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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,...

2006-05-23 08:42:55

By Karolos Grohmann ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek and Turkish F-16 fighter jets collided in mid-air on Tuesday while shadowing each other in the southern Aegean, where the two NATO allies have long disputed control over airspace. The exact circumstances of how the two planes crashed, in an area where aircraft of the two age-old rivals frequently harass each other in close maneuvers, were not immediately clear. The Turkish military said the crash was caused by a Greek fighter interfering...

2006-05-22 07:18:04

By Ellie Tzortzi PODGORICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Montenegrins have voted for independence in a wafer-thin referendum victory that will sever a union with Serbia stretching back nearly a century and close the final chapter in the story of Yugoslavia. The referendum commission president, Frantisek Lipka, told a news conference on Monday that 55.4 percent of votes cast on Sunday were in favor of ending the union with Serbia, according to an official preliminary count. The...

2006-05-22 05:49:32

By Ellie Tzortzi PODGORICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Montenegrins have voted for independence in a wafer-thin referendum victory that will sever a union with Serbia stretching back nearly a century and close the final chapter in the story of Yugoslavia. The referendum commission president, Frantisek Lipka, told a news conference on Monday that 55.4 percent of votes cast on Sunday were in favor of ending the union with Serbia, according to an official preliminary count. The...

2006-05-21 19:34:07

By Beti Bilandzic PODGORICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic claimed victory for his independence drive in a referendum on Sunday to dissolve the country's union with Serbia. "Tonight, with the majority decision by the citizens of Montenegro, the independence of the country has been renewed," he told supporters cheering the climax of his decade-long campaign to restore the independence Montenegro last enjoyed in 1918. With the vote...

2006-05-21 17:10:04

By Ellie Tzortzi PODGORICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Montenegro voted by a narrow margin on Sunday to end its union with Serbia and complete the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, according to projected referendum results. The Center for Free Elections and Democracy said the projected result was 55.3 percent in favor of independence, lower than an earlier projection of 56.3 percent, which triggered loud celebrations from the yes camp, which needs a 55 percent majority for...

2006-05-21 16:56:22

PODGORICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Montenegro voted by a narrow margin in favor of independence on Sunday in a referendum on ending its state union with Serbia, according to unofficial projections of the result. Zoran Lucic of the Center for Free Elections and Democracy (CESID) said the projected result was 55.3 percent in favor of independence, significantly lower than an earlier projection of 56.3 percent, which triggered explosive celebrations in the capital. The "Yes"...

2006-05-21 16:20:25

By Ellie Tzortzi PODGORICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Montenegro voted on Sunday to end its union with Serbia and complete the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, according to projected referendum results. Waves of celebratory gunfire and fireworks thundered across the capital Podgorica moments after the news was broadcast. Crowds rushed to the main boulevards of the capital in cars, waving the red-and-gold flag of Montenegro and sounding their horns in a wild cacophony....

2006-05-21 01:40:00

By Ellie Tzortzi PODGORICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Montenegrins began voting on Sunday in an independence referendum which could dissolve their union with Serbia and make the small Adriatic republic Europe's newest state. Queues formed early at polling stations in downtown Podgorica, the provincial-looking capital of the mountainous state, with elderly men dressed in their Sunday best filling in the pink voting slips which ask simply: "Do you want Montenegro to be an...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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