Serbian police intervene to protect gay pride parade
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Police in Serbia briefly clashed with far-right supporters who tried to prevent a gay pride parade attended by the country's openly gay prime minister on...
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...
France’s Vinci formally takes over Belgrade airport
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The airport division of French construction and concession company Vinci has started running the airport in Serbia's capital after it was picked for the 25-year job.
Officials said Wednesday at a ceremony at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport that Vinci Airports provided an upfront payment of 501 million euros ($564 million) and promised to invest another 730 million euros ($823 million) in new infrastructure.
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."
Kosovo’s plan to build an army revives old Balkan tensions
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Kosovo is moving to build itself a regular army, angering neighboring Serbia enough to talk of military intervention — a seemingly empty threat.
In a vote set for Friday, Kosovo's 120-seat parliament is expected to approve draft government-submitted legislation to turn an existing 4,000-strong paramilitary force, known as the Kosovo Security Force, into an expanded, lightly armed army.
Serbian premier: Armed intervention in Kosovo an option
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's prime minister warned on Wednesday that the formation of a Kosovo army could trigger Serbia's armed intervention in the former province — the bluntest warning so far amid escalating tensions in the Balkans.
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said that she hopes "we won't ever have to use our army, but unfortunately that is currently one of the options on the table."
Kosovo Serbs rally against tax imposed on goods from Serbia
MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — A few thousand people rallied Tuesday in the Serb-populated north of Kosovo, demanding that the government abolish a 100 percent tax it recently levied on all goods imported from Serbia.
The rally in the divided town of Mitrovica reflects wider tensions that recently soared between the former war foes. Serbia does not recognize Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence.
Serbian govt criticized for publishing war criminals’ books
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A rights group on Saturday sharply criticized the Serbian government after the defense ministry published and promoted books that include the war memories of two former generals convicted of war crimes by a U.N. court.
The Youth Initiative for Human Rights said in an open letter to Prime Minister Ana Brnabic that the move amounted to open state support for the war criminals sentenced by the Yugoslav tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.
Serbia reopens National Museum after 15-year renovations
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has reopened the country's main museum, 15 years after it was closed for renovation following neglect during the era of wars and economic crisis in the 1990s.
Hundreds of citizens flocked to the National Museum in central Belgrade late on Thursday as it opened its doors after a ceremony attended by the country's prime minister and public figures.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's prime minister said Monday the Balkan country's goal is to join the European Union despite calls by the defense minister for an apparent shift in course toward Russia.
Ana Brnabic said that Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin has the right to his opinion, but "we have our course and we know that our strategic goal is the EU."
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has banned a Kosovo team from taking part in a karate competition it is hosting, over a political dispute stemming from the former province's declaration of independence.
The government's office for Kosovo said Wednesday that the Kosovo delegation was stopped at the border because they carried state symbols that Belgrade does not recognize.
Serbia picks French firm to run Belgrade airport concession
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's government has picked France's Vinci Airports for a 25-year concession to run the main Belgrade airport, the biggest in western Balkans.
Officials said Saturday that the French concession and construction company has pledged to provide an upfront payment of 501 million euros ($602 million) and invest an additional 732 million euros ($880 million) into the Nikola Tesla Airport.
Work starts on Hungary-Serbia rail line financed by China
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The reconstruction of the railway line between Serbia and Hungary, a project financed mostly by China and its "new Silk Road" initiative to expand commercial ties with Europe, Asia and Africa, was inaugurated Tuesday by Chinese and Serbian officials.
Russia pressures Serbia on status of controversial base
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russia increased pressure on Serbia on Tuesday to grant diplomatic status to the Russian staff of a controversial facility that U.S. officials believe could become Kremlin's spy base in the Balkans.
Prime minister attends gay pride march in a first for Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's first openly gay prime minister joined several hundred activists Sunday at a gay pride march that was held amid tight security in the conservative Balkan country.
Holding rainbow flags, balloons and a banner reading "For change," pride participants gathered in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, before setting off on a march through the city. Many approached Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, greeting her and taking selfies.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Workers from Fiat's factory in Serbia have agreed to end their strike and return to work after more than two weeks, Serbia's prime minister said Tuesday.
Ana Brnabic met with the striking workers in the central town of Kragujevac, where the Fiat factory is located. She said the government will organize talks between the workers' union and the Fiat representatives on Wednesday in Belgrade.
Serbia lawmakers elect 1st female and 1st openly gay premier
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian lawmakers elected Ana Brnabic as prime minister on Thursday, making history by choosing both the conservative Balkan nation's first female prime minister and its first openly gay leader.
Parliament voted 157-55 to approve the government of the 41-year-old Brnabic and she and her ministers were sworn in.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Several dozen Serbian gays, lesbians and transgender people marched on Saturday in Belgrade, hailing the expected election of a first openly gay prime minister as historic for the Balkan country.
Activists gathered at a pride event in the city center under heavy police protection. They carried banners reading "we want life worthy of humans" or "support matters."
Serbia ruling party gathers support for proposed gay PM
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's first openly gay and female prime minister is set to take office in the staunchly conservative country next week after the ruling populists mustered majority support for her in parliament.
Officials said on Friday that the assembly will convene on Saturday to start the proceedings for the election of Ana Brnabic and her government. The vote is likely next week.
Conservative Serbia to get first openly gay prime minister
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's president on Thursday nominated the highly conservative country's first openly gay prime minister, a move likely to infuriate both the Christian Orthodox church and ultranationalists.
President Aleksandar Vucic announced that Ana Brnabic, 41, was nominated as the prime minister-designate, which could also make her the first female head of government in the country's history. Her cabinet needs formal approval by parliament next week.