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Injured American tourist taken off life support, said to be 'awake and alert'

A 51-year-old American tourist who sustained life-threatening injuries when a powerful firecracker exploded in a crowded church courtyard during Easter celebrations on Saturday on the southeastern Aegean island of Santorini, was taken off life support on Thursday.

Serbia Welcomes New Kosovo War Crimes Court

Belgrade said that the establishment of a new Kosovo tribunal with international judges to prosecute war crimes was “good news” that would shift guilt away from Serbia.

ICT sector has greatest employment potential

BELGRADE – The information and communication technology (ICT) is a sector with the greatest employment potential and it is therefore necessary to motivate girls to affirm themselves in this area, State Secretary at the Serbian Ministry of Trade and Telecommunications Tatjana Matic said Thursday.

Teen boy arrested in Thessaloniki drug bust

Four people, among them a 13-year-old boy, were taken into custody on Thursday during a police raid on two apartments on the outskirts of Thessaloniki.

Vucic, Burkhalter: Major progress in bilateral cooperation

BELGRADE - Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Didier Burkhalter, president of the Swiss Confederation, foreign minister and chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), concluded on Thursday that, in the last three years, significant progress has been made in bilateral cooperation.

Number of Bulgarians With Bad Credit History Increases

The number of Bulgarians seeking new credits, with bad credit history reached 18% in March, shows data of the company Credit Center. 

The check ups in the National Credit Register showed that the problems vary from unpaid credits or parts of credits to periodical defaults. 

Moscow Prepares Revenge For Montenegro Sanctions

The Russian daily newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta has reported that Moscow plans to abolish its visa-free regime and trade preferences with Montenegro.

The Gazeta is the Kremlin's official daily newspaper, which publishes decrees, statements and documents of Russian state bodies.

Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce "sign of trust"

Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce "sign of trust"

BELGRADE -- Didier Burkhalter says the Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce is a sign of trust in Serbia's future and contribution to stronger ties between the two countries.

The Swiss president and foreign minister spoke in Belgrade on Thursday, as the chamber was officially opened.

General Electric 'in Talks' for Alstom Shares

US engineering group General Electric has reportedly engaged into talks with France's trainmaker Alstom, with the rumors soaring the latter's shares.

The French company, which is a world leader in railway transport, has downpalyed the claims that GE has expressed interest in its assets, suggesting they lead to "speculation and rumors".

Bulgarians Spent BGN 700 M Around Easter

Bulgarians spent BGN 700 M in the two weeks preceding Easter, shows data of the National Revenue Agency (NRA). 

The information was gathered by the cash registers of hotels, guest houses, restaurants and bars only. 

The sum is smaller than last year, when the bank holidays around Easter and St. George's Day (May 6) were merged. 

Deaths Reported in Ukraine's Slaviansk Operation

At least two men were reportedly killed after Ukrainian commandos stormed the eastern town of Slaviansk, which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels for weeks.

The city's website, as quoted by RIA Novosti, also says an "unspecified number" of people have been injured.

Vucic: Businessmen, learn from your Swiss colleagues

BELGRADE - Serbia's Prime Minister-Designate Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday that Serbia is a good place for investment, better than many countries in the region, and that the reforms will be carried out to improve a business environment.

New speaker: No reason to apologize to opposition party

New speaker: No reason to apologize to opposition party

BELGRADE -- New Parliament Speaker Maja Gojković says that she would "treat all MPs equally," and that she felt no need to apologize to the Democratic Party (DS).

Parliament constituted

BELGRADE - Setting up working bodies and standing delegations to international parliamentary institutions marked the end of the constitution of the Serbian National Assembly on Thursday, and a new session is about to start to discuss amendments to the laws on government and ministries, whose passage is a prerequisite for forming a new government.