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.
Military police in the Brazilian state of Bahia reach a deal to end a two-day strike which was accompanied by a surge in murders, violence crime and theft.
On Wednesday, UKAWA members walked out of a Constituent Assembly (CA) session, charging that the draft is promoting segregation instead of enhancing unity and warning that the charter-drafting process could lead to social unrest.
After a meeting at a Saudi airbase, the foreign ministers agreed to stay away from backing organizations or individuals that threaten the security and stability of GCC member states as well as refrain from supporting what they called "hostile" media.
Building the radar base on the island, which is much closer to China than to Japan's main islands, could extend Japanese monitoring to the Chinese mainland and track Chinese ships and aircraft
Twenty eight passengers are officially listed as dead, 179 have been rescued and 268 are missing, presumed trapped in the stricken vessel
Ding Jiaxi was sentenced to three-and-a-half years, Zhao Changqing got a two-and-a-half year sentence and Li Wei and Zhang Baocheng got two-year terms, the Haidian court in Beijing said on its microblog
The U.S. official said the phone conversation touched on Obama's April 23-25 visit to Japan, talks on the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) multilateral trade deal, and Ukraine
The avalanche hit the most popular route to the mountain's peak and three Nepali guides were injured and some people may be missing
Friday's attack is the latest in a string of vandalism incidents in Arab villages over the past several months.
Conservationists recent asked the government to declare ongoing elephant and rhino poaching as a national disaster.
"The coalition unanimously decided to freeze the party's membership for violating the coalition's policies and objectives," Mastour Ahmed, political secretary for the Sudanese Congress Party said.
Kenya shelters a total of close to 800,000 refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Aid agencies were forced to halt operations in Rakhine late last month when hundreds of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists destroyed staff homes, offices and warehouses as well as boats used to transport supplies.
Algerian opposition figure Ali Belhadj was arrested on Thursday while following up presidential polls capital Algiers, his office has announced.
But China, a veto-wielding Security Council member, has signaled that it could shield its neighbor North Korea from potential prosecution.
This is the second Tunisian diplomat to be kidnapped in Libya within the last month.