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Bosnia’s Courts Convict More Migrant Smugglers

More than 90 per cent of judgments were pronounced on the basis of plea agreements. Sanctions ranged from conditional sentences to three years in prison. Ancillary penalties of several dozen thousands euros were also imposed and the proceeds of migrant smuggling worth over 10,000 euros were seized, along with several vehicles used to execute the crimes.

Vucic: Few world statesman called Serbia and Serbs "a handful of misery"

Vucic added that "few world statesmen" called Serbia and Serbs "a handful of misery", as the newly elected Croatian President Zoran Milanovic once did.
Asked what he expects in relations between Serbia and Croatia, Vucic said that Serbia would be delighted to welcome any improvement in relations towards the Serbs in Croatia.

Law on Freedom of Religion in Montenegro enters into force

The law provides for the state to take over the property of the Orthodox Church in Serbia (SPC), that is, its churches and monasteries.
According to this law, after 800 years of existence, the SPC religious community in Montenegro as of today, experts say, has no longer any legal entity status, and its property is treated as property without owner.

Erdoğan, Putin meeting in Istanbul ahead of TurkStream launch

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Istanbul.

Jan. 8's meeting is being held ahead of the launch ceremony of TurkStream natural gas pipeline project in the city, which the two leaders are set to attend.

Media: Darko Kovacevic has been shot at

Former Serbia striker Darko Kovacevic was shot at on Tuesday evening outside his home in the Athens suburb of Glyfada, the Athens News Agency (ANA) reported, along with web portal.
The gunman's burning car was found near the airport.
Kovacevic suffered a knee injury and was taken to a local hospital.

Ex-Olympiakos striker Kovacevic shot outside Athens home

Former Serbia and Olympiakos striker Darko Kovacevic was targeted by an unknown gunman outside his home in the southern Athens suburb of Glyfada late Tuesday.
The 46-year-old, who is now a member of the Piraeus' side training staff, reportedly suffered a knee injury as he fell to the ground to dodge the bullet. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Novosti: International Commission on Srebrenica?

"Novosti" notes that this idea has been present for a long time, but that it has been "reactivated" after the British government released confidential documents confirming that the Bosnian Serb attack on July 1995 was provoked by Bosniak forces and that the leaderships of Republika Srpska and Serbia did not organize or order crimes.

Merry Christmas, Christ is born

B92 congratulates the holiday - Christ is born!
Christmas, along with Easter, is one of the two greatest Christian holidays. It is the day when the Christian world celebrates the birth of Christ and when, according to the belief, the spirit of Jesus is omnipresent among people, bringing them peace and forgiveness.

Hague War Crime Prosecutors to Quiz Kosovo Ex-Guerrilla

Agron Limani has been invited to give an interview to the Kosovo Specialist Prosecution in The Hague, which is investigating alleged violations by Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA fighters during and just after the 1998-99 war, he confirmed on Tuesday.

Limani told BIRN that he has been invited for interview as a witness, without giving more details.

Erdoğan-Putin to meet with Idlib,Libya top on their agenda

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will meet in Istanbul on Jan. 8 to attend the inauguration ceremony of the TurkStream natural gas pipeline.

The pipeline will transmit Russian natural gas to Turkey and Europe under the Black Sea.

Bargain Buy: the Kosovo Traders Defying a Town’s Ethnic Divide

"My father started the trade. We had customers from all parts of Mitrovica," said a Kosovo Albanian shopkeeper who gave his name as Blerim.

"During the war, the shop didn't work. After, we started working and mostly we sold basic foods. Not a lot of Serbs came to us then, but with time it changed."

US Balkan Policy Hard to Fathom in EU’s Absence

But some observers say the duo's appointment is a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth. And then there are bigger questions about Washington's credibility in the region.

Serbia's National Debt has Doubled in the Last 10 Years

Serbia's debt has almost doubled in the last decade, rising steadily over the last two years, reaching over half of the Balkan country's GDP. According to experts this is a very high level of indebtedness for the Serbian economy that has low productivity.

Volleyball: Turkish women to fight for 2020 Olympics

The volleyball qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will start in the Netherlands on Jan. 7.

The eight teams are set to join the CEV Tokyo Volleyball European Qualification 2020 in the city of Apeldoorn.

Turkey, Netherlands, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland, Belgium, Croatia, and Azerbaijan will compete to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.