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"Western talk about redrawing borders is cynical" (Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:12:00 +0000)
Marko Djuric says the UN mission in Kosovo is an unpleasant witness for all who violate international law - and that is why they are trying to get rid of it. The head of the Serbian Government's Office for Kosovo and Metohija was commenting on Wednesday's UN Security Council session on the situation in Kosovo and Metohija, and on how he saw Pristina's demands for the abolition of UNMIK - "because that money could be spent better."
Austria deploys soldiers to border with Italy (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:58:00 +0000)
Austria is sending 70 soldiers to the border with Italy to help border police stop the entry of illegal migrants. Police official Helmut Tomac and Herbert Bauer of the Austrian army say the move is in response to increased instances of migrants trying to hitch rides over the border under the carriages of freight wagons, Tanjug reported, citing AP.
Fire breaks out at Chinese slippers factory in Jagodina (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:30:00 +0000)
Firefighters have contained a fire that broke out on Wednesday afternoon in a Chinese slippers factory in Jagodina President of the Municipal Assembly of Jagodina Dragan "Palma" Markovic has told B92.net that workers were evacuated and that nobody was injured.
Jankovic's PSG won't cooperate with Democrats (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:43:00 +0000)
The Movement of Free Citizens (PSG) has dropped plans for electoral cooperation with the Democratic Party (DS). According to a statement issued on Wednesday, the reason is DS leader Dragan Sutanovac's "public offer to (President) Aleksandar Vucic to cooperate on constitutional changes."
Dalai Lama would like to see NATO HQ in Moscow (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:56:00 +0000)
The Dalai Lama says he dreams about NATO headquarters being relocated to Moscow, as this would bring Russian and US citizens closer. Sputnik is reporting this citing Dalai Lama's interview for the Kommerasant daily, while the Moscow Times noted in its report that the Tibetan spiritual leader himself is unable to visit Moscow - "as authorities have repeatedly denied him permission to return since 2004."
President offers citizenship to talented Afghan refugee boy (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:54:00 +0000)
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has offered Serbian citizenship to the family of 10-year-old Farhad Nuri, refugees from Afghanistan. Farhad, whom the media have nicknamed "Little Picasso," recently took part in a humanitarian campaign by selling his drawings in order to raise money for the medical treatment of a seven-year-old Serbian boy.
Vucic to visit Bosnia-Herzegovina on September 7 and 8 (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:16:00 +0000)
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina on September 7 and 8 for an official visit. The chair of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Dragan Covic, announced this on Wednesday.
Head of Kosovo Correctional Service attacked in Pristina (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:26:00 +0000)
Acting Director of Kosovo Correctional Service Sokol Zogaj was attacked on Wednesday morning in Pristina, the Kosovo Justice Ministry has confirmed. Zogaj attacked as he was leaving his apartment.
New Korean war "now real possibility" (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:24:00 +0000)
The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a British think tank, has warned the government in London that "a new Korean war is now a real possibility." This is true "partly because Donald Trump is so volatile and impulsive," says RUSI's Deputy Director General Malcolm Chalmers.
Daily: Ministry's state secretary is also notary public (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:19:00 +0000)
The newly-appointed state secretary with the Ministry of Labor Srbislav Cvejic is also working as a notary public, the daily Danas writes. The newspaper said that Cvejic became an employee of the ministry a month ago but continues to work in his notary public office, which violates the Law on Notary Public.
"Big powers need crisis to keep Balkans on leash" (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:43:00 +0000)
Whatever model is offered as a platform by Belgrade to solve the decades-old Kosovo and Metohija puzzle, it will not be liked by "world powers." The daily Vecernje Novosti writes this, adding that this is the case because bringing this painful topic to an end would mean the loss of a lot of leverage that these powers are using to try to keep Balkan nations "on a leash."
Oliver Ivanovic's war crimes retrial continues (Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:12:00 +0000)
The trial of the leader of the Civic Initiative SDP, Oliver Ivanovic, continues today at the Basic Court in Kosovska Mitrovica. The court previously overturned the first-instance verdict by which Ivanovic was sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to have a retrial.
Air Berlin's insolvency "extremely disappointing" - Etihad (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:04:00 +0000)
Etihad announced on Tuesday that the company was "informed that Air Berlin has filed for administration."“This development is extremely disappointing for all parties, especially as Etihad has provided extensive support to Air Berlin for its previous liquidity challenges and restructuring efforts over the past six years," a statement said, and added:
Moscow reacts to Skopje's accusations: Let's see transcripts (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:44:00 +0000)
Accusations about Russia's alleged interfering in the internal affairs of Macedonia are "fabricated and unfounded," says MFA spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. Sputnik is reporting on Tuesday that Zakharova in this way reacted to an interview with Macedonian Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska published recently by Bloomberg.
US envoy "promised Milosevic US would not recognize Kosovo" (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:30:00 +0000)
Ivica Dacic seems to be in charge of making waves these days - after the Kosovo "delimitation" proposal, he has spoken about "Holbrooke's Kosovo letter." The Serbian foreign minister and first deputy prime minister spoke for the tabloid Srpski Telegraf, to recall that no state body in the country is in possession of the original copy of the Dayton Agreement - the peace accord that in 1995 ended the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Dacic travels to New York for UNSC session on Kosovo (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:45:00 +0000)
First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic will participate at the UN Security Council session in New York on Wednesday. The Serbian government announced this, noting that the session will discuss UN secretary-general's report on the work of the UN mission in Kosovo, UNMIK, in the period from April 16 to July 15.
"Solution to Kosovo problem is Serbia's recognition" (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:40:00 +0000)
Edi Rama says he "respects" Aleksandar Vucic's initiative to hold "an internal dialogue on Kosovo and thus directly and unconventionally face the past." In an interview for the Belgrade-based daily Blic, quoted by Beta on Tuesday, the Albanian prime also pointed out that solving the Kosovo issue was "in the interest of all, not only Albanians."
EU calls for urgent deescalation of Korean peninsula tension (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:21:00 +0000)
EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has called for an urgent deescalation of the Korea peninsula crisis - "through peaceful, not military, means.""There is an urgent need for a deescalation of tensions on the situation on the Korean Peninsula. It is a priority for the European Union and for the rest of the international community," Mogherini said in a statement issued on Tuesday, and added:
Montenegro to strip mayor of coastal town of his citizenship (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:08:00 +0000)
The Montenegrin Interior Ministry (MUP) has initiated, ex-officio, procedures to strip the mayor of the town of Kotor of his Montenegrin citizenship. The reason is that the mayor, Vladimir Jokic, is also a citizen of Serbia.
More than 10,000 persons still missing in region (Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:48:00 +0000)
President of the Serbian Commission for Missing Persons Veljko Odalovic says there are still 10,600 persons listed as missing in the region. "Time is not an ally in solving the issue," he remarked.