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Turkish wrestler wins gold at worlds championships

Turkish Greco-Roman wrestler Metehan Başar beat Germany's Denis Maksymilian Kudla in the 85-kg category final at the 2017 World Championships on Aug. 21 to claim the gold medal.

Başar beat Kudla 2-1 on the first day of the games in Paris, capturing his first world title.

Skopje "committed to good neighborly ties with Serbia"

The Macedonian government said on Monday it was committed to building good neighborly relations with Serbia, Beta is reporting.

Skopje also "hailed statements from Belgrade calling for the protection of friendly ties and returning to usual practice."

Population policy is government's priority - PM

The population policy and better demographic future of Serbia are priorities of the government, Serbian Prime Ana Brnabic said on Monday in Belgrade.

According to remarks published by the Serbian government, Brnabic also "pointed out the importance of full implementation of existing laws and harmonizing work and parenting."

Former Kosovo PM Bajram Rexhepi dies in Turkey after stroke

Bajram Rexhepi, Kosovo's former prime minister and interior minister, has died in a hospital in Turkey following a stroke. He was 63.

Prime Minister Isa Mustafa said in a statement that Rexhepi, a surgeon by profession, passed away in the early hours on Aug. 21 following months of battling a grave illness. He was taken to Turkey after a stroke in April.

Macedonian intel services followed Serbian diplomats - daily

It has been established that Macedonia's intelligence services followed and illegally "processed" Serbian diplomats, writes the daily Blic.

The newspaper further states that "foreign powers" were also involved in intelligence activities undertaken against Serbia.

US Denies Holbrooke Promised No Recognition of Kosovo

The US State Department has denied Serbian claims that the late diplomat Richard Holbrooke's letter wrote to the late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic in 1998/9, pledging that the United States would "never recognise Kosovo".

"This is simply not true. There is no such letter," the US State Department wrote in an email to BIRN.

Serbia-FYROM row fuels concern in Athens

Greek diplomats were monitoring developments in the Balkans with concern on Monday after Serbia withdrew the entire staff of its embassy in Skopje after accusing the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) of "offensive activity" in apparent anger at its neighbor's improving relations with Kosovo, a former Serbian province.

Eighth BIRN Summer School Opens in Croatia

Some 35 reporters from the Balkans and across the world gathered on Monday in the historic resort city of Dubrovnik in Croatia for the eighth BIRN Summer School Master Class on Investigative Journalism.

Serbian president grateful to Russia for support

PHOTO: TANJUG / TANJA VALIC

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic received on Monday in Belgrade the ambassador of the Russian Federation, Aleksandr Chepurin.

According to a statement from the presidency, cited by Tanjug, Vucic "thanked Chepurin for Russia's political support to Serbia."

National Interest: War between Russia and West "nearly inevitable"

Western intrusion into traditional Russian spheres of influence "represents a highly provocative and destabilizing policy," Robert Merry writes this for the National Interest, in an article headlined, "Stop Poking the Russian Bear."

Beside Ukraine, Georgia and Belarus, the author includes Serbia into one of these "spheres of influence."

Serbia abruptly withdraws diplomats from FYROM

 

Serbia unexpectedly withdrew all its diplomatic staff from Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), on Sunday.

The Ambassador to FYROM, Dusanka Divjak Tomic, on Sunday told Beta news agency that she could not comment on the reasons, referring queries to the Foreign Ministry in Belgrade for answers.

Serbia Pulled Diplomats From Macedonia Over 'Offensive' Actions

Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian President, on Monday said the whole staff of the Serbian embassy was withdrawn from Macedonia after Belgrade obtained "evidence of very offensive intelligence against the institutions of Serbia".

Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic gave a similar statement to the news agency Tanjug, also citing "offensive actions against the Republic of Serbia."

Serbian president grateful to Russia for "political support"

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic received on Monday in Belgrade the ambassador of the Russian Federation, Aleksandr Chepurin.

According to a statement from the presidency, cited by Tanjug, Vucic "thanked Chepurin for Russia's political support to Serbia."

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