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Armed forces of Balkan states continue to cooperate closely

SARAJEVO - The armed forces of the Balkan states will continue to cooperate closely within the B-9 forum with a view to strengthening regional security, but also assisting each other in the crisis situations caused by natural disasters, their chiefs of the general staff concluded in a meeting in Sarajevo.

PASOK MP calls for Venizelos to quit as party leader

Thanos Moraitis on Wednesday became the first PASOK MP to openly say that Evangelos Venizelos must step down as leader of the socialist party.

PASOK, Moraitis said, “needs a new leadership, one that can inspire, unite and expand [the party's influence].”

Unions: Labor Law amendments "unacceptable"

Unions: Labor Law amendments "unacceptable"

BELGRADE -- The amendments to the Labor Law announced by Labor Minister Aleksandar Vulin are unacceptable to the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia (SSSS).

This has been announced by SSSS President Ljubisav Orbović.

China censors sweep web of Tiananmen references

China's state censors on Thursday scrubbed the Internet of references to commemorations of the Tiananmen crackdown including a huge vigil in Hong Kong, extending a campaign of repression that has seen dozens of critics detained.
      

Austria "fully supports reforms in Serbia"

Austria "fully supports reforms in Serbia"

VIENNA, BELGRADE -- Austria fully supports the economic and political reforms in Serbia, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said, recapping his visit to Austria on Wednesday.

Vučić told the RTS that his Austrian hosts fully support the economic reforms in Serbia, as well as the necessary political reforms.

Pakistan court orders police to charge ex-CIA station chief

Islamabad's High Court on Thursday ordered police to press charges against the CIA's former station chief for murder, conspiracy and waging war against Pakistan.
      
Judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui issued the orders following a 2010 court petition by drone activist Kareem Khan, whose brother and teenage son were killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan tribal district.

Macedonia Journalists to Seek Justice in Strasbourg

Macedonia's journalists union is taking the case of the expulsion of reporters from parliament in December 2012 to the European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg.

It decided on this move after the top court in Macedonia ruled that their expulsion from the chamber by police had been done “for their own safety”.

Bosnia to Start Building New Prison Soon

Construction of a modern high-standard prison in Bosnia is set to start this month after the authorities on June 4 signed an agreement with the Czech-Spanish company OHL, which is to carry out the works.

Handle with care

A small group of people led the battle of reforms over the past two years. They took on an inordinate share of the political cost, were lambasted by parties and unions, but nevertheless gave their all.

Issue of media freedom does not put EU path at risk

BELGRADE - Jadranka Joksimovic, Serbia's minister responsible for EU integration, has said that the criticism that certain European institutions are voicing concerning the media freedom in Serbia will not put the country's EU path at risk.

Northern Kosovo Serbs to heed government call

BELGRADE - Following the Serbian government's decision to back the participation of the representatives of the Srpska electoral list in the Kosovo-Metohija legislative elections, a meeting has been held at which the conclusion was made that Serbs in northern Kosovo will heed the government's call to vote in Sunday's elections, the government Office for Kosovo-Metohija said in a statement.

Bohnet: Merkel will inform Vucic of Berlin's expectations

BELGRADE - Head of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung offices in Serbia and Montenegro Henri Bohnet has said he expects the chief topics of the coming meeting between Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel will be the situation in Serbia after the floods, economic reforms, EU integration, normalisation of the relations with Pristina and Berlin's expectations o

Iran president to visit Turkey Monday: official

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to visit Turkey on Monday, for the first time since he was elected last year, a Turkish official said.
      
The Iranian leader is expected to meet Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara for talks on bilateral ties and the broader Middle East, the official told AFP on Thursday.
      

Secret of hipster Istanbul pandas solved

Graffiti artist Leo Lunatic covers Istanbul’s walls with hipster pandas and then some If proud-looking hip pandas have recently invaded Istanbul walls, some holding spray paint, others wearing a fez and playing with their rosary, he is the person to be held responsible for it.

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