Germany salvages 1-1 draw with Serbia in friendly
WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — For Germany, 2019 started as 2018 ended — with a disappointing draw.
A second-half equalizer from Leon Goretzka was needed for Germany to salvage a 1-1 friendly...
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...
Jovic playing huge role in Eintracht Frankfurt’s success
BERLIN (AP) — Eintracht Frankfurt has reached the Europa League quarterfinals and is closing in on Champions League qualification.
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) — 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...
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...
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have arrested a man suspected of smuggling five migrants from Greece, headed north toward Serbia.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew made three new call-ups Friday to replace the Bayern Munich trio of Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng.
Ronaldo returns to Portugal for European qualifiers
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is back on Portugal's national soccer team for the first time since the World Cup.
Ronaldo was included in coach Fernando Santos' team Friday for...
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) — 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...
BRUS, Serbia (AP) — It started at the job interview when Marija Lukic's boss locked the office door and tried to kiss her. He later promised it won't happen again. But it did, over and over, until...
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...
JAGODINA, Serbia (AP) — What to cook today?
Serbs looking for ideas are increasingly turning to the Balkan country's 69-year-old hit chef Granny Jela, who has put her life-long experience to...
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.
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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...
Bulgaria proceeds with plans to build Turk Stream extension
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's state-run gas network operator Bulgartransgaz is relaunching a 1.4 billion euro ($1.6 billion) tender to expand the country's gas transport system from Turkey to...
Kosovo points to top Serb officials in 3 Americans’ slayings
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president alleged Tuesday that senior Serb officials are responsible for the 1999 slayings of three Albanian-American brothers who fought with ethnic Albanian...
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...
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...
North Macedonia police find 22 migrants trying Balkans route
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say two vehicles carrying 22 migrants who allegedly planned to enter Serbia illegally and travel on to European Union countries were stopped in separate weekend incidents.
Police said Sunday that nine Pakistanis were found in a car in the country's south late Saturday, near the borders with Greece and Bulgaria. The driver was arrested and placed in custody.
They say 13 Syrians were discovered Sunday, but their driver ran away.
Kosovo marks 2008 independence with military parade
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo has marked the 11th anniversary of its declaration of independence from Serbia with a parade featuring soldiers from the national army it created last year despite opposition.
President Hashim Thaci said the infantry troops carrying light weaponry on Sunday paraded as a "professional, multiethnic army serving the youngest country in the world."
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.
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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.
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."
Clippers waive Serbian star Milos Teodosic
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers have waived guard Milos Teodosic, who made his NBA debut with the team last season.
Teodosic was limited to 15 games this season because of knee tendinitis after starting 36 of 45 games last year, his first in the NBA. He previously had a decorated 13-year career in Serbia, Greece and Russia.
Teodosic, who helped Serbia to the 2016 Olympic silver medal, averaged eight points, four assists and 2.4 rebounds in two seasons in L.A.
UN reduces meetings on Kosovo under US, Europe pressure
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council agreed Thursday to reduce the number of meetings it holds on Kosovo under pressure from the United States and its European allies who say the U.N.'s most powerful body has more important crises to discuss.
Kosovo declared independence in 2008 from Serbia, a close ally of Russia which has refused to recognize its decision and had insisted on holding open meetings every three months.
Berdych sweeps aside Paire at Open Sud de France; Goffin out
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Former champion Tomas Berdych swept aside Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-0 in less than one hour on Wednesday to reach the Open Sud de France quarterfinals.
The unseeded Czech broke Paire's serve five times, and saved both break points he faced against the eighth-seeded Frenchman. Berdych, who won the indoor hardcourt title in 2012, next faces Filip Krajinovic of Serbia in their first meeting on the ATP Tour.
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 rejects EU idea mine should be part of Serbia talks
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's government has rejected suggestions from a European Union official that a major mining complex should be part of the negotiations with Serbia to normalize ties.
A Kosovo government statement Tuesday said that an EU spokeswoman's remarks to Serb state news agency Tanjug that the Trepca complex should be included in the talks are "unprecedented, unacceptable and thus violating the sovereignty of the state of Kosovo."
Ex-champs Serbia, Germany, Russia reach new Davis Cup Finals
Serbia held off a spirited fightback by Uzbekistan to clinch a berth in the finals tournament of the revamped Davis Cup on Saturday.
The 2010 champion seemed in control of the tie with a 2-0 lead after straight-set wins by Dusan Lajovic and Filip Krajinovic. But Uzbekistan leveled at 2-2 and Sanjar Fayziev took the opening set in the deciding fifth rubber. Krajinovic, however, won the next two sets to send Serbia through.
Germany, Serbia, Russia lead on Day 1 of revamped Davis Cup
Alexander Zverev gave Germany a commanding 2-0 lead over Hungary in the revamped Davis Cup on the opening day Friday.
The third-ranked Zverev, who has repeatedly criticized the event's format changes, eased past Peter Nagy 6-2, 6-2 to double Germany's advantage after Philipp Kohlschreiber rallied to beat Zsombor Piros 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4.
Serbia, Russia, Australia, Kazakhstan, and Italy were also on the brink of qualifying for the new finals tournament in November after taking 2-0 leads.
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.
Kosovo PM proposes conference to normalize Serbia ties
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister has proposed an international conference to complete a final agreement with Serbia to normalize ties between the former foes.
Ramush Haradinaj on Monday published a letter he had sent to the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Britain, known as the Quint countries, proposing an international conference to resolve ties with Serbia.
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.
Kosovo’s president will go to Hague court, if summoned
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president on Monday said he would respond positively if summoned by a European Union-funded court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the 1998-99 independence war with Serbia.
At a news conference, Hashim Thaci said that "if there is any invitation at any moment I will respond with full transparency," and urged others to do the same.
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.