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Russia, Serbia vow to boost ties despite Belgrade's EU bid

Oct. 19, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday vowed to further strengthen ties with Balkan ally Serbia, whose president described relations with Moscow as the best in decades despite the country's efforts to join the European Union. Serbia remains Russia's key ally in Europe....

Chinese snooping tech spreads to nations vulnerable to abuse

Oct. 17, 2019 4:44 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — When hundreds of video cameras with the power to identify and track individuals started appearing in the streets of Belgrade as part of a major surveillance project, some protesters began having second thoughts about joining anti-government demonstrations in the Serbian capital....

Ethnic Serb police officer arrested over killing

Oct. 16, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo police said Wednesday they arrested an ethnic Serb police officer over the slaying of a moderate Serb politician almost two years ago. Another officer is at large. Police spokesman Baki Kelani said the suspect and another man were arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of...

Trump envoy to Kosovo-Serbia dispute meets Serbian officials

Oct. 10, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's special envoy for talks between Balkan rivals Serbia and Kosovo traveled to Serbia's capital Thursday as part of a renewed push to restart negotiations to resolve a main problem left over from violent breakup of Yugoslavia during the 1990s. Richard...

Trump's envoy for Kosovo talks starts 1st visit to region

Oct. 9, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's new special envoy to the stalled talks between Serbia and Kosovo made his first visit to the troubled Balkan region Wednesday. Ambassador Richard Grenell, the top U.S. diplomat in Germany, met with political leaders in Kosovo, including President Hashim...

Kosovo election winner in no rush to restart Serbia talks

Oct. 8, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A left-wing party leader poised to become Kosovo's next prime minister said Tuesday he isn't in any rush to restart formal talks intended to normalize relations with Serbia and won't lift the previous government's 100% tariff on Serb imports. In a general election held Sunday, Albin...

Erdogan attends launch of Serbia-Bosnia highway work

Oct. 8, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Bosnia's rival leaders to end a year-long political deadlock that has fueled tensions in the country. Erdogan spoke Tuesday after a joint meeting in Belgrade with the three members of Bosnia's multi-ethnic presidency and Serbia's...

Erdogan says Turkey plays constructive role in Balkans

Oct. 7, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey wants to continue helping the Balkan countries solve their long-standing problems through dialogue and cooperation. Erdogan said Monday in Belgrade that Turkey will continue to play a "constructive role" in boosting stability in the...

Kosovo opposition wins snap vote for new parliament

Oct. 6, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Two Kosovo opposition parties emerged as the top-vote getters in Sunday's snap election of a new parliament held amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. With 76% of the votes counted by the central Election Commission, the main governing election...

Kosovo holds election amid calls for resuming Serbia talks

Oct. 4, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo is holding an early general election Sunday amid calls for leaders to resume dialogue with Serbia over normalizing ties. The vote comes after the outgoing prime minister resigned following a request from a Hague-based court to question him over crimes against ethnic Serbs...