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Croatia census shows nearly 10% population drop in 10 years

Jan. 14, 2022 07:43 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A population census conducted last year in Croatia has shown that almost 10% less people live in the European Union country compared to a decade ago, according to preliminary results released on Friday. The census has listed 3.8 million citizens compared to...

Croatia police present drug seizures in Adriatic Sea port

Jan. 11, 2022 12:20 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian police on Tuesday displayed hundreds of pounds of drugs they say were seized in two separate operations last year in a southern Adriatic Sea port close to the famous resort of Dubrovnik. The discovery last October in the port of Ploce of nearly 220...

Head of Serbian Orthodox Church tests positive for virus

Jan. 11, 2022 09:51 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Patriarch Porfirije, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, has tested positive for COVID-19, the church said Tuesday, amid a surge in infections in the country and elsewhere in the Balkan region. Porfirije has developed “very mild symptoms of the virus...

Omicron variant fuels record number of infections in Croatia

Jan. 05, 2022 09:55 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The omicron variant of the coronavirus has fueled the highest number of daily new infections in Croatia since the start of the pandemic, officials said Wednesday, as other Balkan countries also reported a sharp rise in cases. A total of 8,587 new cases were...

Croatian rescuers praise dog's care for hurt mountain hiker

Jan. 05, 2022 09:19 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — And it wasn't a Saint Bernard. Croatian rescuers are praising a dog who protected his injured owner from freezing high on a snowy mountain, keeping him warm for 13 hours in the dark until he could get medical attention. “Friendship and love...

Serbia praises another arms shipment from Russia

Jan. 03, 2022 08:06 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president on Monday praised another shipment of arms from Russia despite fears in the Balkans that the country's recent military buildup could lead to more tensions in the war-scarred European region. President Aleksandar Vucic attended a training...

Vaccine skeptics in Eastern Europe having change of heart

Dec. 16, 2021 03:13 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Some former vaccine skeptics in Eastern Europe have shifted over to the other side as coronavirus infections surge, countries are making it more difficult for the unvaccinated to travel abroad and authorities battle against government distrust and vaccine...

Stickers and superheroes: EU starts vaccinating kids 5-11

Dec. 15, 2021 13:02 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece, Italy and a handful of other European Union nations began vaccinating children ages 5-11 against COVID-19 on Wednesday as EU governments braced for the omicron variant to spread quickly during the travel and large gatherings of the holiday season. ...

Bosnian ski resorts benefit from lax anti-virus measures

Dec. 12, 2021 02:59 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — As most European nations impose new restrictions to curb the spread of the omicron variant, Bosnia is taking a relatively laissez-faire approach to soaring COVID-19 infections in the region, much to the delight of its winter tourism industry. ...

Croatia: Police find body of girl swept away in border river

Dec. 11, 2021 09:06 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Police in Croatia said Saturday that they have found the body of a 10-year-old Turkish girl who was swept away while her family tried to cross a swollen river on the border with Slovenia. The body was found about 400 meters (1,300 feet) downstream from where...