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Serbian Prime Minister claims victory in general election

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić wins general election. Credit: Reuters

Serbia's pro-western Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has claimed victory in the country's general election with his his conservative Progressive Party winning half of the votes cast.

"The citizens of Serbia again gave us the honour to lead the government," Vučić told supporters.

Vučić called an election two years early, saying he wanted secure a mandate from voters to negotiate joining the European Union.

The result gives the Progressive party another parliamentary majority.

Hungary police use teargas to disperse border crowd

Police in Hungary used tear gas to disperse a crowd of people at a migrant reception area near Roszke, on the Serbian border.

Reuters report that officers had rounded up 300-400 undocumented migrants and refugees and were addressing them through loudhailers after television cameras showed tear gas being sprayed earlier.

The Hungarian government has recently said it my use its army to protect the border.

A vast razor-wire border fence is also nearing completion, prompting concerns that a surge of migrants and refugees may rush to cross the frontier before it is completed.

Last week, Macedonian police used stun grenades to stop migrants crossing border on the route to the European Union through the Balkans - widely regarded as a safer - but still perilous - crossing than the Mediterranean Sea.

Albania awarded win for abandoned Serbia match

Albania have been awarded a victory over Serbia by the top sports court after a Euro 2016 qualifier was abandoned when a drone with a political banner flew into the stadium in Belgrade in October.

The drone trailing a pro-Albania flag was the responsibility of the Albania FA according to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but the judgement ruled the abandoned match - the decision was taken by English referee Martin Atkinson - was due to the violent reaction from Serbian fans and stewards.

The CAS overturned UEFA's original sanction and awarded Albania a 3-0 win, ordered three points be deducted from Serbia. Both Albania and Serbia FAs have been fined 100,000 euros.

he game was abandoned due to a pitch invasion. Credit: PA

The CAS ruling states: "The panel found that the match stoppage and the eventual abandonment of the match were caused by security lapses of the organisers and acts of violence exerted on the Albanian players by the Serbian fans and at least one security steward.

"In light of this finding, the CAS panel has decided that the UEFA European Championship qualifying Group I match between Serbia and Albania be deemed to have been forfeited by the Serbia FA by the score of 0:3.

"The CAS went on to find, in line with UEFA, that the Albania FA was responsible for the drone operated during the match, carrying a banner depicting Albanian nationalistic and patriotic symbols, and confirmed the fine of 100,000 euro imposed on the Albania FA."


Military helicopter carrying sick baby crashes near airport

A military helicopter carrying an ill baby for treatment has crashed in thick fog near an airport in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.

An Mi-17 helicopter Credit: Reuters

The child, who was suffering from respiratory problems, was picked up by the helicopter after the ambulance it was travelling in got blocked by a landslide in the southern region of Raska, Serbia's B92 broadcaster reported.

Seven people - four crew, two medical workers and the baby, are believed to have been killed in the crash on Friday evening, though there is not yet any official word on casualties.

The Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopter came down "in the wider area" of Belgrade airport, the defence ministry said. "The control tower lost contact with the helicopter at 22.31," it said.

UN court: Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide

The UN's highest court has ruled that neither Croatia nor Serbia committed genocide against each other's populations during the Balkan wars that followed the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

The ICJ ruled neither Croatia nor Serbia committed genocide. Credit: REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

Peter Tomka, president of the International Court of Justice, said many crimes had been committed by both countries' forces during the conflict.

However, the intent to commit genocide - by "destroying a population in whole or in part" - had not been proven against either country, he added.

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