BEIRUT/RABAT (Reuters) – Rebels in Misrata said they killed 30 government snipers on Thursday and had liberated the port from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, potentially opening up an aid lifeline to the besieged city.
Libya’s government said it controlled the city, 200 km east of Tripoli, and blamed the fighting on al Qaeda affiliates.
RABAT (Reuters) – International aid organizations are struggling to deliver humanitarian aid supplies to areas of Libya most affected by fighting, but have managed to bring in a few shipments in low-profile operations, aid officials say.
Many officials say the most dire need is in Misrata, Libya’s third largest city where the main hospital is inundated with wounded yet does nit have electricity or water.
RABAT (Reuters) – A total of eight rebels have died in fighting around the western Libyan town of Zintan in recent days, although the situation was quieter Thursday, a Swiss journalist in the town said by telephone.
Forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi still have more than 30 tanks outside the town, Gaetan Vannay told Reuters. “But the city is not surrounded as it was four days ago.”
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Russia is playing on Serbia’s mistaken belief that it is still a key player in the power dynamic with the West to draw the country’s focus away from joining the EU and NATO, U.S. diplomats have concluded.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will emphasize the bonds linking the two Orthodox Christian nations during a visit to Serbia Wednesday, the eve of the 12th anniversary of the NATO bombing over Belgrade’s policy toward Kosovo.
BELGRADE, March 21 (Reuters) – Belgium’s Delhaize (DELB.BR: Quote, Profile, Research),
which this month agreed to buy Serbia’s largest retail chain
from the most prominent tycoon in the Balkan state, is dealing
with a man whose firm was built up through corruption, according
to a U.S. embassy cable from 2007.
Tycoon Miroslav Miskovic, the owner of Delta Holding, was
worth a billion dollars in 2007 before the world financial
crisis, according to Forbes, wealth which at the time placed him
among the richest 1,000 people in the world. Earlier this month
he agreed to sell his Delta Maxi supermarket chain to Delhaize,
a retailer, for 932.5 million euros ($1.3 billion), one of the
largest foreign investments ever in the European Union applicant
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Japan was an example cited by Jordanian nuclear officials to calm past Israeli concerns about Jordan’s plan to build a nuclear reactor near an earthquake fault line, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable from 2009.
Jordan is currently planning its first 1,000 megawatt nuclear power plant, although it has recently shifted away from an initially proposed site in an earthquake fault zone.
BELGRADE, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Serbia is likely to seek a new
precautionary standby arrangement from the IMF when its current
three billion euro deal expires in April, IMF officials said on
“We understand they are inclined, they are leaning to a
precautionary standby,” Albert Jaeger, head of an International
Monetary Fund mission to Serbia, told Reuters in an interview.
BELGRADE, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Montenegro’s central bank has
relaxed restrictions on the country’s largest domestic bank Prva
Banka to allow limited lending, the regulator said on Monday.
The central bank’s previous governor Ljubisa Krgovic –
since dismissed — halted Prva Banka’s lending activity in early
2009 because of its high percentage of non-performing loans.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – A flurry of corruption probes in the Balkans may give the impression officials are finally tackling of the scourge of the region but experience suggests many of the cases will collapse short of a criminal conviction.
Corruption has flourished in the Balkans since the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and collapse of Communism. It continues to plague the region and has slowed progress toward eventual European Union membership.
PRISTINA/BELGRADE (Reuters) – Kosovo’s EU justice mission said on Wednesday it would study a draft European report that makes criminal allegations against Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, as local opposition politicians rallied behind him.
Thaci’s government has denounced as baseless the investigative report’s assertions that he headed an organised crime ring that assassinated opponents, trafficked in organs and drugs and committed other crimes during the Kosovo Albanian guerrilla war against Serbia in the late 1990s.