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Bosnian Serb Ex-Soldier Charged with Wartime Rape.

Former Bosnian Serb Army serviceman Milan Todovic was charged with raping, beating and sexually abusing a Bosniak woman who he held captive in Foca in 1992.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Montenegrin Language Granted International Recognition.

After a nine-year struggle, Montenegrin has been officially recognised by the International Organization for Standardization as a separate language from Serbian.

- Balkan Insight - UK

NATO training Iraqis in Serbia's southern town of Nis.

NATO announced that it is training medical experts from Iraq’s security forces in the Serbian Military Logistics Training Center in the southern town of Nis. "The course has been developed within the framework of the NATO Defense Capacity Building Initiative for Iraq," the military alliance said on its website, and added:

- B92 - SK

Macron writes to Vucic, confirms visit to Serbia.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday wrote to his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic, Beta reported. "Relations between the two states are based on friendly, ancient and deep ties, marked very strongly by brotherhood in arms, which united the two nations during the First World War, and consolidated our friendship," ...

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Serbia opens chapters 6 and 30 in EU accession talks.

Serbia on Monday during an intergovernmental conference in Brussels opened two more chapters in its the EU accession negotiations. Minister for European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic presented Serbia at the Seventh Intergovernmental Conference in Brussels on Monday, at which two negotiation chapters were opened: 6 - ...

- B92 - SK

'Russia sanctions, Kosovo recognition would make us champs'.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is in Paris this Tuesday for the climate change summit. Speaking for RTS, he commented on Monday's opening of two new two chapters in Serbia's EU membership negotiations.

- B92 - SK

Paris: Serb driver spots Vucic, holds up traffic to say hi.

A Serbian man from the eastern town of Bor, a truck driver, on Tuesday briefly held up traffic in Paris in order to say hello to Aleksandar Vucic. Tanjug is reporting that the man first saw the president as he was speaking to reporters in Madeleine Square, ahead of a lunch organized by France's Emmanuel Macron for heads of ...

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MICT to consider prosecution's appeal in Seselj case.

The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals will on Wednesday hold a hearing on the prosecution appeal against the verdict in the Seselj trial. The trial chamber of the Hague Tribinal in March 2016 acquitted the leader of the SRS party on all counts of the indictment, which accused him of war crimes committed against ...

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'Zaev does not know how to respect Serbia's friendship'.

Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin says Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev "has not kept his word." Vulin's reaction came after Zaev - asked whether his country would support Pristina's UNESCO bid, said Pristina should "count on Macedonia's support in all processes."

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Serbia gets closer to EU and opens 2new negotiating chapters.

Opening of chapters 6 and 30 announced. Hahn, real perspective


A Belgrade Hanukkah - Celebrating the Jewish Festival of Light.

Every year a small but passionate community comes together in Belgrade for the eight-day holiday to rekindle their spirituality and foster Jewish heritage.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Vojislav Seselj Acquittal: UN Court to Hear Appeal

The UN court in The Hague is to hear a prosecution appeal on Wednesday against the first-instance verdict that acquitted Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj of war crimes.

- Balkan Insight - UK

EU opens new accession talks with Serbia, Montenegro

The EU on Monday opened two new chapters in Serbia's accession negotiations - on company law and external relations - and two chapters with Montenegro - on freedom of movement for workers and freedom to provide services. Serbia, which started talks in 2014, has opened 12 out of 35 chapters, with two already closed. ...

- EU Observer - EU

EU advances membership talks for Montenegro, Serbia

The EU on Monday opened new chapters in its membership talks with Montenegro and Serbia, countries which European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says he expects to join the bloc by 2025.

- EurActive - UK

Serbia to Open New Chapters in EU Negotiations

Serbia will open two more chapters in its negotiations to join the European Union, one of which focuses on aligning its foreign trade relationships with those of the EU.

- Balkan Insight - UK

NATO trains Iraqi medical officers in cooperation with Serbia

NATO continues to build Iraqi security forces capabilities. NATO partners are joining this important endeavour.


Collaborative Leadership to Counter Extremism

Recent headlines have ensured that transatlantic leaders do not forget the most recent genocide to take place on European soil: the Balkans conflict of the 1990s.  Last month, the Hague International Criminal Tribunal rendered a guilty verdict against leaders in the Balkans conflict, including former Serbian army commander ...

- GMF - DE

Serbia opens chapters 6 and 30 in EU accession talks

Serbia on Monday during an intergovernmental conference in Brussels opened two more chapters in its the EU accession negotiations. Chapter 6 deals with company law, while chapter 30 deals with external economic relations.

- B92 - SK

EU To Open New Negotiation Chapters With Montenegro, Serbia

The European Union is expected on December 11 to open new chapters in the accession negotiations with Montenegro and Serbia in a move that would bring the two countries closer to joining the bloc.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Europe's migrant crisis: the ghosts of Sid

Exhausted from being stuck in Serbia for months, dozens of young migrants survive in appalling conditions in Sid, a small town bordering European Union member Croatia, which they try to enter every day.

- TheCitizen - TZ

2018 budget 'developmental and well-balanced'

The proposed state budget for 2018 is developmental, well-balanced and aimed at raising the standard of living of Serbian citizens. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic stated this on Friday in the Serbian National Assembly, presenting the bill to people's deputies.

- B92 - SK

'EU invested 3bn, EIB 5bn in Serbia over 15 years'

The European Union has invested EUR 3 billion in Serbia over the past 15 years, as part of EU integration processes, Beta is reporting. The European Investment Bank has invested EUR 5 billion.

- B92 - SK

Vucic announces sudden trip to Paris, meeting with Macron

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will meet in Paris on Monday evening with French President Emmanuel Macron. Vucic announced this during a press conference in Belgrade on Monday morning, saying that he did not have much time, among other things, because of the said meeting with Macron.

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Belgrade gets new main railway station for domestic traffic

Serbian Railways on December 10 introduced a new timetable, making Belgrade Center Prokop the capital's main station for almost all domestic traffic. Only three pairs of trains traveling between Belgrade and Novi Sad will from now on use Belgrade Main Railway Station in Savski Square.

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Opposition MP mistakenly tweets link to porn movie

Opposition DJB Movement leader Sasa Radulovic has spoken in defense of one of his close associates, who mistakenly tweeted a link to a pornographic site. Dusan Pavlovic, a member of the Serbian National Assembly from the Enough is Enough Movement , over the weekend posted a message on Twitter about the state budget bill for ...

- B92 - SK

'New York Times journalist saw kidnapped Serb reporters'

A New York Times reporter saw a car that transported journalists Ranko Perenic and Djuro Slavuj, kidnapped in Kosovo and Metohija in 1998. This is according to the Association of Journalists of Serbia , that is quoting Milivoje Mihajlovic, a former Radio Pristina editor and head of the Media Center in this town, that was "a ...

- B92 - SK

Serbia was 'almost bankrupt' - PM

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic says she is very proud that Serbia is among the candidates with the greatest prospect of becoming full members of the EU. Brnabic also told the Swiss newspaper Blick that she was "more interested in the reforms that are being implemented."

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Europa League Round of 32: Red Star Belgrade vs. CSKA Moscow

Serbia's reigning football champions Partizan will play against Viktoria Plzen in the Round of 32 stage of this season's Europa League. Partizan was lucky during Monday's draw, as the Czech team was the weakest among the possible seeded opponents.

- B92 - SK

'Five countries blocked chapter 33 of Serbia's EU talks'

Serbia will on Monday during an intergovernmental conference in Brussels open two more chapters in its the EU accession negotiations. Chapter 6 deals with company law, while chapter 30 deals with external economic relations.

- B92 - SK

Kazakhstan 'firmly supports Serbia's territorial integrity'

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic is on a one day working visit to Astana, where he met with his Kazakh counterpart Kairat Abdrakhmanov. Dacic also spoke with Minister of Defense and Aerospace Industries Beibut Atamkulov, the Serbian government announced on Monday.

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In the Period January - October 2017 Bulgarian Exports to 3rd Countries Increased by 15.9%

In the period January - October 2017 Bulgarian exports to third countries increased by 15.9% in comparison with the corresponding period of the previous year and amounted to 14 762.5 Million BGN. Main trade partners of Bulgaria were Turkey, the Russian Federation, China, Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and ...

- Novinite - BG

Group: Refugees abused by border forces in Balkans

Rigardu, a German monitoring group, has documented at least 857 instances of violence on Serbia's borders with the EU.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Vucic Turns His Fire on Serbian Twitter Critics

Twitter is one of the few media in Serbia that the government cannot control, which may explain why it has become an obsession for Serbia's imagine-conscious President.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Kosovo Expexts to Have Final Peace Treaty with Serbia by the End of 2018

Kosovo's First Deputy Speaker and Foreign Minister, Behgjet Isa Pacolli, said he expects to have a final peace treaty with Serbia by the end of 2018. In a broadcast of Kosovo state television, he announced that next month the dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade will be conducted with greater intensity. In 2018 we will ...

- Novinite - BG

France Orders International Recall of Lactalis Baby Formula

France has ordered banned the sale and ordered a recall of several baby formula milk and baby food products made by French dairy giant Lactalis after the discovery of salmonella bacteria, consumer protection agency DGCCRF said in a statement. The recall includes products for export, including to China, Taiwan, Pakistan, ...

- Voice of America - US

UN Publishes Findings on Racial Discrimination

UN Committee On the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Publishes Findings on Serbia, Algeria, Jordan, Australia, Slovakia And Belarus

- Scoop NZ - NZ

'EU must recognize historic opportunity to solve Kosovo issue'

Solving the conflict between Serbia and Kosovo requires frank talks, says the former High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Brussels must prioritize the western Balkan states' relations with the EU, he says.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

UN prosecutors seek to overturn radical Serb's acquittal

 UN prosecutors will Wednesday seek to overturn a controversial acquittal in the case against firebrand Serb ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj, found not guilty last year of war crimes during the Balkans conflicts.

- TheCitizen - TZ

UN prosecutors seek to overturn radical Serb's acquittal

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Dec 10 - UN prosecutors will Wednesday seek to overturn a controversial acquittal in the case against firebrand Serb ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj, found not guilty last year of war crimes during the Balkans conflicts. Seselj himself will be absent during the day-long hearing, refusing to travel ...

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

Boyko Borisov in Belgrade: The EU has Wise and Secure Balkans

"Brussels has wise, predictable, safe Balkans that does not generate problems but wants to observe all the rules that European democracy imposes," Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said after a working meeting between the leaders of Serbia, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria in Belgrade, reprted bTV. "I hope that what we are trying ...

- Novinite - BG

Greece, Romania, Bulgaria support Serbia's EU bid

The prime ministers of Greece, Bulgaria and Romania have pledged support for Serbia's membership in the European Union, saying it would boost stability in the Balkans.

- FOX News - US

Greece, Romania, Bulgaria support Serbia's EU bid

BELGRADE, Serbia — The prime ministers of Greece, Bulgaria and Romania have pledged support for Serbia's membership in the European Union, saying it would boost stability in the Balkans.Officials agreed at a meeting Saturday...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Europe's shame: Madina, the six-year old Afghan girl who will never see London

Madina and her refugee relatives were intercepted on way to England and sent to Serbia where she died in an accident The post Europe's shame: Madina, the six-year old Afghan girl who will never see London appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Inspector Casts Doubt on Croatian General's Charges

A Croatian police inspector told the retrial of Branimir Glavas that he overheard a conversation implying that the 1990s general was wrongly accused of war crimes against Serbs.

- Balkan Insight - UK

US to Deport Bosnian Serb Accused of Srebrenica Killings

The US will deport Oliver Dragic, accused of having been a member of a Bosnian Serb police unit that participated in the Srebrenica genocide in 1995, for lying while claiming refugee status.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Serbian Journalist Threatened After Grilling Activist

N1 journalist Marija Antic received death threats on social networks after quizzing French-Serbian activist Arnaud Gouillon about his role in far-right movements.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Two Serbian clubs make it to Europa League's knockout phase

Serbia will for the first time have two football clubs in "the European spring" - i.e., the spring phase of European club competitions. Red Star late on Thursday joined Partizan, who previously qualified for Europa League's knockout stage.

- B92 - SK

Central bank keeps key policy rate at 3.5 percent

The National Bank of Serbia Executive Board on Thursday voted to keep the key policy rate on hold at 3.5 percent. The bank announced that in making the decision the NBS Executive Board had in mind the November inflation projection and movement in inflation factors, the expected effects of past monetary policy easing, better ...

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Gendarmes found guilty of assaulting Vucic's brother

The Higher Court in Belgrade has sentenced six members of the Gendarmerie to six-month suspended sentences, with a two year probation period. They were found guilty of assaulting Andrej Vucic and Predrag Mali, the brothers of then Serbian PM, now President Aleksandar Vucic and Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali, in an incident that ...

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EBRD loans EUR 47 million to railway operator

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is providing loans worth EUR 47 million to the Serbian railway operator Srbija Voz. The money will be used to expand and upgrade a maintenance depot in Belgrade's municipality of Zemun, Tanjug reported.

- B92 - SK