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Investment in defense industry Serbia's strategic interest

BELGRADE - OTEH 2014, an international scientific and technical conference dedicated to the development of defense technologies, opened in Belgrade on Thursday, and Serbia's Defense Minister Bratislav Gasic said that investment in the defense industry and armed forces is Serbia's strategic interest.

IMF Downgrades Montenegro’s Growth Forecast

The IMF has lowered its prediction of growth in Montenegrin GDP from 2.8 per cent to 2.3 per cent amid concerns of the impact of the eurozone crisis and sluggish demand for goods and services.

Macedonia Court Throws out Abortion Challenge

Macedonia's Constitutional Court has rejected a challenge to the changed law on terminations, adopted in September 2013, saying the changes do not prohibit abortion but only regulate the procedures.
Several NGOs had submitted complaints to the Constitutional Court, arguing that the new requirements put undue physical, administrative and time-related pressure on pregnant women.

Peace Run ends in Belgrade

BELGRADE - Peace Run 2014, which has passed through over 150 countries with a view to promote ideas of peace and harmony, ended in Belgrade on Wednesday.

Montenegro Braces For Toughly Worded EU Report

Separation of the state from party politics, pressures on the media and the judiciary will be the main focus areas for Montenegro in this year's EU Progress Report, sources in Brussels said.  

The report due out on Wednesday will urge a strengthening of the rule of law and fresh measures to spur economic recovery, reports said.

Macedonians Jailed for Selling State Secrets Abroad

A court in Macedonia has found at least 17 people guilty in the country's first-ever espionage trial to be held behind closed doors.

Eight defendants were found guilty on Monday of passing classified documents to the security services of unnamed foreign countries. Nine others were found guilty of lesser charges, including criminal association, blackmail and fraud.

Media Unions Tell Macedonia to Respect Freedom

Local and international media unions meeting in Skopje on Monday sent a set of 13 demands to the authorities, which they say are necessary to ensure the freedom of journalism in Macedonia.


EC: Most positive report to date, greatest progress made

BRUSSELS - Out of all Balkan countries in the accession process, Serbia will get the most positive report by the European Commission (EC), Tanjug learns at the EU headquarters in Brussels.

Kosovo, BiH top Jihad recruitment sources

BELGRADE - German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Monday that Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) top Jihad recruitment sources in the Balkans, adding that Serbia is adopting amendments to the criminal law in order to hinder and prevent perspective fighters from joining the radical Islamic groups.

Nikolic meets participants of 'Joy of Europe'

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic held a reception in Belgrade on Saturday to mark the 45th anniversary of the international children's event 'Joy of Europe' and told the children to stay in touch with their new friends and grow to be good adults.

UNESCO accepts role of arbiter in Parthenon Marbles row

Greece’s bid to establish its demand for the return of Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum in London to the Acropolis Museum in Athens more firmly on the international agenda came a step closer this week after UNESCO agreed to act as arbiter in the dispute between Greece and the UK.

Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro against organized crime

ZLATIBOR - The OSCE Mission to Serbia launched a project aimed at strengthening police capacity of Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro in the fight against organized crime at a joint meeting of officials of the countries' interior ministries on Friday.

Programme for 70th anniversary of Belgrade's liberation set

BELGRADE - The organisational committee decided on Friday on the programme for the 70th anniversary of Belgrade's liberation, which will begin on October 10 and finish on October 20, with a military parade and a formal event in honour of the city's liberators.

Europe RE: Flood damage to Serbia from EUR 1.5 to 2 billion

Europe RE: Flood damage to Serbia from EUR 1.5 to 2 billion

BELGRADE -- Serbia's has joined a unique system for insurance against natural disasters as cofounder of the regional reinsurance company "Europe RE".