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Serbia gets approval for direct flights to U.S.

BELGRADE - Serbia has been given an approval for direct flights from Belgrade to the United States as of the second half of 2015, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday.

Air Serbia will fly from Belgrade to Chicago, Vucic said at a joint press conference with U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby.

Djokovic beats Simon despite injury

LONDON - Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic qualified for the fourth round of the Wimbledon ATP as he defeated Gilles Simon of France in the third round match on Friday, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

Djokovic achieved his seventh consequent win and his first victory against Simon after two hours and a quarter into the match.

Parties intensify pre-poll work as presidential election calendar begins

Political parties have intensified their work for the upcoming presidential elections as the official election calendar in Turkey is set to start on June 29.

With less than 45 days to go until election day, more than 52 million electorates around the country will vote for Turkey’s 12th president.

CHP leader meets religious communities during Germany visit

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has met with several religious communities in Germany as part of his official visit to the country, seeking support for the joint presidential candidate of the CHP and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu.

Istanbul chief prosecutor slams illegal eavesdropping

The chief prosecutor of Istanbul has strictly criticized illegal eavesdropping on thousands of people, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Speaking to reporters in a meeting on June 27, Hadi Salihoğlu stressed illegal eavesdropping is an important problem in Turkey.

Kirby: US allocates additional USD 1.5 million of aid

BELGRADE - U.S. Ambassador in Serbia Michael Kirby stated on Friday that the U.S. government has allocated additional USD 1.5 million worth of assistance for the flood-hit population in Serbia, so the total aid his country set aside for the purpose adds up to USD 2 million.

Serbia is doing excellently in EU integration

VIENNA - Austria's Defence Minister Gerald Klug said after a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Bratislav Gasic on Friday that Serbia was making excellent progress towards EU membership, adding that Austria would continue to support Belgrade.

The talks between Belgrade and Pristina are an important step towards the EU, he told a joint news conference in Vienna.

Deputy foreign minister meets families of Turkish hostages in Iraq

Deputy Foreign Minister Naci Koru on June 27 met with families of the Turkish consulate personnel who were taken hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Koru on June 26 met with the families of the 31 Turkish drivers who were kidnapped in Mosul.

Germany Lowers Subsidies for 'Green' Electricity

German Parliament adopted Friday legal changes curtailing subsidies allocated to renewable energy producers.

Bundestag members took the move after an unprecedented threefold increase of state aid for the sector in just four years.

FM: Pope's visit in interest of state of Serbia

FM: Pope's visit in interest of state of Serbia

BELGRADE -- Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić has said that it was "in the interest of the state of Serbia" for Roman Catholic Pope Francis to visit the country.