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Zimonjic, Nestor reach Dubai doubles semifinal

DUBAI - Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic and Canada's Daniel Nestor advanced to the semifinals of the doubles event at the ATP tournament in Dubai on Thursday.

Zimonjic and Nestor beat Roberto Bautista Agut and Igor Sijsling, a Spanish-Dutch duo, 6-3, 6-2.

International Fair of Tourism opens in Belgrade

BELGRADE - Acting Minister of Economy Igor Mirovic opened on Thursday the International Fair of Tourism, the Trade Fair of Hotel and Catering Equipment, a souvenir fair and wine fair which will take place at the Belgrade Fair until March 2.

Vucic pronounced honorary citizen of Leposavic

LEPOSAVIC - Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic received the plaque of the honorary citizen of Leposavic on Thursday for his contribution to the survival of Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija, Leposavic Mayor Dragan Jablanovic said.

Djokovic in Dubai semis, Youzhny withdraws

DUBAI - Serbia's Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after his quarterfinal opponent Mikhail Youzhny of Russia withdrew from the tournament due to illness.

In Friday's semifinals, the world no. 2 will face the winner of the quarterfinal match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.

FAKTOR PLUS: Support to SNS in Belgrade at 42.5%, DS 17.4%

BELGRADE - Belgrade citizens' support to Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) at this point totals 42.5 percent while the Democratic Party (DS) can count on the votes of 17.4 percent of people, shows the latest survey carried out by FAKTOR PLUS agency.

Tadic and Canak favor education and health-care reforms

SUBOTICA - The leaders of a coalition gathered around the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina (LSV) and the New Democratic Party (NDS), Nenad Canak and Boris Tadic respectively, have said after a convention in Subotica that reforms in the education and health-care systems in Serbia are crucial to the development of the country, adding that Serbian citizens fear that their children will live

Arrest of fraudsters in cooperation with Great Britain

BELGRADE - The police arrested three foreigners in Kraljevo, central Serbia, within the action aimed at provision of international legal assistance to Great Britain authorities, Serbian Prosecutor for Organised Crime Miljko Radisavljevic said.

The action was conducted in several countries against an international organised criminal ring involved in frauds, Radisavljevic told Tanjug.

Krstic announces three-year arrangement talks with IMF

BELGRADE - Serbian Finance Minister in the technical government Lazar Krstic has said that the new Serbian government, which will be formed after the forthcoming parliamentary elections, will be negotiating a new three-year arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Dacic: Spiritual wealth must not be neglected

HILANDAR - Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic underscored during his visit to the Hilandar Monastery at Mount Athos that the spiritual edifice is one of the most important treasures of the Serb people and it must not be neglected.

Djokovic breezes into Dubai quarterfinals

DUBAI - Serbia's best tennis player Novak Djokovic advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP tournament in Dubai late on Wednesday.

Djokovic notched up an easy 6-1, 6-3 win against world no. 51 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.

Next up for Djokovic is a match against Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, who defeated British number three James Ward earlier today by 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).

Kurz: Serbia dictates pace of EU path, reforms important

BELGRADE - Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz stated on Wednesday that Austria is interested in reforms in Serbia so that the country could become a member of the EU as soon as possible.

After the talks with officials in Belgrade, Kurz told Tanjug that Serbia's EU accession will depend on the pace of the reforms.

Mrkic, Kurz discuss strengthening of bilateral relations

BELGRADE - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic and his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz conferred in Belgrade on Wednesday over the strengthening of the two countries' political dialogue and economic cooperation.

WB: Loans to health care system, deposit insurance fund

WASHINGTON - The World Bank (WB) has granted Serbia USD 40 million for a second project in the health care sector and USD 200 million for a project aimed at strengthening the financial and institutional capacity of the Deposit Insurance Agency.