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Pristina sends protest note to EU countries in wake of bus attack in Serbia

The Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday sent a protest note to European Union member states in the wake of an attack on a bus from Kosovo while travelling through Serbia.

Vucic has best chance by far to win Serbia's presidential eleciton - survey

Aleksandar Vucic still enjoys the highest chances of success in a 2 April presidential election and 53% of those polled in a survey conducted by the Ipsos strategic marketing pollster seem to be in favour of Vucic's victory.

Ex-Yugoslav Navy captain placed in investigative prison for 1991 shelling of Sibenik

Former Yugoslav Navy captain Cedomir Borojevic has been placed in investigative prison in Split on suspicion that he ordered an artillery attack on Sibenik in September 1991.

Merkel praises Serbia for meeting European standards, pushing for peace

German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Serbia on Tuesday for meeting European standards, fighting illegal migration and pushing for peace in Southeast Europe.

Merkel meets with Serbian prime minister, discusses migration crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Serbia on Tuesday for its role in helping deal with Europe's migration crisis, as she met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Berlin.

A jester with a serious agenda jumps into Serbian presidential race

No joke: A man who dresses head to toe in white and who is fed up with Serbia's political scene says he will try to "move the masses" with his candidacy for president.

Ex-JNA reservist sentenced to 20 years for killing eight Croatian policemen and civilians in 1991

The County Court in the northern coastal city of Rijeka on Monday sentenced former Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) reservist Milorad Bozic in absentia to 20 years in prison for killing three civilians and five imprisoned Croatian police officers in Donji Hrastovac near Hrvatska Kostajnica in September 1991.

Seven contestants vie for presidency in Serbia

A total of seven candidacies for Serbia's presidential election, set for April 2, were accepted until the midnight Sunday when the deadline for applications expired.

Croatian FM says there's no reason for anyone in Bosnia to revel in ICJ decision

There is no reason for anyone in Bosnia and Herzegovina to revel in the rejection of the request to revise the 2007 ruling clearing Serbia of responsibility for genocide, Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Thursday and called on officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina to turn toward the European and Euro-Atlantic path and reforms and that Croatia would support them in that.

Bosniak, Serb politicians divided over ICJ refusal of revision

Bosniak and Serb officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday reacted differently to a decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to dismiss a request for revision of its ruling in a case in which Bosnia and Herzegovina sued Serbia for genocide and the ICJ cleared it of the charges, with Bosniak officials insisting that the latest decision is a new injustice and Serb officials saying that it was about strict adherence to legal norms.

ICJ turns down Bosnia's request for review of ICJ ruling against Serbia

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has turned down a request for a review of its ruling in a case in which Bosnia and Herzegovina sued Serbia for genocide, which cleared Serbia of responsibility for genocide committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

MSF demands Hungary investigate alleged police abuse of migrants

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Thursday urged Hungary to investigate allegations of brutality by Hungarian police against migrants intercepted at the border with Serbia.

Stoltenberg tells Vucic NATO is against formation of Kosovo army - Serbian media

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed in a telephone conversation with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday that the alliance was against the formation of a Kosovo army, the Serbian public broadcaster RTS said, after Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci said that Pristina was not abandoning its plan to establish armed forces.

Kosovo leadership endorses army bill

Kosovo Assembly leaders unanimously decided on Wednesday to send a bill on the transformation of Kosovo security forces to government for further procedure.

NATO warns Kosovo against creating army, cites "serious concerns"

NATO has "serious concerns" about Kosovo's intention to transform its security forces into an army, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Kosovo's leaders Wednesday, warning that NATO would "review its level of commitment" if the proposal is approved.

Serbia soon to receive six Russian MiGs

Serbia is to receive six MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia by the end of March, and a decree on their delivery is expected to be signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Moscow, the Belgrade-based Vecernje Novosti said on Tuesday.

DSHV doesn't support any specific candidate in Serbia's presidential vote

The Council of the Democratic Alliance of the Vojvodina Croats (DSHV) on Tuesday evening did not support any of the candidates to run in coming presidential elections in Serbia but suggested that local Croats should vote for a pro-democratic candidate with positive policies regarding the rights of the Croat ethnic minority.

Vucic, Thaci disagree over Kosovo army

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Tuesday strongly opposed Kosovo President Hashim Thaci's position on the formation of a Kosovo army, and the two officials insisted on their opposed views in a telephone conversation.

Croatia protests against monument to be raised in Belgrade

Croatia strongly protested on Tuesday against a decision by the Serbian government to erect a monument to an officer of the former Yugoslav People's Army (JNA), Milan Tepic, who is considered to be a hero in Serbia while in Croatia he is considered to be a killer of Croatian defenders at the start of the war for independence in 1991.

331 cases of violence, discrimination against Serbs in 2016

There were 331 cases of violence and other forms of incitement to discrimination against Serbs in 2016, up 57% on the year, according to figures which the Serb National Council (SNV) presented on Tuesday.

Croatian minister hopes dialogue with Serbia's judiciary will resume

Croatia's Justice Minister Ante Sprlje has said that a list of 86 Croatian nationals whom Serbia wants to put on trial for war crimes was drawn up six years ago, and that he hopes that talks with Serbia's judiciary will resume after the forthcoming presidential elections in Serbia.

One year after Balkan route closed, region is stuck in crisis mode

Twelve months after the so-called Balkan route was shut, many migrants are still stuck - or have disappeared - in Greece, others pile up in Serbia, while Austria acts as if the refugee crisis is still in full flow.

Several incidents caused by migrants reported in northern Serbia

Incidents caused by migrants have been reported in several villages in the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina as they attempt to reach the European Union through Hungary or Croatia, local media said on Friday.

Serb nationalists jeer EU's top diplomat as she addresses parliament

Serbian nationalist lawmakers on Friday chanted and jeered to drown out the European Union's chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini, as she addressed parliament.

ICTY prosecutor in Milosevic case finds review request defective

A former prosecutor of the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Sir Geoffrey Nice, has said that the request forwarded from Sarajevo for a review of the 2007 International Court of Justice (OCJ) ruling exonerating Serbia from genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been poorly prepared and that the status of Bosnia and Herzegovina's legal agent Sakib Softic before the ICJ is questionable.

Bosnia wary of possible spring migrant wave from Serbia

Thousands of migrants currently staying in Serbia will probably try to reach EU member countries via new routes this spring, and a large number of them will try to cross into Croatia via Bosnia and Herzegovina, the head of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Service for Aliens, Slobodan Ujic, said on Friday.

Three more victims of Serbian military factory blast discovered

The remains of three more victims listed as missing were found on the premises of a military factory in the central Serbian city of Kragujevac where two explosions and a fire occurred this past Tuesday.

EP committee adopts progress reports for Western Balkan countries

The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday adopted progress reports for Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, expressing support for these countries to draw closer to the EU and underlining the need for further reforms.

One killed, 25 injured in Serbian military factory blast

One person was killed and at least 25 were injured in two explosions and a fire at a military factory in the central Serbian city of Kragujevac on Tuesday, and the death toll is feared to be higher, electronic media in Belgrade said, quoting the Defence Ministry.

At least 20 injured in Serbian ammunition factory blast

At least 20 persons were injured in an explosion at the ammunition factory in the central Serbian city of Kragujevac on Tuesday, public broadcaster RTS said in the afternoon.

Serbia to hold presidential election on April 2 - media

Serbia will hold a presidential election on April 2, and the vote will be formally called by Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic on March 2, media in Belgrade said on Tuesday.

Serb ministers end boycott of Bosnian government

Serb ministers in the Bosnian Council of Ministers on Tuesday attended a session of the body, ending a boycott they began last week because of a request to revise an International Court of Justice ruling Serbia of genocide.

Serbia PM says no snap parliamentary election

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday that an early parliamentary election would not be held simultaneously with a presidential vote, although the state leadership had announced such a possibility.  

Serbia opens two more policy areas in its EU accession talks

Serbia on Monday opened two new policy areas in its EU entry talks, thus bringing the number of opened policy areas to eight.

ICJ asks Bosnia's leadership to state its position on review request

The State Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina will have to make a clear statement as to whether it supports the request for a review of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) genocide ruling against Serbia, the Croat member of the country's three-member presidency, Dragan Covic, said on Monday.

No early parliamentary election in Serbia this year - media

There will be no early parliamentary election in Serbia this year, electronic media in Belgrade said on Sunday.

Approx. 7,500 migrants prevented from illegally entering Serbia in past 8 months

In the past several months, the authorities have prevented the illegal entry of approximately 7,500 migrants on Serbian soil. Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said Sunday.

Croatia for preserving Bosnia's stability

Croatia on Friday supported the stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), calling on its authorities to adopt decisions in institutions, after a request by BiH Presidency Bosniak member Bakir Izetbegovic to review a ruling which acquitted Serbia of genocide.

Croat member of Bosnia's state presidency says crisis won't escalate

The Croat member of Bosnia and Herzegovina's collective State Presidency, Dragan Covic, said on Friday that the crisis caused by the unilateral submission of a request for a review of the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) genocide ruling from 2007 against Serbia would not escalate into an armed conflict.

Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian reporters back striking Macedonian colleagues

Trade unions of journalists from Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia on Friday expressed their support to their Macedonian colleagues working for three daily newspapers owned by Media Print Makedonija (MPM) who have been on strike since mid-February over unpaid salaries and contributions and the management's failure to provide them with information about plans for the company's survival.

Peace Implementation Council Steering Board calls for defusing tensions in Bosnia

The Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) met on Thursday, expressing the international community's concern about the situation in the country and calling on local politicians to act rationally to prevent an escalation of the crisis after a motion was submitted to review an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling in BiH's case against Serbia for genocide.

Bosnia requests review of ICJ judgement that exonerating Serbia

Bosnia and Herzegovina's legal counsel Sakib Softic on Thursday submitted a request to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, for a review of a judgement in the genocide suit against Serbia.

Serbia's EU negotiator says minority rights neglected

The head of the Serbia's European Union accession negotiation team, Tanja Miscevic, said in Novi Sad on Wednesday that minority rights had been neglected for many years and added that positive results in that regard cannot be achieved over night, the Beta news agency has reported. 

Bosnia's counsel travels to The Hague to apply for review of genocide judgement against Serbia

Bosnia and Herzegovina's legal representative before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Sakib Softic, left for The Hague on Wednesday and is expected to submit a request on Friday for a review of an ICJ judgement delivered in 2007 acquitting the former Social Republic of Yugoslavia, present-day Serbia as its successor, of genocide in Srebrenica.

Serbian, Slovenian FMs says two countries' relations good, economic cooperation on rise

Relations between Slovenia and Serbia are good, the two countries have a number of common interests and their trade, which last year amounted to EUR 1 billion, is on the rise, Slovenian and Serbian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec and Ivica Dacic respectively, said after their talks in Ljubljana on Wednesday.

Kosovo FM says Serbia wants to dominate Southeast Europe "Russian-style"

Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj has said in an interview with Hina that Serbia actually does not want to join the European Union but to dominate the southeast of Europe through constant provocation of tensions with its neighbours, including Croatia.

Serbian President pulls out of presidential race

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Monday decided not to rerun for the presidency and he and his former party colleague Aleksandar Vucic, who is the incumbent Prime Minister, patched up their conflict, according to local media.

Izetbegovic hopes ICJ will confirm Serbia's responsibility for genocide

The Bosniak member of the tripartite presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic, on Monday rejected criticism stirred up by the announcement that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) would be requested to review its judgement made after Bosnia sued Serbia for genocide.

Vojvodina institutions hold conference on Bunjevci's non-Croat ethnic background

There are around 16,000 members of the Bunjevci community in Vojvodina who deny their Croat ethnic background. They are represented by the Bunjevci National Council which enjoys the support of state authorities, and, since the change of government in Vojvodina, of the provincial authorities as well.

Serbians wouldn't go to war for Kosovo - poll

A majority of citizens in Serbia wouldn't go to war to claim back Kosovo, shows a survey conducted by the Serbian nongovernmental organisation "Belgrade Centre for Security Policy".

Bosnian Serb officials slam request for review of ICJ's decision against Serbia

The Chairman of the Bosnia and Herzegovina collective Presidency, Mladen Ivanic, said on Saturday there was no chance for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to accept the request to review the 2007 ruling against Serbia for aggression and genocide, warning however that the decision to submit such a request had resulted in a dangerous situations and a crisis with immeasurable consequences.

Bosnian Serb politicians slam review of ICJ ruling against Serbia

Bosnian Serb politicians on Friday strongly responded to the announcement by Bosnian Presidency Bosniak member Bakir Izetbegovic that proceedings would be launched before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to review a ruling against Serbia, accusing him of undermining the Dayton peace agreement and unlawful behaviour.

Croatia and Albania ask NATO to revise Kosovo peacekeeping plan

Albania and Croatia have asked NATO to revise plans for its peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, arguing that nationalist rhetoric by Serb politicians threatens to destabilise the region scarred by the 1990s wars, Reuters news agency said on Thursday, quoting the Office of the Albanian Defence Minister.

Bosnia parliament blocked over possible review of ICJ ruling against Serbia

Serb deputies at the House of Representatives of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Parliament on Thursday failed to show up for a previously scheduled session in line with their previous announcement that they would block decision-making in the state parliament until the issue of a request for a review of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling in Bosnia and Herzegovina's genocide and aggression lawsuit against Serbia was resolved.

Vucic without comment on Nikolic's decision to rerun for presidency

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic's announcement that he would run again for presidency elicited numerous reactions on the Serbian political scene on Thursday, but Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, whom the leadership of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) on Tuesday nominated as a presidential candidate, refused to comment on Nikolic's decision.

Grabar-Kitarovic expects Croatia-Serbia relations to improve after Serbian elections

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Wednesday expressed hope that after the election of a new Serbian president there would be an improvement in relations between Croatia and Serbia and an exchange of visits by the presidents in order to discuss outstanding issues.

Jeremic: Vucic's candidacy for president "total personalisation of authorities"

A former Serbian Foreign Minister and candidate for the country's President, Vuk Jeremic, said on Wednesday that the presidential candidacy of the current Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic "represents an accelerated and total personalisation of the authorities and the state".

Aleksandar Vucic to run in Serbia's presidential election

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will be the ruling Serbian Progressive Party's (SNS) candidate in the country's presidential election, scheduled for April.

FM: Croatians won't fall for provocation from Belgrade

The Croatians will not fall for provocation and must stay calm, Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Sunday, adding that a channel for communication with Serbia must stay open, but dialogue cannot obviously be conducted with Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic who accuses Croatia of reviving fascism.

Serbia wants dialogue with Croatia, but can't tolerate rehabilitation of Ustasha ideology

Serbia is open to dialogue with Croatia, but will not applaud the installation of monuments to Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac and rehabilitation of the Ustasha ideology in Croatia, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Sunday.

Stier criticises Dacic over Stepinac, refuses bilateral meeting

Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier on Saturday strongly criticised his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic's statement that the Blessed Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac was a war criminal, and rejected Dacic's proposal for a bilateral meeting.

Bosnian Serb jailed for life for Srebrenica atrocities dies in Germany

Bosnian Serb Ljubisa Beara, who was serving a life sentence for atrocities against Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, died in a prison in Berlin on Friday, media outlets in Bosnia and Herzegovina reported.

Bosnia to decide next week on possible motion for review of ICJ ruling against Serbia

Bosnia and Herzegovina will decide next week on whether it will file a motion with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for review of the ruling on its suit against Serbia for military aggression and genocide.

Serbian minister says unveiling of monument to Stepinac "regrettable", calls him war criminal

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Thursday that the unveiling of a monument to the Blessed Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac in the eastern Croatian city of Osijek was "regrettable", describing Stepinac as a war criminal and noting that the act was a clear message to Serbs that crimes against them were allowed and were not punished.

Exhibition on int. community's failure to prevent Srebrenica atrocities staged

A new museum with artefacts and material about the conduct and the role of the UN-led Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in the summer of 1995 when the Srebrenica enclave fell into the hands of Serb forces was opened on Thursday within the Potocari Memorial Centre, which is dedicated to 8,000 Bosnian Muslim victims killed by troops led by Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic.

Hungary setting up military camps on border with Serbia

Hungary has set up a new military camp near the Kelebia border crossing with Serbia and has announced that it would set up another three camps in Bacsalmas, Madaras and Hercegszanto, with authorities announcing that a second line of fences will be erected, Vojvodina media reported on Thursday.

47 pct of Serbian citizens in favour of EU entry, 29 pct against

Euro-optimism is on a descending line in Serbia, show the latest opinion polls according to which 47% of Serbian citizens are in favour of the country's EU entry, 29% are against.

Trial for Srebrenica war crimes starts in Belgrade

A trial of eight members of the Special Brigade of the Bosnian Serb entity Interior Ministry, indicted for war crimes against Bosniak civilians in Srebrenica, started before the Special War Crimes Court in Belgrade on Monday.

Agreement reached on Kosovska Mitrovica bridge wall

North Mitrovica mayor Goran Rakic and Kosovo Physical Planning Minister Ferat Salja reached agreement early on Saturday on a wall symbolically dividing the Serb-populated north part of Kosovska Mitrovica from the Albanian-populated south part of the city.

Djokovic recovers from slow start to put Serbia 2-0 over Russia

The lone household name in this weekend's Davis Cup World Group first round, Novak Djokovic, had to shake off the rust Friday before posting a singles victory, with the win putting the 2010 champion Serbia into a 2-0 command of Russia.

Serbian, Montenegrin PMs hold talks

Serbia and Montenegro have good and friendly relations which will continue to improve and today's talks on that were substantial, open and mutually beneficial, the two countries' prime ministers said in Belgrade on Friday.

EU calls on Belgrade, Pristina to avoid inflammatory rhetoric

The European Union has called on Belgrade and Pristina to defuse tensions and stick to their agreement on avoiding inflammatory rhetoric as well as to focus on the job that lies ahead, the Belgrade electronic media reported on Thursday evening, quoting a statement from Brussels.

Djokovic carries hopes for Serbia into Davis Cup start

Novak Djokovic returns to battle three weeks after his last match when he leads Serbia against young-gun Russia in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group from Friday.

Serbia's top officials convening urgent meetings after Kosovo talks

Serbia's top officials have convened a series of urgent meetings for Thursday after a second round of Serbia-Kosovo talks in Brussels which, according to the media, yielded no results.

NATO secretary general: Strong institutions best protection from Russia's influence in Balkans

NATO is aware of Russia's attempts to spread its strategic influence to the Balkans and the best protection from meddling in interior affairs of countries in the region is to advance their democratic institutions and capacities for coping with security challenges, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Sarajevo on Thursday.

EU encouraged by Belgrade-Pristina dialogue

Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina is important for the region and the European Union, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said late on Wednesday after a new round of talks between Serbian and Kosovo delegations in Brussels.

Greek, Serbian PMs talk cooperation, bilateral relations

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic told a joint news conference in Belgrade on Tuesday that a new "road map" has been drawn up with the help of which the two countries will strengthen their bilateral relations.

Three migrants injured in knife brawl in Serbia

Three migrants were injured in a knife brawl in the northwestern Serbian town of Sid on Monday evening, while around the same time groups of migrants hiding in truck trailers failed in their attempts to cross the Croatian border illegally, the Serbian broadcaster RTV said on Tuesday.

New round of Serbia-Kosovo talks set for Feb 1

Serbia and Kosovo will hold a new round of talks on the relaxation of bilateral relations in Brussels on Wednesday under the European Union's mediation, and Serbia's top officials -- President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic -- are expected to attend the talks, according to the RTS public broadcaster.

NGOs say more than 100 migrants returned from Croatia to Serbia

More than 100 migrants were forcibly returned from Croatia to Serbia in the last six months and the human rights of migrants and refugees are systematically violated, non-governmental organisations from Serbia and Croatia told the TV B92 broadcaster on Friday.

Serbian citizens admit involvement in terrorism attack in Montenegro

Three Serbian citizens, suspected of having taken part in an attempted coup d'etat in Montenegro on 16 October 2016 and arrested on a Montenegrin warrant, have been released after striking a deal with the prosecution, pleading guilty and agreeing to a five-month prison sentence, the media in Podgorica reported Friday.

Croatian MEPs submit amendments to EP report on Serbia

Croatian members of the European Parliament (MEP) have submitted a number of amendments to a draft report on Serbia, of which most refer to Serbia's law on universal jurisdiction in the prosecution of war crimes, the treatment of the Croat minority in that country, Serbia's relations with neighbouring countries, the media situation, and the country's relations with Russia.

Nikolic says any Serb would go to war for his country

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said in Brussels on Tuesday that he did not know if there was any Serb who would not go to war for his country if necessary, thus repeating his belligerent statements directed at Kosovo Albanians some ten days ago.

Belgrade and Pristina agree to continue high-level dialogue

Belgrade and Pristina will continue dialogue on the highest level with the support of the European Union, but officials on both sides should tone down their rhetoric, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told media in Belgrade late on Tuesday after high-level talks with a Kosovo delegation in Brussels.

CAS dismisses Serbia's appeal

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne has dismissed the appeal filed by the Football Association of Serbia against the admission of Kosovo to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the governing body of football in Europe.  

EP Foreign Affairs Committee warns of rising tensions in W. Balkans

Members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on Tuesday expressed concern over rising tensions and incendiary rhetoric in southeast Europe and appealed for measures to prevent the situation from turning into something worse.

Media: Bosnia, Serbia mending regional relations by restoring cooperation

The meeting and official talks between Bosnia and Herzegovina Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, held in Belgrade on Tuesday, are the first positive event in relations between the two countries after a long period of tension and stagnation, media in Bosnia and Herzegovina said on Wednesday, an assessment shared by State Presidency Chairman Mladen Ivanic.

Vucic, Zvizdic say Serbia, Bosnia committed to dialogue

Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are committed to dialogue and cooperation, and they can enhance their relations and improve economic and political cooperation, which will be conducive to peace and stability in the region, Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and his visiting counterpart from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Zvizdic, said at a joint news conference in Belgrade on Monday.

Nikolic, Vucic to attend Brussels talks on relaxing Serbia-Kosovo ties

The Serbia-Kosovo negotiations on the normalisation of the relations between those two neighbouring countries will resume in Brussels on Tuesday under the mediation of the European Union and Serbia's top officials President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic are expected to come in Brussels, after a recent Serbian provocation with a train carrying a message "Kosovo is Serbia".

Serbia to receive additional EUR 4mn from EU for migrants

Serbia will receive an additional EUR 4 million in aid for migrants, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides announced in Belgrade on Saturday.

Bank of China opens Belgrade branch

The Bank of China formally opened its branch in Belgrade on Saturday, which is expected to provide an additional boost to Chinese investments in Serbia.

Human Rights Watch: Croatian police forcing asylum seekers back to Serbia

Croatian police are forcing asylum seekers back to Serbia, in some cases using violence, without giving them an opportunity to lodge claims for protection, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

Serbs plunge into icy waters for Orthodox holiday

Serbian Christian Orthodox believers - and maybe a few adventurers - celebrated the holiday of the Epiphany on Thursday by plunging into icy rivers and lakes and racing for the Epiphany cross.

Croatian, Serbian ministers of interior discuss migrants

Croatian Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Thursday that he had agreed with his Serbian counterpart Nebojsa Stefanovic for the police chiefs of the two countries to meet and determine procedures to deal with new security challenges.

Serbians launch petition against war mongering

Prompted by recent inflammatory statements by Serbian politicians regarding an incident involving a Kosovo-bound train from Belgrade, Serbian citizens have launched a petition called "Serbian Citizens Against War Mongering", the Novi Sad-based portal 021.rs reported on Wednesday.

Serbian president dismisses accusations of sabre rattling, but says is ready to go to war

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said on Tuesday that he was ready to resign if Serbia kept silent in the event of an attack by Albanians on Serbs in Kosovo, dismissing accusations of sabre rattling.

Serbia struggles with river ice; Croatia hit by snowstorms

Two Hungarian icebreakers tasked to clear the Danube between Croatia and Serbia may be unable to continue downstream and the Croatian army could be asked to use explosives, according to news reports Tuesday.

Bosnian PM to meet his Serbian counterpart in Belgrade next week

Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdic is to travel to Belgrade next week for talks with Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, government sources in Sarajevo confirmed on Monday.

Serbian president threatens Kosovo with military intervention

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Sunday threatened Kosovo with military intervention to defend local Serbs after Kosovo deployed special forces to prevent a train painted with Serbia's national colors and the words "Kosovo is Serbia" from entering its territory.

Two men suspected of terrorism activities in Montenegro arrested in Serbia

ZAGREB, Jan 14 (Hina) - Two Serbian citizens suspected of having taken part in an attempted coup d'etat in Montenegro have been arrested on a Montenegrin warrant, the media in Belgrade reported on Friday.