Serbia

Serb Nationalists Protest on NATO Anniversary

Some 1,000 hardline nationalists staged an anti-NATO rally in the main square of Belgrade, chanting “Kosovo is the heart of Serbia” and waving banners hailing Milosevic as the “hero of the Serbian nation.” Earlier, air-raid sirens wailed and church bells tolled on Tuesday as Serbia marked the 10th anniversary of …

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Heavy Snow Triggers Alert in Eastern Serbia

Local authorities in Bosilegrad municipality, an area around 450 kilometres southeast of Belgrade and populated by ethnic Bulgarians, have introduced a state of alert over weather conditions. Mayor Vladimir Zaharijev said that because of the huge snow drifts of up to a metre high around 30 villages were cut off …

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Sirens Wail as Serbia Marks NATO Bombings

Air-raid sirens wailed on Tuesday as Serbia marked ten years since NATO’s bombing campaign against the regime of late president Slobodan Milosevic to halt its violent Kosovo crackdown. Solemn ceremonies were held at Belgrade monuments to children and journalists killed in the NATO sorties as the sirens were sounded across …

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Kosovo Police Turn Back Belgrade Mayor

Kosovo police on Monday prevented Belgrade mayor Dragan Djilas from entering Kosovo’s territory at the customs checkpoint at Konculj. Djilas, who is an official of the Democratic Party headed by Serbian President Boris Tadic, planned to visit the Serb population in eastern Kosovo together with his associates, but was denied …

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Serbs Jailed for Wartime Herzegovina Crimes

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has issued a first-instance verdict, sentencing Krsto Savic and Milko Mucibabic for crimes against humanity committed in eastern Herzegovina. By a first-instance verdict, handed down by the State Court, Krsto Savic has been sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for participation in a joint criminal …

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EC Mulls Funds to Boost Serbian Economy

The European Commission is considering Belgrade’s proposal to set aside €120 milion from pre-accession funds to help maintain Serbia’s macroeconomic stability and the budget. That is according to EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn. After a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Bozidar Djelic, Rehn highlighted that the European Union may start …

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Serb Group Seeks Grave of WWII Guerrilla Leader

A Chicago-based Serb group said Monday it is offering a $100,000 reward for anyone who can locate the grave of a World War II guerrilla leader executed as a traitor by the Communists. The burial site of Dragoljub Draza Mihailovic has been unknown since his execution in 1946 by the …

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NATO Bombing of Serbia ‘Was Right’

NATO’s air attack on the former Yugoslavia a decade ago was “the right thing to do” and had improved the lives of Kosovo Albanians and Serbs, the US envoy Richard Holbrooke argues. Speaking at the Brussels Forum conference on Saturday, Holbrooke, a former envoy to the Balkans and currently United …

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Serbia, Croatia ’Like France & Germany’

Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader has hailed his visit to Serbia over the weekend as significant in reviving dialogue between the one-time bitter foes, and likened their relationship to that of France and Germany. Speaking to Serbia’s state news agency, Tanjug, Sanader said Serbia and Croatia had a difficult past …

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Serbia’s Bank Governor Talks of Crisis

In the midst of talks with the International Monetary Fund, IMF, Serbia’s central bank governor Radovan Jelasic shed some light behind some the measures the government is taking to tackle the effects of the global economic slowdown. Speaking at a conference titled Global crisis: Can We take a break from …

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