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Vucic: Serbia will not change its priorities, goals

BELGRADE - Meeting with ambassadors of EU member states and EU Charge d'Affaires Oscar Benedict on Friday, Serbian PM and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic said Serbia would not change its priorities and goals during his presidency.

Dacic: Zivaljevic did not breach diplomatic protocol

BELGRADE - Serbian FM Ivica Dacic has said that Goran Zivaljevic, adviser at the Serbian embassy in Skopje and a Security Information Agency (BIA) officer, had not done anything that could be interpreted as breach of the Vienna Convention or the diplomatic protocol.

9th Mikser Festival opens

BELGRADE - The 9th Mikser Festival, held under the slogan Migration, kicked off on Thursday evening in the former Zitomlin grain silos in Belgrade's Lower Dorcol district, bringing together many top names in architecture, design, urban development and planning, as well as experts in new technologies, committed artists and musicians from the region and around the world.

Offer made to make Western Balkans an EU outpost - Novosti

BELGRADE - At a working dinner with Western Balkan PMs two days ago, EU foreign policy and security chief Federica Mogherini made an offer for the Western Balkans to become an "EU outpost", Belgrade's Vecernje novosti reports.

Nikola Selakovic to be named new president's secretary-general - Blic

BELGRADE - Former Justice Minister Nikola Selakovic is set to be named secretary-general of the office of new Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Belgrade's Blic daily reported on Friday, quoting "exclusive information".

The report follows speculations about Selakovic as a potential candidate for the new PM.

Gojkovic: Vucic to take oath on May 30 or 31, or June 1

BELGRADE - Serbian President-elect Aleksandar Vucic will take his oath of office on May 30 or May 31, or June 1, Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic announced on Friday.

Responding to reporters' questions in the parliament building, Gojkovic said the deadlines mandated by law would thus be met, and that the exact date would be announced as soon as it was established.

Dacic denies reports of request to recall Zivaljevic

BELGRADE - Serbian FM Ivica Dacic on Friday denied reports that Skopje wants Belgrade to recall Goran Zivaljevic, adviser at the Serbian embassy to Macedonia and a Security Information Agency (BIA) officer.

"That is absolutely untrue," Dacic told Tanjug.

SPIEF 2017 to feature five main pillars

ST PETERSBURG - The key theme of the June 1-3 St Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017 will be Achieving a New Balance in the Global Economic Arena, with discussions to be split across five main pillars.

The partner countries will be India and Serbia - both will be specially featured.

Djokovic to face Granollers at start of R. Garros campaign

PARIS - Serbia's top-ranked male tennis player Novak Djokovic was on Friday drawn to start his title defence at the Roland Garros with a match against Spaniard Marcel Granollers.

It will be the fourth encounter between world number two Djokovic and 76th ranked Granollers, with the Serb currently 3-0 head-to-head without a set lost.

AP photo, Christophe Ena

Vucic: Bridges mean we have not given up on ourselves

LJUBOVIJA - Building a bridge means we have not given up on ourselves and those who are the closest to us, Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic said in Ljubovija, western Serbia, after touring the works on the Bratoljub bridge across the River Drina.

It is important that we connect river banks, cities, states, the Serbian nation, as well as Serbs and Bosniaks, he said.

Former Greek Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis has died aged 99

Former Prime Minister and Honorary President of the main opposition party New Democracy, Konstantinos Mitsotakis died an hour after Sunday midnight at the age of 99.

His family issued a simple statement:

“Konstantinos Mitsotakis passed away at one o’ clock after midnight, surrounded by the people he loved and loved him”.

Ottomanesque Trend in Tables

There is no question that there is an augmenting quest for anything Ottoman in the recent years. Thanks to historical soap operas on TV channels, everything with an Ottoman tag sells, more so in the Ramadan period.

Cross of 12th century Byzantine chapel stolen in southern Turkey

The cross of a 12th century Byzantine chapel, located outside the ancient city of Myra in the southern province of Antalya, has reportedly been stolen. 

Demre District Governor Murat Uz said an investigation has been opened into the theft, and they believe the 20-centimeter long marble cross was stolen in the last three or four days. 

We owe radical Islamist militancy to Brzezinski

Zbigniew Brzezinski, who passed away on May 26, 2017 at the age of 89, was one of the U.S.'s most highly praised foreign and security policy gurus of the past half-century.