverished town.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Serbian Architects Urge Conservation of Bombed Defence HQ

Serbia's Academy of Architecture said the government should not demolish part of the NATO-bombed Yugoslav Defence Ministry building in Belgrade because it is listed as a protected cultural monument.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Vucic Team Use Arrests Ahead of Serbian Election

Grand mass roundups of criminals, staged ahead of elections, have become a trusted marketing instrument for Serbia's ruling Progressive Party.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

Artist Guillaume Alby aka Remed says Serbia's authorities are trying to 'keep people blind' after his striking mural in the city of Novi Sad was suddenly painted over.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Increased Migrant Pressure from Bulgaria, Macedonia on Serbia

In the last few days, there has been an increase in the migrant pressure from Bulgaria and Macedonia towards Serbia, announced the spokesperson of the Serbian Defence Ministry. According to him, authorities in Belgrade have registered an increase in the attempts for illegal crossing of migrants to the territory of Serbia'. ...

- Novinite - BG

Maxim covergirl Bo Krsmanovic: European women more traditional, looking for true love

Serbian model Bo Krsmanovic says she's finally comfortable disrobing in front of strangers, but still thinks European women are more traditional than Americans.

- FOX News - US

Ratko Mladic Asks for Hospital Treatment in Russia

Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic has asked for temporary release from detention in The Hague to go for treatment in Russia because of a potentially life-threatening condition'.

- Balkan Insight - UK

In Serbian election, the comedy candidate is no joke

It started as a joke, a way to poke fun at a discredited political class in elections last year for the local assembly in this rundown town in central Serbia.

- The Daily Star - LB

Making a stop in Serbia, part I: The killer journey

Every day, hundreds of refugees enter Serbia. Most of them hope to cross to Hungary and eventually reach the West. But Syrians, Iraqis, and Afghans arrive only to get stuck at the border. EURACTIV Romania reports.

- EurActive - UK

Mladic Seeks Release For Treatment, Lawyers Say Russia Gave Guarantees

Lawyers for former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic are seeking his provisional release from detention in The Hague on medical grounds, and say that Moscow has guaranteed he will be returned to custody if he is sent to Russia for treatment.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Hungary toughens border defense a year after migrant pact

A year after the European Union struck a deal with Turkey to stem the flow of migrants into Europe, asylum-seekers are still finding their way into Hungary — and the country's populist government is doubling down protection of its border with Serbia with a new fence and controversial asylum rules.

- FOX News - US

Economist Intelligence Unit: Singapore Most Expensive City Worldwide

Singapore ranked as the most expensive city in the world for a fourth consecutive time, showed the ranking of Economist Intelligence Unit. The survey compares living expenses in a given city to living expenses in New York as a base. Four Asian countries dominate the Top 5. Hong Kong ranked second, followed by Zurich, Tokyo ...

- Novinite - BG

Kiev imposes sanctions on Serbians who visited Crimea

The Ukrainian security service SBU has decided to impose sanctions on Serbian politicians who have paid a three-day visit to Crimea. SBU spokesperson Elena Gitlyanska announced this on Facebook, Tanjug reported late on Monday, quoting Sputnik.

- B92 - SK

Nikolic to retire after elections - 'but not from politics'

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic will apply to claim his age pension on May 31, the tabloid Kurir is reporting on Tuesday. But this does not mean he will also say goodbye to politics, the article noted.

- B92 - SK

EC resumes proceedings against Serbia over Russian gas

The Secretariat of the Energy Community has resumed the proceedings against Serbia over the agreement with Russia on natural gas deliveries. The agreement did not comply with the competition acquis, and Serbia now has two months to correct the irregularities, Beta has reported, citing EurActive.

- B92 - SK

Vucic apologizes for campaign slur targeting opponent's wife

Aleksandar Vucic on Tuesday apologized "to citizens" because of a statement made by Milenko Jovanov, a high ranking official of his ruling SNS party. Jovanov issued his statement on Monday, saying that "the biggest criminal gang in Serbia" was to be found "in the environment of Vuk Jeremic".

- B92 - SK

28 Serbian citizens in Syria and Iraq - minister

There are 28 Serbian citizens in Syria and Iraq, Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said on Monday, speaking in the context of terrorism. The goal of his ministry was to curb the propaganda of radical ideologies, he added.

- B92 - SK

2 suspects from Kosovo caught smuggling 13 kilos of drugs

Two persons from Prizaren, a town in Kosovo, have been arrested on Serbia's northern border with Hungary on suspicion that they trafficked drugs. The police announced on Tuesday that the pair was caught transporting over 13 kilograms of marijuana in a Slovenian license plates car.

- B92 - SK

Pristina informs EU about bus hit by bottle in Serbian town

The Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed EU members about an attack on a bus of a Kosovo company that took place in Krusevac. Tanjug is reporting this on Tuesday, quoting Pristina-based media.

- B92 - SK

Russians offer guarantees for Mladic's release

Russia has offered official guarantees to the Hague Tribunal for the provisional release of General Ratko Mladic, who should undergo treatment in Moscow. The daily Vecernje Novosti, based in Belgrade, reported this on Tuesday. The news was confirmed later in the day by the ICTY.

- B92 - SK

Skull found in yard of psychiatric hospital in south

A human skull has been found in the yard of the Gornja Toponica psychiatric hospital near the town of Nis, in southern Serbia. A spokesperson for the Higher Public Prosecution in Nis, Vladimir Stanojevic, has confirmed this for the Belrade daily Vecernje Novosti.

- B92 - SK

Serbia grateful to N. Korea for stance on Kosovo

Serbian First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic on Tuesday received the new ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ri Pyong Du. The diplomat delivered his accreditation letters to President Tomislav Nikolic, the Serbian government said.

- B92 - SK

PACE President visits Syria with Russian Duma delegates, Ukraine reacts

A delegation of deputies of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Serbia, and Italy and the State Duma of Russia led by PACE President of Pedro Agramunt has arrived in Syria, Channel One Russia has reported.

- UNIAN - UA

Mladic lawyers call for Bosnian Serb general's release

Lawyers for former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic say he is seriously ill and could die if he is not provisionally released from custody for treatment while he awaits verdicts in his United Nations trial.

- FOX News - US

No Decision if Kosovo Serbs will Vote in Serbian Elections

The Government of Kosovo has not decided yet if Kosovo will allow the Serbian presidential elections in its territory or not, while the opposition remains against such a process considering it illegitimate.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Drug Claim Sparks Outrage in Serbia Poll Campaign

Journalists came to the defence of colleague Natasa Jeremic, wife of opposition presidential candidate Vuk Jeremic, after a ruling Progressive Party official accused her of being Serbia's major drug supplier.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Balkan States Linked to Russian Money-Laundering Scheme

Media reports of an alleged global financial scheme to launder over $20 billion of suspect money from Russian banks have linked Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia to some of the dubious transactions.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Montenegrin FM: US Supportive in Alleged Coup Probe

Montenegro's Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic on Monday said U.S.-led NATO allies have been supportive of an investigation into what Montenegrin prosecutors are calling a pro-Russian plot to overthrow the country's pro-Western government to prevent it from joining the European military alliance. The “United States ...

- Voice of America - US

Belgrade Prison Chief Acquitted of 'Kidnapping' Milosevic

The former warden of Belgrade Central Prison, Dragisa Blanusa, was found not guilty of kidnapping former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic by sending him to The Hague in 2001.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Serbian Presidential Candidates Avoid 'Painful' War Issues

The candidates running for the Serbian presidency have avoided discussing the country's role in the 1990s conflicts because they have no interest in post-war justice or fear losing votes, human rights campaigners argue.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Hungary Opens Military Base Against Migrants Near Serbian Border

On Monday, Hungary opened officially its military base in Hercegszántó, not far from the border with Serbia. The aim of the base is to stop illegal migration, announced Hungary's Defence Minister István Simicskó. The soldiers are working in order to avert the possibility of hundreds of thousands of people marching ...

- Novinite - BG

Boris Tadić: Azerbaijan is very tolerant country with regard to facilitating process of understanding among different religions

Azerbaijan has a key role in the Southern Caucasus region and in the Caspian Sea. The role of the country in facilitating the process of understanding among the different religions is important. Azerbaijan in that respect is very tolerant country, former Serbian President Boris Tadić told AZERTAC.

- AzerNews - AZ

Agency upgrades Serbia's credit rating

Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the Serbian government's issuer rating from B1 to Ba3. It also raised Serbia’s long-term foreign-currency and local-currency bond and deposit ceilings, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement quoted by the government.

- B92 - SK

New poll: Vucic has over 50 pct, 'Preletacevic' now second

SNS leader Aleksandar Vucic continues to convincingly lead the race for Serbia's next president, according to a new Ipsos Strategic Marketing poll. Vucic currently has 53 percent support and a big chance of winning in the first round of the April 2 election.

- B92 - SK

'Serbians emotionally closer to Russia, but EU is goal'

EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn says the situation in the Western Balkans "remains fragile." He stressed that a lasting solution was "possible only at an international level, that is, within the EU."

- B92 - SK

Serbian police seize more than 1 ton of drugs worth EUR 4mln

Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic on Monday announced that over a ton of skunk - a type of marijuana - worth four million euros, had been seized overnight. Stefanovic said the narcotics had been found - "thanks to the serious and hard work" of the criminal investigations police - in the area between Novi Sad and Backa ...

- B92 - SK

SNP leader invited to visit Crimea again; Belgrade silent

SNP party leader Nenad Popovic and "several Serbian businesspeople" have been invited to an economic forum in Yalta next month. Leader of Crimea Republic Serge Aksyonov announced this on Facebook, a week after his meeting with Popovic.

- B92 - SK

'Balkans completely unstable, Russian influence everywhere'

Russia is increasing its influence in Serbia in order to prevent the process of EU integration, says EP Committee on Foreign Affairs chair David McAllister. According to the German member of the European Parliament , Moscow is exerting its influence on the whole of the Balkans.

- B92 - SK

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