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...
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.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A senior U.S. official on Saturday met with top Kosovo leaders in an attempt to persuade the government to revoke or suspend a tariff on Serb goods so that dialogue with...
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Italy's prime minister on Wednesday urged Kosovo to withdraw a 100-percent tariff on goods from Serbia so the former Balkan foes could resume European Union-mediated talks...
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian man reported to be a contract killer sought by authorities in three countries has been arrested in the Czech Republic, police said Saturday.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Parliament has called on Kosovo to suspend a 100-percent tariff on Serb goods to help restart reconciliation talks.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's president has rejected any idea of a land swap with Serbia.
Hashim Thaci said Friday in the Albanian capital Tirana that "a land swap would never...
Serbia takes delivery of 4 more Russian-made fighter jets
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia took delivery of four Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets from Belarus on Monday, the defense ministry said, part of an arms purchase that could heighten tensions in...
AP interview: Kosovo president hopes for deal with Serbia
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The president of Kosovo said Thursday he thinks there is "good momentum" to reach an agreement this year to normalize ties with Serbia.
Kosovo commemorates its 2008 declaration of independence on Feb. 17 each year. It is recognized as its own country by 116 nations, but not by the one from which it unilaterally separated, Serbia.
Kosovo is a success story, President Hashim Thaci told The Associated Press in an interview.
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.
3 Croats face hate crime charges in attack on Serbian team
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Three people detained in Croatia over an attack on Serbian water polo team players at a seaside cafe face hate crime charges, police said Monday.
3 arrested in Croatia after Serbian water polo team attack
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian police on Sunday detained three suspects over an attack on Serbian water polo team players that forced one to jump into the freezing sea to get away.
The incident in the Croatian Adriatic port of Split, which occurred on Saturday before a regional league match between Mornar Split and Red Star Belgrade, further strained relations between Serbia and Croatia. The Serbian team returned to Belgrade without playing the match.
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."
Kosovo PM: Serb goods tax should not be linked to talks
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister on Thursday insisted that talks on normalizing relations with Serbia should continue and should not be linked to Kosovo's tax on Serb goods.
Ramush Haradinaj pointed out that Kosovo didn't halt talks with Serbia when Belgrade prevented it from joining Interpol last year.
"The tax is Kosovo's sovereign decision. It was not set against the dialogue," Haradinaj said.
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.
US says Kosovo tax on Serb goods hurting its interests
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The United States has strongly advised Kosovo to revoke a 100 percent tariff on Serb and Bosnian goods, saying the duty runs counter to U.S. strategic interests.
Alleged cocaine smuggler appears in Australian court
SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian businessman who was allegedly part of a criminal syndicate that smuggled 1.28 metric tons (1.41 U.S. tons) of cocaine inside a shipment of prefabricated steel from China faced a Sydney court on Thursday after becoming the last of three accused conspirators to be extradited from Serbia.
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.
Vladimir Putin gets lavish welcome on visit to ally Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vladimir Putin received a hero's welcome in ally Serbia on Thursday as the Russian president attempted to maintain political and economic influence in the Balkans, which is increasingly looking Westward.
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.
Serbia court acquits suspects in 2008 torching of US embassy
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian appeals court has acquitted the suspects in the 2008 rioting and torching of the U.S. embassy in Belgrade after a rally against Kosovo's declaration of independence.
The Appeals Court of Belgrade said Wednesday it has overturned suspended prison sentences for four suspects and confirmed an earlier acquittal of three more people by a lower court. The court says prosecutors have failed to provide enough evidence to back the indictment.
Putin blasts US, West over NATO before Serbia visit
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S. and the West of destabilizing the Balkans with NATO expansionist policies as Serbia prepares a hero's welcome for the Russian president.
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."
Dragoslav Sekularac, Red Star ‘King of dribble,’ dies at 81
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Dragoslav Sekularac, an attacking midfielder known to Red Star Belgrade soccer fans as the "King of dribble," has died. He was 81.
Red Star said on its website that Sekularac died on Saturday. It did not give a cause of death.
The Serbian club called Sekularac "a legend, a master, a virtuoso."
A favorite with supporters due to his skills on the ball, Sekularac joined Red Star in 1955 and stayed for 11 years, playing 470 games and scoring 119 goals.
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.
Kosovo to tax international branded goods made in Serbia
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's government on Friday extended a 100-percent tax on Serb imports to all international brand goods produced in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The new decision, taken Friday at a Cabinet meeting, is expected to affect goods including auto products, food, construction materials and computer devices, and affect companies including Samsung, Panasonic and Coca-Cola.
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."
Opposition leader attack whips Serbia political tensions
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian opposition alliance was holding a gathering in a southern city when a group of young men wearing dark clothes and hoodies approached one of its leaders and brutally attacked him with brass knuckles.
The thugs beat up Serbian Left party leader Borko Stefanovic, smashing his head and briefly knocking him unconscious. Two others who were with him were also seriously injured before the attackers fled the scene in a car.
EU urges Kosovo to drop tariffs as political tensions mount
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat called Tuesday on Kosovo to lift tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as the former Serbian territory faced pushback from longtime allies such as the EU and NATO along with familiar hostilities with Serbia.
Kosovo last month slapped a 100-percent tax on Serbian imports, apparently in retaliation after its bid to join the international police organization, Interpol, failed amid intense Serb lobbying.
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.
Serbia talks up armed intervention as Kosovo OKs new army
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Serbia threatened a possible armed intervention in Kosovo after the Kosovo parliament on Friday overwhelmingly approved the formation of an army. Belgrade called the move a "direct threat to peace and stability" in the Balkans and lashed out at the United States for supporting it.
While NATO's chief called the action by Kosovo "ill-timed," the U.S. approved it as "Kosovo's sovereign right" as an independent nation that unilaterally broke away from Serbia in 2008.
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.
PSG beats Red Star to reach Champions League knockout stage
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The attacking trio of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani struck again as Paris Saint-Germain advanced to the round of 16 of the Champions League with a 4-1 win at Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.
Cavani and Neymar were both assisted by their 19-year-old teammate, with Mbappe putting on an excellent display of speed, strength and dribbling throughout the game. The France striker sealed PSG's win with a goal in added time.
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."
EU foreign policy chief urges Serbia, Kosovo resolve ties
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union expects Serbia and Kosovo to "swiftly deliver" on their commitment to talks on normalizing relations, which is the key for the two nations to advance toward membership in the bloc, the EU's foreign policy chief said Thursday.
Federica Mogherini met with the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo as part of an EU-mediated dialogue that is designed to solve their decades-long dispute, which has threatened the stability of the Balkans.
Red Star beats Liverpool 2-0 in big Champions League shock
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Red Star Belgrade produced one of the biggest upsets of this season's Champions League by beating Liverpool 2-0 on Tuesday, reviving memories of its time as one of Europe's top soccer teams.
Austria: Kosovo-Serbia deal is basis for joining EU
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Austria's chancellor told Kosovo on Tuesday that any step toward joining the European Union must be based on dialogue with Serbia.
Sebastian Kurz, whose country currently holds the EU's rotating presidency, said during his visit to Pristina that without a peaceful agreement between Pristina and Belgrade there would be no peaceful coexistence and regional stability.
Kosovo-born Shaqiri left out by Liverpool for game in Serbia
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Politics will keep Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri from making the trip to face Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League, nearly five months after the Switzerland forward made a nationalist hand gesture while celebrating a goal against Serbia at the World Cup.
Shaqiri, who is Swiss but was born in Kosovo, was left off Liverpool's squad by manager Juergen Klopp on Monday because the team fears a harsh reception in Serbia during Tuesday's match.
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.
Salah reaches 50 Liverpool goals in 4-0 win over Red Star
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — The questions were starting to be asked about Mohamed Salah after his slow start to the season: Would he struggle to reproduce his remarkable scoring figures from his first year at Liverpool?
Barcelona, Dortmund stay perfect in Champions League
GENEVA (AP) — Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund impressed again on Wednesday to join Juventus as the only teams with three straight wins midway through the Champions League group stage.
In two clashes of teams with perfect records, Barcelona beat Inter Milan 2-0 and Dortmund dismantled Atletico Madrid in a 4-0 rout.
Kosovo lawmakers agree to consider creating national army
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Lawmakers in Kosovo have agreed to consider whether to transform the country's security forces into a regular army.
The 120-seat parliament voted Thursday to accept the government's proposals and refer them to commissions for debate before bringing forward legislation.
Not everyone wants the change to take place. The debate was boycotted by lawmakers representing Kosovo's Serb minority while officials in Serbia criticized the plan.