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Kosovo Bans Serbian Team from Match in North

Kosovo authorities on Wednesday banned a football match from taking place in the disputed Serb-dominated north of the country between Serbian club Red Star and a local team, Trepca, which it does not recognise, after calling it a "serious provocation".

Serbian Bishops Protest Over Patriarch’s Award for President

Serbian Orthodox bishops have voiced concern for the image of the Church after their leader, Patriarch Irinej, on Tuesday handed President Aleksandar Vucic a prestigious award for the "great deeds" he had done for Serbia and Kosovo.

A group of 14 bishops said in a letter to the Patriarch sent the same evening that they feared the reputation of the Church might be tarnished.

Tecau - Rojer duo advance to Shanghai Masters men's doubles round of 16

Romanian-Dutch duo Horia Tecau/Jean-Julien Rojer advanced on Wednesday to the round of sixteen of the men's doubles event of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Shanghai, featuring total prizes of 7,473,620 US dollars, following their 7-5, 6-3 victory against the pair made up of Diego Schwartzman (Argentina)/Joao Sousa (Portugal).

Kurti does not give up "Greater Albania"

According to the first Central Election Commission's preliminary results, Kurti received the strongest support from the citizens of Kosovo and Metohija in the last snap elections.
"National unity of Albanians cannot happen within the European Union," Kurti said in an interview with KTV, the first since declaring an election victory.

EU Firms Reap Benefits of Serbia-Russia Trade Ties

According to data obtained by BIRN from the Serbian Ministry of Trade, of the 20 biggest exporters from Serbia to Russia, only five are Serbian-owned. Fourteen are subsidiaries of companies headquartered in the EU. In the top 10, only two are Serbian.

Belgrade-Sarajevo Highway ‘to Bring Serbia and Bosnia Closer’

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the three members of the Bosnian tripartite presidency attended a ceremony on Tuesday in Sremska Raca in north-west Serbia to mark the official start of construction work on the highway that will link Belgrade and Sarajevo.

EU Observers Criticise ‘Pressure’ on Kosovo Serb Voters

The European Union Observation Mission said on Tuesday that Kosovo's election campaign was vibrant and competitive, allowing contestants to campaign freely in most of the country, but cautioned that the process was marred by an "uneven playing field'" and intimidation in Serb-majority areas.

PSD's Dancila: European integration of Western Balkan countries will strengthen the European Union

The European integration of the Western Balkan countries will strengthen the European Union and consolidate peace, solidarity, prosperity in the Balkan region, Prime Minister and Chairperson of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Viorica Dancila stated at the signing event of the Joint Declaration on the integration of the Western Balkans countries in the EU.

"If China, India and Russia do not recognize Kosovo, it will not achieve statehood"

He added that the current situation cannot be continued and that an agreement must be reached, on which he will strongly engage, and will first visit Pristina, because, he says, he already knows Serbia well.
"One thing is clear: Kosovo and Serbia must reach an agreement. That is important. I will do everything I can to meet this priority", Borrell said.

Admitting Western Balkans is an EU priority

The enlargement of the European Union into the Western Balkans is one of his priorities, the EU's incoming foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said on Monday.

Serbia and Turkey Pledge to Boost Defence Cooperation

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic welcomed his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Belgrade on Monday as the two leaders announced that Belgrade and Ankara will upgrade their cooperation on defence as well as sealing a series of other agreements.

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