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Orthodox patriarchs visit Tirana

TIRANA - Leaders of Orthodox churches - including a delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church headed by Patriarch Irinej - consecrated the Resurrection of Christ Cathedral in Tirana on Sunday.

The consecration service - a major event for all Orthodox churches - was led by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Albania's Balkanweb reports.

Zannier: Serbia to preside in significant year for OSCE

BELGRADE - Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary-General Lamberto Zannier said Saturday that 2015, the year of Serbia's presidency over the organisation, will be significant as the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Helsinki Final Act.

Ivanovic loses to Safarova

PARIS - Serbia's Ana Ivanovic on Saturday failed to reach the fourth round of the Roland Garros tennis tournament by losing to Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3.

Ivanovic was no match for in-form Safarova, who dominated both sets with power and accuracy.

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Proceeds from Tanjug exhibition to go to flood victims

BELGRADE - Through a charity exhibition of photographs, titled PhotoSolidarity to Remember, the Tanjug News Agency has raised money that will go to the fund established in aid of flood victims.

The exhibition, staged at Mikser House, featured hundreds of photographs made by Tanjug photo reporters in all crisis spots, as a testimony of the disaster that befell Serbia in May.

Serbia's international position significantly improved

BELGRADE - Serbia's international position has improved significantly, and the country is now more often referred to in terms of solving problems, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Saturday.

State attorneys to protect state's property interests

BELGRADE - The new law on the State Attorney's Office, which came into force on Saturday, needs to ensure full protection of the property interests of the Republic of Serbia, which have been neglected for years.

Zimonjic, Nestor through to Roland Garros quarter-finals

PARIS - Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor of Canada reached the quarter-finals of the French Open men's doubles tennis tournament on Saturday by beating Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Horia Tecau of Romania 6-4, 7-5.

Dacic thanks Moratinos for friendship, assistance to Serbia

BELGRADE - Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic on Saturday thanked former Spanish foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos for his friendliness towards Serbia and assistance to the country in its bid to protect national and state interests while continuing on its European path, the Serbian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Lajovic through to Roland Garros fourth round

PARIS - Serbia's Dusan Lajovic reached the fourth round of the Roland Garros tennis tournament on Saturday by beating Jack Sock of the United States 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.

Current world number 83 Lajovic, who is Serbia's second-highest ranking male tennis player, achieved a career-best win that is bound to hand him a higher ATP ranking next week.

OSCE presidency great opportunity for Serbia

BELGRADE - Serbia's presidency over the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2015 is a political priority for the country and a great opportunity for it to present itself to the world as a significant political factor, Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, who is also foreign minister, said on Saturday during a meeting with OSCE Secretary-General Lamberto Za

Udovicki: New legislation needed to speed up reforms

BELGRADE - Serbia needs to carry out reforms and adopt legislation and by-laws that would accelerate them, Kori Udovicki, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Administration and Local Self-Government, has said during a meeting with the head of the Council of Europe (CoE) mission to Serbia, adding that projects for implementing those reforms are welcome.

Skai launches campaign to help Balkan flood victims

Skai TV and Radio, along with the “All Together, We Can” (Oloi mazi boroume) network, are organizing a series of collections for people in Serbia and Croatia who have suffered due to the recent flooding in the Balkans.

Serbia and Poland sign military cooperation plan

BELGRADE - The ministries of defence of Serbia and Poland have signed the 2014 military cooperation plan in Belgrade.

Representative of the head of the Serbian Defence Ministry department for international cooperation Colonel Milan Konjikovac and Polish defence envoy to Belgrade Colonel Jerzy Stepancik signed the document, the Serbian Defence Ministry said on Friday.

Dacic: Slovenian support vital, Pahor: Build partnership

BELGRADE - Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic said on Friday that Serbia is determined to stay firmly on the road to EU integration, and that Slovenia's support in that sense is extremely important, while Slovenian President Borut Pahor pointed to a new step forward in bilateral relations.

Corridors crucial for increasing trade with Turkey

BELGRADE - Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Zorana Mihajlovic conferred on Friday with Turkey's Ambassador to Serbia Mehmet Kemal Bozay on the promotion of economic cooperation between the two countries, infrastructure development and improvement of road safety.