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Western envoys visit Kosovo, Serbia to defuse tensions

Jan. 20, 2023 12:55 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Western envoys on Friday visited Kosovo and Serbia as part of their ongoing efforts to defuse tensions and help secure a reconciliation agreement between the two former war foes. Envoys from the United States, the European Union, France, Germany and Italy...

Man's body found in Serbia as Balkans struggles with floods

Jan. 20, 2023 09:10 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A man's body has been pulled from a swollen river in southwestern Serbia and rescuers are searching for another man, state television said Friday, as floods across the Balkans closed down schools, hampered traffic and soaked homes and farmland. The floods...

Ex-Bosnian Serb commander given 15 years for war crimes

Jan. 19, 2023 09:27 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A former Bosnian Serb military commander was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday for crimes against civilians during the country’s 1992-95 interethnic war. The Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina ruled that Boban Indjic participated in a 1993...

Serbia: 2nd ammonia leak in month sickens a dozen people

Jan. 13, 2023 04:22 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — An ammonia leak in a town outside Serbia's capital has sickened around a dozen people and forced the evacuation of nearby homes, authorities said Friday. The leak, the second such incident in less than a month, happened late Thursday in a factory complex in...

US envoy says Russian Wagner Group's activities intolerable

Jan. 12, 2023 15:58 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A senior U.S. envoy expressed strong concern Thursday about the activities of the Russian private military contractor Wagner Group and its alleged attempts to recruit soldiers in Serbia and elsewhere in the world. U.S. State Department Counselor Derek...

Clashes at Montenegro protests amid political tension

Dec. 12, 2022 15:13 PM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Clashes erupted on Monday during an opposition protest in Montenegro reflecting a deep political crisis between the pro-Western and pro-Serb and pro-Russian camps in the small Balkan country that is a member of NATO. Montenegrin police used pepper spray...

Enlargement back on EU's agenda at Western Balkans summit

Dec. 05, 2022 11:36 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The war in Ukraine has put the European Union's expansion at the top of the agenda as officials from the Western Balkans and EU leaders gather Tuesday for a summit intended to reinvigorate the whole enlargement process. The EU's executive commission has...

Serbia names pro-Russian politician new spy chief

Dec. 01, 2022 12:53 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s government on Thursday named a staunchly pro-Russian politician as the Balkan state's new spy chief. Aleksandar Vulin, who served as Serbia’s interior minister in the previous government and held the defense ministry portfolio prior to that is...

EU fails to defuse tense situation between Serbia and Kosovo

Nov. 21, 2022 15:08 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat held eight hours of fruitless talks Monday with the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo and blamed them for their failure to settle a dispute over vehicle license plate. Amid rising tensions between the Balkans neighbors, the EU's high...

Austria, Hungary, Serbia hold top-level meeting on migration

Nov. 16, 2022 12:38 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Austria, Hungary and Serbia on Wednesday held another top-level meeting dedicated to curbing migration, including by sending more than 100 police officers, vehicles equipped with night vision cameras and drones to the border with North Macedonia. Austria and...