BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Twenty years after NATO intervened to stop Serbia's onslaught in Kosovo, Belgrade on Sunday commemorated the victims of what it says was an aggression while Kosovo hailed...
Thousands rally against leaders in Serbia, Montenegro
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — 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...
Serbian students rally over anti-govt protest detentions
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Dozens of Serbian high school students on Monday staged a sit-down protest demanding the release from detention of a fellow student jailed during weekend anti-government...
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's president pledged Sunday to defend the country's law and order a day after opposition supporters stormed the national TV station, protesting what they called his...
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Demonstrators protesting the autocratic rule of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic burst into state-run TV headquarters in Belgrade on Saturday to denounce a broadcaster...
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Several thousand people have surrounded Serbia's state TV building during anti-government protests requesting more media freedom in the Balkan country.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A high-ranking U.S. envoy has urged Serbia and Kosovo to stop provoking each other and to resume their discussions over how to normalize relations between the two former...
Actor brothers take center stage in Serbia’s street protests
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Taking center stage in the weekly protests against Serbia's autocratic president was a role that actors Sergej and Branislav Trifunovic felt compelled to play.
Serbian PM’s gay partner gives birth to baby boy
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic's office announced Wednesday that her partner has given birth to a baby boy.
The delivery on Wednesday went well and both the...
Thousands in Serbia protest for 11th week against populists
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people have rallied in Serbia's capital for 11th week in a row against populist President Aleksandar Vucic and his government.
The crowds at Saturday's protest lit flares outside the parliament building chanting anti-government slogans. Opposition parties meanwhile offered an "agreement" to the citizens pledging to restore democracy they say Vucic has stifled.
Serbs protest populist President Vucic for 10th week
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Several thousand people have marched in Serbia's capital of Belgrade to protest populist President Aleksandar Vucic, who is showing signs of nervousness after 10 consecutive weeks of anti-government demonstrations.
The protests, which have spread outside of Belgrade, accuse Vucic of stifling free media and democracy in the Balkan country. He denies the accusations and media under his control have called the protesters Western stooges.
Kosovo: Serbia not recognizing its borders threatens peace
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's government said Friday that recent comments from Serbia's president not recognizing its borders threaten peace and security.
A statement said Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic's words a day earlier not recognizing Kosovo's internationally accepted borders "are unacceptable and introduce a serious threat of Kosovo's territorial integrity and sovereignty."
It added they "threaten peace, stability and security in Kosovo, the region and wider."
Serbia rejects report that nation is only “partly free”
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's prime minister on Wednesday rejected an independent freedom watchdog's report that downgraded the Balkan country from "free" to "partly free."
In its annual global report this week, Freedom House said Serbia's status declined because of "the deterioration in the conduct of elections, continued attempts by the government and allied media outlets to undermine independent journalists through legal harassment and smear campaigns."
Thousands march through snowy streets for Serbian democracy
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Several thousand people have marched through snow-covered streets in Serbia's capital to protest the populist government of President Aleksandar Vucic for an eighth week.
The protesters accuse Vucic of stifling hard-won democratic freedoms in the Balkan country that was involved in a series of wars during the 1990s. He denies the accusation.
Belgrade protests for 7th week against Serbian leader
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Several thousand people have marched in Belgrade for the seventh week of protests against what they say is Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic's autocratic rule.
The protest Saturday comes after Vucic's party bused tens of thousands of his supporters into the capital during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit on Thursday. Vucic's critics say the gathering was his attempt to show that he has many more supporters than opponents in Serbia.
Several thousand in Belgrade seek truth about Kosovo murder
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people have marched in the capital of Serbia, demanding that the authorities find out who killed a moderate Serb politician in Kosovo a year ago.
Holding candles, the crowd Wednesday walked in silence to honor Oliver Ivanovic, who was gunned down in the Serb-dominated northern part of the Kosovo town of Mitrovica on Jan. 16, 2018.
No one has been charged in the attack. Assailants fled the scene in a car after shooting Ivanovic six times in the back.
Anti-govt protests for 6th week against Serbian leader
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Several thousand people have turned out in Belgrade for the sixth week of street protests against populist Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and his government.
Demonstrations first started after thugs beat up an opposition politician in November, prompting calls for more democracy and an end to political violence in Serbia.
Thousands brave snow to rally against Serbia populist leader
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people have braved snow and freezing temperatures in Serbia's capital to turn up for the fifth week of street protests against populist President Aleksandar Vucic.
The demonstrators marched through downtown Belgrade blowing whistles and booing and jeering loudly as they passed the Serbian presidency building on Saturday. Some carried Serbian flags and banners reading "We are the people" or "Down with the thieves."
Thousands march against Serbia’s president for 4th week
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people have protested in Serbia for a fourth consecutive week over what they say has been a stifling of democratic freedoms under President Aleksandar Vucic.
Demonstrators marched through central Belgrade on Saturday, carrying banners, blowing whistles and chanting "Vucic thief!" while blocking downtown traffic.
Government opponents say Vucic has imposed tight controls on mainstream media and sidelined critical voices. Vucic has denied the allegations.
Thousands protest in Serbia against populist leader Vucic
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people have rallied in Serbia, the latest protest accusing populist President Aleksandar Vucic of stifling hard-won democratic freedoms and cracking down on opponents.
The anti-government crowd poured Saturday into central Belgrade, blowing whistles and waving banners. Similar marches also were held the past two weekends in the biggest expression recently of discontent with Vucic's rule.
Romanian premier looks to support Serbia in EU bid
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Romania's Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said Saturday that her country, which is about to take over the rotating presidency of the European Union, will be looking to bolster Serbia's bid to join the European Union.
Dancila was speaking after meeting with other Balkan leaders from Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia in the Serbian capital of Belgrade Saturday as part of a regular regional initiative to foster cooperation on an array of issues such as migration and trade.
Serbia not as optimistic as Trump over deal with Kosovo
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's president said Friday he doesn't share U.S. President Donald Trump's optimism that an agreement between Serbia and Kosovo is "within reach," two decades after their war.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that a letter sent by Trump expressing that opinion is "rational" and welcome, but also added: "We are far from any kind of agreement."
Trump urges Serbia to make ‘historic’ deal with Kosovo
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has urged Serbia and Kosovo to secure a "historic" deal that would bring "long-sought" peace to the Balkan region — a sign that Washington is willing to take a more active role in mediating between the two wartime foes.
US links ex-Serb police general with killing of 3 Americans
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The U.S. has linked a former Serbian police commander to the 1999 murder of three Albanian-American brothers and banned him and his family from entering the United States.
The U.S. State Department said in a statement that it is publicly designating Goran Radosavljevic for "gross violation of human rights" after he was "credibly implicated" in the killing of the Bytyqi brothers, Ylli, Mehmet and Agron.
Serbia and Kosovo trade accusations over Kosovo’s new army
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo traded accusations Monday at the U.N. Security Council over Kosovo's decision to transform its 4,000-strong security force into a regular army and Serbia's threat of armed intervention — but both expressed their readiness for dialogue.
Thousands brave snow to rally against Serbian leader Vucic
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Braving snow and cold weather, thousands rallied on Saturday in Serbia's capital of Belgrade to express discontent with the autocratic rule of President Aleksandar Vucic and his government.
The whistle-blowing crowds marched through central Belgrade, some carrying umbrellas against the falling snow. Some people also wore yellow vests that have become a symbol of resistance for protesters in France.
The protesters stopped by the presidency building, urging Vucic to resign.
The Latest: Serbian leader lashes out at US over Kosovo army
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Latest on Kosovo's vote to create an army (all times local):
Serbia's president has denounced the United States for its support of a Kosovo army and praised allies Russia and China for their opposition to the move.
President Aleksandar Vucic addressed the nation in his typical dramatic tone, saying that Kosovo and its "sponsor" the U.S. want to "quash" the Serbs, but that he won't allow it.
Serbia warns Kosovo army will substantially worsen tensions
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Tensions soared in the Balkans a day before Kosovo's parliament is set to approve the formation of an army, with Serbia warning Thursday that the move would threaten peace in the war-scarred region.
Kosovo's parliament is expected to pass legislation Friday that would turn an existing 4,000-strong security force into an expanded, lightly armed army. Kosovo declared independence in 2008 from Serbia, which does not recognize the assertion of statehood.
Thousands march against Serbian president’s autocratic rule
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people have marched in Serbia against the autocratic rule of President Aleksandar Vucic and his government.
An opposition alliance called Saturday's protest after assailants recently beat up and seriously injured a leftist party leader and his associates in a southern Serbian city.
The opposition parties have blamed the incident on what they describe as an atmosphere of violence and intimidation imposed by Vucic's populist ruling coalition.
NATO chief speaks to Serbia and Kosovo leaders amid tensions
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he spoke on Thursday with both Serbian and Kosovo leaders about Kosovo's plan to form a regular army, a move that has been strongly contested by Serbia and the alliance.
A statement from Kosovo's government said Ramush Haradinaj assured Stoltenberg the transition from the Kosovo Security Force into a regular army would be done in close cooperation with NATO.
Tensions soar in the Balkans over plans for Kosovo army
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia sought support from allies Russia and China on Tuesday in opposing the formation of a Kosovo army, warning that a military in its former province could lead to renewed clashes in the Balkans.
Kosovo's parliament is set to vote Dec. 14 on transforming the country's security forces into a regular army. Serbian officials claim the army would be used against the Serb minority in Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008.
The Latest: Macron cancels Serbia trip after clashes
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France's response to a Paris protest that turned violent (all times local):
France's presidential Elysee palace has confirmed that Emmanuel Macron's two-day foreign trip to Serbia this week is being postponed as a result of the weekend violence in Paris.
Macron was due to meet with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday. After a phone conversation Monday, they agreed to reschedule the trip in the near future.
Bosnian Srebrenica commander acquitted of war crimes
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A Bosnian appeals court on Friday acquitted the wartime commander of Srebrenica who was accused of committing atrocities during the 1992-95 Balkan conflict.
Naser Oric was accused of killing three Serb prisoners of war in villages around Srebrenica in the early days of the conflict. His wartime deputy commander, Sabahudin Muhic, was also acquitted on the same charges.
The acquittal triggered angry reactions from Serbian officials.
Serbian president: Kosovo trade tax harms peace talks
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Serbia's president says a move by Kosovo to impose a 100 percent tax on all goods imported from Serbia amounts to "new provocations" for Europe and Belgrade and will harm Serbia-Kosovo peace talks.
President Aleksandar Vucic says that he informed Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades about the "possible consequences" that could arise from Kosovo's "unilateral actions."
Tensions soar between Kosovo and Serbia over trade tax
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Tensions between Serbia and Kosovo soared on Thursday after Kosovo slapped a 100 percent tax on all goods imported from Serbia.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic blamed the European Union and the West for allegedly failing to prevent Kosovo's move.
He also claimed Kosovo's special troops were prepared to attack the Serb-populated regions of Kosovo. The claim was denied by Kosovo authorities.
Kosovo’s bid to join Interpol fails, in victory for Serbia
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kosovo failed in its bid to join Interpol on Tuesday in a vote held during the international law enforcement organization's annual general assembly in Dubai, dealing a blow to the country's efforts to boost recognition of its statehood.
If it had been approved, Kosovo would have been able to request "red notices" from Interpol for the arrest of Serbian officials or figures that authorities in Kosovo consider war criminals.
Serbian president issues veiled threat over Kosovo
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A U.S. call for the withdrawal of a UN peacekeeping mission from Kosovo would leave Serbia no choice but to "protect" its people in the former Serbian province, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Wednesday.
Vucic did not specify what kind of action Serbia could take in Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and is protected by NATO.
Serb official denounces US ambassador over Kosovo
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's pro-Russia defense minister denounced the U.S. ambassador to Serbia and suggested he should be thrown out of the country Monday for calling the former Serbian province of Kosovo a sovereign state.
Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in a statement that U.S. Ambassador Kyle Scott "has forgotten that Serbia is not a colony and that he cannot trample on its dignity."
Serbian president’s praise of Milosevic triggers outrage
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Serbian president's praise of Slobodan Milosevic as a "great" leader triggered outrage on Monday in neighboring states where his nationalist policies in the 1990s caused bloodshed and destruction.
In his keynote speech while visiting Kosovo's Serbs on Sunday, Aleksandar Vucic called for peace and reconciliation with Kosovo Albanians, but also praised former Serbian leader Milosevic.
Kosovo Albanians block roads during Serbia president visit
MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo Albanians on Sunday blocked roads and burned tires on a planned route by Serbia's president in the former Serbian province, further fueling tensions between the two Balkan foes.
During his two-day trip, President Aleksandar Vucic planned to visit a Serb-populated village in central Kosovo on Sunday, but roads leading to the region were blocked by wooden logs, trucks and heavy machinery, preventing him from reaching his destination.
The Latest: Serbia leader seeks to build trust in Kosovo
MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between Kosovo and Serbia (all times local):
Serbia's president says the Balkan country no longer wants to wage wars in Kosovo and is seeking to build trust and friendship with majority Albanians after an era of conflicts.
But Aleksandar Vucic also issued a veiled threat in a keynote speech during his visit to Kosovo, saying that Serbia will defend minority Serbs in its former province if they come under attack.
Serbian leader says resolving Kosovo conflict ‘very hard’
GAZIVODE, Kosovo (AP) — Serbia's president said Saturday that an agreement resolving his country's dispute with Kosovo will be difficult to achieve given European opposition to remaking borders in the Balkans region.
President Aleksandar Vucic said that Serbia wants to be on friendly terms with Kosovo, but doesn't recognize its 2008 declaration of independence.
EU says Serbia, Kosovo talks end without breakthrough
BRUSSELS (AP) — Serbia's president refused to meet with his Kosovo counterpart at European Union-backed talks Friday, dashing hopes of an imminent improvement in long-strained relations between the two countries.
The Latest: Kosovo president acknowledges Serbia problems
PRESEVO, Serbia (AP) — The Latest on diplomatic talks between Serbia and Kosovo (all times local):
Kosovo's president says that negotiations with Serbia are becoming more and more difficult.
Hashim Thaci on Friday had planned to meet in Brussels with his Serb counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, but they only met separately with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who said after several rounds with each of them that "difficulties remain."
Serbia takes delivery of 2 Russian fighter jets
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's air force on Tuesday took the delivery of two Russian MiG-29 fighter jets, part of an arms purchase that could heighten tensions in the Balkans and increase Moscow's influence in the region.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic attended the ceremony at a military airport close to the Serbian capital, Belgrade, thanking Russian President Vladimir Putin for helping make Serbia's armed forces stronger.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Israel's president has praised Serbia for passing a law that allows for the restitution to the Jewish community of heirless and unclaimed Jewish property seized during the Holocaust.
Reuven Rivlin said Thursday after talks with Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic that the 2016 bill should serve as a model for other countries.
Thousands of Serbian Jews perished during Nazi occupation of the Balkan country during World War II.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The family of three American citizens slain after fighting in Serbia in 1999 on Monday accused the Balkan country's authorities of refusing to bring the killers to justice despite repeated pledges to do so.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister has hosted a regional summit of four Balkan countries in the northern city of Thessaloniki, amid peaceful protests against a deal for neighboring Macedonia to change its name.
Alexis Tsipras met Wednesday with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and the prime ministers of Romania and Bulgaria, Viorica Dancila and Boyko Borissov.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met Tuesday with his Serbian counterpart in a bid to boost ties with the Balkan country, a key Russian ally in Europe, as both states seek to join the European Union.
The two countries' delegations signed bilateral deals and predicted better ties in the future.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's parliament has approved the scandal-ridden mayor of Belgrade as the country's new finance minister.
The vote Tuesday was overwhelmingly in favor of Sinisa Mali, a member of the ruling populist Serbian Progressive Party, despite claims by the opposition that he has been linked to numerous financial and other affairs.