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Heavy snow strands scores of people in north Serbia

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Strong winds have created meters-high snow drifts in northern Serbia, trapping up to 60 people in cars and buses, the head of the emergency services said on Friday. Rescuers used bulldozers and heavy machinery to open a road near the northern town of Zrenjanin, 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Serbia's capital Belgrade, after a column of cars got stuck overnight in the snow drifts, said Predrad Maric, head of the Interior Ministry's emergencies department.

Kosovo Serb leader arrested over alleged war crimes

A Serb political leader in northern Kosovo, Oliver Ivanovic, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of war crimes allegedly committed during the 1990s war, his lawyer said. The 60-year-old has been detained for a month over crimes "which occurred in 1999 and in 2000 against Albanian victims", his lawyer Nebojsa Vlajic told AFP. Ivanovic has been transferred to a Pristina prison, the lawyer added, without giving other details on the alleged crimes. According to local newspapers, Ivanovic is suspected of having tortured and murdered ethnic Albanians.

Kosovo Serb leader arrested over alleged war crimes

A Serb political leader in northern Kosovo, Oliver Ivanovic, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of war crimes allegedly committed during the 1990s war, his lawyer said. The 60-year-old has been detained for a month over crimes "which occurred in 1999 and in 2000 against Albanian victims", his lawyer Nebojsa Vlajic told AFP. Ivanovic has been transferred to a Pristina prison, the lawyer added, without giving other details on the alleged crimes. According to local newspapers, Ivanovic is suspected of having tortured and murdered ethnic Albanians.

Kosovo Serb leader held in war crimes investigation

One of the main Serb political leaders in northern Kosovo, Oliver Ivanovic, was taken in for questioning on Monday on suspicion of involvement in war crimes during the Kosovo war, the EU said. Ivanovic was questioned then placed in custody "as an alleged suspect in an ongoing war crimes investigation, together with allegations of aggravated murder after the conflict" according to a statement from the European Union Rule of Law Mission (Eulex). Eulex is the EU's police and justice mission in the region. Ivanovic, can be held in custody for up to 48 hours.

Kosovo Serb leader held in war crimes investigation

One of the main Serb political leaders in northern Kosovo, Oliver Ivanovic, was taken in for questioning on Monday on suspicion of involvement in war crimes during the Kosovo war, the EU said. Ivanovic was questioned then placed in custody "as an alleged suspect in an ongoing war crimes investigation, together with allegations of aggravated murder after the conflict" according to a statement from the European Union Rule of Law Mission (Eulex). Eulex is the EU's police and justice mission in the region. Ivanovic, can be held in custody for up to 48 hours.

Serbia's SNS party to seek early election: leader

BELGRADE (Reuters) - The leader of Serbia's center-right SNS party, the largest party in the Balkan country's ruling coalition, said on Saturday he would seek an early election. Aleksandar Vucic, deputy prime minister in the 17-month-old coalition government, said he would propose "going to the people" at a meeting of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) leadership on Sunday. (Writing by Matt Robinson; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

Serbia to hold snap election in March: report

By Aleksandar Vasovic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia will hold a snap parliamentary election in March as the co-ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) seeks to cash in on rising poll numbers, the Politika daily reported on Thursday citing multiple government sources. A spokesman for the government declined to comment on the report, which follows weeks of mounting speculation that the Balkan country is heading for a second election in less than two years.

Serbia, Kosovo to pursue talks to mend ties

By Justyna Pawlak BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Serbia's launch of membership talks with the European Union will not spell the end of EU-mediated talks with its former province Kosovo on mending their relations, the EU's top diplomat said on Thursday. The EU's 28 governments rewarded Belgrade this week for improving ties with Pristina by agreeing to start membership talks on January 21, putting Serbia on a path towards joining the EU possibly in the next decade.

Moroccan peacekeeper killed in Kosovo car accident

A Moroccan soldier died Thursday when a car with peacekeepers went off the road and fell into the Ibar river in northern Kosovo, NATO-led international forces (KFOR) and media said. "The soldiers were returning to their headquarters as part of routine troop movements when the accident occurred," KFOR said in a press release, adding "the cause of the accident is currently being investigated".

UN chief hails peaceful second round of local polls in Kosovo

UN chief hails peaceful second round of local polls in Kosovo UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Monday welcomed "the peaceful conduct of the second round of local elections" in Kosovo, calling on the parties concerned to "engage constructively" in the European Union-facilitated dialogue. Ban "is encouraged by the positive initial reports from local and international observers as well as the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo," said a UN statement.
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