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Chapter 26 ready for opening, date pending

BRUSSELS - The ambassadors of EU member states confirmed Thursday all conditions have been met for the opening of Chapter 26 in Serbia's EU accession talks, and now it remains to be seen when the next intergovernmental conference on opening one, or perhaps more new chapters, is to be held.

Troicki/Lajovic off to winning start in Melbourne

MELBOURNE - The Serbian duo of Viktor Troicki and Dusan Lajovic is through to the Australian Open men's doubles second round after beating Argentina's Renzo Olivo and Guido Pella 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday.

Troicki and Lajovic will next face Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

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Vucic, Schulz meet in Davos

DAVOS - Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic met with former European Parliament President Martin Schulz in Davos on Thursday.

Vucic is attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, which is also an opportunity for a series of meetings with world leaders and heads of the most significant economic institutions.

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Istomin knocks out Djokovic in Australian Open thriller

MELBOURNE - Defending champion Novak Djokovic suffered a shock 7-6, (10-8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 defeat in Thursday's second round of the Australian Open tennis tournament at the hands of world number 117 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

It was Djokovic's first second-round exit from a Grand Slam tournament since 2008.

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Vucic: Dialogue, not conflict, is needed

ROME/BERLIN - Sending armed units to stop a Kosovska Mitrovica-bound train from Belgrade was an irresponsible move by Pristina, Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic told the Italian daily La Repubblica, noting Belgrade and Pristina needed the EU-facilitated dialogue about the future, rather than a conflict at the heart of Europe.

Nikolic, Al-Jaafari discuss Serbia-Iraq cooperation

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Thursday received Iraq's FM Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, expressing the hope the country would soon establish peace and stability in its entire territory, which he said would be a major impetus to improving Serbia-Iraq economic ties.

Mogherini: Next Belgrade-Pristina meeting due on January 24

BRUSSELS - EU foreign policy and security chief Federica Mogherini on Thursday invited Belgrade and Pristina to a high-level meeting in Brussels on January 24 as part of the EU-facilitated dialogue.

Vucic, Kvirikashvili discuss economic cooperation, investments

DAVOS - Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic met with Georgian PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili in Davos on Thursday to discuss bilateral ties, economic cooperation and investments.

The level of trade is low considering the potentials, and efforts must be made to strengthen it, the Serbian government press office quoted Vucic as saying.

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