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Kosovo won't let Serb officials in, wants genocide apology

Nov. 25, 2020 2:17 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic would not be allowed to visit the country until he apologized for “genocide” against Kosovo's population. Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla also posted on Twitter that no entry permission...

FILE - In this Friday Nov. 20, 2020 file photo, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks during a news conference following an EU Defence minister video conference at the European Council headquarters in Brussels. European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell used Saturday Nov. 21, 2020's 25th anniversary of the peace agreement that ended the Bosnian War to urge Bosnia's political leaders to overcome their persistent ethnic divisions and prepare their nation to join the EU fold. (Olivier Hoslet/Pool Photo via AP, File)

EU urges reforms in Bosnia on 25th anniversary of peace deal

Nov. 21, 2020 1:53 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief used the 25th anniversary of the peace agreement that ended the Bosnian War to urge Bosnia's political leaders to overcome their persistent ethnic divisions and prepare their nation to join the EU fold. “We have to...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 1995. file photo, a line of Bosnian government troops makes its way to the front-line near Mrkonjic Grad 120kms (80mls) north west of Sarajevo, Bosnia. While it brought an end to the fighting, the Dayton peace agreement baked in the ethnic divisions, establishing a complicated and fragmented state structure with two semi-autonomous entities, Serb-run Republika Srpska and a Federation shared by Bosniak and Croats, linked by weak joint institutions. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

Bosnia marks 25 years since inking of US-brokered peace deal

Nov. 20, 2020 4:55 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — As their ethnic leaders gathered around a table outside Dayton, Ohio, to initial a U.S.-brokered peace deal a quarter-century ago, Edisa Sehic and Janko Samoukovic still were enemies in a war in Bosnia that killed over 100,000 people. But the two, one an ethnic Bosniak...

Human remains found in a southern Serbian mine

Nov. 20, 2020 9:44 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union’s mission to ensure the rule of law in Kosovo said Friday that human remains that appear to be a mass grave of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo have been found in a disused coal mine in southern Serbia. EULEX said it used aerial images to locate the site...

A patient on oxygen support is seen in the COVID-19 ward at a former military hospital in the capital Sarajevo, Bosnia, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Doctors in Bosnia, one of the hardest hit countries in the Balkans with the new coronavirus, are appealing on the citizens to respect preventive measures and help the ailing health system. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

Bosnia doctors appeal for respect of rules amid virus surge

Nov. 19, 2020 12:31 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Doctors in Bosnia, one of the hardest-hit countries in the Balkans with the new coronavirus, are appealing to citizens to respect preventive measures to help the ailing health system. As Bosnia battles a surge in infections and a mounting death toll, authorities have...

Military officers and civilians take part in a commemoration march in Vukovar, Croatia, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Some thousands marched to commemorate the suffering of Croatia's eastern city of Vukovar during the 1991-95 war despite a continuously high number of infection and fatalities from the new coronavirus. (AP Photo)

Thousands march in Croatia to honor war city despite virus

Nov. 18, 2020 7:48 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Thousands on Wednesday marched to commemorate the suffering of Croatia’s eastern city of Vukovar during the 1991-95 war despite a persisting surge in new coronavirus cases in the country. Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic led the crowds, which also included Serb politicians who...

Hashim Thaci who resigned as Kosovo's president to face charges including murder, torture and persecution, and his attorney David Hooper, left, make their first courtroom appearance before a judge at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers court in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. An international prosecutor has indicted Thaci on 10 charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes for his leadership of fighters with the Kosovo Liberation Army who are accused of illegally imprisoning, abusing and murdering captured opponents and perceived traitors during the war. (Jerry Lampen via AP Photo, Pool)

Lawyers for Kosovo suspects: Trial can't start before 2022

Nov. 18, 2020 7:45 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers for former leaders of Kosovo guerrillas, including ex-president Hashim Thaci, said Wednesday that their trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity cannot begin before the summer of 2022 at the earliest. The comments came at a procedural hearing...

Members of a mobile electoral commission prepare go to voters during local elections in the capital Sarajevo, Bosnia, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Polls have opened at Bosnian local elections, where over 3 million voters will have the right to choose their local mayors and city hall parliament members for the next four years. Despite the huge number in positive cases and deaths from coronavirus in Bosnia, thousands of people have flocked the polling stations early Sunday. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

Opposition parties win major cities in Bosnia's local vote

Nov. 16, 2020 4:29 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Opposition candidates have won council seats and mayoral posts in Bosnia’s biggest cities, dealing a painful blow to the long-entrenched nationalists in nationwide municipal elections held amid a major surge in coronavirus infections and deaths. Riding a wave of...

Members of a mobile electoral commission prepare go to voters during local elections in the capital Sarajevo, Bosnia, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Polls have opened at Bosnian local elections, where over 3 million voters will have the right to choose their local mayors and city hall parliaments members. Despite the huge number in positive cases and deaths from COVID-19 in Bosnia, thousands of people have flocked the polling stations early Sunday, wishing to choose their local leaders for next four years. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

Bosnians vote in local elections overshadowed by pandemic

Nov. 15, 2020 10:05 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnians voted Sunday in nationwide municipal elections amid concerns that the turnout will be hurt by a major surge in coronavirus infections and deaths. Some 3 million people were eligible to vote in the small Balkan nation, which has been uneasily split between its...

Chairwoman of the Assembly of Kosovo and acting President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kosovo capital Pristina on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. Kosovo’s acting president complains that the European Union is not treating Kosovo on “an equal footing” with its former war foe, neighboring Serbia in the negotiations on normalizing their ties. Osmani on Friday said that Brussels was not learning from the mistakes of the past and was treating Serbia as “a spoiled child.” (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

AP Interview: Kosovo sees EU favoring 'spoiled child' Serbia

Nov. 13, 2020 2:25 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s acting president accused the European Union on Friday of not treating Kosovo on “an equal footing” with neighboring Serbia in the negotiations to normalize ties between the former war foes. Vjosa Osmani, the second female head of state in post-war...