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Final talks with Eurasian Union next week

Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic announced this on Thursday, Tanjug is reporting.

Ljajic told TV PINK that he expected a free trade agreement with Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan to be concluded before Russian President Vladimir Putin's January 17 visit to Serbia.

Do we need this kind of EU, asks Serbian minister

According to Vulin, Serbia should do that because of "the double standards" that the EU applies to Serbia, and because the organization is not reacting to "the creation of Greater Albania."

The minister also said that he did not receive Vucic's support for this.

Jeremic: Russia supports Serbia, but not current authorities

He argued that Russia supports Serbia, but not the current authorities.

Jeremic told the website that Russian President Vladimir Putin "does not trust Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic because of his relations with the West."

Bosnian Serb Police Disperse Dragicevic Death Protesters

Several people were arrested in Banja Luka, the administrative centre of Bosnia's mainly Serb entity Republika Srpska, on Sunday night as thousands of protesters gathered again, in the latest in a series of demonstrations over the past several months over the unsolved death of 21-year-old David Dragicevic.

Dragicevic Marchers Defy Bosnian Serb Police Clampdown

Protesters marched once again on Sunday in Banja Luka, the main city in Bosnia's mainly Serbian entity, Republika Srpska.

David's father, Davor Dragicevic, told the protest that he would not leave Banja Luka's main square until his requests are met.

Protesters Pile More Pressure on Serbian President

For the fourth Saturday in the row, anti-government protesters gathered in the Serbian capital Belgrade to raise their voice against political violence, thus demanding resignations of officials as well.

Columns of people marched near or past most of the major institutions, including parliament, government buildings, but also the public broadcaster, RTS.

Serbia 56th in Forbes Best Countries for Business list

Slovenia (31) is the top-ranked former Yugoslav state, followed by Croatia (52), with Macedonia (68), Montenegro (72) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (98) ranked behind Serbia.

As for other countries in the region, Albania is in the 74th place, while Hungary ranks 40th, followed by Romania (41), Greece (42) and Bulgaria (46).

Maybe we should suspend taxes, Thaci's adviser says

He did not dispute that the measure was "good" - but believes that if the US and the EU are asking Pristina to abolish it, "why not consider that and do it at least for a short time."

Colaku believes that it is "not enough to say that Pristina is ready for dialogue, it is necessary to launch some actions," Prstina-based Zeri Online is reporting.

30% of Bulgarians Expect 2019 to be Worse than 2018

Bulgaria is among the countries in the world where pessimism prevails over optimism. 30% of Bulgarians expect 2019 to be worse compared to the current year, while 22% believe that the next 12 months will be better.

This is clear from the first and oldest "Global Index of Hope" called "End of the Year". The survey is conducted annually by Gallup International.

Man shoots himself in front of kindergarten

The man shot himself from a hunting rifle while sitting in a car parked in front of the kindergarten.

The incident happened in Kneza Viseslava St. 72.

The capital's medical emergency service confirmed for Tanjug that the man was "between 45 and 50 years old" and that an ambulance crew dispatched to the scene was only able to pronounce him dead.

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Bosnians Rally in Support of Davor Dragicevic

A large crowd joined Davor Dragicevic, the father of a 21-year-old man murdered in March, on Wednesday night for a protest walk and rally in Banja Luka in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity Republika Srpska, passing by the locations where his son David is believed to have visited on the night of his death.

RS MUP to EU: Thank you for your interest

The leadership of the Interior Ministry (MUP) of the Serb Republic (RS) has thanked the EU Delegation for the interest shown in ministry's activities in the case of Davor Dragicevic.

The RS MUP also noted that the EU Delegation to Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) should have informed itself before making any statements to the public.

Bosnian Serb Police Release Davor Dragicevic

Bosnian Serb police on Wednesday released Davor Dragicevic after detaining him for more than 24 hours.

The father of the young man whose death has sparked political turmoil in Bosnia's mainly Serb entity, Republika Srpska, vowed to continue his campaign for justice and the regular protests in the main squqre of Banja Luka, the main city in the RS.

Bosnian Serb Protesters Undeterred by Police Crackdown

Hundreds of Bosnian Serbs packed the courtyard of a Banja Luka church on Tuesday to demand the release of Davor Dragicevic, arrested in the morning after leading nine months of protests over the death of his 21-year-old son.