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Serb Speaker Says No Russia Sanctions

The speaker of Serbia's parliament has promised Russia that the Balkan nation will never impose sanctions on Moscow. More

Russia: Not Putting Pressure On Serbia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has rejected Western accusations that Moscow is trying to increase Serbia's dependence on Russia and push it away from the European Union. More

Serbs Cut Ribbon On Chinese-Built Bridge Over Danube

The Chinese and Serbian prime ministers have opened a new multimillion-euro bridge over the Danube in Belgrade, described as the first major Chinese-built infrastructure project in Europe. More

China Looks To Up Investment In E. Europe

China says it will create a new investment fund of $3 billion targeting Central and Eastern Europe, seeking to strengthen its presence in the region. More

Bosnia Arrests 10 War-Crimes Suspects

Police in Bosnia-Herzegovina have arrested 10 ethnic Serbs suspected of killing dozens of Bosnian Muslim civilians during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. More

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Features & Commentary

End Of South Stream: Winners & Losers

Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 1 announced that Russia was abandoning plans for the South Stream natural gas pipeline meant to supply energy directly to Europe without transit through Ukraine. Who are the winners and losers if Putin makes good on his word?

In Releasing Seselj, ICTY Solves One Problem -- But Creates Many Others

When The Hague tribunal opted this month to provisionally release war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj to seek cancer treatment in Serbia, it was attempting to amend one of the longest, most mismanaged cases ever to come before the court. But sending the fiery Seslj home may be the start of a whole new type of trouble, for the Balkans and the tribunal alike.

Belgrade Plays Down Joint Military Exercise With Russia

Serbia and Russia have conducted a one-day joint antiterrorism exercise -- the first-ever such event on Serbian territory. But officials in Belgrade seem reluctant to discuss the historic event.

Video Full Transcript: Interview With New EU Enlargement Chief Hahn

In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL, the EU's new neighborhood and enlargement negotiation commissioner, Johannes Hahn, speaks about his view on the latest developments in Ukraine, the future of the Eastern Partnership and his approach to Belarus and Azerbaijan. In his first extended appearance for international media he also set out his strategy for Western Balkan countries such as Serbia, Bosnia, and Macedonia.

Journalist Group Says Reporters' Killers Almost Never Face Justice

Murdering journalists is one way to keep the public in the dark about criminal activities. It is also virtually risk-free, since worldwide 90 percent of the killers never face justice.

In Many Countries, Distance From Ebola Brings A Sense Of Safety

In many parts of Eurasia, people think they are far enough away from Africa to be safe from Ebola. Is that a false sense of security?
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