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About 15 percent of youth do not attend high school

BELGRADE - Five percent of children in Serbia are not attending primary school and 15 percent of them have not been enrolled in high school, and this and many other problems in education are among the priorities of the National Education Council (NPS), participants at the 100th NPS Council Session said in Belgrade Tuesday.

Dodik: RS is politically and economically stable

BANJA LUKA - Republika Srpska (RS) President Milorad Dodik stated on Tuesday, in the talks with Serbian Ambassador in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) Stanimir Vukicevic that RS is politically and economically stable.

Dodik informed Vukicevic about the stands of RS officials on the events in the Federation of BiH.

Mrkic: Important for Western Balkans to be stable

BELGRADE - Ivan Mrkic, Serbia's outgoing minister of foreign affairs, attended a dinner in Brussels organized by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton for foreign ministers of EU member states and candidate countries, the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on Tuesday.

Belgrade-Pristina talks to resume Wednesday

BRUSSELS - The dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina facilitated by European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will resume in Brussels on Wednesday.

Heading the Serbian delegation will be Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

Serbia needs foreign investments, IMF support

BELGRADE - Serbia needs at least EUR 1.7 billion of direct foreign investments this year and an arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which will most probably be concluded in autumn, economic experts of the Macroeconomic Analysis and Trends (MAT) magazine said on Tuesday.

Stoudmann: Serbia is engine of favorable processes in region

BELGRADE - Serbia is an engine taking regional processes in a favorable direction, Gerard Stoudmann, OSCE chairperson-in-office special representative on the Western Balkans, said in Belgrade Tuesday.

Ethnic Albanians urged to resume discussions

BELGRADE - The recent interruption of discussions with political and institutional representatives of ethnic Albanians in Presevo and Bujanovac has brought "no good to anyone," the head of the Serbian government's coordination body for southern Serbia said on Tuesday, urging a resumption of the discussions.

Tolerance and dialogue against hate speech

CACAK - The Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sport has started a campaign and initiated the creation of a national committee for battling hate speech on the Internet, and the central event of this project, entitled Using Tolerance and Dialogue against Hate Speech, was held in Cacak, central Serbia, on Tuesday.

Kocijancic urges fast resolution of fate of missing from KiM

BRUSSELS - Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, called on Belgrade and Pristina on Tuesday to find effective ways to resolve the fate of missing persons from Kosovo-Metohija (KiM).

Renowned sculptor Olga Jevric passes away

BELGRADE - Olga Jevric, Serbia's renowned sculptor and academician, passed away at the age of 92, her family has said.

Jevric died on Monday.

Serbia to play against Romania in Fed Cup playoffs

BELGRADE - The Serbian national female tennis team will play against Romania in the match for the last place in the Fed Cup second world group, the draw in London determined on Tuesday.

NBS governor: Banks in Serbia are stable

BELGRADE - National Bank of Serbia (NBS) Governor Jorgovanka Tabakovic said Tuesday that none of the 29 banks in Serbia is facing lack of liquidity, citizens' savings are guaranteed by the state and the forthcoming early parliamentary elections are not among causes of the local currency downfall.

PDA decides to go to elections

BUJANOVAC - The Party for Democratic Action (PDA), which gathers ethnic Albanians from southern Serbia, has decided to take part in the early parliamentary elections scheduled for March 16.

Chair of the PDA Bujanovac municipal committee Saip Kamberi confirmed for Tanjug that PDA wishes to test its strength in the elections and hopes to win at least one MP seat.

Mihajlovic expects Ivanovic, Delibasic to be released

BELGRADE - Certain progress has been made in calming the situation in Kosovo-Metohija, Milivoje Mihajlovic, the head of the Serbian government's press office said on Tuesday, adding that he expects Oliver Ivanovic and Dragoljub Delibasic to be released pending trial.

Copies of Our Lady of Ljevis frescoes in northern Mitrovica

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - An exhibition titled 'Details of the iconography at the Church of Our Lady of Ljevis' has opened at the town museum in Kosovska Mitrovica, in cooperation with the Belgrade-based National Museum, as part of the events marking the Statehood Day of Serbia.