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2006-06-28 11:18:20

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Montenegro on Wednesday became the 192nd member of the United Nations, a month after it ended its 88-year partnership with Serbia that completed the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. "I declare the Republic of Montenegro admitted to membership in the United Nations," U.N. General Assembly President Jan Eliasson announced after calling for approval by acclamation in the 191-nation body. General Assembly members then broke into applause as...

2006-06-28 10:22:46

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Montenegro on Wednesday became the 192nd member of the United Nations, a month after it ended its 88-year partnership with Serbia that completed the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. The U.N. General Assembly of 191 nations admitted the small Balkan country of 650,000 people to the world body. It approved by acclamation a resolution introduced by Austria's U.N. ambassador, Gerhard Pfanzelter, whose country currently heads the European Union. Montenegro...

2006-06-26 19:26:38

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi makes his final visit to the United States this week, capping five years in which Tokyo boosted ties with Washington but sowed discord with Japan's neighbors. The last summit with President George W. Bush for Koizumi, who will step down in September, comes as talk of a North Korean long-range missile test underscore the security threats that have bound the two allies together. Koizumi...

2006-06-15 10:04:15

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia finally recognized Montenegro's independence on Thursday almost a month after its old partner voted in a referendum to dissolve their joint state. Despite the delay, Belgrade indicated the separation would be friendly, in line with Western hopes. Serbia's recognition is only a formality. But its amicable tone is certain to be welcomed by the West, which was alarmed by Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica's initial grudging acceptance and comment that there...

2006-06-08 10:24:55

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush has dropped tentative plans to visit Ukraine later this month and will instead go to Hungary to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution against Soviet domination. The White House said on Thursday Bush would go to Budapest on June 22 after a meeting with European leaders in Vienna, capital of neighboring Austria. Although the Kiev stop was never officially announced, U.S. officials had discussed it and White House spokesman...

2006-06-08 10:01:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush has dropped tentative plans to visit Ukraine later this month and will instead go to Hungary to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution against Soviet domination. The White House said on Thursday Bush would go to Budapest on June 22 after a meeting with European leaders in Vienna, capital of neighboring Austria. Although the Kiev stop was never officially announced, U.S. officials had discussed it privately. U.S....

2006-05-30 08:16:21

By Douglas Hamilton BELGRADE (Reuters) - Granting independence to Serbia's southern province of Kosovo against the will of Serbia would destabilize the Balkans, Serbia-Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic warned on Tuesday. The United Nations is mediating talks on Kosovo's future status, which Western diplomats say are likely to conclude with a form of independence by the end of the year. Serbia is adamantly opposed to such an outcome. "I am very afraid of the possible imposed...

2006-05-23 12:46:44

By Karolos Grohmann ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek and Turkish F-16 fighters collided on Tuesday while shadowing each other over the southern Aegean, where the two NATO allies have long disputed control over airspace. Greece and Turkey, which have come to the brink of war in the past over territorial disputes in the region, gave starkly differing accounts of the crash. But both hurried to limit damage to ties that have warmed markedly in the last six years. Turkey's Foreign Ministry said...

2006-05-23 11:26:00

By Beti Bilandzic PODGORICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Montenegro's split from Serbia and progress to independence picked up speed on Tuesday when the European Union proposed talks holding out the prospect of faster entry into the bloc than Belgrade. Serbian President Boris Tadic accepted Montenegro's decision but Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, his political opponent, issued a statement saying his government "will completely accept the result" only when final figures are...

2006-05-23 08:41:16

By Beti Bilandzic PODGORICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Montenegro began splitting from its longtime partner Serbia on Tuesday, a process that could take just three months and eventually win it faster entry into the European Union than Belgrade. The small Adriatic republic voted in a referendum on Sunday to end its union with much larger Serbia and reinstate the independence it last enjoyed 90 years ago. The two, the last remnants of federal Yugoslavia, share an army,...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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