Former UN president backs indicted Hong Kong businessman
NEW YORK (AP) — A former president of the United Nations General Assembly said Tuesday that he never witnessed "anything improper" on the part of a prominent Hong Kong businessman on trial in New York on charges of bribing government leaders in two African nations to land lucrative business deals for a Chinese oil and gas conglomerate.
Serbian presidential candidates: how dirty can it get?
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Sasa Jankovic and Vuk Jeremic differ on many things, but they agree on one: the campaign for Serbia's presidential election is the dirtiest since the votes that kept strongman Slobodan Milosevic in power in the 1990s.
"We've seen difficult times in this country and we have gone through a number of uneven elections, uneven in the sense of free and fair conditions for holding an election," Jeremic said in an interview with The Associated Press.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's parliament speaker has set April 2 as the date for the country's presidential election, in which the country's populist leader will face several opposition candidates who have alleged major irregularities in the pre-vote process.
The date announced Thursday by Speaker Maja Gojkovic means that the second round of the presidential ballot will be held on Easter Sunday, April 16, if no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round.
Ex-minister Jeremic says he will seek Serbian presidency
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic says he is running for Serbia's presidency in this year's election.
Jeremic formally announced the decision Sunday in Belgrade. It was not immediately clear if any key political parties are backing his candidacy.
Ex-Serb FM Jeremic to give statement on 2004 army deaths
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Police have asked a former Serbian foreign minister who was a candidate to be the United Nations' next secretary-general to give a statement in connection with the unresolved killings of two army conscripts in 2004.
Serbian police said Friday that Vuk Jeremic has been called as a witness in an ongoing investigation of events that took place at an elite army compound in Belgrade while he was a presidential aide.
Diplomats: Portugal’s Guterres tops fifth poll for UN chief
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Portugal's former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres kept his spot as the first choice to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, and was the only candidate to get the minimum nine required "yes" votes in the Security Council's fifth informal poll on Monday, U.N. diplomats said.
Diplomats: Portugal’s Guterres tops poll for next UN chief
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres has maintained his spot as first choice to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, topping the fourth successive informal poll in the Security Council, diplomats said Friday.
The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because voting is supposed to be kept secret, said Slovakia's Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak remained in second place followed by Serbia's former foreign minister Vuk Jeremic.
UN diplomats: Portugal’s Guterres tops poll for UN chief
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres topped the second informal poll to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, but unlike the first round he got two "discourage" votes, leaving the contest in play, U.N. diplomats said Friday.
Serbia's former foreign minister Vuk Jeremic moved up from third to second place followed by Argentina's Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra who jumped from eighth place to third place, the diplomats...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres topped the first informal poll to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general on Jan. 1 followed by Slovenia's former president Danilo Turk.
Two diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because the vote was secret, said three candidates had the same support for third place — Irina Bokova of Bulgaria who heads UNESCO, Serbia's former foreign minister Vuk Jeremic and former Macedonian...