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Exhumation of suspected mass grave begins in Serbia

Forensic experts began exhumation work Wednesday on a suspected mass grave in Serbia believed to contain remains of ethnic Albanians killed during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war, officials said. The exhumation at the Rudnica quarry near the southwestern town of Raska was ordered after human remains were found in the area in December after more than three years of searching the site. Dozens of experts were engaged in the process, which would last "until full investigation is done," said the chairman of Serbia's committee for missing persons, Veljko Odalovic.

Serbian centre-right leader Vucic named prime minister

Serbia's president named the leader of the centre-right Serbian Progressive Party, Aleksandar Vucic, prime minister Tuesday after his party scored a resounding win in snap elections last month. "I have informed the parliament that I gave a mandate" to Vucic to form a new government, President Tomislav Nikolic told reporters. Vucic, who will have to deal urgently with the country's ailing economy and shepherd its bid to join the European Union, was expected to present his future cabinet to parliament and be sworn in by the end of the week.

NATO reopens Kosovo airspace for civilian overflights

NATO said Friday it has reopened the upper airspace over Kosovo for civilian traffic 15 years after the war, enabling commercial flights to take more direct routes across the Balkans. "The reopening of the airspace will lead to shorter flight routes in the region, generating significant cost savings for airspace users and environmental benefits," said a statement from the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, KFOR.

Serbia marks 15th anniversary of NATO bombings

Serbia marks Monday the 15th anniversary since NATO launched an air war to stop the crackdown on independence-seeking Kosovo by the regime of strongman Slobodan Milosevic. The 11-week operation was the Atlantic alliance's first-ever major air campaign in Europe and still remains etched deep in Serbia's public memory despite recent efforts by the government to move on.

Serbia nets alleged Balkan drug boss with help from CIA

By Matt Robinson BELGRADE (Reuters) - Alleged Balkan drug boss Darko Saric, one of the most wanted figures in the crime-riddled region, surrendered to Serbian police on Tuesday as a dragnet involving the CIA closed in on him in Latin America, Serbian authorities said. Serbia's government said the 43-year-old had set no conditions for his surrender, other than to see his wife, son and daughter for 30 minutes at Podgorica airport in neighboring Montenegro en route from an unspecified third country to Belgrade.

Serbia's centre-right faces reform challenge after landslide

With a resounding election victory under its belt, Serbia's centre-right SNS party must now forge ahead with tough economic reforms as it plots a course into the EU, analysts said Monday. With around half the ballots counted from Sunday's snap poll, the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) has taken 48.3 percent of the vote, according to the electoral commission, which would translate to 158 members in the 250-seat parliament.

Serbia's centre-right faces reform challenge after landslide

With a resounding election victory under its belt, Serbia's centre-right SNS party must now forge ahead with tough economic reforms as it plots a course into the EU, analysts said on Monday. With around half the ballots counted from Sunday's snap poll, the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) has taken 48.5 percent of the vote, according to the electoral commission, which would translate to 156 members in the 250-seat parliament.

Serbia's centre-right wins snap poll by landslide

Serbia's ruling centre-right SNS party was set for a landslide victory in snap polls Sunday, according to observer estimates, cementing its grip on power after pledging tough economic reforms and a route into the EU. The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) won around 50 percent of the vote, giving it a majority in the 250-seat parliament, independent electoral monitors CESID said.

Serbia's centre-right wins snap poll by landslide

Serbia's ruling centre-right SNS party was set for a landslide victory in snap polls Sunday, according to estimates, cementing its grip on power after pledging tough economic reforms and a route into the EU. The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) won around 50 percent of the vote, giving it a majority in the 250-seat parliament, independent electoral monitors CESID said. If confirmed in final results, it would be the highest score in Serbia's parliamentary elections after the fall of communism in 1990, when late strongman Slobodan Milosevic came to power.

Serbia votes in snap polls amid economic gloom

Polling stations closed in Serbia's snap polls on Sunday, with the ruling centre-right SNS party set to cement its grip on power after promising economic reforms and a route into the EU. With ballooning public debt, a bloated public sector and record unemployment, the Balkan state's troubled economy has eclipsed the thorny issue of Kosovo as the key voter concern. The outgoing SNS-dominated cabinet, led by Socialist Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, won support from Brussels to begin membership talks only after a historic accord with the breakaway region of Kosovo last year.
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