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Migrants face indignity, corruption and fear on Balkan route

Belgrade - After the cruelty of smugglers, long waits in the sun, short nights in cold camps and interminable train and bus rides, migrants and refugees taking the Balkans route into Europe feel their dignity has been stripped away.

Recalling their own war, Belgraders embrace Syrian refugees

Belgrade - Gordan Paunovic couldn't sleep the night after he met a Syrian refugee family in a Belgrade park, where hundreds of migrants pause for a rest before continuing their journey towards EU.

Serbia and Kosovo hail 'landmark' agreements

Belgrade - Serbia and Kosovo voiced satisfaction Wednesday with an EU-brokered deal that marked a major step forward in normalising ties between the former foes, and boosted hopes of faster accession to the European Union.

Exhausted migrants reach Serbia, dreaming of Western Europe

Serbia - In a dusty field on Serbia's border with Macedonia, thousands of migrants hoping to reach a better future in western Europe are offered some respite from their perilous journeys.

More migrants heading for EU as crisis deepens

Presevo - At least 2,000 more migrants flooded overnight into Serbia in a desperate journey to try and go on to Hungary, the door into the European Union, a UN official said Monday.

Thousands of migrants cross Macedonia, Serbia heading for EU

Presevo - Thousands of migrants, mostly Syrian refugees, travelled through Macedonia and Serbia on Sunday towards western Europe, as Italy's foreign minister said the escalating crisis threatened the bloc's "soul".

'Migrant cafe' owners in Greece's Kos broken by refugee crisis

Kos - Cafes lining the beach front on Greece's Kos that would usually be packed with holidaymakers have become the unlikely first port of call for thousands of refugees landing in the resort island.

Greece's Lesbos at 'breaking point' amid spike in migrant arrivals: IRC

Kos - An unprecedented spike in refugee arrivals on Greek shores is pushing the resort island of Lesbos to "breaking point", with some 2,000 people landing there every day, an aid group warned Tuesday.

Syrians risk lives to reach Europe 'for their children'

Kos - Five nights ago, Nada and her children braved a perilous journey in an inflatable dinghy to the Greek island of Kos less than a month after fleeing the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo.

Body of Syrian boy, 16, found at base of Greek island cliff

Kos - The body of a 16-year-old Syrian boy smuggled from Turkey has been found at the foot of a cliff on the Greek island of Kos, a Red Cross official told AFP on Sunday."His boat landed in a dangerous area of Kos," by a cliff, the official said.

Iraqi brothers smuggled to Greece wore burqas to escape IS

Kos - When the Islamic State group took over their Iraqi city and burned down the family's home, two teenaged brothers decided to risk everything to leave Iraq, cross Syria and reach Europe.

MSF 'concerned' by migrant claims of attacks off Greek islands

Kos - Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Saturday it is "concerned" over claims by migrants reaching the Greek island of Kos on inflatable boats that they were attacked at sea.

Greek ship docks at Kos to ease migrant crisis

Kos - Greece on Friday sent a ship to the resort island of Kos to speed up the registration of hundreds of Syrian refugees following mounting tensions over a huge influx of new arrivals.

Syrians plan escape from Kos for better lives

Kos - It may be paradise for tourists, but Syrian refugees on Kos are desperate to leave the island and start new lives further north after waiting in hellish conditions to get registered."The road ahead is still long for me. I leave tomorrow.

Greece sends extra riot police to Kos as migrant tensions mount

Kos - Greece sent extra riot police to a resort island Wednesday as tensions mounted over a huge influx of migrants, while dozens were missing off Libya after the dramatic Italian rescue of a stricken dinghy.

Greek mayor warns of 'bloodshed' as police beat migrants

Kos - Overwhelmed police on the Greek island of Kos on Tuesday beat migrants with truncheons and sprayed them with fire extinguishers as its mayor warned of a "bloodbath" if the crisis gets worse.

Time running out for migrants on Serbia-Hungary border

Serbia - The 100 or so refugees set off early evening, hoping that the short walk across Serbia's border into Hungary will be the last leg of their treacherous journey into the EU.The group are mostly Syrians.

Kosovo's parliament votes in favour of war crime court

Pristina - Kosovo's parliament on Monday amended the constitution to allow the creation of a special EU-backed court to examine war crimes allegedly committed by ethnic Albanian guerrillas during the 1998-1999 war.

Live lottery draw in Serbia sparks outrage and police probe

Belgrade - The head of Serbia's state lottery resigned on Thursday following allegations of fraud during a live lottery draw this week.

Serbia questions TV hostess in lottery fraud probe

Belgrade - Eleven people have been questioned and the boss of Serbia's state lottery forced to resign in a fraud probe into an extraordinary "coincidence" in a live television draw, an interior ministry spokesman told AFP.
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