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U.S. envoy urges probe into ties between Šarić, officials

U.S. envoy urges probe into ties between Šarić, officials

BELGRADE -- The arrest and trial of suspected drug lord Darko Šarić "will lead to a reduced role of organized crime in society," U.S. Ambassador Michael Kirby has said.

Speaking for the Belgrade-based daily Politika, he added that possible ties between Šarić and government officials must be checked.

Cecilia Malmstrom to Attend Bulgaria's Conference on EU Asylum System

EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom will be visiting Bulgaria on 24-25 March, with regards to the refugee situation in the country.

EU Commissioner Malmstrom will participate in a conference "The Common European Asylum System: Challenges and perspectives", Monday.

Public debt at EUR 20.4 billion - 62.9 pct of GDP

Public debt at EUR 20.4 billion - 62.9 pct of GDP

BELGRADE -- Serbia's public debt went up by EUR 178 million in February reaching EUR 20.4 billion or 62.9 percent of the country's GDP.

This data was released by the Ministry of Finance its website.

At the end of 2013, the public debt totaled EUR 20.089 billion or 61.2 percent of the GDP.

Mayor of Bulgaria's Teteven Dismissed

The district court in Bulgaria's city of Lovech has decided to temporarily dismiss Teteven's mayor Milen Milev.

The measure will also be applied to his deputy, Detelin Parlev, and will prevent the two men from trying to dispose of any documents that could be relevant to the trial, has reported.

Tribunal Rejects Request For Perisic Retrial

The Hague Tribunal has rejected a prosecution motion to reconsider the acquittal of former Yugoslav Army general Momcilo Perisic over war crimes in Sarajevo and Srebrenica.

Turkey Arrests Albanians After 'Terror’ Attack

Turkey's state-run Anadolu News Agency reported on Friday that Interior Minister Efkan Ala had said two of the arrested "terrorists" were Albanian nationals, while the third was from Kosovo. 

The shoot-out in the central Turkish province of Nigde on Thursday left three people dead, including a soldier and a police officer.

Bogus ambassador cheated Halkidiki taxi drivers

Police in Halkidiki, northern Greece, said on Friday that they were seeking a 64-year-old man alleged to have swindled 3,600 euros out of two local taxi drivers by posing as an ambassador and promising them an exclusive cooperation shuttling diplomats to and from meetings.

Tribunal Rejects Tomasica Evidence Against Karadzic

The Hague Tribunal trial chamber rejected a prosecution request to reopen its evidence hearing against Radovan Karadzic - to present evidence of a mass grave near Prijedor - saying it would prolong the trial unnecessarily.

Delegation of businessmen from Spain to visit Belgrade

BELGRADE - A delegation of representatives of 17 Spanish companies will visit Belgrade on March 25-27 to look for opportunities for investment and establishment of cooperation with Serbian partners, the Spanish Embassy in Belgrade said in a release on Friday.

Ukraine, EU sign political part of agreement

Ukraine, EU sign political part of agreement

BRUSSELS -- Representatives of the Ukrainian provisional government on Friday in Brussels signed the association agreement with the European Union.

The agreement was signed by on behalf of Ukraine by acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, officials said.

Nikolic to visit Austria on March 27, 28

BELGRADE - Serbia's delegation headed by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic will pay an official visit to Austria on March 27 and 28, the president's press service released in a statement.

The Serbian president will confer with Austrian President Heinz Fischer and Parliament Speaker Barbara Prammer.

Heroin Use in Bulgaria on the Ebb

Drug use in Bulgaria is gradually increasing, according to data from the annual statistics of the National Focal Point on Drugs and Drug Addictions.

The quantities of confiscated heroin have drastically declined in recent years, however cocaine use among Bulgarians is on the rise, the survey shows.

Greek yields dip as S&P says might raise ratings

Greek bond yields dipped on Friday after Standard & Poor's said it could raise Greece's credit ratings if GDP growth were to pick up more substantially, after keeping them deep in junk territory with a stable outlook.

OMV Sets Eyes on Potential Black Sea Gas Deposits

Significant amounts of natural gas could be extracted from Bulgaria's Khan Asparuh deep-water block, OMV believes.

Austrian energy company's expectations have so far been fomented by the discovering of vast amounts of gas at Neptun, a deep-water block in neighboring Romania situated next to Khan Asparuh.