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'Out Of Gitmo': Released Guantanamo Detainee Struggles In His New Home.

Are former detainees still a threat or just desperate to rebuild their lives? In partnership with PBS' Frontline, Arun Rath traveled to Serbia to find out why it's so difficult to relocate the men.

- NPR - US

First Express Train from Istanbul Arrives in Sofia.

The first express train from the Turkish city of Istanbul arrived in Sofia on Tuesday after a nine-and-a-half-hour trip, reported Anadolu Agency. The head of passenger service in Istanbul with Turkish State Railways commented that the state-of-the-art express train with four cars will run every day. "There will be a lot of ...

- Novinite - BG

Churkin's death: 'Great friend of Serbia is gone'.

Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin suddenly passed away in New York on Monday. Many leaders and officials from around the world, including those from Serbia, have offered their condolences.

- B92 - SK

Serbia-EU intergovernmental conference scheduled for Feb. 27.

The next Serbia-EU intergovernmental conference will be held in Brussels on Monday, February 27. The Maltese EU Presidency officially confirmed this to Tanjug, the agency reported on Monday afternoon.

- B92 - SK

Bosnian Presidency to hold special meeting on Thursday.

Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina Mladen Ivanic on Monday called for a special session of the tripartite body for Thursday. The meeting will discuss "if the country is in favor of launching a review of the International Court of Justice verdict in a case against Serbia," Beta reported.

- B92 - SK

'Destruction of Palmyra and churches in Kosovo - same thing'.

The creation of a Kosovo army would represent a new step toward the deepening of regional instability and Serbia expects the UN Security Council to react. This is according to the Serbian Ambassador in Moscow Slavenko Terzic.

- B92 - SK

Jeremic: Opposition should have one candidate - me.

Former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic says he will not withdraw from the presidential race in favor of Sasa Jankovic. This has been reported by the tabloid Kurir, and cited by the Nedeljnik weekly.

- B92 - SK

Putin-Medvedev-style power swap 'not possible in Serbia'.

A swap of roles between PM Aleksandar Vucic and President Tomislav Nikolic is not possible, Blic reported on Tuesday, quoting sources in the Serbian government. During Monday's conversation, after which Nikolic gave up on his presidential candidacy, Vucic and Nikolic did not discuss Nikolic's future engagement, despite ...

- B92 - SK

Kosovo Office chief meets with Russian ambassador.

Marko Djuric has offered his condolences to Russian Ambassador Aleksandar Chepurin over the death of Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin. According to a statement, the head of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and the top Russian diplomat in Serbia met in Belgrade on Tuesday.

- B92 - SK

Construction sector accounts for '5.1 pct of GDP'.

The construction sector accounts for 5.1 percent of Serbia's GDP, Deputy PM and Minister of Construction and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic said on Tuesday. The goal is to make this at least 7 percent, she said at the opening the second Serbian Property and Infrastructure Development Conference.

- B92 - SK

Serbia to host Davis Cup tie vs. Spain in Belgrade.

The Serbia vs. Spain Davis Cup quarter-final tie on April 7-9 will be played in Belgrade's Aleksandar Nikolic Hall venue. The Tennis Federation of Serbia announced this on Tuesday, Tanjug reported.

- B92 - SK

Kazakhstan's ambassador reiterates stance on Kosovo

Bilateral cooperation is developing successfully between Serbia and Kazakhstan, "and there are no outstanding issues." Serbia's First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and Kazakhstan's ambassador to Serbia based in Budapest, Nurbahom Rustemov, said this during their meeting in Belgrade on Tuesday.

- B92 - SK

AP Photos: Young migrants survive on their own in Serbia

BELGRADE, Serbia — In an abandoned warehouse in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, Rasool, a 12-year-old from Jalalabad, Afghanistan, has spent the last six months sleeping on the ground, warming himself by fires, showering with cold water and eating…

- Billings Gazette - US

Photos: Young migrants survive on their own in Serbia

- Deseret News - US

Documentary Accuses Serbian Army Chief of Kosovo Crimes

Belgrade's Humanitarian Law Centre released a documentary accusing the head of the Serbian Army, Ljubisa Dikovic, of involvement in war crimes in Kosovo and cover-up operations to hide the bodies.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Romania's have-a-go heroes fight corruption

Romanian architect Serban Marinescu never thought he'd come up against such brazen corruption. And when a city mayor demanded a backhander, he plucked up his courage and reported him.

- EurActive - UK

Ilham Ahmed: Sudan Wants to Revive Ties with Bulgaria at All Levels

Novinite has met with Sudan's Ambassador to Bulgaria, H.E. Ilham Ahmed, whose country is marking 61 years of independence – but also the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Khartoum and Sofia. Ms Ahmed, whose mission in Sofia started in September 2014, is also accredited to Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and ...

- Novinite - BG

Serbian President Nikolic Abandons Bid for Second Term

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic announced he had given up plans to run for another term after a meeting on Monday with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Pro soccer player leaves field in tears after racist chants

Partizan Belgrade midfielder Everton Luiz was in tears after persistent racist chants during his team's victory over Rad

- CBS NEWS - US

Nikolic meets with Vucic, decides not to run for reelection

President Tomislav Nikolic will not seek reelection - the decision came after his meeting on Monday afternoon with Aleksandar Vucic. In a statement carried by the Belgrade-based tabloid Kurir, Nikolic said: "We have agreed to continue to lead the state together. We will talk about positions after the victory in the ...

- B92 - SK

Racist Serb fans torment Brazilian footballer Everton Luiz

A Partizan Belgrade midfielder weeps after sustained racist abuse by rival Serb fans.

- BBC - UK

Kremlin denies plotting coup, assassination in Montenegro

On October 16, the same day Montenegrins voted in a Parliamentary Election, authorities arrested 20 people from neighbouring Serbia on charges of planning armed attacks against the state.  

- Zee News - IN

Brazilian player in tears after racist chants in Serbia

Partizan Belgrade midfielder Everton Luiz was in tears after persistent racist chants during his team's victory over Rad in the Serbian league.

- The Daily Star - LB

Ruling SNS confirms Vucic as its candidate, SPS backs him

The main board of the ruling SNS has unanimously supported its leader and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic as a candidate in the presidential elections. The proposal to nominate Vucic was made earlier in the week by the party's presidency.

- B92 - SK

Izetbegovic moves to launch revision of genocide lawsuit

Bakir Izetbegovic has announced that he would file a request for a revision of the ruling on Bosnia's genocide lawsuit against Serbia. The Bosniak member of the tripartite Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency said on Friday he would do this on behalf of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Tanjug reported.

- B92 - SK

Thaci appeals to Spain to recognize Kosovo

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has called on Spain to recognize Kosovo "as soon as possible." In interview for the EFE agency, he said that Spain was "not Milosevic's Serbia, while Kosovo is not Catalonia or the Basque country."

- B92 - SK

Former ombudsman starts his presidential campaign

New Belgrade's Hala Sportova on Sunday hosted a gathering that marked the beginning of former Citizens' Ombudsman Sasa Jankovic's presidential campaign. Those who showed up at the packed sports venue included the numerous public figures who previously signed an appeal to Jankovic to run, as well as officials from several ...

- B92 - SK

Red Star Belgrade win national basketball cup

Red Star Belgrade have won the Radivoj Korac basketball cup after beating cross-town rivals Partizan 74-64 . The final game was played late on Sunday in Nis, a town in southern Serbia, Tanjug has reported.

- B92 - SK

Vucic foresees 'new turbulent times' ahead of Serbia

"New turbulent times are ahead of Serbia, many can't wait to undermine and destabilize it," says Aleksadar Vucic. However, added the prime minister and the presidential candidate of the ruling SNS - "our message is that we will protect Serbia."

- B92 - SK

'Concrete steps' to bring more Chinese tourists to Serbia

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic met on Monday with Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Li Manchang. They discussed "concrete steps to increase the number of Chinese tourists in Serbia," the Serbian government said on its website, citing a statement issued by Ljajic's cabinet

- B92 - SK

Government offers guarantees for Oliver Ivanovic

Thee government has given the EULEX mission in Kosovo guarantees for Oliver Ivanovic, the Office for Kosovo and Metohija announced on Monday. The guarantees state that the Serb politician from northern Kosovo "will be available to judicial authorities in case of repeated proceedings against him."

- B92 - SK

Serbia showcases new weapons and equipment at UAE arms expo

Serbia's defense industry has presented its brand new and standard military equipment and weapons at the IDEX 2017 international arms expo in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The Serbian Defense Ministry said that the companies taking part include Yugoimport SDPR, Sloboda, Prva Petoletka, Zastava Oruzje, Krusik, and Borbeni Slozeni Sistemi.

- B92 - SK

Thaci to Russia: 'Recognize Kosovo, make it easy on Serbia'

Hashim Thaci has asked Moscow to see beyond Serbia's interests when it consideres its "relations with Kosovo" and - "not to compare them with Crimea." According to Tanjug, this has been reported on Monday by the public broadcaster in Kosovo, RTK.

- B92 - SK

EU on collision course with China over rail plan

Probe of Beijing-funded Belgrade-Budapest link hits Xi's hallmark scheme

- Financial Times - US

Kremlin denies plotting coup, assassination in Montenegro

On October 16, the same day Montenegrins voted in a Parliamentary Election, authorities arrested 20 people from neighbouring Serbia on charges of planning armed attacks against the state.  

- Zee News - IN

IDEX 2017: EDePro targets Hornet at rotary-wing UAV market

Serbia's EDePro is developing a lightweight rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle , the X-01 Strsljen . Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, the company's lead engineer, Dr Predrag Matejic, said that development of the aircraft commenced in 2012 and was driven by an analysis of

- Jane’s - US

'Gifts' to Serbia's Military Come at a Cost

Serbia is hurriedly beefing up its military stocks but Russian and Belarusian donations of fighter jets will likely cost hundreds of million euros, since they are out of date and may require pricey adaptation.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Bosnian Serbs to Challenge Serbia Genocide Case Appeal

Bosnian Serb political parties are seeking to unite to prevent a Bosniak-backed move to lodge an appeal against the International Court of Justice verdict clearing Serbia of direct responsibility for genocide.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo Asks Interpol to Cancel Serbian Warrants

President Hashim Thaci asked the international police agency to cancel Serbian warrants for the arrests of former Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas on war crimes charges, calling them politically-motivated.

- Balkan Insight - UK

EU probes China-funded rail project

A planned 350km high-speed railway between Belgrade and Budapest is being investigated by the European Commission. The project, financed with the proceeds of a Chinese loan, will be assessed to see that EU rules on public tenders were followed. No contract for the Hungarian section of the railway appears to have been made ...

- EU Observer - EU

EU calls for rapid investigation into Montenegro 'coup'

Montenegro, which broke away from a union with Serbia to become independent in 2006, has been engulfed in a coup drama since the 16 October general election when authorities arrested 20 Serbians accused of planning armed attacks against government institutions.

- EurActive - UK

Sporting briefs

Brawl: Rad Belgrade's match against visiting city rivals Partizan was marred by racist incidents and a player brawl yesterday when Serbia's top flight resumed after a two-month winter break. Partizan's Brazilian midfielder Everton Luiz was subjected to monkey chants from Rad fans throughout the match and made an obscene ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Milosh motors in

Serbia's Yugoimport-SDPR is unveiling its new Milosh multi-purpose armoured vehicle for the first time.

- Jane’s - US

EU on collision course with China over rail plan

Probe of Beijing-funded Belgrade-Budapest link hits Xi's hallmark project

- Financial Times - US

Belgrade soccer star leaves pitch in tears after racial abuse

Every touch of the ball by Partizan Belgrade's Everton Luiz was greeted with monkey noises during the match against local rivals Rad. The Brazilian hit out at opposing players who he accused of supporting the abuse.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Racist abuse reduces football star to tears

Everton Luiz of Partizan Belgrade subjected to monkey chants throughout clash with rivals Rad

- GulfNews - AE

Serbian league fixture marred by racism, player brawl

BELGRADE - Rad Belgrade's match against visiting city rivals Partizan was marred by racist incidents and a player brawl on Sunday when Serbia's top flight resumed after a two-month winter break.

- SBS.com.au - AU

Controversial 'Crashing Airplane' Advertisement Stirs Serbian Presidential Elections Debate

"No one in political history has released a showing he's ready to take citizens to their deaths if they don't do his bidding."

- Global Voices - US

Serbia's pro-Russia leader is urged to drop presidency bid

A senior leader in Serbia's ruling coalition has urged President Tomislav Nikolic, a pro-Russian politician, to drop the idea of running for a second term in the country's election this spring.

- FOX News - US

Serbia's pro-Russia leader is urged to drop presidency bid

BELGRADE, Serbia " Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic should drop his idea of running for a second term this spring, a senior leader in Serbia's ruling coalition urged Saturday.Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said that his Socialist...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

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