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Lawsuits will not be dropped

BELGRADE - The deputy prime ministers of Serbia and Croatia, Aleksandar Vucic and Vesna Pusic respectively, have said that the two countries will not drop mutual lawsuits for genocide before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), but they agree that this is the issue of the past which must not encumber the present relations.

Kostunica: Changes in state policy necessary

UZICE – The Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) will compete in the early parliamentary elections on March 16 with a new state policy crucial for Serbia’s future, party leader Vojislav Kostunica has said.

Half of Bulgaria's Medics Will Retire Within 10 Years

The shortage of medical professionals in Bulgaria will reach dramatic levels in the next 10 years.

According to a survey of the Bulgarian Medical Union (BMU) nearly half of the current doctors will retire, while the majority of recent graduates are planning to work abroad.

OSCE: Elections conducted successfully

OSCE: Elections conducted successfully

PRIŠTINA -- The OSCE in Kosovo has expressed satisfaction that the repeat mayoral elections in northern Kosovska Mitrovica they facilitated were carried out successfully.

Macedonia Launches Construction of Key Motorways

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski announced over the weekend the start of work on the two new motorway segments financed by a loan of 574 million euro from the Chinese Export-Import Bank.

Bucharest Stray Dog Crackdown Yields Results

The local authorities took a total of 6,756 stray dogs off the streets of Bucharest between September 2013 and January 2014, following the adoption of a new law aimed at solving the problem which has plagued Romania for years.

Cypriot foreign minister arrives in Belgrade

BELGRADE - Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ioannis Kasoulides will visit Serbia on Monday and confer with the country's senior officials.

During his stay in Belgrade, Kasoulides will confer with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, the Serbian president's office for Cooperation with the Media released.

Belgrade’s Candidate Wins North Kosovo Mayor Vote

Rakic, the candidate from the Belgrade-backed ‘Srpska’ list, took 52.6 per cent of the vote in Sunday’s re-run polls to win the mayoralty, according to preliminary results published by the Kosovo Central Election Commission.

Kosovo's Place in Serbian Elections Disputed

Serbia's Electoral Commisssion, RIK, told BIRN that early parliamentary elections due on March 16 will be organized also in the former province of Kosovo.

"There will be three members of the committee at each polling station in Kosovo and ballots will be taken for counting at voting centres in Vranje and Raska [in Serbia]," the RIK said.

Dačić meets with Putin at reception in Sochi

Dačić meets with Putin at reception in Sochi

SOCHI -- Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić on Sunday attended a reception in Sochi organized by Russian President Vladimir Putin to mark the end of the Winter Olympics.

Russia withdraws ambassador from Kiev

Russia withdraws ambassador from Kiev

KIEV -- As reported by the BBC, Russia has decided to withdraw its ambassador from Kiev, while EU High Representative Catherine Ashton is expected to arrive in Ukraine.

According to this report, Russia made the decision because of the deteriorating situation in Ukraine.

4.5 Earthquake Shakes Romania’s Vrancea

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale shook Romania's Vrancea region in the early hours of Monday.

The earthquake was registered at 2:23 AM at a depth of 104 km, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre. The epicenter is 157 km north of the capital Bucharest.

Serbian government-backed candidate wins in KM

Serbian government-backed candidate wins in KM

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- The Citizens' Initiative (GI) Srpska has announced that its candidate for mayor of northern Kosovska Mitrovica, Goran Rakić, won in Sunday's elections.

Italy Coach: Bulgaria, Croatia Potential Group Winners

The coach of Italy's national football team Cesare Prandelli pointed Bulgaria and Croatia as difficult opponents for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers.

Sunday's draw in Nice placed Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia, Norway, Azerbaijan, and Malta in Group H for the Euro 2016 qualifiers.