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IMF expects further talks with new government

BELGRADE - The talks between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Belgrade will be continued following the formation of a new Serbian government, after the forthcoming parliamentary elections, the IMF Office in Belgrade announced on Friday.

Minister: Kosovo army completely unacceptable

Minister: Kosovo army completely unacceptable

BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vulin, minister without portfolio in charge of Kosovo and Metohija in the Serbian government, say a Kosovo army would be "completely unacceptable."

"Serbia does not intend to, within the Brussels dialogue or otherwise, negotiate this issue," he said on Friday.

Citizens spend around RSD 22 million on internet daily

BELGRADE - Serbian citizens spent over RSD 22 million daily on online shopping in 2013, the data of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) show.

According to the data, around RSD 8.16 billion were spent on online shopping via local and foreign internet portals, which is by RSD 2.3 billion more than in 2012.

Food and beverage take up 41.5 percent of family budget

BELGRADE - In the fourth quarter of 2013, the average available monthly budget per household in Serbia amounted to RSD 58,368,while the individual consumption expenditures amounted to RSD 55,881,of which the expenditures for food and non-alcoholic beverages make the largest share, 41.5 percent, the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia said on Friday.

Oliver Ivanovic: I feel safer now

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - Leader of Citizens’ Initiative ‘Serbia, Democracy, Justice (SDP) Oliver Ivanovic said Friday that he is feeling safer in a detention center in Kosovska Mitrovica.

Ivanovic was transferred to the detention center in the majority-Serb north Kosovska Mitrovica after spending 45 days and hunger striking for eight days in detention in Pristina.

Public debate on whistleblower protection bill

BELGRADE - A public debate on the whistleblower protection bill, which is due to be adopted after the elections by the new parliament in May, was held at the Appellate Court in Nis on Friday.

556 local and 179 foreign observers monitor elections

556 local and 179 foreign observers monitor elections

BELGRADE -- The Center for Free Election and Democracy (CeSID) and the Novi Sad-based NGO COR are the only local organizations which will monitor parliamentary elections.

Serbian president meets with UAE foreign minister

Serbian president meets with UAE foreign minister

BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić met on Friday in Belgrade with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Increasing number of doctors "leaving Serbia"

Increasing number of doctors "leaving Serbia"

BELGRADE -- The Serbian Medical Chamber last year issued 850 certificates of good practice which allow doctors to work abroad, a conference in Belgrade has heard.

Five Serbia cities among 10 European cities of future

BELGRADE - The magazine fDi Intelligence has included 5 Serbian cities in its list of top 10 European cities and regions of the future, and it also presented officials of those cities with awards in Cannes, France.

The awards were given out to Zajecar, Zrenjanin, Sremska Mitrovica, Ruma and Vranje. They were picked out of a pool of 468 cities in Europe.

Parties retreat into election silence

BELGRADE - The campaign ended for the early parliamentary elections that will be held in Serbia on Sunday, March 16, and election silence will be in force until the close of polls at 8 p.m. the same day.

In these polls, 6,767, 324 citizens will be eligible to vote and elect 250 MPs for the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.

Double album for pianist Andrej Preger's 102nd birthday

BELGRADE - On the occasion of the 102nd birthday of professor and pianist Andrej Preger, the Faculty of Music Art has issued a double album showcasing the rich legacy of this renowned artist, Serbia's oldest living pianist.

"NATO opened Pandora's box in Kosovo"

"NATO opened Pandora's box in Kosovo"

BERLIN -- German MP Gregor Gysi said in the country's parliament on Thursday that "NATO and the EU are partially responsible for the current situation in Ukraine."

This is because of the policy they pursued in previous years, the leader of the left-wing political party The Left noted.

Soprano Tijana Djuric takes part in Music Soul of Europa

BELGRADE - Young Serbian opera singer Tijana Djuricic will take part in the music and stage performance entitled Music Soul of Europa, which will be held at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa on Friday and include musicians from Italy, Poland and Russia.

"Croatia and Franjo Tuđman wanted war"

"Croatia and Franjo Tuđman wanted war"

THE HAGUE -- Advisor to the Serbian legal team in the genocide dispute with Croatia Wayne Jordash believes the Serbian counter-lawsuit is "more convincing" than Croatia's.

He told the newspaper Danas that evidence suggests that Croatia and its then President Franjo Tudjman "wanted war."