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Two more die of flu, raising toll to 58

Two more people died on Friday from complications brought on by flu, taking to 58 the total number of deaths this season, according to the Greek Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO).

Thirty of those who have died passed away during the last three weeks, while another 124 people have received treatment in intensive care units.

Talks on modernizing Belgrade-Budapest railway

BELGRADE - General Director of Serbian Railways Dragoljub Simonovic said during a meeting with representatives of China Exim Bank and Hungarian State Railways (MAV) on Thursday that contracting Serbian firms for a project to modernize the Belgrade-Budapest railway is one of the priorities for the Serbian economy.

Jankovic loses to Williams

DUBAI - Serbia's Jelena Jankovic has failed to reach the semifinals of the WTA tournament in Dubai, since she lost to Serena Williams from the US 6-2 6-2 on Thursday.

This marked Williams' 9th victory in 13 matches against Jankovic.

Williams will next face the winner of the match between France's Alize Cornet and Spain's Carla Suarez Navaro.

Mevlud Dudic becomes head of Islamic Community in Serbia

NOVI PAZAR - Mevlud Dudic has been inaugurated as the new leader of the Islamic Community in Serbia, replacing Muamer Zukorlic.

Grand Mufti of the Islamic Community in Bosnia-Herzegovina Husein Kavazovic presented Dudic with the document that inaugurated him.

Montenegro Opposition Party Boycotts Parliament

The threat of a boycott was unleashed after the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, on Tuesday voted against six EU-backed election laws aimed at curbing abuses in the electoral process.

The laws mainly address suspected irregularities in voter lists and abuses in the use of budgetary funds for party purposes during elections.

Limaj Faces New Indictment in Kosovo

The EULEX prosecutor, Johannes Pickert, has raised a second indictment against Limaj and the other defendants, accusing them of “organised crime, misappropriation in office, entering into harmful contracts, abusing official position or authority, accepting bribes and other corruption related offences.

Serbia, Russia foster cooperation in internal affairs area

BELGRADE - Vladimir Bozovic, state secretary at the Ministry of the Interior, conferred with a delegation of the Russian Embassy in Belgrade on Thursday on cooperation in the area of internal affairs.

Lazarevic banned from leaving Belgrade

BELGRADE - The Special Department for Criminal Acts of Organised Crime of the Belgrade High Court pronounced a ban on leaving residence without court approval for Branko Lazarevic, charge d'affaires of the Serbian Embassy in Athens, and temporarily seized his passport.

Dačić's former cabinet chief released from custody

Dačić's former cabinet chief released from custody

BELGRADE -- Branko Lazarević has had his passport confiscated and is under orders not to leave his place of residence without the court approval.

Minister of energy signs memorandum on oil storage

BELGRADE - Serbia's Minister of Energy Zorana Mihajlovic signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding regarding the construction of storage facilities needed to hold the obligatory reserves of oil and petroleum products worth EUR 50 million.

The memorandum refers to the creation of a joint venture between the government owned Transnafta from Pancevo and Oiltanking from Germany.

AmCham launches educational project for young leaders

BELGRADE - The American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia (AmCham) launched an educational project for young business managers and exceptional students in the country, which it titled "AmChamps - Young Leaders in Change", on Thursday.

AmCham Director Maja Piscevic told Tanjug that the program has an important reform component to it.

Murdered journalist described as great professional

Murdered journalist described as great professional

BELGRADE -- B92 Editor-in-Chief Veran Matić has pointed out that one of the journalists who have been murdered in Serbia, Milan Pantić, was a great professional.

Milena Depolo wins award at festival in Sweden

BELGRADE - Young Serbian playwright and scriptwriter Milena Depolo has won the Best Women Achievement Award for her script for the film Kad ljubav zakasni, flim production company Kosutnjak film stated on Thursday.

The festival was entitled the Balkan New Film Festival and took place between February 14 and 16. It included the latest films from the Balkans.

Macedonian foreign minister in Belgrade on Friday

BELGRADE - Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki will pay a visit to Belgrade on Friday during which he will confer with Serbia's top officials.

Poposki will meet with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, Ivica Dacic, outgoing prime minister, and Ivan Mrkic, outgoing minister of foreign affairs.

Serbia should follow guidelines of EU energy policy

BELGRADE - Creating a sustainable and safe energy supply system at affordable prices is among the guidelines of the EU Energy Policy by 2020, which Serbia, as an EU candidate country, should follow, participants of a conference titled "European Energy Policy- Challenges for Serbia within the EU Accession Process" noted on Thursday.