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Mihajlovic: Serbs should vote in greatest possible numbers

BELGRADE - Head of the Serbian government office for the relations with the media Milivoje Mihajlovic has said he believes the Serbsin Kosovska Mitrovica, northern Kosovo, will vote in the rerun of the local election in the greatest numbers possible and elect one of their candidates for mayor.

Canada Defends Olympic Hockey Title

Canada defeated Sweden 3-0 in the men's Olympic ice hockey final in Sochi to grab the gold medals for a second successive time, and a total 9th in their history.

A goal in each period and complete domination throughout the match ensured a rather smoother final compared to the one in Vancouver four years ago.

Russia Takes All Medals in 50km Cross-Country Skiing

The top 3 spots in the 50km men's mass start of cross-country skiing at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games went to the hosts Russia.

Alexander Legkov took the gold medal with a time of 1:46:55.2. Maxim Vylegzhanin followed in second with just 0.7 seconds behind. The bronze went to Ilia Chernousov, 0.8 seconds behind the winner.

Dacic visits Olympic village in Sochi

SOCHI - Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic visited the Olympic village on Sunday where he celebrated the 104th anniversary of the Olympic Committee of Serbia (OKS) together with athletes.

The prime minister was accompanied by Serbian Ambassador in Russia Slavenko Terzic.

Bozovic: Ivanovic will vote in detention

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - Vice President of the Citizens' Initiative 'Freedom, Democracy, Justice' (GI SDP) Ksenija Bozovic said on Sunday that the party's leader and candidate for the mayor of northern Kosovska Mitrovica Oliver Ivanovic will be able to vote in the local elections in his detention unit in Pristina.

Oleksandr Turchynov Named Interim Ukrainian President

The Ukrainian Parliament has named Oleksandr Turchynov as the interim President on Sunday, according to the BBC.

On Saturday, the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) named Turchynov as the acting Prime Minister and speaker of Parliament, after voting out President Viktor Yanukovych.

Rikalo: Vote counting should be done in Kosovska Mitrovica

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - Member of Kosovo's Central Election Commission Nenad Rikalo said on Sunday he expected the votes from the rerun of the mayoral election in northern Kosovska Mitrovica, northern Kosovo, to be counted on the spot.

Bulgaria Draws Italy, Croatia for Euro 2016 Qualifiers

The draw for the qualification round of the football European Championship 2016 took place in Nice, France on Sunday.

Bulgaria was drawn in Group H together with Italy, Croatia, Norway, Azerbaijan, and Malta.

Soviet Army Monument in Sofia Painted in Ukraine Colors

The Soviet Army Monument in the Bulgarian capital Sofia was painted in solidarity with Ukraine.

A Ukrainian flag was drawn on the front façade of the monument, with the message "Glory to Ukraine" written underneath in Ukrainian.

Bulgarian President in Sochi for Closing Ceremony

Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev is in Sochi for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games.

The head of state arrived in Sochi on Saturday, where he met with the Bulgarian athletes who are still at the Games, as well as the broadcasting team of the Bulgarian National Television. Later he watched the men's relay in the biathlon, where Bulgaria finished 15th.

Border Guards Avert Yanukovych Escape Attempt

A charter plane with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on board was reportedly stopped from taking off by State Border Service guards in Donetsk.

Matteo Renzi Becomes Italy’s Youngest Prime Minister

Matteo Renzi was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Italy on Saturday.

Renzi becomes the youngest Prime Minister in his country's history, at the age of 39, taking over from Enrico Letta, who resigned on February 14.

The new top figure in Italian politics presented his new 16-member cabinet, which is equally split between female and male ministers.

BBLF Responsible Business Awards to be Presented Tuesday

The 11th annual "Responsible Business Awards" of the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum (BBLF) will be presented on Tuesday, February 25.

A total of 56 companies from across the country entered the prestigious business competition signaling a 10% rise from the previous year.

IMF Ready to Help Ukraine

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is ready to provide financial assistance to Ukraine.

The IMF's Chief Christine Lagarde said during a G20 meeting in Sydney, that if Ukraine applied for financial and economic help, the Fund would be ready to provide it.

Freed Tymoshenko Speaks to Packed Maidan

The freed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko gave a moving speech in front of thousands of people on the Maidan square in Kiev.

Tymoshenko was freed from prison after 2.5 years behind bars on accusations of abusing her powers in office.

Despite her ailing health, Tymoshenko spoke from a wheelchair in front of a massive crowd.