Chinese PM visits bridge in Croatia being built by China
BRIJESTA, Croatia (AP) — China's prime minister visited a construction site in Croatia on Thursday where a major European Union-funded bridge is being built by a Chinese state-owned...
Croatians demand more action against domestic violence
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Thousands of people have rallied in Croatia demanding government action against domestic violence after a man threw his four small children from a balcony, seriously...
MALI STON, Croatia (AP) — Oyster farming is the pride of this small town in the south of Croatia's Adriatic Sea coast. But tasting the famed local delicacy may not be a good idea at the...
ROME (AP) — A crane toppled from a methane gas extraction platform on Tuesday, plunging into the Adriatic Sea and killing the crane's operator, the Italian energy company Eni said.
Croatian police discover dozens of migrants in truck
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian police have discovered several dozen migrants hidden in a truck and detained two suspected people smugglers.
Police say a patrol stopped the truck with Slovenian license plates early on Tuesday near Gracac, in southern Croatia close to the Adriatic Sea coast.
Authorities are working to establish the identity of the migrants who can now seek asylum in Croatia, a European Union member country. Croatia's state TV says they are mostly from Bangladesh, Pakistan or India.
UK woman ‘sang to stay awake’ after falling off cruise ship
PULA, Croatia (AP) — A British woman who fell from a cruise ship and spent 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night sang to stay alive, her rescuers said Monday.
The captain of the Croatian rescue ship that found Kay Longstaff, 46, floating some 45 nautical miles off Croatia's coast said "luckily for her we saw her immediately because she raised and waved her hands when she saw us."
UK woman rescued after falling from cruise ship in Croatia
PULA, Croatia (AP) — A British woman was rescued Sunday after falling from a cruise ship and spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night, Croatia's coast guard said.
The unidentified woman was taken to a hospital in the town of Pula and is out of danger.
She fell from the Norwegian Star cruise ship, about 95 kilometers (60 miles) off Croatia's coast shortly before midnight Saturday.
Quakes rock southern Italy, alarmed people sleeping outdoors
ROME (AP) — At least nine earthquakes rocked southern Italy in two hours Thursday night, prompting frightened residents to sleep outdoors for safety and a child to hurt himself when he leaped in fear from a balcony.
The jolts damaged balconies, cracked walls and collapsed some uninhabited houses in the Molise region in south-central Italy, just inland from the Adriatic Sea, authorities said.
SPLIT, Croatia (AP) — Lighting torches and applauding, tens of thousands of people on Tuesday bid an emotional farewell to Oliver Dragojevic, the late Croatian singer who was also adored throughout the former Yugoslavia for his songs celebrating love and the Adriatic Sea.
2 Polish tourists die in sea collision in Montenegro
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro's state broadcaster says two Polish citizens died in a collision between a sail boat and a motor yacht in the Adriatic Sea.
The report by RTCG says the accident happened around noon on Monday when the yacht slammed into the sail boat in a bay by the Lustica Peninsula.
Marina owner Nenad Banicevic said he rushed to the site of the collision and the sail boat's skipper and a woman next to him appeared to have died instantly.
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Authorities in Montenegro say a powerful storm has damaged dozens of houses and a hospital along the country's Adriatic Sea coast.
The storm that engulfed the Boka Kotorska bay area early on Saturday swept away part of the hospital's roof and blew out many of its windows.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk says Macedonia, under its new government, has made impressive progress in its bid to join the European Union.
Tusk said Friday he saw "real political will" to gain membership in both the EU and NATO — a long-standing but elusive target.
New European mission to detect threats in the Mediterranean
ROME (AP) — A European border agency is launching a new Mediterranean Sea operation with a focus on detecting terror threats.
The Frontex agency says Joint Operation Themis starts Thursday in the central Mediterranean. Its vessels will still rescue migrants from human traffickers' boats but the operation will also involve "intelligence-gathering and other steps aimed at detecting foreign fighters and other terrorist threats at the external borders" of Europe.
17 migrants reach Montenegro over the Adriatic sea
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Police in Montenegro say an Italian fishing boat has picked up 17 migrants, including 11 Syrians, from a small inflatable boat floating in the Adriatic Sea.
The Italian boat crew said they picked up the migrants before docking into the Montenegro port of Zelenika early Tuesday. Police say two Moroccans, two people from Yemen, one from Afghanistan and one from Pakistan were also on the boat.
The group, which included four children, was in police custody at Zelenika.
Slovenia, Croatia in diplomatic spat over border dispute
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Diplomatic tensions have flared up between Slovenia and Croatia in a long-standing border dispute.
Slovenia has said that, starting this weekend, it will implement an international arbitration ruling made in June that grants Slovenia unhindered access to the Adriatic Sea, among other things. In a diplomatic note to Croatia on Friday, Slovenia protested against what it described as 1,400 sea border violations by Croatia since June.
Croatia, Slovenia remain deadlocked in border dispute
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The prime ministers of Croatia and Slovenia on Tuesday failed to break a deadlock over an international arbitration ruling in a long-standing border dispute that has led to tensions between the two neighboring European Union countries.
Gregory Porter’s selfies in the sea
Airman who went missing in WWII being laid to rest
BOSTON (AP) — A U.S. Army Air Forces officer from Massachusetts is being laid to rest more than 70 years after he went missing in World War II.
A funeral with full military honors for 2nd Lt. Richard M. Horwitz, of Brookline, is scheduled for Sunday at a family plot at a West Roxbury.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says the 22-year-old Horwitz was the radar navigator on a B24 Liberator that crashed into the Adriatic Sea after a Feb. 28, 1945 attack on a railroad bridge in northern Italy.
Poland and Italy investigating gang rape attack on couple
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has opened an investigation into the suspected gang rape of a Polish tourist on a popular Italy beach, while Italian prosecutors said Monday they have gathered evidence that should help track down the assailants.
Despite Kremlin’s warnings, Russians flock to Montenegro
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Russian tourists are flocking to Montenegro despite warnings from Moscow against visiting its former ally and the latest NATO-member country.
Montenegro's tourism organization said Sunday that during the first six months of 2017, Russians accounted for more than 179,000 overnight visitor stays in the picturesque Adriatic Sea country, four times more than during the same period last year.
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro has asked for international help to fight wildfires raging along the Adriatic sea coastline that are also raging along the Adriatic sea coastline in neighboring Croatia, reaching a key port, authorities said Monday.
Croatian TV reported that the blaze near the coastal town of Split — a central port and tourism center — stretched to houses in some parts of the city, with residents joining firefighters in efforts to contain the flames.
Bones found near wreckage of US bomber in Croatia
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Divers have located human bones near the wreckage of a U.S. bomber that crashed in the Adriatic Sea in Croatia in 1944.
The discovery was made last week at the site of the crash of The Tulsamerican, the last B-24 Liberator bomber built in Tulsa, Oklahoma, near the end of World War II, according to Croatia's state TV.
"The remains of human bones have been found, but we can't say anything without further analysis," Zadar University archaeologist Mate Parica said.
Montenegro defies Russia to become NATO member
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — NATO is set to expand for the first time after eight years by welcoming Montenegro into the alliance. The tiny Balkan nation is attending the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday practically as a member, although the entry process formally will be wrapped in early June. To get there, Montenegro has stood up against Russia, which has sought to maintain strong historic, political and cultural influence in the country it considers a zone of interest. Russia has threatened economic and political retaliation. Montenegro says Moscow was behind a foiled coup attempt in October, which Russia denies.
Chocolate bar made in Serbia triggers trouble in Croatia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Even a small bar of chocolate can trigger a big row in the Balkans.
The president of Croatia has issued a public apology for handing out packages of sweets that included Serbia-made chocolate to children in Dubrovnik, the ancient Adriatic Sea resort attacked and damaged by the Serb-led Yugoslav army in 1991.
President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic's made the apology under pressure from Croatian nationalists.
Gas pipeline TAP installs first pipes in Albania
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Trans Adriatic Pipeline has started building its gas pipeline in Albania.
The TAP on Friday started putting the first of its 13,000 pipes along 215 kilometers (133 miles) in Albania.
The pipeline runs 878 kilometers (545 miles) long from the Shah Deniz field in Azerbaijan to Turkey, then Greece, then goes up to 1,800 meters (5,900 feet) high in Albania and 820 meters (2,690 feet) deep under the Adriatic Sea to southern Italy.
MILAN (AP) — Italian authorities are investigating whether a body found in the Adriatic Sea could be related to the disappearance of a U.S. airman some 40 kilometers (30 miles) away, police said Monday.
"We are in a phase of complete hypothesis," said Carabinieri Maj. Salvino Macli, adding that it could take days to identify the body.
The body, found over the weekend, appeared to have been in the water for a long time. Macli said canals in the area where Staff...