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Vucic says Trump accepted his invitation to visit Serbia

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in New York on Wednesday that US president Donald Trump has accepted his invitation to visit Serbia. "When I invited him, I explained in detail why I think it's important that he comes to Serbia. I spoke about the attitude of all Serbian citizens toward him ...

Hungarian man drives through 'shocking Serbian storm'/VIDEO

A Hungarian citizen last weekend drove through a storm in northern Serbia and recorded it on video. Lorand Szasz posted the footage on Facebook, saying that he felt "shocked" as he and his wife came across a massive storm.

'Return Kosovo to Serbia - then talk about sovereignty'

State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs and Eurasian Integration chair Leonid Kalashnikov has called on the US president and the West to "return Kosovo to Serbia." "Calling for respect of sovereignty sounds cynical coming from the president of a power that has destroyed the entire world order. Let's ...

'Serbia's no worse than Bulgaria, deserves to join EU ASAP'

Serbia will join the EU in four years, in 2021 or 2022, and deserves to be a member of that community, say the mayor of Slovenia's capital Ljubljana. In an interview for Serbia' Biznis magazine, cited by Beta on Wednesday, Zoran Jankovic said that he "does not want to insult anyone - but if EU ...

Defense minister to travel to NATO HQ - and then to Moscow

Serbia wants cooperation with NATO, but it should be made clear to everyone we will not become a member of this or any military alliance, says Aleksandar Vulin. Speaking about his visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Serbia's defense minister told Pink TV that the Partnership for Peace ...

Serbia and IMF to continue talks about hiking salaries

Talks about increasing public sector wages and pensions in Serbia will continue in the weeks ahead, the IMF has said in a statement. "Economic activity continues to expand, notwithstanding a temporary slowdown in the first half of the year, largely reflecting disruptions in electricity production ...

Russia is our true friend, Serbian president says

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke in New York on Tuesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. In their conversation, the officials, who are in town for the UN General Assembly, "highlighted the friendship between the two countries."

Mogherini meets with Vucic and Thaci in NYC

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini met on Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly with Aleksandar Vucic and Hashim Thaci. They "continued their discussion on a new phase of the EU-facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina on comprehensive normalization of relations, ...

Serbian PM offers condolences in wake of deadly Mexico quake

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic has sent a telegram of condolences to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, after a deadly earthquake hit the country. "We were deeply shaken by the news of a devastating earthquake that hit your country, in which a large number of people were killed and lost their ...

World is very dangerous, we should lie low - says president

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in New York late on Tuesday that the world is in a dangerous and complicated situation today. Vucic, who is attending this year's UN General Assembly, added that at the UN headquarters, "many harsh words" could be heard in that context - and that, as a small ...

US pushing hard to make Kosovo Interpol member - daily

Ahead of the Interpol General Assembly that will start on September 26, the US is "mustering all forces" to make Pristina a new member of the organization. The Belgrade-based daily Vecernje Novosti writes this, adding that the host of this year's assembly is China, and that in Beijing, Belgrade's ...

Montenegro 'violated European Convention on Human Rights'

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Montenegro has violated Article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights. It concerns the deaths in August 1999 of a group of persons of Roma ethnicity from Serbia , and Montenegrin authorities' failure to conduct "a prompt and effective ...

Extradition of Radicals makes it to EU's list of conditions

EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn has urged Serbia during his visit here last week to extradite Vjerica Radeta and Petar Jojic to the Hague Tribunal . Along with Jovan "Jovo" Ostojic - who recently passed away - the two are members of the opposition SRS party, led by Vojislav Seselj, whom the tribunal ...

Dacic in series of bilateral meeting on UNGA sidelines

First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Erlan Abdyldaev spoke in New York on Tuesday. According to the Serbian government, they "pointed to the importance of friendly and traditionally good relations between the two countries."

Vranje-based weekly closes, founder starts hunger strike

The founder of the Vranjske weekly, that was closed on Monday, and former NUNS President Vukasin Obradovic has begun a hunger strike. Beta is reporting on Tuesday that he has done this "to draw attention to the pointlessness of the fight for media freedom."

'You don't bully Dodik - you get his friends in Belgrade'

"If you want Milorad Dodik to do something, you will not get it done by bullying him from Brussels," says a former high representative for Bosnia. Instead, Paddy Ashdown recently told an inquiry organized by the British Parliament's Foreign Policy Committee, "you get it done by getting his friends ...

Step closer to truth: How much has NATO bombing poisoned us

The proposal of the Initiative set up to discover the truth about the consequences of the NATO bombing of Serbia has been supported by the president. The Belgrade-based daily Vecernje Novosti writes that it learned this, and adds that according to the plan of the Initiative, a national laboratory ...

Bosnia: East Sarajevo mayor sacked for insulting Vucic

Councilors of the East New Sarajevo municipality have voted to dismiss Assembly President Dejan Santic . Santic was accused of insulting Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on social networks.

Diplomats visiting weavers in Vojvodina village

On Saturday, the third weavers’ colony in Stapar next to Sombor in Vojvodina, was visited by high ranking diplomats and government officials. They included Australian and Norwegian ambassadors, resident UN representative in Serbia, representatives of the US, British and Israeli embassies, ...

Trump 'reacts positively' to Serbian front pages about him

Serbia's foreign minister has revealed the content of his brief conversation on Monday with the US president, during a gathering at the UN HQ in New York City. Just before the meeting started, Ivica Dacic approached Donald Trump and spoke to him, and also showed him some papers. Many then wondered ...

UN continues to assist Serbia's reforms - government

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic met on Monday with Resident Coordinator of the UN in Serbia Karla Robin Hershey. According to the Serbian government, they discussed "activities in the five-year development partnership program signed by Serbia with the United Nations Team."

Suspect questioned for assaulting TV reporter

The Higher Public Prosecution in Belgrade on Monday questioned D.V., a suspect in an incident involving an assault on a TV Pink journalist. The prosecution has proposed to the court to detain D.V.

31 media workers on trial over failed Turkey coup

The trial of Turkish journalists and media employees accused of supporting Fethullah Gulen has started in Turkey. The defendants, whose media outlets have been shut down in the meanwhile, deny the charges - and face life in prison if found guilty.

Constitution referendum 'won't coincide with Belgrade vote'

The SNS party's campaign ahead of the local elections in Belgrade will not be led by any one person - such as its candidate for mayor, writes the daily Danas. Instead, said the Belgrade-based paper, the ruling party will have its "team for the capital."

Some are silent, others cheer as man rages against red tape

An unknown man on Monday morning smashed the glass at the entrance to Novi Sad's branch of the Republic Health Insurance Fund . According to eyewitness, cited by the local website 021.rs, the man, "visibly enraged" after unsuccessfully trying to renew his health insurance card because he was missing ...

Man commits suicide at Franjo Tudjman's grave

An elderly man has committed suicide at the grave of the first Croatian president, Franjo Tudjman, the Croatian website Index is reporting on Monday. Tudjman was buried in Zagreb's Mirogoj cemetery.

Dacic joins Vucic for UN General Assembly New York trip

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic will participate in a number of meetings held in the United Nations this week. These are held within the regular 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Vucic goes to NYC, to address UN General Assembly

Aleksandar Vucic is traveling to New York on Monday, where he will stay until September 23. The Serbian president will have a series of meetings, and participate in the UN General Assembly.

'Serbia's EU accession depends on relations with Kosovo'

EP rapporteur for Serbia David McAllister says negotiations on Serbia's EU accession EU require "constant movement towards better relations with Kosovo". He told the Belgrade-based tabloid Kurir that "this process should gradually lead to the normalization of relations between the two sides, with ...

'Russia's preparing for big war; as for W. Balkans...'

Chairman of NATO's Military Committee Petr Pavel says there are reasons for concern over Russia-Belarus military maneuvers Zapad 2017. According to him, the exercise "could be seen" a "serious preparations for big war".

Belgrade Pride held without incidents; but it's not all rosy

Belgrade Pride was held for the fourth consecutive year without major incidents while the world media writes about "the Balkan gay PM" Ani Brnabic at its hem. But there are also some concerns.

Serbia loses to Slovenia in EuroBasket final

Serbian men's national basketball team has been defeated by Slovenia in the final of the FIBA EuroBasker 2017 European championship. Slovenia won 93-85 in the final played on Sunday evening in Istanbul, Turkey.

'More EU chapters could be opened this year'

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and EU Commissioner For Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn met in Belgrade on Friday. They agreed that more chapters in Serbia's EU accession talks could be opened by the end of the year, but that "quality was more important than speed," ...

Dacic and Hahn 'on current issues in Serbia-EU relations'

First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic has met with the EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn. Dacic and Hahn "exchanged views on current issues in relations between Serbia and the European Union, with particular reference to reforms implemented ...

Vucic speaks with US ambassador ahead of his New York trip

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and US Ambassador Kyle Scott met on Friday. The main topic was the regional situation, and also the dialogue on Kosovo. A statement issued by the president's press service said that Vucic met with Scott on the eve of his trip to New York, where he will participate ...

'Confidence building in Kosovo through cultural heritage'

The EU has adopted a program "to support confidence building among the ethnic communities in Kosovo through cultural heritage protection." Tanjug cited a statement posted on EU's website to report that the program worth EUR 2 million "will support the continued rehabilitation of important cultural ...

'Croatian infantry could reach Ljubljana in 48 hours'

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic say she will sack retired Admiral Davor Domazet Loso from her Homeland Security Council. She said the reason was Domazet's statement that the Croatian infantry could reach Slovenia's capital Ljubljana in 48 hours, Hina reported on Friday.

'EU doesn't want Kosovo problem imported through back door'

Aleksandar Vucic spoke Friday in Belgrade with EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn about Serbia's EU path, the situation in the region and the dialogue with Pristina. According to a statement from his office, the president pointed out that full membership of Serbia in the EU represents Serbia's foreign ...

First plane on new Beijing-Belgrade route lands

The first plane on the newly-established Beijing-Belgrade route on Friday landed at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla International Airport. The Hainan Airlines Airbus A330-300 was welcomed by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic and Chinese ...

Greek officer who refused to participate in NATO's war

Marinos Ritsoudis, who in 1999 refused to participate in NATO's bombing of Serbia, 18 years later says he is proud of that moment. Speaking for the Belgrade-based daily Blic, the former Greek navy officer also said that it was "a fantastic feeling" to support Serbia "in the fight against all."

Government sends draft laws on education to Assembly

The government has adopted the bill on the foundations of the education system and the bill on higher education and sent them to the Assembly for adoption. The new legal solutions will set the stage for better education:

Serbia 'could come under pressure from EU on foreign policy'

The EU will try to, through accession talks chapter 31, "force Serbia to change its attitude towards Russia - but Belgrade could still remain close to Russia." Sputnik is reporting this, noting that Serbia will start negotiations on the chapter, that relates to alignment of foreign and security ...

Interior Ministry refutes Ukrainian ambassador's claim

The Serbian Interior Ministry has reacted to a statement made by Ukraine's ambassador to deny that traffic violations committed by diplomats are not punished. According to the MUP, the law is being consistently applied to all.

United Russia backs declaration on 'Serb national identity'

A high-ranking official of Russia's ruling United Russia says the party supports declaration on preservation of the Serb "national identity." Sergei Zheleznyak spoke in Moscow on Thursday, after a meeting with members of the leadership of Serbia's ruling SNS party.

'Thaci needs to wake up; Serbia will never recognize Kosovo'

First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic says it is "high time" for Kosovo President Hashim Thaci to wake up from his "mirage," Tanjug has reported. The Serbian official reiterated that his country will never recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo.

Serbia and Montenegro 'main candidates to join EU - in 2025'

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker has sent a letter of intent to the European Parliament president and the chairperson of the Council of the EU. This happened on Wednesday, Tanjug is reporting today, citing the European Western Balkans website.

Good Serbia-Austria relations 'in interest of whole Europe'

Relations between Serbia and Austria are "very good, and need to be further developed in the interest of whole Europe." Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Justice of the Republic of Austria Wolfgang Brandstetter said this during Thursday’s talks in Belgrade, the Serbian ...

Serbian government will provide guarantees for Mladic

The government will approve the providing of guarantees to the Hague Tribunal for Ratko Mladic's provisional release for medical treatment. This is according to Justice Minister Nela Kuburovic.

Video shows moment Novi Pazar policeman is shot in stomach

Security cameras footage has been published showing the shooting earlier this month of a police officer in Novi Pazar, southwestern Serbia. The officer, 30-year-old D.C., was shot in the stomach while walking past the window of an establishment, whose security cameras recorded the moment.

Daily: West preparing anti-Russian media offensive in Serbia

America and its NATO allies are preparing for a fierce anti-Russian media offensive in our country, writes the Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti. The paper said it learned that a portion of the USD 250 million that the US Congress has allocated to the Countering Russian Influence Fund for fiscal years ...