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Djokovic 99 percent certain to miss US Open

BELGRADE - Serbia's top-ranked male tennis player Novak Djokovic is almost certain to miss the US Open due to an elbow injury, Zdenko Milinkovic, a physician with the Serbia national team, has told the Sportski zurnal daily.

Milinkovic, who is also an orthopaedic surgeon, has examined Djokovic, and says the player is set to be sidelined for six to twelve weeks.

Vucic: Why we need internal dialogue on Kosovo

BELGRADE - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says he has called upon the citizens of Serbia to embark on internal dialogue on Kosovo-Metohija to avoid passing that burden to posterity and because an answer must be found jointly that will be permanent and rule out conflict as an option.

FCA Serbia management,strike committee agree salary increase

BELGRADE - The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Serbia management and a strike committee have reached a deal on conditions for continued work at the company's Kragujevac plant, which includes a 9 pct salary increase.

The strike committee accepted in principle an offer of a salary increase, the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia confirmed to Tanjug on Monday.

Joksimovic meets with Chepurin

BELGRADE - Serbian European Integration Minister Jadranka Joksimovic met with Russian Ambassador Alexander Chepurin on Monday to discuss their countries' relations, Serbia's European integration and reforms in the EU accession process, the situation in the region and other major topics.

Workers, FCA Serbia management to sign agreement Tuesday

BELGRADE - The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Serbia management and representatives of the Autonomous Trade Union of employees will on Tuesday sign an agreement formalising a deal on conditions for continued work at the company.

PACE co-rapporteurs praise Serbia

STRASBOURG - The nomination of Ana Brnabic, an openly LGBT woman, as Serbian PM reflects Serbia's intent to defeat prejudice, encourage a new vision of a changing world and strive for better alignment with Council of Europe standards and values, co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said after completing a monitoring mission in Serbia, Italy's ANSA news ag

Dacic: Permanent solution for Kosovo precondition for progress

BELGRADE - A permanent solution for Kosovo-Metohija is a precondition for Serbia's progress, Serbian First Deputy PM and FM Ivica Dacic said Monday, noting he wholeheartedly supported President Aleksandar Vucic's call for internal dialogue on Kosovo-Metohija.

Vucic to meet with Mattarella, Gentiloni in Rome Tuesday

BELGRADE - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will pay an official visit to Rome on Tuesday to meet with Italy's top officials, President Sergio Mattarella and PM Paolo Gentiloni.

It has been announced that they will discuss Serbian-Italian bilateral relations, the situation in the region and Italy's support for Serbia's European path.

Memorandum on Jadar project signed with Rio Tinto

BELGRADE - A memorandum of understanding signed on Monday by the Serbian government and the company Rio Tinto should enable the implementation of the Jadar project, a lithium exploration effort near Loznica, western Serbia.

The world-class lithium-borate deposit, estimated at 200 million tonnes, will be able to generate over 10 percent of the global lithium output.

49 pct of Serbians support EU accession - survey

BELGRADE - If a referendum with the question of whether they supported Serbia's EU accession were to be held tomorrow, 49 pct of Serbian citizens would vote in favour of membership in the Union, a survey shows.

Vucic speaks with Italian counterpart

ROME - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who is on a one-day working visit to Rome, met with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday.

Vucic was welcomed in the presidential palace with full state honours.

Mattarella: Serbia should join EU as soon as possible

Glamoclija: RSHC no spy centre, diplomatic status needed

BELGRADE - Funding is the biggest reason why the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Centre (RSHC) in Nis needs diplomatic status as the money that now goes to taxes on equipment could be invested into purchases of new equipment, says RSHC co-director Bojan Glamoclija.

Russia remains willing to help us with this, he told Pink TV Tuesday.

Vucic meets with Gentiloni

ROME - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who is on an official visit to Italy on invitation of his counterpart Sergio Mattarella, met with Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni in Rome on Tuesday.

Vucic was welcomed with full state honours in Palazzo Chigi.

Gentiloni: Italy, Serbia good friends

FCA Serbia management, workers sign agreement

BELGRADE - The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Serbia management and workers on Tuesday signed an agreement formalising a deal on conditions for continued work at the company's Kragujevac plant.

The deal will ensure a continuation of the production of Fiat's 500L model and a resumption of dialogue between the company and trade unions.

Vucic to initiate trilateral meeting with Italy, Albania

ROME - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday he would initiate a trilateral meeting of Serbia, Italy and Albania that would be aimed at forging closer ties and at participation in joint projects.

Concluding an official visit to Rome, Vucic told reporters he would discuss the idea with Albanian PM Edi Rama first.