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FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Jan. 17, 2020,  Montengro's old flag is waved during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia. Montenegro, the first European country to declare itself free of the coronavirus infection, plans to open its borders to citizens of several European countries except for former ally Serbia,  drawing angry reaction from Serbian officials Tuesday May 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, FILE)

Serbia criticizes Montenegro for keeping border ban on Serbs

May. 26, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro, the first European country to declare itself free of the coronavirus, plans to open its borders to citizens of several European countries except for former ally Serbia — drawing angry reaction Tuesday from Serbian officials. Montenegro’s prime minister...

Signs are displayed at the Glenview Prairie Club in Glenview, Ill., Thursday, May 21, 2020. All state parks haven't already reopened will be allowed to do on boating, golf to ease in Phase Three of restore Illinois plan on May 29. For golfers, Phase Three will also usher in the return of foursomes on golf courses, as up to four golfers will be allowed to play in the same group. Previously only two golfers had been allowed to play. Golf carts can also be used by one person only. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Mayor says Chicago won't be ready for outdoor dining in May

May. 21, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot threw cold water on hopes that the city's restaurants might resume outdoor service later this month, a day after the governor said such service would be allowed under certain conditions as of May 29. Lightfoot said the coronavirus is still too much of a threat to...

A man holds an icon during a protest after arrest of Serbian Orthodox Church priests in Montenegro, in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Montenegrin police said Thursday they have detained around 60 people following clashes at protests demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests jailed for leading a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings related to the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbia-Montenegro tensions escalate amid church dispute

May. 20, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president has pledged to protect Serbs in Montenegro who he says are threatened by the possible formation of an independent Orthodox Church in the small state, as tensions escalated between the two former Balkan allies. President Aleksandar Vucic said after meeting...

A woman holds an icon during a protest after arrest of the Serbian Orthodox Church priests in Montenegro, in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, May 14, 2020.  Montenegrin police said Thursday they have detained around 60 people following clashes at protests demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests jailed for leading a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings related to the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serb church priests freed from detention in Montenegro

May. 15, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A Montenegrin prosecutor on Friday released from detention a Serbian Orthodox Church bishop and eight priests whose arrest sparked protests and clashes with police. The priests were detained three days earlier after they led a service that was attended by few thousand people...

Montenegrin police officers block the street during a protest in Niksic, Montenegro, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Montenegrin police used tear gas to disperse protests demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests who were detained for organizing a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

Montenegro: Dozens detained in clashes over priests' arrests

May. 14, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegrin police said Thursday they have detained around 60 people following clashes at protests demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests jailed for leading a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings related to the new coronavirus outbreak. ...

Dark clouds envelop the skies as workers fold a billboard to prepare for the coming of typhoon Vongfong in Manila, Philippines Thursday May, 14, 2020. The first typhoon to hit the country this year roared toward the eastern Philippines on Thursday as authorities work to evacuate tens of thousands of people while avoiding overcrowding in shelters that could spread the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Philippines prep for typhoon amid coronavirus

May. 14, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —Typhoon Vongfong bears down on Philippines during lockdown...

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on the coronavirus response, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 13, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

The United Nations is forecasting that the coronavirus pandemic will shrink the world economy by 3.2% this year, the sharpest contraction since the Great Depression in the 1930s. The U.N.’s mid-year report released Wednesday said COVID-19 is expected to slash global economic output by nearly $8.5 trillion...

In this photo taken Tuesday, May 12, 2020, people wait in a queue in front of the Christian Orthodox monastery of Ostrog, 30 kilometers northwest of the Montenegrin capital Podgorica. Serbia has strongly protested the detention of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests in Montenegro after thousands of people attended a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings because of the new coronavirus. Montenegrin prosecutors say that the priests are facing charges of violating health regulations during the virus outbreak by organizing the procession on Tuesday in the western town of Niksic. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

Montenegro police break up protests against priest detention

May. 13, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegrin police used tear gas to disperse protests demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests who were detained for organizing a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings because of the coronavirus. The incidents late Wednesday in the western towns...

A man wearing a face mask walks by a screen showing precautions against the new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S.Korea: Rules stay relaxed despite virus spike

May. 13, 2020 1:46 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea: No plans to backtrack on relaxed rules despite...

Commissioner nixes church fundraiser killer's latest appeal

May. 11, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware court commissioner is recommending that a judge dismiss the latest appeal by a man serving life in prison for a fatal shooting at a church fundraiser. Seventy-year-old Monir George was found guilty but mentally ill after killing 63-year-old Malak Michael in 2008 at a...