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Serbian defense minister banned from Kosovo

Jul. 10, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's defense minister says he has been banned from entering Kosovo, denouncing its leaders as "liars." Aleksandar Vulin, known for his bombastic and pro-Russia stance, said in a statement Wednesday that he and military personnel from Belgrade's military hospital wanted to visit...

Kosovo temporarily bans Serb officials from entering country

Jul. 4, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo temporarily banned Serbian officials from entering the country, triggering an angry reaction from Belgrade on Thursday. Kosovo's Foreign Ministry said it took the action because of "Serbia's threats against Kosovo and continuous propaganda" and that all entry requests from...

June was Europe's hottest on record as climate change bites

Jul. 2, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — As Europe's heat wave shifted eastward Tuesday, delivering scorching temperatures to Serbia and the rest of the Balkans, new data showed that last month set a new June record for the continent. Measurements collected by the European Union's Copernicus satellite program revealed...

Serbian students protest social media leak of key math exam

Jun. 18, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hundreds of students protested Tuesday in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, blocking traffic, hurling eggs at police and demanding the resignation of the education minister after he postponed their final math exam following its leak on social media. Serbian 8th graders take exams in...

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...

Serbia police detain 1 migrant in stabbing death of another

Jun. 6, 2019 3:46 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police have detained a 17-year-old migrant from Afghanistan suspected of stabbing to death another Afghan national in central Belgrade. Police said on Thursday they are still searching for another 17-yar-old migrant also suspected of taking part in the attack late on...

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...