ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Jewish, Serb, anti-fascist and Roma groups came together Friday to commemorate the victims of a World War II death camp in Croatia, boycotting upcoming official ceremonies...
China seeks to reassure Europe at Croatia summit
DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) — China's prime minister promised Friday that his government will respect European standards and fair trade, seeking to allay concerns that it is flouting European Union...
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...
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Coal-powered plants, mobile networks, major bridges, roads and railways: Chinese investments have been booming throughout Central and Eastern Europe's cash-strapped...
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A top Croatian court has increased to six years the corruption sentence against former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader and ordered his immediate imprisonment.
ZURICH (AP) — Belgium stays atop the FIFA rankings and England rises above Croatia, which it defeated in the World Cup semifinals, to reach No. 4 this month.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has punished Dinamo Zagreb for racist behavior by fans during the Europa League with a one-game stadium closure next season.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian police say they have detained 12 people suspected of multiple criminal actions in a shipbuilding company that has been struggling with losses.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on migrants trying to get to Europe (all times local):
Montenegrin police say they have arrested 17 people for smuggling migrants who are...
Germany is winning again, and Croatia is struggling. The World Cup feels like a long time ago.
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — World Cup finalist Croatia slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Hungary on Sunday, continuing its shaky start to European Championship qualifying. In a group which looks up for...
The stars of last year's World Cup had to dig deep as European Championship qualifying began Thursday.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — NBA Summer League is going international this year.
The Chinese and Croatian national teams will join all 30 NBA clubs at this year's tournament in Las Vegas, taking place...
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The white supremacist suspected in the mosque shootings that left at least 50 people dead in New Zealand had traveled to the Balkans in the past three years, where he...
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...
Rights group: EU complicit in violence against migrants
BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A leading rights group has accused European Union states of complacency in the "systematic, unlawful and frequently violent pushbacks" by Croatian border guards of...
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...
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Pjaca faces lengthy injury layoff after tearing ACL
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Fiorentina and Croatia winger Marko Pjaca is facing another lengthy injury layoff.
The Serie A club said Saturday that Pjaca injured his left knee in training the...
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Several hundred Croatian journalists have rallied in the capital Zagreb against what they say is pressure on journalists and curbing of media freedoms in the European Union...
Father hurls 4 children out of upper floor window in Croatia
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A man threw his four young children from the upper floor window of their family home on a Croatian island on Thursday, injuring two of them seriously, police said.
Strong winds hit Italy and Croatia, causing 3 deaths
ROME (AP) — Strong winds toppled trees and walls in Italy on Saturday, causing at least three deaths and forcing a cargo ship to run aground, while gale-force winds swept across Croatia's Adriatic...
Saric criticizes World Cup qualifying system as Croatia out
NEW YORK (AP) — Dario Saric says basketball's World Cup qualifying system "doesn't make any sense" to him after Croatia was eliminated from contention Friday.
Croatian court detains sister after body found in freezer
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Croatian court on Wednesday ordered one month's detention for a woman suspected of killing her younger sister, whose body was found in a freezer more than 18 years after...
The Latest: Germany recorded more asylum requests last month
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):
German authorities say they recorded an uptick in asylum requests in the first month of 2019.
The interior ministry said Tuesday that authorities received 17,051 asylum requests in January, an increase of 61.5 percent compared with the previous month.
The figure is also 13 percent higher than in January 2018, when the number of asylum requests stood at 15,077.
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.
Croatian police find body in freezer; could be missing woman
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A body found in a freezer in a Croatian village is apparently that of a woman who went missing more than 18 years ago, Croatian police said Monday.
Police said they have detained the older sister of Jasmina Dominic, who was reported missing in 2005 but was last seen in 2000 when she was 23 years old.
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Defending champion Croatia to face Spain in new Davis Cup
MADRID (AP) — Defending champion Croatia will meet Rafael Nadal's Spain in the first edition of the revamped Davis Cup Finals in November.
Russia also was drawn into the same three-nation group for the inaugural 18-team tournament that will be played in Madrid.
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.
2 South Koreans arrested in Croatia trying to smuggle eels
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian police say two South Korean citizens have been arrested after trying to smuggle about 252,000 live eels out of the country.
The two, whose ages are 38 and 47, were caught with the young fish packed in eight cases at Zagreb's international airport on Wednesday. Their names weren't given.
They were arrested because European eels are a protected species. Croatian media say their market value is estimated at 180,000 euros ($204,000).
Turkey’s Erdogan calls for revision of Bosnia peace accords
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a revision of the 1995 peace agreement that ended the Bosnian War, saying they failed to address the former Yugoslav republic's future.
Erdogan said the United Nations should take "a stronger step" in a possible revision of the international Dayton Accords that established a complex government system designed to heal an ethnic divide after the 1992-95 war in which 100,000 people died.
Croatia police save 15 migrants from snow and cold
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian police say they have saved 15 migrants who were stuck in a mountainous area in deep snow and low temperatures, including six children.
Police said Wednesday the group had crossed illegally into Croatia from Bosnia and were in need of medical help because of exposure to the cold. They say officers have carried the women and children through the snow toward police vehicles and ambulances.
Croatia nixes F-16 purchase from Israel after US objection
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's government on Monday formally canceled a $500 million deal to buy 12 used fighter jets from Israel after it collapsed over U.S. objections. The defense minister said the Balkan country will restart the search for the right deal.
Israel and Croatia reached a tentative deal in March for the sale of the upgraded F-16 Barak fighter planes, pending U.S. approval to allow the American-made technology to be purchased by a third party.
Croatia defender Lovren banned for insulting Spain
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has banned defender Dejan Lovren from Croatia's opening European Championship qualifier after he appeared in a video insulting Spain.
The video was posted shortly after Croatia beat Spain 3-2 in November. It featured Lovren mocking Spain and appearing to hint he deliberately stuck Spain's Sergio Ramos with his elbow.
UEFA banned Lovren from Croatia's home qualifier against Azerbaijan on March 21.
Body found of 2nd victim in Croatia hydro-plant fire
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian state TV says police have found the body of a second victim of a fire at a hydro-electric plant in the south of the country.
The report on Friday says the body was found late Thursday. Another worker was confirmed dead earlier on Thursday and one more person remains unaccounted-for.
An investigation is taking place to determine what caused the fire at the Plat plant near the walled city of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic coast.
Israel fighter jet sale to Croatia fails after US objections
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Israel has failed to overcome U.S. objections to its plan to sell 12 used fighter jets to Croatia and the $500 million deal will likely be canceled, Croatia's defense minister said Thursday.
Israel reached a tentative deal with Croatia in March for the sale of the upgraded F-16 Barak fighters, pending U.S. approval that would allow the American-made technology to be purchased by a third party.
Fire at Croatia hydro-plant kills 1 worker, 2 still missing
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's state TV says a fire at a hydroelectric plant in southern Croatia has killed one worker and authorities are still searching for two more.
The report said that three more people have been hospitalized after the fire erupted in the Plat plant on Thursday that is located near the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic coast.
Jewish rights group urges Croatia to ban pro-Nazi book
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Jewish human rights group urged Croatian authorities on Wednesday to ban a book that denies crimes committed by Croatia's World War II pro-Nazi regime.
Chief Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said in a statement that a book titled "the Jasenovac Lie Revealed" is being promoted in a Catholic church in Zagreb on Jan. 16. The book, published by the right-wing Society for Research of the Threefold Jasenovac Camp, has multiple authors.
Austrian Hirscher gets 30th career World Cup slalom win
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Marcel Hirscher returned to winning ways Sunday, triumphing in the first men's World Cup slalom of 2019 after he had missed the podium in the last two races.
The seven-time overall champion trailed Austrian teammate Marco Schwarz after the opening leg but posted the fastest time in the final run before Schwarz straddled a gate and failed to finish.
American Shiffrin gets personal best 7th straight slalom win
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — In the rhythmic style of a dancer, Mikaela Shiffrin approached yet another record on Saturday.
The American skier dominated the first women's World Cup slalom of 2019 to match her personal best winning streak in the discipline with seven straight victories.
Rivals were awed by her opening run, a flawless attack that gave her a lead of more than a second for the final run, while Shiffrin felt a familiar groove.
Croatia gives Israel deadline for sale of US-made F-16 jets
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia urged Israel on Thursday to overcome a rare disagreement with the United States and to confirm it can carry through on a deal to sell 12 used American-made fighter jets.
Croatia's Defense Ministry said it needed an answer from Israel by Jan. 11 or the Balkan country's $500 million order for a dozen F-16 aircraft would be canceled.
Modric wins Balkan award ahead of Djokovic and Halep
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Croatia soccer star Luka Modric has been chosen Balkan athlete of the year.
Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July, where the midfielder was voted player of the tournament. He also won the prestigious Ballon d'Or for the first time earlier in December.
Tennis great Novak Djokovic of Serbia was second in the Balkan poll, and Romania's Simona Halep third.
FIFA research says 3.5B people viewed some World Cup action
GENEVA (AP) — More than 3.5 billion people viewed some of the 2018 World Cup action, with 1.12 billion watching at least one minute of France beating Croatia 4-2 in the final, according to FIFA.
Bosnian official: Croatia illegally expelling migrants
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A Bosnian official says migrants are being illegally pushed back into its territory by police in neighboring Croatia.
Bosnian Security Minister Dragan Mektic said Monday that scores of migrants are reporting that they have been forced to return to Bosnia by Croatian police who threatened them and in some cases used violence against them.
Mektic said some of the migrants had visible injuries.
Europa League Draw List
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw Monday for the last 32 of the Europa League:
Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic) vs. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)
Club Brugge (Belgium) vs. Salzburg (Austria)
Rapid Vienna (Austria) vs. Inter Milan (Italy)
Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) vs. Genk (Belgium)
Krasnodar (Russia) vs. Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
Zurich (Switzerland) vs. Napoli (Italy)
Malmo (Sweden) vs. Chelsea (England)
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
Croatia denies police violently push migrants into Bosnia
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Croatian authorities on Sunday denied a report by an international watchdog group that alleged police were illegally and sometimes violently pushing migrants back into neighboring Bosnia.
The Interior Ministry issued the denial in response to a video published by the Border Violence Monitoring group that showed armed Croatian police officers shouting orders at a group of migrants and escorting them out of a forest.
Croatia’s purchase of Israeli jets stalled over US approval
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Croatian deal to buy 12 used F-16 jets from Israel worth $500 million could be in jeopardy if the US does not approve of the sale, officials said Wednesday.
The tentative deal to purchase the upgraded F-16 Barak fighter jets from Israel was made earlier this year pending a U.S. approval allowing Israel to sell the American-made jets to a third party.
Croatia unveils monument to late wartime leader Tudjman
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia has unveiled a monument to late leader Franjo Tudjman, who led the country to independence from the former Yugoslavia but has also been criticized for his nationalist policies.
Top Croatian officials attended the ceremony in Zagreb on Monday that marked the 19th anniversary of Tudjman's death.
President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said Tudjman has "indebted us for many centuries." Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic praised his "wisdom."