“Thousands of Serbians joined an antigovernment march in Belgrade on December 22. The opposition event was held for a third straight week. Protests were initially triggered by the November 23 assault against the opposition Serbian Left party leader Borko Stefanovic. The protesters are now demanding the resignation of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, balanced reporting by Serbia’s public broadcaster, and investigation into attacks against politicians and journalists.” (RFE/RL)

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Serbia on January 17.

Vucic said that he did not see any problems from the ‘Russian side’ after US President Donald Trump sent him a letter, and that he will speak about everything openly with Putin, ‘as always’ – and this includes Trump’s letter.

‘As for the Russian reactions, I did not see them. I’m awaiting Putin’s arrival on January 17 with joy. I never had a problem talking to him openly. But I’ve seen no problems from the Russian side,’ Vucic said, replying to a journalist’s question about ‘media reports about the negative reaction to Trump’s letter in a part of the Russian public and, possibly, in certain political circles.'” (B92)

“Romania says it will work to bolster Serbia’s bid to join the European Union when it takes over the bloc’s rotating presidency on January 1.

Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila made the comments on December 22 following a meeting in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, with the leaders of Serbia, Bulgaria, and Greece.

‘Romania is supporting the European pathway for Serbia,’ Dancila said. ‘We all have to involve ourselves in supporting Serbia.'” (RFE/RL)

“Teams from two Belgrade elementary schools have won first and third prize in an international educational robotics competition in Shanghai.

The teams from the Politehnika school and Vladislav Ribnikar elementary school won first prize for best presentation and third prize in the older elementary school pupils category.” (N1)

“A train has slammed into a bus carrying school students in southern Serbia, cutting it in half and killing five people, police say.

Dozens of people were injured and two teenagers were fighting for their lives after the accident, which happened early on Friday near the city of Nis.

A child and two adults were killed instantly, while two other adults died later in hospital, reports said.

Images from the scene showed one of the train’s carriages had derailed.” (BBC News)