UEFA tightens rules on Kosovo, but leaves loopholes

Soccer 05/29/19, 11:54

UEFA is tightening its rules to stop countries which don't recognize Kosovo from excluding its national soccer team, but left some loopholes."This policy obliges all other teams to accept to play against Kosovo national and club teams as the result of a draw, be it on their own territory or ...

Explains: Why do Serbia-Kosovo tensions persist?

Europe 05/29/19, 09:53

Tensions between Serbia and Kosovo flared this week after Kosovo's police raided Serb-dominated areas in the region's north and arrested scores of people. There have been clashes between Kosovo's police and local Serbs, with several people injured, and two U.N. personnel were detained, including a Russian. Serbia raised its combat ...

Update: EU urges Kosovo, Serbia to return to dialogue

Europe 05/29/19, 08:12

The Latest on the tensions between Serbia and Kosovo (all times local):3:10 p.m.The European Union's top diplomat is urging Kosovo and Serbia to return to the negotiating table and normalize relations amid high tensions following an armed raid by Kosovo police in the Serb-dominated north of Kosovo.A woman standing at ...

Russia, Serbia blame NATO for Kosovo police raid

Europe 05/29/19, 07:58

Russia and Serbia have blamed pro-NATO and Western influences for an armed raid by Kosovo police in the Serb-dominated north of Kosovo that raised tensions in the region.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that Tuesday's incident was instigated by "those who want to create a buffer zone from Russia ...

Serbian troops placed on alert after Kosovo police arrests

World 05/28/19, 03:43

Serbia ordered its troops to full alert on Tuesday as tensions soared in the Balkans amid reports that heavily armed Kosovo police entered Serb-populated regions of the former Serbian province and made several arrests.Serbia's state TV said shots were heard and tear gas was used as Kosovo's special police "burst ...

Update: Serbian security body meets as troops on alert

Europe 05/28/19, 03:05

The Latest on tensions between Serbia and Kosovo (all times local):10:05 a.m.Serbia's state TV says a meeting is underway of the country's top security body following tensions in Kosovo over arrests in the Serb-populated north.The report says President Aleksandar Vucic will speak in the parliament later on Tuesday about the ...

First 10 nations advance to this year’s Eurovision final

Entertainment 05/14/19, 16:42

The first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest has sent 10 countries' acts to the Grand Final and seven others home.Contestants from Australia, Iceland, Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, San Marino and Slovenia moved ahead after all participating nations announced their selections, which are divided between a professional ...

Croatia president points to EU lack of interest in Balkans

Europe 05/09/19, 07:41

Croatia's president has criticized the EU for not taking enough of an interest in what is going on in the Balkans.Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, whose country is a member of the EU, bemoaned "a lack of understanding of the situation in southeast Europe" and also a "lack of interest."Other countries in the ...

Hungary deports 2nd Afghan family to Serbia overnight

Europe 05/08/19, 05:15

A human rights group says a second family of Afghan asylum-seekers, including three children and their pregnant mother, has been deported to Serbia in the middle of the night.The Hungarian Helsinki Committee said Wednesday that the deportation of a third Afghan family is on hold for now after they secured ...

In darkness, Hungary deports Afghan family of 6 to Serbia

Europe 05/07/19, 15:54

Hungary has deported a family of six asylum-seekers to Serbia, making them cross a gate in the border fence in the dark, with no one waiting for them on the Serbian side.The nighttime circumstances of Tuesday's deportation were considered very unusual and were witnessed by staff from the U.N. refugee ...

Official: Serbia could ditch EU bid, turn to Russia

Europe 05/02/19, 06:04

Serbia's pro-Russian defense minister says the Balkan country could ditch its European Union membership goals for close ties with Moscow.In blunt comments to a pro-government TV channel Thursday, Aleksandar Vulin said that "in case the EU doesn't want Serbia, there are others who do."Although Serbia formally seeks EU membership, its ...

Kosovo: EU “too weak” to steer talks with Serbia

Europe 04/29/19, 11:49

Kosovo's president is ruling out any prospect of an agreement on his country's relations with Serbia without the participation of the United States, saying Monday that the European Union is "too weak and disunited" to steer negotiations between the feuding Balkan neighbors on its own. Hashim Thaci's comments came after a ...

Beijing celebration of building binge overshadowed by debt

World 04/23/19, 22:43

Asian and African leaders plan to press Beijing at a conference this week to reduce the politically volatile debt burden left by its Belt and Road Initiative to build ports and other trade-related infrastructure.That may bring a note of conflict into the official celebration of President Xi Jinping's signature foreign ...

Anti-govt protests resume against Serbia’s populist leader

Europe 04/20/19, 12:58

Several thousand people have turned up at an anti-government protest in Belgrade a day after Serbia's populist President Aleksandar Vucic held a mass rally in an apparent bid to counter months of street demonstrations against him.Protesters marched through downtown Belgrade on Saturday demanding more democracy and media freedom in Serbia. ...

Serbia’s “Lady Macbeth” buried near late strongman Milosevic

Europe 04/20/19, 11:33

Several dozen supporters attended the funeral Saturday of Mirjana Markovic, the widow of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic who was dubbed the "Lady Macbeth" of the Balkans because of the huge influence she had on her husband.Markovic's ashes were placed in her husband's grave in the backyard of the family ...

Thousands gather for rally supporting populist Serbia leader

Europe 04/19/19, 10:01

Thousands are gathering in Belgrade for a mass rally in support of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who is seeking to counter months of protests demanding more democratic freedoms in the Balkan country.Authorities have sealed off central streets in the capital Friday as Vucic's supporters arrive in buses from all over ...

Serbia seeks greater Russian role in talks with Kosovo

Europe 04/17/19, 10:09

Serbia on Wednesday sought to secure a greater Russian role in European Union-mediated talks with the former province of Kosovo, which could further strain the Balkan country's relations with the West.Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said after meeting his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow that "Serbia cannot defend its ...

Thousands rally in Serbia against populist leader Vucic

Europe 04/13/19, 09:41

Thousands of people have gathered for a protest rally against Serbia's populist President Aleksandar Vucic. Authorities deployed riot police inside the parliament, saying they wanted to prevent the opposition from storming the building.The protest Saturday in central Belgrade, the capital, comes after months of anti-government demonstrations accusing Vucic of being ...

Serbia griffon vulture flown back home from Turkey

Europe 04/12/19, 12:09

Months after it flew as far away as Turkey's border with Syria, a griffon vulture from Serbia has been brought home by plane.The one-year-old female bird named Dobrila is from the central Serbian nature reserve of Uvac and it is not clear why it wandered so far away.Officials say Dobrila ...

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