World Bulletin / News Desk
Serbia's troubled relations with Kosovo will force it to wait longer to start membership talks with European Union, EU diplomats said on Tuesday.
In its annual report Wednesday on countries lining up to join the EU, the European Commission is expected to say the former Yugoslav state has not done enough to mend ties with Kosovo since becoming a membership candidate in March.
Serbia has been seen as a pariah of the Balkans, linked to its central role in the bloody wars that tore through the peninsula after the collapse of Yugoslavia.
"It will not get a recommendation yet, it's not in the cards," one EU diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Serbia lost control over Kosovo in 1999 after an 11-week NATO air war to halt the killing and expulsion of ethnic Albanians by Serb forces fighting a two-year counter-insurgency war under late strongman Slobodan Milosevic.
More than 90 countries, including the United States and 22 of the EU's 27 members, have recognised the impoverished, landlocked country as a sovereign state.
Belgrade has vowed never to do so, but is under pressure from the EU to improve cooperation with Pristina in a range of fields, ranging from trade, to state institutions and security.
A spokesman for the prosecutors office confirmed weekend media reports that an investigation had been launched
Elections held Sunday in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory violate principles of international law, says spokesman of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.
Togo court confirms President Gnassingbe won April 25 election with 58.77 percent of the vote
Kerry's visit followed the killing of 148 people by al Shabaab in an attack on the university at Garissa, nothern Kenya, on April 2.
On Saturday, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said that Abbas would hold presidential and legislative elections once he receives a written request in this regard from Hamas.
Chancellor Werner Faymann described as "totally absurd" the current system in which refugees are supposed to be taken in by the country where they first arrive.
Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told a briefing that the separatists had used large-calibre artillery in their attacks
Italy says nearly 4,100 boat migrants rescued from boats near the coast of Libya on Saturday and early Sunday
According to information from Iraqi security officials, the explosion damaged many houses, cars and businesses.
Israeli media outlets had said that the army planned to carry out wide-scale drills in the Jordan Valley that would last for several days.
Former US President Jimmy Carter said that Abbas asked him and the members of his delegation to bring this written request from Hamas.
University students, parents and well-wishers attended the event which was held at Fourah Bay College Mount Aureol in Freetown
The sacking of the security officials comes in the wake of the conclusion of a probe into the events, which took place in Liberian capital Monrovia.
On Wednesday, Libya's Tobruk-based government said five people had been arrested for suspected involvement in the murder of the two Tunisian journalists.
International humanitarian organizations say they are in capable of offering aid to around 18,000 residents of the camp as clashes rage on between the two armed groups.
The Palestinian faction went on to reiterate that Al-Aqsa Mosque was at the heart of the conflict between the Arabs and Israel.