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Serbia's president says Kosovo PM's resignation is a 'trick'

Jul. 20, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The surprise decision by Kosovo's prime minister to step down over a call for questioning from a Hague-based court has been slammed as a "political trick" by Serbia's president. Aleksandar Vucic said Saturday that Ramush Haradinaj's resignation the day before was designed to rally...

France's Macron vows to help restart Serbia-Kosovo talks

Jul. 15, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron vowed Monday to help jumpstart stalled negotiations to resolve Serbia's independence dispute with former province Kosovo so a lasting solution can be found for the decades-long Balkan crisis. Macron, making the first visit to Serbia by a French...

Many in Serbia unhappy with Djokovic-Ivanisevic partnership

Jul. 4, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic is again under scrutiny in his native Serbia — this time because of inviting Goran Ivanisevic to join his coaching team at Wimbledon. Serbia's state-controlled tabloids called it a "scandalous" partnership between the top-ranked Serb and the former Wimbledon...

Former president of Montenegro, Momir Bulatovic, dies at 62

Jun. 30, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Momir Bulatovic, who was the president of Montenegro during the turbulent breakup of the former Yugoslavia, died Sunday at age 62, a close associate said. Bulatovic died at his family's home near the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica, Milan Knezevic told The Associated Press....

Serbian court acquits ex-US Marine citing lack of evidence

Jun. 18, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian court on Tuesday acquitted a former U.S. Marine charged with illegal possession and distribution of weapons, saying there was not enough evidence. The case of Daniel Corbett, reportedly a U.S. Navy SEAL reservist, has made headlines in Serbia since he was arrested in a...

Serb leader urges Trump to bring Kosovo back to negotiating

Jun. 14, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's leader hailed Donald Trump's unorthodox ways of dealing with political problems, urging the U.S. president on Friday to put pressure on Kosovo to return to negotiations amid a months-long deadlock in the talks between the wartime foes. European Union-mediated status talks...

20 years since NATO-wrought freedom, Kosovo remains in limbo

Jun. 12, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — In Kosovo so far, the sword has worked better than the ploughshare. It's exactly 20 years since NATO forces set foot in the former Yugoslav province, after an allied bombing campaign ended Serbia's bloody crackdown on an insurrection by the majority ethnic Albanian population in...

US official urges ending Kosovo trade taxes against Serbia

Jun. 10, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A U.S. State Department official on Monday urged Kosovo to end taxes on Serbian goods so that European Union-mediated talks on resolving the dispute between the former war foes could resume. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer said at a joint press conference with...

The Latest: Scuffles at Serbia-Kosovo event in Belgrade

May. 29, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between Serbia and Kosovo (all times local): 8 p.m. A group of far-right protesters have scuffled with Serbian police who prevented them from disrupting an event in the capital Belgrade designed to boost cultural ties between Serbia and Kosovo. The annual...

AP Explains: Why do Serbia-Kosovo tensions persist?

May. 29, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Tensions between Serbia and Kosovo flared this week after Kosovo's police raided Serb-dominated areas in the region's north and arrested scores of people. There have been clashes between Kosovo's police and local Serbs, with several people injured, and two U.N. personnel were...