Serbians have hailed the surprise success of President Boris Tadic's pro-Western party in parliamentary elections as a key step forward along the country's path towards membership of the European Union.
Ljuban Panic, a 23-year-old business studies student from Novi Sad, Serbia's second city, has walked 80 kilometers through the Fruska Gora mountains to attend the Democratic Party's final rally in Belgrade ahead of Sunday's crucial parliamentary elections.
Serbian prosecutors said Saturday they were hunting rioters who targeted the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade leaving one person dead while a senior Serbian minister reportedly blamed Washington for the violence triggered by Kosovo's breakaway.
Kosovo's breakaway from Serbia provoked fresh unrest Friday as U.N. police were attacked by ethnic Serb demonstrators in northern Kosovo a day after angry demonstrations in the Serbian capital Belgrade left one person dead.
Fireworks lit the skies and crowds filled the streets of Kosovo's capital Sunday after the territory's parliament declared independence from Serbia, a move backed by many Western governments, but which Serbia and Russia bitterly oppose.
U.S. President George W. Bush was returning home Monday after an eight-day European tour dominated by concerns over American plans for a Europe-based missile defense system and the future status of the Serbian province of Kosovo.
A graphic video showing the killings of six Muslim men by a Serbian paramilitary unit during the notorious July 1995 Srebrenica massacre led to the arrests of at least eight people suspected of participating.