2 Russian spies sentenced in Montenegro in coup attempt

Europe 05/09/19, 04:23

A Montenegro court on Thursday sentenced 13 people, including two Russian secret service operatives, to up to 15 years in prison after they were convicted of plotting to overthrow the Balkan country's government and prevent it from joining NATO.Chief judge Suzana Mugosa said the two Russians, identified as Eduard Shishmakov ...

Drugs found on Montenegro military training ship

Europe 04/19/19, 07:00

Montenegro's defense ministry says the army has discovered drugs hidden on a navy training ship ahead of its planned journey to Turkey and Greece.The ministry says the military police searched the Jadran, or the Adriatic, early Friday after learning that certain criminal gangs were planning to use it to smuggle ...

Anti-government protests spread across the Balkans

Europe 04/06/19, 03:36

It all started with a video posted on social media: a secret recording from 2016 that appears to show a well-known local tycoon hand over an envelope containing bundles of cash to a party associate of Montenegro's long-standing leader.The prominent businessman, a former close friend and confidant of Montenegrin President ...

Montenegro’s president to EU: don’t hand us over to Russia

Europe 04/05/19, 04:49

The pro-Western president of Montenegro, who has defied Russia to steer his small country into NATO, has warned that the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union is crucial for the bloc to protect itself from growing Russian and Chinese political and economic influence in the region.Milo Djukanovic ...

Montenegro official issues partial racism apology in England

Soccer 04/02/19, 10:25

A week after Montenegro fans racially abused England players, a partial apology from the country has been delivered in person at Wembley Stadium.Montenegro Football Association general secretary Momir Djurdjevac intervened from the floor of a UEFA conference on discrimination to offer his account of the incident in a European Championship ...

Sarri playing hard ball with Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea

Sports 04/01/19, 07:17

Callum Hudson-Odoi, one of English soccer's top young talents, is stalling on signing a new contract at Chelsea and it's easy to see why.He's hardly feeling the love of his manager right now.Heading into the resumption of the Premier League last weekend, the 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi was coming off the most ...

Monitors compile report into racist abuse of England players

Sports 03/26/19, 05:16

UEFA's anti-discrimation partners are compiling a report into the racism suffered by England players in a European Championship qualifier at Montenegro.The Fare network says its observer attended the game because there was a "high risk" of racist incidents on Monday, and heard the abuse.Fare wants UEFA to "act decisively" and ...

England to complain to UEFA about racist abuse in Montenegro

Sports 03/25/19, 17:22

England manager Gareth Southgate says the English Football Association will make an official complaint to UEFA after alleging at least one of his players received racist abuse during the European Championship qualifier at Montenegro.Asked about suggestions of racist chanting toward some of his players, Southgate says he "definitely heard abuse ...

Ronaldo injured for Portugal; big wins for France, England

Europe 03/25/19, 17:06

An injury to Cristiano Ronaldo exacerbated Portugal's frustrating start to its European Championship title defense.Things couldn't be going much better for free-scoring England and France.Ronaldo hobbled off in the first half with an apparent right thigh injury in Portugal's 1-1 draw with Serbia in Lisbon, which came three days after ...

Hudson-Odoi, 18, stars as England scores 5 goals again

Soccer 03/25/19, 16:46

Starting a competitive international before he has even started an English Premier League game, 18-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi helped England beat Montenegro 5-1 for a second straight big win in European Championship qualifying on Monday.The Chelsea youngster started slightly shakily in Podgorica but, before long, was showing flashes of brilliance ...

Thousands rally against leaders in Serbia, Montenegro

Europe 03/23/19, 15:23

Thousands of people have rallied in Serbia against populist President Aleksandar Vucic after political tensions soared last weekend when protesters burst into the state TV building angry over the station's reporting that they view as biased.Whistle-blowing crowds on Saturday returned in front of the public broadcaster's headquarters in downtown Belgrade ...

Young England, reeling Germany ready for Euro qualifiers

Soccer 03/20/19, 02:06

Few big teams need to sweat the 2020 European Championship qualifiers, but for Germany the pressure is already on.After a terrible 2018, Joachim Loew's new-look squad is aiming for revenge against the Netherlands, which helped relegate Germany in the inaugural Nations League last year.Elsewhere in the opening two rounds of ...

Montenegrins march demanding government resignation

Europe 02/16/19, 15:30

Several thousand people rallied in Montenegro on Saturday to demand the resignation of long-serving President Milo Djukanovic's government over allegations of corruption.The crowd marched through the capital of Podgorica chanting "Milo thief" and "We want justice," and carrying banners reading "No more crime" or "Rebellion."The protest dubbed "Resist" was organized ...

Snow in the Balkans disrupts traffic, closes down schools

Europe 01/11/19, 05:38

Heavy snowfall this week in the Balkans has closed down schools, left some remote villages cut off and disrupted traffic and power supplies in many areas in the region.Serbia's state TV said Friday that four municipalities in the southwest of the country have introduced emergency measures, warning of snow piling ...

Late Yugoslav leader Tito gets monument in Montenegro

Europe 12/19/18, 11:40

Hundreds of people have gathered in Montenegro as authorities unveil a monument to Josip Broz Tito — a rare honor for the late Yugoslav communist dictator who was widely denounced after the 1990s' breakup of Yugoslavia.The ceremony Wednesday in Montenegro's capital of Podgorica marked the anniversary of the city's liberation ...

Balkan nations to cooperate on identifying missing persons

Europe 11/06/18, 18:22

Balkan nations that fought bitter wars as Yugoslavia broke apart during the 1990s have agreed to step up their cooperation in identifying thousands of people still missing as a result of the conflicts.Representatives from Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Montenegro signed an agreement on Tuesday laying out how they will ...

Montenegro-Croatia relations in danger over training ship

Europe 09/16/18, 03:28

TIVAT, Montenegro (AP) — More than two decades after fighting a war, Montenegro and Croatia have resolved almost all of their differences after fighting a war, except for one: a dispute over an 85-year-old former Royal Yugoslav Navy training ship.

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