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Associated Press: Russia pressures Serbia on status of controversial base.

Russia increased pressure on Serbia on October 17 to grant diplomatic status to the Russian staff of a controversial facility that U.S. officials believe could become Kremlin’s spy base in the Balkans. Moscow has repeatedly denied reports that the so-called “Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center” in the ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Benfica transformed me, says Man United's Matic.

BELGRADE - A three-year spell at Portuguese giants Benfica helped Nemanja Matic develop into the player that he is today, the Manchester United midfielder said ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with his former club.

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Thaci Accuses Serbia Of Hindering Integration Of Kosovo Justice System.

Kosovar President Hashim Thaci has accused Serbia of hindering ethnic Serb judges and prosecutors from taking an oath and joining the country's judicial system.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Rule of law yet to take root - Bosnia Presidency chairman.

Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina Chairman Dragan Covic said in Belgrade on Monday that the rule of law had not yet taken root in Bosnia-Herzegovina . "The judiciary of BiH must become independent, the Oric verdict is not the only example that has caused different comments and that burdens the three peoples in BiH," Covic ...

- B92 - SK

EBRD and IFC provide EUR 215mn loan for wind farm in Serbia.

The EBRD and the International Finance Corporation are providing a EUR 215 million loan to Cibuk 1 wind farm, the bank has announced. This is the largest wind project in Serbia and the Western Balkans to date, and the investment underscores EBRD's commitment to investing in renewable energy, a statement said.

- B92 - SK

Unable to move on from Serbia, refugees returning to Greece.

An increasing number of refugees and migrants now in Serbia are trying to return to Greece, Info Park reports Tired of waiting to see any progress in their asylum-seeking process, including the so-called Hungarian list, more and more refugees and migrants in Serbia are trying to return to Greece where they hope to find ...

- B92 - SK

Moscow wants status of RSHC resolved 'as soon as possible'.

Aleksandr Chepurin has stressed the need to, due to the scope of work, resolve the status of the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center as soon as possible. Chepurin, Russia's ambassador in Belgrade, said this during a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, the president's press service announced in a statement on ...

- B92 - SK

President happy with increasing Israeli investments.

President Aleksandar Vucic on Tuesday received Israel's Ambassador Alona Fisher-Kamm, to discuss "overall bilateral relations" between the two countries. According to a statement from the president's press service, Vucic "expressed satisfaction with the increase in Israeli investments in Serbia, in particular in the ...

- B92 - SK

Gender balance decision-making: Serbia above Europe average.

European countries are still struggling to achieve gender balance in decision-making, according to a new Council of Europe report. The report, entitled, "Balanced participation of women and men in decision-making," states that participation of women in Serbia's public and political life is above European average in most ...

- B92 - SK

Serbia as 'region's leader in solving difficult situations'.

Discovering the fate of the missing persons is an issue to which Serbia attaches great importance. This is according to a statement of the Foreign Ministry, published after a meeting in Belgrade on Tuesday between First Deputy PM and Foreign Ivica Dacic and Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross ...

- B92 - SK

Thaci blames Serbia as Serb judges fail to take oath.

Serb judges and prosecutors in Kosovo did not arrive to an oath-taking ceremony on Tuesday, Beta is reporting. The ceremony was to mark the beginning of the implementation of a judiciary agreement that Belgrade and Pristina have reached.

- B92 - SK

Russian Aerospace Force's Strizhi land in Belgrade

The aerobatic display group Strizhi of the Russian Aerospace Forces has arrived in Belgrade, RTS reported on Tuesday. The prestigious team will take part in Friday's celebrations to mark the liberation of Belgrade in the Second World War.

- B92 - SK

2 Serbian students appear in court over April protests

Two Serbian students have appeared before a court over the street protests last April against the election triumph of President Aleksandar Vucic.

- FOX News - US

Two Serbian Students Appear in Court Over April Protests

Two Serbian students have appeared before a court over the street protests last April against the election triumph of President Aleksandar Vucic. Pavle Terzic and Gavrilo Vucetic gave statements Tuesday at the misdemeanor court after police accused them of organizing a protest without notifying authorities. They have denied ...

- Voice of America - US

Deal on Unifying Kosovo Justice System Takes Effect

The EU confirmed that on Tuesday the Kosovo-Serbia agreement on unifying the justice system in Kosovo is due to come into force.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Church Offer to Guarantee Coup Suspects Divides Montenegro

An offer by the Serbian Orthodox Church to accommodate Serbs charged in the coup plot, if they are released from custody, has drawn a mixed reaction in Montenegro.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Referendum Pledge Haunts Bosnian Serb Supremo

Milorad Dodik's controversial vow to hold a referendum on the powers of Bosnia's state courts is likely to loom large as the Bosnian Serb assembly reconvenes in a fractious mood.

- Balkan Insight - UK

New Phase in Kosovo 'Internal Dialogue' Puzzles Serbs

While the Serbian authorities claim to have opened a second chapter in the announced 'internal dialogue' on Kosovo, the results of the first phase remain unknown.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Croatian 1990s General Pleads Not Guilty to War Crimes

Croatian wartime general Branimir Glavas, now an MP, and five others accused of war crimes against Serb civilians in the city of Osijek in 1991-92 pleaded not guilty at Zagreb county court.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Serbia's biggest windfarm project attracts EBRD, IFC funding

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Russia pressures Serbia on status of controversial base

Russia is pressuring Serbia to grant diplomatic status to the Russian staff of a controversial facility that U.S. officials believe could become Kremlin's spy base in the Balkans.

- FOX News - US

Government to increase pensions and public sector wages

A five percent increase in pensions will be implemented in Serbia starting January 1, while public sector salaries will grow ten percent. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic announced this on Saturday in the town of Krusevac, during a news conference held after her cabinet's session organized to mark its first 100 days in office.

- B92 - SK

FM: Pristina no longer favorite, Belgrade no longer bad guy

Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs and First Deputy PM Ivica Dacic believes that not everything is going according to plan for Pristina. He also pointed out that it was important for Serbia to have direct contact with US President Donald Trump.

- B92 - SK

'Serbia to send US-trained deminers to help Russians'

Two issues are currently causing "static on the line" between the US ambassador and Serbia's defense minister, the Belgrade-based daily Blic is reporting. According to the newspaper, the US administration has objections to "certain moves" made by the Serbian MoD, the first of which concerns Serbian Army deminers who will be ...

- B92 - SK

Lavrov says Haradinaj got away with war crimes

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia should have been shut down a long time ago, because it proved its bias. According to Sputnik's Serbian language website, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said this at the World Youth and Students Festival in Sochi.

- B92 - SK

Government sets up working group for dialogue on Kosovo

The Serbian government on Monday adopted a decision to form a working group tasked with supporting internal dialogue on Kosovo and Metohija. All ministries will be included in the working group's activities, and it will be headed by Marko Djuric, director of the Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija, a statement said.

- B92 - SK

Serbia 'ready for trilateral meeting with Croatia, Bosnia'

Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday in Belgrade that Serbia is ready to hold a trilateral meeting of representatives Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. According to the Serbian president, this meeting "may be the most important one for our countries, but also for the entire region of the Western Balkans."

- B92 - SK

Serbian Army preparing for Belgrade Liberation Day/VIDEO

The Serbian Army awaits the October 20 celebration of the WW2 Belgrade Liberation Day prepared, says Colonel Mihajlo Zogovic. In a statement for Sputnik, carried on Monday by Beta, Zogovic invited citizens to come to Belgrade's municipality of Batajnica and together with their army celebrate this important historic day.

- B92 - SK

Vucic: Kosovo proposal in March; foreigners won't interfere

Aleksadar Vucic says the essence of his policy is an independent Serbia, and that as long as he is at its helm, "foreigners will not be allowed to interfere." "The essence of the policy I stand for is an independent Serbia, independent not only in its borders, but above all in deciding and caring for its people," the ...

- B92 - SK

US ambassador comments on spat with Serbian minister

US Ambassador in Belgrade Kyle Scott said on Monday that he was "not interfering in Serbia's internal affairs." Instead, said the diplomat - who was last week advised against such practices by Serbia's foreign minister - he was "commenting on certain goings-on in the country."

- B92 - SK

Serbia-Bosnia relations 'at high level'

PM Ana Brnabic and Ambassador of Bosnia- Herzegovina to Serbia Lazar Mirkic "agreed on Monday that political and economic relations are at a high level." During a meeting in Belgrade, Brnabic and Mirkic discussed the upcoming joint session of the Government of Serbia and the Council of Ministers of Bosnia-Herzegovina, as ...

- B92 - SK

Serbia President Hints at Early General Elections

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic raised the possibility of holding early parliamentary elections in 2018 in an interview with the state-owned daily Vecernje novosti, published on Monday.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Russian Minister Says Hague Tribunal 'Should Be Closed'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia should have been shut down long ago because it is biased against Serbs.

- Balkan Insight - UK

League's expansion to offering insurance was a 'bet-the-company' moment

Though it started as an access point to personal wellness services, Mike Serbinis's company decided to add a new dimension, going up against the traditional health-insurance industry

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Mabuk sambil menari, 45 remaja bawah umur ditahan

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 Okt — Sebahagian daripada 45 remaja bawah umur ditahan ketika menari dalam keadaan mabuk. Mereka ditahan dalam dua serbuan berasingan di Jalan P Ramlee dan Jalan Brunei, 3.30 pagi semalam, lapor Kosmo!. Ketua polis daerah...

- The Malay Mail - MY

NATO 'accepts Serbia's determination to be neutral'

NATO accepts Serbia's determination to be neutral, says the deputy general secretary of NATO, Rose Gottemoeller. In addition, NATO sees nothing disputable in it, and it does not represent an obstacle to the development of cooperation with Serbia in a number of fields, Gottemoeller said on Thursday in Belgrade during her ...

- B92 - SK

'If Trump goes to Serbia, he'll find that Serbs like him'

The US "needs to have a strong relationship with Serbia and must find ways to promote a partnership to help the stability of the broader Balkan region." This is according to US Congressman Ted Poe, a Republican from Texas.

- B92 - SK

Catalan becomes new PACE rapporteur for Kosovo

Jordi Roca, a Catalan member of the Spanish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe , is the new rapporteur for Kosovo. He will write the next report on the situation in Kosovo and Metohija about respect of human rights, the rule of law, and achieving the CoE standards, the Serbian National ...

- B92 - SK

Vucic announces 'bold proposal to citizens' on Kosovo

Aleksandar Vucic on Friday announced that the government will discuss "creating technical conditions for the internal dialogue on Kosovo" at its next session. The Serbian president said that he "spoke with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and that the government would provide full logistics for the dialogue, and form working ...

- B92 - SK

Belgrade kindergarten's wall offers 'narcotics price list'

The Zlatni Bor kindergarten in Belgrade's Zemun municipality has been sprayed with graffiti advertising the price of illegal narcotics. Across an entire wall, right next to the entrance - where hundreds of children and their parents pass each day - a complete price list for various types of narcotics has been put up.

- B92 - SK

Serbia looks to 'improve bilateral ties with Qatar'

First Deputy PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic received on Friday Ambassador of Qatar to Serbia Mubarak bin Fahad Jassim Mohammed Al Thani. The two officials examined bilateral issues and improvement of cooperation of Serbia and Qatar, as well as the upcoming visit of the Emir of Qatar, which will take place in ...

- B92 - SK

AP Interview: Serbian leader vows to lead nation into the EU

Serbia's president is promising to lead the Balkan nation into the European Union and says the fact that Russia is arming the Serbian military doesn't threaten that goal.

- FOX News - US

AP Interview: Serbia's leader vows to lead nation into EU

BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia's president on Friday promised to lead the Balkan nation into the European Union and said the fact that Russia is arming the Serbian military doesn't threaten that goal.

- Billings Gazette - US

Wounded warrior Del Potro into Shanghai semis

SHANGHAI, Oct 13 — Juan Martin Del Potro clambered off the court floor to knock out Serbia's Viktor Troicki 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 and bravely seal a spot in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters today. The Argentine 16th seed faces Swiss great...

- The Malay Mail - MY

US Ambassador Accused of Meddling in Serbia's Affairs

After the US ambassador to Serbia criticised a minister for appearing to praise convicted war criminals, the pro-government media have accused him of interfering in Serbia's internal affairs.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Bosnian Serbs Accuse Judges, Prosecutors of Bias

The Justice Ministry war crimes centre in Bosnia's Serb-dominated Republika Srpska complained to the country's judicial overseer, accusing 15 state-level judges and prosecutors of anti-Serb bias.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Comical Unintended Consequences of Turkish President Erdogan's State Visit to Serbia

The warm welcome of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić during a state visit this week incited many satirical comments on nationalism and media freedoms.

- Global Voices - US

Tourism: Serbia, growing presence of Italians, up 7% in 2017

Serbian tourism at TTG Incontri 2017 in Rimini


Federica Mogherini Expects Qualitative Jump' in Normalisation of Kosovo-Serbia Relations

The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said on Wednesday that the EU, Pristina and Belgrade are working on establishing the content of the "new stage of dialog" in December noting that she expects a "qualitative leap" in normalizing relations in 2018, Gazeta Express reported.Mogherini made this statement at a ...

- Novinite - BG

Serbian and Turkish presidents visit Novi Pazar

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Novi Pazar, where he said that "Turkey and the Sandzak region" have special relations. "Novi Pazar is my native land. Your happiness is our happiness, your pain is our pain," Erdogan said.

- B92 - SK