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Serbia scraps planned Rio Tinto lithium mine after protests

Jan. 20, 2022 15:07 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Trying to defuse large protests by environmentalists, Serbia’s populist government said Thursday that it was canceling all licenses for mining giant Rio Tinto to open a lithium mine in the Balkan country. “We have fulfilled all the requests of the...

Djokovic lands in Serbia as questions arise over French Open

Jan. 17, 2022 10:39 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic returned home Monday after being thwarted from defending his Australian Open title only to face a new predicament: He could be barred from the French Open this year, too, if he’s still not vaccinated against COVID-19. A plane carrying the...

Ruled out: Australia deports Djokovic for being unvaccinated

Jan. 16, 2022 11:51 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia on Sunday after losing a bid to stay in the country to defend his Australian Open title despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19. A masked Djokovic was photographed in a Melbourne airport lounge with two...

Serbia's president urges Djokovic to come home

Jan. 16, 2022 10:56 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president called on Novak Djokovic to return to his native country on Sunday hours after the top-ranked tennis player lost his court battle to play at the Australian Open and was deported. Djokovic's final destination was not immediately clear. He...

Serbia votes in referendum on constitutional changes

Jan. 16, 2022 07:41 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia held a referendum Sunday on constitutional amendments that the populist government says are needed for the Balkan country to advance in a bid to join the European Union. The ballot focuses on the changes in the election of judges and prosecutors that...

Verdict soon in Djokovic's deportation appeal in Australia

Jan. 16, 2022 00:39 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A verdict is expected later Sunday in tennis star Novak Djokovic's appeal against a deportation order that threatens his participation in the Australian Open. Federal Court Chief Justice James Allsop said earlier Sunday he and two fellow judges hoped to...

Serbs dismayed as Djokovic's visa again revoked in Australia

Jan. 14, 2022 12:03 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s supporters in Serbia were dismayed Friday after waking up to the news that the top-ranked tennis player again faces deportation from Australia after his visa was revoked for a second time. Australia’s immigration minister used his...

Kosovo rejects Western call to conduct Serbian referendum

Jan. 14, 2022 11:49 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Kosovo on Friday rejected a call from Western governments to let its ethnic Serb minority vote in a referendum of neighboring Serbia, as it had done in Serbian elections until now, in what could fuel tensions in the volatile part of the Balkans. A joint...

Serbia: Lithium mine opponents block roads in bad weather

Jan. 08, 2022 09:08 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hundreds of people in Serbia spent part of a holiday weekend blocking roads Saturday to protest plans for lithium mining in the Balkan country. The protests came a day after Orthodox Christians in Serbia and many other countries celebrated Christmas. The...

Djokovic in limbo as he fights deportation from Australia

Jan. 06, 2022 20:33 PM EST

Locked in a dispute over his COVID-19 vaccination status, Novak Djokovic was confined to an immigration detention hotel in Australia on Thursday as the No. 1 men's tennis player in the world awaited a court ruling on whether he can compete in the Australian Open later this month. ...