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Russia "astonished" by Obama's version of Kosovo UDI

Russia "astonished" by Obama's version of Kosovo UDI

MOSCOW -- Russia said on Friday it was "astonished" by a statement made by U.S. President Barack Obama concerning the unilateral declaration of Kosovo's independence.

Borovcanin calls for jobs for young Serbs in KiM

PRILUZJE - The survival of Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija (KiM) depends on the resolution of security issues, but also on the employment opportunities for young people, said Nenad Borovcanin, State Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Friday, addressing the young residents of Priluzje, a Serb-majority village in the municipality of Vucitrn, northeastern KiM.

Serbian McDonald's Denies Banning Roma Children

"Nicefoods Restaurants" says it will appeal against a judgment of the Novi Sad Court, which fined it 100,000 dinars (about 860 euro) for not allowing Roma children to enter McDonald's in the city of Novi Sad in 2012.

"Nicefoods Restaurants respect the ruling... but we will use our right and appeal the decision," the company said in a statement.

Kosovo Opposition Slate 'Failed' Serbia Dialogue

Ahead of the next round of Kosovo-Serbia talks in Brussels on normalising relations, government and opposition parties have exchanged barbs on whether last spring's accord with Serbia is delivering results.

Glauk Konjufca, a lawmaker of the opposition nationalistic Vetevendosje movement accused the government of failing to integrate the Serb-dominated northern part of Kosovo.

Lagumdzija: BiH, Serbian gov'ts should hold meeting asap

SARAJEVO - Bosnia-Herzegovina's (BiH) Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija expects that the first joint sitting of the BiH Council of Ministers and a new Serbian government will be held shortly after the formation of the government in Belgrade.

Wine festival kicks off on Kopaonik

KOPAONIK - Winterfest, a three-day wine, gastronomy and viticulture conference with an emphasis on wine tourism, kicked off on the Kopaonik mountain in southern Serbia on Thursday.

Serbs protest in Gracanica

GRACANICA - Vladeta Kostic, leader of the Citizens' Initiative Srpska, urged on Friday all Serb MPs in the Kosovo parliament, as well as the MPs representing other minorities, to walk out of the parliament because of the announced amendments to the election law.

Bulgaria to Take Part in Project for Floating LNG Terminal near Kavala

Bulgaria will participate in the construction of a floating liquefied natural gas terminal near the Greek city of Kavala in a bid to secure constant access to natural gas.

Talks on the project are to be wrapped up by end-2014, according to the authorities in Athens, as cited by the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR).

Serbian Silence Over Crimea Disappoints Ukraine

Olexandr Kirichenko, the chargé d'affaires of the Ukraine embassy in Serbia, told TV Nova that Ukraine is disappointed that Serbia had not taken a clear stance on the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

Vulin, UN representatives discuss depleted uranium sites

BELGRADE - Serbia's Minister without portfolio for Kosovo-Metohija Aleksandar Vulin has discussed with UN representatives in Belgrade the progress made in research on locations in Serbia where higher levels of depleted uranium have been detected.

Thaci's statement "irresponsible and untrue"

Thaci's statement "irresponsible and untrue"

BELGRADE -- The Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija has strongly condemned a statement by Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.

Earlier this week, he said that Serbian forces "committed genocide in Kosovo."

In its reaction, the office stressed that this claim was "irresponsible and untrue."

Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation starts work

Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation starts work

BELGRADE -- The Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation, named after the journalist and publisher who was shot and killed in April 1999 in Belgrade, will be launched on Friday.

Mrkic: Serbia's ties with Austria improving constantly

VIENNA - The ties between Austria and Serbia are better than ever and can only be expected to become stronger, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic has said.

"In many areas our cooperation has been exemplary," Mrkic told Tanjug on Thursday after a Serbian delegation headed by President Tomislav Nikolic ended the first day of its official visit to Vienna.

Miscevic: Foreign policy to be coordinated with EU positions

BELGRADE - As an EU membership candidate, Serbia must coordinate its foreign policy with the EU's positions, Serbia's chief EU negotiator Tanja Miscevic has said, but added that preparations for membership leave enough room for the country to resolve some issues on its own.

Office for KiM: There was no referendum in KiM

BELGRADE - The Office for Kosovo -Metohija (KiM) has stated that no referendum on independence was carried out in the territory of KiM, adding that neither Albanians nor Serbs or any other ethnic community living in KiM took part in it.